We regularly help run the Schaumburg Triathlon, the March of Dimes Walk, the MS Walk, the Hoffman Estates 4th of July parade, and several smaller events. To event sponsors who must control sites that cover a large geographic area, having a group of people volunteer to link them with all their remote sites is imperative. Knowing where people are, what supplies are needed, who needs transportation, help, or just relief help can make the difference between a seemingly flawless event and a catastrophe. Even those groups who do not understand the value of our help, often tell us that they don't know how they would have run the event any other way. It takes more than technology (in the form of radios, cell phones, etc) to run communications for a large event. It also takes some of the skills that hams have already learned, to participate in a controlled network, and avoid confusion.
To volunteer to help work a public service event, please fill out our Public Service Volunteer Form.
For more information, you can contact the Public Service Chairperson in the Committee section.
The Village of Schaumburg and Village of Hoffman Estates have included SARC in their Emergency Operations Plans. Schaumburg.s Emergency Management Agency maintains an automated calling system for the Volunteers of Schaumburg who provide auxiliary communications when requested. Hoffman Estates Emergency Management Agency hosts an Em Comm Roundtable at the Hoffman Estates Police Department on the third Saturday of the month from 9am to 11am. This is an open meeting for all amateur radio operators and groups that are interested in public service and emergency communications activities.
SARC members train to enhance the club.s abilities in providing emergency voice and data auxiliary communications. Training activities include: simulated emergency tests (drills); classroom training such as severe weather spotting, CPR training, emergency communications skills and FEMA independent study courses. Members are encouraged to take FEMA courses ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700, ICS-800, and ARRL EC-001 on line training.
Emcom members are also encouraged to become trained weather spotters and report weather observations to a local weather net. For additional information on becoming a weather spotter, see the NOAA information page on it.
To be a volunteer for the Emergency Communications group, fill out our Volunteer Information Form.
For more information, questions, contact the SARC Emergency Communications Chairperson.
Most times the project is one of general interest to quite a few members. PC boards can be ordered, and parts assembled into kits to make the job easier. No matter what your skill level, you can learn a LOT by working on a project at these informal gatherings. Hard to find parts, tools, and helpful advice can usually be found here as well.
We're always open to suggestions for new projects to be put into kit form, so bring your ideas to the next club meeting. If you would like to have the group help resurrect a non-functioning piece of equipment, bring it along and we will try to get it running again.
Construction Project meetings are held the second and fourth Saturday of the Winter months at Schaumburg Tennis Plus (A Schaumburg park district facility). For specific dates we meet, see the Club Calendar.
Driving directions to Schaumburg Tennis Plus location
For more info, contact Ted Lester at AB9SZ@yahoo.com
Club Fox Hunts
Even if you have no equipment or skills, the regular hunters welcome anyone to ride along and see how it's done. (And having an extra map reader or sign watcher always helps, too.) So whether you are a veteran hunter, or a complete beginner, you might want to show up at one of our hunts, and participate in whatever capacity you feel up to. Remember, since you're only listening when you track a radio source, not transmitting, you don't even need to be licensed to participate. Friends, family members, or just scanner enthusiasts can participate without a handicap. Several members bring their families along for weekend hunts, just to get everyone involved. If you haven't tried fox hunting yet, you have definitely missed out on a fun time.
To find out the details of the next
upcoming fox hunt, you can come to our meeting, listen in on our weekly
information nets (see our repeater section), or send e-mail to our
Fox Hunt Coordinator. listed in the club committee section.
(You can also take a look at the complete fox hunt rules and area boundaries to see more details.)
Everyone is invited to attend the SARC field day site, which is set up at the Schaumburg water tank, just off the intersection of Golf (rt. 58) and Plum Grove roads. Even if you do not have a license, but would just like to see what ham radio is all about, this is a good place to come and spend a while, grab some food off the barbecue, and talk to other hams who would be glad to show you first hand what making contacts is all about. If you would like more information, directions, or would like to help out at our next field day contest, (especially if you can man the barbecue!), contact Special Events / Field Day Chairman listed in the club committee section..
Ham Radio Licensing Classes
Testing sessions are held the first Saturday of every month, from 9AM to 10:30AM, at the Schaumburg Community Recreation Center, Bode and Springinsguth roads, in the Senior Sunshine Room.
No prior registration is required, walk-ins are welcome. You must have:
According to the FCC, the testing fee allows an examinee one attempt to pass or fail each of the three examination elements. In addition, the order in which the examination elements are taken is not restricted; they may be taken out of sequence.
If you have further questions about testing, dates, fees, or requirements, contact:
Tom Doyle, K9MF
W5YI-VEC CVE & Test Session Manager
Map to the SCRC
This is a map of the picnic location.
We also encourage exchanging copies of newsletters, so if your radio club publishes a newsletter, put our club mailing address on your distribution list, and e-mail us to let us know you want to be on our exchange list. This helps all of us keep up to date on what other clubs are doing.
|President||Matt Walsh, AC9IG|
|Vice President||Russ Schmidt KC9NUV|
|Secretary||Cliff Sowka, K9QD|
|Treasurer||Chris Brewer, AC9GN|
|BOARD OF DIRECTORS (current term)|
|Board of Directors||Kent Ochs, W9KAO (2019)|
|Board of Directors||Kevin Willard, KB9QVX (2017)|
|Board of Directors||Gary Bernstein, N9VU (2018)|
|Board of Directors||Ted Lester, AB9SZ (2017)|
|Board of Directors||Dirk Smith, K9DFS (2019)|
|Program||Cliff Sowka, K9QD|
|Social Activities||Roger Ryan, W9RDR|
|Membership||Bob Benwitz, N9JAX|
|Public Service||Rob Glowacki, N9MVO|
|Emergency Communications||Robert Langsfeld, WB9TZC|
|Special Events / Field Day||Matt Walsh, AC9IG;|
|Publications||- OPEN -|
|Publicity & PR||- OPEN -|
|Net||Jim Brink, W9JFB|
|Technical Assistance||Ted Lester, AB9SZ|
|Fox Hunt Coordinator||-OPEN-|
|Repeater||Rob Glowacki, N9MVO|
SARC Bylaws & Constitution
If you want to join the club now, you can use our Online membership application.
Payment of membership dues can be by either mailing a check, or you can
now pay online immediately via
including using credit or debit cards if you like.
To pay dues online via PayPal, make payments to "firstname.lastname@example.org" or use one of the following payment buttons.
Membership dues are to be paid by June 30. Dues paid in April through December will cover the member through June 30 of the following year. Dues paid January through March will only cover the member through June 30 of the same year.
Note that Reduced fees apply only to full time students, active duty military, or over age 65.
|- ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES -|
|Use||Normal Rate||Reduced Rate|
If you prefer to mail a check for dues, send them to:
Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 68251
Schaumburg, IL 60168-0251
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