Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting July 11, 2018

Frank Giampa N9QPD Chairman opened the meeting at 7:03 PM. This meeting occurred one week later than typically scheduled due to the July 4 holiday falling on a Wednesday.


Leo Ribordy N9NBH Cliff Sowka K9QD Peter Maziuk N9POL
Matt Walsh AC9IG Frank Giampa N9QPD Ken Kryzywicki KD9HIJ
Dirk Smith W0RI Chris Brewer AC9GN Russ Schmidt KC9NUV

Treasurer’s report

Chris Brewer AC9GN reports: beginning balance $4,449.80. Income was $577.21. Expense was $50.35 for Data Line. Ending balance $4,976.66. Paid membership (July ’18-‘19 cycle) is 49. So moved.

President’s Report

Matt AC9IG reports he was pleased with our successful Field Day event.
DXCC Scholarships: Currently have one applicant requesting the grant. SARC is sponsoring two scholarships for W9DXCC this fall. Forms are due August 1, 2017 and should be sent to the club president.
Thanks to a generous donation from a member, the club will be sponsoring two people to attend the W9DXCC convention on September 14 and 15 at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg.
The criteria for awarding the scholarship as well as other conditions are in the attached form. The due date is August 1, 2017.

Membership Chair

Bob Benwitz N9JAX provided this report:

The following new or perspective club members were contacted via phone and/or email during the month of June.

Bill Morton W9LJW 6/4 (follow up to previous inquiry)

Mike Griffiths KD9KMV 6/20 (Mike also came out to Field Day, helped in the SSB tent and got to meet a lot of our members.

SARC Repeaters

We are seeking leadership to fill the current Chief Engineer vacancy.

Secretary’s Report

Cliff Sowka K9QD: Approval of Meeting Minutes as published in the RHG.


Vacant Chair: club has begun the search for replacement.


Dennis Calvey KD9HIK not present.

Construction Project (CP)

No Activity scheduled until fall. Currently five members [Rob N9MVO, Russ KC9NUV, Leo N9NBH, Bill KD9JQM, Dave KD9JKG] already on the short list of potential supporters.


Robert Kocourek W9RKK not present but provided following update: “I’ve secured a reservation for the SARC dinner at Lou Malnati’s. It will be Saturday September 8th at 5pm. We have a two hour time block from 5-7pm. [$50 reservation deposit submitted].

Because of our requirement to have separate checks, Lou Malnati’s wants to have our orders a week in advance. This is to keep us in that 2 hour time block in case of late arrivals. Normally for a large group such as ours (approx 25 people) they prefer we take a group package with a limited menu (pizza and soft drinks).

September is a long way off so I’ll reminder you in August and take your orders then”.

Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg
1 South Roselle Road (Roselle Rd & Schaumburg Rd)
Schaumburg, IL 60193


Leo N9NBH reported plans for a winter General Class with the Library District are in place. September 8th through the end of October at the Hoffman Estates facility, same as last fall’s Technician class.

VE Testing

Dirk W0RI reports 9 students all passing: 3 Extra.


Mike K9KQX not present.

Public Service

Rob N9MVO not present but provided a report to SARC-ALL earlier:

Upcoming Schaumburg Triathlon is an important Park District Event we have strongly supported over the years.

When: Sun, July 29, 5:30am – 10:30am

Where: Wethersfield Road and Roselle Rd Schaumburg.

On Sunday July 29, 2018, The Schaumburg Park District will be running the Triathlon/Duathlon. The first participants start at 6:30 AM. For radio support, we will meet at Roselle Road and Weathersfield Way at 5:30 AM for a briefing and assignments. In previous years, the Triathlon has finished by about 11:00 AM.

The Triathlon consists of a swim in the pool at Meineke Recreation Center, followed by miles and miles of bike riding through Schaumburg, followed by a run on the streets east of Meineke. The Duathlon starts with a run on the streets east of Meineke, followed by miles and miles of bike riding on the same course, and then back to run on the same course as before, which is also the running course used by the Triathlon participants.

Our purpose is to support the participants to call for assistance in the event of an injury or equipment failure. We will have radio operators stationed along the routes, where we can watch for participants who are in need of help. We do not have to run or walk far, or even swim or bike. You can park your car near the intersection to which you are assigned, set up a folding chair and watch. Sunscreen, a green safety vest, and water are useful, as well. The Club has some vests you can use if you don’t have your own..

We operate on Simplex for the running course, as it is far east (of Roselle Road) and often it is hard to hit the repeater from there with an HT. On the bicycle course, west of Roselle Road, it is usually easy to access the repeater. For supporting the Triathlon, a handy talky running 5 W, to a rubber ducky antenna is usually sufficient. You rarely need to move, so a portable antenna with a support for higher altitude can help but usually is not necessary. The frequencies we will use are:

EmComm 1, (the repeater) 145.230 MHz, -600 KHz offset, 107.2 HZ CTCSS
EmComm 4, 147.420 MHz Simplex
EmComm 5, 146.490 MHz Simplex

This is the MOST IMPORTANT Public Service Event for us, as it supports the Schaumburg Park District, which provides us with our rooms for meetings, VE testing, and Construction Project meetings, and the parking lot access for SARC In The Park.

We need at least 15 operators to properly support the Triathlon/Duathlon. Please let me know that you can come out and help. If you haven’t come out to a Public Service Event, we can pair you with another ham if enough members sign up.

The task is easy: Sit and watch participants run or ride by in the event. Call in to Net Control when the first and last participant goes by your location. Call to net control if a participant near your location has a problem and needs help.

Bring a chair and water bottle. A brimmed hat may be good if it’s sunny.

We can use everyone who can support the event.

Thanks and 73 de N9MVO,

Rob Glowacki
Public Service Chair
Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club


Cliff Sowka K9QD: No program is scheduled for July’s meeting but Fox Hunt demonstration is a suggested topic. Need member familiar with Fox Hunting to prepare simple demonstration for the group; Peter N9POL is checking membership for qualified presenter.


Steve AC9EM will now be hosting the Thursday Night Nets.

Ebay Sales

no report.

Field day

Field Day (as captured above from website).
Field Day: July 7, 2018
The club operated 2A (two transmitters + GOTA, club station) on Field Day. We had approximately 35 participants over the 24 hour period. Our final score is: 3,204 This consists of: 490 Bonus Points for the ARRL bulletin, emergency power, public location, youth participants and GOTA. 610 CW QSOs 382 Phone QSOs 35 Digital QSOs. The club operated 2A (two transmitters + GOTA, club station) on Field Day. We had approximately 35 participants over the 24 hour period.
Our final score: 3,204
This consists of:
490 Bonus Points for ARRL bulletin, emerg pwr, public location, youth participants/GOTA.
610 CW QSOs
382 Phone QSOs
35 Digital QSOs
We did not get all of the sections, missing a few in Canada, AK, EWA, and PAC. We made contacts on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters.
We would like to thank everyone who operated, participated, helped in the setup, teardown and planning for the event. We are especially thankful for those who oversaw the tent and food preparation: Robert W9RKK for SSB, Bob W9DXR for CW, Bob W9GEW for GOTA and Bill W9WEM for both dinner and breakfast with help from Frank N9QPD. A special thanks goes out to Ryan W9RAO for climbing the tower at both setup and tear down, and as serving as our impromptu first aid station.

Old Business


New Business

Bob Zuttermeister W9GEW is being reimbursed expenses for laser engraving materials he crafted for club attendees.

We need a Repeater Chair to replace the software/hardware engineering talent that has been lost.

Dirk W0RI By-Law Committee progress: Dirk W0RI proposed Article 9 building upon Code of Conduct. Board has proposal from Committee members Frank N9QPD, Peter N9POL, Leo N9NBH, and Dirk W0RI to be discussed further during the August Board meeting.

Registered Agent: Annual governmental reporting duty his assigned to Secretary’s role: Cliff K9QD will take-up the tasks previously performed by legal expert Paula Uscian K9IR.

Adjourn 8:06 PM


8:06 PM

Submitted: July 12, 2018. Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary.