Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting September 15, 2022

Business Meeting September 15, 2022


John Zietlow K9WIC President called the meeting to order at 7:22 PM.




Joe Barela KB9RRCR Don Dewar KD9NJR John Shofield AC9JS
Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Charlene Treve K9KMZ Rob Glowacki N9MVO
Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ John Douglas KD9KSH Vikram Shah AD9BD
Dave Mack W9DJM John Zietlow K9WIC Cliff Sowka K9QD
Chris Brewer AC9GN Kent Ochs W9KAO Bob Langsfeld WB9TZC


Virtual Attendees:


Pierre Berube K9EYE


Lou Childers N9LTW Steve Karson AC9EM
Danny Kafka KD9HIL Jim Campbell K9RGU Ed Lishka AC9SD
Russ Schmidt KC9NUV Pat Carlberg KD9PWI Leo Ribordy N9NBH
Rick Dickens KY0Q Bates Noble N9UBI


Secretary’s Report:


Cliff Sowka K9QD:  Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK moved to approve the August Business Meeting Minutes as published in the Radio Hill Gazette.  Joe Barela KB9RCR seconded.  Motion Adopted.


Treasurer’s Report:

  Barry Friedman K9FMB, not present, previously provided this report:


Month:                                                                                 September 2022


Checkbook Balance 31-Jul                                             $6,150.11

INCOME MEMO                                                                $       0.00

DISBURSEMENTS MEMO                                               $   355.34

ACH 6-Jul AT&T DSL                                                         $     62.82

Chk 1271 3-Aug Picnic Reimbursement                  $   292.52

Deposit not included

Account Balance                                                               $5,794.77

31-Aug Bank Statement                                                $5,794.77


Checks Outstanding

Adjusted balance                                                             $5,794.77

31-Aug Checkbook balance                                          $5,794.77

Petty Cash 31-Aug                                                            $   201.00

Pay Pal 31-Aug held hostage by PayPal                    $1,425.98

+petty cash – spec accts Funds Available                 $5,995.77


87 paid members


Check Register


Date      Check Activity   Deposit Debit                    Balance                Memo CLR

31-Jul                                                                                    $6,150.11

6-Aug                                    $62.82                                                                  ACH AT&T Internet25

9-Aug                                                                                    $6,087.29

3-Aug    $292.52 John Douglas    #1271                                                    Picnic Food & Award 5-Aug

31-Aug                                                                                  $5,794.77


7/31/2022                                                                           $201.00                Petty Cash


Disbursements                                                                  $0.00


Barry K9FMB continues to pursue a proper PayPal identity for us.  It’s possible we’ll suffer a one-month transaction increase until we’re able to create 501c3 status once the official SARC entity is established.


Our Dues Reminder eMail Boilerplate needs to access a corrected Membership look-up table; Roster has to be culled before we trigger a renewal email to the membership.


PayPal also requires a specific eMail account directly to the proper financial authority of SARC.


Public Service:


Rob Glowacki N9MVO reported our next event will likely be the MS WALK in the spring.




John Zietlow K9WIC reported a statewide Simulated Emergency Test [3905 Primary, 7240 Secondary] occurred September 9th and 10th but details were not available in time for us inform our membership.




Rob Glowacki N9MVO will confer with John Zietlow K9WIC to make eventual contact with a professional antenna installation expert discovered by Roberto Beltramelli WA9E to evaluate our Barrington Road site.  Goal is to determine what actions can be taken to alleviate our sporadic static on windy/wet days.  Kent Ochs W9KAO informed Mike Sorensen K9KQX will join the Repeater Committee technical team.


Construction Project (CP): 

Cliff Sowka K9QD announced CP meetings have resumed.  Some consumables purchases have been secured at several hamfests.  Connectors, Copper Grounding Plate, Mueller alligator clips for assembling real test leads, and even some RG8 for making jumpers are ready.  Still looking for real Pb-solder, hand tools, freeze spray, and would like to obtain a small vice that we can clamp to a table.  Belvidere Hamfest will be a good venue (this is the last Hamfest for the year) for continued search.

The previous cabinet-top mess as well as the surplus stuff against the North wall has now been completely cleared.   Two surplus radios on the north storage wall have also been removed and will be sold at Belvidere.

CP Antenna:  Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK has been working with the Park District to continue our effort of installing a usable antenna with access in the basement.  In the past, SARC had a VHF/UHF antenna mounted on the fascia of the Tennis Plus Club (TPC).  Park District management indicated our installation may have an internal chase to the basement (won’t need outside cable-drop on the front of the building) and could be completed by the end of October.   SARC is providing materials and Schaumburg Park District employees would affect the installation after rooftop HVAC upgrades are completed soon.

DRAFT Material list:

Quantity DESCRIPTION Unit Cost  Extension
1  VHF / UHF Antenna – DONATED  $              –  $             –
200 Feet Type 1318 Coax cable @ ~ $1.40 / ft  $          1.40  $    280.00
8 Eight RF Connectors @ ~ $8.00 each- obtained @ Peotone  $          8.00  $      20.00
2 Two lightning / surge protectors @ ~$91.00 ea.  $        91.00  $    182.00
1 One surge protector mounting plate- obtained @ Peotone  $        76.00  $      20.00
2 Two 10 ft 2″ Schedule 40 PVC pipe @ ~ $ 31.00 ea.  $        31.00  $      62.00
1 One 2″ weather head @ ~ $8.25  $          8.25  $        8.25
1 10 ft. 6 AWG copper cable – DONATED  $              –  $             –
1 Misc. Hardware & Fittings  $     100.00  $   100.00
1 HF Antenna (Not in Scope at this time)  $              –  $             –
SHIPPING & HANDLING (8%)  $      61.78
SALES TAX  (10 %)  $      77.23
TOTAL  $    911.26


VE Testing:


No report.



Barry Friedman K9FMB, not present, continues to search for a consistent host for the second Tuesday TechNet.


Radio Hill Gazette RHG: 


Mike K9KMV No Report.



  No Report.



 Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK reported his recent public announcements were all successful.




John Douglas KD9KSH reports our next event will be the January Holiday Party.


Special Events Committee:


No report.




Leo Ribordy N9NBH reports our first class had 11 students attend.  Leo’s proposal for a General Class offering during this winter was accepted.  The Library will be informed of our desire to host a 12-week session starting January 12th.  Several members tonight volunteered to be instructors and Leo will need to enlist a few more before we’re confident of sufficient staffing.




John Zietlow K9WIC presented


Old Business:




New Business: 


Don Dewar KD9NJR was authorized by the Board to liaise with the Boy Scouts for the upcoming Jamboree the October.


Nominating Committee candidate search should begin shortly.  Suggested Officer Slate will be ready for our October Board meeting.


Roberto Beltramelli WA9E has been able to enlist the help of a local antenna expert to help us evaluate the 2M Machine’s sporadic static.


Recent Fusion Repeater Room assignment irritations have presented a need for a membership survey.  Advisory to the Board of Directors regarding a Default Room of K9IIK or IL-Chicago was discussed.  A role call vote of Virtual Attendees was recorded to be 3 No and 7 Present (no opinion).  Similar vote of Attendees present tonight revealed similar results.  Therefore a Policy Decision will be discussed during the October Board Meeting.


Question of the Night was “What is Full Quieting?”  John Zietlow K9WIC shared graphical explanations to show signal strength/quieting relationships.  Signal-to-Noise Ratio improvements suffer diminishing performance gains due to atmospheric noise as well as the radio’s internal noise contributions.


Additional survey regarding a Food/Beverage policy for club events will be included on our November Ballot.  The question is whether or not our club’s finances should be spent for refreshments at club events.


Charlene Treve K9CMZ has scheduled her tower raising for Saturday October 1st at 8AM.


Adjourn: 8:37 PM.


Submitted September 16, 2022.  Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary