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EIDXA Meetings

EIDXA meets quarterly, in January, April, July and October. Normal meeting location is the Mercy Medical Center Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, located south of downtown Cedar Rapids at the intersection of 10th St SE, 8th Ave SE and Mount Vernon Rd SE (a visual aid to this site is provided below). Meetings are occasionally held at alternative sites, which will be clearly announced on this page. The doors open for eyeball QSOs at about 6:30 PM and the formal meeting starts at 7:30. We generally have a program of interest following the business meeting.

Following the meeting, we meet for pizza and refreshments at Godfather's Pizza at 3647 1st Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids (in the Town & Country Shopping Center). Getting to Godfather's Pizza is EASY! Click here for a map and directions.

For minutes of the most recent EIDXA meeting, scroll down the page or click here.

For minutes of previous meetings, see the EIDXA Minutes Archive.




Next EIDXA Meeting:

Date:  A yet-to-be-determind Friday in October 2022.

Time:  Doors open at 6:30 PM; Meeting begins at 7:30 PM.

Location:  Hall Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center. Masks required.

Program:  To be Determined...



The Mercy Medical Center complex is located south of downtown Cedar Rapids, at the intersection of 10th St SE, 8th Ave SE and Mount Vernon Rd SE (701 10th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403). Please see the aerial photo map of the meeting location provided below. In addition, we have an interactive Google map of the area.

There is free parking directly in front of the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.

Enter Hall-Perrine Cancer Center through the northeast doors. The conference rooms are adjacent to the entrance. There are no steps to get to the conference rooms.

We hope to see all of our club members at the meeting. Please consider bringing a non-member ham guest!

Following the meeting, we will meet for pizza and refreshments at Godfather's Pizza at 3647 1st Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids (in the Town & Country Shopping Center). Getting to Godfather's Pizza is EASY! Click here for a map and directions.


Meeting Location: (You may click on the photo map for a larger version.)Mercy Medical Center aerial view
Parking is free in the parking lot in front of the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. Enter from 10th St SE -- parking is to your right from the roundabout. Please enter Hall-Perrine through the northeast entrance, as marked above. The meeting room is adjacent to the entrance, and is stair-free. For a customizable view of the area, check out this interactive Google Map.



EIDXA Meeting Minutes

Minutes of EIDXA Club Meeting, July 22, 2022

CALL TO ORDER AND GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:
    ● Meeting called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Gayle – KØFLY
    ● Per the sign-in sheet, there were 25 members / guests present
    ● Introductions of the 4 new EIDXA members (KB4SPY, AEØDX, WØIY, K9ZK)
        only K9ZK was able to attend this evenings meeting. Welcome all
        new members!
    ● It was announced that Joe – WØIW has resigned his VP position. That
       
position will stay open until the upcoming election which will be
       
held at the next club meeting in October.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  TREASURER’S REPORT:
    ● Payments of dues by our club members have been good. April saw $120,
       
May $60 and June $160.
    ● Unfortunately, we have about 11 club members that are 4+ years
       
arrears and will have their memberships cancelled and be purged
        from the club roster.
    ● Please contact our club Treasurer Mike – NA9Q if you are not sure
       
of your dues status.
    ● Currently, Terry – WØAWL has collected $2,327 for EIDXA from the
       
sale of items from Tom- WB8ZRL estate.
    ● Al – KØVM suggested that club income from the items sold from the
       
WB8ZRL estate be earmarked in the club treasury to better track
        those proceeds.
    ● Contact Mike – NA9Q with any club treasury questions.
    ● We are financially solvent!

  MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE:
    ● No new applications

  DXpedition Funding Report:
    ● No upcoming DXpeditions have requested financial support, per
        Terry – WØAWL

  DX CLUSTER REPORT:
    ● It appears Tom’s – WB8ZRL computer that hosted his DX Cluster
        software is gone.
    ● After some discussion it was felt there is no benefit in pursuing
        this any further and let the WB8ZRL DX Cluster go into permanent
        retirement.

  CONTEST COMMITTEE:
    ● George – NG7A was out of town and therefore wasn’t able to attend
       
the club meeting but suggested a 175 mile radius from the center
       
of Cedar Rapids be used to designate the club coverage area.
    ● Motion was made by Gary – KØGT and seconded by Rich – W3ACO

  WEB SITE REPORT:
    ● Craig – KØCF announced recently that he needed to take a breather
       
from publishing the weekly club DX Bulletin
    ● EIDXA is indebted to Craig – KØCF for his hard work and devotion
       
to creating this excellent tool for use of our club members free
        of charge
    ● Jim – NØOB will contact Craig and relay the club’s appreciation
       
and see if the club can help him in any way possible.

  REPEATER COMMITTEE:
    ● Repeater Committee (Steve – NUØP and Jason NRØX) not present
    ● It was reported that the repeater is working but “is noisy”

  PROGRAMS COMMITTEE:
    ● Gayle – KØFLY reported approximately 6 possible “Zoom” meetings
       
have been identified for possible EIDXA club meeting programs
        in the future

OLD BUSINESS:

  EIDXA CAP SALES:
    ● Sam – KØAFN (not present) appears to still be taking orders for
       
EIDXA| ball caps. If interested, please contact Sam – KØAFN
        directly.
    ● A portion of the proceeds goes to the club general funds.

  TOM – WB8ZRL EQUIPMENT SALES (UPDATE):
    ● Still some equipment and parts available for purchase
    ● Terry – WØAWL will be manning a table at the upcoming CVARC
        hamfest and can use your help, especially when he needs to
        take a break
    ● All proceeds from the sale of this equipment (approximately
        $2,300 to date) will be kept in the general fund and not
        incorporated into the Tom Hise Fund.
    ● A motion was made by Rich – W3ACO and seconded by Terry – WØAWL
        for the handling of these proceeds. There was one “no” vote.
        The motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS:

  SUMMER PICNIC:
    ● There was no interest in having a late summer EIDXA picnic this year

  NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE:
    ● W3ACO will once again lead this activity. He will asking for
       
assistance so please support W3ACO in this very important task.
        WWØE will assist.

  DX MARATHON:
    ● Gayle – KØFLY received an email and we are being asked to either
       
lead or assist in administration of the DX activity.
    ● There was some discussion on this matter but the club members did
       
not show any interest in jumping into this.

  VADXCC INACTIVE COUNTRIES PETITION:
    ● At a previous EIDXA club meeting a vote was taken and it was decided
       
EIDXA will not comment as an entity but club individuals can, and
       
are encouraged, to comment on their own behalf.
    ● No further discussion was held during this meeting.

AFTER 5 MINUTE BREAK:

  ROMEO:
    ● It was discussed and confirmed ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out)
       
will be expanded to include YL and XYL club members.
    ● The EIDXA mailing list will be used by Terry – WØAWL as the invitation
       
list for all future ROMEO lunches.

  TOWER CLIMBER(S) NEEDED:
    ● Jim – NØOB pointed out that several club members are in dire need of
        qualified ham radio tower climbers to perform antenna maintenance
        and simple antenna installations (no major antenna and tower farm
        construction).
    ● Most EIDXA members can no longer safely climb towers and our antennas
       
are paying the price.
    ● Please contact Gayle – KØFLY or any club member if you, or if you
       
know of someone, that can help!!

PROGRAM:
    ● Glenn – WØGJ gave an excellent, informative and entertaining program
       
on “50 Years of NCDXF”
    ● Glenn – WØGJ also had a display of rocks and other artifacts from
       
many DX entities supported by NCDXF. Even a rock from P5… maybe
       
someday NCDXF can support a real DXpedition to North Korea!!
    ● Thank you WØGJ for another excellent Program!

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.