General Class License Course Offered Starting January

Twelve classes starting Saturday, January 14, through Saturday, April 1 • 10:30am – 12:30pm Hoffman Estates Branch Library – Meeting Room

If you have a Technician Class license and are looking to expand your Amateur Radio experience, this course will prepare you for taking the mid-level Amateur Radio General Class license test. In addition to the privileges allowed a Technician Class license, the General Class license allows you to operate on a wide range of HF bands, as well as frequencies up into the Gigahertz.

This program is presented at no charge in partnership with the Library and the Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club.
To register, go to https://www.schaumburglibrary.org/events?id=7518667

People of all abilities are welcome at the Schaumburg Township District Library. To request accommodations, call the Library at (847) 923-3347. Find out more about our accessibility services.

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting December 7th, 2022

Board of Directors Meeting December 7, 2022

 

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Director called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

 

Attendees

 

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK John Douglas  KD9KSH John Zietlow K9WIC
Kent Ochs W9KAO Barry Friedman K9FMB Danny Kafka KD9HIL
Cliff Sowka K9QD Don Dewar KD9NJR John Schofield AC9JS

 

Secretary’s Report

 

Cliff Sowka K9QD:  John Douglas KD9KSH moved to approve the November BOD Minutes as published in the Radio Hill Gazette.  Kent Ochs W9KAO seconded. Motion Carried.

 

Treasurer’s Report:

 

Barry Friedman K9FMB provides the following:

 

SCHAUMBURG AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MONTHLY REPORT

 

Month:                                                                                 December 2022

 

Checkbook Balance 31-Oct                                                                $5,414.74

INCOME MEMO                                                                                   $1,583.24

Deposit 1-Nov PayPal Transfer                                                         $1,425.98

4-Nov Douglas May Donation Snacks                                              $   150.00

21-Nov Amazon Smile                                                                         $       7.26

DISBURSEMENTS MEMO                                                                    $   240.99

ACH 6-Nov AT&T DSL                                                                          $     62.82

Chk 1275 2-Nov Cliff Sowka Election Materials                             $     31.20

Chk 1276 17-Dennis Calvey CP Ant Materials #2 Nov                 $   146.97

 

Checks Outstanding Deposit not included

Account Balance                                                                                  $6,756.99

30-Nov Bank Statement                                                                     $6,756.99

 

Adjusted balance                                                                                 $6,756.99

30-Nov Checkbook balance                                                               $6,756.99

Petty Cash 30-Nov                                                                               $   116.00

Pay Pal 30-Nov                                                                                     $       0.00

+petty cash – special accounts Funds Available                             $6,872.99

 

91 paid members

Barry K9FMB explained options available to us in replacing the canceled PayPal relationship.  It is possible Zelle could be invoked since major banking institutions have been long-capable of handling these transactions.  Since a dedicated eMail account is required with Zelle and since our Treasurer duties can change personnel over time, there needs to be an alternative and flexible address accessible to new officers.  The actual mechanics of such a move isn’t clear at the moment.

 

Barry reminded our ARRL Insurance needs to be renewed in January and the $300 annual  expense is unchanged from last year.

 

Danny Kafka KD9HIL moved to approve, John Schofield AC9JS seconded.  Motion Carried.

 

Public Service 

 

Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present.

 

EMCOMM

 

John Zietlow K9WIC reports 2023 ChicagoLand Marathon is scheduled for May 7th.

 

Repeaters

 

No action taken on the Barrington Road 2M antenna evaluation.  Our monthly copper pipe service fee will increase from $63 (teaser rate ends) to $160.

 

Construction Project (CP)

 

Cliff Sowka K9QD announced CP will be canceled for the fourth Saturday of December since it aligns with Christmas Eve morning.  Cliff contacted our webmaster to delete the event from our website’s calendar.

 

VE Testing

 

John Schofield AC9JS reports seven (7) candidates attended our FCC exam session.  This Dec 3rd session was host to two (2) of Leo’s N9NBH Tech Class students; both successfully completed their exams.

 

Name                                     Call

 

Gary                                        KD9WEB

William                                   KD9WED

Keith                                       KB9WDU

Dan                                         FCC Pending

Steven                                    AD9BP

Joshua                                    KD9WDV

Robert                                    KD9WEC

 

Nets 

 

Barry Friedman K9FMB reports Nets continue to be well attended.  We are in need of a host for the second Tuesday of the month TechNet.  We will also need a new Chair for 2023.

