Recent Construction Project photos

Completed the Dummy Load (K9KMV)

Here is a collection of photos taken during recent Construction Project meetings.
Included are some updates to Kevin K9MKD’s Go Box, a completed Dummy Load, and my own (K9KMV) portable radio go bag.

Mike, K9KMV


Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting March 4th, 2020

Board of Directors Meeting,  4 March, 2020


Burt Shultz AB9CV Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM 




Burt Shultz  AB9CV  Frank Giampa N9QPD  John Douglas  KD9KSH 
Geoff Stevens KA9QGH  Danny Kafka KD9HIL  John Zietlow  K9WIC 
Ed Liska  AC9SD  Leo Ribordy  N9NBH  Dennis C. Calvey  KD9HIK 
Robert Kocourek W9RKK     


 Secretary’s Report:  

 Cliff Sowka K9QD absent. No Report.   

 Treasurer’s Report:  

 Chris Brewer AC9GN absent. No Report.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 Public Service: 


Rob Glowacki N9MVO absent. No Report. 




John Zietlow K9WIC informed John reports that the next set is scheduled for the last weekend of April. 


Leo N9NBH reports the machine on St. Alexius has been shut down. Plans to remove the machine and antenna when the weather improves.   


Construction Project: 

 Bill McGovern W9WEM reported attendance during Construction Project meeting February 22nd 


Steve AC9EM  Paul N9ISP  Robert W9RKK 
Mike K9KMV  Don K9UD  Cliff K9QD 
Al KD9FIA  John K9WIC  Ron WB9PTA 
Mike K9KMV  Chris AC9GN  Russ KC9NUV 
Sid KD9OLJ  Dennis KD9HIK  Daryl KB9RHR 
Terry AE9TJ  Jack W9YY  Leo N9NBH 
Rob K9RGF  Ed AC9SD  Dave K9KBM 
Ken KO9H  Kevin K9MKD  Bruce N9EHA 
Pierre K9EYE  Timm KC9NMW   

Saturday, March 7, 2020 is the monthly SARC breakfast at 8:00 AM at Maxfields in Schaumburg.  The next SARC Construction Project meeting will be on March 14, 2020 held at the Schaumburg Park District Tennis Club (Schaumburg Tennis Plus) beginning at 8:00 AM.

Construction Project (CP) cabinet clearance:   Planning to schedule club’s help reviewing eligible sale items once the Dummy Load project finishes.  Next Hamfest is May @ Sandwich. 


VE Testing: 


Ed Lishka AC9SD reported no testing has taken place for the month of March. 


Volunteer Examiner Staff: 








James  Migalla  KC9UFB 
William  Riess  KW9WR 
John  Schofield  AC9JS 
Dirk  Smith  W0RI 



 No Report.  

 Radio Hill Gazette RHG: 

 No Report. 

 Recurring Calendar: 


Insurance needs to be renewed and a Rider for Field day issued. 




Geoff KA9QGH no report. 



Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chair reported the Schaumburg Park District is editing the piece they recorded during Winter Field Day.  Leo made a motion to invite SPD to do additional filming at Field day in June.  Second by Frank.  Motion carried. 



John KD9KSH presented some ideas about a summer activity this year.  




Leo N9NBH reported General class will be held for 10 weeks beginning September 5th at the Hoffman Estates branch of the Schaumburg Public Library.  




Bill Crocket KD9AUP will be moving and a new chairman will be required.   


Old Business: 


An invoice was presented for “Website Listing Service” It is believed this may be a scam. Invoice was referred to Matt Walsh for verification. 


New Business: 

 Robert W9RKK proposed the idea of purchasing new club radios for Field Day-EMCOMM use. Frank N9QPD moved and Leo N9NBH seconded the discussion.   


Three units were brought up for consideration: 


Icom IC-7300 

Yeasu FT-991A 

Alinco DX-SR9T 


The motion was tabled until April to allow time for further research. 

 Motion to Adjourn: 


At 9:00PLeo N9NBH moved for adjournment. Seconded by Geoff.  Motion carried. 


Submitted March 8th 2020 as recorded by Frank N9QPD during my absence. 


Cliff Sowka K9QD Interim Secretary 

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting March 19th 2020

Schaumburg Business Meeting       March 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the monthly meeting was cancelled and therefore no actual minutes available.

