October 2007  


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The meeting was called to order at 7:36 PM by club president, Bob Adamitis, K9MDO. The minutes of the last meeting, in abbreviated form, and the Treasurer’s report were read by Sect/Treas. Jack Nienhaus W9NJB. Tonight’s meeting was held at the workplace of Phil Snyder, N9LAH at 13600 S. Kildare in Crestwood. Thanks Phil.

Old Business:

John Holmes, W9ILY reported on scores attained in previous club entries and also coming contests. Members Tom-W9AEB will be on from 1A3A and Zig-KM9M will be with V26B in the CQWW-CW 2007 contest. In 2006 Metro finished with 448,058 points which was 50th place of the 60 clubs reporting. For the 2006 ARRL International DX contest results, Metro finished with 855,984 points and, since we had 11 entries, we were classified as a "Medium Category" club. We learned that the results of the ARRL SSB and CW contests are combined for the club scores and if more than 10 entries are received the club is placed in the Medium Category. Had we been included in the Local Category, our score would have placed us 5th overall. We'll have to watch the submissions in future years more carefully. Upcoming contests are JARTS RTTY and the Illinois QSO Party this weekend in which W9ILY will operate mobile as W9TY/M. Next weekend the CQWW-SSB will be held on the 27th and 28th with the CW section occurring on the weekend of November 24-25. All Club members were encouraged to participate in the CQWW contests as they can be entered as Club competitions.

K9MDO reported on our sick members:

Bob Truhlar W9LNQ is much improved, but unfortunately Dot, N9ALC has been troubled with dizzy spells.

Walt Kline, KA9CBJ’s XYL reported to K9MDO that today was a red-letter day for Walt. It was the first time he was able to "solo" driving his car since his recent illness.

Roger Borowski, K9RB is still on the mend.

Our best wishes to all on the sick list hoping they will soon be better.

There was a lively discussion about the club’s lack of a permanent meeting place. County Board and hospital politics were responsible for losing that location, but several club members are still giving us some hope for the future.

New Business:

The Annual Winterfest Banquet will take place on January 18, 2008 at the Old Barn Restaurant in Burbank. Because of restaurant price increases, the charge will be $25 per person.

Jack, W9NJB, showed a unique U.S. postage stamp, received on an envelope from K7ACZ . The stamp had a picture of the ham’s QSL card with an extension on the right side of the stamp stating it was U.S. postage, 41 cents. It also had printed "ZAZZLE.COM / Pitney Bowes."

Last week both Jerry K9PY and Bob K9MDO were working on antennae. They had no bruises or broken bones so I guess neither fell off the roof.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:11 PM and then K9MDO and W9ILY started their very interesting program on FP8 St. Pierre and Miquelon Islands. Bob started out with a history and geography rundown and then went to a Power Point program that included many views of the islands and the antennae and the place they operated from. Bob gave commentary while John provided additional details. Despite the total lack of sunspots during that week, they still made a respectable number of QSOs, 2,705 in all. It was a very enjoyable and interesting presentation enjoyed by all.

Members present were – W9ILY, K9MDO, W9NJB, K9BWQ & XYL Dolores, K9PY, N9ORD, N9LAH and N9AKR.

Respectfully submitted by Jack Nienhaus, W9NJB, Sect./Treas.