December 2009  


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Tonight’s meeting was called to order at 7:39 pm by President Bob Adamitis K9MDO after concluding a ten minute phone call with Roger K9RB who is confined in a Orange Park, FL hospital with a serious infection in his remaining foot.  K9MDO then led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  He then read the minutes and gave the financial report of the November meeting.  The reports were approved by the membership.

QSL cards received by the club were passed among the members present. Most were from the W9M Special Event station operation. We mailed 14 W9M certificates and sent 5 by email.

John W9ILY then gave a DX and contest report.  John was congratulated by the members on his achieving listing on the DXCC Honor Roll. 

Contesting activity: Three members participated in the NAQP-RTTY in July: K9PY finished #9 in W9 and #3 in IL, AI9L finished #12 in W9 and #5 in IL and W9ILY/Ø finished #1 in NE and set a state record for NAQP-RTTY from NE.

In CQWW-CW, five members participated for our club entry:W9OA, W9ILY, K9CJ, W9PDS and N9LAH.

WB9Z made a great showing in CQWW-SSB with 2,144 Q's for the top claimed score on 20M in the USA and #3 in the world!

In CQWW-160, WB9Z had a outstanding finish as #1 Single Operator SSB in the USA and set a new USA Single Op record. Jerry won the USA plaque for that record finish. Congratulations to Jerry!

Our Metro club entry in CQWW-160 ranked six from the bottom.

Upcoming contests are the RTTY Roundup on January 2 and the CQWW-160 CW and SSB contests on the last weekends of January and February.

Due to the small number of members present this evening, little of real club importance was taken up and most of the conversations were about various ham radio projects, etc.  It was mentioned that the Metro DX Club Winterfest Banquet will be held on Friday January 15th and that information will be shortly furnished to all members.  We had a great time last year at the Ashford House and I am certain it will be just as good this time around.  Save the date of January 15, 2010 on your calendar.

Tonight’s meeting will be the last one for me as Secretary/Treasurer and I want to say that I have enjoyed working with my fellow officers and club members for all those years.  Jerry Celmer K9PY will be taking over as of January 1, 2010.

The entertainment tonight was a very interesting  video entitled “WRTC 2002 Finland ”.  World Radiosports Team Championship is a unique kind of contest and if you are not familiar with it I suggest you google it and learn more about it.   W9ILY has the VHS video available to borrow if you wish.

The refreshments were provided by John, W9ILY, this evening.

Members present this evening were: K9BWQ, N9LAH, W9ILY, W9NJB, K9MDO and N9AKR.

Respectfully submitted by Jack Nienhaus W9NJB Secretary/Treasurer