June 2008  


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President Bob Adamitis K9MDO called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM and then led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance. Since our Secretary/Treasurer Jack Nienhaus, W9NJB was absent due to illness, Vice President John Holmes W9ILY filled in for him and read the minutes of the last meeting and Treasurer’s report.

John Holmes, W9ILY, reported that our club achieved third place in the Local Club category in the ARRL 10-Meter Contest last December. We scored 53,494 points for our four entries. This may have been our highest finish ever! N9LAH was congratulated for his station’s finishing in the top 10 W/VE Multi-Single Low Power category in the ARRL RTTY Roundup in January. Upcoming contests include Field Day next weekend, the IARU HF Championship on July 12 and the CQWW VHF Contest on July 19.

Health & Welfare:

K9MDO had spoken with Bob and Dot Truhlar, W9LNQ and N9ALC, during the week and reported that their health condition varies from day-to-day.
K9MDO reported on the condition of Roger K9RB who had part of his right leg below the knee amputated. Bob spent a week in Florida with Roger during the month.  While there, a mutual friend, N1WON, visited Roger and Bob.
Jack, W9NJB, spent a week in the hospital during the last month due to heart problems. He has been home for the last two weeks but was not feeling well enough to attend tonight’s meeting.

 Old Business:

Field Day – all members are welcome to attend and operate the Field Day station. Please let K9CJ, our Field Day chairman, know if you wish to operate. Help will be needed for set up on Friday evening and everyone is asked to be there at 6 P.M. We have received permission from the Oak Forest Hospital for our Field Day operation, and W9NJB has issued the News Release. K9MDO may have to pick up the motor home from W9NJB’s son. N9AKR will be providing the primary generator, the club’s unit will be the backup and Dave Alm WG9J has offered his generator, if needed. The Club will pay for all gas and food.
Club By-Laws – K9MDO explained the current club operating rules (the By-Laws), which had been updated to 13 from the original 10. Bob read the By-Laws as updated.  These now include the additional “Honorary Lifetime Member” provisions. Following the reading and discussion, it was moved by AF9H and seconded by N9ORD that the new provisions be approved. The motion passed by a voice vote.

 New Business:

Picnic – The Second Annual Club Picnic was discussed. AF9H and AI9L had previously suggested that it be held at their home in Braceville, as was done last year. Various dates were discussed and Saturday, August 16, at 2:00 was set as the tentative date and time.  Bob, N9ORD will be the chairman. After determining who will attend, a list of dishes, salads, and desserts will be distributed and attendees can opt for what they would like to bring. The Club at a previous meeting suggested that this would be a “pot luck” arrangement with the Club paying for any additional food or beverages not brought by participants.
BARS Hamfest – K9MDO offered two tickets to the BARS Hamfest on August 3. AF9H and AI9L will be there as QSL Field Checkers.

Thanks to N9ORD for his providing pop and a selection of cookies for the meeting. The business meeting was adjourned at 8:10 and the program “The K3LR Contest Station” was presented by program chairman W9ILY.  

Those present tonight were: K9BWQ and XYL Dolores, N9AKR, W9ILY, K9CJ, K9MDO, N9LAH, AI9L, AF9H, and WF9V.

Respectfully submitted by John Holmes, Vice President