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General Information 
The Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club has been around since the mid 1970's. Our main strength is being a very active club, in addition to running 2 repeaters on 2m and 70 cm. We try to schedule club activities that get our members doing something, as opposed to talking about things or just paying for new equipment. We prefer to be on the air, building equipment, participating in public service events, searching for hidden transmitters, working contests, or holding licensing classes. The club can provide you with ample opportunity to get more active in whatever facet of ham radio you enjoy most. If you are new to ham radio, or just thinking about getting your first license, we can help you get started, and expose you to the widest variety of operating, giving you a chance to see for yourself what your personal favorites are.

Club Activities 
Several of our regular club activities are outlined below. Many of these activities got their start because one or more members decided they wanted to try something new. If there is any particular activity you are interested in, the club is certainly willing to add new topics to our agenda. Feel free to bring your ideas to the club, and you will probably find others who share your interest.

Public Service 
Public service means volunteering your time, and your skills to the community, to benefit the general public. By law, amateur radio cannot be used to provide communications for business purposes or for hire, but aside from that, by volunteering to help out, we can make an event run more smoothly, more safely, and also generate a lot of good will in the process. It also turns out to be a lot of fun! To learn more about different types of public service communications, you can read the ARRL Public Service Communications Manual on line.

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.

Emergency Communications 
The Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club is actively involved in supporting Emergency Communications Efforts. Amateur Radio has a long history of providing assistance during times of crisis. The unique skills and equipment possessed by hams can easily supplement or replace the emergency communications channels of public safety organizations during, or after catastrophes such as floods, tornados, earthquakes, wild fires and even terrorist attacks such as occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. SARC's emergency communication efforts work in concert with the ARRL ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) and RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) functions. SARC members are encouraged to continue this tradition with dual memberships and to participate in preparedness and response training.

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.

Construction Project 
Every winter, we gather on 2 Saturday mornings per month to build (or repair existing) amateur radio related equipment. We begin around 8AM, and spend a few hours working on, or asking questions and getting help about, our projects. (In between shooting the breeze, and drinking coffee.)

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

Club Fox Hunts 
Finding a hidden transmitter is known as "fox hunting". In order to maintain the skills necessary for finding radio interference, both unintentional and malicious, we sponsor fox hunts as a competitive sport, which also turns out to be a lot of fun. You can use whatever equipment you can build or buy, and people show up with anything from simple attachments to their hand held radios, to rotatable beam antennas on their car roof, to doppler direction finding systems. Once you've tried fox hunting, you realize that it takes more than just equipment. Those with the most practiced skills can easily beat those with the most expensive equipment. Usually, whoever comes in 1st place at a fox hunt gets to be the "fox" at the next club hunt.

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.)

Field Day 
Field Day is a radio contest that lasts for 24 hours, and is held on the 4th full weekend in June every year. It is sponsored by the ARRL and is meant to test the emergency preparedness skills of hams, as well as increase the public exposure of ham radio in general. You are allowed a limited amount of time to set up your station, which must be set up away from your regularly installed radio gear, and it should be powered by something other than the commercial power grid. Generators, batteries, and solar cells are popular, but many other unique methods are used also.

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
SARC regularly runs classes to help you pass your first exam to become an FCC licensed ham radio operator, and also help you get started with your first practical radio station, and entry into the hobby. If you're not sure where to start, or what to do to get on the air and become a ham, let us help you. We also run upgrade classes to help already licensed hams step up to a higher class of license, and the greater privileges that come with it. These classes are taught on a volunteer basis by instructors within the club. We utilize classroom space from the Park District or other buildings that may require a nominal fee for the use of their facility, but since our instructors volunteer their time and services, the class cost is usually kept to a minimum. For dates on our upcoming classes, you can contact the Education Chairman listed in the Committee section directly, or you can always contact our information address at:,

V.E. Testing 
SARC sponsors VE (Volunteer Examiner) testing sessions, where you can take your test to become a ham, or upgrade your current ham radio license to a higher class.

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:

The fee for taking a VE exam is $14.00. An identical fee will be assessed to any applicant who fails an exam and wants to retest again at the same session. The only condition to retest is that the exact same exam (identical set of questions) cannot be given to the applicant.

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

Club Meetings 
The club meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month, at the Schaumburg Community Recreation Center (SCRC), which is at the corner of Bode and Springinsguth roads. (See map below if you are not familiar with those streets.) The exception is August, when we hold a family picnic in lieu of the meeting. Meetings begin at 7PM, and usually last until about 9 or 9:30. We usually have a guest speaker for the second half of each meeting, giving a presentation on some topic of interest to the club. After the meeting, quite a few of us can be found at a local Pizza restaurant, continuing the conversation a little longer.
Everyone is welcome to attend meetings, you do not have to be a member to come in and join us for the evening. If you are interested in what's going on with the club, stop in and say hello.

Map to the SCRC 
Here's a Map to the SCRC. For those of you on a GPS, it's at 42° 02.195'N - 88° 07.113'W (WGS84).

Club Picnic 
SARC holds an annual club picnic in lieu of the monthly meeting during the month of August. For 2011, we are holding the club picnic at Volkening Lake Park, which is located near the intersection of Schaumburg road and Salem drive.

This is a map of the picnic location.

Club Newsletter 
The club publishes a monthly newsletter, the Radio Hill Gazette. If you have questions about, or would like to contribute to the RHG, contact our Publications Chairman listed in the club committee section. If you are a prospective member and would like to receive some complimentary copies of our newsletter, please fill out our SARC Information Request Form, or you can read an electronic copy of the RHG. This monthly newsletter is meant to keep club members up to date not only on what SARC is doing, but about important issues to ham radio in general. You will also find upcoming dates listing activities you may want to participate in.

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.

Club Officers 
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  Gary Bernstein, N9VU (2018) 
Board of Directors  Kent Ochs, W9KAO (2019) 
Board of Directors  Dirk Smith, W0RI (2019) 
Board of Directors  Leo Ribordy, N9NBH (2020)
Board of Directors  Frank Giampa, N9QPD (2020) 

Club Committees 
Program  Cliff Sowka, K9QD
Social Activities  Roger Ryan, W9RDR 
Membership  Bob Benwitz, N9JAX 
Education  -OPEN-  
Public Service  Rob Glowacki, N9MVO  
Emergency Communications  Robert Langsfeld, WB9TZC 
Special Events / Field Day  Matt Walsh, AC9IG;
Publications  Mike Sorensen, K9KQX
Publicity & PR  - OPEN - 
Net  Jim Brink, W9JFB 
Technical Assistance  Ted Lester, AB9SZ 
Fund Raising  -OPEN-  
Fox Hunt Coordinator  -OPEN-  
Repeater  Rob Glowacki, N9MVO 

SARC Bylaws & Constitution
You can read an on-line copy of the SARC bylaws.
You can read an on-line copy of the SARC Constitution.
You can also view the current SARC committee definitions, for the current committees mentioned in the bylaws, and the procedures for absentee voting as currently defined by the board of directors.

Club Membership 
If you would just like more information about the club, please fill out our Online club information request form or you can contact our Membership Chairman listed in the committee section with additional questions.

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 PayPal , including using credit or debit cards if you like.
To pay dues online via PayPal, make payments to "" 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.

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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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