Metro DX Club
September 13, 2013
The meeting was called to order by N9LAH at 7:30 PM with
the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Health and welfare: K9MDO will be visiting K9RB. John Raiger,
K9DRS, noted that some other clubs have encountered a problem with HIPA when
mentioning members’ health issues. Thus, specific issues will not be recorded.
A note from Bob, W9LNQ, was read by W9ILY. Bob has generously
donated $50 to the club to help with the cost of the club flag.
July meeting minutes were discussed and approved, moved by K9BWQ
and seconded by K9CS.
Treasury Report: Balance is $1647.19. Expenses of $257.41 included
the yearly WEB domain cost ($11.45), the annual picnic ($70.01) and the club
flag ($175.95). Income totaled $128.71 and was from WUST awards (three for
$14.93), W9YYG Estate sales ($63.78) and W9LNQ donation for the club flag
Contesting: In the absence of K9CJ, W9ILY made a contest report.
Results were from ARRL RTTY Roundup where Metro finished 5th in the
Local Club category with 4 logs submitted; in the CQWW 160 Meter contest we
finished 9th from the bottom; in the 2013 WPX RTTY contest Metro
finished 28th out of 42 with 5 logs being credited; in the NAQP SSB, the Metro
Marauders finished 3rd from the bottom with 4 logs submitted; in the NAQP CW,
the Metro Marauders finished 75th out of 96 with 5 logs submitted; in
the 2013 WPX SSB, while there is not a club competition, NV9L finished #5 in the
USA as a multi-single entry with 6,925,566 points. N9TK was one of the
WUST Award Update: Awards were issued to SM3KIF, K9MDO and W5BPT.
To date, three applications have been the result of a link from the K9W web
Picnic: Picnic coordinator Mark May, K9TP, was unable to attend
tonight’s meeting so a brief recap was made by N9LAH. Everyone had a great
time and the weather was perfect. A surprise cake was presented to W9NJB on his
90th birthday. A full report is on our web site.
Club Flag: The club flag has been purchased and is currently in
the custody of N9LAH and was flown
on N9LAH’s tower at the club picnic for all to see. It is single sided with a
black logo on a white background. N9LAH will deliver it to WB9Z for Jerry to
take to K9W. A photo will be taken at the hand-off to WB9Z.
DX donations: Club donations and guidelines were discussed at
length. The results of these discussions will be posted on the club reflector in
the files area that is only available to Metro members.
N9LAH noted that N2WB will not be joining the C82DX DXpedition.
A donation of $50.00 to the upcoming N8A DXpedition will be made
as it will be a WUST location. This donation was moved, seconded and approved by
the members present.
The operations at KG4 were discussed and, since it is a WUST
location, N9LAH will research the possibility of having a WUST “flyer”
included with the QSL cards that are sent by the club handling those cards.
A short discussion was held concerning a possible inter- or intra-
club competition. Since the Metro Marathon had such little interest, this other
idea will not be pursued.
A Metro club sponsorship of awards and plaques was discussed. N9TK
will bring a list of possible openings for sponsorships and further discussion
will be held.
Current and past DX: The activity by T10VB was noted along with
the previous expeditions to non-DXCC locations. N9LAH mentioned that he just
worked 9M6XRO. K9PY noted that he had recently replaced the rotary encoder on
Upcoming Contests: CQWW-RTTY, SSB and CW are the major upcoming
contests. The CQWW rules have just changed and it is important to review them.
Note that a club entry requires four logs to be submitted, so all club members
are asked to be sure that Metro DX Club is entered as your club.
W9ILY noted the importance of having a correct log and submitting
a log on behalf of Metro whenever you enter a contest. He pointed out that a
single error in his log for the WPX-CW contest, logging K90M instead of K9OM
cost 595 points! While it was a typing error, it was still a mistake. Be sure to
check your logs and review the “log checking report” after the contest
results are published to see where you made errors so you can, hopefully,
correct those errors in the future.
A motion to close the meeting was made by K9MDO and
seconded by W9NKV. Meeting closed at 8:25.
Refreshments were provided by N9TK.
A short video outlining the FT5ZM DXpedition was shown.
W9LNQ has donated a nice display of some of his historic
QSL cards to the club. These are in plastic hanging displays and will be brought
to future meetings. In addition, an unusual award that Bob had received from
Singapore, the Lion City Award, was donated. Thanks Bob!
Attendees: N9LAH, K9CS, K9BWQ and Delores, K9PY, N9TK,
K9MDO, N9ORD, K9DRS, W9NKV and W9ILY.
Submitted by W9ILY, Secretary-Treasurer