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Metro DX Club Meeting Minutes


May 9, 2014


The meeting was called to order by President Jim Mornar, N9TK, at 7:40 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. We welcomed our newest member, Billie Kerouac K9QT to Metro. Unfortunately, Billie was not able to attend this month’s meeting.


Old Business


a.)    Health and welfare:

i.)                  W9ILY explained to the group that he had spoken with Dot, N9ALC, XYL of Bob W9LNQ. Bob is at his home now and is visited daily by a physical therapist. He is in a wheel chair all the time and is not very responsive. Bob would certainly appreciate hearing from the club members. Cards should be sent to: Bob Truhlar, 1701 W. 101st Street, Chicago, IL 60643.

ii.)                Bob, K9MDO, is now on his way back to Illinois from his home in Florida.

b.)    All members received a copy of the March minutes. K9TP moved they be approved and the motion was seconded by K9DRS. Minutes approved.

c.)    The Treasurer’s Report was reviewed by W9ILY. Income was from the K9QT membership dues and expenses were for postage. Details were distributed to all members. The report was approved. Our complete Treasurer’s Report is in the “files” section on our Yahoo Group.

d.)   Upcoming contests were discussed by Bob, K9CJ and Jim, N9TK. Upcoming is the CQ-M Russian contest and Armed Forces Day this weekend. The CQWPX-CW will run on the weekend of May 24-25. N9TK and W9ILY will be operating from the K9CT superstation for WPX. Jim, NV9X, discussed the three QSO parties last weekend and how the N1MMLogger program worked well for all three contests.

e.)    There were no WUST awards requested or issued since last month.

f.)     The WAE Challenge for Metro was reviewed by again W9ILY. There are three classes: those having fewer than 100 DXCC, those having 100-200 DXCC and those having over 200.To date only seven members have reported their activity to W9ILY for web posting. The rules and results are on the web site. We need more participation.

g.)    Mark, our picnic chairman, gave a very brief report about the picnic. It will be at the N9LAH QTH on the first Saturday in August. Additional details to follow.

h.)    Our Metro representatives at the Dayton Hamvention will be N9ORD and N9LAH. They will be in booth FE4019.



New Business


a.)    Our July meeting will feature a CW Pileup program, the same as is held at W9DXCC. K9AJ will be giving the program with W9ILY assisting. Eight persons may participate at a time. There will be prizes!! K9CJ mentioned that operating in Field Day will be good practice for the pileup competition.

b.)    Clublog Donation: W9ILY explained that last year Metro donated the equivalent of $50.00 to support Clublog with the work they do for DXpeditions. It was moved by NV9X and seconded by K9CJ that a similar donation should be made this year. Motion passed.

c.)    General discussion:

1.)    We need to have a refreshment chairman to handle this after the picnic. K9PY noted that the refreshments used to rotate between members in past years. For June, N9TK and K9CJ will provide the goodies.

2.)    K9DRS noted that are very helpful and have great graphics.

3.)    N9TK told the story of his Ducie Island experience and how one station’s log had the wrong year in the log that caused lots of problems.

4.)    W9ILY noted that the VK9ML DXpedition had a problem with their 10 meter logs being off by several hours. This was corrected by the DXpedition members.



K9TP moved the meeting close with a second by K9CJ. The meeting closed at 8:23.


We all enjoyed a refreshment period but we were unable to have a program as planned. The Tinley Park EOC has changed their internet access so that it is no longer public but requires a user name and password that we did not have. Bob, K9CJ, will see if he can secure one for the next meeting. An idea was suggested for a future meeting that DX clusters, spotting and various DX sources be described and explained. This is a great idea and will be helpful for all.


Attendees:  K9CJ, K9DRS, K9PY, K9TP, N9TK, NV9X, W9ILY and WB9LSH.


Submitted by W9ILY, Secretary-Treasurer