New Member Q&A: KD9LAI

Tim, KD9LAI attended his first SARC meeting in May and received a Baofeng UV-82X handheld donated to the club by Jim, KB9RGU. I asked him a few questions about ham radio now that he’s had some on-air time.

What got you interested in ham radio?

In the early 90’s I developed an interest in “world band” just in time for the first Gulf War. This was entirely on the “receiver” end of things, but even then I toyed with the idea of getting my “ticket.” Life intervened, however. Fast forward to 2013, at which point I began volunteering with the Civil Air Patrol. This, as well as other experiences, has impressed upon me the need for emergency communication skills during times of crisis.

What did you use to study for the exam?

I primarily used 3 completely free resources: (a) A set of power-point videos by Ham Whisperer  in conjunction with notes from (b) FCC Technician Class Exam Study Guide – 2014-2018  … and (c) the Roy Watson Ham Radio Exam practice tests–available as both android and iOS apps. I found straight/rote memorization of answers to be insufficient to my needs. The Ham Whisperer videoss along with the wikibooks pages provided just enough explanation to get me through.

What did you find interesting at the first meeting you attended?

The amount of knowledge and expertise exhibited by current club members.

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New Member Q&A: KD9LCB

Jack, KD9LCB recently joined the club. I’ve been working with him to get a VHF/UHF station up and running. After he made a few on-air contacts I asked him for some thoughts his experience so far with ham radio

What got you interested in ham radio?

I got interested in ham radio by watching my son operate his radio and seeing all the new people that he made contact with and all the different areas of the United States and the world that he connected with. I realize that with some nice equipment and the knowledge and skill for operating it the opportunities seemed boundless to make connections with people all over the world.

What did you use to study for the exam?

I used the book I called Now You’re Talking [from the ARRL]. I read the book cover to cover and then I started to use the practice exams online I studied for about 6 weeks, an hour or two hours a day and took practice exams and when I got to the point where I was getting 30 or more correct on a regular basis I took the test. This was somewhat difficult for me because I have no electronics background, being in corporate media sales for 25 years, but it was fun. I’m retired now and I had the time to do it.

What did you find interesting at the first meeting you attended?

I was very impressed by my first meeting at the Schaumburg radio club. It was very well organized and everyone seemed to contribute something in a positive manner. The members I chatted with were extremely nice. I found the presentation about the emergency Weather Service [Skywarn] very interesting. And the upcoming events showed that this is a club that not only talks but takes action by being involved in community service and other activities.

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Ray WA9BLP Antenna Project Update

Over the weekend several members of the original Giving a Helping Hand to a HAM in need team wrapped up the project.

Dirk W0RI writes:

We re-draped the coax and the tower now rotates as designed. Some of you witnessed firsthand the gratitude Ray had for the volunteers and the SARC club answering his SOS to get his tower back in shape. When all is said and done, I believe this is the CORE what AR is all about, helping each other, learning as you go along and having some fun while doing it. On behalf of Ray, I want to THANK everyone for taking time to help get his shack back in shape.

Meeting Room Change

Our meetings will still take place at the Schaumburg Community Recreation Center on the third Thursday of each month. Our usual room, which was directly across from the elevator, is unavailable as it is being renovated. The new location is the Community Room which is upstairs, down the hallway east of the restrooms.

Additional meeting details

SARC in the Park May 26, 2018

May’s SARC in the Park was moved to the fourth Saturday of the month because of inclement weather on the original date. Quite a few radios and operators got on the air outside Schaumburg’s Community Recreation Center this morning.

Chicagoland Marathon

Plenty of club members volunteered their communications skills to help relay information throughout the course for the Chicagoland Marathon. Sunday, May 20th started off with a good downpour that postoned the start of the race about 30 minutes. And things didn’t get any drier from there. We thank everyone who braved the elements for this event. The Schaumburg EMA coordinadator was very thankful for our comittment.

Our members were assigned to various locations including water stations throughout the course, the event command vehicle, “shadowing” event officials, and some even followed the race from on their bikes. Most of the information passed over the radio was regarding the progress of runners through the course which helped water station volunteers operate their stations effectively and provided race officials with eyes on the course which they would not have otherwise had from their fixed location at the command post.

Below you can see some of our members working the event.

 

Bill KD9JQM operates bicycle mobile to keep track of the marathon’s progress logging about 25 miles.
James AC9PH staying dry while working at mile marker 19.
Matt AC9IG monitors the course from mile marker 4.
Three rounds of rain made the course, runners and volunteers very soggy.

MS Walk

The club supported the MS Walk fundraiser in Schaumburg on Sunday, May 5, 2018. There was a little rain before the event started but it quickly warmed up. Our members were the eyes on the course reporting back to the event organizers how the walk was progressing. We also relayed any requests for first aid or help from the course, but fourtanately we did not need to act on that.

Thank you to everyone who spent their morning at the walk!

The MS Walk progresses through Schaumburg. (W9RKK photo)
Robert W9RKK reporting on the walk progress from the neighborhood section.
Matt AC9IG monitors the walk from inside Boomers Stadium.