Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting August 16, 2018

Matt Walsh President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

Rebecca KA9EFE brought Cherry Blueberry.


Leo Ribordy N9NBH Danny Kafka KD9HIL Cliff Sowka K9QD
Matt Walsh AC9IG Bob Zuttermeister W9GEW Frank Giampa N9QPD
D J Traxler WA9UBR Chris Brewer AC9GN Robert Kocourek W9RKK
Larry Burke K9FLT Peter Maziuk N9POL Terry Jarholm KD9LEU
Mike Sorensen K9KQX Dick Mitchell   Orson Baker AB9WQ
Tim Manwell KD9LAI Beck Hopkins KA9EFE Wake Wacaser AF9I
John Douglas KD9KSH Edward Lishka AC9SD Doug May KD9CER
David Romz KD9LEV John Shofield AC9JS Jim Campbell KB9RGU
Ken Krzywicki KD9HIJ Steve Karson AC9EM Ray Baker K9EYT
Kevin Willard KB9QVX Dennis Calvey KD9HIK    

Treasurer’s Report

Chris Brewer AC9GN reports: beginning balance $4,976.66.  Income was $380.15.  Expense was $223.87.  Ending balance $5,132.94.  Paid membership is currently 54.

President’s Report

Matt AC9IG discussed the following:


Scholarship winners:

AC9EM Steve

W9RKK Robert

All applicants were all very well qualified.

Matt also surveyed membership tonight to ascertain what topics the club would like to have included in future presentations:

Obsolete radio technology
$20 radio interface
How to put together a field kit for SARC in the park
VE testing, how it works.
Overview of VHF/UHF technologies, WiresX, Echolink, etc.
Digital modes, VHF or UHFs
2M home antenna, all bands
Science-related classes, 30 minutes
Explaining buttons on your radio
Antenna analyzers, antenna design

Publicity  Dennis Calvey KD9HIK reminded the membership to bring items of interest for public announcement.


Don’t forget, we are logging all transmissions through the repeater. If you hear interference please use the link at the bottom of the web site to note the date and time it occurred.

SARC Repeaters  We’re looking for MI reports to begin the FCC process.  If you notice interference please note time/day on the website to help us with supporting the ARRL/FCC process.


Bob Benwitz N9JAX no report.

Secretary’s Report

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


Bob Langsfeld WB9TZC not present.  EMCOMM meeting this coming Saturday to be held at the Hoffman Estates Police Station 9AM.

Construction Project (CP)

There are currently five members [Rob N9MVO, Russ KC9NUV, Leo N9NBH, Bill KD9JQM, Dave KD9JKG] already on the short list of potential supporters.


Robert Kocourek W9RKK organized this year’s ‘Pilot Pete’s’ institutionalized club social event at Lou Malnati’s for September 8th 6PM and we shouldn’t linger past 8PM.  Robert communicated specific advance-order details and how to access the Malnatai’s menu with the provided link on our website.


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 Hassle Road facility, same as last fall’s Technician class.   SARC’s Class appeared in village schedule by July.   Leo has published a presenter’s guide and needs instructors to log into the worksheet so that he has the schedule.

VE Testing  John AC9JS reports Results for July, 2018

Name Call Class
Jenkins, Daniel KB9QOL General
Martin, John K9JDM General
Dahlin, Dennis KD9LKV Technician
Stevenson, Adam KD9LKW General
Jarnholm, Terry K4ULEU Extra
Boughton, Willis WA0JII Extra
Hall, Brandon KD9LKX Technician
Preble, Kevin KD9LKY Technician



Technician 3
General 3
Extra 2
Total 8


Matt AC9IG added a feature-set to our new website that allows extemporaneous article submissions with reasonable editing capability.

Public Service

Rob N9MVO not present and Matt AC9IG reported:

Saturday, August 18th (in 4 days!!):

Bob Yurs, W9ICU, is still in need of 8-10 Hams for the Ride Like an Egyptian bicycle ride for this coming Saturday.  Our Ham team supports riders on 25, 50, 75, and 100 mile courses through western Kane and eastern DeKalb Counties as a fundraiser for the historic Egyptian Theatre in downtown DeKalb.  If you can help with this event; please reach out to Bob at

Sunday October 7th:

Rob Orr, K9RST, is still in need of 20-30 Hams for the Chicago Marathon.  For the Marathon, our team of Hams supports the Medical Team at various Aid Stations along the course as their radio link with Grant Park for this 26.2 mile race.  If you can help with this World Class event; please register here:


Cliff Sowka K9QD:   Our August presentation was a short video on Voice of America antenna farm destruction and a recent Solar Minimum report from NASA.  We’ve received several ideas (posted above in President’s Report) from the membership tonight as Matt AC9IG conducted a quick survey of the members attending.


Steve AC9EM is hosting the Thursday Night Nets.

Ebay Sales

No Sales to report.  Discussed the club’s need for new chairperson and need to plan for the task of culling our inventory once Construction Project reconvenes in September.

Old Business


New Business

New Code of Conduct proposal for By-Laws in November. Board has assigned a committee to update the code of conduct. The Committee’s result will be published in the October RHG and then voted on during the November election cycle.

Chris AC9GN has put together a new online roster management system. He demonstrated the new tools tonight. It can be found at

Adjourn  7:55 PM

Submitted: August 17, 2018  Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary.