Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting January 6th, 2021

Board of Directors Meeting,  6 January, 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 Lou N9LTW Dennis C. Calvey  KD9HIK
Kent Ochs W9KAO Jim Campbell KB9RGU Leo Ribordy N9NBH
Robert Kocourek W9RKK Burt Schultz AB9CV


Secretary’s Report:


Cliff Sowka K9QD: December BOD Minutes approved as published in the RHG.


Treasurer’s Report:


Chris Brewer AC9GN. Not present and previously requested an interim Treasurer be appointed while he deals with family medical stress.  John Zietlow K9WIC has been nominated by Cliff K9QD and seconded by Danny Kafka KD9HIL.  So moved.  John is hereby elected by the Board of Directors to handle the club’s finances until such time as Chris can return.


John K9WIC will contact our insurance carrier as well as confirm our data line payments are current.  Geoff KA9QGH has been personally funding ZOOM service and can continue without reimbursement for the moment.


Public Service:


Rob Glowacki N9MVO. Not present.




John Zietlow K9WIC informed the possibility Civil Air Patrol may be a participant in Illinois EMCOMM statewide exercise to test simplex capabilities February 27, 28th; details will be published as soon as plans are solidified.   Additionally, the rumored newly-imposed $35 FCC fee for Amateur applications is not currently being imposed.




No Report. Operations normal.


Construction Project:


Bill McGovern W9WEM.  No report

VE Testing:


Ed Lishka AC9SD informed testing is likely to remain on hiatus until an appropriate facility can be found.  Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK reported the Schaumburg Park District predicts an eventual re-opening but the schedule remains uncertain.




Leo Ribordy N9NBH provided the following report for the December 22nd TechNet:

Thank you to all the hams that checked into the Tech Net last night.  The question for the evening was

not a question but asking for help.  I installed an inverted V fan dipole cut for 40 and 20 Meter.  My SWR and impedance are terrible.  Discussions were had and a lot of good ideas were presented for

me to investigate.  Ii will keep everyone up to date on how I progress on tuning the antenna


  1.           W9RKK                    Robert
  2.           N9IJS                       John
  3.           WB9VWM                Hugh
  4.           KB9RGU                  Jim
  5.           K9KMV                     Mike
  6.           KD9HIK                    Dennis
  7.           K9CMZ                     Charlene
  8.           KD9KSH                   John
  9.   AC9SD                      Ed
  10.     KD9NJR                    Don
  11.     WB9UXN                   Brent
  12.     KD9POE                    Mike
  13.     KF5IV                        Owen
  14.     WE9PP                      Jim
  15.     K9GBN                      Brent
  16.     KB9RHR                    Darryl
  17.     K9EYE                       Pierre
  18.     N9NBH                       Leo             net control



Have very Merry Christmas


Leo Ribordy N9NBH provided the following report for the December 29th TechNet:

I want to thanks all the hams that checked into the net Tuesday evening.  The question

for the evening was do you have any traps in/on your amateur radio antenna. I have

emailed some articles on how to build traps and also how to calculate to those on tonight’s Net.  Also check out article: Modeling Trap Antennas by L.B. Cebik W4RNL.


  1.   W9RKK                Robert
  2.   K9QD                   Cliff
  3.   K9CMZ                 Charlene
  4.   KB9RGU              Jim
  5.   WB9VWM            Hugh
  6.   KC9NMW            Tim
  7.   KC9RP                 Happ
  8.   K9EYE                 Pierre
  9.   N9LTW                 Lou
  10.     K9SKY                  Bob
  11.     WB9UXN             Brent
  12.     WE9PP                Jim
  13.     KD9NJR               Don
  14.     KD9HIK                Dennis
  15.     K9ASB                 Tony
  16.     AC9SD                 Ed
  17.     KD9KSH              John
  18.     K9KBM                Dave
  19.         K9WIC                 John
  20.     K9GBN                 Garrett
  21.     KC9NUV              Russ
  22.     K9KMV                Mike
  23.     KB9RHR             Darryl
  24.     KY0Q                  Rick
  25.     N9IJS                  John
  26.     N9NBH                Leo         net control


Stay safe and have a great New Year


Dennis C Calvey KD9HIK hosted the January 5th TechNet and filed this report:


The following operators checked into the TechNet:



WA9E          ROBERTO


N9IJS          JOHN






NE9PP        JIM


K9WIC        JOHN






KD9FIA       AL







KF5IV         OWEN

KD9HIK      DENNIS, Net Control Operator


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


Topics included recently completed projects, limitations for Technician Class licenses within the US Band Plan, and some propagation reports on the 20 Meter band.


Roberto, WA9E, also reminded us that the repeater must drop between transmissions for EchoLink users to be able to access the repeater.



Dennis C. Calvey


Radio Hill Gazette RHG:

Mike K9KMV No Report.  For the December RHG Mike published an article submitted by Mike Sorensen K9KQX regarding his recent Go Box Case construction.  Also published was the recent tower takedown video by Roberto WA9E and made available on the SARC YouTube channel.

Additionally, Dave Simms K9KBM provided us with some useful insight regarding guidelines by automotive manufacturers relating to the use of RF in modern vehicles.

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 Nothing to report for obvious reasons.




Leo N9NBH.  No Report.




John K9WIC reminded the Wheaton Ham Club’s January HamFest will be a virtual event. He also hears the Sandwich HamFest this spring could remain a possibility depending upon the state’s eventual re-opening.


The 2021 WCRA Hamfest is being held virtually due to COVID-19. Come enjoy the 54th annual observance of this great event.

The WCRA 54th Hamfest will be held January 17, 2021, 8:30AM to 1:30PM

Via Zoom –

(Zoom link with be sent registered attendees –Click here to register)

Forums Times for the 2021 Hamfest

8:30-9:00              Intro

9:00-10:00           Thom Beebe (W9RY) IL Section Manager – “Did You Feel It?”

10:00-11:00         John Kruk (N9UPC) Yaesu Radio

11:00-12:00         Bob Heil (K9EID) Heil Microphones

12:00-1:00           Orv Beach (W6BI) AREDN for beginners

1:00-1:30              Closing remarks

Since this event will be held virtually, admission is free this year.

To get an idea of how many people will be attending, we ask that you please register for the event thru Eventbrite.



John K9WIC


Old Business:


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


New Business:


Russ Schmidt KC9NUV reminded repeater users to avoid religious/political dialog as these are not considered appropriate use of the resource.


Kent Ochs W9KAO informed the newly-implemented FCC policy of eMail contact information requirement apparently cannot be performed on the FCC database at the moment.


Motion to Adjourn:


Meeting adjourned 8:05PM.  Submitted January 7, 2020.  Cliff Sowka Secretary