SARC in the Park – Saturday May 11th 2019

With Spring almost here (hi), comes the beginning of the SARC in the Park season. On Saturday May 11th, the Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club held their first one of 2019 in the grounds of the Schaumburg Community Recreation Center.

WX was a little wet and unseasonably chilly, but it didn’t deter people from coming out and we had a good flow of visitors from 8 am through to noon.

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J-Pole Antenna Build

Editor’s Note: This project is only open to club members. Contact information has intentionally been withheld, but is available on the club’s mailing list: SARC-All

We have an excellent opportunity to build our own J pole antennas for minimum cost using a machine shop owned by club member. He has volunteered the use of his company’s facilities to machine and assemble J pole antennas out of heavy duty aluminum.  This is a deal you can’t pass up.  Even if you do not have an immediate need for a new antenna it would be beneficial to build one now at this extremely low cost and keep it in reserve for that day when yours blows down or ends up under a tree branch.

Cost of material: $20.00

Everyone has their own method of mounting a J pole so we ask that you bring a mounting bracket such as a muffler clamp or U bolt.  Holes can be drilled in the base of the J pole for a two inch mount of your choice.   Also, the J pole will have a 1/2 inch hole for the mounting of a PL 259/ SO 239 connector.  If you have a PL 259 connector,  bring it with you or plan to add it later.

The entire build process should take a couple of hours and after the build, we can purchase our own lunch and have it delivered to the shop which would make a great Saturday morning.

This is an excellent opportunity for the members of SARC to build a quality J pole antenna at a minimum cost and I am sure you will want to take advantage of this offer.

Full details on SARC-All, available to club members.

Final Construction Project Meeting of Winter 2018/2019

Saturday April 27th, 2019 saw the last Construction Project meeting of the 2018/2019 winter period, and what a turnout!

Over 25 members and non-members alike braved the April snow showers and showed up at the Schaumburg Tennis Club, to enjoy conversations about ham radio, the projects people have been working on, and everything else under the sun!

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