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Metro DX Club Meeting Minutes

                                                                 October 16, 2015

 The meeting was called to order by President Jim Mornar N9TK with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag at 19:34.

In attendance, besides Jim, were John  W9ILY, John K9DRS,  Carl K9CS, Lee WA9LEY, Matt KA9BBQ, Phil N9LAH, Gene W9PNG, Bob N9ORD,Jerry K9PY, Nick W9UM, Kurt WB9FMC, Herb KC9OOK, Greg AB9MZ, Mike K9LSH, Jim NV9X and Scott KB9VRW..

Health and Welfare: It was noted that Tom N9IHZ is recovering from a recent medical issue.


The MINUTES of the previous meeting as posted were approved.

The TREASURER’S REPORT was distributed by John, W9ILY. $386.11 is available for donations. Income of $65.96 was from the WUST Award, Gold Certificate and sales of QSL cards from the W9LNQ estate. Expenses were $15.56 for our web domain name and postage. The entire report is available on the Metro Yahoo Group in the Files area.

A listing of previous donations made by the club to DX activities was presented. A motion to approve the treasurer’s report was made by KA9BBQ and seconded by AB9MZ. Motion passed.

WUST awards: We added W4DSM to the honored list.

The Tinley Park EOC amateur radio antenna is still under consideration. This will be placed on hold temporarily pending other village communications upgrades.

A brief discussion was held on the status of our FACEBOOK page. Our thanks go to John Raiger for creating the Metro presence on Facebook.

The K9BWQ tower is scheduled for removal. The club has no involvement with the effort.

SPECIAL EVENT activation for W9TY recognizing the Diamond Illinois Mine Disaster of 1883 will be on Saturday February 6, 2016 from the QTH of W9ILY in Morris, IL. Operations to be SSB including 20 and 40 meters, 11:00 to 17:00 local time. For more info: http://hinton-gen.com/coal/grundy_diamond.html#disaster


All were reminded about the most improved DXer contest for 2015 to be awarded at the Winter Dinner. Get your score to W9ILY by January 3rd.

Plans for the scheduled TO1E  St. Martin trip by K9NU, W9ILY, VE2BWL  and K9EL from October 20-29 were described.

DX to look forward to includes:

Palmyra KH5P in mid-January 2016. See http://palmyra2016.org/  for the team including Jim N9TK, Jerry WB9Z, photos and updates on the activities. Palmyra is an atoll in the North Pacific located south of Hawaii, 5 degrees north of the equator.

South Sandwich  VP8STI and South Georgia VP8SGI  will include Mike K9AJ on the team.

The website http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8/plans.php lists the equipment, “wiring” diagrams, and antenna layouts for this event.

For current and scheduled DXpeditions check out: http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxo.html  

Our WINTERFEST DINNER is to be held on Jan. 15, 2016. WA9LEY is coordinating the location.

Officer elections will be held at the November meeting. The current officers will continue although nominations will be welcome.

Dues were accepted for 2016 at $15.00 per member.

Following a motion to adjourn by N9ORD and second by KB9BBQ, the meeting was called to a CLOSE at 20:20

A short break followed by a presentation from Scott KB9VRW our Affiliated Club Coordinator with the ARRL. Scott explained the advantages provided to our club and answered a variety of questions.

Respectfully submitted:

John Raiger K9DRS