Schaumburg Amateur Radio Board of Director’s Meeting Nov 1, 2023

 

Board of Directors Meeting November 1, 2023

Robert Kocourek W9RKK Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:00PM

Attendees

 

Robert Kocourek W9RKK John Shofield AC9JS Bill Riess KW9WR
Danny Kafka KD9HIL Cliff Sowka K9QD Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK
John Douglas AC9JS Ed Lishka AC9SD  

Secretary’s Report

Cliff Sowka K9QD:  October BOD Meeting Minutes as published in the RHG; Danny KD9HIL moved to approve, Bill KW9WR seconded.  Adopted.

 

Treasurer’s Report:

Chris Brewer AC9GN not present.

Public Service 

 Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present.

EMCOMM

 John Zietlow K9WIC EmComm Chairman not present.

Repeaters

 Rob Glowacki N9MVO, Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ not present.  Kent Ochs W9KAO has been partially reimbursed for the first part of planned $300 equipment cabinet upgrade.  More equipment will be forthcoming.

Construction Project (CP)

Cliff Sowka K9QD reports CP is back in session and attendance during our first two events have hosted 25~27attendees.  Club members are asked to think of appropriate projects that we could entertain.

 VE Testing:

John Schofield AC9JS reports there is one candidate reserved at the moment for testing this coming Saturday.  All FCC records from last month were updated quickly except one….a single character in that candidate’s eMail had to be corrected and the FCC responded accordingly.

Nets 

 Don Dewar KD9NJR Chairman needs volunteers willing to take a session.

Radio Hill Gazette RHG 

 Mike K9KMV No Report.

Membership

Scott DeSantis KB9VRW Membership Committee Chairman not present.

Publicity

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chairman has authored a summary of his recent participation in Fox Hunting and we can anticipate a post to SARC-ALL and FaceBook shortly.

Social  

 Need Chairperson.

In the interim, John Douglas KD9KSH has offered to manage and has secured a venue for our January Holiday Party.

  • Location: RICCARDO’S RISTORANTE.  Plans for January will be sent to SARC-ALL a few times to remind membership.

Education

Leo N9NBH not present.

Programs 

 Don Dewar KD9NJR not present.  It’s possible we’ll present a WinLInk video during the vote-count later this month.

FOX Hunt:  Jim Campbell KB9RGU no report.

 Old Business

Don Dewar KD9NJR has proposed updates to our Constitution and Bylaws during the September meeting.  He presented valid reasons to edit six Articles that have become outdated (such as TVI Committee).  The Board reviewed his suggested text changes and we’ll publish the proposed updates in time for the inclusion on the Ballot in November.

  • Don KD9NJR moved in September to place proposed Constitution Updates on our November Ballot. Ed Lishka AC9SD seconded.  Motion Adopted
  • Bill KW9WR moved to approved Don’s Bylaw revisions as presented. Danny KD9HIL seconded.  Adopted under authority granted to the Board of Directors.

Therefore only the Constitution Revisions will be on the November Ballot since the Bylaws are adopted tonight.  Such revisions will be published to SARC-ALL for membership review.  The Ballot will ask for an Up-Down vote.

New Business

 Talliers for November’s Absentee Requests have received a few responses at the moment.  Last year we enjoyed 100% participation so hopefully we’ll receive more response shortly.

Adjourn 7:38PM

Submitted November 2, 2023.

Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary

 

Variable capacitor trivia question

[This discussion took place on our SARC-All email reflector – Ed.]

Bruce N9EHA started the discussion with this post.

In older radios, in order to get the tuning dial scale to tune linearly across the band and not “bunch up” frequencies at one end of the scale, they used an air variable capacitor that would change capacitance non-linearly.  If it had circular plates, the shaft was installed off center to make the capacitance change non-linear (first pic), or they had a tear drop shape, that looked like the second picture below, to get a logarithmic change in capacitance with rotation of the shaft.

The question is, what was the common name for these type of non-linear variable tuning caps in old radios?  Someone at the construction project thought it also used to be a test question on one of the older license exams, but I couldn’t find it.  If anyone remembers the name or nickname for them, let me know.

N9EHA followed up a few days later with this, closing the loop on the ongoing discussion.

Good discussion point to keep the thread going.  Butterfly is a specific type of construction with a split stator.  Butterfly capacitors are where the rotor plates are made in four 90 degree quadrants instead of the usual 2 halves (half circle), hence the so-called butterfly shape looking at the rotor plates from the end.  A butterfly capacitor is the first one below, vs a normal variable capacitor below that for comparison.

