Metro DX Club Meeting Minutes
October 21, 2016
The meeting was called to order by President Jim N9TK with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag at 19:30.
In attendance, besides Jim were John W9ILY, Bob K9CJ, Matt KA9BBQ, Jerry K9PY, Mike K9LSH, Thomas N9IHZ, Lee WA9LEY, Jeff KD9APD, Wayne AC9EF, Dennis KA9ZZT and guest Jerry K9LOT.
Health and Welfare: Sadly, long time member Jack W9NJB passed away peacefully on October 16. W9ILY read a portion of Jack's obituary that highlighted Jack's history and the organizations to which he belonged. Jack held the position of Secretary/Treasurer for Metro for many years and will certainly be missed. Several club members shared their remembrances of Jack with the group.
The MINUTES of the previous meeting were moved approved by K9PY and seconded by KA9ZZT.
The TREASURERS REPORT was distributed by John, W9ILY. $946.18 is available for donations. We had income of $39.95 with expenses of $14.85. The treasurer's report was approved unanimously.
WUST activity: Two WUST awards were issued, one to DL1ASA and one to SP8IQR, both for 16 confirmations.
There were no contest results to report this month. However, several members including WA9LEY, W9OA, N9IHZ and W9ILY participated in the Illinois QSO Party for Metro.
EOC antenna: This project still on hold pending an administrative decision. The cost estimate is between $500 and $700. Metro will get together with Pat Carr to discuss the project.
Contests scheduled in the near future were mentioned. A brief discussion was held concerning our again offering the "Most Improved DXer" award for 2017 as we did not have this competition for 2016.
Special Event Station: Our upcoming Special Event station activity using the W9C special call was discussed at length. We will use the call W9C which we have for one week beginning on October 31st through November 6th. A sign up and schedule list is currently on www.dropbox.com. If members have a problem with Dropbox, let firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com know and they will assist. W9C operations will be from your home QTH. In addition N9TK has arranged with WB9Z for a group to travel to his QTH for the operation and to see Jerry's superstation on Saturday November 5 from 10:00 to 15:00. Jim will meet interested members at 7:30 for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel at I-57 and US-30 in Matteson. Jim will obtain food for the club and the club will reimburse him. This was agreed to by all members present.
Winter Dinner: The annual Winterfest Dinner was discussed and WA9LEY volunteered to again be the chairman. We were very pleased last year with Papa Joe's in Orland Park. The proposed date is Saturday, January 21, 2017.
Dues for 2017: Dues for the upcoming year were discussed and all agreed that there should be no change from the current $15 annual cost.
Nominations for and election of club officers will be made at the November meeting.
The DXpedition to Bouvet in 2018 was discussed and both N9TK and WB9Z will be team members. All agreed that the club should make a donation in the name of the club with an amount to be determined at a later date.
A general discussion was held concerning sea sickness cures, something that N9TK and WB9Z will certainly need for the boat trip to Bouvet.
Following a motion to adjourn by N9IHZ and second by WA9LEY the meeting was called to a CLOSE at 20:18.
Following a short break, a video of the huge 80 Meter Yagi at WØAIH in Wisconsin was presented. The video of the work being done at the top of the 120' tower was made by a drone.