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:  The April meeting is on hold due to Covid 19 virus concerns. Please
          monitor this web site for further developments.

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

Location:  Mercy Medical Center Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.

Program:
 To be determined... 


KØVM's presentation from October 2019 is available for download here.




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.



Minutes of the EIDXA meeting of January 31, 2020

EIDXA Minutes January 31, 2020.

1. Jim, WØSR welcomed the 29 attendees.

2. Secretaries report (David, KØLUM). Dave gave a brief recap of the October meeting.

3. Treasurer’s report (NA9Q). A donation was made to Mercy in thanks for providing use
   of their meeting room. The treasury showed a slight increase over a year ago.

4. Committee Reports.

a. Contest committee (Jeff, WØODS, George, NG7A). Need one more member. It was
   suggested to ask Bob Lee, WØGXA.


b. DX funding (Terry, WØAWL, Glenn, WØGJ, Mike, NA9Q). No major expeditions in the
   near future. There was discussion whether the funding criteria should be eased.
   The committee will talk it over and make recommendation.


c. Membership Committee (Tom, WB8ZRL). One applicant to vote on. After the vote
   Mike, WØHAF was welcomed as an associate member.


d. DX cluster (Tom, WB8ZRL). The cluster is running fine. Some people have experienced
   disconnects but it does not seem to be the cluster.


e. Webmaster (Craig, KØCF not in attendance). Sends report that he has put up an
   archive of meeting minutes going back to January 2012. If there are any older send
   them to him.


f. Repeater committee (Steve, NØUP, Jason, NRØX, neither present). Repeater is
   functioning normally.


g. Nomination committee (Rich, W3ACO, Joe, K8OM). We need one more member. Any
   volunteers?


h. Program committee (vacant). We need 3 members to help find 4 programs a year.
   Looking for volunteers. (The program is a chief reason for coming to the meeting,
   so please consider helping out! - Ed.).


5. ARRL Directors report (Rod, KØDAS not present).

6. Old Business.

a. Hat sales (Sam, KØAFN). 3 available 1 dark and 2 white.

b. Bob Locher’s proposal discussed. Which led to a question about where EIDXA is
   heading and what is its role in amateur radio.


7. Suggested that we sign up for a room at Mercy for a year at a time.
   a. Does that make problems with matching speaker availability?

8. St Louis Hamfest (Jim, NOØB). Items discussed there:
   Changes at ARRL headquarters, changes in ARRL publications
   — New beginner magazine, some smaller ones going digital.

9. Iowa Parks on-the-air.
   http://www.arrl.org/news/iowa-state-parks-on-the-air-2020-
   celebrating-centennial-of-iowa-state-parks.

10. Auctions and raffles.

a. A Pitcairn first day cover from 1938 and tie were donated for auction by
   Glenn, WØGJ. Proceeds went to
EIDXA treasury. Both were purchased by WØEFW.

b. CDs of Ham Radio Magazine won by Jeff, WØODS.

c. Daiwa watt meter won by Gayle, KØFLY.

d. PK-232MBX won by Mike, WØHAF.


11. Following the meeting an excellent program was given by
    Glenn, WØGJ.

David, KØLUM
EIDXA Secretary.