The LIDXA President, Marty, NN2C, called the meeting of March 17 to order at 8:10 PM. Members present (per sign-in on the blackboard) included K2MFY, NN2C, KE2LJ, W2FGD, N2ZN, AG2A, KB2HK, W2VZQ, and W2GW with XYL KC2MAU. We also welcomed back guest Pete, NA2P.
In terms of DX, specific activities were highlighted:
Starting the business portion of tonight’s meeting was the approval of the February 17 meeting minutes. These minutes were accepted as presented. In addition, the minutes were prepared in advance by the club’s secretary, Ed, K2MFY, and sent out to the membership with the club’s March meeting notice. Thanks to the efforts of KE2LJ, Pat, the minutes appear in the LIDXA web site at: http://www.qsl.net/lidxa. Pat also indicated that there was a problem with some of the archived LIDXA meeting minutes on the web; however he assured us the problem will be rectified.
Club Treasurer, John, W2GW, gave the monthly Treasurer’s report. Dues for the 2006 calendar year are now due. For the year 2006 the annual LIDXA dues is $20. John indicated that all but five present members had already paid their dues. John said would contact those individuals.
It was also mentioned that
LIDXA member Emil, KD1F, President of the Radio Central Amateur Radio Club, and
also ARRL DXCC Card Checker for the Hudson Division, would be shortly moving up
Marty mentioned that due to health reasons his doctor recommended that he not travel to the Dayton Hamvention this year. Pat will still be attending.
NN2C played part of an old LIDXA meeting that Ed had taped back around 1982. Although the recorded portion of the tape was general DX business, it lasted for almost 30 minutes. A number of the old LIDXA members whose voices heard on this tape were the net control station, K2TV, also heard were K2BS, W2IYX, W2HAP, WA2BGE, KB2RV, W2PD, K2EYJ, etc. Unfortunately many of these members are silent keys now.
Ed mentioned that he had just received a certificate and pin from the ARRL for 50 years of continuous membership. The club congratulated Ed on this milestone.
All members were urged to contact LIPA and their political representative about the pilot program BPL LIPA hopes to conduct in the Hauppauge/Commack in the near future. (http://www.newsday.com/business/ny-bzlipa0215,0,51795,print.story?coll=ny-top-headlines). Also from the ARRL: http://www.hudson.arrl.org/nli/BPL.LIPA.htm. See the Frank Fallon’s (N2FF) monthly Hudson Division newsletter on the ARRL site regarding sample letters.
On the subject of LIPA, Ed mentioned that late last year he had noticed some continuous line noise present on all bands at his QTH. It seemed to be worse in the evenings. After several months of hearing this QRN, Ed contacted the local LIPA customer service. Eventually he was told that someone from the Interference Division would call him back. About one week later, Mike Malinowski, LIPA Investigator, Special Services (direct telephone number: 631-758-5006), called Ed to discuss this line noise problem. It turns out that Mike is a ham (N2QOY), and was most cooperative to eliminate the reported QRN source, and stated that he would be shortly doing an investigation in the area. In March, tests were made in Ed’s area, and LIPA found a nearby electric pole where arcing was present. Mike informed Ed that additional testing would be performed in the future to determine if any additional noise sources were present in the area. Eventually repairs would be performed by a LIPA crew. Ed said he would keep members aware of progress on this QRN problem.
The business portion of the
meeting concluded at 9:20 PM. Due to the late time it was decided to hold off showing the video on the January 1997 DXpedition to
The next regularly scheduled meeting for the LIDXA is on Friday, April 21, 2006.
Ed Whitman, K2MFY