The difference between standard and butterfly is in where the electrical connections are made.  On a standard one (half circle), one electrical connection has to be made to the rotor plates via a moving connection.  You can see the connection on the second picture sticking up towards the top right, and that connection needs to slide on the shaft when the cap is adjusted to maintain its connection.  That’s fine in a receiver circuit, or other relatively low power design.

On a butterfly, each electrical connection is to each side’s (separate, split) stator, with no sliding connections made to the rotor.  RF current goes into one side’s set of stator plates, and comes out the other set of stator plates, coupled through the rotor plates along the way.  It’s easier to see in the 3rd pic where the solder connections are made to each side’s stator, with the butterfly rotor having no connections to it.  That’s advantageous because you can get more current out of a solid weld, solder, or bolt to the frame where the stator plates are mounted, than you can out of a sliding connection to the rotor.  So very high current capacitor needs, like in tank circuits for high power RF amps, have less loss and more power handling capability.  You sometimes see them tuning small magnetic loop antennas for that same reason, due to the very high circulating currents when the loop is tuned.

Also note that a butterfly only has useful rotation of 90 degrees, not 180 like a standard.  It will repeat the same capacitance value at FOUR points in a single rotation, not two points like a standard.  Not a problem for the cap, just something you have to consider if you want to mechanically restrict the rotation on the shaft to not repeat, or to design the face panel markings on gear, etc.

Fox Hunt Season Wrap Up

by Jim KB9RGU

Well , it’s over. Summer that is. Oh, and the Foxhunt season as well. October 28th 2023, the last of the four Saturday Foxhunts is in the books.  We changed the hours at the suggestion of a couple participants.

Started at 1500 and finished at 1600, welcomed 🌞 sunshine on a cool and windy day. The change in hours worked out very well, and may be permanent.

 The hunt started with four teams but equipment issues sidelined a couple of  the hunters. Participants were K9HIK, W9RKK, K9FNM and son, and W9KAO. W9KAO was first to find.

Howard kd9wsv, the Fox, had the stuffed Fox on the hood of his FOXMOBILE, so it was a little easier to locate.

Fun for all on the last Saturday of the month.

Heat Sink Milling for Dummy Load

During a recent construction project club members built dummy loads for testing radios. The loads required a heat sink and club member Bob W9GEW provided materials and machine time from his business to help produce those. He provided this video of the machining process.

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Business Meeting Nov 16, 2023

Business Meeting November 16, 2023

Don Dewar KD9NJR President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

Attendees:

 

Robert Kocourek W9RKK John Thornton KD9VZJ John Schofield AC9JS
Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ Paul Burkett KD9FMN Leo Ribordy N9NBH
John Childress KD9YKF Charlene Treve K9CMZ Don Dewar KD9NJR
Danny Kafka KD9HIL Danny Meyers K9LDM Bob Lacursia K9SKY
Bill Riess KW9WR Bob Benwitz N9JAX Rob Glowacki N9MVO
Howard Mitchell KD9WSV Bill McGovern W9WEM Cliff Sowka K9QD
Chris Brewer AC9GN Richard France N9PAN Bob McIntire W9DXR
Ed Lishka AC9SD Sid Puri KD9OLI Kent Ochs W9KAO
John Douglas KD9KSH    

 

ZOOM Attendees:

 

Jim Campbell KB9RGU Pierre Berube K9EYE Bates Noble N9UVI
Steve Karson AC9EM John Zietlow K9WIC Joshua Spivey KD9WDV
Kevin Willard KB9QVX Bill Schroeder KA9DQB  
David Binkowski K9IBM Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK  

 

Secretary’s Report:

 Cliff Sowka K9QD:  October Business Meeting Minutes were published in the Radio Hill Gazette (RHG).

  • Danny KD9HIL moved to approve Leo Ribordy N9NBH seconded. Motion Adopted.

 Treasurer’s Report: 

 Chris Brewer AC9GN reported:

SCHAUMBURG AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MONTHLY REPORT

Month:                                 October 2023

Checkbook Balance 09/31/2023                                                 $7,289.30

INCOME MEMO                                                                                    $     25.00

DISBURSEMENTS MEMO                                                              $      151.77

10/10/2023 AT&T DSL                                                                     $     62.82

Check 1289 Lightning Part Replacement                                $     28.02

Zelle Payment Repeater Shelf                                                    $     60.93

10/31/2023 Account Balance                                                       $7,162.53

10/31/2023 Bank Statement                                                        $7,162.53

Checks Outstanding                                                                        $       0.00

Adjusted balance                                                                             $7,162.53

Checkbook balance 10/31/2023                                                 $7,162.53

Petty Cash 10/31/2023 Current balance                                  $   110.00

Funds Available                                                                               $7,272.93

107 active members in roster with one additional posting shortly

 

  • Danny moved to approve, Paul Burkett KD9FMN seconded.  Adopted.

