Schaumburg Amateur Radio Business Meeting Oct 19, 2023


Business Meeting October 19, 2023


Don Dewar KD9NJR President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.




Robert Kocourek W9RKK John Thornton KD9VZJ John Shofield AC9JS
Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ Paul Burkett KD9FMN Leo Ribordy N9NBH
Roberto Beltramelli WA9E Charlene Treve K9CMZ Don Dewar KD9NJR
Danny Kafka KD9HIL Danny Meyers K9LDM Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK
Bill Riess KW9WR Bob Benwitz N9JAX Rob Glowacki N9MVO
Howard Mitchell KD9WSV Rick Dickens KY0Q Cliff Sowka K9QD
Chris Brewer AC9GN Jim Campbell KB9RGU Joe Barela KB9RCR
Ed Lishka AC9SD Sid Puri KD9OLI  


ZOOM Attendees:


Daryl Jenks KB9RHR Pierre Berube K9EYE Scott DeSantis KB9VRW
Steve Karson AC9EM Robert McIntyre W9DXR Carl Peterson KB9WCA
Kevin Willard KB9QVX Ganga Jayaraman KD9SBL Bates Noble N9UVI
David Binkowski K9IBM    


Secretary’s Report:


Cliff Sowka K9QD:  September Business Meeting Minutes were published in the Radio Hill Gazette (RHG).


  • Danny KD9HIL moved to approve Robert W9RKK seconded. Motion Adopted.


Treasurer’s Report: 


Chris Brewer AC9GN reported:




Month:                                 October 2023


Checkbook Balance 09/31/2023                                                 $7,177.12


INCOME MEMO                                                                                               $   295.00


09/05/23 Zelle                                                                                   $     30.00

09/11/23 Zelle                                                                                   $     30.00

09/11/23 Collected checks/cash                                                $     25.00

09/22/23 Collected checks/cash                                                $   155.00

09/26/23 Zelle                                                                                   $     30.00

08/25/23 Collected checks/cash                                                $     25.00


DISBURSEMENTS MEMO                                                              $   182.82


ACH 09/11/23 AT&T DSL                                                                $     62.82

Check 1288 09/25/23 Tennis Club antenna parts                 $   120.00


09/31/2023 Account Balance                                                       $7,289.30

09/31/2023 Bank Statement                                                        $7,289.30

Checks Outstanding                                                                        $       0.00

Adjusted balance                                                                             $7,289.30

Checkbook balance 09/31/2023                                                 $7,289.30

Petty Cash 09/31/2023 Current balance                                                 $   110.00


Funds Available                                                                               $7,399.30


105 active members in roster


  • Danny moved to approve, Rob N9MVO seconded.  Adopted.


Public Service


Rob Glowacki N9MVO:  No Report.




John Zietlow K9WIC:  Not present.




Rob N9MVO, Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ, no report.


Construction Project (CP) 


Cliff Sowka K9QD:


Reminded membership of Visitation/Funeral for Ted Lester AB9SZ this coming Saturday.  Ted was a long-time SARC Member and held roles as Technical Resource and Host of Construction Project (CP).  A YouTube video of Ted’s participation during CP was recently posted to our N9RJV.ORG home page.


Wheaton Hamfest (Held at DuPage Fairgrounds) has been announced for Sunday January 14th.


2M SSB Squalo build interest appears to be around 5 (6 antennas) at the moment.  Don KD9NJR has studied current materials costs (~$30 and will post to SARC-ALL) and if we obtain firm commitments, it would be prudent to have our build schedule set before snowy winter months.  We don’t want to sweat copper pipes in the facility and will therefore do our soldering outside.


VE Tests Results for October 7, 2023


Name Call Class
Sheng TBD Technician
Thomas KD9ZAM Technician
Darwin KD3LYA General
Dasthan KD9ZAE Technician
William KD9YSN General
Nathan KD9ZAF Technician


Dasthan, KD9ZAE, is 10 years old and is the youngest person tested in memory.  Congratulations to Dasthan and his father, Darwin.


The people, upgrading their licenses to a General, had their information in the FCC ULS system by Tuesday, 10/10/23, at 11:20 AM even though Monday was a federal holiday.


Most of the Technician licenses were in the FCC ULS system by Wednesday or Thursday.


Technician 4
General 2
Extra 0
Total 6


Thanks to the participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):


Bill Davies K9WKD
James Migalla KC9UFB
William Riess KW9WR
John Schofield AC9JS


Next examination date:  November 4, 2023.


John Schofield

Session Manager





Don Dewar KD9NJR: No Report


Radio Hill Gazette (RHG):  


Mike K9KMV:  Not present


Special Events:


No Report.


Scott DeSantis KB9VRW: No report.



Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK informed us of ARRL effort to preserve our frequency allocation within 60M.  Comment Period remains open at the moment. FCC is considering High Power, High Speed trading 2M through 25M with power of up to 20KW.


Dennis will communicate upcoming Solar Eclipse April 8th on FB.


Social:  Chair open.




Leo Ribordy N9NBH: No report.




Don KD9NJR presented a video on Digital Voice.


FOX Hunt: 


Jim Campbell KB9RGU:  Next Fox Hunt is scheduled for October 28th 2:15PM with launch at 3:00PM.


Old Business:


Bill Riess KW9WR Nominating Committee Chair announced Absentee Ballots have been transmitted as planned.


Constitution updates:  Don Dewar KD9NJR will publish several editing proposals to SARC-ALL before Election Night.  Members will be asked to vote UP/DOWN.


New Business:  None


Rob Glowacki N9MVO described his recent experience with a Coil-Shortened Dipole on 75M. It works.


Pierre K9EYE reported really nice 10M band opening recently.


Adjourn:  7:42 PM


Submitted October 20, 2023

Cliff Sowka  K9QD Secretary