Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting January 8th, 2020

Board of Directors Meeting,  8 January, 2020

Leo Ribordy N9NBH Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM



Danny Kafka  KD9HIL Cliff Sowka  K9QD John Douglas  KD9KSH
Frank Giampa N9QPD Bob Zuttermeister W9GEW Geoff Stevens KA9QGH
Ed Liska  AC9SD Burt Shultz  AB9CV Leo Ribordy  N9NBH
John Zietlow  K9WIC Bob Langsfeld  WB9TZC Kent Ochs  W9KAO


Secretary’s Report:

Cliff Sowka K9QD motion to accept the minutes of the December meeting.  So Moved.


Treasurer’s Report:


Chris Brewer AC9GN reports 12/01/2019 through 12/31/2019

Beginning balance:          $  5,392.36

Income:               $   1257.00

Expense:             $     414.91            (repeater batteries, dummy load parts, $62.89 data line)

Pending  check:                $   1216.00           (silent key auction receipts)

Ending balance:                                $  5,018.45                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Notes:  Current number of fully paid members: 88

Public Service:

Rob Glowacki N9MVO reported our first two events for 2020 will be the MS Walk May 3rd and the 4th of July parade for Hoffman Estates.


John Zietlow K9WIC may restart EMCOMM Saturdays; more information soon.  Wheaton Hamfest has offered free table space for local clubs to facilitate promotional efforts in enlisting new members.  We’re not prepared enough to take advantage this year.

Board authorizes John K9WIC to research possible participation in the Illinois Digital Emergency Network.



Fusion machine at the hospital will be removed and placed in spares.


Construction Project:

Bill McGovern W9WEM reported activity during two SARC Construction Project meetings in December.

The following folks were in attendance:

 Dec 14                                     Dec 28

————-                                               ————

Russ KC9NUV                          Tim KC9NMW

Abe KD9OFB                           Abe KD9OFB

Jack W9YY                               Dave K9ZIB

Cliff K9QD                               Leo N9NBH

Burt AB9CV                             Sid KD9OLJ

Al KD9FIA                                                Cliff K9QD

Chris AC9GN                           Daryl KB9RHR

Bernie KC9SGV                       Dave K9KMB

Rob W9RKK                             Kevin K9MKD

Bill KD9AUP                            Rob N9MVO

Robert W9RKK                        Robert W9RKK

Terry AE9TJ                             Phil WB9C

Leo N9NBH                             Ron WB9PTA

Ron WB9PTA                          Terry AE9TJ

John KD9KSH                           Jack W9YY

Doug W9YFC                           Al KD9FIA

Lou N9LTW                             Ken KO9H

Mike K9KQX                            Pierre K9EYE

Pierre K9EYE                           Bob N9JAX

Daryl KB9RHR                         Mike K9KMV

Ken KO9H                                Dennis KD9HIK

Lucas KB9UGJ                         Steve AC9EM

Mike K9KMV                           John K9WIC

Steve AC9MM                         Burt AB9CV

Bob N9JAX                              Bob W9DXR

Dennis KD9HIK                        Bruce N9EHA

Kevin KB9QVX                         Kevin K9BWZ

Bruce N9EHA                          Bill W9WEM


Bill W9WEM


The next SARC Construction Project meeting will be on January 11, 2020 held at the Schaumburg Park District Tennis Club (Schaumburg Tennis Plus) beginning at 8:00 AM.

VE Testing:


John Schofield AC9JS reports Volunteer Testing Results for January 4, 2020


Name Call Class
Allen, James W KD9ONV General
Zielezinski, Michael R KD9ONW Technician
Watkins, Ean M KD9ONX Technician


Technician 2
General 1
Extra 0
Total 3


Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):


Bill Davies K9WKD
Steve Karson AC9EM
Ed Lishka AC9SD
James Migalla KC9UFB
William Riess KW9WR
John Schofield AC9JS
Dirk Smith W0RI

Next examination date: February 1, 2020

Radio Hill Gazette RHG

No Report.


Bob Benwitz N9JAX submitted the following report:

12/2    Gary Bernstein    N9VU     Gary was trying to confirm his membership acceptance   (I acknowledged his application but told him it was “in process” status and referred this matter to the Board).

12/14   Bernie Dekok      Bernie was trying to confirm his dues submission via Paypal from an iPhone device.  There apparently is some technical issue with that interface so he talked to Chris Brewer.

12/15   Tim Smith    KC9NMW    Tim was checking on the next membership meeting time and date

12/23   Justin Rapacz   KD9JFN a new ham interested in the club

12/28   Anthony Berg   AC9PL enjoys using our repeater and wants to become a member


Schaumburg Park District plans to interview our club during our Winter Field Day Event the 25th

Saturday of January.

Harper College Maker’s Space:  Leo N9NBH will inquire with the school to ascertain if SARC should/could be a participant.



John KD9KSH confirmed with Garibaldi’s Restaurant for the SARC Christmas/Holiday Party Thursday, January 16th, we will meet at 7:00 PM.  Cliff will send a note to Rob to determine plans for audio set-up.


Date and Time:    Thursday, Jan 16th, at 7:00 PM (replaces our normal January meeting)

Place:    Garibaldi’s Italian Eatery

2346 West Higgins Road

Hoffman Estates, IL


Leo N9NBH no new updates.  Plans for September remain in place.


Danny KD9HIL has prepared a listing of proposed educational courses for Bill Crockett KD9AUP.  Danny could make these presentations available for use at future meetings.

Old Business:


Leo N9NBH reminded we are in need of a Membership Chair.  Effort of ~1 hour per week is required.  Current inquiries are captured electronically with both text and audio record retention.  Kent W9KAO will set a new traffic-forwarding path to Geoff’s KA9QGH email for follow-up.


New Business:

 Winter Field Day.  Leo N9NBH will work with Mike K9KMV to determine status of preparations, radios, and tarps for Winter Field Day.  Starts 1PM for a 24-hour event.  Mike K9KMV earlier reported further planning for Winter Field Day Jan 25th at the CRC will be communicated to the membership as plans coalesce.

Annual Corporate Report from the State of Illinois is expected this month.  SARC Corp Agent of Record:  Cliff K9QD is currently the club’s Registered Agent.

Internal Revenue Service:  Anticipating we will need to prepare our report for 2019.

We need a Budget for 2020.

Construction Project cabinet clearance:   Planning to schedule club’s help reviewing eligible sale items once the Dummy Load project finishes.

Kent W9KO suggested we move the 50-AMP supply from the basement of Construction Project to the repeater site for storage and have ready access for any needed backup.

Burt AB9CV has been selected as SARC Chairman for 2020 by acclamation.

Frank N9QPD moved to empower attending club officers voting authority in Board of Directors Meetings.  Kent W9KAO seconded. So moved.

Bob Langsfeld WB9TZC reported on the Pekin Illinois location of Salvation Army’s use of our donated Rohn 45 Tower.  The SATERN team thanked the Schaumburg Amateur Radio club for the donation and reported the required effort for equipment installation is now underway.

Motion to Adjourn:

At 9:09PM the Board meeting was adjourned.

Submitted January 9th, 2020


Cliff Sowka K9QD Interim Secretary during Ken Krzywicki’s KD9HIJ Scheduled Absence