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Mississippi Valley DX/Contest Club (MVDX/CC)
Meeting Minutes

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The February 2018 MVDX/CC meeting was called to order by Pres. Udo  ‑   NIØG at 7:00 pm

The following members and guests were present: AAØFT, ABØRX, AEØTT and XYL Sheila, KØARY, KØHHB, KØKL, K2VV, KBØVE, KCØSTQ, KC9WNZ, KDØEFW, KDØPMW, KEØFIL, KEØMNS, KK9N, NØBE, NØRBB, N5TN, N9ES, NIØC, NIØG, NOØL, WØKZ, WØNFS, WØRL, WØTT, WØVM, W9MO, WAØBSW, WAØBZA, WAØJCO, WBØSND.

Reports:
Treasurer’s Report: Bill  ‑   WAØBSW reported a balance of $2037 in the club treasury, not including dues that were being collected at the meeting.

Secretary’s Report: Eric  ‑   WØTT announced that the minutes of the January meeting are now posted under “Correspondence” on the club website. http://www.mvdxcc.org/

Vice President’s report: Chuck  ‑   NIØC announced the following schedule for future club meeting presentations:

  • March: WØTT  ‑   Ham Radio contacts on a recent visit to Okinawa and Vietnam.
  • April: KØJPL  ‑   presentation on MMTTY.

Chuck then asked for volunteers to give presentations at future meetings, or for requests from the membership for topics of interest. As a result of this, these future presentations were added to the schedule:

  • May: K2VV  ‑   presentation on Magnet wire/insulation.
  • July: KK9N  ‑   presentation on his DXpedition to PJ7.
  • September: KK9N  ‑   presentation on N1MM Logger+.

QSL Bureau Report: John  ‑   K2VV reported that he received a box of cards from Russia, and a smaller number of cards from an individual ham in Cuba. WØTT announced that he has submitted 225 WØ cards from the PJ2T contest that he multi-op’ed. John will integrate these into other cards and give them to the WØ Bureau sorters at the next club meeting.

Health and Welfare: N9ES announced that long-time club member Dennis  ‑   AAØA passed away on 5 February. Services were announced as documented in the obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=dennis-j-mccarthy&pid=188112521

N9ES also announced that Jim  ‑   WØFF is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and is relocating from his current home in Union, MO to a new location in Indiana to be closer to his daughter. Jim currently lives in a nursing home, and will be in another home in Indiana.

Birthday Report: KØHHB announced the following club members with February birthdays: WØNBC  ‑   Feb  2, KDØBMW  ‑   Feb  7, KDØIZL  ‑   Feb  15, NØGB  ‑   Feb  19, K2DP  ‑   Feb  26, KC9WNZ  ‑   Feb  26, KDØEFW  ‑   Feb  28. The club wishes all a Happy Birthday.

DXpedition Support: Don  ‑   WØVM announced that he received funding requests from an IOTA operation in Mozambique, and by 6O6O in Somalia. Don has informed both operations that they do not meet the club’s funding criteria.

Don has also received a request for funding an upcoming DXpedition to Ducie Island in October and November 2018, which meets all of our DXpedition support criteria. Don made a motion that we fund it at the $500 level, but not provide the funding until our treasury is replenished in July. Discussion ensued, and it was noted that it might be preferable to wait until July to introduce this motion, when we will have a better understanding of our treasury and any other DXpeditions that may be announced in the interim. Don’s motion was then laid on the table to be reconsidered in July, with the proviso that it be documented in the minutes, and addressed as Old Business at that time.

DX Presentation: Since the attendance at the January meeting was so small, John  ‑   K2VV repeated his presentation on the 6O6O operation in Somalia, the RI5ØANO (also RI1ANO) operation in South Shetlands, the E7Ø9JAN operation in (Srpska) Bosnia, and 3YØZ plans for Bouvet. He included discussion of the historical aspects of the current republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and several semi-autonomous areas within the republic.

John also discussed the recent changes to ARRL DXCC entity criteria, and the addition of Z6 Kosovo to the DXCC entity list. And he discussed the unfortunate cancellation of the 3YØZ Bouvet operation. Ken  ‑   KK9N added that there is now a European group with plans to activate Bouvet as 3YØI, in light of the cancellation of the 3YØZ operation.

Old Business: - none offered

New Business:

WØTT circulated an unusual QSL card received from 3A/I1YRL.

NEXT MEETING: 8 March 2018

George  ‑   ABØRX gave a presentation on his NPOTA Operation from Isle Royale, Michigan (NP31). Chuck  ‑   NIØC added photographs and discussion about his recent visit to Isle Royal.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Eric Zust ‑ WØTT, Club Secretary