 

Radio Hill Gazette RHG 

 

Mike K9KMV No Report.

 

Membership

 

Searching for a Membership Chairperson.

 

Publicity

 

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chairman provides the following:

 

  • Upcoming General Class Sessions at Hoffman Estates Branch Library published on SARC Facebook page, SARC RHG and sarc-all broadcast.
  • Problems listing class on ARRL website.  Will keep trying.
  • Class information submitted to the Daily Herald for publication.  Awaiting confirmation.
  • Roof top antenna project at Tennis Plus Club still on hold until the Schaumburg Park District (SPD) accepts completion of the current rooftop HVAC upgrade project.  SPD confirmed that they will provide labor to assist in installation when rooftop work is completed.
  • We may have to order Dacron rope and possible pulleys for the HF Antenna long wire.  Waiting to confirm where we may install the antenna before ordering.  Overall project cost with possible additional cost for Dacron rope and pulleys is still below budgeted cost.

 

Social  

 

John Douglas KD9KSH has contracted with Lucky Monk for January’s Holiday Party on Saturday 21st at 6PM.  SARC approved $300 to have complimentary appetizers served.

Danny Kafka KD9HIL moved to budget the expense, Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK seconded, and the Motion carried.

 

The restaurant plans to have four (4) entrée choices for us to choose.  SARC-ALL announcement with invitation/RSVP will be published.

 

Two Club Acknowledgement Awards will be presented at the event:

 

  • Member of the Year
  • Bill Smead K9IIM Construction Project recipient.

 

John reminded we will need a new Social Chair for 2023.

 

Education

 

Leo N9NBH not present; Dennis C. Calvey reported Leo’s General Class is published on our FB site and the Daily Herald acknowledged our publication request.

 

Programs 

 

John Zietlow K9WIC reports December’s Presentation will be SLOT Antennas.

 

Old Business

 

None.

 

New Business

 

Ending our relationship with PayPal necessitates the establishment of a new payment service.

 

Cliff K9QD moved to select Zelle and Danny KD9HIL seconded.  Motion Carried.

 

Treasurer will work with our Webmaster to determine what requirements have to be accommodated to comply with the new banking relationship.

 

Treasurer access to our BMO Harris account will need updating and Barry will work with Chris Brewer AC9GN and Don Dewar KD9NJR to schedule the session with BMO Harris.

 

Adjourn 8:26 PM.

 

Submitted Dec 8, 2022    Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary

Holiday Party

Once again it is time to hold our Holiday Party after a long absence due to the threat of covid. The Holiday Party is a wonderful time for SARC members to have an evening out with our friends, wives or someone you know who is interested in becoming a ham radio operator. We can expect an evening of good conversation, great food, and much laughter in a relaxed atmosphere. Please mark you calendar for Saturday, January 21st to reserve this date for the SARC gathering. All club members are encouraged to attend and enjoy an evening of fun. This event takes the place of the January club meeting.

The Lucky Monk is providing a private room for SARC and the club has again graciously agreed to supply the appetizers. The meals and drinks will be the responsibility of those attending with the Lucky Monk providing some excellent menu choices. The party will start at 6:00PM.

SARC will use this opportunity to announce the Bill Smeed (K9IIM) construction project award and also name the Member of the Year.

This is one event you do not want to miss as the club really comes together and presents the opportunity to talk and meet with other club members. Everyone has the opportunity to sit down and get to know people they may have met on the air waves but never met in person. At the last Holiday Party many folks attended alone and had a great time talking with others who had the same interests.

Location

RSVP

Contact John KD9KSH via email (Member Roster) or this form to reserve your spot.

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting December 15, 2022

Business Meeting December 15, 2022

 

John Zietlow K9WIC President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

 

Attendees:

 

Robert Kocourek W9RKK John Zietlow K9WIC John Shofield AC9JS
Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Charlene Treve K9KMZ Paul Burkett KD9FMN
Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ John Douglas KD9KSH John Thornton
Danny Kafka KD9HIL Keith Bechtol KJ4ADV Cliff Sowka K9QD
Bob Langsfeld WB9TZC Don Dewar KD9NJR Bill McGovern W9WEM

 

Virtual Attendees:

 

Ed Lishka AC9SD Lou Childers N9LTW Leo Ribordy N9NBH
Steve Karson AC9EM Don Froula K9CLF Pat Carlberg KD9PWI
Jim Campbell KB9RGU Bill Gisseler W9YO Will Schroeder KA9DQB
Roberto Beltramelli WA9E    

 

Secretary’s Report:

 

Cliff Sowka K9QD:  Dennis C. Calvey moved to approve the November Business Meeting Minutes as published in the Radio Hill Gazette.  John Douglas KD9HIK seconded.  Motion Carried.

