A note from John KD9KSH, Social Activities Chair

Here is a note from the Club’s Social Activities Chair, John Douglas KD9KSH, regarding the recent SARC dinner event.

“My thanks to all those who attended the Sunday SARC dinner.  The Lucky Monk provided a great location and a room suitable for all the SARC participants.  I hope everyone enjoyed the dinner and conversation provided by our club members.  Everyone seemed to go home with a smile on their faces after an evening with old and new friends.

Thanks again for making this a great evening.
John KD9KSH”

Photos from Kevin K9MKD

And a big thank you to John from all the club members, for making this happen.

QST QST QST: State-wide radio exercise for Emergency Communications

On Friday, October 25th, there will be a State-wide radio exercise for Emergency Communications.  Hoffman Estates would like to “play” in the exercise if we can find a role for our group, including SARC.

To determine if it makes sense to pursue this further, it is necessary to get a head count of potential participants from our club members.

Please send  an email to John, K9WIC, using the link below, if you are interested and able to participate.

John K9WIC – Emergency Communications Chair

Recent Construction Project Meetings

By: Mike Griffiths, K9KMV

Thank you to Kevin K9MKD, for providing the photos shown below of the club’s most recent Construction Project Meetings.

As you can see from the photos, there is always something interesting going on, with a lot of very knowledgeable folk to help out.

For details about this regular club activity, please visit the Construction Project page.



Schaumburg Public Safety Open House – Oct 5th 2019

SARC members at Fire Station 51, for the 2019 Schaumburg Safety Open House

Here follows a message from John Zietlow K9WIC , SARC EmComm Chair:

“Thank you to all hams that supported this activity.  From the pictures I recognized Cliff, Leo, Chris, Burt and Dennis.

There may have been others that weren’t in the photos that I saw.  Bill Clark commented that he really appreciated the effort and that the Club did a great job.

Thank you to all.

73, John K9WIC”

*Update* Club Elections – 21st November 2019

Club Elections will be held on 21st November 2019 during the Monthly Club Meeting

Attached below is a revised sample ballot for the upcoming Club election.
For those of you who will be needing an absentee ballot, please send me an email, and I’ll mail one to you. You must then mail it in to the SARC P.O. Box to be received prior to the election date.  The Club’s mailing address is provided below.
For those attending the meeting, ballots will be available.
Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 68251
Schaumburg, IL 60168-0251

From the President – November 2019

From the President

Election night approaches!!!  This November meeting should be a wonderful election night, full of intrigue and last-minute horse-trading. Be sure to mail in your absentee ballots when they become available. If you have not run for an office or more importantly, for President, please feel free to write yourself in and tell as many people as you can. I may even vote for you.

I have been advised by a distinguished former president that I can vote a raise for myself, as President. I would like to let it be known that when you people drag me kicking and screaming me into another year as President, I will vote myself the biggest raise the club has ever seen. Just so I do not seem greedy and more corrupt than I am, I will only increase my current pay by 73%. I look forward to the next meeting. As a nominated President I step forward with reluctance, trepidation and just a hint of mischief. As President, I promise to execute my duties as poorly as I have executed them thus far. I am hoping the raise will lift my spirits enough to show up to more dinners after the meetings.

Geoff Stevens

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting October 17th, 2019

Schaumburg Business Meeting       October 17th, 2019

Rebecca KA9EFE brought in trays of her famous baked treats.

President Geoff Stevens called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.


Danny Kafka KD9HIL///Ken Krzywicki KD9HIJ///Robert Kocourek W9RKK///Ed Lishka AC9SD

Rick Dicken KY0Q///John Kalenowsky K9JK///Frank Giampa N9QPD///Leo Ribordy N9NBH

Rob Glowacki N9MVO///Daryl Jenks KB9RHR///Don Dewar KD9NJR///Doug May W9YFC

Al Salazar KD9FIA///John Douglas KD9KSH///Rick Cook KC9PLO///Dennis Calvey KD9HIK

Burt Schultz AB9CV///Bob McIntyre W9DXR///Garrett Neuenkirchen K9GBN

Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ///Steve Karson AC9EM///Geoff Stevens KA9QGH///

Michael Kuehl (in tech class)///Suarinder Puri (in tech class)///Mel Luxenberg W9FRT

Chuck Billstrand KB9RGI///Bill Crockett KD9AUP///Lucas Childers KB9UGJ

Lou Childers N9LTW///Cliff Sowka K9QD

President’s Report:

The President was in attendance and had no report.

Vice President’s Report:

The VP was in attendance and had no report.

Treasurer’s Report:

The Treasurer was not in attendance. The Secretary read the Treasurer’s report from the BOD meeting held 2 October.

Beginning balance……..$6165.75

Income……………………… $  311.00

Expense……………………..$  514.66 (refund—FD reimburse—DXCC scholarship–  $61.53 data)

Ending balance……………$5962.09

Current number of fully paid members: 72

A motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by Frank N9QPD, and with a second by Robert W9RKK, the motion carried.

Secretary’s Report:

A request for approval of the 19 September minutes was made. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Frank N9QPD and seconded by Burt AB9CV. The motion carried.

  Public Service:

Rob N9MVO reported that SARC members have participated in the MS Walk, 4th of July activity, triathlon, and EMCOMM activities. Our members continue to participate in public service activities.


Rob N9MVO reports that the batteries needed for the repeater have been ordered from an Elk Grove company and when they arrive there will be more information forthcoming.

The subject of a new repeater ID was brought up. Further discussion on that will be discussed later.

Construction Project:

Steve AC9EM reports that CP is regularly attended by about 15 to 20 members. Cliff K9QD says that the Club has 5 or 6 scopes and that we should consider keeping one and selling the rest. The last ham fest is November 7th in Wisconsin.

VE Testing:

Steve AC9EM read the report from 5 October.

David                                     KD9MAM                                            Extra

Robert                                  KD9NDS                                               General

James                                   KD9NZL                                               Technician



Bill                                          K9WKD

Steve                                    AC9EM

Ed                                           AC9SD

James                                   KC9UFB

John                                      AC9JS

Next exam date is November 2nd, 2019.


John KD9KSH says that the Christmas/Holiday Party is coming up on the third Thursday of January 2020. As in the past, the party will be held at Buona Beef. A SARC all message about this is forthcoming.


Steve AC9EM reports that about 20 members check in regularly to the nets.


Leo N9NBH says that there are two weeks left in the Technician Class.  The possibility of another General Class was brought up. It would have to be a ten week class due to all the information to be passed on. Perhaps this activity would occur in the fall of next year.


Dennis KD9HIK was approached during the Public Service open house about SARC doing a video for the Park District. This would be a one-time video about what SARC does for public service. They have their own videographers and would be doing the filming. More details will be forthcoming on this.

Meeting Programs:

Bill KD9AUP continues to look for guest speakers.

Corner contests:

Rick KY02 reported on contests and events.

Old Business:

It was brought up that Bob W9GEW has purchased the materials that will be used to create the SARC ID badges. We should be hearing soon from Bob Z and BOB B N9JAX, who has the original list of members who have requested badges.

New Business:

Danny KD9HIL has been appointed Field Day Chair by Geoff KA9QGH. Leo N9NBH says that he and one other person can move the large cabinet from the Schaumburg PD to the Tennis Club while renovations are ongoing at SPD.

Elections are coming up for several positions. Voting will take place at the next Club meeting. Anyone wishing to run for office, or chair a committee please contact any Board member.

Construction Project Attendance:

Bill W9WEM reports the following attendees for CP on 28 September.

Ken KD9HIJ///Robert W9RKK///Burt AB9CV///Dennis KD9HIK///Bill W9WEM///Cliff K9QD

Russ KC9NUV///Chris AC9GN///Pierre K9EYE///Rob N9MVO///Phil WB9C///Bill KD9AUP

Al KD9FIA///Kevin K9MKD///Ron WB9PTA///Ken KO9H///Terry AE9TJ///Dave K9KBM

Daryl KB9RHR///Bob N9JAX.

