Metro DX Club May 2023 Meeting Minutes
May 12, 2023
We had an in person meeting this month as well as offering a ZOOM option for those unable to attend. We met a week earlier than usual to avoid conflicting with the Dayton Hamvention. Thanks to Patrick W9PDS for his assistance.
The meeting was called to order by our President Jim N9TK. In attendance besides Jim were NV9X, W9KXT, NE9A, N2BJ, W9EWZ, WA9GQK, KA9IUC, W9AP, W9MK, KC9EOQ, K9EL, KE0TNT, N7US, K9LSH, W9PDS, W9ILY, WT2P, WA9LEY. Some in attendance were guests.
Steve W9KXT motioned to accept the April minutes, it was seconded by Jim NV9X and approved.
We had one new member, KD0IRF.
HEALTH AND WELFARE
No current issues were reported
John W9ILY reports that the Club had dues income of $15 with no expenses. Detailed Treasurer reports are filed on our groups.io site.
No WUST awards to report.
Our FD location will be at N9TK again this year, the 4th weekend in June. There are some rule changes this year that need to be looked into before we firm up our entry category. Jim’s potential antenna issues have been resolved. We will be able to run wires into the wooded area behind his home.
VOLTA RTTY and CQ M contests will be held this weekend. CQ WPX CW is in 2 weeks. See the WA7BNM contest site for details on these and other upcoming events.
DX ON THE BANDS
Lots of DX has been reported on the Club reflector. A big DXpedition to Ducie Island courtesy of AA7JV is coming up soon. RIB’s (Rig in a box) are being deployed on land with the control operators on a boat nearby. In addition to the ops on the boat, there will be stations stateside and elsewhere operating the RIB’s via remote connection. This should be interesting. Check out the AA7JV QRZ page for info on the RIB setup.
Thanks to Jerry WB9Z, Ralph K9ZO, George K9GA and others for all the DX spots they announce on the reflector.
NEXT MONTH PROGRAM
Craig K9CT will present his BIG tower project.
A motion was made by CJ WT2P to close the meeting, seconded by Steve W9KXT and the meeting was adjourned.
Instead of a formal program this month, we opted to have a roundtable with members going through their ham radio histories, how they got interested in radio, their Elmers, their first stations and antennas and some of their operating preferences. Some gave video shack tours, DX awards earned and the friends they have made over the years through ham radio.
Submitted by Lee WA9LEY