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Metro DX Club Meeting Minutes

April 17, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 19:28 by President Jim Mornar N9TK, with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

In attendance, besides Jim, were John, W9ILY, Bob K9CJ, John K9DRS, Bob N9ORD, Jerry K9PY, Lee WA9LEY, Mike K9LSH, Phil N9LAH, Jim NV9X, Bob WF9V and guest Gregg AB9MZ

During the introductions, Gregory AB9MZ did a short biography and his involvement with the Tinley Park EMA. More information can be obtained at QRZ.com. Upon receiving his application, we welcomed Greg as a new member to Metro.  


HEALTH AND WELFARE: W9ILY read a letter received from Dot, N9ALC (widow of W9LNQ Bob).  She is now living in Iowa City, Iowa.

The MINUTES are posted on the website. A correction for the May program will be WB9Z. (Not June as indicated) and the Navassa DXpedition. A motion was made by K9CJ and seconded by N9ORD to accept these as corrected.

The TREASURERS REPORT was distributed by John, W9ILY and is available on the Yahoo Groups site under “files”. $217.29 is still available for donations. A motion to approve the treasurer’s report was made by K9PY and seconded by K9CJ.

The WUST award had no activity since last month. 

Nothing to report on the K9BWQ tower removal.



Many QSO parties are scheduled: April 18-19 Michigan, North Dakota, Ontario; April 25-26 Florida; May 2-3 Indiana, Delaware and New England.

CQMM Manchester Mineira CW Contest from Brazil was held April 18-19.

CQWW-WPX for CW will be May 30th

For more details and links, check WA7BNM Contest Calendar schedule.

CLUB PICNIC is scheduled at the residence of Phil, N9LAH on Saturday August 1st. More information to follow so save the date.

A donation was suggested by John W9ILY to NCDXF in the amount of $100. This in support of several future scheduled DXpeditions. The motion was made by N9ORD and seconded by K9CJ.

It was noted that that INDEXA is now tax exempt.

Comments were exchanged about supporting plaques for the CQWW RTTY contest as well as CQ Magazine’s viability.

An announcement was made for help in scoring the DX Marathon.  This would be six weeks of assistance for half of May and most of June. The five year commitment generated no interest to help K9EL with the project.


A discussion was held on the activities for the weekend.

It was decided to utilize the facilities on the grounds of the former Tinley Park Mental Health Center. There is much interest among the members and we have the support of Tinley Park Emergency Management. Members volunteered support including N9ORD with cooking, K9PY with acquiring provisions, W9ILY to do submissions, N9TK ground rod and cable, K9DRS water and power cords. N9LAH will help with 6 & 2 meters and 440 Mhz. The club will provide meat, buns, chips, condiments, etc.

AB9MZ will assist as a liaison with the Village EMA. A solar station will be possible with the help of N9ORD.

Friday evening setup was considered, but the possibility of loss and vandalism suggest a Saturday morning installation.

A planning meeting will be scheduled in early June by N9TK, to work out the details.  

The ATNO Club Challenge was mentioned as an opportunity for those with a lower DX count to succeed. Twenty members have one ATNO and three have two new contacts.

The May club meeting has been rescheduled so as not to conflict with Dayton Hamvention. Jerry WB9Z will offer a presentation on the K1N DXpedition

Following a motion to adjourn by N9LAH and second by K9CJ, the meeting was called to a CLOSE at 20:44 so that socializing could proceed.

A video on the VP8THU South Sandwich DXpedition played in the background.  

Respectfully submitted:


John Raiger K9DRS