John, W2GW, the LIDXA President, called to order the meeting of November 16th at 8:10 PM. Members present (per sign-in on the blackboard) included W2GW and XYL K2MAU, W2VZQ, K2MFY, W2FGD, NC2KY, N2DXJ and XYL Tanis.
The club welcomed to the LIDXA guests, Phil, N2MUN and Tom KA2D.
In terms of DX, specific activities were highlighted:
The station C91KDJ, from
· A new DXpedition to Revilla Gidedo, is expected up shortly.
Although several stations from
A group of Greek amateurs had activated
Starting the business portion of tonight’s meeting was the approval of the October 19th meeting minutes. Except for a minor correction, these minutes were accepted as presented. In addition, the minutes were prepared in advance by Ed, K2MFY, and sent out to the membership with the November meeting notice. Thanks to the efforts of KE2LJ, Pat, the minutes appear in the LIDXA web site at: http://www.qsl.net/lidxa.
W2GW gave the monthly Treasurer’s report. The dues for the 2008 year will be due early next year.
Ed indicated that had filed the ARRL Club Annual Report recently with the ARRL
A few LIDXA members indicated that they had attended the ARRL Hudson Division Awards Dinner on November 11 hosted by the Bergen Amateur Radio Association. This year the club sponsored a ˝-page ad in the Awards Journal.
Marv mentioned that on December 2 the NJDXA Holiday Party would be held at the Basking Ridge Country Club in NJ, honoring the 50th anniversary of the NJDXA and the W2 QSL Bureau. NJDXA boasts that no other organization has managed an incoming QSL Bureau continuously for such a long period of time.
On the subject of dinners, Ed
stated that he had made arrangements for the evening of Thursday December 13 with
the Star Diner on
discussed the forthcoming 2008 Ham Radio University (HRU). John brought up the club’s participation in
this forum. HRU 2008 is scheduled for
Sunday, January 13, 2008 at the
This year we have been allotted
about 1-1/2 hours for
our “DX Program”–from 10:00 to 11:50AM in Room E (Great Hall in the
Based upon last year’s schedule, presenters at this meeting modified a few of the topics. The final list was arrived at with areas of responsibility:
· Introduction, Overview of DXing–What’s DX?—W2GW
· DX Propagation–Using Propagation Information for Better DXing—K2MFY
· QSL Checking & Criteria—W2GW
· LIDXA/General DX Information—W2FGD, W2GW, K2MFY
· Question and Answer Period—W2GW, K2MFY, W2FGD
It was felt that 15 minutes on each topic by the presenter would fill up the allotted time, and allow time for questions at the end of each topic. Immediately following the club’s presentation is keynote speaker Gordon West, WB6NOA–and it was felt that additional HRU attendees may entering the room towards the end of our presentations.
Members were urged to come out and support the club and learn a few things at the Forum.
Guest Phil, N2MUN, chairman of the 2008 HRU spoke in general about the activities of the HRU over the years since its inception in 2000. He thanked the club for our past efforts and indicated that he would readily support our latest activities.
Guest Tom, KA2D, then introduced us to a number of items local to our area. Tom is presently the Section Manager for NLI and served as ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator and Assistant Section Manager for New York City-Long Island, since 1998. He spoke briefly about the “Neighbor Watch” program. Tom suggested that all members subscribe to his monthly “NLI Section monthly e-Happenings.”
A DVD was then shown
on the February 2007 Italian DXpedition to
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 10:10 PM after all the scheduled
business and entertainment had finished.
Ed Whitman, K2MFY