Public Service

Rob Glowacki N9MVO:  No Report.

EMCOMM:

John Zietlow K9WIC:  No Report.

Repeaters:

Rob N9MVO, Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ: No report.

Pierre Berube K9EYE requested status of 2M machine’s static and momentary attenuation remediation.  No specific action at the moment.

Construction Project (CP) 

Cliff Sowka K9QD:  No Report.

VE Testing

John Schofield AC9JS reports VE Tests Results for November 4, 2023

 

Name Call Class
Kirk KD9ZDT Technician

 

 

Class  
Technician 1
General 0
Extra 0
Total 1

 

The results were in the FCC ULS system by Wednesday, 11/8.

 

Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):

 

Bill Davies K9WKD
Steve Karson AC9EM
Ed Lishka AC9SD
John Schofield AC9JS
Will Sperling W9WSS

 

Next examination date: December 2, 2023

Nets:

Don Dewar KD9NJR: No Report.

Radio Hill Gazette (RHG):  

Mike K9KMV:  Not present

Special Events:  No Report.

Membership:

Scott DeSantis KB9VRW: Not Present.

Publicity: 

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK: No Report.

Social:  Chair open.

Education:

 Leo Ribordy N9NBH: No report.

Programs: 

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK presented a tutorial on Winlink.

Old Business:

Constitution updates:  Don Dewar KD9NJR published several editing proposals to SARC-ALL before Election Night.  Members will be asked to vote UP/DOWN.

New Business:  Don Dewar KD9NJR explained tonight’s Constitutional revisions are simply a ‘clean-up’ of outdated verbiage.  There is no new wording.  Items such as Budget, Audits, and Club Asset Records are not affected.  Tonight’s vote is simply UP/DOWN choice.

    • Constitution revisions are adopted.

 

2023 ELECTION NIGHT RESULTS FOR YEAR 2024

 

President            Don Dewar KD9NJR

Vice President   Dann Kafka KD9HIL

Treasurer            Chris Brewer AC9GN

Secretary            Cliff Sowka K9QD

 

Director               Robert Benwitz N9JAX -3 Year Term

Director               Paul Burkett KD9FMN  -3 Year Term

  • Danny Kafka KD9HIL moved to adjourn, Leo Ribordy N9NBH seconded.

Adjourn:  7:47 PM

Submitted November 17, 2023

Cliff Sowka  K9QD Secretary

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Board of Directors 2023

Bill Riess KW9WR called the meeting to order at 7:00PM

Attendees

 

John Douglas AC9JS John Shofield AC9JS Bill Riess KW9WR
Danny Kafka KD9HIL Don Dewar KD9NJR Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK
Cliff Sowka K9QD Scott DeSantis KB9VRW

 Secretary’s Report

Cliff Sowka K9QD:  November BOD Meeting Minutes as published in the RHG:  John Shofield AC9JS moved to approve, Danny Kafka KD9HIL seconded.  Adopted.

Treasurer’s Report:

Chris Brewer AC9GN not present.

Public Service 

 Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present.

EMCOMM

 John Zietlow K9WIC EmComm Chairman not present.

Repeaters

 Rob Glowacki N9MVO, Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ not present.

Construction Project (CP)

Cliff Sowka K9QD reports CP continues to enjoy strong attendance and we’re planning to host both December sessions even though the fourth Saturday of December aligns closely with family holiday celebrations.

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK is currently crafting Winlink training to be offered to CP attendees during Jan~Feb.

VE Testing:

John Schofield AC9JS reports there is already one candidate reserved at the moment for the January session.  John has been supporting student interest in joining an organized Ham Radio organization and his efforts have resulted in several new members for SARC.

  • WebMaster will be asked to edit our home page layout in order to accommodate a more rapid access to our VE Testing services.

Nets 

 Don Dewar KD9NJR Chairman needs volunteers willing to take a session.

Radio Hill Gazette RHG 

 Mike K9KMV No Report.

Membership

Scott DeSantis KB9VRW Membership Committee Chairman noted our status as Affiliated ARRL Club requires update.  Bill Reiss KW9WR suggested we also acquire an additional domain SCHAUMBURGARC.COM so that prospective hams can find our entity more easily.  The additional domain for our club could simply point to www.N9RJV therefore providing  a more efficient search result.

  • Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK moved to approve the $14 annual domain registry expense and Danny Kafka KD9HIL seconded.

Publicity

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chairman has authored a primer for Winlink and anticipates we could offer training during Jan~Feb Construction Project meetings.

  • Treasurer Disbursements Needed: Previously authorized support payments of $25 each to Newsline, Repeater Association, and Ham QSL.com.

Social   

Need Chairperson.

In the interim, John Douglas KD9KSH has secured a venue for our January Holiday Party.

  • Current reservation is 14 but we’re obligated to provide 25 attendees minimum. John will continue to remind membership via SARC-ALL.

Education

Leo N9NBH not present.

Programs 

 Don Dewar KD9NJR: planning a December Business Meeting presentation.

Old Business

Talliers for November’s Absentee Requests received only ~ 65% response but those who did respond to several requests and reminders were represented in November’s election.

This contrasts to last year where we enjoyed 100% participation so hopefully we can implement a better scheme for next year’s election; maybe craft a simple, click-enabled document for those who cannot attend election night in person if our mandated SASE US Mail process won’t be followed again in 2024.

 New Business

 Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK noted our website needs 2024 officer update to reflect the November Election Results. Also, Google Groups for SARC-BD requires update.

  • Dennis submitted a Winlink primer for presentation during our Jan~Feb Construction Project venue for interested members. Cliff Sowka K9QD moved to approve and John Schofield AC9JS seconded. Adopted.
  • Dennis will communicate with several governmental agencies to reaffirm our Schaumburg resources: Tennis Plus, Bocce Court for SARC-in-the-Park, CRC for BOD and Business Meetings, and any rental/insurance documentation requirements.

Don Dewar KD9NJR reviewed open action items:  Determine FTM 300 location and current function, Inventory of club Assets, Annual Audit, and proposed Budget.

  • Professional Audit of our Treasury could cost ~$2,000 but since our revenue as Non-Profit is well under the IRS-defined threshold, third party review would suffice.
  • Treasurer requested to present budget proposal during the December Business Meeting. Operating expense of $1,754.00 estimated but Committee requests need to be informed.

Adjourn 8:30PM

Submitted December 7, 2023.

Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary

 

 

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Business Meeting Dec 21, 2023

Business Meeting December 21, 2023

Don Dewar KD9NJR President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

Attendees: 

Robert Kocourek W9RKK Chris Brewer AC9GN John Schofield AC9JS
John Douglas KD9KSH Paul Burkett KD9FMN Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK
John Childress KD9YKF Charlene Treve K9CMZ Don Dewar KD9NJR
Danny Kafka KD9HIL Danny Meyers K9LDM Daryl Jenks KB9RHR
Bill Riess KW9WR Leo Ribordy N9NBH Rob Glowacki N9MVO
Howard Mitchell KD9WSV Cliff Sowka K9QD

 ZOOM Attendees: 

Jim Campbell KB9RGU Pierre Berube K9EYE <-Log> Bates Noble N9UVI
Steve Karson AC9EM Jon KD9WNL John Thornton KD9VZJ
Kevin Willard KB9QVX Bill Schroeder KA9DQB

 Secretary’s Report: 

Cliff Sowka K9QD:  November Business Meeting Minutes were published in the Radio Hill Gazette (RHG).

  • Danny KD9HIL moved to approve, Robert Kocourek W9RKK seconded. Motion Adopted.

 Treasurer’s Report:  

Chris Brewer AC9GN reported:

SCHAUMBURG AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MONTHLY REPORT

Month:                                 November  2023

 

Checkbook Balance 10/30/2023                                                 $7,162.53

INCOME MEMO                                                                                    $     30.00

DISBURSEMENTS MEMO                                                              $      223.33

11/08/2023 AT&T DSL                                                                     $       62.82

Check 1290 Lightning Detector Replacement                       $     11.25

Zelle Payment Repeater Shelf                                                    $     149.26

11/30/2023 Account Balance                                                       $6,969.20

11/30/2023 Bank Statement                                                        $6,969.20

Checks Outstanding                                                                        $         0.00

Adjusted balance                                                                             $6,969.20

Checkbook balance 11/30/2023                                                 $6,969.20

Petty Cash 11/30/2023 Current balance                                   $   110.00

 

Funds Available                                                                               $7,079.20

111 active members in roster

  • Danny KD9HIL moved to approve, Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK seconded.  Motion Adopted.

Public Service

Rob Glowacki N9MVO:  No Report.

EMCOMM: 

John Zietlow K9WIC:  Not Present.

Repeaters:

Rob N9MVO:  Pie 4 upgrade to be installed shortly.  There is intermittent noise present (including tonight) with no apparent source.  Members are asked to report observations and help us determine what conditions are present when occurs.  If we can identify a pattern it may help narrow remediation possibilities.

Construction Project (CP) 

 Cliff Sowka K9QD:  Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK and Daryl Jenks KB9RHR are planning a Winlink presentation during our January 13th CP session.

VE Testing

 John Schofield AC9JS reports VE Tests Results for December 2nd: 

Name Call Class
Brian KD9ZIH Technician

 

Class  
Technician 1
General 0
Extra 0
Total 1

Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):

Bill Davies K9WKD
Steve Karson AC9EM
Ed Lishka AC9SD
James Migalla KC9UFB
William Riess KW9WR
John Schofield AC9JS

Next examination date:  January 6, 2024

John Schofield

Session Manager

AC9JS

Nets:

Don Dewar KD9NJR: No Report.

Radio Hill Gazette (RHG):  

 Mike K9KMV:  Not present

Special Events:  No Report.

Membership:

Scott DeSantis KB9VRW: Not Present.

Publicity: 

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK:

Upon checking ARRL listing, Dennis determined SARC is correctly listed as an affiliate club but we’re not seeing appropriate search results when entering either ZIP 60193 or 60194.

Social:  Chair open

John Douglas KD9KSH reports we have met our January Holiday Party attendance requirement.

Education:

 Leo Ribordy N9NBH: No report.

Programs: 

Don Dewar KD9NJR:  Planned but technical issues caused the presentation to succumb to Microsoft Undocumented Feature.  Try again during our February Business Meeting.

Old Business:

Don Dewar KD9NJR explained November’s Constitutional revisions were simply a ‘clean-up’ of outdated verbiage.  There is no new wording.  Items such as Budget, Audits, and Club Asset Records are not affected.  November’s vote was simply UP/DOWN choice.

Don has enlisted editing help tonight so that our Board of Directors is able to publish a clean document.

New Business: 

Chris Brewer AC9GN will be working on our budget for 2024 and requested SARC Committees submit their budget requests to begin the process.

Adjourn:  7:29 PM

Submitted December 22, 2023

Cliff Sowka  K9QD Secretary

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Board of Directors Jan 3, 2024

Board of Directors Meeting January 3, 2024

Robert Kocourek W9RKK called the meeting to order at 7:00PM

Attendees

Robert Kocourek W9RKK John Shofield AC9JS Bill Riess KW9WR
Danny Kafka KD9HIL John Douglas AC9JS Paul Burkett KD9FMN
Cliff Sowka K9QD Bob Benwitz W9JAX
  • Robert Kocourek W9RKK was appointed as Chairman of the Board by Acclamation as we begin 2024.
  • Our two new Directors (Paul Burkett KD9FMN, Bob Benwitz W9JAX) were installed tonight.
  • Robert Kocourek W9RKK Chairman moved to authorize SARC Officers voting members of the Board. John Shofield AC9JS seconded.  Motion Adopted.

Secretary’s Report

Cliff Sowka K9QD:  December BOD Meeting Minutes as published in the RHG:  Robert Kocourek W9RKK moved to approve, Bill Reiss KW9WR seconded.  Motion Adopted.

Treasurer’s Report:

Chris Brewer AC9GN not present but provided the following:

SCHAUMBURG AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MONTHLY REPORT

Month:   December 2023

Checkbook Balance 11/30/23                           $6,969.20

INCOME MEMO

12/15/23 Zelle, Holiday party                           $       28.00

12/15/23 Cash, Holiday party                            $   642.00

 

DISBURSEMENTS MEMO

ACH 12/11/23 AT&T DSL                                    $       62.82

12/31/23 Account Balance                                $7,576.38

12/31/23 Bank Statement                                  $7,576.38

Checks Outstanding                                             $       0.00

Adjusted balance                                                 $7,576.38

Checkbook balance 12/31/23

Petty Cash 12/31/23 Current balance             $   110.00 

Funds Available                                                    $7,686.38

111 active members in roster

34 people attending Holiday Party (total to date is $950, one member short by $2).

