Winter Field Day 2021: K9KMV

Winter Field Day 2021 – K9KMV              

There was no doubt that this year’s Winter Field Day would have a winter feel to it.  Winter Field Day occurs on the last full weekend of January each year, starting at 1900 UTC and finishing 24 hours later at 1900 UTC on Sunday.

My plan was to operate in one location on Saturday afternoon, and then at a different location on Sunday morning.  I would be operating as 1 Oscar (1-O), which references 1 Operator, Outdoors.  I also wanted to activate a POTA (Parks on the Air) park on one of the days.

Day 1 – Moraine Hills State Park, IL (POTA K-1012)

I set off with some light snow and temps hovering around 30 degrees.  The drive is a little under an hour, and I arrived on time for a 2pm CT start.  Due to the recent snowfall, some of the parking areas were closed, and so the ones that remained open were busier than on my previous visits to the park.  I found a spot that, although not ideal, allowed me to setup my radio gear from the car.  No sitting on a picnic table this time.

I erected my 31 foot telescopic mast on the hitch mount of my vehicle, ran a 20m EFHW in a steep sloper configuration, and set the Yaesu FT-891 radio in the car.  The band was very busy, and I struggled to find an open frequency where I could call CQ from.  I eventually was able to do so and made a little over 30 contacts, before packing up and heading home.

By the way, I forgot my gloves which made the process of packing up harder than I’d have liked.

With 30+ contacts, I also successfully activated the park for Parks On The Air (10 contacts are required).

 Day 2 – Beck Lake Park FPDCC, Des Plaines

Staying much closer to home, but with a heavy snowfall overnight, I headed out with the same equipment.  Similar to Day 1, because of the heavy snowfall, several of my local Forest Preserve locations were closed.  The snow plows hadn’t got to them yet.

I eventually found a suitable location at Beck Lake, which also happens to be where I take our 2 dogs most weekends.  (Those who monitor the SARC 145.230 repeater will know I go there a lot!).

By now, with snow still falling and my time running out, I setup again with almost the same configuration as Day 1.  I had an issue with the telescopic mast, the top 2 sections had got stuck and now I was having problems getting it to the full height.

My goal for the morning was to make just a few more contacts and then head home.  No need for 10 contacts this time (not a POTA activation), so I decided just to tune through the band and reply to whoever was calling CQ.

I made 5 more contacts and decided to call it a day.  I used this as an exercise to practice setting up in less than ideal weather conditions.


I admit that I found the weekend quite challenging.  I have done a lot of portable deployments before, and learnt many lessons, but somehow with the weather as it was, and a low-level equipment failure to boot, things could have gone better.  I’ll certainly keep a spare pair of gloves in my pack from now on!

Here is a YouTube video that shows how things went in far more detail, and a couple of images of the weekend.



73, Mike K9KMV

Vacuum Fluorescent Displays (VFDs)

We’ve had an ongoing discussion on our internal message board SARC-all about nixie tubes, vacuum fluorescent displays and designing circuits to drive them. One of our members, Mike AC9CG, has a long history working for a VFD manufacturer and compiled a very nice history and technical overview of the devices. His notes follow. –Ed.

Vacuum Fluorescent Display, from Wikipedia

VFD Sales in USA

  • From around 1970 to 1997, there were 3 Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) manufacturers, and they were all Japanese: NEC Electronics, Futaba Corp and Noritake Corp.
  • The 2 top VFD manufacturers were NEC and Futaba Corp, who produced VFD (displays) for appliance, automotive, Consumer electronics (VCR and AV equipment) and point-of-sale terminal applications, and the much smaller Noritake Corp, who produced mostly just point-of-sale terminal displays (for gas pumps, cash registers, etc.). NEC Electronics also had a full line of semiconductors, including 4bit microcomputers that could directly drive 40Volt VFDs and high voltage driver ICs capable up to 120VDC VF drive.

  • Since most of the VFD customers for USA were in Chicago area, all 3 Japanese VFD companies had/have main sales offices and VFD technical support in Chicago’s northwest suburbs:
    1. NEC Electronics at 7200 W. Higgins, Hoffman Estates, IL. Note that NEC’s trade name for VFD panels was FIP (Fluorescent Indicator Panels) but they were exactly same technology as VFDs
    2. Futaba Corp at 711 E State Parkway, Schaumburg, IL
    3. Noritake Co. located at 2635 S Clearbrook Dr., Arlington Heights, IL
  • From 1985 to 1997 I was NEC Electronics Field Applications Engineer in Chicago area supporting technical aspects for ICs and VFD panels at major VFD customers ACT (Appliance Control Technology), DAC (Digital Appliance Control), Eaton Corp (appliance controls), Spitfire (appliance controls), Motorola Automotive in Northbrook and other smaller VFD customers. These appliance control sub-contractors designed, wrote MCU software and manufactured just the electronic control keypad/panel/display modules for big appliance companies: Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Electrolux, GE Appliance, Bosch-Siemens, etc., in the USA.
  • At Motorola Automotive in Northbrook, Ted (AB9SZ, long-time SARC member) was a staff scientist and key advisor to the Motorola design engineers we were working with for Chrysler Car dashboard using VFD displays.
  • In 1997, NEC stopped manufacturing VFD (FIP) panels, since we were losing money making them (described as negative profit situation by the Japanese!). We sold our whole VFD production line equipment and portfolio to Samsung in Korea. However Futaba and Noritake still produce VFD panels to this present day.
  • Starting in 1998, NEC ended up selling 3 high voltage driver ICs per display board to Futaba Schaumburg for a VFD 80×16 dot matrix module used for a Trip computer in Jeep Grand Cherokee models. That design netted NEC about 250K-300K driver sets (3 ICs each) per year times $5.00 per display module (about $1.25Million-$1.5Million per year sales for NEC) and that ran for about 10 years. I was involved heavily in the technical support for these NEC high voltage driver IC product at Futaba Schaumburg.

VFD technical details

  • VFD display has similar technology to Audio/RF signal Vacuum tubes, except a VFD panel only has filaments, multiple grids and multiple anodes. VFDs have NO cathode whereas most audio/RF signal, receive and transmission Vacuum tubes do have a cathode.
  • Instead, a VFD panel emits electrons that travel directly from the filament to the selected Anodes, gated by one digit grid gating control at a time, with some anodes ON and some anodes OFF during each grid enabling time (one grid per digit)
  • Most VFD panels are multiplexed, meaning that usually a multiple digit display only has one digit enabled at a time, using one grid line per digit, and all the corresponding common anodes are wired in parallel. For example a simple appliance type VFD might have 5 total digits and 12 segments per digit. Without multiplexing, a 5 digit, 12 anode VFD panel package might need over 64 pins (5×12=60 anode pins, 1 grid pin, and 4 filament pins) and require a high voltage driver IC with over 64 pins, quite expensive. Multiplexing reduces that pin count in my example to about 21-22 pins (5 grid lines, 12 anode lines, 4 filament lines) and the high voltage driver IC can probably be less than 24 pins. (17 high voltage lines, multiple power supply and ground lines)
  • There is a very simple version of VFD panel using a static drive, without multiplexing, but usually this VFD display type might only have 2 digits of 7segments each, with very limited functionality!
  • One downside of the multiplexed VFD panel is that the anode segments get visibly dimmer as the multiplex level increases, so the grid and anode drive voltages need to be increased to maintain a certain brightness level. For example, in the 5 digit display each digit is only energized for 1/5 (or possibly 1/6) of the total display refresh time. However, for a 20 digit display, each digit is only energized 1/20 (or 1/21) of display refresh time. Consequently, a 20 digit display might need a 50V-60V voltage drive level, versus a 5 digit display might be driven at 25V-30V drive level.
  • The typical VFD display filament consists of 3 or more parallel filament wires running in the longest dimension of the VFD panel, typically horizontally. You can usually spot them in front of the digit segments with display un-powered. However their glow is very faint and hard to see unless you view the powered VFD panel in a totally darkened room. By contrast an audio/RF Vacuum tube has a very bright filament you can see in daylight when tube is powered on.
  • All audio/RF/CRT vacuum tubes and VFD (a.k.a. FIP for NEC) panels all use a “Getter” to help eliminate bad effects of residual gases and water vapor, mainly the H2O vapor. Even the best vacuum pumps probably only achieve one-one thousandth of an atmosphere reduction in gas/water vapor remaining in the “vacuum”. The getter is a chemical introduced into the Vacuum tube or VFD panel after air evacuation, but before the hot, molten tube glass nipple is sealed closed. Later an inductive RF probe is placed near the Getter spot, elevating the getter chemical temperature to several hundred degrees. This causes a majority (but not all) of the residual gases and water vapor to be combined with the getter chemical.
  • For NEC Electronics, we manufactured VFD/FIPs at Izumi City, Kyushu, Japan which is in a tropical area having a latitude similar to Tampa or Miami, Florida, with high temps and high humidity in summer months. Therefore we had to take great care in eliminating Water vapor contamination effects especially during the summer months, as it was too expensive to Air condition factory buildings where there were many open flames to melt display glass to a pliable or liquid state.
  • For a Vacuum tube or VFD tubes with good vacuum seal, the Getter can be seen as a small dark or silverish spot inside the glass envelope, with a spot size something between pea-sized and dime-sized. If the vacuum is lost, or seal of evacuation nipple is broken, the getter spot will turn totally white. If the getter spot is whitish, the VFD or Vacuum tube is damaged, and is totally inoperable. This condition is equivalent to “letting the smoke out” of a transistor. If you let the transistor smoke out, it’s permanently ruined, unfixable.
  • Normally, VFD display panels are operated with Anodes and Grid control lines turned either totally ON, or totally OFF. I’ve never seen them used in a analog manner (like a signal amplifier) but it might be interesting to try it.

From 1985 to 2019, Mike worked in various sales, marketing and application engineering support roles for all NEC Electronics discrete electronic components (including VFD panels) and Integrated Circuit products, especially Microcomputers. In April 2011, NEC Electronics merged with Renesas Technology (previous 2003 merger of Hitachi and Mitsubishi semiconductors) and was renamed Renesas Electronics, becoming the largest Japanese semiconductor manufacturer. Mike retired from Renesas Electronics in August 2019 after 34+ years at the combined NEC/Renesas company

-Mike AC9CG


The photos have been provided for a visual reference. They are not necessarily the products described above.

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting February 18th, 2021

Schaumburg Business Meeting       February 18, 2021

Virtual Meeting  Community Recreation Center Remains Closed

 February 18, 2021

Geoff Stevens KA9QGH President called the virtual meeting to order at 7:01PM



Danny Kafka  KD9HIL Rob Glowacki  N9MVO Charlene K9CMZ
Terry AE9TJ Geoff Stevens KA9QGH Leo Ribordy N9MBH
Ed Liska  AC9SD R. Kocourek W9RKK Pierre Berube K9EYE
John Zietlow  K9WIC Garrett K9GBN Burt Schultz AB9CV
Jack McClurkin W9YY Russ Schmidt KC9NUV Bob McIntire W9DXR
Jim WE9PP Jim Campbell KB9RGU Steve Karson AC9EM
Roberto WA9E Joseph KB9RCR Don Dewar  KD9NJR
Cliff Sowka K9QD Kevin KB9QVX Bruce Warrington N9EHA
Daryl KB9RHR Lou N9LTW

Secretary’s Report:


Cliff Sowka K9QD informed January’s Minutes were successfully published in the Radio Hill Gazette (RHG).  Burt AB9CV moved to approve, Danny KD9HIL seconded.  So moved.  K9QD’s personal expense in submitting state annual report has been reimbursed.


Treasurer’s Report:


John Zietlow K9WIC reports current finances:


Bank Balance  1-Jan  $6,591.57

INCOME  $115.00
11-Jan  $20.00 unknown
29-Jan  $20.00 dues
29-Jan  $75.00 donation for FD  Hold for 2021
19-Jan  $62.82 data line
29-Jan $395.00 FD 2020 prizes
29-Jan  $10.00 annual report
Petty Cash  $144.20
FD Donations  $75.00 included in balance
Funds Available $6,382.95
As of February 18th, 103 paid members.    


Public Service:


Rob Glowacki N9MVO informed there is nothing to report at the moment.




John Zietlow K9WIC:


Tracy Raimondo, Schaumburg EC and Accreditation Manager, reached out to see if the Club would be willing to support the Village for the Chicagoland Marathon this year.

    • May 23, 2021
    • Starts 0700; we’re I place by 0630
    • Ends around 1330
    • How many would like to help?
  1. Simulated Emergency Test on May 1st.
    • Dooms Day scenario from 1000 to 1300
    • Emphasize KISS principle
    • Remote command post at a not-so-classified location in central Wisconsin
    • Establish procedures for local participation.
  2. Develop and practice new response procedures.
    • No self-deployment!
    • Self-actuating resource net
  1. Resource availability and capability
  2. Initial size-up of local conditions
    • Contact local EOCs to establish Auxcom requirements




Terry AE9TJ and Rob N9MVO discussed several technical challenges as reported by Pierre K9EYE regarding EchoLink operations in new business (below).  Terry has received several repeater spares he ordered and has been reimbursed for expenses.    Refreshing of the memory cards can be accomplished with the new spares and the machine’s recording ability should be renewed to avoid catastrophic wear (tunneling) that NAND FLASH suffers.


Construction Project:


Periodic Saturday morning meetings have resumed.  The Park District has allowed a maximum gathering of 10 people and Don Dewar KD9RHR has been managing an internal SARC-ALL reservation system where members can request a position and know their confirmation by the Friday morning before the next scheduled meeting.


VE Exams


Ed Liska AC9SD reported the Volunteer Exam team has successfully utilized the Tennis Club basement to conduct test sessions.  The VE Team submits testing candidate’s names beforehand to the front desk so they may confirm attendance upon entry to the facility.


Radio Hill Gazette  RHG


Mike Griffiths K9KMV no report.




Burt Schultz AB9C Chairman of the Board announced Daryl KB9RHR is now the Membership Chair and we appreciate his willingness to take charge of this important role.  Our website link will require updating so that new members will be able to invoke the inquiry link.




No current plans.




Leo N9NBH previously reported our training schedule will be on hiatus for the duration.




Steve Karson AC9EM submitted the following report for February 4th:


Thanks everyone, for checking into our Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club NET.  28 Hams checked in!!!  Question of the night:  Describe the current weather conditions of your QTH, and has the weather impacted your operating station, antenna, coax, etc.  In addition, Cliff K9QD provided a quick summary of the previous night’s SARC Board Meeting,   Ed, AC9SD reported that VE Testing sessions will recommence this Saturday at the Tennis Club.  Roberto, WA9E reported that the Dekalb Hamfest is still expected to happen on May 2.  Farther details were then provided on the Reflector. Several others also contributed to help make it an interesting Net.

Check-ins included:


N9IJS                     John

W9RKK                 Robert

K9CMZ                 Charlene

N9MVO                Rob

N9LTW                 Lou

K9EYE                    Pierre

WB9VWM           Hugh

KB9RGU               Jim

WA9VYT               Scott

K9QD                     Cliff

WB9UXN              Brent

AC9SD                   Ed

KD9PWI                Pat

KD9KSH                John

K9WIC                   John

N9NBH                 Leo

KD9POE                Mike

K9KMV                 Mike

KB9RHR                Daryl

KD9NJR                 Don

WA9E                    Roberto

KC9NMW             Tim

K9MKD                 Kevin

K9KQX                   Mike

N9JAX                   Bob

KC9NUV               Russ

KD9QQZ               George

AC9EM                 Steve Net Controller


Be Safe and Happy!!!


Steve Karson, AC9EM


Mike Griffiths filed the following TechNet report for February 9th.


Thanks to the following hams that checked in to the Tuesday Tech net.


Call Sign Name
N9IJS John
K9CMZ Charlene
W9RKK Robert
W9YY Jack
WA9E Roberto
KY0Q Rick
KB9RHR Daryl
K9MKD Kevin

K9KMV      Mike – net control


Topics discussed:

RFI from a plasma TV.

10 meter band conditions and best time of day to operate



Mike K9KMV


Leo N9NBH submitted the February 11th report:

Thank you to all the hams that checked into the net.  The question of the evening was:  How is your ham radio grounded?  The National Electrical Code does cover grounding, could not find info on the internet to attach to this email.  Attached are two military documents, from Department of Defense,  on what is required to ground devices and meet military standard.


  1.   N9NBH                Leo         net control
  2.   N9IJS                  John
  3.   N9MVO               Rob

4             K9KQX                 Mike

  1.   K9EYE                  Pierre
  2.   K9WIC                 John
  3.   KD9KSH              John
  4.   K9CMZ                Charlene
  5.   WB9UXN             Brent
  6.     N9LTW                 Lou
  7. WB9VWM           Hugh
  8.     KD9POE               Mike
  9.     K9QD                    Cliff
  10.     KB9RGU               Jim
  11.     W9YY                   Jack
  12.     KD9NJR                Don
  13.     AC9SD                  Ed
  14.     K9KMV                  Mike
  15.     KD9RGS                Tim
  16.     K9KBM                  Dave
  17.     WA9E                    Roberto
  18.     KD9PWI                Pat
  19.     WE9PP                  Jim
  20.     K9GBN                  Garrett
  21.     AC9VW                 David
  22.     W9WEM               Bill
  23.     KD9RGX                Bill
  24.     KC9NMW              Tim
  25.     KF5IV                     Owen
  26.     KD9FIA                  Al
  27.     KD9QAI                 Jody
  28.     W9RKK                  Robert


On Thursday, February 18, 2021, 07:01:52 PM CST, Leo Ribordy wrote:


Thank you to all the hams that checked into the net Tuesday evening.  The question of the evening was Have you ever built a Moxon Antenna?  What type of antenna’s have you built?  I am attaching two different types of Moxon antennas.  A 6 meter and a HAARP 2 meter Moxon.  If you google you can download the calculator to design a Moxon antenna.


  1.   W9RKK                Robert
  2.   N9IJS                   John
  3.   K9QD                   Cliff
  4.   KY0Q                    Rick
  5.   W9YY                   Jack
  6.   K9CMZ                 Charlene
  7.   WB9UXN             Brent
  8.   AC9SD                  Ed
  9.       K9KBM                Dave
  10.     W9WEM              Bill
  11.     KD9NJR                Don
  12.     WB9VWM            Hugh
  13.     WE9PP                  Jim
  14.     K9MKD                  Kevin
  15.     K9WIC                   John
  16.     KD9POE                Mike
  17.     KD9FMN                Paul
  18.     KD9KSH                John
  19.     K9KMV                  Mike
  20.     KB9RHR                Daryl
  21.     KD9QAI                 Jody
  22.     KC9NMW              Tim
  23.     N9NBH                Leo     net control




Dennis K9HIK No report.




No report.  Need Chairperson.


Old Business:




New Business:


Pierre K9EYE proposed the repeater’s EchoLink initial feature set-up can be edited to remove unnecessary verbal station ID.  Morning Drive-Time traffic is hindered by verbal ID’s being repeatedly transmitted once the initial wake-up response is heard.  There is likely a set-up edit in EchoLink to replace the verbal ID with CW instead.  Additionally, international stations should be encouraged to avoid QSOs on the machine during morning Drive-Time because local mobile stations may have limited travel time for conversations while the machine delay to handle those outside calls preempt easy hand-over.


