October 2020

Metro DX Club October Meeting Minutes 10/16/20

The Metro DX Club’s October meeting was held on 10/16 via ZOOM. Thanks to John K9EL who arranged checking members in.

The meeting was called to order by Metro President Jim N9TK.  Those attending besides Jim were:


TREASURER’S REPORT  John W9ILY reports our Club had income of $30 which was dues from 2 new members and an expense of $27.34 which was the Club’s quarterly web cost.

BOARD MEMBER NOMINATIONS Our existing board members have agreed to serve an additional term but if anyone is interested in serving, please come forward and throw your name in the ring. The election will be held during the November meeting.

NEW MEMBERS We welcomed 2 new members this month, N9XR and NC9T.

DONATIONS Our Club makes yearly donations to DX related organizations. A motion was made by K9CJ and seconded by WT2P and approved to donate to INDXA ($100), NCDXF ($100), and Club Log ($100).

KING OF THE HILL  Our most recent winner was N2BJ Barry. He had a great score in the California QSO party making 473 contacts.  A member can win once per quarter.  The end of year KING OF THE MOUNTAIN will be awarded to the member who has compiled the most points for the year. You can find your place in the standings on the Metro website. The next event for King of the Hill is SSB Phone.

CONTESTS Congrats to Barry N2BJ and to Ralph K9ZO for their fine scores in CQ WPX SSB. Several members were active in the recent Makrothen RTTY contest. The scoring is interesting since points are based on distance between the station’s grid squares.  This can generate massive scores. Stu Perry, JARTS RTTY, Illinois QP are on this weekend. CQWW DX SSB is coming up.

NEW LOOK WEBSITE  If you haven’t checked it out yet, take a look.  Thanks to JohnW9ILY for all his hard work on this and keeping the site updated.  There’s a lot of info there to see. See member contest results, photos and much more.

MEMBERS IN PRINT  Jerry WB9Z and Val NV9L appeared on the cover of CQ magazine.Mike K9AJ and Sue K9XYL appeared in a CQ  article about a MARCO cruise they were on.

WUST  No new inquiries.

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION  Members took turns updating their recent activities. Many talked about their antenna work. WT2P CJ is pursuing the DXCC Challenge. You can follow your progress on LOTW. A report of JX2US being on the air but hard to work in the Midwest. A JX DXpedition has been rumored. 160 is opening up with many spots on the cluster and some DX spots showing up on 15.

After some additional discussion, the meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by Lee WA9LEY

Metro Secy.