Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting August 15th, 2019

Schaumburg Business Meeting      15 August 19, 2019

Vice President Danny Kafka KD9HIL called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

Tonight’s question was; what got you into ham radio?

Rebecca KA9EFE continues to provide the Club with wonderful snacks.


Danny Kafka KD9hil///Mel Luxenberg W9FRT///Bill Crockett KD9AUP

John Douglas KD9KSH///John Zietlow K9WIC///Jim Campbell KB9RGU///Frank Giampa N9QPD

Ed Lishka AC9SD///Cliff Sowka K9QD///Mike Clodfelter AC9CG///Leo Ribordy N9NBH

Steve Karson AC9EM///Burt Schultz AB9CV///Ken Krzywicki KD9HIJ///Dennis Calvey KD9HIK

Bob Zuttermeister W9GEW///Rick Dickens KY0Q///Jason Rausch KE4NYV

Bob Benwitz N9JAX///Bob McIntyre W9DXR

Treasurer’s Report:

From the BOD meeting 7 August 2019, the Treasurer’s report covered 7/1/2019 through 7/31/2019.

Beginning balance———$5996.70

Income————————$653.54 (dues)

Expense———————–$316.96  ($61.53 data line: repeater maintenance)

Ending balance————–$6338.28

Current number of paid members is 66

A motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by Frank N9QPD and seconded by Steve

AC9EM. The motion carried.

President’s Report:

Geoff KA9QGH unable to attend. No report.

Secretary’ Report:

Approval of minutes of July 18th, 2019 as published in RHG.

Motion to accept by Burt AB9CV and seconded by Leo N9NBH. Motion carried.


Dennis KD9HIK reports that the notices of the Tech class have resulted in 11 applicants.


Rob N9MVO has determined that the repeater needs new batteries. A new pack is going to cost in the area of $400.00. A motion to go ahead with the purchase at the best price available was made by Leo N9NBH and seconded by Ken KD9HIJ.

The motion carried.


Bob N9JAX received one inquiry about the Tech class and referred that individual to the upcoming class.


John K9WIC said that the ½ marathon in Hoffman Estates could have been better. He felt that we should have able to do more for the activity. No problems; just not to his satisfaction.

There are other activities coming up in September and October that he will advise on.


Rob N9MVO noted that there were 13 sign ins and 4 radios going August 10th. Good weather.


John KD9KSH has booked a room at the Lucky Monk for our Club dinner on September 29th.   We are responsible for our individual checks but the Club is paying for the appetizers.   The room holds 40 people and you may contact John via email to get on the list.


Leo N9NBH has his instructors lined up for the upcoming Tech Class and so far there are 11 people who have signed up.


No report.

VE Testing:

John AC9JS submitted a report for the month of August. One person tested.

Name: Jack     Call: KD9NRM   Class: Technician

Participating VE’s:

Bill K9WKD///Steve AC9EM///Ed AC9SD///William KW9WR///John AC9JS

Next exam date is September 7th 2019. Number of candidates tested year to date is 51.

Public Service:

Rob N9MVO reported on the Schaumburg Triathlon. SARC volunteers numbered 22, and the activity went well. No problems were reported and as before Rob will be looking to improve our service.


Leo N9NBH needs a substitute control operator for the 2nd Tuesdays of each month. Check in with Leo if you’re available to fill in.

Old Business:


New Business:

Rob N9MVO is going to contact PW in Schaumburg and determine if the pump room paint project is complete. The costs for the POD by the tower is going up and hopefully we can get the equipment out of the POD and into the pump room. More information is forthcoming.

In reference to the Rohn 45 we received from the Township, Leo N9NBH hasn’t received one bid on it. Suggestions include advertising it on Craig’s List, E-Bay, and posting signs at the Ham fests.

Motion to Adjourn:

Motion to adjourn made by Ken KD9HIJ and seconded by Robert W9RKK. Motion carried.

V.P. Danny KD9HIL adjourned the meeting at 7:58 pm.

Guest Speaker:

Mel W9FRT will donate to the Club a 5 element ring quad if it can be adapted to work on a HT. He was asked to bring it to construction project where “we have the technology” to meet his challenge.

Cliff K9QD presented two films; “Processing integrated circuits” and VOA “Art of demolition”.

In addition there were visual aids passed around the room showing different circuits. Very informative presentation.


On Saturday August 10th, the following members signed in:

Leo N9NBH///Rob N9MVO///Robert W9RKK///Kevin K9MKD

Mike KD9KMV///Steve AC9EM///John KD9KSH///Kent W9KAO

Dave K9KBM///Nick KI7GCJ///Bob W9DXR///Dennis KD9HIK///Ken KD9HIJ.

Tech Net:

Rob submitted the following sign ins for tech net August 13th, 2019:

Bill KD9AUP (net control)///Rick N9HLG///Robert W9RKK///Orson NN9N

Mike K9KQX///Ken KD9HIJ///Bill W9WEM///Al KD9FIA///Rob N9MVO

Doug W9YFC///John KD9KSH///John K9WIC///Mike KD9KMV///Bob W9DXR

Topic of the night was about grounding. Do you have outside antennas?  Do you use the Franklin “key in a bottle” technique? Do you have surge suppressors? Are you grounded to a central point?


After the meeting and the speakers, Bill W9WEM gave me all the receipts for the expenses he incurred for food on Field Day. Those receipts have been mailed to our Treasurer for reimbursement.

Respectfully submitted on 17 August 2019.

Ken Krzywicki