Robert Kocourek W9RKK moved to approve and Bill Reiss seconded.  Motion Adopted. 

Public Service  

Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present.

EMCOMM 

John Zietlow K9WIC EmComm Chairman not present.

Repeaters 

Rob Glowacki N9MVO, Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ not present.

Construction Project (CP)

Cliff Sowka K9QD reports a Winlink presentation is planned for January 13th session. Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK has authored training to be offered to our CP attendees.

  • Budgeting process for 2024 requires SARC Committees to present their funding requirements for the year. CP will identify consumables that are needed for the season and let Chris Brewer AC9GN know of our request so that we can discuss during our February Business Meeting.

VE Testing:

John Schofield AC9JS reports there are five (5) candidates reserved at the moment for the January session this Saturday.  John has been supporting student interest in joining an organized Ham Radio organization and his efforts have resulted in several new members for SARC.  John has become our key new member recruiter!

  • WebMaster AC9IG has edited our home page layout so that more rapid access to our VE Testing services can be found easily…..much thanx to Matt!
  • Nets 

Don Dewar KD9NJR Chairman not present.

Radio Hill Gazette RHG  

Mike K9KMV No Report.

Membership

Scott DeSantis KB9VRW Membership Committee Chairman not present.

Publicity

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chairman not present but did report there are no new items.

Social   

Need Chairperson but John Douglas KD9KSH, acting as interim Chair, has secured January Holiday Party.

  • Current reservation is 35 which is near-capacity for the facility.
  • Education

Leo N9NBH not present.

Programs  

Don Dewar KD9NJR: not present.

Old Business

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK noted our website needs 2024 officer update to reflect the November Election Results.

Google Groups for SARC-BD requires following members added to distribution list:

  • W9JAX
  • KD9FMN
  • KW9WR

Dennis submitted a Winlink primer for presentation during our Jan~Feb Construction Project venue for interested members.  Cliff Sowka K9QD moved to approve and John Schofield AC9JS seconded. Adopted.

Dennis will communicate with several governmental agencies to reaffirm our Schaumburg resources:  Tennis Plus, Bocce Court for SARC-in-the-Park, CRC for BOD and Business Meetings, and any rental/insurance documentation requirements.

Don Dewar KD9NJR reviewed open action items:  Determine FTM 300 location and current function, Inventory of club Assets, Annual Audit, and proposed Budget.

  • Professional Audit of our Treasury could cost ~$2,000 but since our revenue as Non-Profit is well under the IRS-defined threshold, third party review would suffice.
  • Treasurer requested to present budget proposal during the December Business Meeting. Operating expense of $1,754.00 estimated but Committee requests need to be informed.

New Business 

Don Dewar KD9NJR reported the Constitution Grammatical edits have been completed and now need to be published in the RHG.

Adjourn 8:02PM

Submitted January 4, 2024.

Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Board of Directors Feb 7, 2024

Board of Directors Meeting February 7, 2024

Robert Kocourek W9RKK called the meeting to order at 7:00PM

Attendees

Robert Kocourek W9RKK John Schofield AC9JS Bill Riess KW9WR
Danny Kafka KD9HIL John Douglas AC9JS Paul Burkett KD9FMN
Cliff Sowka K9QD Bob Benwitz W9JAX Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK
Don Dewar KD9NJR    

 Secretary’s Report

Cliff Sowka K9QD:  January BOD Meeting Minutes as published in the RHG:  John Douglas KD9KSH moved to approve, Danny Kafka KD9HIL seconded.  Motion Adopted.

Treasurer’s Report:

Chris Brewer AC9GN not present but provided the following:

SCHAUMBURG AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MONTHLY REPORT 

Checking                              $7,576.38

Income                                 $551.00

Disbursements                 $1,021.75

*CHK # 1292 John Douglas $958.93 Holiday Party (~$100 profit donated to Field Day)

Petty Cash                          $173.00

Funds Available                $7,278.63

115 Members on Roster

Don Dewar KD9NJR Moved to approve, Paul Burkett KD9FMN seconded.  Motion Adopted.

 Public Service 

 Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present.

EMCOMM

 John Zietlow K9WIC not present but communicated the following report:

EmComm Report for February 2024

  1. On March 17, 2024 there will be a Statewide exercise to demonstrate our ability to setup stations in field locations and communicate with other amateurs in and out of Illinois.

1.1. Robert Littler, W9DSR, the Section Emergency Coordinator has established four basic objectives for the exercise:

1.1.1. Activate stations in the field

1.1.2. Communicate with other hams and field locations similar to POTA, IOTA, etc.

1.1.3. Get new hams on the air; similar to FD GOTA, get non-hams involved.

1.1.4. Demonstrate our capabilities to the general public and local officials.

1.2. The hours of operation will be from noon to 4:00 PM. If there is the threat of severe weather, the exercise could be postponed to March 24th. (Could be threat of blizzard or tornadoes, after all, it is March!)

1.3. Details are being worked out tonight and further refined for District 4 at the EmComm meeting at the HE PD on March 16th. Members of SARC invited to attend.

1.4. SARC is encouraged to participate as they see fit.

  1. May 5, 2024 will be the Chicagoland Marathon. An initial assessment of the Schaumburg Emergency Radio Team indicates that we have lost three of our members. SARC may be asked to help with the event. SARC’s role will be defined by the EC, Tracy Raimondo.
  1. This will be my last report as a member of SARC, Inc.

Repeaters

 Rob Glowacki N9MVO, Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ not present.  Our UPS reports the battery bank has become soft and requires replacement.  Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK has researched a source and will be granted purchase authority in the new business discussion.

Construction Project (CP)

Cliff Sowka K9QD reports a Winlink presentation is planned for Saturday February 10th session.

  • Budgeting process for 2024 requires SARC Committees to present their funding requirements for the year. CP estimates ~$150 will be needed to purchase a table-mount vice and some cool-spray/de-ox chemicals.

VE Testing: John Schofield AC9JS 

Results for February 3, 2024

Name Call Class
Mariusz AD9DU Extra
William KA9DQB Extra
Doug KD9ZOG Extra

Mariusz did not pre-register for the exam.  He walked in with all of the required documentation and took the Technician, the General, and the Amateur Extra exams, passed all three, all within one hour.
Congratulation, Mariusz.  Well done.

Class  
Technician 0
General O
Extra 3
Total 3

 

Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):

Steve Karson AC9EM
Ed Lishka AC9SD
James Migalla KC9UFB
William Riess KW9WR
John Schofield AC9JS

Next examination date: March 2 2024

John Schofield

Session Manager

AC9JS

Nets  

Don Dewar KD9NJR Chairman reports attendance remains enthusiastic.  Need Net Control volunteer to host on Tuesdays.

Radio Hill Gazette RHG  

Mike K9KMV No Report.

Membership

Scott DeSantis KB9VRW Membership Committee Chairman not present.

Publicity

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chairman reports renewed SARC management effort to visit with our various governmental authorities for basic introductions.  Scheduled meetings may occur during the next few months.

Our Facebook site is experiencing increased activity.

Social   

Need Chairperson.

John Douglas KD9KSH, previous chair, hosted a widely-celebrated summer picnic at a Bartlett facility  last year and he intends to query possible availability for this summer. Will update.

Education

Leo N9NBH not present. We’ve indicated our desire to support the Hanover Park Fox School for their STEM event May 2nd.  SARC plans to support any budgeting needs and help Leo staff our display.  Thinking about trinkets and catchy technology display to capture attention within first ~30 seconds as students pass our table.

Programs  

Don Dewar KD9NJR: working on topic for the February Business Meeting.

Old Business

Don Dewar KD9NJR reported the Constitution Grammatical edits have been completed and now need to be published in the RHG.

New Business

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK has professional sourcing support to help us replace our UPS battery bank.

  • Cliff K9QD moved to provide $200 headroom. W9RKK seconded.  Motion Adopted.

Danny Kafka KD9HIL discussed required radio equipment for this year’s Field Day event.  We’ll need to itemize the needs for each tent and who/how/when radio equipment is available.

Adjourn 8:31PM

Submitted February 8, 2024

Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary

 

 

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting Feb 15, 2024

Business Meeting February 15, 2024

Don Dewar KD9NJR President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

Attendees:

 

Robert Kocourek W9RKK Jim Campbell KB9RGU John Schofield AC9JS
Steve Karson AC9EM Paul Burkett KD9FMN Kevin Willard KB9QVX
John Childress KD9YKF Charlene Treve K9CMZ Don Dewar KD9NJR
Danny Kafka KD9HIL Danny Meyers K9LDM Daryl Jenks KB9RHR
Andrew Rafferty K9ABR Leo Ribordy N9NBH Rob Glowacki N9MVO
Howard Mitchell KD9WSV Joe Barela KB9RCR Roger Young WB9NBA
Eliot Libner N9EPA Alex Suptela guest Mariusz Szpryngacz AD9DU

 

ZOOM Virtual Attendees: 

Scott KB9VRW Pierre Berube K9EYE Russ KC9NUV
Bill KD9RGX Kirk K9MSG John Thornton KD9VZJ
Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK

 

Secretary’s Report:

 Cliff Sowka K9QD:  Not present; Danny Kafka KD9HIL Vice President will be tonight’s scribe.

