Meeting Minutes September 2017

The September 2017 meeting of the Madison DX Club was held on Tuesday the 12th at the home of Sharon – W9RNF and Ed – N9MW in rural Blanchardville, WI.  The meeting was called to order by President Lloyd – N9LB at 7:05 PM.  Twenty members and guests attended.

Secretary’s Report: Not available

Treasurer’s Report: Not available

Committee Reports:
– DX Report.
  Bob – W9EWZ reported on the upcoming Galapagos, Cocos Keeling, Christmas Is, and Botswana DXpeditions.  He also reporting working DX on 160m recently.
– Repeater.
  Gari – NG9V: Repeater operating well. ( Frequencies are 444.775 / 449.775 with 123 PL ).
– DX Spotting Cluster.  Ed – N9MW:  The cluster is operating well.
– Email.  Lloyd – N9LB: MDXC and SWAP e-mail reflectors are operating well.
– Scholarship.  Ed – N9MW: Many small equipment donations were taken to the Baraboo/ Circus City Swapfest in August and sold, the proceeds were added to the Scholarship fund.  The 2017 scholarship has been awarded to Skyler Hagen, KC9UOT, a student at UW-Madison.

Member News:
Bill – N9NNN has recovered from his recent medical issues, is feeling great, and back to participating in club activities.

Greg – KA9VDU set up his portable QRP 10 GHz microwave station and demonstrated making an SSB contact with W9ZIH near Malta, IL at a distance of 84 miles.

A reminder that 2017 MDXC membership dues of $20 are now due.  If you have not yet renewed your membership, please send the money to club Secretary/Treasurer Jim – KE9ET.

Old Business:
Ed – N9MW announced that the 2017 “MDXC Banquet” will be a group dinner at the Green Acres Supper Club in Sauk City, WI on Saturday, October 7th.  ( Junction of Hwy 78 & Hwy 12)  Please contact Ed – N9MW if interested in attending.

The effort to find a new monthly club meeting location continues.  Suggestions were made for both Sprecher’s in Madison and Gray’s Tide House in Verona.  Lloyd – N9LB to check into meeting room availability at those establishments.

New Business:

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:35 PM.

Ed – N9MW presented a program showing the underlying design criteria and grounding schema for his five towers and two phased verticals super-station.  He also showed us the plans for his sixth tower and the full sized 40m quad that will sit on top of it.

Submitted by Lloyd Berg – N9LB, MDXC President

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