Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting April 21, 2022

Business Meeting April 21, 2022


John Zietlow K9WIC President called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM.




John Zietlow  K9WIC Barry  Friedman K9FMB Cliff Sowka K9QD
Bob Benwitz N9JAX Leo Ribordy N9NBH Danny Kafka KD9HIL
Robert Kocourek W9RKK Jim Campbell KB9RGU Ed Lishka AC9SD
John Schofield AC9JS Chris Brewer AC9GN Daryl Jenks KB9RHR
Bill McGovern W9WEM Hugh Pearl WB9VWM Garrett Neuenkirchen K9GBN
Scott DeSantis KB9VRW Doug May W9YFC John Douglas KD9KSH
Charlene Treve K9KMZ Romel Aranas KD9MDM Don Dewar KD9NJR

Secretary’s Report:


Cliff Sowka K9QD:  Ed Lishka AC9SD moved to approve the March Minutes as published in the Radio Hill Gazette (RHG).  Leo Ribordy N9NBH seconded.  So Moved.


Treasurer’s Report:

  Barry Friedman K9FMB provides this report:


Month:                                                 March

Bank Balance                                    $6,804.69

INCOME MEMO                                $       0.00

DISBURSEMENTS MEMO               $       0.00

Checks Outstanding                        $       0.00

Deposit not included                      $       0.00

Account Balance                               $6,804.69

31-Jan Bank Statement                  $6,804.69

Checks Outstanding                           none

Adjusted balance                             $6,804.69

Checkbook balance                         $6,804.69

Petty Cash                                           $   131.00

Pay Pal                                                  $     94.56

+ petty cash Funds Available        $7,030.25


118 members on roster


Barry is working on summarizing our expense history in preparation for FY23 budgeting in July.


Danny Kafka KD9HIL moved to approve, Daryl Jenks KD9RHR seconded.  So Moved.


Public Service:


Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present.  It appears Hoffman Estates’ July 4th parade may request our assistance again this year: planned for July 3rd.




John Zietlow K9WIC reported ChicagoLand Marathon is set for May 15th.  We’re typically staffed with 26 Hams to fill all positions and currently need about 7 more.  We can always use more.  The anticipated timeframe is 06:00-14:30 with everyone in place by 6:45AM.  First Start is scheduled for 7:15AM.  ICS documentation will be utilized to ensure full accountability.


A more-detailed Operations Plan will be communicated in the near future.  Good news is the Busse Woods course this year is more unified to better accommodate the half-marathon and the full-marathon.  Orientation meeting is likely to be held Thursday night May 12th to communicate the Operations Plan.




Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present.  Our 440 machine is in need of triage and the 2M machine continues to suffer intermittent noise.

Construction Project (CP): 

Cliff Sowka K9QD conducted a cursory survey tonight to ascertain if there is sufficient interest in holding CP meetings during the newly-authorized summer-months’ access.  There appear to be about 5 people in attendance who would be interested in attending CP during the summer months.  If we can insure proper supervision/open/close by a responsible member to manage events, we’ll be able to continue meetings year-round.

Squalo build last meeting was very successful and the J-Pole build for those already reserved is scheduled for 10:30AM at K&B Machining on Saturday the 30th.

Our chance to revive our VHF (add UHF) antenna on the building’s roof should be possible sometime this summer once the Park District completes their resurfacing.  Long wire could also be erected if the building’s management allows.  Routing to the basement, purchase of upgraded coax, challenges yet to be determined.

Regarding FY23 budgeting:  it appears there is little interest in purchasing a ~$300 surface-mount workstation since we haven’t encountered any projects requiring the capability.



VE Testing:


No Report.



Barry Friedman K9FMB continues to search for a consistent host for the second Tuesday TechNet.  Don Dewar KD9NJR is implementing this QSL card initiative for non-member attendees.


Radio Hill Gazette RHG: 


Mike K9KMV No Report.


Field Day:

  Danny Kafka KD9HIL is working to define resources needed:


Food coordination for Friday night set-up, Saturday evening meal, and Sunday morning breakfast.


  • Maybe do the pizza thing again this year for Friday night set-up.


  • John K9WIC, Barry K9FMB, and Leo N9NBH will assist with the Saturday evening meal.


  • Cliff K9QD will figure-out something for Sunday morning breakfast.


Staffing for a Welcome Table needs to be determined for the entrance to the site, as well as Security, Safety Officer, Literature (Scott KB9VRW will send his inventory to Danny), club information display, tent flags (Bob W9GEW), and qualified tower climbers (maybe Geoff Stevens KA9QGH again this year?).  Also need to be on the lookout for a pallet to hold the generator from sinking into the ground.


  • CW tent staffed
  • SSB tent needs captain (Mike Clodfelter’s AC9CG tent from last year is in pump house storage)
  • GOTA tent managed by Robert Kocourek W9RKK
  • Leo N9NBH will collect HF equipment stored at Schaumburg PD
  • Tables & Chairs from Tennis Club basement same as in the past


Danny suggested pump house storage status be checked directly after Maxfield’s Breakfast the first Saturday of May.



  Recruitment efforts continue.



Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK not present.




John Douglas KD9KSH discussed the selection of the Log Cabin facility in Bartlett for the club picnic scheduled for the end of July.  Details will be published as we get closer to July.


Special Events Committee:


No report.  A Bike Ride may be organized without public exposure to avoid non-Hams wishing to join.  Organizers may include Dirk Smith W0RI and Rob Glowacki N9MVO.




Leo Ribordy N9NBH has organized a Technician class for September.  The Library District will be publishing the event in their catalog.




No report.


Old Business:




New Business: 


Leo Ribordy N9NBH suggested we address the currently-limited membership access situation to the Schaumburg Police Department (PD) EMCOMM Equipment we have in storage there.  Rob N9MVO and Leo are the only two members who are known to the PD for immediate access in the event of an emergency.  These two members are known to Schaumburg PD for EMCOMM access but we should have more alternative members authorized to increase flexibility.


Don Dewar KD9NJR discussed the recent interest in Fox Hunting.  An effort to coalesce group event(s) maybe better suited for the cooler months of the year.


Adjourn: 8:58PM.


Submitted April 22, 2022.  Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary