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Metro DX Club Meeting Minutes

July 19, 2013

The meeting was called to order by N9LAH at 7:35 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Old Business

a.)    Health and welfare: K9RB, is having additional tests done.

b.)    June meeting minutes were discussed. K9DRS had inadvertently been left off of the list of attendees. This will be corrected. Approval moved by K9CS and seconded by K9TP.

c.)    Treasury Report: Balance is $1775.89. There was an expense of $14.85 for the quarterly web site cost. Income was from one WUST Award.

d.)   Contesting: In the absence of K9CJ, W9ILY made a contest report. Results were from CQWW 2012 where Metro finished 54th out of 79 with1,108,032 points from 15 membersí logs; in the ARRL 160 Meter contest we finished 10th out of 12 clubs in the Local Category with 57,846 points from 4 logs; in the ARRL 10 Meter contest, Metro did not place as there were only two logs submitted, but with the points from those two logs we would have been at least 26th out of 31 entries. Results of the 2012 CQ Marathon are available.

e.)    WUST Award Update: One award was issued to W4JS. Both this application and the previous one resulted from a link from the K9W web page. A line has been added to the award application for the applicant to indicate how he learned about the WUST Award.

f.)     Marathon/Challenge update: The Metro Marathon was discussed and only three members have contributed results for 2013. There were nine members participating in 2012. Therefore, it was decided to discontinue this due to lack of participation.

g.)    Picnic: Picnic coordinator Mark May, K9TP, reported that at this time approximately 24 members and guests have indicated they will attend. The meat will be purchased from Berkotís by K9TP and the club will reimburse Mark.

h.)    Club Flag: The proposed flag was discussed and it was decided to have a fabric 24x36, rectangular flag printed on one side. The printer in Morris has quoted a cost of $155.20 plus $25.00 to create the required Vector type of logo required for the flag. The flag is expected to be ready by the end of the month so it can be taken on the K9W DXpedition to Wake Island by WB9Z in September.

New Business

a.)    W9DXCC flyers were available to the members.

b.)    DX donations: Votes on donations to FT8Z, N8A, KG4 and C82DX DXpeditions were again postponed until the next meeting. Bill Beyer, N2WB, was just announced as a member of the C82DX team.

c.)    Upcoming Contests: CQWW-VHF and NAQP-RTTY are both this weekend. The Metro team for NAQP-RTTY tomorrow will be N9LAH, NV9X, K9PY, W9OA/9 and W9ILY. NAQP-CW and SSB, WAE-CW and SARTG RTTY will be in August.

d.)   A selection of historic QSL cards was passed around for viewing. Also, recently received W9TY QSL cards were viewed.

e.)    KARS Hamfest is this weekend and N9LAH will be there.

f.)     The usage of our club call, W9TY, was briefly discussed. W9ILY is the Trustee and anybody interested in using the call should contact him. It has not been used often in recent years.

A motion to close the meeting was made by NV9X and seconded by K9BWQ. Meeting closed at 8:15.

Refreshments were provided by W9ILY as N9TK was unable to attend.

Two short videos were shown: 7O6T-Yemen 2012 and EJ8GQB Bere Island IOTA EU-121.

Attendees: N9LAH, K9TP, K9CS, K9BWQ and Delores, NV9X, K9PY, K9PMV and W9ILY.

Submitted by W9ILY, Secretary-Treasure