Those in attendance at CP 12 October were:

Daryl KB9RHR///Cliff K9QD///Don K9UD///Ken KD9HIJ///Chris AC9GN///Ron WB9PTA

Dennis KD9HIK///Bob W9DXR///Kevin K9MKD///Terry AE9TJ///Mike K9KMV///Paul N9ISP

Leo N9NBH///Bob N9JAX///Gary N9VU.


The next construction project will be held 26 October at the Schaumburg Tennis Club.

Motion to Adjourn:

With no further business to conduct a motion to adjourn was made by Geoff KA9QGH and seconded by Ken KD9HIJ. The motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Respectfully submitted on 18 October 2019.

Ken Krzywicki KD9HIJ



Guest Speaker:

John Kalenowsky K9JK presented slides and conversation about Millimeter Waves (microwaves).

He spoke about the band, equipment (“some assembly required”), transverters, and parabolic reflectors, among other things. It was a  great presentation.

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting October 2nd, 2019

Board of Directors Meeting,  2 October 2019

Chairman Leo Ribordy called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm noting that there is a quorum.


John Douglas KD9KSH///Burt Schultz AB9CV///Ed Lishka AC9SD///Frank Giampa N9QPD

Leo Ribordy N9NBH///Danny Kafka KD9HIL///Ken Krzywicki KD9HIJ///Geoff Stevens KA9QGH

Chris Brewer AC9GN///Cliff Sowka K9QD///Dennis Calvey KD9HIK

Treasurer’s Report:

Beginning balance——————-$6165.75

Income———————————-$ 311.00

Expense———————————$ 514.66 (refund, FD reimburse, DXCC scholarship, $61.53 data.

Ending balance————————$5962.09

Current number of fully paid members: 72

A motion to accept the Treasurers report was made by Frank N9QPD and seconded by Burt

AB9CV. The motion carried.

Secretary’s Report:

Approval of the minutes of the previous BOD meeting held 4 September 2019 and published in The RHG. A motion to approve the minutes was made by Frank N9QPD, and with a second by  Burt AB9CV, the motion carried.

Chairman’s Report:

In an effort to generate more interest in Club activities, it was suggested that the Club engage in a summer fox hunt (the Club has micro generators), and this will be brought up at the next Club meeting. Other items for consideration are the recurring calendar, by-law changes, publishing an officer slate for the upcoming election, and the holiday party. It was also mentioned that the Field Day Chair could have their dues waived for the year. Another idea would be to set up a booth at Harper College extolling the activities of SARC and Ham Radio. Anyone wishing to run for office should contact Leo N9NBH or Ed AC9SD. Elections will be coming up soon. Bill W9WEM has been reaffirmed as Construction Project Coordinator.


Dennis KD9HIK has written a PR piece about ham radio for sending to various municipalities to be included in their list of activities. A motion to submit the piece to various municipalities along with a picture was made by Frank N9QPD and seconded by Leo N9NBH. The motion carried.


John KD9KSH reports that we had a good turnout for the Club dinner at The Lucky Monk. Good food, good atmosphere and good conversation with the attendees were enjoyed by all.


The Technician class has six students that are currently engaged in pursuing their license.

VE Testing:

Ed AC9SD reports that six people tested in September with five passing.


Bob N9JAX sent a report in that he had three contacts in September:

  • Bernie KC9SGV needed information on PayPal and was referred to Chris AC9GN.
  • Greg KD9MYA wasn’t getting SARC All and was referred to Matt.
  • Peter, no call sign, wanted to attend the Tech class and was referred to Leo N9NBH.


Published and available on the Club website.

Old Business:

The Salvation Army has yet to pick up the tower the Club donated to them. There is a permit process they are going through now for installation.

New Business:

Kent W9KAO has been reimbursed for most of the POD expense. The final dollar amount will be forthcoming soon.

Motion to Adjourn:

With no further business to conduct a motion to adjourn was made by Ken KD9HIJand seconded by Geoff KA9QGH. The motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted 7 October 2019,

Ken Krzywicki KD9HIJ