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

Upcoming Extra, General and Technician Classes

The Dupage Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring classes for the extra level, general level, and technician level ham radio licenses. This is an excellent opportunity to upgrade your license, especially if you’re looking to move to the extra level as these classes are not available often.

All classes start in early January and are free of charge. The exam can be taken on the last day of the class for a nominal $15 fee.

Please visit the Dupage Amateur Radio Club’s web set for dates, registration and recommended books. Dupage Amateur Radio Club Education

President’s Report November 2018

I would like to thank everyone who ran for an office at our November meeting. We were able to fill all elected positions for the 2019 year.

At the same November 15 meeting the club also discussed some proposed bylaw changes regarding the code of conduct. I commend the membership for having an informed discussion about what was proposed, voicing their concerns and ultimately sending the changes to a new committee made up of members and officers to implement the changes and concerns were discussed.

The club has an upcoming holiday party, but please be aware that it is January 17 in place of our normal club meeting. This is a fun celebration where we will announce the winners of Member of the Year, Construction Project Member of the Year and raffle off prizes for checking in to the net. The web site will have additional details of this party.