 

Treasurer’s Report: 

Barry Friedman K9FMB not present but previously provided the following:

 

Month:                                                                                 December  2022

 

SCHAUMBURG AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MONTHLY REPORT

 

Month:                                                                                 December 2022

 

Checkbook Balance 31-Oct                                                                $5,414.74

INCOME MEMO                                                                                   $1,583.24

Deposit 1-Nov PayPal Transfer                                                         $1,425.98

4-Nov Douglas May Donation Snacks                                              $   150.00

21-Nov Amazon Smile                                                                         $       7.26

DISBURSEMENTS MEMO                                                                    $   240.99

ACH 6-Nov AT&T DSL                                                                          $     62.82

Chk 1275 2-Nov Cliff Sowka Election Materials                             $     31.20

Chk 1276 17-Dennis Calvey CP Ant Materials #2 Nov                 $   146.97

 

Checks Outstanding Deposit not included

Account Balance                                                                                  $6,756.99

30-Nov Bank Statement                                                                     $6,756.99

 

Adjusted balance                                                                                 $6,756.99

30-Nov Checkbook balance                                                               $6,756.99

Petty Cash 30-Nov                                                                               $   116.00

Pay Pal 30-Nov                                                                                     $       0.00

+petty cash – special accounts Funds Available                             $6,872.99

 

91 paid members

 

Danny Kafka KD9HIL moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  Don Dewar KD9NJR seconded.  Motion Carried.

 

Public Service:

 

Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present.

 

EMCOMM:

 

John Zietlow K9WIC reported the ChicagoLand Marathon is set for May 7th.

 

Repeaters:

 

Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present; Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ reported tonight that our machines are working properly with no recent reports of static caused by windy/wet conditions.

 

Construction Project (CP): 

Cliff Sowka K9QD said the Attenuator Project deadline was tonight with 17 club members ordering kits.  John KC9ON will include 9V batteries and will allow a little more discount due to our increased order size.  Treasurer not present tonight so K9QD will cut his personal check to KC9ON and anticipate reimbursement in January as members reimburse his expense.  Final cost per kit will be known by the end of December once shipment accomplished.

Attenuator kit reservations:

W9YO Bill Gisseler
N9EHA Bruce Warrington
W9WEM Bill McGovern
W9RKK Robert Kocourek
KD9FIA Al Salazar
KB9RCR Joe Barela
KD9QAI Jody Jenks
W9DJM David Mack
KB9RHR Daryl Jenks
KD9NJR Don Dewar
N9NBH Leo Ribordy
KD9HIK Dennis C. Calvey
KD9HIL Danny Kafka
KD9FMN Paul Burkett
WB9TZC Bob Langsfeld
AC9JS John Schofield

*Two (2) for N9EHA

VE Testing:

John Schofield AC9JS welcomed our two recent Tech Class graduates tonight.

 

Nets:

Barry Friedman K9FMB not present.

 

Radio Hill Gazette RHG: 

 

Mike K9KMV No Report.

 

Membership: 

 

No Report.

 

Publicity:

 Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK was able to get January’s General Class information to several publications.

 

Social:

 

John Douglas KD9KSH reported our Holiday Party has been set for January 21st.  SARC Board of Directors approved a $300 budget for complimentary appetizers for the event.  This event replaces the traditional January Business Meeting and will include announcement of two honorary award winners who were selected during the Annual Meeting in November:  1. Member of the Year & Honorary Bill Smead K9IIM 2. Construction Project Award.

 

Special Events Committee:

 

No report.

 

Education:

 

Leo Ribordy N9NBH reported that eight (8) students have already reserved his General Class in January. The Library has 20-person capacity for the classroom.

 

Programs: 

 

John Zietlow K9WIC hosted a video about Slot Antennas.

 

Old Business:

 

None.

 

New Business: 

 

Bob Langsfeld WB9TZC noted our website displays outdated information concerning the Salvation Army information.  He will work with our Webmaster to update.

 

Adjourn: 7:31 PM.

 

Submitted December 16, 2022

K9QD Secretary