Ask an Elmer




Repeater Ker chunk to ascertain a station’s ability to solidly hit the machine was discussed.  Such a test transmission is only legal when the testing station IDs properly.


Motion to Adjourn:


8:10 PM

Submitted Friday February 19, 2021

Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting February 3rd, 2021

Board of Directors Meeting,  3 February, 2021

With the help of Geoff KA9QGH’s ZOOM-enabled call, Burt Schultz AB9CV called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

First item on Agenda: Burt Schultz AB9CV is elected to serve as Chairman of the Board for 2021.


Russ Schmidt KC9NUV Cliff Sowka K9QD John Douglas KD9KSH
Geoff Stevens KA9QGH Danny Kafka KD9HIL John Zietlow K9WIC
Ed Liska AC9SD Mike Sorensen K9KQX Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK
Charlene K9CMZ Jim Campbell KB9RGU Jim Campbell KB9RGU
Burt Schultz AB9CV

Secretary’s Report:

Cliff Sowka K9QD: January 2021 BOD Minutes approved as published in the RHG.

Treasurer’s Report:

John Zietlow K9WIC reports 103 Active Members. Danny KD9HIL moved, Jim KB9RGU seconded, so moved.
SARC Board affirmed John’s Treasurer Role is constitutional and in accordance with the club’s Bylaws.
Bank Balance 31-Dec $6,591.57
INCOME $115.00
11-Jan $20.00 unknown
29-Jan $20.00 dues
29-Jan $75.00 donation for FD

19-Jan $62.82 data line
29-Jan $395.00 FD 2020 prizes
29-Jan $10.00 annual report

Petty Cash $144.20
FD Donations $75.00 included in balance

Funds Available $6,382.95
Proposed CY2021 Budget

INCOME $3,105.00
DUES $2,250.00

RESERVE $6,135.00

EXPENSES $3,105.00

ADMIN $835.00
ZOOM FEES $180.00
WEB SITE $90.00
PO BOX $65.00
SUPPLIES $100.00

REPEATER $1,280.00
DATA LINE $780.00

FIELD DAY $540.00
WINTER $0.00
SUMMER $540.00
MEETINGS $100.00



Public Service:

Rob Glowacki N9MVO. Not present.


John Zietlow K9WIC informed there is a planned EMCOMM statewide exercise similar to previous ‘Shaker’ scenario for April 30th and May 1st.


No Report.

Construction Project:

Limited meetings of 10 SARC Members Only have opened again.

VE Testing:

Ed Lishka AC9SD informed the VE Team will be utilizing the Construction Project basement venue this coming Saturday. Additionally, the Tri-Fold Welcoming document crafted by Dirk W0RI has been provided to testing candidates. Ed will be sending an electric copy to John K9WIC.


Leo Ribordy N9NBH provided the following report for TechNet January 26th:

The question for the evening was: This weekend is winter field. Are you going
to operate? Also talking a little more on magnetic loops. Another youtube site to
get more/different info on building magnetic loops is RSGB. Radio society of
Great Britain.

1. W9RKK Robert
2. K9CMZ Charlene
3. KY0Q Rick
4. K9KBM Dave
5. N9LTW Lou
6. K9KQX Mike
7. KB9RHR Daryl
8. WE9PP Jim
9. AC9SD Ed
10. W9WEM Bill
11. KD9KSH John
12. K9KMV Mike
13. K9EYE Pierre
14. KD9HIK Dennis
15. KB9QQL Adrian
16. WB9UXN Brent
17. KB9RGU Jim
18. K9GBN Garrett
19. KD9NJR Don
20. W9YFC Doug
21. N9NBH Leo Net Control
22. N9IJS John
23. KD9PWI Pat
24. KD9QAI Jody
25. KD9POE Mike

Daryl Jenks KB9RHR hosted the February 2nd TechNet and submitted the following report:

Thanks to everyone that logged into the net.
Net started at 19:05 and closed at 20:02 EST.
The question for the night was how many worked the Winter Filed Day this past weekend and how did you do.

1. N9IJS John
2. K9KBM Dave
3. W9RKK Robert
4. K9CMZ Charlene
5. WE9PP Jim
6. K9KQX Mike
7. KF5IV Owen
8. WB9UXN Brent
9. KD9POE Mike
10. KB9RGU Jim
11. N9LTW Lou
12. KD9FIA Al
13. KC9NMW Tim
14. K9WIC John
15. K9GBN Garret
16. KD9NJR Don
17. K9KMV Mike
18. W9YFC Doug
19. KD9RGS Tim
20. KD9QVE Rick Beloit, WI
21. K9EDV Ed
22. KB9RHR Daryl (Net Control)

Winter Field Day:

K9KMV Mike worked both 1O (outdoors) Sat and Sun at different locations each day and made 30 contacts on Sat and a handful on Sunday.
KD9POE Mike worked from 1H (home) and made 32 contacts.
KB9RHR Daryl worked 1O (outdoors) on Sat and made 27 contacts.

Labels: K9KQX Mike, ask if anyone had how-2 ideas or source for Front Panel Decals needed when restoring equipment. Several suggestions were brought up from looking on to printing on “Clear Label” sheets purchased from office supply stores.

Daryl KB9RHR

Radio Hill Gazette RHG:

Mike K9KMV No Report.

Recurring Calendar:

Insurance has been renewed for 2021 and John K9WIC’s $300 premium payment is authorized for reimbursement from the Treasury. Danny KD9HIL moved, Ed AC9SD seconded, so moved and John will reimburse his personal outlay to reinstate our Liability Insurance in time for the Construction Project meetings. Status of 2021 room reservations at the CRC and Airport unknown at the moment.


Geoff KA9QGH. No report.


Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chair; no report.


John KD9KSH; no report.


Leo N9NBH. No Report.


No Report.

Old Business:


New Business:

Burt Schultz AB9CV informed SARC has been recognized by the Salvation Army for granting them access to our Repeater.

Motion to Adjourn:

Meeting adjourned 8:25PM. Submitted February 4, 2021. Cliff Sowka Secretary

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting March 18th, 2021

Schaumburg Business Meeting       March 18, 2021

Danny Kafka KD9HIL Vice President called the virtual meeting to order at 7:00 PM




Danny Kafka  KD9HIL Rob Glowacki  N9MVO Dennis KD9HIK
Tim KD9RGS Chuck KB9RGI Barry Friedman KD9SCR
Ed Lishka  AC9SD Brent WB9UXN Pierre Berube K9EYE
John Zietlow  K9WIC Garrett K9GBN Burt Schultz AB9CV
Jack McClurkin W9YY Jody KD9QAI Mike Griffiths K9KMV
David AC9VW Jim Campbell KB9RGU Daryl KB9RHR
Roberto WA9E Kevin KB9QVX Don Dewar  KD9NJR
Cliff Sowka K9QD


Secretary’s Report:


Cliff Sowka K9QD informed February’s Minutes were successfully published in the Radio Hill Gazette (RHG).  Ed Lishka AC9SD moved to approve, Pierre Berube K9EYE seconded; so moved.


Treasurer’s Report:

John Zietlow K9WIC provided the following report


Bank Balance  1-Feb  $6,591.57


INCOME  $0.00



18-Feb  $62.82 data line

27-Feb $300.00  Liability Insurance


FD Donations  $75.00


Petty Cash  $169.20

$25.00 INCOME SALE OF Heathkit transmitter


Funds Available $5,970.13


PayPal funds need to be swept and John expects to accomplish shortly.


Currently we have 111 paid members.


Public Service:


Rob Glowacki N9MVO informed the MS Walk is canceled and plans for SARC’s participation in the Hoffman Estates Fourth of July Celebration is currently undecided.




John Zietlow K9WIC reported the Illinois Simulated Test (SET) is planned for May 1st.   The scenario will be a 7.2R earthquake centered in Southern Illinois, mainly south of Interstate 64.  The SET will be a four-hour exercise.  John demonstrated software the SET anticipates will be utilized during the test.


The ChicagoLand Marathon will be held May 23rd in Busse Woods.  John is working with the event organizers in preparation for SARC support again this year.




Rob N9MVO discussed possible plans for installing the Fusion machine at the Plum Grove site.  Control of the Plum Grove location from the Schaumburg Road site could become possible with additional hardware.   Roberto WA9E mentioned the 440 machine’s audio link to the 2 meter site is suffering unusually high audio levels.


Co-ordination of our machines will require updating with the Illinois Repeater Association; the team will work to bring their records up to date with our current equipment sites.


Construction Project:


Don’s KD9NJR organization of Saturday morning CP meetings have resumed and we peaked at 8 attendees last week.  There are three meetings remaining before the Sandwich Hamfest May 2nd that can allow us to cull surplus equipment, offer an internal auction to the membership, and then place any remaining items for sale at the Hamfest.  Cliff K9QD will avoid bringing Jewel donuts in the future because they seem to be suffering from day-old-itis and have been somewhat worse that awful (even Rob N9MVO took a pass on seconds).  The ladies upstairs didn’t complain but they’re probably just being respectful since we couldn’t see anything in their garbage can behind the counter.


VE Exams


Ed Lishka AC9SD explained that John Schofield AC9JS provided Tests Results for March, 2021:


Name Call Class
Barry KD9SCR Technician


Technician 1
General 0
Extra 0
Total 1


Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):


Bill Davies K9WKD
Steve Karson AC9EM
Ed Lishka AC9SD
John Schofield AC9JS


Next examination date: April 3, 2021


Radio Hill Gazette  RHG


Mike Griffiths K9KMV is pleased to receive articles from the membership and is publishing on our site.




Darryl KD9RHR requires some marketing tools to assist with the recruitment effort.  Dirk W0RI crafted a tri-fold flyer for the club for use at VE sessions and several members have copies.  There may also be an electric copy that will be sent to Darryl.




John Douglas KD9KSH no report




Leo N9NBH previously reported our training schedule will be on hiatus for the duration.




Steve Karson AC9EM no report




Dennis KD9HIK reports no activity at the moment.  Dennis informed Amazon Charity donations to 501c3 organizations [] where SARC can be set as beneficiary in a purchaser’s account.  It appears Amazon did a sweep of all 501c3 listings and Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club is already selectable for funding.




No report.  Need Chairperson


Old Business:




New Business:


Danny Kafka KD9HIL reports FIELD DAY is a go.  Vote tonight selected the Plum Grove water tower as the club’s venue this year. The Village already informed Danny that we are compliant with the current rules since the function is outdoors and our headcount is within 50-person limitations.


Items requiring finalization include:


  1. Village approval (should be accomplished once formal application submitted)
  2. Public Works authorization to utilize Plum Grove facility
  3. Rob N9MVO will provide Village contact information we used for previous events
  4. Insurance Rider for the Village to obtain permit
  5. Station Operators, equipment, plans for f’n food, set-up June 25, operations 26, 27


Mike Griffiths K9KMV requested an update regarding a previous Winter Field Day event where the Village interviewed SARC members for local cable TV publication.  Dennis KD9HIK believes the volunteer video team who did those interviews had been laid-off and the eventual broadcast to the local market has been delayed with future release unknown at the moment.


Ask an Elmer




Motion to Adjourn:


Burt AB9CV moved, Jim Campbell KB9RGU seconded.  Meeting ended 8:21 PM

March 21: Edited Village Approval from ‘accomplished to should be accomplished)

Submitted Friday March 19, 2021

Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary