Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting January 21st 2021

Schaumburg Business Meeting       January 21, 2021

Geoff Stevens KA9QGH President called the virtual meeting to order at 7:03PM



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 Burt Schultz AB9CV
Doug W9YFC Rick KY0Q Lou N9LTW
Dennis KD9HIK Jim Campbell KB9RGU Steve Karson AC9EM
John Douglas  KD9KSH Jody KD9QAI Don Dewar  KD9NJR
Cliff Sowka K9QD Hugh WB9VWM Chris Brewer AC9GN
Daryl KB9RHR Mike Grimm KD9POE

Secretary’s Report:

Cliff Sowka K9QD informed December’s Minutes were successfully published in the Radio Hill Gazette (RHG).  Burt AB9CV moved to approve, Steve AC9EM seconded.  So moved.  SARC Website listing Officer/Committee information has been updated with newly appointed Treasurer John Zietlow K9WIC yet to be edited.


Our State of Illinois Annual 501c3 Report has been filed but Geoff’s KA9QGH Wisconsin address wasn’t available on the club’s Roster so the Mundelein address was submitted.  $10 filing fee was paid by the Secretary.

Treasurer’s Report:

Chris Brewer AC9GN was able to transfer the Treasury books to John K9WIC.  John will begin effort of changing current officer’s access to our Harris Account and generate a current financial report, accomplish Field Day awards, and send funds to reinstate our Insurance Coverage.  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 hiatus.  Additionally, Burt Schultz AB9CV published SATERN’s planned activity: The SATERN group will be monitoring the clubs repeater on the days & times shown below.  If an emergency arises, please give them full & unrestricted use of this machine/repeater. Tnx U very much.  Burt Schultz AB9CV SARC BOARD CHAIR


As John K9WIC recommends, this could be restated:


As Chairman of the Board, Burt Schultz has authorized SATERN to use the SARC repeater for their communications during a special exercise associated with the inauguration from Sunday to Wednesday (Jan 17-20).  Scheduled SATERN net control stations monitored the repeater for possible Salvation Army communications.  Normal users of the SARC repeaters were requested to relinquish the repeater to SATERN if they needed the machine to establish a net.  Fortunately, other than the Monday night weekly net and the regular wellness nets, no additional nets were required.




Terry AE9TJ reported our machines are functioning properly.


Construction Project:


Bill McGovern W9WEM no report.  Cliff K9QD has opened communication with Merry of the clerical support staff of the front desk at the Tennis Club.  She will request a ruling from the building manager Ryan and said they may also work with Rob Ward of the Park District to confirm we’ll be allowed to return to Saturday meetings.  Cliff K9QD also suggested VE exams and Business Meetings may also be convened in the basement if CRC remains closed for the duration.  Governor Pritzker’s recent rulings regarding limited openings of current lockdowns may allow us to return to the basement meeting room.  Update expected shortly.


VE Exams


Ed Liska AC9SD reported the Volunteer Exam team may plan a March timeframe return depending upon proper facility availability.


Radio Hill Gazette  RHG

Mike Griffiths K9KMV reports he is pleased to receive articles for publication.


Bob N9JAX no report.


No current plans.


Leo N9NBH previously reported our training schedule will be on hiatus for the duration.


Steve Karson AC9EM submitted the following report for January 7th:

Thanks everyone, for checking into our Club NET.  31 Hams checked in!!!  Question of the night:  Do you have any specific Ham Radio plans for 2021?   Radio purchases, equipment upgrades, antenna installation, etc…    Though the Wheaton Hamfest is officially closed to the public, you can still virtually attend.  John Zietlow, K9WIC sent out details to the reflector.  Check it out.  We also had some interesting traffic regarding antenna installations in Roselle IL,.   Finally,we expect to resume outdoor VE Testing in March.  Check the Club Web Site for details if you are interested in taking a test…and other topics.

Check-ins included:

W9RKK                 Robert

WA9E                    Roberto

KB9RGU               Jim

KC9RP                   Hap

K9CMZ                  Charlene

WB9VWM           Hugh

N5PEF                   Dirk

WB9UXN              Brent

K9KQX                   Mike

KD9KSH                John

KD9POE                Mike

K9KMV                 Mike

N9VWC                 Mike

N9LTW                 Lou

N9NBH                 Leo

KD9HIK                 Dennis

AC9SD                   Ed

KB9RHR                Daryl

KC9NMW             Tim

K9ASB                   Tony

N9IJS                     John

KD9NJR                 Don

K9GBN                  Garrett

K9EYE                    Pierre

N9MVO                Rob

KF5IV                     Owen

K9MKD                 Kevin

KD9OLI                 Howard

KC9NUV               Russ

K9ECF                    Ed


AC9EM Steve Net Controller


Be Safe and Happy!!!


Steve Karson, AC9EM


Dennis C. Calvey submitted the following TechNet report for January 12th:


The following operators checked in:

WA9E      Roberto

K9MKD    Kevin

W9RKK    Robert

KD9PWI   Pat

K9CMZ     Charlene

N9IJS        John

WE9PP     Jim

KB9GRU   Jim

KY0Q        Rich

AC9SD      Ed

WB9UXN  Brent

KD9POE    Mike


K9GBN      Garrett

KD9NJR     Don

N9VWC     Mike

KC9RP       Hap

KD9HIK     Dennis (Net Control)


Please let me know if there are any corrections.


General question to all checking in:  What do expect from Tech Net?


Discussion included asking how operators got into Digital Modes, what did they have to learn to get it to work and what would you tell an operator interested in starting with Digital Modes.


Roberto (WA9E) provided information about the DuPage Tech Net, the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club Tech Set.  Also, he reported that Mel (W9FRT) has been provided a hand held transceiver and may be getting back on the air, and relayed a conversation he had with Kent (W9KAO), suggesting that SARC may want to look into some preventative maintenance on the repeater SD cards.


Dennis C. Calvey


Leo N9NBH provided the following report for the January 14th Net:

Thank you to all the hams that checked into the net Thursday evening.  The question for the evening was have you experimented with a magnetic loop?  Attached at the bottom of the email is some additional information on magnetic loops.


Also you tube Kevin Loughin for more info on 160 and 80M magnetic loops.


  1.   N9NBH                 Leo            net control
  2.   KB9RGU              Jim
  3.   KC9NMW             Tim
  4.   KC9RP                 Hap
  5.       KD9KSH              John
  6.   KF5IV                   Owen
  7.   K9ASB                 Tony
  8.   W9RKK                Robert
  9.   K9CMZ                Charlene

10-          K9KQX                Mike

  1.         KY0Q                   Rick
  2.         K9KBM                Dave
  3.         WE9PP                Jim
  4.         KD9NJR               Don
  5.         K9KMV                Mike
  6.         WB9UXN             Brent
  7.         AC9SD                  Ed
  8.         KD9HIK                Dennis
  9.         W9WEM              Bill
  10.         KDPOE                  Mike
  11.         K9GBN                  Garrett
  12.         KB9QVX                Kevin
  13.         WA9E                   Roberto
  14.         N9MVO                Rob
  15.     N9VU                     Gary
  16.     N9IJS                     John
  17.     KD9RJS                 Tim


Leo Ribordy N9NBH provided the following report for January 19th:


I want to thank all the hams who checked into the net.  The questions for the net were:

Do you own a HF radio that is portable? What type of antenna do you use for portable

use?  At the bottom of the email are two links on magnetic loops.


  1.   KB9RGU                    Jim
  2.   W9RKK                      Robert
  3.   N9IJS                         John
  4.   WB9VWN                 Hugh
  5.   KC9NMW                 Tim
  6.   N9MVO                     Rob
  7.   K9EYE                        Pierre
  8.   K9CMZ                       Charlene
  9.   W9WEM                    Bill
  10.     KD9POE                     Mike
  11. K9MKD                       Kevin
  12.     K9WIC                        John
  13.     WA9E                         Roberto
  14.     W9YFC                       Doug
  15.     WE9PP                       Jim
  16.     K9KBM                       Dave
  17.     K9KMV                       Mike

18           WB9UXN                    Brent

  1.     KD9KSH                     John
  2.     KD9HIK                      Dennis
  3.     KD9LOA                    Brandon
  4.     K9GBN                      Garrett
  5.     KB9RHR                      Daryl
  6.     K9KQX                        Mike
  7.     WB9TZC                    Bob
  8.     K9NGL                        Jerry
  9.     KD9NJR                       Don
  10.     N9NBH                       Leo        net control




Dennis K9HIK No activity at the moment.



No report.


Old Business:



New Business:


Burt AB9CV reported our successful transfer of Treasurer Files to John K9WIC.  Also discussed was ARRL plan for Winter Field Day.  About three members expressed interest for the January 30/31 event.

Ask an Elmer

Chris AC9GN described desire to implement his current quarter wave automotive whip installation in a Yagi format. Burt AB9CV and Rob N9MVO proposed several approaches utilizing the available ground plane of the roof and also described the need for several additional magnetic mounts to create a phased-array.  Lou N9LTW described his previous use of Co-Phase arrangement to obtain directionality.


Motion to Adjourn:



Submitted Friday January 22, 2021

Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary