Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting October 6th, 2021

Board of Directors Meeting Oct 6, 2021

 

Kent Ochs W9KAO Director called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

 

Attendees:

 

Danny Kafka KD9HIL Charlene Treve K9CMZ John Douglas  KD9KSH
John Zietlow K9WIC Barry  Friedman K9FMB Kent Ochs W9KAO
Ed Liska  AC9SD Robert  Kocourek W9RKK

 

Cliff Sowka K9QD

Secretary’s Report:

 

Cliff Sowka K9QD:  September Minutes Approved as published in August Radio Hill Gazette (RHG).

 

Treasurer’s Report:

John Zietlow K9WIC provides the following

               

Bank Balance     1-Aug                                    $7,703.08

INCOME               Memo                                 $   322.28

Bank Balance     1-Sep                                 $7,910.19

DISBURSEMENTS Memo                              $   279.49

9-Sep      Zoom                 $   164.32

20-Sep       Data line           $   115.17

Checks Outstanding                                     $     25.00

Deposit not included                                   $       0.00

Account Balance                                           $7,605.70

Bank Statement 1-Oct                                 $7,630.70

Checks Outstanding                                     $      25.00

Adjusted balance Checkbook                     $7,605.70

Petty Cash                                                      $   131.20

PayPal                                                            $      80.07

 

Funds Available                                            $7,816.97

 

110 Members on Roster

 

Ed Liska AC9SD moved to approve, Danny Kafka KD9HIL seconded. So Moved.

 

Public Service:

Rob Glowacki N9MVO no report.  Chicago Marathon event is scheduled for  October 10th.  Supportive Hams are requested to be in-place by 6:30AM.  Bill Riess KW9WR previously explained there is a background check and registration process for applicants to complete before selections are finalized.

 

 

EMCOMM:

 

Schaumburg Public Safety Day was held Saturday October 2nd at Fire Station 51.  SARC members hosted a booth demonstrating Amateur Radio capabilities to the public.  Our support was greeted with a special shout-out to all the hams that showed up to support the Schaumburg Public Safety Open House.  You helped make SARC’s efforts very successful.

 

Also special thanks to Dennis KD9IK, Barry K9FMB, Rob N9MVO, and Cliff K9QD for their efforts to setup and man the booth.  Thanks also to Dirk W0RI, Jim KC9UFB and Charlene K9CMZ supporting the effort and helping to share ham radio with the citizens of Schaumburg.  I also want to thank the many members of SARC and the Schaumburg Emergency Radio Team that dropped by to say hello.  (A special thank you to Cliff K9QD for trying to dump the 700 pieces of candy in multiple buckets when the parents weren’t looking!)

73,

John K9WIC

 

Repeaters:

 

Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ and Rob Glowacki N9MVO Repeater Committee:  Not Present

 

Previously, Rob N9MVO received word from the Wisconsin Repeater Association that the operators of the WE9COM repeater in Dodgeville, WI, often heard on the SARC frequency, has not changed anything with regard to their transmitter power or antenna.  They did say there has been a lot of ducting this year, so Mother Nature is causing them to be heard SO WELL on our frequency on those occasions.

 

‘It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature,’ a commercial said in the last century.

 

If you have problems with their repeater signal stepping on the SARC repeater, when SARC is transmitting, please let me know by email.  We can then have the WI Repeater Association look into the situation.

 

Construction Project (CP):

 

Sessions have resumed with September’s first gathering of   ~ 15 people.  Burt AB9CV has begun purchasing consumables needed to replenish CP stores.

VE Testing:

Results for October 2, 2021

 

Name                    Call                         Class

William                 KD9TKP                General

 

Class     

Technician           0

General                1

Extra                      0

Total                      1

 

Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):

 

Bill Davies              K9WKD

Steve Karson         AC9EM

John Schofield      AC9JS

Dirk Smith              W0RI

Will Sperling          W9WSS

 

The results were entered into the FCC ULS database on Monday October 4, 2 days after the VE Testing.  This was because the documents were scanned into PDF format and emailed to the W5YI-VEC group in Arlington, TX.

 

Next examination date:  November 6, 2021

 

John Schofield

Session Manager

AC9JS

 

Nets:

  Barry K9FMB Net Chairman reported attendance continues in the 18-20 range.  Assigned Net Control coverage may be posted on our website shortly.

 

Radio Hill Gazette RHG: 

Mike K9KMV No Report.

 

Recurring Calendar:

 

Nominating Committee has contacted club members in building our slate for November’s election.  Their DRAFT Ballot has been published to the membership.  SARC Board decided to temporality suspend two annual awards of

 

  1. Member of the Year
  2. Construction Project Acknowledgement

 

These two recognition awards are being suspended this year because we have been thwarted in normal club gatherings during  ~2 years of COVID shutdown.

 

DOMAIN:

Ed Liska AC9SD noticed a peculiar US Mail receipt.  SARC has received junk mail through USPS offering to renew our domain thus indicating bots are searching for revenue by soliciting site registration services.   Barry K9FMB explained the exposure we could face if we fail to renew our domain.

 

Domain N9RJV.ORG is due for renewal in December so we don’t want someone to grab the domain and try to sell it back to us.

 

Membership:

 

Darryl Jenks KB9RHR not present.   110 Members on the Roster.

 

Publicity:

 

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chair provided a summary of SARC’s participation in Schaumburg’s Public Safety Day as posted in the EMCOMM section above.

 

Social:

 

John KD9KSH is researching several restaurants possibly capable of hosting our annual Holiday Party in January.

 

Education:

 

Leo N9NBH not present.  Leo previously reported that Hoffman Estates Library is confirmed for our Technician Class beginning in January.

 

Programs:  

 

Robert W9RKK and Cliff K9QD will present a Standing Waves demonstration during the October Business Meeting.

 

Old Business:

 

John K9WIC and Rob N9MVO will be working to schedule a Data Line switch-over from ATT to Extreme DSL.

 

New Business:

 

Robert W9RKK informed the Board he has radio programming files that could be offered for upload into our Website’s Resource category.  He has programming profiles for Yaesu FTM300 and FT3DR in .CSV format (no copyright concerns).  Robert requested Board Approval for Matt Walsh AC9IG (Webmaster) to post the files into our Website.  Future member-generated file resources could also be contributed to the site’s Resource offerings.   Robert has also authored a .PDF Instruction Sheet to aid in configuration.

 

Ed AC9SD moved, Kent W9KAO seconded.  So Moved.

 

Adjourn:

8:24PM.

 

Submitted October 7, 2021.  Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary

Schaumburg Public Safety Open House 2021

On October 2nd 2021, the Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club participated in the Schaumburg Public Safety Open House.  Many members of SARC and the Schaumburg Emergency Radio Team attended to show their support.

Special thanks go to Dennis (KD9IK), Barry (K9FMB), Rob (N9MVO), and Cliff (K9QD) for their efforts to setup and man the booth.
Thanks also to Dirk (W0RI), Jim (KC9UFB) and Charlene (K9CMZ) supporting the effort and helping to share ham radio with the citizens of Schaumburg.

Radio Programming Files

Robert W9RKK has provided two sets of files for programming the Yaesu FTM-300DR and Yaesu FT3-DR radios with local repeaters. He has graciously included both instructions with screenshots and the files to load to the radio. They can be found on the menu under Ham Resources -> Radio Programming Files.

Any other club members who would like to provide programming files for different radios to be posted on the web site please send them along using the “Submit an Article or Event” at the bottom of this web page.