Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting November 6th, 2019

Board of Directors Meeting,  6 November 2019

Chairman Leo Ribordy called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm noting that there is a quorum.


John Douglas KD9KSH///Frank Giampa N9QPD///Edward Lishka AC9SD///Ken Krzywicki KD9HIJ

Chris Brewer AC9GN///Burt Schultz AB9CV///Kent Ochs W9KAO///Leo Ribordy N9NBH

Cliff Sowka K9QD///John Zietlow K9WIC

Treasurer’s Report:

Beginning balance———————$5962.09

Income————————-$     0.00

Expense————————$ 700.74 (2 storage, party, $61.53 data)

Ending balance————————–$5261.35


Current number of fully paid members is 76.

A motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by Frank N9QPD and seconded by Kent W9KAO.

The motion carried.

Secretary’s Report:

A motion to accept the Secretary’s report of 2 October 19 as submitted and published in the RHG was made by Frank N9QPD and seconded by Burt AB9CV. The motion carried.

Membership Report:

In the absence of Membership Chair Bob Benwitz N9JAX, his report was read by the Secretary.

“There were three contacts in the month of October. Carl Cichanski, (no call) expressed an interest in Ham Radio. He was referred to ARRL resource books, local library offerings, and was extended an invitation to attend our club meetings and activities. Carmen, WB9FUS had an equipment donation inquiry. He was called back by both myself and Cliff K9QD, and received no response to my knowledge.

Greg Gingerich KD9LPI, needs power supply information/advice for a new radio (invited him to attend our CP meetings and meet the members who would offer him advice)”.


As published.


Our repeater is up and running thanks to the quick efforts by Rob N9MVO, Terry AE9TJ and Dennis KD9HIK who procured the batteries at a better price than anticipated. Due to their response and expertise, we now have a fully functional repeater.

Construction Project:

A suggestion has been made to make a 20 meter mag loop antenna for the CP basement activity. Leo N9NBH and Bill KD9AUP will be looking at this for testing purposes.

VE Testing:

Ed AC9SD reports that in November, 5 people tested.




John KD9KSH has set up our Christmas/Holiday party at Garibaldi’s located at 2346 W. Higgins (behind Buona Beef) in Hoffman Estates. The date is 16 January 20 and an email will be coming out soon with additional information. Normally the Club has its party at Buona Beef, but they are undergoing a large renovation to their facility and in most likelihood would not be ready for us in January.


No report.


Leo N9NBH will be contacting the Hoffman Estates Branch of the Schaumburg Library to reserve 12 weeks for a General Class to be held in the fall of 2020.

Fox Hunts:

Bill KD9AUP will be looking for a guest speaker to talk about fox hunts.


Dennis KD9HIK wasn’t in attendance, but his note to the BOD was read by Leo N9NBH. The SPD is looking to make a video of the SARC in action. They are looking for our suggestions as to location, and dates. They also would like to interview no more than three of the members to answer various questions. It has been suggested that we show them a SARC in the park showing operators in action, or possibly videotaping the CP. Also it would be a good thing to have someone narrating in the background while the operator was in action rather than just someone talking. Leo will be contacting Dennis about this activity.

Meeting Programs:

Leo N9NBH will be renewing our BOD meeting site by filling out the form and signing same. He will also be taking care of reserving our CRC meeting sites for the New Year.


John K9WIC reports that the emergency exercise went well. It was akin to an emergency call out scenario. It showed that ham radio can go anywhere with great mobility.


Leo N9NBH has suggested that we label all of our file cabinets at the PD, Tennis Club and the Hospital.

Old Business:

Leo N9NBH: Batteries have been installed in the Park District television and a bill is forthcoming.

A question as to having a phone number and “go to person” on the Club web site has been brought up again. Leo will be contacting Geoff KA9QGH asking him to bring this up at the Club meeting.

New Business:

In the spring John K9WIC will be checking on the Status of the St. Alexius Hospital repeater and a decision will be made as to whether or not to pull the repeater. There is no control operator and we are not being given access. The new Hoffman Estates Manager wants a letter/memo from SARC officially sponsoring the activity and space for the EMCOMM meetings, under the auspices of the HEPD. John K9WIC will be looking in to this without making any commitment at this time. A motion to have John K9WIC communicate with the manager without making any decisions was made by Frank N9QPD and seconded by Burt AB9CV. The motion carried.

Ray Bocchhio (spelling) has passed away. Many of our members spent two weekends getting his tower in shape some time ago so he could get back on the air. His wife informed the Club of his passing recently. Leo N9NBH has purchased a sympathy card and had attending members at the last CP sign it.

Burt AB9CV has suggested a basic electronics course be made available to SARC members only, and that it could be taught at the Construction Project meetings.

Kent W9KAO has suggested putting a “donate to” button on the web site. He will be sending a note to the webmaster reference same. A motion to add the button to the web site was made by Kent W9KAO and seconded by Frank N9QPD. The motion carried.

Motion to Adjourn:

With no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn was made by Ken KD9HIJ and seconded by Frank N9QPD. The motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 8:15.

Respectfully submitted 11 November 11, 2019.

Ken Krzywicki KD9HIJ