Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting March 18th, 2021

Schaumburg Business Meeting       March 18, 2021

Danny Kafka KD9HIL Vice President called the virtual meeting to order at 7:00 PM




Danny Kafka  KD9HIL Rob Glowacki  N9MVO Dennis KD9HIK
Tim KD9RGS Chuck KB9RGI Barry Friedman KD9SCR
Ed Lishka  AC9SD Brent WB9UXN Pierre Berube K9EYE
John Zietlow  K9WIC Garrett K9GBN Burt Schultz AB9CV
Jack McClurkin W9YY Jody KD9QAI Mike Griffiths K9KMV
David AC9VW Jim Campbell KB9RGU Daryl KB9RHR
Roberto WA9E Kevin KB9QVX Don Dewar  KD9NJR
Cliff Sowka K9QD


Secretary’s Report:


Cliff Sowka K9QD informed February’s Minutes were successfully published in the Radio Hill Gazette (RHG).  Ed Lishka AC9SD moved to approve, Pierre Berube K9EYE seconded; so moved.


Treasurer’s Report:

John Zietlow K9WIC provided the following report


Bank Balance  1-Feb  $6,591.57


INCOME  $0.00



18-Feb  $62.82 data line

27-Feb $300.00  Liability Insurance


FD Donations  $75.00


Petty Cash  $169.20

$25.00 INCOME SALE OF Heathkit transmitter


Funds Available $5,970.13


PayPal funds need to be swept and John expects to accomplish shortly.


Currently we have 111 paid members.


Public Service:


Rob Glowacki N9MVO informed the MS Walk is canceled and plans for SARC’s participation in the Hoffman Estates Fourth of July Celebration is currently undecided.




John Zietlow K9WIC reported the Illinois Simulated Test (SET) is planned for May 1st.   The scenario will be a 7.2R earthquake centered in Southern Illinois, mainly south of Interstate 64.  The SET will be a four-hour exercise.  John demonstrated software the SET anticipates will be utilized during the test.


The ChicagoLand Marathon will be held May 23rd in Busse Woods.  John is working with the event organizers in preparation for SARC support again this year.




Rob N9MVO discussed possible plans for installing the Fusion machine at the Plum Grove site.  Control of the Plum Grove location from the Schaumburg Road site could become possible with additional hardware.   Roberto WA9E mentioned the 440 machine’s audio link to the 2 meter site is suffering unusually high audio levels.


Co-ordination of our machines will require updating with the Illinois Repeater Association; the team will work to bring their records up to date with our current equipment sites.


Construction Project:


Don’s KD9NJR organization of Saturday morning CP meetings have resumed and we peaked at 8 attendees last week.  There are three meetings remaining before the Sandwich Hamfest May 2nd that can allow us to cull surplus equipment, offer an internal auction to the membership, and then place any remaining items for sale at the Hamfest.  Cliff K9QD will avoid bringing Jewel donuts in the future because they seem to be suffering from day-old-itis and have been somewhat worse that awful (even Rob N9MVO took a pass on seconds).  The ladies upstairs didn’t complain but they’re probably just being respectful since we couldn’t see anything in their garbage can behind the counter.


VE Exams


Ed Lishka AC9SD explained that John Schofield AC9JS provided Tests Results for March, 2021:


Name Call Class
Barry KD9SCR Technician


Technician 1
General 0
Extra 0
Total 1


Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):


Bill Davies K9WKD
Steve Karson AC9EM
Ed Lishka AC9SD
John Schofield AC9JS


Next examination date: April 3, 2021


Radio Hill Gazette  RHG


Mike Griffiths K9KMV is pleased to receive articles from the membership and is publishing on our site.




Darryl KD9RHR requires some marketing tools to assist with the recruitment effort.  Dirk W0RI crafted a tri-fold flyer for the club for use at VE sessions and several members have copies.  There may also be an electric copy that will be sent to Darryl.




John Douglas KD9KSH no report




Leo N9NBH previously reported our training schedule will be on hiatus for the duration.




Steve Karson AC9EM no report




Dennis KD9HIK reports no activity at the moment.  Dennis informed Amazon Charity donations to 501c3 organizations [] where SARC can be set as beneficiary in a purchaser’s account.  It appears Amazon did a sweep of all 501c3 listings and Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club is already selectable for funding.




No report.  Need Chairperson


Old Business:




New Business:


Danny Kafka KD9HIL reports FIELD DAY is a go.  Vote tonight selected the Plum Grove water tower as the club’s venue this year. The Village already informed Danny that we are compliant with the current rules since the function is outdoors and our headcount is within 50-person limitations.


Items requiring finalization include:


  1. Village approval (should be accomplished once formal application submitted)
  2. Public Works authorization to utilize Plum Grove facility
  3. Rob N9MVO will provide Village contact information we used for previous events
  4. Insurance Rider for the Village to obtain permit
  5. Station Operators, equipment, plans for f’n food, set-up June 25, operations 26, 27


Mike Griffiths K9KMV requested an update regarding a previous Winter Field Day event where the Village interviewed SARC members for local cable TV publication.  Dennis KD9HIK believes the volunteer video team who did those interviews had been laid-off and the eventual broadcast to the local market has been delayed with future release unknown at the moment.


Ask an Elmer




Motion to Adjourn:


Burt AB9CV moved, Jim Campbell KB9RGU seconded.  Meeting ended 8:21 PM

March 21: Edited Village Approval from ‘accomplished to should be accomplished)

Submitted Friday March 19, 2021

Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary