Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting October 5th, 2022

Board of Directors Meeting October 5, 2022


Ed Lishka AC9SD Chairman called the meeting to order at 6:56 PM.




Ed Lishka  AC9SD John Douglas  KD9KSH John Zietlow K9WIC
Kent Ochs W9KAO Barry Friedman K9FMB Danny Kafka KD9HIL
Cliff Sowka K9QD Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK John Schofield AC9JS
Don Dewar KD9NJR Charlene Treve K9CMZ


Secretary’s Report


Cliff Sowka K9QD:  Ed Lishka AC9SD moved to approve the September BOD Minutes as published in the Radio Hill Gazette, Don Dewar KD9NJR seconded. Motion Adopted


Treasurer’s Report:


Barry Friedman K9FMB provides the following:




Month:                                                                                 October 2022


Checkbook Balance 31-Aug                                          $5,794.77

INCOME MEMO                                                                $   280.00

Deposit 2-Sep                                                                    $   280.00

Deposit 2-Sep Petty Cash                                              $   150.00


$20 Bob Benwitz

$20 Roger Young

$25 Steve Karson

$20 Mike Muscia

$25 Don Dewar

$20 Burt Schultz


DISBURSEMENTS MEMO                                               $    62.82

ACH 6-Sep AT&T DSL                                                       $    62.82

Checks Outstanding

Deposit not included

Account Balance                                                               $6,011.95

30-Sep Bank Statement                                                 $6,011.95

Checks Outstanding

Adjusted balance                                                             $6,011.95

30-Sep Checkbook balance                                          $6,011.95

Petty Cash 30-Sep                                                            $     51.00

Pay Pal 30-Sep held hostage by PayPal                    $1,425.98

+petty cash – special accounts Funds Available     $6,062.95


87 paid members



Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report with Danny Kafka KD9HIL seconding.  Motion Adopted


Barry K9FMB continues to pursue a proper PayPal identity for us.


Public Service 


Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present.




John Zietlow K9WIC reports there is no activity presently.




No action taken on the question of K9IIK remaining our Default Room.


Construction Project (CP)


Cliff Sowka K9QD reports Consumables Purchase effort is somewhat successful:

Item # Cost Description Total
Mueller Alligator Clips 30 $0.40 Antique Radio Show $12.00
Real Mueller Rubber Boots 60 $0.50 Too expensive.  Didn’t order yet $0.00
RG8 for ~30″ Jumpers 30 $0.50 Peotone $15.00
PL-259 40 $0.50 Amphenol, used but the real thing $20.00
Copper Ground Plate 1 $20.00 Also the real thing $20.00
SO-239 6 $2.00 Tower Electronics Oak Creek $12.00
Rubber test lead wire 20 $0.25 Got both red and black @ Belvidere $5.00
60/40 Solder 0 $54.00 Only saw one pound for $54.  No Bid $0.00
9V Batteries for test mtrs 4 $3.00 Maybe hold-off until Christmas sales $12.00
Contact Cleaner 0 $7.00 Already in stock $0.00
Freeze Spray 0 $13.99 Already in stock $0.00
Small Desk-Mount Vice 0 $25.00 Didn’t see any at the hamfests $0.00
Small Diagonal Cutters 0 $3.00 Maybe surrender and buy @ Harbor Freight $0.00



VE Testing


John Schofield AC9JS reports no current candidates for this month’s FCC exam session.  It’s possible the VE Team could be available at the conclusion of our current Technician Course already underway.




Barry Friedman K9FMB reports Nets continue to be well attended.  We are in need of a host for the second Tuesday of the month TechNet.


Radio Hill Gazette RHG 


Mike K9KMV No Report.




Searching for a Membership Chairperson.




Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chairman provided an update from Park District management:  the Tennis Plus roof construction w/ HVAC, metalwork, painting, and flashing are expected to complete around mid-October.


Supplies ordered for the antenna project:

Pack of 25 “D” Rings         (ADI)                                                  $ 65.99

Two Surge Suppressors    (DX Engineering)            $145.18

250 ft. 3815FT Co-Ax        (Cable X-Perts)

One Cable / Connector Kit (Cable X-Perts )            $267.78

**PLEASE NOTE:  Cable X-Perts Cost does not include freight **

Expected delivery for above items on or before October 14, 2022

Holding off on ordering End Fed Antenna & matching kit until we have a better idea what geography we’ll have when rooftop construction is complete.

Facebook is traffic low, but that’s OK. Currently about 73 ‘followers’ with frequent submissions from Roberto (WA9E).  We did not publicize the Technician Class on the SARC page because it was apparent that we would get full registration from the Daily Herald article & calendar listing.  We will publish the General Class.



John Douglas KD9KSH reported nothing will be planned for the next few months.




Leo N9NBH not present.




John Zietlow K9WIC reports Don Dewar KD9NJR will present Scouts Jamboree during the October Business Meeting.


Old Business




New Business


Nominating Committee Reported Officer Slate for the November Election with Sample Ballot to be sent to SARC-ALL in separate posting.



We’re in need of membership’s willingness to step forward and offer their candidacy for these open leadership roles.




John Schofield AC9JS suggested we consider Critical Roles where club officers in critical roles are provided with such considerations as possibly waiving annual dues during service terms.


Adjourn 8:18 PM.

Submitted Oct 6, 2022    Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary

TenTec Triton IV Model 540 Relay Issue

By Don K9CLF

I mentioned on the tech net last night I was having a problem with the T/R reed relay on my old TenTec Triton IV 540.

This is a common issue, but the relays with correct form factor are hard to locate. The repair wisdom is to replace the tiny glass-encapsulated magnetic reed switch inside the coil. I located and ordered the needed switches on Amazon.

Upon opening the radio this morning in preparation for the repair, I ran a few resistance tests and found the issue! The common lead on the relay was tack-soldered to the carrier board pin. The solder connection had fractured and the wire was sitting loosely against the pin. 2 seconds with a hot soldering iron fixed it!

I rarely get so lucky with a radio fix. The receive sensitivity is back to 100%.