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A Moment of Silence

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 10:17am

The minutes of the January meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors will be published later today, but a draft has been kindly provided by one of our Club’s members. Please note that the League’s official record now includes two of our Silent Keys, Chuck and Joe.

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2. A moment of silence was offered in memory of Amateurs who have passed away since the last meeting, especially: Joseph Areyzaga, K1JGA; Les W. Barclay, G3HTF; Roland Barnaby, NØRAB; Harold F. Blocher, W4YWH; Frederic ‘Fritz” Bock, WD9FMB; Phil Clements, K5PC; Jack Creed, K4EPC; Frank Dowd, K4BVQ; Frank Fascione, K1MAA; Peter Glasmacher, DK5DC/AA6HM; Joe Gregory, W7QN; Erwin Grossman, KØIVO; Mike Hoeft, K2MPH; George W. “Bill” Henry, Jr. K9GWT; Harold Johnson, W4ZCB; James Johnson, WB8YBA; Larry “LJ” Junstrom, K4EB; Brian Kantor, WB6CYT; Rose Kautz, W5KZ; Kresimir “Chris” Kovarik, 9A5K; George Laurer, K4HZE; Robert Mcanany, KM4VRY; Bob McCaffrey, KØCY; Chuck Miller, N6KW; John Nelson, KØIO; Paul H. Newberry, Jr., N4PN; Reynold L. “Fritz” Nitsch, W4NTO; Ananth Pai, VU2PAI; Millard Parker, WB8RQS; Holly Peacock, KB2ZMM; Dr. Larry Price, W4RA; Dan Pruitt, AE6SX; Herbert “Butch” Reich,
KØUBK; Paul L. Rinaldo, W4RI; Doug Robbins, W5DUG; Robert Roehrig, 9EUI; Reginald Russell, NS9H; Bill Santelmann, N1AU; Hisao Shono, JA1AA; Ron Stailey, K5DJ; Myron Steinart, KFØPN; Randy Suess, ex- WB9GPM; Skip Tenney, W1NLB; Harvey C Tewes. KØRY; Stephen Veader, N4DXS; and Glen Whitehouse, K1GW.

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January 2020 – Board Meeting Minutes

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 6:15pm

WWDXC Board meeting January 27, 2020

Present were Rob N7QT, Kirk N7UK, Tom NU7J, Rich W6RS, Brian N7RVD, Rusty W6OAT and Dennis K7DSE.

Rob opened the meeting at 7:00pm PST.

Review/approve minutes
* The November 2019 minutes were approved by voice vote

Correspondence
* No new correspondence.

Treasurer’s report
* The November and December reports were approved by voice vote.
* Cash balance 11/30/19: $31,746.21, Income November: $300.78 and Expenditures $2.06.
Cash balance 12/31/19: $27,846.46, Income December: $45.87 and Expenditures $3,945.62.
The remaining Silent Key Estate checks have been sent to recipients which accounts for the large expenditures in December.
* The 2020 Club Budget was proposed. A motion was made and adopted to accept it as proposed.

Membership
* Dennis, K7DSE reports 63 membership renewals sent in January.

Old business
* (Non Profit) Club Status: Upon investigating the Club’s filing and registration status, the following results were found: Under the State of Washington UBI number 601 832 827, the Club is registered as a Washington Nonprofit Corporation. The Club appears via Tax Exempt Organization Search on the IRS website under EIN 90-0591026. It files a form 990N used for small tax-exempt organizations with annual gross receipts of less than $50,000.

* The Contest Committee chairperson position is still undecided.

* The proposed larger screen for dinner meetings and Club PO Box relocation discussions were tabled to a later date.

New business
* Elections were held on December 10, 2019 at the annual Club Christmas dinner meeting. The vacant Director position held by Larry K7EKD was filled by Justin K5EM. The Club Trustee position was filled by Val K7VAP. The remaining 2019 Officers and Directors ran unopposed and thereby reinstated for 2020 by acclamation.

Monthly dinner/meeting
* The dinner meeting will be on February 11, 2020 at Robs 125 Street Grill. The January meeting was cancelled due to severe weather. Kenny Richards, KU7M or other spokesman from the Amateur Relay Association will be presenting on the advancement of repeater technology.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Dennis Kourkoumelis, K7DSE
Secretary

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February 2020 Meeting – 147.00 Repeater’s Future

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 9:46pm

February 11th, 2020

Analog? Digital? NBFM? DMR? Our club repeater is ‘long in the tooth’ and we need to think of its future.  A spokesman from the repeater coordinating body, the Western WA Amateur Relay Association, will give us a briefing on where things are going. Armed with this knowledge, we need to make a decision.  Join us for optional dinner that’s RSVP ($25).  The program begins at 7pm.   Details about our monthly meetings and a catalog of past programs are available on the Monthly Membership Meetings page.

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2019 Membership Awards

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:25pm

At the Club’s annual Christmas dinner on December 11th, President Rob Fanfant presented the WWDXC membership awards. Among this year’s winners were:

Most Valuable Player: N6KW Chuck Miller. As Trustee for the W7DX license, Chuck performed yeoman duty to ensure all hams worldwide who worked us would receive a QSL card in the mail. During the Salmon Run contest, that amounted to thousands of cards, all individual prepared. Sadly, Chuck passed away only weeks ago. His award and accompanying plaque were presented at his memorial service only days before our dinner.

New Member of the Year: NR5W Doug North. A recent addition to the contesting team at K7RI’s station, Doug has quickly become an incredible addition to the resurgent WWDXC contesting corral of operators.

Johnny Dak Lifetime Achievement Award: K7EKD Larry Hanson. The steady and wise counsel of Larry on the club’s Board of Directors has been a blessing for many years. Larry recently announced his retirement and was chosen for the JDLAA by unanimous acclaim.

Member of the Year: Co-awarded to W6RS Rich Stempien and W7CD John Zantek for their management of, and program and entertainment successes at the 2019 Pacific Northest DX Convention, hosted by the WWDXC this past August. Attendance records were shattered.

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November 2019 – Board Meeting Minutes

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 7:02pm

WWDXC Board meeting November 25, 2019

Present were Adam K7EDX, Kirk N7UK, Tom NU7J, John W7CD, Rich W6RS, Larry K7EKD, Brian N7RVD, Dennis K7DSE and Guest Rusty W6OAT.
Adam opened the meeting at 7:00pm PST.  Rob N7QT is on a Dxpedition in Temotu Province as H40TT.

Review/approve minutes
* The October 2019 minutes were approved by voice vote

Correspondence
* It is with deepest regrets to report that Chuck N6KW, Club Trustee is now a silent key. Our sincerest condolences to his family members.

Treasurer’s report
* The October report was approved by voice vote.
* Cash balance 10/31/19: $31,447.49, Income October: $1,301.10 and Expenditures $135.81.

Membership
* Dennis, K7DSE reports 132 dues paid members.

Old business
* All Silent Key estate items have been sold with $3,300 owing to estates.
* The Club Repeater discussion will follow a sequence of events to determine action steps.  January’s presentation will be on repeater technology.  Shortly thereafter, a poll to Club members on its potential usage.  If there is interest in maintaining a site, a feasibility study for relocating to different sites will be examined as well.  Nick, K7MO offered input.
* Contest Committee prospects are now revised to Dink N7WA, Rod W7OM, Rusty W6OAT, Tom K7RI, Dick K7BTW, and Mitch K7RL accepting roles in its formation.

New business
* Walt, K7ZQ has announced resignation to the Board and Contest Committee liaison as of this date. The Board expresses its sincerest thank you to Walt for his years of dedication.
* A motion was made and accepted by and for Rusty, W6OAT to fill Walt’s remaining Director term for the calendar year.
* A proposed larger screen for dinner meetings was proposed.  Adam K7EDX will follow up.
* A 501C3 (Non profit) Club status was proposed.  Brian N7RVD, Dennis K7DSE and Rusty W6OAT to follow up.

Monthly dinner/meeting
* The dinner meeting will be on December 10, 2019 at Robs 125 Street Grill. The annual Christmas party with upgraded meal and expanded raffle drawing is the agenda.  In addition, Club officer and director elections will be held.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Dennis Kourkoumelis, K7DSE
Secretary

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Memorial Service for N6KW

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:00am

As many already know, Chuck passed away Sunday November 24, 2019.

A memorial service will be held this coming Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Location:
Seattle Labor Temple
2800 1st Avenue in Seattle
Building is on the East side of the street between Clay St and Broad St
Entrance on the South end of the block

Best to arrive early as street parking is quite limited.  There are a couple of pay parking facilities in the area.
Everyone is invited and welcome to pay their last respects to a very special guy who will be greatly missed.

Please remember Chuck and his girl friend, Judith, in your prayers.


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Early December Poll!

Sun, 12/01/2019 - 9:30am

We have a poll for you! Please give us you input. Most of you were probably planning to enjoy the weekend off, but it turns out there are TWO contests occurring during the first full weekend in December. These are not classics, but we’re curious to see the interests of our members.

What will you do?

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N6KW, SK

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 5:51am

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Chuck Miller, N6KW, on Sunday, November 24th. Chuck was an avid contester, both HF with the K7RI team, and VHF/UHF with the PNW VHF Society. Chuck also served as the trustee for W7DX, the WWDXC call, and handled all the club QSL card requests. He was recently retired from King County Metro, where he had been a bus driver, then light rail engineer for many years. He will be greatly missed.

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December 2019 Meeting – Christmas Party

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 10:47am

Dec 10th, 2018

Annual Christmas Party No program this month but even better: election of officers and directors, presentation of club awards, a super raffle and unrestrained celebration of the holidays.  It’s prime rib and only costs $25.  Dinner starts at 6:30pm.  Be there. Details about our monthly meetings and a catalog of past programs are available on the Monthly Membership Meetings page.
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October 2019 – Board Meeting Minutes

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 1:55pm

WWDXC Board meeting October 28, 2019

Present were Rob N7QT, Adam K7EDX, Kirk N7UK, Tom NU7J, John W7CD, Rich W6RS, Larry K7EKD, Walt K7ZQ, Brian N7RVD, Dennis K7DSE and Guest Rusty W6OAT.

Rob opened the meeting at 7:00pm PST.

Review/approve minutes
* The September 2019 minutes were approved by voice vote

Correspondence
EP6RRC expedition funding request is undecided as of this date.

Treasurer’s report
* The September report was approved by voice vote.
* Cash balance 9/30/19: $30,282.20, Income September: $376.37 and Expenditures $2.78.

Membership
* Dennis, K7DSE reports no new members.
Old business
* Tom, NU7J reports all Silent Key Estate items have been sold.
* Contest Committee prospects were polled and resulted in Chuck N6KW, Dink N7WA, Rod W7OM, Rusty W6OAT, Tom K7RI, and Dick K7BTW accepting roles in its formation.
Walt, K7ZQ accepted the role as liaison to the Board.

New business
* Teleconferencing was discussed in the event of severe weather or meeting room unavailability.
Rob, N7QT volunteered to recommend software and set-up requirements to the Board.
* A motion was made and adopted for an additional $400 toward the raffle prize fund for the December meeting.
* The following awards were proposed for 2019:
MOY (Member of the Year) Rich W6RS and John W7CD for their roles in making the DX Convention a success.
New MOY (New Member of the Year) Doug NR5W for his diligent participation in contests.
MVP (Most Valuable Player) Chuck N6KW for his Trustee, organizational and contest roles.
Johnny Dack Lifetime Achievement Larry K7EKD for his lifetime dedication to the hobby.

Monthly dinner/meeting
* The dinner meeting will be on November 12, 2019 at Robs 125 Street Grill. Guest speaker will be Brian N9ADG, editor of the ARRL Contest Update weekly newsletter. He will be discussing interstellar wave propagation, stealthy antennas for 630 meters and his recent visit to Area 51.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Dennis Kourkoumelis, K7DSE
Secretary

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November 2019 Meeting – Brian Moran, N9ADG

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 8:53am

November 12th, 2019

Brian, the editor of the ARRL Contest Update weekly newsletter, will be discussing interstellar wave propagation, stealthy antennas for 630 meters, and his recent visit to Area 51. Join us for optional dinner that’s RSVP ($25).  The program begins at 7pm. Details about our monthly meetings and a catalog of past programs are available on the Monthly Membership Meetings page.
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