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Metro DX Club Meeting Minutes  

February 21, 2014

 The meeting was called to order by President Jim Mornar, N9TK, at 7:25 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Many club members had met at Ed and Joe’s for dinner before the meeting.


Old Business


a.)    Health and welfare: There will be a memorial for Roger, K9RB, before the Hamfesters meeting on Friday, March 7. Details will be sent when finalized.

b.)    All members received a copy of the November meeting minutes. Approval was moved by K9DRS, seconded by K9CJ and approved.

c.)    W9ILY reported that correspondence had been received from JDRF, the Amsterdam Island DX Group and INDEXA thanking us for our donations. Also received was a letter from Taking Care of Your Diabetes to which we had donated last year. We also made donations to NCDXF and the Tinley Park EMA thanking them for use of their fine meeting room.

d.)   Treasury Report: Balance is $1508.69. Income was from one WUST award, membership dues and the Winterfest raffle. Expenses were for the quarterly web site cost, donations, pizza at our November meeting, Winterfest prizes and postage. Details were distributed to all members. W9ILY noted that in 2013 our treasury increased by $1.51 after all income and expenses were posted.

e.)    Contesting: The main upcoming contest will be ARRL-SSB. Tomorrow the NAQP-RTTY contest will be held and Metro will field a team of the “Metro Marauders”: K9PY, N9LAH, NV9X, W9ILY and W9OA. W9ILY reported that Metro members have participated in eight contests so far in 2014.  

f.)     WUST Award Update: One award was issued toW6ZQ and an application from KG8CZ was just received and included his QSL from K9W. This is the first WUST request that included the K9W card.

g.)    Winterfest Dinner: N9TK reported on our Winterfest dinner that was held on January 17 at the Harvest Room Restaurant. Everybody had a good time and enjoyed the menu. Pictures are posted on our web site.

h.)    2014 Dues: Five members have not been heard from concerning their continuation of their membership in 2014. Those were K9GA, KA9ZZT, VK2HV and W4REX. W9AEB will be contacted by WF9V concerning his 2014 dues.


New Business


a.)    New Members: We officially welcome Mike, WB9LSH and Mike, W9MK to Metro.Welcome, guys!!!

b.)    Upcoming DX: 3C0BYP from Annobon will be active very soon. The NG3K website (www.ng3k.com) should be checked for upcoming operations.

c.)    New Club Award: W9ILY described several ideas for a new Metro club award to stimulate DXing among club members. After a discussion of the possibilities, it was decided to have a Metro WAE Challenge. The idea is to work countries in the Worked All Europe listing. There would be three categories of entries: members having less than 100 DXCC credits, those having between 100 and 200 DXCC credits and those having over 200 DXCC credits. W9ILY will post the details.

d.)   Plaques: It was discussed that Metro present a maximum of two plaques per year to members at the discretion of the Board who have participated in a noteworthy manner. A $60.00 per year budget was discussed. This was moved by N9ORD, seconded by W9PDS and approved.

e.)    General discussion:

1.      John, K9DRS presented a sample cap that could be printed with Metro information. The cap would feature stitched lettering rather than screened printing and can be ordered from John for $18.00. John also will research other items that could be sold as money-making projects by Metro such as T-shirts, towels, etc. Those interested in ordering a cap should contact John, K9DRS. (email: scubatrek@aol.com )

2.      A plaque of appreciation was presented to Bob, K9CJ. This was a total surprise for Bob who was very appreciative and quite speechless.

3.      K9PY brought many items for a raffle including a mug, repeater directory, grid maps, etc. The proceeds from the raffle went to the club treasury. In addition, Jerry brought to a large bag of homemade cookies baked by Brenda, Jerry’s XYL. They were delicious!

A motion to close the meeting was made by K9DRS and seconded by N9ORD. Meeting closed at 8:02.

A presentation of K9W Wake Island was given by Jim, N9TK, one of the participants. Both he and Jerry, WB9Z, were members of the team and Jim’s slide show really gave us a good idea about what the team accomplished. Jerry is currently on Amsterdam Island operating FT5ZM.

Attendees: K9AJ, K9BWQ and XYL Delores, K9CJ, K9DRS and XYL Joan, K9PMV, K9PY, K9XYL, N9AKR, N9ORD, N9TK, NV9X, W9ILY, W9OA, W9PDS and WF9V.

Submitted by W9ILY, Secretary-Treasurer