Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting June 20, 2019

Schaumburg Business Meeting,  20 June 2019

President Geoff Stevens KA9QGH called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. There is a quorum.

Rebecca KA9EFE brought two trays of cupcakes.


Danny Kafka KD9HIL///Ken Krzywicki KD9HIJ///Geoff Stevens KA9QGH///

Paul Burkett KD9FMN///Cliff Sowka K9QD///Daryl Jenks KB9RHR///Edward Lishka AC9SD///

Phil McBride WB9C///Frank Giampa N9QPD///John Douglas KD9KSH///Bill McGovern W9WEM

Don Dewar KD9NJR///Bob McIntyre W9DXR///Bill Crockett KD9AUP///Robert Kocourek W9RKK

Bob Zuttermeister W9GEW///Leo Ribordy N9NBH///Rob Glowacki N9MVO///Dale Kwarta NJ9E

Mike Clodfelter AC9CG///D.J. Traxler WA9UBR///Orson Baker NN9N///Bob Benwitz N9JAX

Dennis Calvey KD9HIK///Matt Walsh AC9IG///Burt Schultz AB9CV///Terry Jarnholn AE9TJ

Kent Ochs W9KAO///Steve Karson AC9EM///Kevin Shin K9AAB

Treasurer’s Report:

No report available.

President’s Report:

Geoff KA9QGH is the chair for this year’s Field Day activity. His question for the night was for a show of hands of those planning on attending Field Day. Most of the hands in the room went up. Bill W9WEM will be handling the food prep and cooking. He needs some volunteers for Sunday breakfast set up. Dirk and Kevin will be providing generators. Things still to be decided upon are a first aid kit, operator cheat sheets, safety officer, logging software, heavy gauge extension cords, radios and tuners.

A budget in the area of $300.00 has been approved for this activity.

Secretary’s Report:

Approval of the Meeting minutes as published on our website. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Matt AC9IG, and seconded by Leo N9NBH. Motion Carried.

Ken KD9HIJ has been in contact with the Elk Grove Township supervisor who is moving their operation from Arlington and the tollway into Elk Grove Village at Landmeir & Tonne. There is a 40 to 60 foot tower there that they are willing to donate to SARC. The plan is for a crane to take the tower down and place it on the ground. We would have to go there, take it apart and cart it away. This could happen within two weeks. Their legal person is more than likely going to ask for us to sign a letter of indemnification releasing them from any liability should one of us trip, fall, etc.

A motion to accept their offer was made by Matt AC9IG and with a second by Phil WB9C, the motion carried. On 6/21/19 Ken KD9HIJ spoke with the supervisor and confirmed that we would gratefully accept the donated tower. He also said that he would like to do a public service article about our activities. I told him we would be contacting him in the near future about that.


Dennis KD9HIK has put out informational notices about Field Day to the Daily Herald, Village Trustees, and various senators inviting them to attend.


No report.

EBay Sales:


SARC Repeaters:

Still working on the problem.

Public Service:

Rob N9MVO reports that the MS walk was a success. Our next event is the 4th of July parade in Hoffman Estates. We handle various responsibilities such as lining up the units, parade route, parking line up, going in order, keeping in touch with the reviewing stand, resolve loud music conflicts, etc. Details will be forthcoming via email soon. For those who intend to participate and want to eat early, the restaurant at Higgins and Barrington is available. EMCOMM frequency #4 will be used and #5 will be the backup.

The Schaumburg Triathlon will also be coming up at the end of July. This is a must attend and participate. They have been very generous to us over the years. Matt AC9IG says that there is another Field Day coming up and the signup sheet is on our website.


Matt AC9IG reports that we have about 200 plus sign ins for the two yearly awarded prizes.


Leo N9NBH reports that we have secured the Hoffman Estates facility for the Technician class beginning in September.


Bill KD9AUP will be the chair for this activity.

J Pole Project:

The following participated in the project. Dennis KD9hik///Orson NN9N///Ron WB9PTA

Thomas KD9KF///Cliff K9QD///Burt AB9CV///Frank N9QPD///Bob Z W9GEW///Dave K9KBM///

Terry AE9TJ///D.J. WA9UBR///Steve AC9EM///Kevin K9AAB///Alex N9NE///John KD9KSH///

Chuck KB9RGI///John AC9TS///Rob N9MVO///Tom KD9DAD///Robert W9RKK///

**Bob Zuttermeister, who generously donated his shop space for this project, has donated to the SARC all the proceeds for the cost of the materials. A check for $400.00 was presented to the President. Many thanks for your generosity.


SARC in the Park:

Held on Saturday 6-8-2019 the following participated. Robert W9RKK///Bob Z W9GEW

Ken KD9HIJ///Dennis KD9HIK///Rob N9MVO///Don K9UD///Cliff K9QD///Daryl KB9RHR///Peter N9POL

Kent W9KAO///Steve AC9EM///Mike KD9KMV.

Dennis KD9HIK brought coffee and donuts. Thanks for that.


Ask Elmer’s:

Rob N9MVO had a question about modeling software. Several opinions were forthcoming. Daryl KB9RHR had a question about capacitors. As before, information was passed on.

Old Business:


New Business:


With no further business to conduct a motion to adjourn was made by Ken KD9HIJ and seconded by Danny KD9HIL. Motion carried and the President closed the meeting at 8:00 pm.

After the break, our guest speaker, Dale Kwarta NJ9E made a presentation relating to portability. He spoke of many things related to the portability of radios. He has put together kits from ammo boxes which contain a battery, top antenna, power cord, paperwork, license, manual, flashlight, etc. Very compact and efficient. He sells kits and finished products. He also recommends a “Hummingbird” battery which he considers worth the money and it comes with a battery regulator.


Respectfully submitted 24 June 2019

Ken Krzywicki KD9HIJ