October 2006  


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When the members arrived for the meeting tonight at the Oak Forest Hospital they discovered that the regular meeting room was securely locked with new heavy duty doors installed. There was a table and chairs in the lobby so that is where the meeting was convened. Pastor Kline, KA9CBJ, will investigate and advise.

President Bob Adamitis, K9MDO, called the meeting to order at 7:40 PM. The minutes of the last meeting and Treasurer’s report were read and approved with a minor correction to the minutes. The certificate that was presented to N2WB was for his participation in the 2005 W9TY Special Event.

VP John Holmes, W9ILY, reported on past contests and upcoming ones. In the 2006 ARRL International SSB contest, W9LNQ and WG9J were the only Metro entries, so there was no Club score as a minimum of three submissions is required. In the 2006 RTTY Sprint, Metro fielded a team named the "Metro Muttz" with W9ILY, N9LAH, K9PY and N9AKR participating. Our score was 66,013 and, while we finished fourth from last, we had fun. Upcoming contests are the CQWW-SSB Oct. 28-29, the ARRL November Sweepstakes (CW Nov. 4-6 and SSB Nov. 18-20) and CQWW-CW November 25-26.

John has purchased a notebook with plastic dividers where he has inserted interesting QSL cards received from contacts with club station W9TY. The book was viewed by members present.

New member Bob Masiulewicz, N9AKR, was welcomed to the club by the membership.

New Business: President Bob, K9MDO brought up that this was the time of the year to nominate new club officers for 2007. Zig Markowski, KM9M, made a motion that the present officers, President, Bob Adamitis, K9MDO; Vice President, John Holmes, W9ILY; and Secretary/Treasurer, Jack Nienhaus, W9NJB, be unanimously re-elected to lead the club in 2007. The motion was seconded and approved by the members.

John, W9ILY, advised that he is in the process of obtaining a domain name and establishing a Web site for the club. It will probably be metrodxclub.com and at the present time http://home.earthlink.net/~w9ily/metrodxclub will bring up a Beta site. The Web site will be a "work in progress". Of course our Webmaster will be John, W9ILY.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM and K9MDO and W9NJB had to depart because Bob had an early AM flight the next morning and Jack had to drive Bob and Karen to the airport.

The program was given by Dave Alm, WG9J, and entitled "WG9J’s Tanzanian Safari". Dave and his XYL had prepared a beautiful DVD presentation of their recent trip and Dave explained the many different conditions that one finds in Africa, not the least of which is to NEVER get out of the safari vehicle!

There were 13 members present this evening – WG9J, KM9M, W9ILY, N9LAH, K9BWQ, W9AEB, W9LNQ, N9ALC, KA9CBJ, K9MDO, N9ORD, N9AKR, W9NJB.

Respectfully submitted by Jack Nienhaus, W9NJB, Secretary/Treasurer