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Metro DX Club Meeting Minutes


September 12, 2014


The meeting was called to order by President Jim Mornar, N9TK with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. We were pleased to welcome visitors Matt, KA9BBQ, his XYL Barb and Kurt, WB9FMC.


Old Business


a.)    Health and welfare:

N9LAH reported on the condition of Jerry, KE9I.

We were very pleased to have Paul, K9NU, in attendance after his recent surgery.

b.)    The July minutes are posted on the web site. A motion to accept was made by W9MK and seconded by N9LAH.

c.)    The Treasurer’s Report was reviewed by W9ILY. It was noted that we have changed our bank due to service charges imposed by our former bank. Our complete Treasurer’s Report is in the “files” section on our Yahoo Group. Approval was moved by K9PY and seconded by K9DRS.

d.)   Receipts for donations to the American Heart Association in memory of W9LNQ and from the American Heart Association in memory of K9BWQ were acknowledged.

e.)    Past contests were reviewed by W9ILY. Metro finished #29 out of 38 in the 2014 CQWW WPX RTTY contest with 1,255,779 points. In the 2014 ARRL International contests, the ARRL combines the CW and SSB entries and, because of this, Metro fell into the Medium category with 12 entries and 1,626.945 points. This was third from the bottom. Had we been in the Local category that is limited to 10 member entries, we would have finished in the top 10. N9TK reported that Val, NV9L, finished WPXSSB as #1 in North America.

f.)     There were no WUST awards requested or issued since last month. N9TK reported on the Navassa (KP1) operation that should occur within the next 18 months. Since the relationship between the ham community and the Fish & Wildlife Service has apparently become stronger, any modification to our WUST award criteria will be postponed. Jim also noted that a Letter of Recommendation had been sent supporting the Navassa operation.

g.)    Jim, N9TK, displayed the beautiful K9W DXpedition of the Year Award that all DXpedition members had received.   

h.)    Phil, N9LAH, reported that all had a fun time at our annual picnic.

i.)      Jim, N9TK, reported that Metro will sponsor the North America plaque for the DX Marathon for two years. The cost will be approximately $30 for each plaque. This will be good advertising for our club.



New Business


a.)    Metro will operate a Special Event Station on Saturday, November 22 between 10:00 and 18:00 on 40 SSB and 20 SSB. N9TK will open his shack for 40M and W9ILY and K9DRS may have their shacks available for 20M and other bands. K9DRS will research the possibility of having an Illinois Proclamation made for this event. A sample certificate was displayed.

b.)    N9TK reported on the status of the K9BWQ estate sale. Frank’s XYL Delores had contacted Jim for assistance and they had agreed that Metro would dispose of the equipment. The club will receive a 20% donation that will be donated in Frank’s memory to DXpeditions and DXing. The only equipment remaining at Frank’s QTH is the tower, antenna, HyTower, FT-1000, Commander amplifier and tuner.

c.)    K9BWQ’s tower is a Tri-ex LM-470. A tower party will be needed to bring it down. The antenna needs to be removed before winter arrives.

d.)   Dues: It was suggested that club dues be raised to $15 from $10 after December 31. Payment for 2015 can be made at the $10 level until 12/31. A motion was made by K9DRS with a second by WA9LEY. Approval was unanimous.

e.)    Board elections will be made in November. Members were reminded to begin thinking of nominations to be held at our October meeting.

f.)     Winter dinner: N9TK has contacted the Harvest House where we had our 2014 dinner and Jim will follow up with them.

g.)    A motion was made by N9LAH and seconded by W9MK to close the meeting.



We all enjoyed a refreshment period that was followed by a presentation of the Classic N1MMLogger program by John W9ILY.




Attendees:  K9AJ, K9DRS, K9MDO, K9NU, K9PY, N9LAH, N9TK, NV9X, WA9LEY, W9ILY, W9MK and visitors KA9BBQ, his XYL Barb and WB9FMC.


Submitted by W9ILY, Secretary/Treasurer