Location: Briarcliffe College, Bethpage, N.Y.
The LIDXA Vice President, Marty, KE2LJ, called to order the meeting of October 20 at 8:20 PM. Members present (per sign-in on the blackboard) included KE2LJ, K2MFY, W2VZQ, AG2A, W2FGD, KC2KY, WB2QJ and YL KC2NOT, N2DXJ and XYL.
The meeting starting out with a moment of silence for our dearly departed LIDXA President, Marty, NN2C. Then several members recounted amusing stories that they remembered with Marty over the past many years. Ed, K2MFY, who among other members, attended the evening funeral service for Marty, passed around some of the new QSLs cards that Marty had just received from the printer. Marty’s family had these QSL cards on display at the service, and welcomed any ham attending to take some of the cards home as a keepsake.
In terms of DX, specific activities were highlighted:
Starting the business portion of tonight’s meeting was the approval of the September 15 meeting minutes. Except for a minor correction, 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 October meeting notice. Thanks to the efforts of KE2LJ, Pat, the minutes appear in the LIDXA web site at: http://www.qsl.net/lidxa.
Pat opened the meeting with a discussion on the nomination of a new President of the LIDXA, to replace Marty, until the June 2008 elections. Ed quoted two applicable portions from the LIDXA Constitution in this matter:
“Vacancies occurring between elections must be filled by special ballot at the first regular meeting at which the withdrawal or resignation is announced.”
In addition, “In the absence of the president, the Vice President shall perform his duties.....”
Pat said he would preside over a limited number of future meetings; however, we must nominate a President, or at least come up with suggestions for candidates–to be voted upon at the November meeting. In addition. Pat reminded the membership that he is leaving the NYC area for a Florida retirement in the late Spring–so the club must also consider a replacement in the next few months for the office of Vice President! Members must take an active interest in the LIDXA if it is to survive!
Pat said he would assign one or two members to canvass the membership and look for candidates to run for the office of President. This “committee” will report to Pat shortly and perhaps we could hold this new election in the November meeting. Ed suggested that if a slate is prepared before the November meeting he could e-mail out the selections, and perhaps conduct an “off-site” e-mail election for members who cannot make the November meeting.
Pat mentioned that he would shortly contact Marty’s family to see if the club could obtain the large collection of videos and DVD that Marty had accumulated over the years. This was one of the primary sources of entertainment at club meetings.
Ed indicated that although Marty’s family did not mention anything about donations to an organization in his remembrance, Ed felt he would personally like to make such a gift. Ed contacted the ARRL on this matter and was referred to a memorial donation form, where you can make a donation in memory of a SK. This gift would go to a number of organizations devoted to ham radio e.g. “W1AW Endowment,” “ARRL Laboratory Fund,” “ARRL Education & Technology Fund,” “Award Fund,” etc.
Ed listed some details on the board and suggested that if you would like to make such a personal gift in Marty’s memory, go to the web site:
for further details.
Marv, W2FGD, who is Trustee of the LIDXA’s callsign, W2LDX, mentioned that that a license renewal is in order next Spring. A question was raised to the membership if we wanted to renew this license now that we no longer have our repeater. After a brief discussion by the membership, it was decided to renew this license for another ten years.
The club declined to join MetroCor financially. MetroCor is the established frequency coordinating body for the New York Metro area, inclusive of New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, and the majority of Northern New Jersey. Since the club no longer has the repeater frequency, it was felt that we would just support the activities of MetroCor.
Ed discussed the club’s annual Holiday party. It was tentatively decided to hold it on Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 PM, in Mary’s Backyard restaurant in Bethpage. As done in previous years by Marty, Ed said he would make certain that the club could get a “private” area in the restaurant. Ed said he would contact the restaurant to validate the date, and that they would be offering us a number of complete price-fixed specials for the evening. Ed said he would provide details shortly in an e-mail to the membership in an attempt to determine how many members/guests would be attending this dinner.
Pat stated that a planning meeting on 2007 Ham Radio University (HRU) was recently held. HRU 2007 is scheduled for Sunday, January 7, 2007 at the Briarcliffe College in Bethpage. A link, with full details about HRU 2007, can be found on the web at http://www.HamRadioUniversity.org. Neil, KC2KY, HRU Chairman, said he was hoping that the LIDXA would again offer their ever-popular “DX Program.” He said he was looking into the club doing the presentation in the morning.
Marv, W2FGD, reminded the membership to check-in at the LIDXA weekly nets on Sunday night at 9 PM local time on the Grumman Hauppauge repeater at 145.330/144.730 MHz (with 136.5 Hz PL), to get the latest information on club matters and events.
This meeting concluded at around 9:30 PM after all the scheduled business had finished. The next LIDXA meeting would be held on Friday November 17, 2006.
Ed Whitman, K2MFY