Field Day 2021

June 6, 2021
Starts: June 26, 2021 1pm Ends: June 27, 2021 1pm 1406 N. Plum Grove Rd. Join us for the world’s largest on-air operating event: Field Day. What is Field Day? From the ARRL: Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN! Due to pandemic restrictions … Continue reading "Field Day 2021"

April 2021 Auction

April 3, 2021
SARC has acquired equipment over the last two years that we are making available via auction to the club’s members. This auction is not open to the public, and takes place on SARC-ALL, our club’s closed mailing list. When Bidding opens now. Bidding closes 8AM April 10th at CP.  Bids must be placed through SARC-All, where … Continue reading "April 2021 Auction"

VE Testing Returns!

March 25, 2021
Our VE testing will be administering amateur radio license tests on the first Saturday of each month at Schaumburg Tennis Plus, the same location as the construction project. There continue to be some COVID-19 restrictions on testing. Please read more on the VE Testing page.

History of Grounding

March 15, 2021
From Cliff K9QD 220, 221- Whatever it takes.  Electric Utility Service Drop…and why the service drop to the consumer has a center-tapped transformer grounded to earth. Wiring diagram of today’s typical single-family service entrance panel: Note the Utility Transformer’s center-tap is grounded at the pole.  Also, the consumer’s service entrance panel and Neutral/Equipment bonding bars … Continue reading "History of Grounding"

Vacuum Fluorescent Displays (VFDs)

February 25, 2021
We’ve had an ongoing discussion on our internal message board SARC-all about nixie tubes, vacuum fluorescent displays and designing circuits to drive them. One of our members, Mike AC9CG, has a long history working for a VFD manufacturer and compiled a very nice history and technical overview of the devices. His notes follow. –Ed. VFD … Continue reading "Vacuum Fluorescent Displays (VFDs)"