Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting June 17th, 2021

Virtual Meeting

Community Recreation Center Remains Closed

 Jun 17, 2021

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



Burt Schultz AB9CV Rob Glowacki  N9MVO Dave W9VTD
Leo Ribordy N9NBH Geoff Stevens KA9QGH Barry Friedman KD9SCR
Ed Lishka  AC9SD Mike Clodfelter AC9CG Bob Zuttermeister W9GEW
Bob McIntire W9DXR Kent Ochs W9KAO Roberto Beltramelli WA9E
Andrew KD0QIN Chris Brewer AC9GN Mike Sorensen K9KQX
Danny Kafka  KD9HIL Don Dewar  KD9NJR Joseph KB9RCR
Charlene K9CMZ Cliff Sowka K9QD


Secretary’s Report:


Cliff Sowka K9QD informed May’s Minutes were published in the RHG.  So moved.


Treasurer’s Report:


John Zietlow K9WIC not present but previously 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 informed the Hoffman Estates Fourth of July Parade and the Schaumburg Triathlon have been canceled this year.




John Zietlow K9WIC not present.




Rob N9MVO reported there may be an effort to diagnose the 440 machine’s general health during Field Day activities.  We have access to a Motorola Service Monitor that could be very useful but it suddenly suffered several feature outages.  The need for a detailed manual may be satisfied during Hamfests this summer so we ask members to be on the outlook for R2600 CNTHS documentation and even try to find extender boards to help in diagnosis and repair.


Construction Project:


Don’s KD9NJR Saturday morning CP meetings remain dormant until the fall sessions resume.


VE Exams


John Shofield AC9JS reported June 5th results:


Name Call Class
Mason A K9TIV Extra
Donald A KDNJR General
Technician 0
General 1
Extra 1


Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):


Steve Karson AC9EM
Ed Lishka AC9SD
John Schofield AC9JS
Dirk Smith W0RI

The results were entered into the FCC ULS system on Thursday, June 17.


Next examination date: July, 3 2021

Radio Hill Gazette  RHG


Mike Griffiths K9KMV no report.




Darryl KD9RHR not present.




John Douglas KD9KSH no report.




Leo N9NBH reports our training schedule is likely to be restarted with a target date of January 2022.




Steve Karson AC9EM previously reported our Nets are active and well attended.




Dennis KD9HIK Chairman has been periodically checking for re-opening status of our Schaumburg facilities and has accomplished the following schedule for us:


Monthly Club Meeting

July                        Community Room

Aug-Oct               Excellence Room

Nov                        Heritage

Dec                        Maybe a party @ CRC?  If not CRC will find a normal meeting room.


Jan-May:              Village waiting for some programs to be entered before assigning a room; know by July.


Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club acknowledges accolades to Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK for his successful efforts in accomplishing the restoration of meeting facilities and establishing relationships with the new Village leadership.


SARC in the Park

Booked the pavilion for us until August


VE Exams

Booked in Heritage for all but March 5, 2022.  March will be in Construction Project Basement.


Construction Project


STP Basement is booked for September, 2021-April, 2022




No report.  Need Chairperson


Old Business:


Roberto Beltramelli WA9E mentioned a quick clarification of annual dues:  it is expected our Treasurer will attend Field Day and bring a receipt book for those who renew with cash.


New Business:


Burt Schultz AB9CV suggested the Construction Project team prepare a test equipment upgrade wish-list as well as renewing some of the consumables such as freeze-spray, control cleaner, and tools.  Burt will be the Point-Person as the inventory requests solidify.


Leo Ribordy N9NBH visited the Schaumburg Police Station (PD) to retrieve the SARC EMCOMM radio from storage for use at Field Day.  He noticed the information/contact listing on the storage bin has need for update because there are only two SARC members identified for the PD staff to access.  Suggesting we update the list to include club members who are likely to access the facility easily during an emergency.  Leo will inform membership more details about our support to the Schaumburg PD during the July Business Meeting once we can return to the Community Recreation Center.  Schaumburg Fire Department currently has 8 SARC Members qualified as trusted radio operators and has issued Village Security Passes for facility access during an emergency.  Their certification process includes FBI Background Check, Fingerprints, Credit Check and Leo will explain more during the July meeting.


Field Day:

Danny KD9HIL provided an update on FD preparations:  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 has commitments for two generators, Truck to move tables and chairs from the Tennis Club basement.
  2. FD meals may become a quick run to McD’s if there are truly only six (6) people planning to take part in any meal preparation.


Charlene K9CMZ mentioned the July issue of QST has an article about the 1964 9.1R Alaskan Earthquake disaster.  Interestingly she noticed one of the many Hams mentioned as assisting during the disaster included KL7AUV which she also has in her 1958 logbook from an earlier contact with the same operator.  The ARRL article from that date was republished this month and provides important, historical support Hams provide during disasters.


Roberto WA9E mentioned Mike Sorensen’s K9KQX establishment of IL-CHICAGO-LINK rooms on the 440 Machine are up for 4, 5 area repeaters and the system is working well.


Maxfield’s hosts our first-Saturday-of-the-month club breakfasts and suggested they will be able to handle larger SARC attendance if we might wish to organize their tables into rounds instead of linear:  can seat more people in circular format because more can be seated around each table.


Ask an Elmer




Motion to Adjourn:


Meeting ended 7:47 PM

Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary