Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting July 18th, 2019

Schaumburg Business Meeting      18 July 19, 2019

Vice President Danny Kafka KD9HIL called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. There is a quorum.

Tonight’s question was; have you had any experience with EME, and what were you doing during the moon landing 50 years ago. Several good stories ensued.

Rebecca KA9EFE brought the snacks. As always they were very good.


Ken Krzywicki KD9HIJ///Danny Kafka KD9HIL///Chris Brewer AC9GN///Leo Ribordy N9NBH

Cliff Sowka K9QD///Robert Kocourek W9RKK///DJ Traxler WA9UBR///Edward Lishka AC9SD

Doug May W9YFC///John Douglas KD9KSH///Burt Schultz AB9CV///Phil McBride WB9C

Frank Giampa N9QPD///Rick Dickens KY0Q///Don Smith K9UD///Daryl Jenks KB9RHR

Terry Jurnholm AE9TJ///Bill Crockett KD9AUP///Mel Luxenberg W9FRT

Chuck Billstrand KB9RGI///Dave Sims K9KBM///Paul Burkett KD9FMN

Bob McIntyre W9DXR///John Schofield AC9JS///Steve Karson AC9EM///Bob N9JAX///

Don KD9NJR///Rob N9MVO and John K9WIC.

Treasurer’s Report:

Chris AC9GN provided the report covering 6/1/2019 through 6/30/2019.

Beginning balance: $5146.90

Income:                   $969.05 (dues)

Expense:                   $119.28 ($61.53 data line, net raffle prize)

Ending balance:       $5,996.70

Current number of paid members: 55

A motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by Frank N9QPD, and with a second by Steve AC9EM, the motion passed.

President’s Report:

Geoff KA9QGH was unable to attend the meeting. No report.

Secretary’s Report:

After breakfast at Maxfield’s July 6th, eleven volunteers went to Elk Grove to dismantle and cart away the donated tower. It took about an hour to take the sections apart of the 55 foot Rohn 45 tower. Once loaded on to Leo’s N9NBH vehicle, it was transported to the tower site on Plum Grove road and secured to the top of the POD. Beginning to end, time spent was two hours. It has been suggested that at the ham fests a sign be posted advertising the tower for sale.

A Motion to accept by Frank N9QPD, seconded by John AC9JS, Motion Passed.


Dennis KD9HIK related that he had notified several media outlets about the upcoming Technician class, including ARRL.


John K9WIC is looking for help with the Hoffman Estates Race which occurs this coming Saturday, July 20th. He will put out a SARC All requesting volunteers. It will start early and end about 2:00 pm.

EBay Sales:


SARC repeaters:

Terry AE9TJ reports that the repeaters are coming along. Rob N9MVO noted that a jammer had sent a deliberate tone. There was some discussion about changing codes. More information to come on this.

Public Service:

Rob, N9MVO reminded the group about the upcoming Schaumburg Triathlon which includes swimming, cycling and a run, scheduled for July 28th. To sign up to help, email Rob who is looking for 15 to 20 volunteers. This is the Club’s very important activity as the Schaumburg Park District has, and still, provides the Club with locations for our activities at no charge.


Leo N9NBH has scheduled a Technician Class beginning September 7th and ending October 26th at the Hoffman Estates branch of the Schaumburg Library. Class time runs from 10:30 to 12:30 on Saturdays. There is no charge for this class. Participants should have purchased the Technician Manual prior to class. The manual is available via ARRL. The following Saturday, November 2nd, the class can take the exam at the VE site.


There was a suggestion that the Control Operators for the nets be put on the Club calendar.


Bill KD9AUP is working on it.

SARC in the Park:

Rob N9MVO said that there were twelve participants on Saturday July 13th, and it was a fun day. Participants included:

Dennis KD9HIK///Ken KD9HIJ///Robert W9RKK///Ron WB9PTA///Kevin KD9MKD///Carlos KD9NLK///

Rob N9MVO///Mike KD9KMV///Bob W9DXR///John KD9KSH///Don K9UD///Gary N9VU.


John KD9KSH had no report.

News Center:

No report.


Bob N9JAX had one contact this month.

Old Business:

Cliff K9QD and Rob N9MVO had visited the home of a silent key whose brother offered the Club all the equipment stored in the house and garage. The area was jam packed providing little access. After many discussions it was decided to forego the offer. Our resources would have been severely impacted.

New Business:

One of the Board of Director’s has resigned his position due to job related issues. Peter N9POL has moved on, leaving the Board a member short. Both Burt AB9CV and John KD9KSH have volunteered to take over. Both have been invited to the next BOD meeting where one will be appointed to finish out the term and another in the near future due to another Board member possibly leaving.

Health and Welfare:

Bill KD9AUP tells the group that Kent W9KAO is still home “flat on his back” recovering from the automobile accident that totaled his car and injured him.

Ask An Elmer:

Inside joke between Rob N9MVO and Cliff K9QD about a current balen?

Motion to Adjourn:

With no further business to conduct a motion to adjourn was made by Cliff K9QD. A second was made by DJ WA9UBR. Motion passed at 8:05 pm.

Guest Speaker Mel W9FRT gave a presentation on a quad antenna. That generated a lot of questions and answers that was very informative. What made the presentation even better was the interspersed stories of his time on a ship in the Pacific during the time he served.

Respectfully submitted 19 July2019

Ken Krzywicki KD9HIJ, Secretary.