Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting December 17th 2020

Schaumburg Business Meeting       December 17th 2020

Geoff Stevens KA9QGH President called the virtual meeting to order at 7:02 PM



Danny Kafka  KD9HIL Rob Glowacki  N9MVO Mike Sorensen K9KQX
Terry AE9TJ Geoff Stevens KA9QGH Mike Griffiths K9KMV
Ed Liska  AC9SD R. Kocourek W9RKK Brent Kaser WB9UXN
John Zietlow  K9WIC Garrett K9GBN Russ Schmidt KC9NUV
Doug W9YFC David Traxler WA9UBR John Scrip N9IJS
Dennis KD9HIK Jim Campbell KB9RGU Steve Karson AC9EM
John Douglas  KD9KSH Leo Ribordy  N9NBH Don Dewar  KD9NJR
Cliff Sowka K9QD

Secretary’s Report:


Cliff Sowka K9QD informed November’s Minutes published in RHG.  Approval so moved.  SARC Website requires Officer/Committee information updated.


Treasurer’s Report:


Chris Brewer AC9GN. Not present.  Need Financial Report for close of 2020.  Need Proposed Budget for 2021.


Public Service:


Rob Glowacki N9MVO informed there is nothing to report at the moment.




John Zietlow K9WIC.  Activity currently on hiatis.




Terry AE9TJ reported our machines are functioning properly.  Leo N9NBH described inability to invoke NEWSLINE while AllStar attendees were online.  Discussion with Rob N9MVO ensued regarding up/down data speeds and/or Repeater Key/unKey controller process was thwarting ability to bring NEWSLINE up onto the machine.  We’ll need to review our data service invoice to determine what speeds we’re contracted for and if that may be part of the difficulty in handling the audio stream’s capacity when three or more AllStar ports are connected.  Could also be related to the controller’s command sequence; not sure at the moment.

Construction Project:


Bill McGovern W9WEM no report.

VE Exams


Ed Liska AC9SD reported the single candidate scheduled for early December did not attend the planned exam and the Volunteer Examiners returned home.  No plans for January or later in Q1 until such time as the VE Team can find suitable facilities to hold their testing sessions.

Radio Hill Gazette  RHG

Mike Griffiths K9KMV reports there was a recent article submitted as a very informative reprint but he was hesitant to publish without the original author’s authorization.


Bob N9JAX no report.



No current plans.




Leo N9NBH reports our training schedule will be on hiatus for the duration.   Dennis KD9HIK described DuPage Club’s plans for ZOOM license training to be offered starting January.





No planned NETS for Christmas Eve nor New Year’s Eve.  Mike K9KMV will post this update on the Website to inform those not currently receiving SARC-ALL communications.


Steve Karson AC9EM submitted the following report for December 3rd:


Thanks everyone, for checking into our Club NET tonight. 25 Hams checked in!!!  Question of the night:  The weather is getting colder, is your car battery ready for the winter?  Will your ham radio operate if you have one installed?     We had some traffic about Skywarn, Wellness Net, recent silent keys, and other topics.   Also, we are sponsoring outdoor VE Testing this Saturday.  Check the Club Web Site for details if you are interested in taking a test…

Check-ins included:

K9MKD, Kevin

N9MVO, Rob

W9RKK, Robert

K9KMV, Mike

N9NBH, Leo


KD9HIK, Dennis

K9CMZ Charlene

K9WIC, John

WB9UXN, Brent


N9IJS, John

N9LTW, Lou

KD9KSH, John


K9KQX, Mike

W9YY, Jack

W9YFC, Doug

KB9QVX, Kevin

N9VWC, Mike

KD9JBS, George

KD9QAH, Tim – Welcome new SARC Member!

K9GBN, Garret

WA9E, Roberto

AC9EM Steve Net Controller


Be Safe and Happy!!!


Steve Karson, AC9EM


For the December 8th TechNet, KD9HIK was Net Control Operator.  The Net started at 7:32 PM, local time.  The following operators checked in:


N9MVO    Rob

W9RKK    Robert

W9WEM   Bill

WB9UXN  Brent


KD9FMN   Paul

K9CMZ     Charlene

K9KBM     Dave

AC9SD     Ed

K9QD       Cliff

W9YY       Jack

K9WIC     John

KD9KSH  John

WE9PP    Jim

KF5IV      Owen

W9YFC   Doug


KD9AJI    Chris


N9IJS      John

VA3DMZ  Scott (Checked in from Windsor Ontario via ALLSTAR)

KD9OLJ   Sid

KY0Q      Rich


Topics included discussion about use of Choke BALUNs and lightning suppressors on exterior di-pole, RF Chokes on long wire antennas, “MAKER’ sites and 3D printing.

KD9FMN asked about documentation of maximum safe RF in mobile applications.  Concern was about potential to damage in vehicle computers.


N9IJS reminded DMR users that BRANDMEISTER will be implementing a security protocol and that Hot Spots will have to be updated.


Please let me know if there are any omissions or corrections.


Dennis C. Calvey


On Friday, December 11, 2020, 11:04:16 AM CST, Leo Ribordy wrote:



Thank you to all the hams that checked into the net this evening.    The question for the night was: Do you have backup radio’s for HF-UHF-VHF?


  1.   KB9RGU                    Jim
  2.   AC9SD                       Ed
  3.   W9RKK                      Robert
  4.   K9EYE                       Pierre
  5.       N9LTW                       Lou
  6.   W5SLS                       Scott
  7.   K9WIC                        John
  8.   K9CMZ                       Charlene
  9.   WB9VWM                   Hugh
  10.     K9KQX                        Mike
  11.  KF5IY                         Owen
  12.          K9KMV                       Mike
  13.      W9YY                         Jack
  14.      KC9NMW                   Tim
  15.      KD9NJR                     Don
  16.      KB9QVX                     Kevin
  17.          K9QD                          Cliff
  18.      KY0Q                          Rick
  19.      K9GBN                       Garrett
  20.      KD9POE                     Mike
  21.      N9VWC                      Mike
  22.      K9KBM                       Dave
  23.      N9NBH                       Leo    net control
  24.      WA9E                         Roberto
  25.      K9MKD                       Kevin
  26.      KD9RCJ                     Kevin
  27.      AC9CG                       Mike
  28.          KM4WLD                     Bill

Leo Ribordy N9NBH submitted the December 15th TechNet report:


Thank you to all the hams who checked into the Tuesday evening net.  The question for the

evening was: During a contest can you check in and make a few contacts and then leave?

Yes you can, though the group running the contest would like you to participate for the full

time.  Do you have to submit a log?  No you do not have to submit a log to the contest nor

You do not have to send your logs to Lotw or QRZ.  Sending your logs to Lotw will help keep a record if you are working on any certificates.


  1.   W9RKK                    Robert
  2.   KD9FMN                  Paul
  3.   KB9RGU                  Jim
  4.   K9CMZ                     Charlene
  5.   K9KBM                     Dave
  6.   K9WIC                      John
  7.   WB9VWM                 Hugh
  8.   K9KQX                     Mike
  9.   N9VWC                    Mike
  10.     K9QD                       Cliff
  11.      WB9UXN                 Brent
  12.     KD9HIK                    Dennis
  13.      KD9POE                  Mike
  14.      KF5IV                       Owen
  15.      W9YFC                    Doug
  16.          KD9AJI                     Chris
  17.      N9MVO                    Rob
  18.      KC9NMW                 Tim
  19.      KY0Q                        Rick
  20.  KD9NJR                    Don
  21.      N9NBH                      Leo        net control




Dennis K9HIK No activity at the moment.




No report.


Old Business:




New Business:


Rob Glowacki N9MVO reported receipt of SK radio gear.  He has pictures and will be summarizing the inventory and provide a listing with anticipated price offers to the membership shortly.


Rob also reported last Saturday’s ARRL 10M Contest provided excellent propagation for his 5W QRP participation as recent Sun Spots became very active.


Ask an Elmer



Motion to Adjourn:


Submitted Friday December 18, 2020

Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary