EIDXA Meetings

EIDXA meets quarterly at 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 the meeting location is provided below.). The doors open for eyeball QSOs at about 6:30 PM and the formal meeting starts at 7:30. Following the meeting, we meet for pizza and refreshments at Godfather's Pizza at 2201 16th Ave SW in Cedar Rapids. Getting to Godfather's Pizza from Mercy Medical Center is EASY! Click here for a map and directions.

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




Next EIDXA Meeting:

Date:  Friday, October 20, 2017.

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

Location:  The Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, located directly north of the Mercy Medical Center main hospital.

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, or you can park in the free parking ramp next to the Mercy Medical Center main hospital.

Enter the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center main doors (under the canopy) and turn right. Walk along the windows to the end of the hallway and you are at the conference rooms. We will have Community Conference Rooms A & B. There are no steps to get to the conference rooms.

Elections for the 2018 club officers will be held during this meeting. Currently we have the following candidates:
•    President: Joe - K8OM
•    Vice President: Rick - WØFG
•    Secretary: David - KØLUM
•    Treasurer: Mike - NA9Q

If you would like to run for any office, please let Joe, K8OM, know and we will certainly add you to the candidate list!

Program:  Glenn - WØGJ will be presenting "Planning a Mega-DXpedition" and provide an update on the status of the 3YØZ DXpedition to Bouvet Island.

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

Following the meeting, we will meet for pizza and refreshments at Godfather's Pizza at 2201 16th Ave SW in Cedar Rapids. Getting to Godfather's Pizza from Mercy Medical Center 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 either your right or left from the roundabout. Enter Hall-Perrine through the main entrance, under the canopy. For a customizable view of the area, check out this interactive Google Map.



Minutes of the EIDXA meeting of July 5, 2017

  1. President Joe Hungate, K8OM called the July 5, 2017 meeting of the Eastern Iowa DX Association to order at 7:30 PM.

  2. Thirty one attendees introduced themselves to start the meeting.

  3. Minutes for the April 2017 meeting are available on the EIDXA website. It was moved and seconded to approve the previous meeting’s minutes. Motion passed.

  4. Rich, W3ACO reported on the status of the club’s treasury. He explained what funds remain available for the coming fiscal year.

  5. Membership:
    • Jim, KØKB was not present so his application for membership was not acted upon.
  6. DXpedition funding:
    • 9U4M, Burundi has requested funding and is scheduled for November 6-17, 2017.
    • KH1, Baker Island is too early in planning.
    • 3YØZ, Bouvet has a budget of $740,500. Currently they are $200,471 short. It should be noted that the team members are each committing significant personal funds.
    • It was moved and seconded that we donate $100 to Burundi and $1,000 to Bouvet, two thirds coming from the Tom Hise Fund. Motion passed.
  7. No cluster report.

  8. Webmaster KØCF had nothing new to report.

  9. Bob, WØGXA was congratulated on the latest issue of the newsletter. 70 pages no less! He commented that the quality of the newsletter depends on members' contributions.

  10. Repeater Committee:
    • An extensive report was given by NRØX on the repeater, which is now up and running.
    • Due to his helpfulness, EIDXA has been offered a full-time connection to the Internet at no cost. This creates the possibility of making the repeater an EchoLink node.
    • It was moved and seconded that NRØX, with the assistance of WB8ZRL, be authorized to make the repeater an EchoLink node and that they be reimbursed for any expense. Motion passed.
  11. There was no old business.

  12. Terry, WØAWL noted that Arlo Meyer, WØLBK will be 91 in two days, and that he has been licensed for 67 years. In honor of that, Terry moved that Arlo be elected an Honorary Life Member of EIDXA and be exempted from payment of any further dues.

    It was also noted that George, WØPPF is now in his 68th year as an amateur radio operator.

  13. NRØX offered to host the annual EIDXA picnic at his site near Martel. It was moved and seconded that the date be September 9 with September 30 as a rain date.

    Any members planning on flying in should coordinate with NRØX.

  14. A quick survey of the club members present indicated that the meeting location at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center is our preferred meeting location moving forward.

  15. The door prize of a year’s subscription to NCJ was won by Ron Andreatta, NØIQN. This was Ron’s first visit to EIDXA. He left with an application and we hope to see him back with it completed.

  16. The meeting was adjourned, followed by an outstanding dual program:
    Vicky Luetzelschwab, AE9YL presented "Operating from DX Locations from a YL's Perspective"; Followed by Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA on "Propagation Status and Forecast". The slide show from Carl's presentation is available here.

Respectfully submitted
David Christ, KØLUM
EIDXA Secretary

July 9, 2017