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.

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)

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting March 16, 2023

Business Meeting March 16, 2023


Don Dewar KD9NJR President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.





Robert Kocourek W9RKK Don Dewar KD9NJR Bob McIntyre W9DXR
Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Howard Mitchell KD9WSV Rob Glowacki N9MVO
Chris Brewer AC9GN Daryl Jenks KB9RHR Bill Donovan KD9RGX
John Thornton KD9VZJ

Danny Kafka KD9HIL                         Charlene Treve K9KMZ

Paul Cybulski KD0WTB John Schofield AC9JS
Jim Campbell KB9RGU

Rick Dickens KY0Q

Scott Petersen N9SLA

Bob Benwitz N9JAX

Scott Alford KD9WFJ

Bill Donovan KD9RGX


Attending via Zoom:


Ed Lishka AC9SD David BinKowski N9IBM Bruce Warrington N9EHA
Steve Karson AC9EM Roberto bbeltramelli WA9E Pat Carlberg KD9PWI
Pierre Berube K9EYE


Secretary’s Report:

Cliff Sowka K9QD Not Present.


Treasurer’s Report: 

Chris Brewer AC9GN

Opening Balance:    $6172.35

Less Data Line:         62.82

Closing Balance:      6109.53       (not able to verify)





John Zietlow K9WIC EmComm Chair submitted the following report (read by Rob)t:


  • Due to changing roles in the Chicagoland Marathon, it is not clear if there will be a role for ham radio participation this year. Discussions with the PD, FD, and EMA confirm that they are happy to have us, but do not expect our participation this year. To review, the event this year has been moved to May 7th. At least five of the nine Schaumburg Emergency Radio Team members will not be available on May 7th. We have not declined officially, but our participation is doubtful or significantly minimized.
  • On Saturday, April 15th, Hoffman Estates will have an organizational meeting for a new Emergency Radio Team. Details are still being worked out, but those interested in EmComm should save the date. It is further anticipated that HE will use the third Saturday of the month for EmComm training and exercises. More to follow.
  • The Schaumburg EMA Coordinator indicated at a meeting last Friday that the Village considers ham radio and the SARC as a valued component of Emergency Management. It is anticipated that we will be involved in future exercises and public education.



no problems reported.


Construction Project (CP): 

About 11 in attended last time.


VE Testing:

John Schofield AC9JS VE Session Manager reports Test Results for March 4, 2023:


Name Call Class
Johnathan KD9WNL General
Howard KD9WSV Technician
Berry KD9WHM General
Andrew KD9WSH Technician
Vaclav KD9WTM General
Manuel KD9WTL Technician
Keith KJ4ADV General
Luke KD9WSW Technician
Donald KD9WDX Technician
Gary KD9WEB General
Paul KD9WTB Technician



Technician 6
General 5
Extra 0
Total 11


Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):


Bill Davies K9WKD
Ed Lishka AC9SD
James Migalla KC9UFB
William Riess KW9WR
John Schofield AC9JS


Next examination date: April 1, 2023



Don Dewar KD9NJR reports 6 to 7 each time on New Ham Net


Radio Hill Gazette RHG: 

Mike K9KMV No Report.



No Report.




Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK reported seeking response  from Fred of SPD.



Need Chair.




Leo Ribordy N9NBH not present.




by Don Dewar KD9NJR : the Interpretation of Solar Data. Program slides will be distributed.



Old Business:



New Business: 


Don Dewar KD9NJR will issue a report listing what committees need chairs.



Adjourn at approximately 7:25 and resume at 7:40. Adjourn at 8:05


Notes by Danny Kafka KD9HIL

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting April 5th, 2023

Board of Directors Meeting April 5, 2023


Robert Kocourek W9RKK Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:00PM




Robert Kocourek W9RKK Charlene Treve K9CMZ Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK
Danny Kafka KD9HIL Don Dewar KD9NJR John Zietlow K9WIC
Cliff Sowka K9QD Ed Lishka AC9SD John Douglas KD9KSH
Scott DeSantis KB9VRW Barry Friedman K9FMB Bob Langsfeld WB9TZC


Secretary’s Report


Cliff Sowka K9QD:  Danny Kafka KD9HIL moved to approve the March BOD Minutes as published in the Radio Hill Gazette.  Ed Lishka AC9SD seconded. Motion Carried.


Treasurer’s Report:


Chris Brewer AC9GN reported the following and may provide updates to certain items.


Month: Jan 2023

Checkbook Balance 31-Dec                                          $6,865.17

INCOME MEMO                                                                $      0.00


DISBURSEMENTS MEMO                                               $  692.82


Check #1277 5-Jan $300.00 Lucky Monk Hors D’oeuvres for 1/21/23 party

ACH 10-Jan $62.82 AT&T DSL

Check #1279 10-Jan $30.00 Bill Smead Award engraving (reimburse Rob Glowacki)


Account Balance                                                               $6,172.35

31-Jan Bank Statement                                                  $6,172.35

Check #1278 (J. Zietlow, BOD Outstanding            -$   40.00

Adjusted balance                                                             $6,132.35

31-Jan Checkbook balance                                           $6,132.35

Petty Cash 31-Jan                                                             $      0.00

Pay Pal 31-Jan                                                                    $      0.00

+petty cash special accounts Funds Available       $6,172.35


94 members on roster

Month: Feb 2023

Checkbook Balance 31-Jan                                           $6,172.35

INCOME MEMO                                                                $       0.00


DISBURSEMENTS MEMO                                               $     62.82

ACH 6-Apr $62.82 AT&T DSL

Account Balance                                                               $6,109.53

28-Feb Bank Statement                                                 $6,109.53

Checks Outstanding $0.00

Adjusted balance                                                             $6,109.53

28-Feb Checkbook balance                                          $6,109.53

Petty Cash 28-Feb                                                            $       0.00

Pay Pal

+petty cash – special accounts Funds Available     $6,109.53

94 members on roster


Month: Mar 2023

Checkbook Balance 28-Feb                                           $6,109.53

INCOME MEMO                                                                $   262.89

$130.00 Cash dues

$75.00 Checks dues

$57.89 Luck Monk refund

DISBURSEMENTS MEMO                                               $   192.82

ACH 14-Mar AT&T DSL                                                           $     62.82

Petty cash                                                                           $   130.00

2/31/2023 Account Balance                                         $6,179.60

2/31/2023 Bank Statement                                         $6,179.60

Checks Outstanding $0.00

Adjusted balance                                                             $6,179.60

2/31/2023 Checkbook balance                                   $6,179.60

2/31/2023 Petty cash                                                     $   130.00

Funds Available                                                                 $6,309.60


94 members on roster


Chris has been working with our bank to establish a Zelle facility for the club.  There are presently two members on the Roster suffering from incomplete contact information; he will continue to determine the missing items.


Public Service 


Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present.




John Zietlow K9WIC reported an April 15th EMCOMM Training meeting at the Hoffman Estates PD will be held and there are plans to hold these meetings every third Saturday of a month.  A Quarterly Round Table discussion will be established as part of the ongoing schedule.


There will be State-Wide Simulated Emergency Test (SET) in May or June.




Rob Glowacki N9MVO, Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ not present but John Zietlow K9WIC was able to inform the Plum Grove UHF machine will lose power on April 14th to allow an electrical update at the site.  It is expected to be restored by the end of the month.


Construction Project (CP)


Cliff Sowka K9QD reported we have two more events planned before our summer schedule turns to SARC-In-The-Park.


VE Testing


John Schofield AC9JS not present.  Ed Lishka AC9SD reported our VE Team hosted 14 Candidates and all passed (with one accomplishing Extra).  Leo’s N9NBH class candidates enjoyed 100% success and this may have been SARC’s largest VE session.




Don Dewar KD9NJR Chairman reports good attendance continues.  Recent Simplex Net was necessitated by the power dis-connect (electrical construction) of our 2M Machine at the Barrington Road facility and there were 14 stations participating.  We are in need of a regular host for the second Tuesday of the month.


Radio Hill Gazette RHG 


Mike K9KMV No Report.




Scott DeSantis KB9VRW present but nothing to report.




Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chairman provides the following:


  • Despite multiple calls and emails to Schaumburg Park District, no response.  Not sure about the next steps needed to finish installation of the rooftop antenna farm.
  • No other publicity events to report.




Need Chairperson.




Leo N9NBH not present.




Don Dewar KD9NJR is working on a presentation for April Business Meeting.


New Business


Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK offers the following:


  • Article for Daily Herald about “New Ham Net”? BOD says YES.
  • Scout “Jamboree on the Air”, third weekend in October
  • Work with Salvation Army Emergency Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) to develop NetLogger class.


Field Day Planning


Danny Kafka KD9HIL has crafted our FD Permit Application for the Park District and Chris Brewer AC9GN will order an Insurance Rider so the documents can be submitted together.


  • Set-Up Friday afternoon June 23rd
  • Normal Field Day Operation Saturday 24th through Sunday 25th
  • Tower Climbers who offered their service last summer will not be able to help this year.


Ed Lishka AC9SD moved to provide $1,000 Field Day Budget for Danny’s planning.  Robert Kocourek W9RKK seconded.  Motion Adopted.

Adjourn 8:36 PM.


Submitted Apr 6, 2023.    Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary


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.