Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting May 5th, 2021

Board of Directors Meeting May 5, 2021


With the help of Geoff KA9QGH’s ZOOM-enabled call combined with Russell Schmidt KC9NUV’s diligent note taking during Cliff K9QD’s unplanned absence, Burt Schultz AB9CV called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM.




Russ Schmidt KC9NUV Joe KB9RCR John Douglas  KD9KSH
Geoff Stevens KA9QGH Danny Kafka KD9HIL John Zietlow  K9WIC
Ed Liska  AC9SD Bill KB9RGX Dennis C. Calvey  KD9HIK
Charlene K9CMZ Jim Campbell KB9RGU Kent Ochs W9KAO
Mike K9KQX

Burt Schultz AB9CV

Barry K9FMB


Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ


Secretary’s Report:


Cliff Sowka K9QD: not present.


Treasurer’s Report:


John Zietlow K9WIC provides the following report for May 1, 2021:


Bank Balance 1-Apr             $6,519.44


26-Apr                                   $1,101.00

DISBURSEMENTS        $62.82

Available Funds                    $7,482.62

Petty Cash                                $169.20

114 members on roster

Ed Lishka AC9SD motioned for approval and Danny Kafka KD9HIL seconded.  So moved.


Public Service:


Rob Glowacki N9MVO no report.




John Zietlow K9WIC reported there was a Simulated Test last Saturday, not sure who participated.

Danny KD9HIL attempted to participate and we believe Darrell KB9RHR may have attended as well.


Reminder about upcoming EMCOMM event:


  • ChicagoLand Marathon May 23rd. John has confirmed the trusted (Village security badge) radio operators for the Village of Schaumburg are available to support the event.  He will be recruiting up to ~24 or more ham operators to staff the venue.




Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ and Rob Glowacki N9MVO of SARC’s Repeater Committee continue to maintain and upgrade our machines.


Leo N9NBH previously provided a brief report to SARC-ALL regarding Fusion diagnostic work at the Plum Grove tower:


Thank you to the hams that helped work on the Fusion repeater this morning.  Rob-Roberto-Barry-Cliff-Danielle-Charlene. The issues that we were seeing with the repeater have been solved.  It turns out that the Fusion is working properly.  The power amp was what was causing the issues with the repeater.  How we left the repeater is the power amp is by-passed and we set the power out of the repeater at 20 Watts.  The repeater is on auto so you can use either analog or digital mode”.


Construction Project:


Sessions are on hiatus until regularly scheduled resumption this fall.  The facility will likely be used to repair/recalibrate repeater equipment during the summer months.

VE Testing:


Ed Lishka AC9SD informed the VE Team received no candidate requests this month.


Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):


Bill Davies K9WKD
Steve Karson AC9EM
Ed Lishka AC9SD
John Schofield AC9JS



No report.


Radio Hill Gazette RHG:


Mike K9KMV No Report.


Recurring Calendar:



Field Day:


Danny KD9HIL reviewed details such as who has Keys (Rob and Kent).  Need climbers for water tank.  Geoff KA9QGH and Russ KC9NUV are willing to climb.


Insurance is ready. Permit is applied-for but not approved yet.


Rob N9MVO and Bob Zuttermeister W9GEW have tents, Dirk 1 and Kevin have generators. Need table and chairs from Tennis club basement so we’ll need a club member with a pick up.


Radios: Bob Zuttermeister W9GEW; need someone for SSB tent, Dirk 1 and Bob McIntire W9DXR will handle CW tent.  John Douglas KD9KSH will coordinate the food and Cliff will help with breakfast. We need to wear masks when in tents with groups.


Do we want to invite outsiders?  John K9WIC said the Village will usually decide our permit application within 45 days.  John also has the name of Bill Clark’s replacement and the club will invite this person.




Darryl Jenks’ KB9RHR efforts are well appreciated and the Board thanks him for doing a good job.




Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chair has left a message for CRC room availability and waiting on use of the Bocci Ball court.




John KD9KSH.  No Report.




Leo N9NBH.  No Report.



 No Report. Chairperson needed eventually


Old Business:


Ed AC9SD wants to know if Construction will continue or transition to SARC in the Park.  Per John Douglas KD9KSH Construction Project is finished for the summer.


SARC in the park will begin. Barry K9FMB asked about repairing the power supply [RF power amplifier?] issues found during Fusion deployment.


New Business:


Mike K9KQX provided WiresX on 440 installation update. Has an older FTM 100 are we willing to buy his equipment for linking zoom spot?  BOD requested to know how much: about $250 only can get them used, not made any more.   Alternative would be to purchase a new FTM 300DR for about $459.


Ed AC9SD motioned we buy a FTM 300 DR and Jim Campbell KB9RGU seconded.  All in favor; so moved.


Mike K9KQX already donated a computer and a hma 200 radio.  We plan to explore upgrading repeater’s current internet access and potentially upgrading away from current DSL service.   Kent W9KAO will looking into it a few weeks from now.




Geoff KA9QGH and Danny KD9HIL motioned to end the meeting 8:27PM.


Submitted May 6, 2021 as dutifully plagiarized from Russ KC9NUV’s notes.  Cliff Sowka Secretary