Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting May 3rd, 2023

Board of Directors Meeting May 3, 2023


Robert Kocourek W9RKK Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:00PM




Robert Kocourek W9RKK Scott DeSantis KB9VRW Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK
Danny Kafka KD9HIL Don Dewar KD9NJR John Schofield AC9JS
Cliff Sowka K9QD Ed Lishka AC9SD Bill Riess KW9WR


Secretary’s Report


Cliff Sowka K9QD:  Bill Reiss KW9WR moved to approve the April BOD Minutes as published in the Radio Hill Gazette.  Ed Lishka AC9SD seconded. Motion Carried.


Treasurer’s Report:


Chris Brewer AC9GN unable to attend in person but provided the following report:


Month: April 2023


Checkbook Balance 03/30/23                                                      $6,179.60

INCOME MEMO                                                                                $   410.00

04/06/23 Zelle                                                                                   $     35.00

04/07/23 Collected dues                                                               $   245.00

04/07/23 from petty cash                                                             $     20.00

04/14/23 Collected dues                                                               $     20.00

04/17/23 Collected dues                                                              $     25.00

04/21/23 Collected dues                                                               $     65.00


DISBURSEMENTS MEMO                                                               $   126.61


ACH 04/10/23 AT&T DSL                                                               $     62.82

Check 04/26/23 (2) replacement stamps                                $     63.79

04/30/23 Account Balance                                                           $6,462.99

04/30/23 Bank Statement                                                            $6,462.99

Checks Outstanding                                                                        $       0.00

Adjusted balance                                                                             $6,462.99

Checkbook balance 04/30/23                                                      $6,462.99

Petty cash 04/30/23                                                                        $   110.00


Funds Available                                                                                $6,572.99


108 members on roster.


Public Service 


Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present but his summary of currently planned events has been uploaded and posted on our website.




John Zietlow K9WIC not present.




Rob Glowacki N9MVO, Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ not present.


Construction Project (CP)


Cliff Sowka K9QD reported that Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK was able to invite Park District management tonight to allow us to explain our Roof-Top Antenna Farm installation’s completion.  The connection(s) up on the roof are planned for Noon May 25th.


VE Testing


John Schofield AC9JS announced our Next examination date is May 6, 2023 with six (6) candidates registered at the moment.




Don Dewar KD9NJR Chairman reports good attendance continues and surely wishes more members would step forward to host our Nets:  please let Don know if you’re willing to take a session.


Radio Hill Gazette RHG 


Mike K9KMV No Report.




Scott DeSantis KB9VRW is working on updates to our literature hand-outs (Trifold, Welcome Letter) and requested our members scout for trinkets at radio events:


“If you see literature or free stuff that you think will benefit a new ham, grab some stuff.  I will take it and add to my collection of things from my past years with the IL Section ARRL Roles.


My ultimate goal is to have “New Ham” and “New Member” kits/care packages put together to give out.


A sample of things I have were the Yaesu hats at the last club meeting.  I have already reached out to the likes of Yaesu, Icom, Comet, Diamond, HRO, GigaParts, MFJ and RandL to name a couple”.


Thanks for your help,


Scott D  KB9VRW

SARC Membership Committee Chairman




Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chairman was able to discover Ryan Gangler as a Schaumburg Public Service contact for Rob Glowacki N9MVO.  FaceBook activity is slowly building.




Need Chairperson.




Leo N9NBH not present.




Don Dewar KD9NJR is working on an historical SARC Club formation presentation at a future Business Meeting.


Old Business




New Business

BOD ruled to grant Digital Library of Amateur Radio & Communications request to include our Radio Hill Gazette materials in their offering.  Robert Kocourek W9RKK moved to approve their access request and Bill Reiss KW9WR seconded.  Motion Adopted.

Don Dewar KD9NJR mentioned our new Zelle facility appears to be difficult for some users.  Possibly need to have a posting our website to clearly delineate the steps needed to initiate a transaction.  Also our Roster (and subsequently SARC-ALL Reflector) needs scrubbing.  Since only Members in Good Standing are to have access to the Reflector, there are past members still receiving traffic (wanted or unwanted).  A quick Roster audit is needed.

Dick Parks K9LW donated a TenTec rig (sans power supply) to Construction Project and Pierre Berube K9EYE may be able to benefit from the rig’s unique voice feature if we can confirm the radio is operational.  Russ Schmidt KC9NUV has been guiding this effort and Cliff Sowka K9QD brought a gifting motion to the floor tonight.  Robert Kocourek W9RKK seconded.  Motion Adopted.

Field Day Planning


Danny Kafka KD9HIL has submitted our FD Permit Application to the Park District.  It’s possible we have at least one Tower Climber available unless the person is called away on business travel.  Danny reports:


So far I have no commitments for:


TOWER CLIMBERS  for our antenna setup. I know we do have some younger, fitter members in our group, especially some new members. Please volunteer for this essential job.


To quote one of last year’s climbers: “Honestly it’s a super easy climb as it’s on a ladder designed for humans… you just need someone with no fear of heights.”



Food for FRIDAY set up if we’re going to have something other than snack items.



A small committee to plan a Saturday meal if we are going to have one.


We have not yet discussed message handling.


Progress to date:

Application for site submitted on April 13th


Tent Captains: 

CW:  Bob W9DXR





 Generators will be supplied by:

Rob N9MVO and Daryl KB9RHR


Safety officer: Dennis KD9HIK


Furniture transport by

Leo N9NBH and Pat KD9PWI

With a few others to help load


Sunday breakfast: 


Cliff K9QD reports Frank Giampa N9QPD Memorial Buttermilk Pancakes will be on the menu.  Service begins at the crack of dawn and over 7:00AM.  7:01AM is too late cuz he must leave FD ~7:30AM Sunday morning.


Adjourn 8:26 PM.


Submitted May 4, 2023.    Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary