QST: Monthly club meetings now to be held on Zoom

As you probably know, due to Covid-19, the monthly club face to face meetings (held on the third Thursday of the month) have not been possible, and so a club net has been taking place on the K9IIK 145.230 repeater.

From this month on, starting this evening, the monthly club meetings will now be held on Zoom.  This means there will not be a club net on the repeater.  (Note that this only affects the third Thursday of each month.  The regular net schedule remains).

Geoff KA9QGH, the club president has sent out a notification to all members with the Zoom meeting details including the meeting ID’s and passwords, and how to connect to Zoom.  Club members can also view the meeting details via the  SARC Google Group. (Sarc membership and login required).

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Upcoming Online Ham Radio Events

Mike Sorensen K9KQX

At tonight’s net [July 30, 2020 – Ed.] I mentioned a few items and thought I’d share some links about a virtual Hamfest with various keynote speakers.  The topics actually look pretty interesting so for the newer hams this might be worthwhile.  The event is free, just register on the web site prior to the event which starts next weekend August 8 and 9th.

https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/ [A schedule of topics can be found at the web site. -Ed.]

On another note the ARRL is having a new series of  webinars. Look on the main page for “Webinars-NEW’ under the main scrolling pictures, or go to this url

http://www.arrl.org/arrl-learning-network [ARRL membership required – Ed.]

COVID-19 Response (Updated July 30, 2020)

SARC has cancelled all in person events through August 31, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Schaumburg Park District has listed events, meetings and rentals as cancelled indefinitely. Our events make use of these facilities. The calendar at the right reflects all the changes noted below.

Events cancelled include:

  • Club Meetings
  • Board Meetings (although the board continues to discuss topics through emails)
  • Sarc In The Park
  • Saturday Breakfasts

VE testing will still take place by appointment only. More information.

The club board is working on an alternate meeting plan for board meetings, and will discuss if we can safely have some club events while staying within social distancing guidelines.

Additional information from the Village of Schaumburg Park District https://www.parkfun.com/news/coronavirus-response

RHG July 2020

Editor’s note

We have all been affected in one way or another by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has been difficult for me to find the time required to gather articles, and submit the newsletter each month.

As a result, I apologize for having not been able to publish the Radio Hill Gazette for the last couple of months, March being the last one.

As there have not been any Board or Monthly Club meetings, there have not been any of the usual meeting minutes to publish.

I will, however, start to have a little more time to devote to this task, so here is the July edition published.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy,
Mike, K9KMV

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Field Day 2020 with SARC

N9MVO’s Field Day station


Field Day 2020 was, to say the least, a very different Field Day to any other that we have experienced.  Restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, meant that the usual format that club members were used to was not possible.  Social distancing and other protective health measures meant that for the most part, Field Day 2020 with SARC had to be done on an individual basis.

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