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Metro DX Club Meeting Minutes

 May 27, 2016

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Bob K9CJ, with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag at 19:42.

In attendance, besides Bob, were John  W9ILY,  John K9DRS,  Bob, K9MDO, Matt KA9BBQ,  Carl K9CS with Chris W9LIZ, Jerry K9PY,  Bob N9ORD,  Dennis KA9ZZT, Mike K9AJ with Sue K9XYL, Thomas N9IHZ, Tony N9VVO, Phil N9LAH with Cindy (XYL) and George W9OA with family members and guest Guy N9NK.


Health and Welfare   Has nothing to report

The MINUTES as distributed were approved of the previous meeting by KA9ZZT and seconded by N9IHZ.

The TREASURERS REPORT was distributed by John, W9ILY. The amount of $1,520.47 is available for donations. Income of $1,584.54 was from dues, WUST and K9ILX and W9LNQ estate sales. Expenses of $271.95 were incurred for a memorial brick at the ARRL for K9ILZ. A motion to approve the treasurerís report was made by K9MDO and seconded by KA9BBQ.

WUST awards had been issued to SV2CXI from Greece, AH6FX and OE6CLD.

Information on K9ILX Estate stated that more than 25 of 45 items were sold with Metro acquiring $1,395.00 this month. 

Bob N9ORD gave a report on the DAYTON HAMVENTION. $400 of estate items were sold by N9ORD and N9LAH at Dayton.


We finished  6th place of 20 in club category for Illinois QSO Party with 4 participants, the In November sweepstakes we were 32 of 41 with 5 participants and  CQ World Wide CW  45 of 65 with 14 participants.


The question was presented about sponsoring a plaque for CQ DX Marathon or another contest in the future. Alternative financial sponsorship ideas were also mentioned for consideration.

Field Day: We will be at the Tinley Park Mental Health Center as last year with use of the trailer and generator. A discussion of equipment was mentioned as well as filling the overnight shift.  Meal staff was organized with K9PY and N9IHZ to provide Saturday dinner. Equipment has been scheduled.

The EOC antenna is still on hold pending an antenna decision.  An Antenna without radials is required. The Village was given a list of antenna possibilities.  There is a possibility of having a TransWorld antenna being donated to the EOC following its use with National Parks on the Air.

K9CJ reported the SDR Radio project has all parts and is awaiting assembly.

Special Event Station: An operation in early November honoring Walter Cronkiteís 100th anniversary of his birth was discussed. We will request the call W9C.

General Discussion:

Guy N9NK gave a brief introduction of his ham experiences to the club.

Following a motion to adjourn by KA9BBQ and seconded by K9PY, the meeting was called to a CLOSE at 20:30.

Following a short break, Mike K9AJ gave a great presentation of his DXpedition to South Georgia Island VP8SGI and South Sandwich Island VP8STI earlier this year.

Respectfully submitted:

John Raiger K9DRS