Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting May 20th, 2021

Virtual Meeting

Community Recreation Center Remains Closed


May 20, 2021


Geoff Stevens KA9QGH President called the virtual meeting to order at 7:00 PM




R. Kocourek W9RKK Rob Glowacki  N9MVO Dennis KD9HIK
Leo Ribordy N9NBH Geoff Stevens KA9QGH Barry Friedman KD9SCR
Ed Lishka  AC9SD Steve Karson AC9EM Pierre Berube K9EYE
John Zietlow  K9WIC Garrett K9GBN Michael Musica <call>
Jack McClurkin W9YY Chris Brewer AC9GN Bill KD9RGX
Danny Kafka  KD9HIL Jim Campbell KB9RGU Daryl KB9RHR
Charlene K9CMZ Russ Schmidt KC9NUV Don Dewar  KD9NJR
Cliff Sowka K9QD Bill McGovern W9WEM Doug W9YFC


Secretary’s Report:


Cliff Sowka K9QD informed April’s Minutes were not recorded during his absence as no scribe was appointed as informed in the April Edition of the Radio Hill Gazette (RHG).


Treasurer’s Report:


John Zietlow K9WIC provided the following report


Bank Balance       $6,519.44


INCOME                $1,101.00 from CP Surplus Sale


DISBURSEMENTS $62.82 16-Apr data line


Petty Cash             $144.20


FD Donations        $75.00 included in balance


Funds Available    $7,576.82


As of May 20, 2021, 116 paid members.


Public Service:


Rob Glowacki N9MVO nothing to report other than this weekend’s EMCOMM event in support of the ChicagoLand Marathon.




John Zietlow K9WIC updated plans for the ChicagoLand Marathon that will be held May 23rd in Busse Woods.  SARC Radio Volunteer assignments will be changing somewhat because the event organizers have made several course changes due to the Golf Road construction.  Arrival time of 5:30AM remains the appropriate plan as previous road closures for the event appear to remain intact.  Bill Clark will return this year for temporary assignment.


John will host a ZOOM update 7:30PM Friday May 21 to review the changes and new assignments.




Rob N9MVO nothing to update.


Construction Project:


Don’s KD9NJR organization of Saturday morning CP meetings will be on hiatus until the fall sessions resume.  Possibility of CP continuance through the summer months isn’t currently supported according to a cursory survey at the most recent Maxfield’s (20 attendees) breakfast.  Adjustment/Repair of the Fusion machine at Plum Grove may require our use of the basement for access to various test equipment that may be needed but the facility will not be utilized for CP until the fall.


Any left-over remnants of the recent Surplus Equipment Sale that currently remain on the tables will be placed on the floor over in a corner so that we’ll be able to move needed furnishings to the Field Day event next month.  We’re hopeful the Park District doesn’t deem the equipment as trash and dispose before members can take their equipment home.


VE Exams


No exams were held in May


Radio Hill Gazette  RHG


Mike Griffiths K9KMV no report.




Darryl KD9RHR requires some HT Programming assistance for new member Michael Musica <call> with activating his new radio.  The owner’s manual isn’t very helpful.  Michael will send a broadcast over SARC-ALL to find someone with expertise to get the rig programmed.




John Douglas KD9KSH no report




Leo N9NBH reports our training schedule will be on hiatus for the duration since his recent inquiries to the Library are going unanswered at the moment.




Steve Karson AC9EM reports our Nets are active and well attended.  Leo N9NBH has been hosting for years and would like to have more members willing to join the team to host Nets at times he is unable to be present.  A basic script is available on the N9RJV.ORG website.




Dennis KD9HIK has been periodically checking for re-opening of the CRC.  The club’s Liability Insurance coverage might be requested once things open again:  Dennis will receive a copy of our general policy so that any clerical requests arising at the CRC can be handled easily.


Resumption of SARC-in-the-PARK events on the front lawn of the CRC are likely to require permission but it appears there is no ‘approving’ staff available at the moment.  Moving the events to Busse Woods may be possible but Forest Rangers have confronted us in the past requiring presentation of permits and otherwise objecting to our antennas causing possibly unsafe conditions.


The Village shot a video of SARC radio activities that was planned for broadcast on the local cable a few years ago.  Recent Village funding shortfall has curtailed those plans and the video captured may never be presented.




No report.  Need Chairperson


Old Business:




New Business:


Danny Kafka KD9HIL has FIELD DAY planning underway.


RECEIVED:  Village Ok’d Danny’s Permit for the Plum Grove Water Tower June 25 26 27


  1. Friday June 25th Antenna Set-up and Tower Climb 4PM (need membership head-count)


  • Friday night: Motion approved provides up to $300 for Lou Malnatis ~ 6PM


  1. Saturday June 26th Open 8AM. Danny working to obtain commitments for grill(s) tents, generator, Truck/Suburban to move tables and chairs from the Tennis Club basement
  2. Saturday Night Dinner: Have budgeted ~$500 in addition to the $300 Friday Pizza meaning we can have decent groceries this year (need head-count and desired menu).
  3. Sunday morning breakfast: only 5 members indicated they will be present.  This means we’re not likely to have Frank Giampa’s N9QPD Memorial Buttermilk Pancakes nor Charles Fregeau’s N5HSR Memorial Hotel Bacon, Saauuuusage, and even have to forego fresh orange juice.  Probably just going to order a few Egg-Muffins and be done with it unless head-count increases.
  4. Sunday tear-down: Need Truck/Suburban once again to take furniture back to CP basement.


Cliff K9QD moved for additional funding of (up to) $300 budget for Friday night set-up.  Seconded by Danny.  So Moved.


Ask an Elmer


None, except the HT programming assistance for new member Michael Musica <call>.


Motion to Adjourn:


Meeting ended 8:23 PM

Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary