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Metro DX Club Meeting Minutes

June 15, 2018

The meeting was called to order by our President, Jim N9TK, with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

In attendance, besides Jim were John K9DRS, Joe KA9QAT, Mike K9ACM, Mel NE9A, Matt K9BBQ, Jerry K9PY, Bob N9ORD, Bob K9CJ, Steve W9KXT, Ed K9EGS, Ron WB9JYZ, Susan K9XYL, Mike K9AJ, Jim NV9X, Mike K9LSH, John W9ILY, Lee WA9LEY.

OLD BUSINESS

The MINUTES of the previous meeting were approved.

The TREASURERS REPORT was distributed. John W9ILY, presented the Club's treasurer report which shows the club in good financial condition. Details can be found on our metrodxclub.io reflector.

DAYTON John W9ILY reported having a great time at Dayton this year. The food vendors were good as was transportation. There was some rain but it didn't spoil the event. Some buildings had AC and some of our members attended the many seminars offered.

JIM NV9X reported having a good time at a radio conference he attended in Branson.

WUST Two new WUST awards were awarded this month.

HEALTH AND WELFARE We continue to keep Phil N9LAH and XYL Cindy in our thoughts.

CQ WW CW Our club placed #43 of 63 entries.

NEW BUSINESS

Outbound QSL Service Jerry K9PY reported on our club's participation in the ARRL outgoing QSL bureau Continue to bring your QSLs to the meetings. Each member pays a share of the processing cost. A motion was made and approved for the club to pick-up any deficit incurred, this month it amounted to $3.10.

Metro Picnic Jerry WB9Z and Val NV9L are hosting our picnic this year. The date is Saturday August 11 beginning at noon. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass. A list will be prepared to advise what you are bringing. The club is providing meat and soft drinks. Bringing your own chairs is advised.

Field Day 9am set-up with FD starting at 1pm. Jerry K9LOT has offered the club the use of his motor home. We will be operating 2A again this year. Bob K9CJ reports that things are coming together and that he has most of the required items set to go. John W9ILY has configured the computers we will use. We will have 2 HF stations and 1 VHF station on the air. Chefs Bob and Jerry have finalized the menu. Mike K9LSH providing sausage and special sauce. Sat & Sun lunch will offer sandwiches and sides Sat dinner will include hamburgers and sausage. This will be a fun event and there will be plenty of opportunities to operate. Please bring your own chair.

Special Event W9C has been reserved for Oct 11-21 to commemorate the Illinois Bi Centennial Celebration. A notice will be in QST. An on-line signup is being worked on to reserve times for members to operate from their homes. Jim N9TK may host an operating event from his house. We talked about asking stations requesting a QSL for a small donation to defray QSLing costs. The plan is to donate any surplus funds to the David Kalter Youth Adventure.

KH1 Another donation of $100 was approved to help with the upcoming KH1 Baker Island DXpedition. We usually only donate to the main DX foundations but make an exception for those DXpeditions to countries associated with the WUST award that Metro sponsors.

Insurance Our annual insurance is $200/yr. Payment was approved and seconded. We also voted to allow the Treasurer to pay the premium in the future without a club vote.

Announcements Congratulations to Jerry WB9Z and Val NV9L who were married on June 2nd.

A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting for refreshments.

Program Lee WA9LEY made a presentation on the WWFF program, World Wide Flora and Fauna. A general introduction to the program was made. Some YouTube videos of actual activations were shown.

Submitted by Lee WA9LEY