Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting February 20th 2020

Schaumburg Business Meeting       February 20th 2020

Rebecca Hopkins KA9EFE brought brownies tonight.  All gone in minutes. 

 Geoff Stevens KA9QGH President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM 



Danny Kafka  KD9HIL  Cliff Sowka  K9QD  Chris Brewer AC9GN 
Mel Luxenberg  W9FRT  Geoff Stevens KA9QGH  Rick Dickens  KY0Q 
Ed Liska  AC9SD  Kevin Willard KB9QVX  Robert Kocourek  W9RKK 
John Zietlow  K9WIC  Bob Benwitz  N9JAX  Daryl Jenks  KB9RHR 
Steve Karson  AC9EM  Doug May  W9YFC  Rob Glowacki  N9MVO 
John Douglas  KD9KSH  Don Smith  K9UD  Don Dewar  KD9NJR 
Leo Ribordy  N9NBH  Sid Puri  KD9OLJ  David Weinheimer  AC9VW 
Tom Geletta  N9CBA  Dennis C. Calvey KO9HIK   

Secretary’s Report:  

 Cliff Sowka K9QD requested a motion to accept the minutes of the December meeting.  So moved. 

 Treasurer’s Report:  

 Chris Brewer AC9GN reported 

 Beginning Balance$6,234.45 

Income$   649.82 

Expense$  1,335.89  (SK Auction funds to widow, $62.82 Data Line, Party Awards) 

Ending Balance$5,548.38 


Current number of fully paid members in good standing:  89 


Public Service: 

 Rob Glowacki N9MVO reported our first two events for 2020 will be the MS Walk in early May.  A 5 Watt HT is sufficient for the 3M walk.  Following our Field Day event, we will assist with 4th of July parade for Hoffman Estates. 


 John Zietlow K9WIC informed Emergency Simulation will be held April 24th and April 25th.  Potential class at Hoffman PD.  Scenario with Red Cross @ Sears Center handle evacuees from Downstate. Attempt to set up HF, VHF with downstate stations.    


 Rob Glowacki N9MVO reported 60Hz noise fixed 4PM today.  Link pulled down to stop jamming Wednesday 8:30 reported Rap Music on 440. 

 Construction Project: 

 Six Dummy Loads remain to be claimed. 


Bill McGovern W9WEM reported attendance at last week’s Construction Project meeting: 


Russ KC9NUV  Robert W9RKK  John KD9KSH 
Chris AC9GN  Cliff K9QD  Bill KD9AUP 
Abe KD9OFB  Burt AB9CV  Leo N9NBH 
Jack W9YY  Rob N9MVO  Doug W9YFC 
Bob W9DXR  Terry AE9TJ  Mike K9KMV 
Kevin K9MKD  Phil WB9C  Sid KD9OLJ 
Dave K9KBM  Ed AC9SD  Tim KC9NMW 
Kevin K9BWZ  Daryl KB9RHR  Tom KD9KF 
Dennis KD9HIK  Paul N9ISP  Steve AC9EM 
John K9JDM  Bruce N9EHA  John K9WIC 
Ken KO9H  Pierre K9EYE  Geoff KA9QGH 
Kent W9KAO  Al KD9FIA  Ron WB9PTA 
Kevin K9AAB  Don K9UD  Bill W9WEM 

 VE Testing: 

 Volunteer Testing Results:  Two tested with one passing Tech and one passing General. 

 Radio Hill Gazette  RHG 

 Mike Griffiths K9KMV requests articles for publication. 


 Bob N9JAX no report. 


 Special $150 Gift Certificate was awarded in gratitude for extensive machine shop production supporting our Dummy Load effort. 


 Leo N9NBH reports schedule for next Ham Radio License class to start Sep 5th  


 Steve AC9EM reported February 6th Net activity. 

  Thanks everyone, for checking into the net this evening.   25 people checked in!!!   The question(s) of the night:  Are you aware of any HF Band Nets and when do they occur?  Do you participate?  We received lots of Net recommendations and advice. Thanks for the question Dirk, W0RI… 

Remember your check-in is important and your traffic always welcome.  Also, a lot more interesting than the basic Net Script…  We want to hear from you… 

 Tonight’s check-ins include:  


KD9KSH John  N9NBH Leo  W9RKK   Robert 
K9EYE Pierre  KD9HIK Dennis  KB9RHR Darryl 
K9KMV Mike  W9YFC Doug  KB9QVX Kevin 
KY0Q Rick  KD9FIA Al  WA9E Roberto 
KD9NJR Don  N9LTW Lou  KC9NMW Tim 
W9WEM Bill  KD9ESD Chris  KD9MBR Dane 
KF5IV Owen  N9FJM Fred  KB9UGJ Lucas 
N9MVO Rob  KD9FMN Paul  K9WIC John 
AC9EM Steve     

Leo N9NBH reported 2/13/20 


KB9RGU    Jim  W9RKK Robert  KD9FIA  Al 
KC9NMW Tim  K9QD    Cliff  K9EYE    Pierre 
W9YY        Jack  AC9SD  Ed  W9YFC  Doug 
K9MKD     Kevin  KB9RHR Darryl  KD9ESD Chris 
KD9NJR     Don  N9MVO Rob  AC9EM   Steve 
K9WIC      John  N9NBH Leo    Net Control  KD9OLJ   SID 
W9DXR    Bob  KD9OSW      Jim  KD9LRE Mark 
KD9OSX   Brent     


The question of the evening was:  Do you have a 220 Mhz radio?  If not, do  

you have a HF rig that you could install a transverter. 


 Dennis KO9HIK reported the Village of Schaumburg Cable TV team interviewed Rob N9MVO and Kent W9KAO during Winter Field Day.  Will report schedulepublic release once known. 


 Two visiting hams, David Weinheimer AC9VW and Tom Geletta N9CBA presented Fox Hunting techniques. 

 Old Business: 

 Leo N9NBH reported Bill Clark from Schaumburg EMCOMM attended our Winter Field Day. 

 New Business: 

 Need eBay Sales Chair 

160M on Air event starts Friday. 

Field Day planning:  Danny KD9HIL reviewed action items needed:  Permit submitted by Rob N9MVO prior to June event.  Should Field Day be a social event or contest event, or both?  Planning items like security, radio equipment (160M used with EMCOMM).  Should we rent equipment for the public demonstration?  Bring action item requirements to the Board of Directors. 

 Ask an Elmer 

 Q.  What to do about a lost QSO?  

  1. Dave Simms of the Breakfast Club discussed online call book utilization
  2. Is the FCC taking some bands away from Amateur Radio?
  3. Prevention is to be active

 Motion to Adjourn: 



 Cliff Sowka K9QD Interim Secretary  

 ……with special thanx to Chris’ AC9GN help capturing meeting minutes for us.  My abrupt departure from the meeting was due to a sick animal at home.