Metro DX Club October Meeting Minutes
October 15, 2021
We continued to meet via ZOOM for the October meeting. Thanks to John K9EL for his help.
The meeting was called to order by our President Jim N9TK. In attendance, besides Jim were K9GA, K9EL, W9ILY, WT2P, K9LS, NE9A, K9DRS, K9CJ, K9ZO, KC9EOQ, K9ARZ, W9MK, NE9A, K9LSH, K9NU, W9PDS, WA9LEY.
HEALTH AND WELFARE No reports
The MINUTES of the previous meeting were approved.
TREASURER’S REPORT John W9ILY reports that the Club had income of $55 which was from dues payments and a donation. John reports that Club expenses included a $250 donation to the 3Y0J DXpedition, a $15.85 quarterly domain cost and a $13.49 web cost. Detailed Treasurer reports are filed on our groups.io site.
WUST No recent WUST activity.
Last Year CA QSO Party had 10 members participate. Metro finished as 6th in the nation among small non California clubs.
NAQP RTTY Metro teams finished 26th and 28, about the middle of the pack.
CQWW CW 3 Metro members received certificates for their efforts.
Congrats to K9ZO for winning a plaque for his QRP Sweepstakes entry.
KING OF THE HILL No current winner.
THIS WEEKEND IN CONTESTING
This weekend is the JARTS RTTY contest. John W9ILY reminded attendees to read the rules regarding frequency restrictions.
Also this Sunday is the Illinois QSO party. Please submit your scores under Metro DX Club. METRO ELECTIONS Nominations are open for those interested in running for the Club Board. The election will be in November.
DUES Dues for next year remain at $15 and can be paid to W9TY via PayPal or via check to the Club address on our website.
SPECIAL EVENT The Club is interested in running another special event station next year. We talked about a special event commemorating the 1st regularly scheduled broadcast from Chicago in 1922 from the Westinghouse building. There were sporadic evening hours broadcasts in 1921 but regularly scheduled programming didn’t begin until 1922. We are potentially looking at Labor Day to host the event. More info will be announced.
The meeting was adjourned followed by a round table discussion of members’ current activities.
There has been plenty of DX available to work including a few welcome DXpeditions.
Lots of antenna work preparing for the contest season.
K9PY has moved to Oregon and has joined the Central Oregon DX Club. We hope to hear him on the bands soon.
John K9EL reminded the group that his TO9W trip is coming up in December. He held a planning meeting with the other ops and pilots and looks forward to lots of contacts. He is also planning a real time QSO tracker similar to what S9OK used on their recent DXpedition.
Many talked about filling many band slots lately with the increased activity. Speaking of band slots, Jerry WB9Z and NV9L are #1 in North America for S9OK band slots worked.
John K9EL will be one of the operators at the VA2UR CQWW SSB multiop coming up in a couple of weeks. Please look for them and give them some points.
John K9EL is handling the estate sale for WA9EMY. He will send a link to the group with the available items.
Ft Wayne hamfest is coming up.
Mel NE9A volunteered as a logistics net controller at the Chicago Marathon last weekend.
We were pleased to have CJ WT2P make a presentation of his participation as W0W in the 2021 Missouri QSO party from the county lines of Putnam, Sullivan and Adair. He presented a slide show of their group operations that began in 2016. CJ says they have the potential for a new expedition class record on 2021 with 918K points! For the entire presentation, watch the meeting video.
Here’s the recording of the meeting courtesy of John K9EL. http://www.k9el.com/MetroDX/MetroDX-15Oct21.mp4
Submitted by Lee WA9LEY