Two Club Members Honored

At the January 17 Holiday Party, outgoing club president Matt Walsh, AC9IG honored two members with the club’s annual Bill Smead Memorial Construction Project Award and the Member of the Year award as voted on by the club’s membership.

Long time club member Ron Remus, WB9PTA received the Bill Smead Memorial Construction Project Award. The inscription reads “In recognition of technical knowledge, continued attendance and promoting the amateur radio hobby at the Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club’s Construction Project meetings.” Ron’s name and call sign will also be engraved on a plaque displayed at the Construction Project Meeting site.

Another veteran member Cliff Swoka, K9QD received the Member of the Year award. It was presented “In recognition of exemplary service to the club, continuing service as a club officer and participation in club activities and the amateur radio community.”

HF Digital Mode, December Meeting Presentation

Dirk W0RI presented an updated version of his digital mode discussion at December’s meeting. The presentation focuses on FLDIGI with Ham Radio Deluxe, but offers plenty of discussion about connecting your computer to your radio, and the general flow of digital QSO so it’s a great read even if that’s not the same setup you’re using.

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SARC DIGITAL Presentation

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President’s Report December 2018

It has been an amazing experience serving as president of this club for the past two years. The number of activities that we schedule is impressive and shows what a great group of ham radio operators that this club is made up of. I’ve been very happy to have the support of the board and membership when we upgraded, implemented changes or tried new things out within the club. Some of these items include:

  • Updating the Thursday net script to promote more discussion.
  • Adding a check-in raffle to the net to promote participation. ARRL gift certificates, SARC logo mugs, wire antennas and more have been won by members and we now average 12+ check ins per net.
  • Operating field day from an alternate site
  • Upgrading the web site
  • Sending members the the W9DXCC DX convention on a club scholarship

The club’s mainstay activities such as construction project, SARC in The Park and breakfast at Maxfields continue to be well attended and I thank everyone for their participation and making them so successful.

We have some new leadership taking over which I’m very excited about. Geoff Stevens KA9QGH will take over as president. He is a long-time ham and avid contester.  Danny Kafka KB9HIL will become vice president. Danny was a graduate of our ham radio class and has been active at many club activities. Ken Krzywicki KD9HIJ will take over as secretary. Ken is also a graduate of our ham radio class and has visited many board meetings and frequents our various Saturday activities. Chris Brewer AC9GN will continue as treasurer. He keeps the construction in our construction project with a lot of technical knowledge and project work.

I’d like to thank everyone who took on a role as an officer this year as well as our board members who are continuing their positions. This group of hams make sure we’re able to run our events smoothly, keep on top of the behind-the-scenes scheduling and fees and keep the club moving in the right direction. We’re all looking forward to a great 2019 under their direction.

Holiday Party

The club will host its annual holiday party on Thursday, January 17 at 7pm at Buona Beef in Hoffman Estates. This event takes the place of our club meeting which occurs at the same time. Food is available from Buona’s menu for purchase.

You’re welcome to bring family and friends to the event. And don’t forget about the grab bag. Bring a ham-radio related gift of up to $10, and you’ll be able to pull another gift from the grab bag. Make sure you wrap it so it’s a surprise to everyone participating.

Several events take place during the party:

  • Member of the Year announced
  • Construction Project Member of the Year announced
  • Prizes raffled off for checking in to our Thursday Net
  • Grab Bag