Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting May 1st, 2019

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting May, 2019

Leo Ribordy N9NBH Chairman declared No Quorum at 7:00 PM; therefore no business conducted.

Informal discussion regarding Field Day preparation was held.  Geoff KA9QGH President published an email to the club informing lack of Field Day Leadership may preclude participation this year.



Leo Ribordy N9NBH John Douglas KD9KSH Dennis C Calvey KD9HIK
Frank Giampa N9QPD Peter Maziuk N9POL Danny Kafka VP KD9HIL
Edward Lishka AC9SD Geoff Stevens KA9QGH Cliff Sowka K9QD
Bob Langsfeld WB9TZC John Zietlow K9WIC

Treasurer’s Report

Chris Brewer AC9GN not present.

President’s Report

Geoff KA9QGH reminded the group that we will be looking forward to field day shortly.  Discussion centered around details of contacting the Village for Permit Approval, Insurance Rider, organization specifics and communicating with the relevant Village officials. Time is very short.



 Dennis Calvey KD9HIK reported he had forwarded proposed text for a new Press Release to the Board but no receipts/feedback was observed.  Danny KD9HIL remarked she is also not receiving SARC-BD traffic.   Both need to be added to the SARC-BD Reflector.

SARC Repeaters

Rob N9MVO and Terry AE9TJ not present.

Secretary’s Report

Cliff Sowka K9QD:   Approval of March’s BOD Minutes as published on our website.


John Zietlow K9WIC EMCOMM Chairman provided the following:

The following events should be listed on the SARC Calendar:

  • Chicagoland Marathon May 19, 2019
  • Tour du Cur June 2, 2019

Last Saturday was the Simulated Emergency Test.  NC9IL was active in Springfield accepting Digital Traffic from the incident.  Voice nets were held on 75 meters, 60 meters and 40 meters.  Band conditions limited voice operations.  Bob, WB9TZC had a successful event at the Salvation Army.  W9SAC was heard checking into several nets.

The next SARC EmComm Event is the Chicagoland Marathon on May 19th.  Bob WB9TZC is in charge of the event and looking for additional stations to participate.  This is a great event for newcomers as we can pair you with experienced hams so that you are not overwhelmed.  Contact Bob, WB9TZC if you’d like to help.

The Tour du Cur is a bicycle race across most of Kane County.  Contact Bob WB9TZC at Bob if you’d like to help out with this event.

Construction Project (CP)

Bill McGovern W9WEM not present but provided the following report:



Gary        N9VU


Russ        KC9NUV Bill           KD9AUP
Cliff         K9QD Bill           KD9AUP John         KD9KSH
Tom         KD9KF


Dennis     KD9HIK


Bill           W9WEM
Peter       N9POL


Bob          N9JAX


Matt        AC9IG


Matt        AC9IG


Terry        AE9TJ


Terry        AE9TJ


Ron          WB9PTA


DJ            WA9UBR


Robert     W9RKK
Dave        K9KBM


Alan         W9RUV


Mike        K9KQX


Leo          N9NBH Daryl        KB9RHR


Burt         AB9CV


Wake       AF9I


Chris        AC9GN


Kevin       KD9MKD


Mike        KD9KMV



Thanks to all who attended the final Construction Project meeting of the season this past Saturday.   It was a very well attended event.  Apologies to anyone I may have missed.

SARC in the Park will be our activity for this time slot beginning May 11th.  Refer to the SARC calendar at:


John Douglas KD9KSH has taken control of the Social Chairman Role for 2019.  Currently organizing a J-Pole antenna project for early summer.  Specifics will be presented to club members shortly.


Leo N9NBH will be conducting a Technician Class with the Library District for the fall timeframe.

VE Testing

Ed Lishka AC9SD reported the March session results:  Passed 3 Technician, 2 General, 1 Extra.

RHG:  No Report.

Membership Committee

Bob Benwitz N9JAX provided a report.

The following were contacted/responded to for the month of April:

4/25.  Richard Dickens KY0Q inquiry regarding payment verification.    Richard was referred to Chris Brewer AC9GN and verification was made.  Now that we have the web-based electronic roster for paid members, it needs to be set up so once Chris receives payment the new member automatically receives the roster invite and temporary password.  Time and time again I am contacted by new members who have paid their money but don’t get any verification.  I thought this was being addressed.


Mike Griffiths KD9KMV provided the following Tech Net report for April 30th:


KD9KMV Mike (Net Control)
K9KQX Mike
N9HLG Rick
W9RKK Robert
W9YFC Doug
WB9C Phil
KD9MKD Kevin
KD9HUI Kevin
W9WEM Bill
K9GLA Gary

Topics discussed:

*Who uses amplifiers, either on HF and/or 2m/70cm – 3 said yes, the rest no.

*Where to purchase high voltage variable capacitors for building a magnetic loop antenna.

*Lightning protection and use of lightning arrestors

*PL259 push-on adaptors from

Public Service

Rob N9MVO not present but previously reported the MS Walk has changed the venue for the event in 2019.  More details will become known before Sunday May 5th.


Cliff Sowka K9QD reminded a new SARC Program Chair needs to be selected for 2019.  Nothing other than Field Day Planning is scheduled for the May Business meeting at the moment.

Ebay Sales

No eBay sales to report.

Old Business


New Business


Adjourn 8:25 PM

Submitted:  May 3, 2019 by Cliff Sowka K9QD during the prearranged absence of Ken Krzywicki KD9HIJ, Secretary.