Winter Storm Causes Antenna Problems

After an early season winter storm dropped 8.4″ of snow and ice the weekend of November 25 many club members found their antennas covered in ice, drooping or bent. They’ll need a few more days until things start to melt to make a full assessment of the damages.

We’d like to remind everyone that the club has several resources for those of you looking to repair your antennas, or any other ham radio equipment. Members can post a message on Sarc-All which all club members then recieve in an email. This is a great way to start a discussion about building techniques, dimensions or repair ideas. If you’re taking your antenna down for reparis, why not bring it to our Construction Project on the second or fourth Saturday of the month? This event is well attended and those members brings plenty of construction and repair expertise to share.

N9JAX had a hex beam come off its mount due to an ice load.
This vertical at N9JAX is still standing and should straighten up when the snow melts.
KC9SGV found a lot of ice on a roof-mounted vertical.
A wire antenna KD9KMV has grown significantly in diameter with ice

General Class Wraps Up

Fall 2018 General Class Session

The club ran a 10 week class to help amateurs prepare for the exam to upgrade from a technician license to a general license. Held at the Hoffman Estates branch of the Schaumburg Township District Library on Saturday mornings, we had an average of 8-10 attendees per session. Everyone in the class was invited to take the exam during our regular VE testing session the first Saturday in December.

Schaumburg Safety Open House

The Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club is very proud to be a part of the village’s emergency communication plan. As part of our involvement we were invited to show amateur radio equipment and techniques at the village’s safety open house which took place at Fire Station 51, on Saturday October 6th.

Club members show off a go box, portable dipole and other safety equipment.

The club thanks the Village of Schaumburg for inviting us to this event.