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Metro DX Club Meeting Minutes

 December 18, 2015

 Upon arrival, good will and pizza were shared by those in attendance.

The meeting was called to order by President Jim Mornar N9TK with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag at 19:50.

In attendance, besides Jim, were John  W9ILY, John K9DRS,  Carl K9CS with XYL Christine W9LIZ,  Lee WA9LEY, Matt KA9BBQ, Bob K9CJ, Jerry K9PY, Mike K9AJ, Kurt WB9FMC, Bob K9MDO, Bob N9ORD, Thomas N9IHZ, Mark K9TP, Mike K9LSH, Jim NV9X, Jeff KD9APD, Bob N9AKR and Joe KC9RNK.


The MINUTES as distributed of the previous meeting were moved to be approved by K9TP and seconded by K9CJ.

The TREASURERS REPORT was distributed by John, W9ILY. $386.11 is available for donations. Income of $171.00 was from dues, Winterfest Dinner, a Gold Certificate and 50/50 proceeds. No expenses were incurred this period. A motion to approve the treasurer’s report was made by K9MDO and seconded by N9IHZ.

Health and Welfare: Nothing to Report

WUST awards had no activity.  

SPECIAL EVENT activation for W9TY recognizing the Diamond Illinois Mine Disaster of 1883 to be Saturday February 6, 2016 from the QTH of W9ILY in Morris, IL. Certificates and QSL cards will be issued for verification. Operations to be SSB including 20 and 40 meters, 11:00 to 17:00 local time. The club will provide pizza. Since the mining disaster happened over one hundred thirty years ago, contacting family members appears unrealistic. The deaths were due to unexpected flooding of the mine and the men drowned. For more info:

(Since the meeting I have contacted the webmaster for this site and he has posted our event on his Facebook page)


Upcoming events include The ARRL CW Rookie roundup scheduled for Sunday December 20th, Straight Key Night scheduled for January 1st, the ARRL RTTY Roundup January 2nd and CQ 160 CW January 29th.

The results from 2015 WPX were given with a comparison of scores by clubs. We placed 42 out of 60 with combined CW & SSB scores.

Our standing in the ARRL International Phone contest was listed and club member Val NV9L earned second place in the multi-single high power category.

Newest  Member :  W9LIZ, Christine was warmly welcomed.

Future DX report:

Mike K9AJ gave an update report on South Sandwich VP8STI and VP8SGI. The equipment is enroute to the Falklands and the team leaves January 7th. Mike reviewed the travel itinerary and he returns February 21st after six weeks. The equipment is on the Braveheart after actually leaving California in July. The website  lists the team, the equipment,  “wiring” diagrams and antenna layouts for this event.

Palmyra K5P is in mid-January 2016. Jim N9TK gave an updated status report on the operation. Since the airport runway has been downgraded, it requires a smaller plane and will reduce the number of operators. See  for the team, including  Jerry WB9Z, photos and updates on the activities. N9TK is an alternate. Palmyra is an atoll in the North Pacific located south of Hawaii, 5 degrees north of the equator. For current and scheduled DXpeditions check out:

WINTERFEST DINNER is scheduled for Jan. 15, 2016. WA9LEY is coordinating the location at PAPA JOES in Orland Park. Lee has obtained prizes from vendors. A reminder was made that the most improved DXer award for 2015 is to be awarded at the Winter Dinner. Get your score to W9ILY January 3rd.

More ideas came up about a Club PROJECT. December QST has a wide band SDR radio using an available dongle receiver which was discussed.

Dues were accepted for 2016 at $15.00 per member.

FUTURE MEETING:  W9MU, our guest from NIDXA, will make a presentation on G5RV antennas and feed lines at the March meeting.

Two videos were identified as being on YOUTUBE reflecting Metro DX Club.  One is from our Field Day event and the other from the N1MM+ meeting presentation.

A description of the OQRS, the Online QSL Request System, which is an efficient method to exchange QSL cards, was given. This is built into CLUBLOG.

The EOC antenna is still on hold.  We are planning to check the equipment at the February meeting.

Issues with incorrect logs were discussed to avoid losing QSO points in contests such as WAE.

Propagation possibilities for the upcoming DXpeditions was mentioned as well as ideas on obtaining your ATNO report for 2015.

Following a motion to adjourn by NV9X and seconded by K9MDO, the meeting was called to a CLOSE at 20:28. A short break followed by a presentation from John W9ILY sharing overview videos on the use and application of Clublog by KJ6GHN and OQRS by G7VJR. A look at YOUTUBE will yield similar videos.

Respectfully submitted:

John Raiger K9DRS