Metro DX Club Meeting Minutes
February 15, 2019
The meeting was called to order by
President Jim N9TK with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
In attendance, besides Jim were ,Bob
K9CJ, Mel NE9A, Mike W9MK, Jerry K9PY, Jim NV9X, Mike K9LSH, John K9DRS,
Matt K9BBQ, Ron WB9JYZ, Ed K9EGS, John W9ILY, Lee WA9LEY.
HEALTH AND WELFARE Jerry K9PY spent a
few days in the hospital this month after suffering a concussion. He says he
went out to get the mail and felt a bit disoriented. His wife noticed he
had been bleeding on the back of his head and took him to the hospital. He must
have fell but has no recollection of falling. He is doing well now.
The MINUTES of the December meeting
WINTERFEST 32 members and guests
gathered at Papa Joe's in Orland Park for our Winterfest dinner. We were in the
banquet room this year which gave us more room to move around. There were
plenty of door prizes, enough for everyone to win something.
TREASURER'S REPORT John W9ILY
reports that our treasury is in good shape. We received a donation from
Jerry WB9Z and Val NV9L as well as recovery of a significant portion of the
club's 3Y0Z DXpedition donation. Also, most members have now paid their dues for
2019. Our expenses included the Winterfest grand prize, December pizza
party, W0AIH memorial scholarship donation and a donation to the Dave Kalter
WUST 2 WUST certificates were
awarded and 2 more seem probable soon.
CONTESTS We fielded 2 teams in
the NAQP SSB contest. We would like more member participation in these
events. You can make a handful of contacts or whatever you time allows.
ARRL DX CW contest is this weekend.
LOCAL REPEATER NC9T 442.025 tone
is 100hz, up 5 Mhz. Many members hang out here.
OUTGOING QSL BUREAU Jerry K9PY is
forwarding cards for members. See reflector posts for details or contact
2019 DUES While most members have
paid their $15 club dues for 2019, some haven't. We have set a deadline of
February 28 after which our member roster will be updated listing the paid up
2019 CLUB COMPETITION Ideas
were discussed including most new countries, DX Marathon, POTA, IOTA. We
decided on DX Marathon, countries and zones. To even the playing field we
are limiting power at 100 watts and the competition begins on March 1. Logging
is on the honor system and you might need to use some kind of checklist if your
normal logging program contains contacts at other power levels.
JEANNA SOCRATES KC2IOV We talked
about her feat for setting the record for the oldest woman to sail around the
world. See https:svnereida.com/blog
PITCAIRN Jim N9TK and Jerry WB9Z
will be members of the Pitcairn DXpedition in October. The club is
considering a donation and will discuss further at the next meeting. Jerry
K9PY recalled that Pitcairn residents Tom Christian and his family attended a
Metro DX Club meeting years ago.
ORLAND PARK TEEN CENTER Bob K9CJ
says he believes they are booked with programs this year and are off in the
summer. We will bring it up again in the fall, possibly doing a ham radio
NEW MEMBERS Mel NE9A talked about
having the club sponsor a VEC group to attract new members. More
discussion to follow. Also talked about adding YouTube links to our
website on various topics like DX, contesting, etc. John W9ILY said he
would look into it.
BLAST FROM THE PAST Lee WA9LEY
reported receiving an e-mail this week saying he was one of this person's 2
Elmers. It was kind of surprising since he didn't know anyone considered him as
their Elmer. Back in 1967, the e mailer said as a 13 year old,
he took the bus or rode his bike to Lee's house to learn the code well enough to
get his novice license. (Lee was 19 at the time). His novice test was
administered by his other Elmer, Elmer "Bud" Frohardt W9DY or
maybe W9GFF at that time. Bud was a mentor to many. The e mailer now
living in Minnesota said he bought a car and his new plates had LEY in it which
prompted him to do a look up in QRZ and write a note.
PROGRAM Mike W9MK made a very
interesting presentation of his DXpedition to St. Martin along with John K9EL,
Paul K9NU and John W9ILY. They had 3 stations set up at a beautiful Villa
overlooking the infiniti pool and ocean and made lots of contacts. From
the pictures, it looked like like they took full advantage of the local cuisine.
by Lee WA9LEY