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

Board of Directors Meeting Nov 3, 2021

Burt Schultz Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.



Kent Ochs W9KAO Charlene Treve K9CMZ John Douglas  KD9KSH
John Zietlow K9WIC Barry  Friedman K9FMB Burt Schultz AB9CV
Ed Lishka  AC9SD Cliff Sowka K9QD


Secretary’s Report:

Cliff Sowka K9QD:  Ed Lishka AC9SD moved to Approve, John Douglas KD9KSH seconded. So Moved.

Treasurer’s Report:

  John Zietlow K9WIC provides the following report:


Bank Balance                     1-Oct                                     $7,630.70

INCOME memo                                                                $   127.35

6-Oct     Dues xfr PayPal                                                 $     80.07

28-Oct Dues xfr PayPal                                                 $     47.28


DISBURSEMENTS MEMO                                               $   167.52

10/18    Data Line                                                             $   167.52

Checks outstanding                                                         $     25.00

Deposit not included                                                      $       0.00

Account Balance                                                               $7,565.53


Bank Statement                1-Nov                                    $7,590.53

Checks outstanding                                                         $     25.00

Adjusted balance                                                             $7,565.53

Checkbook balance                                                         $7,565.53

Petty Cash                                                                           $   151.20

PayPal                                                                                   $       0.00

+petty cash – spec. acc. Funds Available                                 $7,716.73


113 members on roster


Cliff K9QD moved to approve, Kent Ochs W9KAO seconded. So Moved.

 Public Service:

  Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present.


 John Zietlow K9WIC reports there is no activity planned in the near-term.


 Rob Glowacki N9MVO and Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ Repeater Committee:  Rob contributed by phone:


Our twisted-pair Dataline switch-over from ATT to DSLextreme is being scheduled to occur sometime in the next several weeks.  Rob will be contacting Abby of DSLextreme to arrange their visit to 2626 Small Drive.  Modem setup and proof of service continuation is the first step.  Subsequently any configuration needed to interface their service drop to our controller can then be accomplished.  John K9WIC negotiated a monthly fee of $60.87 to replace ATT’s fee of $167.52.


Our club purchased an FTM-300DR machine in the spring.  While configured and operational it is not currently residing at the repeater site but is planned to be moved and physically installed into our equipment cabinet in the pump house.

 Construction Project (CP):


Attendance continues to recover from release of January’s COVID headcount restrictions.  Sessions have resumed with current gatherings approaching ~20 people.

VE Testing

 Ed Lishka AC9SD VE reported the team is expecting one candidate as of this moment for Saturday’s testing session.


  Barry K9FMB Net Chairman reported weekly log-ins continue in a healthy 24~26 range.

Radio Hill Gazette RHG:

  Mike K9KMV No Report.

Recurring Calendar:

 Absentee Ballot Requests for our November Election have been mailed.  Four have been returned to our PO Box as of today and will remain un-opened and secured in the van out in the parking lot until election night.


A club member has stepped-forward to inquire about what duties are required to become Membership Chair.  If the activity is something that member can support, we may be able to announce new leadership shortly.


Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chair not present.


John KD9KSH has selected Lucky Monk on Barrington Road for our annual Holiday Party:

  • Sunday January 16th at 6PM.
  • It is possible SARC may again provide appetizers this year.
  • Attendees will be able to select and individually pay from a limited menu as in past.
  • John was able to negotiate-away the $800 non-refundable advance fee.
  • Room occupancy is limited to 35.


 Leo N9NBH not present.  Leo previously reported that Hoffman Estates Library is confirmed for our Technician Class beginning January 8th, 2022.  Set for a 10-week Technician course with class held from 10:30AM to 12:30PM.


 Doug May W9YFC informed he can make available a guest speaker for future meeting(s).  SARC Board appreciates the offer and will likely be able to utilize the resource once the new administration is installed after the January Holiday Party.

Program for November is likely to be a ~10 minute video of a Russian engineer who broke into and climbed the now-defunct DUGA over-the-horizon antenna array near Chernobyl.  This will help to cover meeting inactivity while waiting for the vote tabulation effort to be completed.

Old Business:

Ed Liska AC9SD noticed a peculiar US Mail receipt offering to renew our domain.  Good news is we’re automatically renewed in November, a full month before December’s expiration.

New Business:





Submitted November 4, 2021.  Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary

Temporary loss of Echolink on 145.230 repeater

Due to a change of Internet provider, please be aware that the Echolink connection to the SARC 145.230 VHF repeater will be down for approximately 10 days, starting November 10th.


Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting November 18, 2021

Business Meeting Nov 18, 2021

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



Danny Kafka KD9HIL Charlene Treve K9CMZ John Douglas  KD9KSH
Tim Smith KC9NMW Barry  Friedman K9FMB Leo Ribordy  N9NBH
John Zietlow  K9WIC Cliff Sowka K9QD Bill McGovern W9WEM
Chris Brewer AC9GN Robert Kocourek W9RKK Doug May W9YFC
John Shofield AC9JS Don Dewar  KD9NJR Bill Riess KW9WR
Brent Kaser WB9UXN Steve Karson  AC9EM Joe Barela KB9RCR
Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ Rob Glowacki N9MVO Ed Lishka AC9SD
Scott Petersen N9SLA Chuck Bolvin K9RPL Romel Aranas KD9MDM
Sid KD9OLJ Paul Burkett KD9FMN Dennis  C. Calvey KD9HIK

 Secretary’s Report:


Cliff Sowka K9QD:  Steve Karson AC9EM moved to approve the October Minutes as published in the Radio Hill Gazette (RHG).  John Shofield AC9JS seconded.  So Moved.

Treasurer’s Report:

  John Zietlow K9WIC provides this report:


Petty Cash                                                                   $    151.20

$20 dues added

Pay Pal (waiting to be transferred)                         $        0.00

Account Balance as of October 1st                                  $ 7,630.70

Income                                                                        $    127.35


Expenditures                                                               $    167.52

Repeater data line

Account Balance as of November 1st                     $ 7,565.53

Available Funds                                                          $  7,716.73


Current membership: 113


Cliff Sowka K9QD moved to Approve, Steve Karson AC9EM seconded.  So Moved.


Public Service:


Rob Glowacki N9MVO spoke of events we’re likely to be again called to support in early 2022 such as MS Walk sometime in April, possibly participating in the Hoffman Estates 4th of July parade next year where we help stage display floats, report progress to the Reviewing Stand, as well as the summer Triathlon event sponsored in Schaumburg.




John Zietlow K9WIC explained we have no near-term events yet anticipate our support for the ChicagoLand Marathon will be requested (same weekend of Dayton Hamfest).



Rob Glowacki N9MVO and Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ Repeater Committee:  both 2M and 70CM systems performing well.  Migration away from ATT’s DSL data line to DSL Extreme is underway with installation completion expected in a week or so.  Our newly purchased FTM-300DR machine will be physically installed into our equipment cabinet at the pump house once the pipe’s configuration is complete.


Construction Project (CP):


Don Dewar KD9NJR reports attendance continues to recover from the earlier shutdown.  It has been noted December’s schedule has a conflict with Christmas Day for the normally occurring session on a fourth Saturday. Therefore it is decided to hold our normal December (2) sessions with altered calendar:

·         Second Saturday:  December 11th    as normal

·         Third Saturday:      December 18th    instead of December 25th

VE Testing:


John Shofield AC9JS reported candidate test results for November 6th:  One candidate accomplished upgrade from General to Extra.  Results were scanned to PDF, uploaded to W5YI and enjoyed a one business day turnaround.   Next session is scheduled for December 4th.  Thanks to Matt Walsh AC9IG (Webmaster) for his responsiveness in publishing VE Sessions.


Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):


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



 Barry K9FMB Net Chairman reported he wishes to establish a consistent team of Net Controllers for the first Tuesday of a month yet we’re experiencing excellent volunteer session support.


Radio Hill Gazette RHG:

  Mike K9KMV No Report.

Recurring Calendar:


Annual Meeting:  Election tonight convenes 8PM (results attached) to select SARC Leadership for 2022.  Previously mailed Absentee Ballots have enjoyed 100% return to our PO Box in time for tonight’s vote.




Darryl Jenks KB9RHR has requested leave and we’re looking to find someone to carry this important role.




Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chair has accomplished ARRL Calendar entry notification of Leo’s N9NBH Technician Class scheduled to start in January.




John KD9KSH has selected Lucky Monk on Barrington Road for our annual Holiday Party:

  • Sunday January 16th at 6PM.
  • SARC voted tonight to provide $300* paid appetizers this year.
  • Attendees will be able to select and individually pay from a limited menu as in past.
  • John will publish request for member reservations in December via SARC-ALL.
  • Room occupancy is limited to 35.

*Cliff K9QD moved to provide a budget of $300 for appetizers at the event, John seconded.  So Moved.



Leo N9NBH has obtained confirmation with the Hoffman Estates Library and reports 10-week Technician course to begin January 8th, 2022.  Leo is organizing the curriculum with his team of volunteer instructors. Class will be from 10:30AM to 12:30PM.  The Library allows capacity of 16 attendees with 4 seats reserved at the moment.




Chris Brewer AC9GN presented Pulse Width Modulation for generation of high resolution audio waveforms using popular microcontroller architecture.   We’re in need of a Program Chair.


Old Business:



New Business: 


Cliff K9QD moved SARC to provide up to $300 funding for Holiday Party in January. So Moved.





Submitted November 19, 2021.  Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary


Annual Meeting


Annual Meeting called to Order 8PM by Danny Kafka KD9HIL Vice President.


Election Results


  1. Officers 2022


President:                           John Zietlow K9WIC

Vice President:                                  Danny Kafka KD9HIL

Treasurer:                           Barry Friedman K9FMB

Secretary:                            Cliff Sowka K9QD


Board of Directors – Full Term


John Shofield AC9JS

Burt Schultz AB9CV

Paul Burkett KD9FMN


  1. Bylaw Change


Fiscal Year to July~June.

31 Vote YES, 1 Vote No.



Adjourn 8:34PM


Submitted November 19, 2021.  Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary.