MS Walk Public Service Event Recap

Club members prepare to deploy for the MS Walk public service event
Event Photo by Scott N9SLA
By Rob N9MVO


Special Thanks to those who participated in the MS Walk Public Service Event on Sunday, May 7th.

We got started early in the morning, before 8:00 AM to get organized and to find our locations for deployment and where we could park our cars without having to walk 3 miles to get to and from our locations.

We needed to be on our stations early, because we needed to drive on the course that participants would use once the Walk got started. Then there was a wait for the official start, but finally they started walking.

Some signage misunderstanding had many of the three mile walkers walking the 1 mile route, and then going back out to get the other two miles. This made for confusion as there were at least 3 groups or people who had been identified as the ‘last walker’. Eventually, the real ‘Last Walker’ was identified, and all completed their desired course.

However, the walk was completed, with no injuries or losses, so, I guess that means it was successful. The following SARC Members participated in support:

Darryl KB9RHR
Dennis KD9HIK
Howard KD9WSV
Scott N9SLA
Bill W9WEM
Doug W9YFC

Again, Special thanks to all who participated in this event.

The next event will be Field Day. We need LOTS of support for that event ! ! One week later is the Independence Day Parade in Hoffman Estates.

Public Service is an important part of Ham radio.

73 de N9MVO,


Upcoming Public Service Events

By Rob N9MVO

So far, we have two Public Service Events on the schedule, this year and it would be nice to get them on the calendar, as well.

MS Walk

Sunday, May 7th at 7:30 AM we will meet at Harper college (details forthcoming) for the MS Walk in Palatine. The walk is scheduled to start at 10:00 AM, but the road around the campus gets closed off earlier for the safety of the participants. The Walk should finish before noon. We need radio operators to man stations along the route to assist participants who may not be able to finish the walk. See the email to SARC members.

Hoffman Estates Independence Day Parade

On Saturday, July 1st, we will be supporting the Hoffman Estates Independence Day Parade on Illinois Blvd. between Schaumburg Road and somewhere west of Roselle Road. We need radio operators to walk the streets west of Illinois Blvd. to organize the parade units for that event.

We will meet for the briefing at 7:30 at the intersection of Illinois and Paris Lane. See the email in SARC-All for additional details.

Broadcasting history – a great find!

Hello All,

Our Club has received an email that may be interesting to its members. This email reinforces that all of us are ambassadors for the hobby and are being observed by many people even when we are not on the air. This Email is a story of a young man doing an assignment, and he stumbled on our website while doing research for his assignment. This young man thought that we would be interested in an article he found during research, so he had his instructor forward the link to us for our members. 

Hope you enjoy it.


From: Chloe P.

Message Body:

I would just like to say a quick word of thanks! As a youth services librarian running a fun radio and broadcasting history class for 10–14-year-olds, I’ve been able to get some great use out of your Amateur Radio Club’s resource links list during these times of remote learning. We were even able to use some of this information for our most recent group project! Thanks so much for sharing!

I hope you don’t mind, one of our youngest, Dylan has also asked me if I could share an article that he and his father found together recently on Broadcasting and its History with you, which includes a great breakdown on early 20th century broadcasting and Reginald Fessenden’s first experiments broadcasting vocals and music, the Herrold School experimenting with radio transmissions and call signs in 1909, Post World War II developments in broadcasting, etc. I’ve included it below if you’d like to review!

We noticed you didn’t have this one listed on your website, but Dylan was the one to bring up that this could be something you might like to include for others who may also come across your information and have an interest in radio history.

If you find you’re able to use this one, would you please let me know? We’re meeting tomorrow, and I would absolutely love to surprise Dylan if you are able to do so – I’m hoping to keep spirits up in light of the past few years and I think it would make him proud to know he was able to ‘pay it forward’ on a topic he’s passionate about (we’re big on this principle in our group) and maybe even show his father their contribution if it ends up being included.

Thanks again for all your help here,

Chloe P.

Link to the article Dylan found (PDF)

Dues to Increase

SARC’s Annual Dues have remained stable for more than 20-years. Our club has operated efficiently over these many years by requiring dues of $25 yearly ($20 for over 65). Based upon the projected operating expense increases, the Board has voted to raise our Annual Dues beginning next July.

-Excerpt from the July 2022 Board Meeting Minutes

Memberships expire June 30 of each year and the club begins reminding members of this starting in early June. This year’s dues increase will go into effect April 1 and increase to $30 for members and $25 for members over the age of 65.

The April 1 date aligns with the renewal grace period that was adopted in 2016 and is detailed on the Membership page.