Reminder of Club Elections – 18th November 2020

Elections for Club Officers – 18th November 2020

November Elections due to COVID are going to be conducted with unusual brevity.  During our September Board of Director’s meeting we discussed possible utilization of UPS mail since we only had three candidates step forward for the Director’s vacancies and no candidates to run for the regular executive roles.  We didn’t want to waste of envelopes, SASE with postage expense, etc. so we needed a more efficient solution.

Below text is directly extracted from the BOD minutes .  Elections for 2021 will be decided by acclamation. 


Geoff KA9QGH will request a motion as such (from someone not on the ballot), request a second, and call for the question:  So moved unless some unique Roberts Rules of Order maneuver is brought in as a November Surprise.

 Elections.  Election process for 2021 was discussed during the September meeting and call for leadership/volunteer was made to help SARC fulfill offices.  It was decided avoidance of a mail-in vote process could be accomplished if we were able to secure sufficient nominations for the vacating Board seats and if we were able to convince current office-holders to serve an additional term.  30-Day advanced publication required according to our By-Laws of the current officer slate with the plan to certify officers for 2021 by vote of acclimation during the November meeting was accomplished with Mike K9KMV’s RHG publication for September:

    Official Ballot

                                   General Election

                                                November 18th, 2020

                Club Officers and Board of Directors

All Offices -1 Year term                                             Board of Directors-3 year terms

Vote for One                                                              Vote for two


Geoff Stevens KA9QGH_________             Jim Campbell_KB9RGU__________

Vice President 

Danny Kafka KD9HIL___________              Ed Lishka_AC9SD_______________

Secretary                                                              Special Recognition Awards

Cliff Sowka K9QD______________              On Hiatus for this cycle__________


Chris Brewer_AC9GN___________

Click to Download November 2020 Ballot

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting November 19th 2020

Schaumburg Business Meeting       November 19th 2020

Held Virtual Meeting

Community Recreation Center Remains Closed


November 19, 2020

Geoff Stevens KA9QGH President called the virtual meeting to order at 7:08 PM



Danny Kafka  KD9HIL Rob Glowacki  N9MVO Mike KD9POE
Terry AE9TJ Geoff Stevens KA9QGH Mike Clodfelter AC9CG
Ed Liska  AC9SD R. Kocourek W9RKK Jim WE9PP
John Zietlow  K9WIC Garrett K9GBN Bill W9WEM
Doug W9YFC David Traxler WA9UBR John Scrip N9IJS
Dennis KD9HIK Hugh WB9VWM Bob W9DXR
John Douglas  KD9KSH Kevin KB9QVX Don Dewar  KD9NJR
Leo Ribordy  N9NBH Jack W9YY Steve AC9EM
Britt WB9UXN Jim Campbell KB9RGU Cliff Sowka K9QD

Earlier, John Shofield AC9JS provided an update regarding plans for Tom Doyle K9MF SK:


There will be a funeral mass at St Marcelline church in Schaumburg soon, but a date has not been set yet. We plan on having a larger memorial party after Covid, perhaps in the spring or summer of 2021.


I’ll be sure to let you know more as we sort it out on our end

Secretary’s Report:


Cliff Sowka K9QD informed there was no Board meeting this month.

Treasurer’s Report:


Chris Brewer AC9GN. Not present, no report.  Burt AB9CV and Cliff K9QD met with Chris earlier in the month to craft a proposed 2021 Budget.

Public Service:

Rob Glowacki N9MVO informed he may receive inputs from the various agencies but has not heard of any specific events at the moment.


John Zietlow K9WIC reminded club members to respect avoiding use of HF frequencies currently being used for hurricane relief.  John and Darryl RHR had prepared a presentation but his computer suffered the unpublished Microsoft blue screen feature and he is unable to offer anything tonight.


Rob Glowacki N9MVO and Terry AE9TJ reported our machines are functioning properly. Further discussion regarding utilization of the surplus Fusion machine at the Plum Grove water tank or at the Schaumburg Road (has internet there but no antenna on the tank) ensued.  Rob and Terry will discuss some options and propose a plan and expected expenses to implement installation.

Construction Project:

Bill McGovern W9WEM reported our Construction Project meetings remain on hiatus until we obtain a re-opening ruling from the Park District.

VE Exams

John Schofield AC9JS provided the following report:  Tests Results for November 7, 2020


Name Call Class
Patrick KD9PWI General


Technician 0
General 1
Extra 0
Total 1


Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):


Bill Davies K9WKD
Steve Karson AC9EM
Ed Lishka AC9SD
John Schofield AC9JS
Dirk Smith W0RI


Next examination date: Planning for December 5, 2020 but not yet confirmed.

John Schofield



Radio Hill Gazette  RHG

Mike Griffiths K9KMV Not Present. Mike had previously requested articles for publication.


Bob N9JAX no report.


No current plans.


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

Other Item of Interest:

John Scrip N9IJS mentioned there are charitable funds available from several on-line merchants payable to 501C3 organizations of which SARC is one.  He wanted to know if his purchase activity while selecting SARC as his preferred benefiter has been revealed to us and if our Treasury has received any funds.


Pierre K9EYE has been reminding members of the Wednesday evening 6-Meter net beginning at 8PM local time on 50.180 MHz.

Leo Ribordy N9NBH reported on the Tuesday October 20th Net.

Thank you to all the hams that checked into the net.  Subjects we talked about were the Peltier chip device and applications it would be used for  Argonne National Laboratory battery project.  Thanks to Dennis, KD9HIK, for bringing us up to date.  And the Wouff Hang antenna tree support.  Thank you to Jody, KD9QAI, for finding the article.  The article is in the Oct. 2019 QST pages 30-32.

  1.   N9NBH                    Leo             net control
  2.    W9RKK                   Robert
  3.    N9IJS                      John
  4.    WE9PP                    Jim
  5.    K9KQX                    Mike
  6.   N9LTW                    Lou
  7.   KD9FIA                    Al
  8.    KB9RGU                 Jim
  9.    KC9NMW                Tim
  10.  KB9RHR                  Darryl
  11.  WB9UXN                 Brent
  12.  AC9SD                     Ed
  13.  W9YY                       Jack
  14.  KD9MBR                  Dane
  15.      KD9KSH                   John
  16.      KD9NJR                   Don
  17.  W9WEM                   Bill
  18.      K9KBM                      Dave
  19.      KD9HIK                    Dennis
  20.  K9WIC                      John
  21.      KD9POE                   Mike
  22.      KY0Q                        Rick
  23.      KD9QAI                    Jody
  24.      N9MVO                     Rob
  25.  K9EYE                      Pierre


And Leo reported Oct 22nd as well:


Thank you to all the hams who checked into the net on Thursday evening.  The question

for the evening was what type of test equipment do you have?


  1.   W9RKK                Robert
  2.   N9IJS                   John
  3.   AC9GN                 Chris
  4.   KB9RGU               Jim
  5.   WE9PP                 Jim
  6.   N9EPA                   Eloit
  7.   AC9SD                  Ed
  8.   KB9RHR               Darryl
  9.   K9GBN                 Garrett
  10.     AC9EM                 Steve
  11.     N9MVO                 Rob
  12.     K9MKD                  Kevin
  13.     N9LTW                   Lou
  14.     KC9NMW               Tim
  15.     KD9QAI                  Jody
  16.     KD9NJR                  Don
  17.     WB9UXN                Brent
  18.     N9NBH                    Leo        net control
  19.     KF5IV                      Owen   P# 331-551-1157  Has ham equipment for sale. Will provide an inventory.


Steve Karson AC9EM provided November 5th Net Report:


Thanks everyone for checking into our Club NET tonight. 25 Hams checked in!!!  Question of the night:  In an emergency do you have enough supplies on hand to last two weeks?  Food, water, medicine whatever…  Many thought they could survive about a week, only a couple could make it for two weeks.   We had a couple of questions about joining SARC and dues.  Also, we are sponsoring outdoor VE Testing this Saturday.  Check the Club Web Site for details.

Check-ins included:


K9MKD, Kevin

K9KMV, Mike


K9EYE, Pierre

N9IJS, John

N9NBH, Leo

K9CMZ Charlene

K9KMB, Dave


WB9VWM, Hugh

N9LTW, Lou

W9YY, Jack


KB9RHR, Daryl

WB9UXN, Brent



K9GBN, Garret

KD9ESD, Chris

W9RKK, Robert

KB9QVX, Kevin

KD9QAI, Jodi

K9WIC, John

KD9OLI, Howard

AC9EM Steve Net Controller

Leo Ribordy N9NBH hosted the November 10th Tech Net and filed the following report:


Thank you to all the hams who checked  into the net.  The discussion for the evening

was SWR.  I am attaching an article from QST discussing SWR.  Enjoy.


  1.   W9RKK                Robert
  2.   K9MKD                 Kevin
  3.   K9QD                   Cliff
  4.   N9IJS                    John
  5.   W9WEM               Bill
  6.   KD9JBS                George
  7.   K9CMZ                 Charlene
  8.   KD9KSH               John
  9.   W9YY                    Jack
  10.     WB9UXN               Brent
  11.      WB9VWN             Hugh
  12.      KB9RHR              Darryl
  13.          KD9AJI                Chris
  14.          KD9POE              Mike
  15.          K9KMV                Mike
  16.          WE9PP                Jim
  17.          K9GBN                 Garrett
  18.          N9MVO                Rob
  19.          K9WIC                  John
  20.          KE5IV                   Owen
  21.          KB9RGU               Jim
  22.          KD9NJR               Don
  23.          KD9OLJ                Sid
  24.          N9NBH                  Leo   net control


Leo Ribordy N9NBH hosted the Thursday November 12th Night Net and provides the following report:


Thank you to all the hams who checked into the net.  The question of the evening was are

you a member of the ARRL?  The reason for the question is as a member you can go into

the archives and scan old QST articles and also scan QEX articles.  Leo attached an article:

Using a PI as a remote control device is from this month’s issue of QEX.


  1.           KB9RGU                Jim
  2.           N9NMO                  Rob
  3.           K9CMZ                   Charlene
  4.           W9RKK                   Robert
  5.           K9WIC                     John
  6.           K9KBM                   Dave
  7.           N9IJS                     John
  8.           AC9SD                    Ed
  9.           N9LTW                    Lou
  10.         KD9KSH                  John
  11.         W9YFC                    Doug
  12.         KD9PWI                   Pat
  13.         KD9JBS                   George
  14.         KD9NJR                   Don
  15.         KB9RHR                   Darryl
  16.         KB9QVX                   Kevin
  17.         K9EYE                      Pierre
  18.         K9KMV                     Mike
  19.         N9VWC                    Mike
  20.         KD9QAI                    Jody
  21.         WB9UXN                  Brent
  22.         WA9E                       Roberto
  23.         K9ASB                      Tony
  24.         WE9PP                     Jim
  25.         KC9NUV                    Russ
  26.         N9NBH                      Leo        net control


TechNET Tuesday November 17th was hosted by Leo N9NBH who supplied the following report:


Thank you to all the hams that checked into the net.  The ARRL has asked that we do not operate on the following frequencies because of hurricane.  The frequencies are 14.325, 7.268, 7.180, 7.098 Mhz.  Also talked about Radiosonde.  The weather service launches weather balloons, 184 twice daily, and the data acquired is transmitted back to earth on 400-406 Mhz or 1675-1700 Mhz.


  1.           K9KMD                Kevin
  2.           W9RKK                Robert
  3.           N9IJS                   John
  4.           K9KQX                 Mike
  5.           N9LTW                 Lou
  6.           WE9PP                Jim
  7.           KB9RGU              Jim
  8.           K9CMZ                Charlene
  9.           W9YY                   Jack
  10.         KD9KSH               John
  11.         KY0Q                    Rick
  12.         AC9SD                  Ed
  13.         KD9AJI                 Chris
  14.         KD9FIA                 Al

15           K9ASB                  Tony

  1.         KD9HIK                 Dennis
  2.         KD9PWI                Pat
  3.         KC9NMW              Tim
  4.         KD9QAI                 Jody
  5.         WA9E                    Roberto
  6.         W9WEM                Bill
  7.         K9WIC                   John
  8.         KD9NJR                Don
  9.         N9MVO                 Rob
  10.         N9NBH                  Leo        net control
  11.         KB9RHR                Darryl


Mike, K9KQX, is looking for information on interfacing a Fusion radio to a DMR bridge

using a Raspberry Pi.  He can be contacted at:  Tim KC9NMW has radio’s for sale.  Contact Tim for more information, his contact info is:


Be Safe and Happy!!!


Steve Karson, AC9EM


Dennis K9HIK No activity at the moment.


No report.

Old Business:


New Business:

 Election of club officers for 2021 was held.  As planned, the September proposed slate was selected by Vote of Acclimation:  Leo N9NBH moved and David WA9UBR seconded.  Hearing no objections, the following roles for 2021 are:

 Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club

General Election Results

November 18th, 2020

Club Officers and Board of Directors


All Offices -1 Year term                                                          Board of Directors-3 year terms

      Vote for One                                                                                 Vote for two




Geoff Stevens KA9QGH_________                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                Jim Campbell_KB9RGU__________

Vice President                                                                       


Danny Kafka KD9HIL___________                                        Ed Lishka_AC9SD_______________


Secretary                                                                                Special Recognition Awards                                                                         

Cliff Sowka K9QD______________                                       On Hiatus for this cycle__________



Chris Brewer_AC9GN___________                                      

 Ask an Elmer


Jim Campbell KB9RGU presented a station-grounding question for his friend who utilizes an indoor antenna and tuner on a second-floor installation:  where to obtain earth-ground?  Dennis HIK suggested each chassis needs to be a home-run (not daisy-chain) ground lead to a common bus bar that will access earth ground, typically a water supply pipe.  Cliff K9QD suggested the equipment-ground available on a standard duplex outlet will also suffice and not jeopardize any lightning protection since the station is completely indoors.

Motion to Adjourn:

8:08 PM

Submitted Friday November 20, 2020

Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary


Thanksgiving – Thursday Net – Nov 25th

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thursday’s net will be an informal get together. There will not be a net control operator as we all have some family engagements at that time… don’t worry we’re all being safe about it.
If you’re on air at 8pm tomorrow just throw your call sign out there and say Happy Thanksgiving!