Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting October 21st, 2021

Business Meeting Oct 21, 2021


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




Danny Kafka KD9HIL Charlene Treve K9CMZ John Douglas  KD9KSH
Tim Smiri KC9NMW Barry  Friedman K9FMB Leo Ribordy  N9NBH
John Scrip N9IJS Cliff Sowka K9QD Bill McGovern W9WEM
Burt Schultz  AB9CV Robert Kocourek W9RKK Bob Zuttermeister W9GEW
Don Froula K9CLF Don Dewar  KD9NJR Bob Benwitz N9JAX
Brent Kaser WB9UXN Steve Karson  AC9EM Joe Barela KB9RCR
Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ Rob Glowacki N9MVO John Shofield AC9JS
Scott Petersen N9SLA Steve Karson AC9EM Michael Kondratowicz KD9TKL
Sid KD9OLJ Paul Burkett KD9FMW


Secretary’s Report:


Cliff Sowka K9QD:  Burt Schultz moved to approve the September Minutes as published in the Radio Hill Gazette (RHG).  Leo Ribordy N9NBH seconded.  So Moved.


Treasurer’s Report:

  John Zietlow K9WIC, not present, provided this report:


Petty Cash                                                                                           $    131.20

Pay Pal (waiting to be transferred)                                                     $       80.07

Account Balance as of September 1st                                       $ 7,910.19

Income                                                                                                $               0

Expenditures Repeater data line & Zoom annual membership                $     279.49

Account Balance as of October 1st                                            $ 7,605.70

Available Funds                                                                                $ 7,816.97


Current membership: 112


Burt Schultz AB9CV moved to Approve, Rob Glowacki N9MVO seconded.  So Moved.


Public Service:


Rob Glowacki N9MVO reviewed several of our past public service efforts.  Bob Zuttermeister W9GEW provided a report on the Chicago Marathon last week and the ~130+ Ham Operators who were an important resource for this large event. Bill Riess KW9WR (not present) had previously explained there would be a background check and registration process for applicants to complete before assignments were finalized.




John Zietlow K9WIC not present.




Rob Glowacki N9MVO and Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ Repeater Committee:  both 2M and 70cM systems performing well.  Possible linear amplifier upgrade for the 70cM system is being considered. Near-term migration away from ATT’s DSL data line to another copper-wire DSL provider is expected to occur shortly.


Construction Project (CP):


Don Dewar KD9NJR and Rob Glowacki N9MVO explained our CP events to new members.  Bring your equipment for calibration, repair, and programming.  Coffee and pastry are usually somewhat okay but the solder smoke is wonderful.  BTW:  Don has provided 6-foot-long tongs for donut retrieval (meets the present iteration of minimum social distancing requirements) at the-ready for those who wish to practice safe conduct in public.

VE Testing:


Steve Karson AC9EM and John Shofield AC9JS discussed the recent declining trend in student candidate testing demand.  We’ve observed only one candidate for some of our testing sessions this year.


Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):


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




Barry K9FMB Net Chairman reported he is looking for a list of alternative hosts for the first Tuesday of a month.


Radio Hill Gazette RHG:

  Mike K9KMV No Report.


Recurring Calendar:


Absentee Ballots for the November Election will be mailed this week with SASE that needs to be returned to our PO Box in time for receipt before the Third Week of November.




Darryl Jenks KB9RHR has requested leave and we’re looking to find someone to carry this important role.




Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chair not present.




John KD9KSH is researching potential venues for our annual event this coming January.




Leo N9NBH has obtained confirmation with the Hoffman Estates Library and reports plans for a 10-week Technician course to begin January 8th, 2022.  Leo has received offers of several volunteer instructors. Class will be from 10:30AM to 12:30PM.


Separately, CW education utilizing the Long Island CW Club resource is underway.  Members wishing to join the classes are to contact G4FON Long Island CW Club.




Robert W9RKK and Cliff K9QD presented a brief demonstration on Standing Waves.  We are in need of a presenter for our November Business Meeting to facilitate the idle time experienced during vote-counting.


Old Business:



New Business:

  New Logo


John Scrip N9IJS has been keeping the membership abreast of his graphic design efforts through the use of SARC-ALL to potentially update our ‘Official Logo’.  After receiving much commentary and performing some of our member’s suggested edits, John published several improvements.  Additionally, Bob Zuttermeister W9GEW took it upon himself to display a few Logo examples applied to some trinkets tonight utilizing John’s most recent edit.


  • Steve Karson AC9EM moved to retire the two SARC ‘Official Logos’ and replace the club’s Logo with John Scrip’s design.  Leo Ribordy N9NBH seconded.   So Moved.


Once the artwork is officially received, I will update the Letterhead used for Meeting Minutes and our website will be updated as well.



8:34 PM.


Submitted October 22, 2021.  Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary



Sample Ballot



Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club

General Election

November 2021


Club Officers and Board of Directors

Bylaw Change: Fiscal Year


All Offices -1 Year term                                                                     Board of Directors-3 year terms

      Vote for One                                                                                                        Vote for two



John Zietlow K9WIC                                                                                           Chuck Bolvin K9RPL           

Mason Trimble K9TIV                                                                                        Paul Burkett KD9FMN

Geoff Stevens KD9QGH                                                                                     Bill Reiss KW9WR                               

Russ Schmidt KC9NUV

Burt Schultz AB9CV

John Shofield AC9JS     

Vice President     

Danny Kafka KD9HIL                                                                                          Special Recognition Awards                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                  On Hiatus for this cycle


Barry Friedman K9FMB

Chris Brewer AC9GN



Cliff Sowka K9QD                                                               




Bylaw Change:


Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Fiscal Year shall be July 1st to June 30th


___Yes                  ___No