However, Cliff K9QD was able to provide an abridged version based off of email traffic passed through the club’s group email distribution list.

No Business Meeting

EMCOM, VE, and NET Activity Updated


March 2020



John Zietlow K9WIC informed our Village of Schaumburg Emergency Simulation scheduled for April 14th has been postponed.


VE Testing:


John Schofield AC9JS posted results for March:


VE Tests Results for March 7, 2020



Name Call Class
Hugh WB9VWM Extra
Barry KD9MKP Extra
Joseph AC9WS Extra



Technician 0
General 0
Extra 3
Total 3



Joseph, AC9WS, passed the Technician, General, and Extra exams in

one session.



Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):


Bill Davies K9WKD
Steve Karson AC9EM
Ed Lishka AC9SD
James Migalla KC9UFB
William Riess KW9WR
John Schofield AC9JS
Will Sperling W9WSS





Steve AC9EM reported March 5th Net activity. Thanks everyone, for checking into our SARC NET last Thursday.   24 people checked in!!!


The question of the night:  Are you doing anything special to prepare for the Coronavirus outbreak?  We received lots of amusing responses.


Remember your check-in is important and your traffic always welcome.  Also, a lot more interesting than the basic Net Script…  We want to hear from you…


Tonight’s check-ins include:


KD9KSH John N9NBH Leo W9RKK   Robert
K9EYE Pierre KD9HIK Dennis KB9RHR Darryl
KD9OSW Jim KD9FIA Al WA9E Roberto
AC9SD Ed KD9OLI Howard N9QGV Tom
AC9EM Steve Net Control N9FJM Fred K9KQX Mike
N9POL Pete K9KMV Mike W9YY Jack


Tech Net March 3rd report from Mike Sorensen K9KQX

Good evening,


Tonight I ran the tech net and had 14 Check-ins not including myself.  Pretty good turn-out I must say.


The question suggested by Dave Sims K9KBM, What suggestions do you have for Fall Construction Event later this year.

Below are some of the suggestions


Frequency Counter

Antenna Analyzer

Signal Generator


Powered Speaker for Ham Rig with DSP processing

Power Supply

Magic Box which handled remote control of a rig from frequency up and down, PTT functions from Foot switch, and headset- this is something Pierre K9EYE has

Magnetic Loop construction



Check-ins tonight were:


Dave K9KBM John KD9KSH George KD9JBS
Robert W9RKK Daryl KB9RHR Ed AC9SD
Jim KD9OSW Bill W9WEM Rick KY0Q
John K9WIC Roberto WA9E Pierre K9EYE
Mike K9KQX  – net control    


Leo N9NBH hosted the March 12th Net.


Thank you to all who checked in to the net this evening.


The question for the evening was: Ladder line is used to reduce transmission line loss.


Will ladder line work on the UHF and VHF frequencies?


W9RKK                Robert K9EYE                 Pierre KD9OLI                Howard
KB9RGU              Jim K9QD                   Cliff KD9FIA                 Al
K9KQX                 Mike KD9HIK                Dennis W9YY                   Jack
KD9EPZ                Al W9YFC                 Doug NI9NE                  Paul
KB9RHR               Darryl N9LTW                 Lou KD9KSH               John
KD9NJR              Don N9NBH                 Leo KD9NZP               Dennis
WA9E                  Roberto W9AS                   Darren N9POL                 Pete
KB9QVX              Kevin KC9NMW            Tim N9MVO               Rob
KC9AZJ               Tom KD9MBR              Dane


Leo N9NBH Reported March 17th Net Activity:


I want to thank the following hams who checked into the net this evening.

We discussed cross band repeaters, maybe start experimenting with digital

modes on the 6 meter or 10 meter bands.  If you have some ideas send me

an email.


K9KMD                Kevin W9RKK                Robert KB9RHR              Darryl
KY0Q                   Rick W0RI                    Dirk KC9NMW             Tim
K9JTE                   James K9EYE                  Pierre KD9KSH               John
WA9E                    Roberto K9KQX                  Mike KD9HIK                 Dennis
N9MVO                 Rob N9NBH                 Leo  (net control)





Thursday March 19, 2020


Cliff Sowka K9QD Interim Secretary