Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting October 15th 2020
Schaumburg Business Meeting October 15th 2020
Held Virtual Meeting
Community Recreation Center Remains Closed
October 15, 2020
With great sorrow we report the passing of Frank Giampa N9QPD. Frank has been an enthusiastic contributor to our club for many years including holding such leadership offices of Director and Chairman of the Board. Frank will be sorely missed by all of us. Rest in Peace Frank.
Geoff Stevens KA9QGH President called the virtual meeting to order at 7:00 PM
Cliff Sowka K9QD requested a motion to accept the minutes of the October Board of Director’s meeting as presented virtually tonight. So moved. Minutes will also be published in the next issue of Radio Hill Gazette (RHG).
Chris Brewer AC9GN. No Report. Burt AB9CV and Cliff K9QD will be meeting with Chris on Sunday to craft a 2021 Budget.
Rob Glowacki N9MVO No Report.
John Zietlow K9WIC hosted a Shared-Screen presentation of two documents utilized during the September 26th exercise.
- ARRL Radiogram
- Government agency standard ICS 213
John explained the efficiency differences between each method and how digital modes can be of great help in speeding detailed messages.
Rob Glowacki N9MVO Not Present. Terry AE9TJ reported systems operative. Further discussion regarding utilization of the surplus Fusion machine at the Plum Grove water tank. Mike K9KQX offered some options to bring the internet connection to that site from the Barrington Road infrastructure via an additional FTM100 or similar compatible radio that will enable WiresX.
Bill McGovern W9WEM Not Present. Construction Project meetings on hiatus until we obtain a re-opening ruling from the Park District.
John Schofield AC9JS provided the following report: October 3, 2020
Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):
Next examination date: plans for November 7, 2020 may change due to lack of facility. Use of parking-lot venue may become difficult as weather deteriorates. Ed Liska AC9SD informed there will be an update posted to announce future plans.
Radio Hill Gazette RHG
Mike Griffiths K9KMV Not Present. Mike had previously requested articles for publication.
Bob N9JAX no report.
Group discussed a recent suggestion from Dirk W0RI: a Road-Rally Fox Hunt to be organized in the coming weeks. Several members expressed interest with some anecdotal examples of events that could be considered.
Leo N9NBH reports our training schedule will be on hiatus for the duration.
Other Item of Interest:
Roberto Beltramelli WA9E updated SARC-ALL regarding a recent SK Auction. He spent a couple of hours at an Estate Sale held October 7th. A number of items remain unsold. About 50 items in the Ham Gear product line. About 200 in the Commercial Two Way Radio equipment and antenna line. About 25 pieces of test equipment including a Service Monitor. Next HamFest maybe more of you will come out. There are a hundred photos on the Valley Amateur Repeater Association facebook group site.
Daryl Jenks KB9RHR hosted the October 13th Tech Net. There was no question of the evening due to short notice as Net Control.
Open the Net at 07:35 CDT
1. N9IJS JOHN
2. KD9HIK DENNIS
3. W9RKK ROBERT
4. K9QD CLIFF
5. WB9UXM BRENT
6. WA9ECJ RON
7. KD9NJR DON
8. WE9PP JIM
9. WE9WEM BILL
10. KD9POE MIKE
11. KD9JBS GEORGE
12. WB9VWM HUGH
13. K9GBN GARRET
14. KC9FIA AL
15. KD9QAI JODY
16. WA9E ROBERTO
17. KB4VOH MIKE
18. W9YY JACK
19. KD9PKN RYAN
20. KB9RHR DARYL (NET CONTROL)
- Access to Tennis Club, Cliff advised he had some donations to the club and he took them
to the Tennis Club and was able to access out area without issues. There was working using
the Construction Project Area and cleaning tennis balls and Cliff had no issues. It was
questioned as to the exact ruling from the Schaumburg Park District as to when we would be
able to use the facilities again. Dennis, KD9HIK commented that the last statement floating on this topic was the Tennis club and facilities were open to PAID members only. Daryl, KB9RHR suggested that the Board take an official action as to ask the Park District as to OFFICIAL ruling on the use of the Park Facilities by non-Paying members such as SARC.2. WA9ECJ, Ron asked for suggestions for radio isolation as he has several UHF/VHF radios is use
for various tasks and when any one radio transmits it overloads the receiver Front End
on the other radios. WE9PP, Mike suggested that he would gladly draw up a schematic that shows using the isolation relays it most of today’s radios to ground the receive signal when another radio
transmits. Mike and Ron will exchange emails, also KB9RHR will get a copy and forward to Webmaster
for posting on the n9rjv webpage.3. WE9PP, Mike offered to assist anyone with broken radios once we can get back together
during the Construction project.4. N9IJS, John asked if the Thursday night net was to be a Zoom Meeting and KD9HIK, Dennis
confirmed it would be and watch SARC-ALL for emails for details.
5. WA9E, Roberto advised that this Saturday was the Tower Removal for recent SK Ken Krzywicki.
Watch SARC-ALL for details and all help would be welcome.
6. WA9E, Roberto asked if anyone brought up discussion about the passing of Frank Giampa N9QPD a long time member of SARC. KD9HIK, Dennis advised there was an article on the Tribune Website advising how to send flowers to the family of Plant a Tree in memory of Frank.
Closed the Net at 08:03 CDT
Thank you to all the hams that checked into the net Thursday evening. The question for the
evening was “do you own a 2M/440 station in the house and do you have a 2M/440 in the
- N9NBH Leo net control
- KB9RGU Jim
- KD9KSH John
- WA9E Roberto
- K9EYE Pierre
- K9WIC John
- N9VU Gary
- AC9SD Ed
- K9KQX Mike
- N9IJS John
- KY0Q Rick
- K9KBM Dave
- KD9HIK Dennis
- KD9JBS George
- WB9VWM Hugh
- AC9EM Steve
- KD9PNR Steve
- KB9QVX Kevin
- KB9RHR Darryl
- N5PEF Dirk
- N9MYC John
- KD9NJR Don
- KC9NMW Tim
- WB9VXN Brent
- W9RKK Robert
- N9LTW Lou
- W9JPM Peter
Dennis KO9HIK No Report.
Mike Sorensen K9KQX did a shared-screen display of effective noise suppression he added to his SDR to overcome a neighbor’s Halloween display that used Pulse Width Modulation control of LEDs in the yard. Noise suppression was impressive.
Ask an Elmer
Motion to Adjourn:
Submitted Friday October 16, 2020
Cliff Sowka K9QD Interim Secretary