Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting Feb 15, 2024

Business Meeting February 15, 2024

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



Robert Kocourek W9RKK Jim Campbell KB9RGU John Schofield AC9JS
Steve Karson AC9EM Paul Burkett KD9FMN Kevin Willard KB9QVX
John Childress KD9YKF Charlene Treve K9CMZ Don Dewar KD9NJR
Danny Kafka KD9HIL Danny Meyers K9LDM Daryl Jenks KB9RHR
Andrew Rafferty K9ABR Leo Ribordy N9NBH Rob Glowacki N9MVO
Howard Mitchell KD9WSV Joe Barela KB9RCR Roger Young WB9NBA
Eliot Libner N9EPA Alex Suptela guest Mariusz Szpryngacz AD9DU


ZOOM Virtual Attendees: 

Scott KB9VRW Pierre Berube K9EYE Russ KC9NUV
Bill KD9RGX Kirk K9MSG John Thornton KD9VZJ
Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK


Secretary’s Report:

 Cliff Sowka K9QD:  Not present; Danny Kafka KD9HIL Vice President will be tonight’s scribe.

Treasurer’s Report: 

 Chris Brewer AC9GN’s report previously approved at Board Meeting on February 7:


 Checking                              $7,576.38

Income                                 $   551.00

Disbursements                   $1,021.75

*CHK # 1292 John Douglas $958.93 Holiday Party (~$100 profit donated to Field Day)

Petty Cash                           $   173.00

Funds Available                $7,278.63

115 Members on Roster

Public Service

Rob Glowacki N9MVO:  No Report.


 John Zietlow K9WIC not present:  February BOD Minutes repeated here.

  1. On March 17, 2024 there will be a Statewide exercise to demonstrate our ability to setup stations in field locations and communicate with other amateurs in and out of Illinois.

1.1. Robert Littler, W9DSR, the Section Emergency Coordinator has established four basic objectives for the exercise:

1.1.1. Activate stations in the field

1.1.2. Communicate with other hams and field locations similar to POTA, IOTA, etc.

1.1.3. Get new hams on the air; similar to FD GOTA, get non-hams involved.

1.1.4. Demonstrate our capabilities to the general public and local officials.

1.2. The hours of operation will be from noon to 4:00 PM. If there is the threat of severe weather, the exercise could be postponed to March 24th. (Could be threat of blizzard or tornadoes, after all, it is March!)

1.3. Details are being worked out tonight and further refined for District 4 at the EmComm meeting at the HE PD on March 16th.  Members of SARC invited to attend.

1.4. SARC is encouraged to participate as they see fit.

  1. May 5, 2024 will be the Chicagoland Marathon. An initial assessment of the Schaumburg Emergency Radio Team indicates that we have lost three of our members. SARC may be asked to help with the event.  SARC’s role will be defined by the EC, Tracy Raimondo.
  2. This will be my last report as a member of SARC, Inc.


Rob N9MVO Not present, Robert W9RKK said that he and Kent Ochs W9KAO are developing documentation for repeater procedures and repair.

  • Dennis KD9HIK will pick up batteries and Rob N9MVO would possibly install on Saturday (2-17)

Construction Project (CP) 

 Cliff Sowka K9QD:  Not present.

It can be difficult to run a program — very noisy.   Don KD9NJR said we could use the space near the elevator.

Also, a club officer must be present and CP can run all year.

Scott KB9VRW offered space at the SA facility on evenings or week ends with prior notice.

VE Testing

 John Schofield AC9JS reports VE Tests Results for February 3, 2024

Name                                    Call                     Class

Mariusz                                  AD9DU               Extra

William                                 KA9DQB               Extra

Doug                                     KD9ZOG               Extra

Mariusz did not pre-register for the exam.  He walked in with all of the required documentation and took the Technician, the General, and the Amateur Extra exams, passed all three, all within one hour.

Congratulation, Mariusz.  Well done.


Technician           0

Genera l               0

Extra                      3

Total                      3

Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):

Steve    Karson               AC9EM

Ed           Lishka                AC9SD

James   Migalla            KC9UFB

William Riess                KW9WR

John      Schofield          AC9JS

Next examination date: March 2, 2024


Don Dewar KD9NJR:   Nets are busy and asks people not to talk over another person.

Radio Hill Gazette (RHG):  

 Mike K9KMV:  Not present

Special Events:  

 Leo N9NBH and Dennis KD9HIK expect to meet with the school staff to review club participation in the upcoming STEM fair on May 2.   Leo requests up to four volunteers with someone off site to provide response.  Note children’s ages only up to 10.


Scott DeSantis KB9VRW: Not Present.


Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK:  No report.

Social:  Chair open


 Leo Ribordy N9NBH: No response to Leos’s request concerning  setting up our next class.


Don Dewar KD9NJR:  Tonight’s program is line-of-sight communication with a review of site

Old Business:


 New Business: 

Charlene K9CMZ discussed ARRL supported proposed laws protecting Hams from local rules and ordinances forbidding radio equipment at their home.

Adjourn:  7:30 PM

Submitted February 19, 2024 as dutifully plagiarized from Danny Kafka’s KD9HIL notes.

Cliff Sowka  K9QD