Metro DX Club NOVEMBER 2022 Meeting Minutes
November 18, 2022
We had an in person meeting this month as well as offering a ZOOM option for those unable to attend. Thanks to John K9EL for his assistance.
The meeting was called to order by our President Jim N9TK. In attendance besides Jim were K9CJ, WT2P, NE9A, W9KM, W9PDS, K9GA, K9DRS, NG9R, K9KSH, W9KXT, AC9CK, WD9DZV, K9QVB, WA9LEY.
Attending via ZOOM were K9EL, NX0I, WB9Z, W9ILY, W9EWZ, KD9NYP, WU9D, WC3W.
Some in attendance and on ZOOM were guests.
NEW MEMBER Our two new members, KD9OIQ and KD9UTJ were announced.
HEALTH AND WELFARE No health issues reported.
NEW CALL Larry KC9RLE is now NG9R.
MINUTES George K9GA motioned to accept the October minutes, it was seconded by CJ WT2P and passed.
TREASURER’S REPORT John W9ILY reports that the Club had income of $225 from 2023 dues and some additional monies received for certificates issued.
Congrats to Brian WD9HSY for earning the WUST award and to N6WZQ for earning his Metro Gold certificate. Detailed Treasurer reports are filed on our groups.io site.
WUST Again, congrats to Brian WD9HSY for earning his WUST award.
NAQP RTTY TEAM RESULTS Runners 20th place
Chasers 31st place
NAQP CW TEAMS Dits 58the place
Dahs 71st place
Congrats to Ralph K9ZO who finished 4th in the 9 land.
NAQP SSB TEAMS Yellers 30th place
Screamers 31st place
Congrats to Barry N2BJ who finished 4th in 9 land.
CONTESTS ARRL Sweepstakes SSB is running this weekend and CQWW CW is at the end of the month. See the WA7BNM contest site for details on these and other upcoming events.
DX ON THE BANDS Lots of DX has been reported. T33T, A35GC and TL8AA have been very active.
Thanks to Jerry WB9Z, Ralph K9ZO and others for all the DX spots they announce on the reflector.
DXPEDITION DONATIONS The Club had donated $250 to the previous Bouvet attempt but got our money back when it didn’t happen. A discussion about the upcoming Bouvet and Crozet DXpeditions resulted in voting in favor of Metro donating $250 to each. Bouvet is a major undertaking and Crozet will be a 1 man show who will be there for 3 months.
BOARD ELECTIONS Thanks to Bob K9CJ who is stepping down from his Vice President position after many years serving the Club. Patrick W9PDS agreed to fill the open slot. The other board members N9TK, W9ILY and WA9LEY agreed to remain on in their current positions for 2023. A vote was taken and Patrick will be our new VP and the board members will continue on as well.
DUES John W9ILY reports that 25 members have paid their 2023 dues so far. 2023 dues can be paid now by mail to the Club address on our website or via PayPal. NOTE: When sending in dues via PayPal, please use friends and family option to avoid a cost to the Club.
WINTERFEST 2023 A save the date email has been sent out announcing Friday, Jan 20th as the upcoming date for Winterfest 2023. It will be held at Papa Joe’s in Orland Park. More details will follow later on the reflector.
Lots of DX on the bands with plenty of tips on the reflector.
KH8 is now active.
W9PDS has moved and getting set up at his new QTH.
John K9EL reports that his team will be leaving soon for TO9W.
Some members talked about their DXpedition adventures including 2 week seasick boat rides, freezing temps, hot temps, insects as well as others with beautiful beaches and fancy restaurants.
A motion was made by CJ WT2P to close the meeting, seconded by Larry NG9R and the meeting was adjourned.
We were pleased to have Mark WC3W as our presenter this month. He joined us via ZOOM. He is the new CQ Marathon manager who is taking over for John K9EL who has been in the position for 17 years. He presented an interesting slide show explaining the program and how to submit your scores and talking about the group of volunteers he has assembled to help him. He is hoping to expand participation in the future.
Submitted by Lee WA9LEY