Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting December 2nd, 2020

Board of Directors Meeting,  2 December, 2020

John Shofield AC9JS provided an update regarding plans for Tom Doyle K9MF SK:

There will be a funeral mass at St Marcelline Church in Schaumburg soon, but a date has not been set yet.  We plan on having a larger memorial party after Covid, perhaps in the spring or summer of 2021.


With the help of Geoff KA9QGH’s ZOOM-enabled call, the meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM



Russ Schmidt KC9NUV Cliff Sowka K9QD John Douglas  KD9KSH
Geoff Stevens KA9QGH Danny Kafka KD9HIL John Zietlow  K9WIC
Ed Liska  AC9SD Leo Ribordy  N9NBH Dennis C. Calvey  KD9HIK
Kent Ochs W9KAO Jim Campbell KB9RGU Leo Ribordy N9NBH
Terry AE9TJ Rob Glowacki N9MVO


Secretary’s Report:


Cliff Sowka K9QD. November Board Meeting was not held; therefore October Board Minutes were briefly reviewed.

Elections.  Election process for 2021 was completed and our website’s home page needs to be updated as follows:



Geoff Stevens KA9QGH_________

Director Jim Campbell_KB9RGU

Vice President


Danny Kafka KD9HIL___________                            Director Ed Lishka_AC9SD



Cliff Sowka K9QD______________




Chris Brewer_AC9GN_


Treasurer’s Report:

Chris Brewer AC9GN. No Report. We’re not sure if the annual insurance renewal cycle has been completed.  We also need a proposed budget for 2021.

Public Service:

Rob Glowacki N9MVO. No Report. 


John Zietlow K9WIC informed there will be a SkyWarn Net this coming Saturday on 3905 KHz hosted by ARRL Section Manager Tom W9RY.  Also, Illinois EMCOMM is studying the possibility of a WINLINK simplex exercise utilizing repurposed WiFi equipment for Amateur use.


 Operations normal after a recent reset.  Rob N9MVO and Terry AE9TJ will be conferring with Leo N9NBH to determine some options in providing internet access for reactivating the currently dormant Fusion machine.  If the Barrington Road installation is used, then antenna/diplexer accommodations are needed.  If the Plum Grove installation is used, then WiresX + another Fusion radio for slave link back to Barrington Road’s internet connection could be built.  There also needs to be information provided to Illinois Repeater Association to update our equipment location and frequency utilization.  The team will work to prepare an update during the December Business Meeting.

Construction Project:


Bill McGovern W9WEM.  No report

VE Testing:

 Ed Lishka AC9SD. Plan for December currently indicates there will be a testing session held for one candidate this coming Saturday.


Leo Ribordy N9NBH provided the following report for the November 24th TechNet:

Thank you to all the hams that checked into the net this evening.  Asked all the check ins

what they were doing for Thanksgiving and also if they remembered the Polio vaccination

we went through as kids.


  1.   W9RKK                Robert
  2.   N9MVO                Rob
  3.   N9LTW                 Lou
  4.   K9CMZ                Charlene
  5.   K9QD                   Cliff
  6.   KD9FMN              Paul
  7.   KD9POE              Mike
  8.   KB9RGU              Jim
  9.   N9IJS                   John
  10.     WB9UXN              Brent
  11.      W9WEM               Bill
  12.     KB9RHR                Darryl
  13.      AC9SD                 Ed
  14.      KD9JBS               George
  15.      WB9VWN             Hugh
  16.          KD9NJR               Don
  17.          KC9NMW             Tim
  18.          K9GBN                 Garrett
  19.          K9WIC                  John
  20.          KD9PWI                Pat
  21.          N9NBH                  Leo
  22.          WA9E                   Roberto


Have a Happy Thanksgiving



Dennis C. Calvey hosted The Tuesday evening Dec 1st Tech Net which started at 07:00 PM (local time).

The following operators checked in:

W9RKK       Robert

N9IJS          John

K9CMZ        Charlene

K9QD           Cliff

WB9VMW    Hugh

KD9POE        Mike

N9LTW         Lou

KD9JBS         George

KD9ASI         Robert (?)

K9MKD         Kevin

KD9QBR       Ken

KD9KSH       John

AC9SD          Ed

W9YY            Jack

KB9RHR       Daryl

WA9E          Roberto

KD9NJR       Don

KC9NMW    Tim

N9PEF          Dirk

K9GBN        Garrett

KD9OLJ       Sid

W9YFC       Doug

Ed, AC9SD, reported that there will be a Volunteer Examination in December.

Mike, KD9POE, suggested that due to Covid restrictions that make face to face meetings difficult, that we look for topics that might be difficult for new Hams.  Several suggestions for simple antennas to deal with ordinance or HOA restrictions, including attic mounted J Pole, attic mounted fan dipole, and portable Wolf River Coil.

No operators reported participating in the ARRL EME Contest.

Additional discussion regarding JS8 Call.

Reminder that the SARC Board Meeting, by Zoom, will be held Wednesday December 2  and regular club net on Thursdays.

As in the past, apologies if I missed someone or got the information recorded incorrectly.

Net Closed ~ 8:06 PM (local time).



Dennis C. Calvey 

Radio Hill Gazette RHG:

No Report.  Mike K9KMV requests articles.

Recurring Calendar:

Insurance, Meeting Room Reservations for the Airport, Tennis Plus Basement, and CRC, need to be renewed for 2021.  Cliff K9QD resurrected previous traffic to assist in establishing the proper governmental contacts required.


Geoff KA9QGH.   No report.


Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chair reported there may not be a published re-opening plan from the Schaumburg Park District for several months.


John KD9KSH.  Present.  Nothing to report for obvious reasons.  Dirk W0RI had previously has suggested a Road Rally event via SARC-ALL.  Interest remains alive but no updates at the moment.


Leo N9NBH.  No Report.


John K9WIC indicated Tom ARRL Section Manager W9RY is available to present prepared ARRL materials if we request.

Old Business:


An invoice was presented for “Website Listing Service”.  Invoice was referred to Matt Walsh for verification.  Ed AC9SD will send the invoice notice (due December) to Chris AC9GN so that our Domain N9RJV.ORG is renewed for 3-years at $180.

It is unknown if our insurance has been renewed; normal renewal cycle is ~April/May and we will need to check with our Treasurer to ascertain current coverage.

New Business:

Fusion Machine implementation will be studied and discussed during our December Business Meeting.

Motion to Adjourn:

Meeting adjourned 7:58PM.  Submitted December 3, 2020. Cliff Sowka Secretary