November 2013  


  Home Membership Our History Club Activities Favorites Awards Members photos Members at their rigs Members' DXpeditions Members' Awards Metro DX Challenge Members Contesting Club Contest Results W9TY Awards Meeting Minutes In Memoriam By-Laws

Metro DX Club Meeting Minutes

 November 15, 2013

The meeting was called to order by President Phil Snyder, N9LAH, at 7:40 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. As decided last month, we were all enjoying pizza from Ed and Joe’s.

Old Business

a.)    Health and welfare: K9RB has returned home from the hospital. K9CS was not feeling well tonight and could not make our meeting. W9ILY reported that he visited briefly yesterday with W9LNQ and N9ALC and both were feeling well.

b.)    September meeting minutes were discussed and it was noted that the Metro position for the ARRL International contests was a combination of SSB and CW scores, not only for SSB as was reported. Minutes approval was moved by K9CJ and seconded by K9PY. Approved.

c.)    Treasury Report: Balance is $1542.38. There were no expenses and no income during the month.

d.)   Contesting: W9ILY made a brief contest report. In the NAQP-RTTY in July Metro finished #29 out of 43 entries. N9LAH reported that in the 2013 WPX RTTY contest the N9LAH/K9CS team finished #1 in the WORLD! Congratulations! ARRL SS-SSB is this weekend.

e.)    WUST Award Update: No awards issued this month. Mike, K9AJ, explained how IOTA QSL cards are checked by the IOTA checkpoint. This was discussed as a potential WUST applicant had inquired as to whether his approved IOTA counters would be proof of his qualification for the WUST Award. It will and the person was advised of this.

f.)     Winterfest Dinner: The Winterfest Dinner was discussed but Jim, N9TK, who is our chairman, was busy activating K9W for the deserving. It was decided that choosing a restaurant and ordering off the menu will be the best as we will not meet the numbers necessary for a banquet hall. Several locations such as Isabella in Tinley Park, Ciao for a family party, Ottimo (to be checked by K9DRS) and Mama Mia were mentioned. When N9TK returns, he will coordinate.


New Business


a.)    2014 dues: The dues for 2014 are now due. They will remain at $10.00.

b.)    Donations:

1.      We are very fortunate to be able to use the EOC room for our meetings. It was suggested that we donate $50 to the EOC as was done last year. Motion made by K9CJ and seconded by N9ORD. Approved.

2.      There has been a generous offer made by an NCDXF member to match all contributions made in 2013. Since we make a yearly contribution, it was decided to make a $100 donation now toward 2014 to take advantage of the match for NCDXF. Moved by K9PY and seconded by NV9X. Approved.


c.)    Current and past DX: K9W is very active with five 9th area operators; XR0ZR is active until 11/20, T33A until 11/18, W8A and N8A 11/24, Z81X until 11/28, XZ1J until 11/26.

d.)   Upcoming DX: Activity by S21 Bangladesh 11/19-29, VU7 Laccadives 11/20-12/10.

e.)    2014 Officers: Jim, N9TK, has offered his services as President. Thanks, Jim!! W9ILY agreed to continue as secretary/treasurer for another year. The office of Vice President will be held by K9CJ and will be assisted K9DRS and WB9LSH. Approval for the officers was moved by NV9X and seconded by N9ORD. Approved.

f.)     New Member: John, K9DRS, brought Mike Rende, WB9LSH, to our meeting and Mike decided to join Metro. Welcome, Mike!

g.)    General discussion:

1.      K9DRS has three mechanical TTY units that need a home (other than his). Anybody who is interested in one should contract John, K9DRS.

2.      The TV show “Last Man Standing” that includes a story line about ham radio will include using the rig on the TV set in next week’s program.


A motion to close the meeting was made by K9PY. Meeting closed at 8:40.


Pizza was provided by the club with drinks provided by K9CJ and plates, etc. by N9LAH.


Two short videos were shown by K9DRS to entertain the group. One featured a tower handling disaster…how NOT to take down your tower.


The W9LNQ display of some of his historic QSL cards was available for members to view. Thanks again, Bob!


Attendees: K9AJ, K9CJ, K9DRS, K9PMV, K9PY, K9XYL, N9LAH and Cindy, N9ORD, NV9X, WB9LSH and W9ILY.


Submitted by W9ILY, Secretary-Treasurer