September 2010  


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Metro DX Club Meeting

Minutes for Sept. 17th, 2010

The meeting was called to order by vice president W9ILY due to our President K9MDO’s absence. We welcomed two visitors to the meeting: W9HW, Dave and N9XR, Jerry.

W9ILY reported on several activities:

The Metro picnic was held at AF9H's QTH on August 21. A total of 17 members and guests had a great time.

Bill, N2WB, had his photo published in the August “CQ” (page 92) doing tower work.

In the CQWW DX CW, the following members reported scores: W9OA, W9ILY, NV9X, N9LAH, WB9Z, W9PDS, N9WK, K9CJ and KM9M. Great activity!

He also noted that CQ magazine has begun listing those entrants who received a “red card” or a “yellow card” for violation of the rules. Four stations were noted who had "unverifiable contacts” and/or “unclaimed assistance”. It is most important to be sure your entry category is correct.

The Metro DX club came in 6th in overall scoring for all ARRL DX International club competition entries for 2009 with over 1.2 million points.

He also mentioned upcoming contests.

W9ILY has resumed WEB page updates as Pat, W9PDS, has both business and family activities that are fully occupying his time. Any corrections or updates to the WEB page should be sent to John (

K9BWQ reported that ST0 ( Southern Sudan ) may be coming back as a new country.  Also, starting Oct. 10th, 4 new countries will start in the Caribbean , but we will lose 2 countries.

W9ILY noted that we will probably lose one country in the near future, Malyj Vysotskij, R1MV (MV Island) due a new lease agreement between Finland and Russia . He also  gave a brief explanation on how reverse beacon networks and CW skimmer work.

VP8O, the Dxpedition to South Orkney in January, will include Metro member WB9Z.

There was a split the pot raffle and K9PY was the lucky winner.

The club welcomes two new members: K9WJL- Bill Lieb of Braceville , IL and N9XR- Jerry Shirar of Hanover Park , IL .

The program was "3X5A Contest station" by the Voodoo contest group.

Thanks to N9AKR for providing the refreshments.  Next month’s refreshments will be provided by K9PY.

Attending the meeting were W9ILY, K9PY, K9BWQ, N9AKR, K9CJ, W9NKV, AF9H, AI9L, our newest member N9XR and guest W9HW.