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                        Metro DX Club Meeting Minutes  

                                      September 18, 2015

The meeting was called to order by President Jim Mornar N9TK, with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag at 19:32.

In attendance, besides Jim, were John, W9ILY, Bob K9CJ, John K9DRS, Jerry K9PY, Lee WA9LEY, Matt KA9BBQ, Phil N9LAH, Tony N9AAC, Zig KM9M and Jeff KD9APD.

There was nothing to report about Health and Welfare.


The MINUTES were distributed. A motion was made by N9AAC and seconded by K9CJ to accept.

The TREASURERS REPORT was distributed by John, W9ILY. Income of $159.40 was from two new members’ dues, WUST awards, July 50/50 and QSL card sales from the W9LNQ estate. Expenses were $255.08 for liability insurance, web domain costs, postage and meat for our picnic. The entire Treasurer’s Report is available in the “files” section of our Metro Yahoo Group.

A motion to approve the treasurer’s report was made by N9LAH and seconded by KM9M.

WUST Awards have been earned by 118 operators including 18 Metro DX members.

CLUB PICNIC: A brief report was given by N9LAH. All had a fun time and were well fed.

DXpedition funding is to be put on hold until next year.

Nothing is conclusive at this time about the Tinley Park EOC amateur radio antenna. An antenna would require a small footprint with no or minimum radials. A multi-band vertical dipole might be a consideration such as a TW Antenna (Trans World) or a GAP Titan antenna.

Club HATS can be ordered through K9DRS and club NAME BADGES from the SIGNMAN of OHIO.

A report on the W9DXCC event was made by several members who were in attendance. A prize recipient was W9ILY of a K1N beer stein. It was agreed everyone in attendance was a winner.


W4DXCC will be held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Sept. 25-26.



E6GG on Niue Island in the South Pacific.

D67GIA on the Comoros Islands between Africa and Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

DX to look forward to includes:

TO1E  St. Martin trip by K9NU, W9ILY and K9EL October 20-29, 2015.

St. Barts – FJ by W9AEB next year.

Palmyra KH5 with N9TK and WB9Z on the team in 2016.

VP8 from South Sandwich (VP8STI) and South Georgia (VP8SGI) in 2016 with K9AJ on the team.

For current and scheduled DXpeditions check out:

There was discussion of the CW ACADEMY offered by The CW Operators Club at

N9AAC had some additional questions on antennas and baluns at his home QTH.

Our WINTERFEST DINNER will be scheduled for Jan. 15, 2016. WA9LEY is to co-ordinate with the possibility of CHAMPS in Orland Park.

Board elections will be scheduled for the November meeting.

The current Board will continue, although nominations will be accepted.

160 Meter Contest club score placement was announced. Metro was 8th from the bottom.

ROUTE  66 special event activities were discussed.

SPECIAL EVENT activation of W9TY recognizing the Diamond Illinois Mine Disaster of 1883 to be February 6, 2016 from the QTH of W9ILY. Operations will be on SSB including  20 and 40 meters, 11:00 to 17:00 local time. For more info:

Following a motion to adjourn by N9AAC and seconded, the meeting was called to a CLOSE at 20:31.

A short break was followed by a presentation of N1MM PLUS contest logging software by John W9ILY.

Respectfully submitted:

John Raiger K9DRS