Treasurer’s Report: 

 Chris Brewer AC9GN’s report previously approved at Board Meeting on February 7:

SCHAUMBURG AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MONTHLY REPORT

 Checking                              $7,576.38

Income                                 $   551.00

Disbursements                   $1,021.75

*CHK # 1292 John Douglas $958.93 Holiday Party (~$100 profit donated to Field Day)

Petty Cash                           $   173.00

Funds Available                $7,278.63

115 Members on Roster

Public Service

Rob Glowacki N9MVO:  No Report.

EMCOMM:

 John Zietlow K9WIC not present:  February BOD Minutes repeated here.

  1. On March 17, 2024 there will be a Statewide exercise to demonstrate our ability to setup stations in field locations and communicate with other amateurs in and out of Illinois.

1.1. Robert Littler, W9DSR, the Section Emergency Coordinator has established four basic objectives for the exercise:

1.1.1. Activate stations in the field

1.1.2. Communicate with other hams and field locations similar to POTA, IOTA, etc.

1.1.3. Get new hams on the air; similar to FD GOTA, get non-hams involved.

1.1.4. Demonstrate our capabilities to the general public and local officials.

1.2. The hours of operation will be from noon to 4:00 PM. If there is the threat of severe weather, the exercise could be postponed to March 24th. (Could be threat of blizzard or tornadoes, after all, it is March!)

1.3. Details are being worked out tonight and further refined for District 4 at the EmComm meeting at the HE PD on March 16th.  Members of SARC invited to attend.

1.4. SARC is encouraged to participate as they see fit.

  1. May 5, 2024 will be the Chicagoland Marathon. An initial assessment of the Schaumburg Emergency Radio Team indicates that we have lost three of our members. SARC may be asked to help with the event.  SARC’s role will be defined by the EC, Tracy Raimondo.
  2. This will be my last report as a member of SARC, Inc.

Repeaters:

Rob N9MVO Not present, Robert W9RKK said that he and Kent Ochs W9KAO are developing documentation for repeater procedures and repair.

  • Dennis KD9HIK will pick up batteries and Rob N9MVO would possibly install on Saturday (2-17)

Construction Project (CP) 

 Cliff Sowka K9QD:  Not present.

It can be difficult to run a program — very noisy.   Don KD9NJR said we could use the space near the elevator.

Also, a club officer must be present and CP can run all year.

Scott KB9VRW offered space at the SA facility on evenings or week ends with prior notice.

VE Testing

 John Schofield AC9JS reports VE Tests Results for February 3, 2024

Name                                    Call                     Class

Mariusz                                  AD9DU               Extra

William                                 KA9DQB               Extra

Doug                                     KD9ZOG               Extra

Mariusz did not pre-register for the exam.  He walked in with all of the required documentation and took the Technician, the General, and the Amateur Extra exams, passed all three, all within one hour.

Congratulation, Mariusz.  Well done.

Class     

Technician           0

Genera l               0

Extra                      3

Total                      3

Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):

Steve    Karson               AC9EM

Ed           Lishka                AC9SD

James   Migalla            KC9UFB

William Riess                KW9WR

John      Schofield          AC9JS

Next examination date: March 2, 2024

Nets:

Don Dewar KD9NJR:   Nets are busy and asks people not to talk over another person.

Radio Hill Gazette (RHG):  

 Mike K9KMV:  Not present

Special Events:  

 Leo N9NBH and Dennis KD9HIK expect to meet with the school staff to review club participation in the upcoming STEM fair on May 2.   Leo requests up to four volunteers with someone off site to provide response.  Note children’s ages only up to 10.

Membership:

Scott DeSantis KB9VRW: Not Present.

Publicity: 

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK:  No report.

Social:  Chair open

Education:

 Leo Ribordy N9NBH: No response to Leos’s request concerning  setting up our next class.

Programs: 

Don Dewar KD9NJR:  Tonight’s program is line-of-sight communication with a review of site scadacore.com

Old Business:

None.

 New Business: 

Charlene K9CMZ discussed ARRL supported proposed laws protecting Hams from local rules and ordinances forbidding radio equipment at their home.

Adjourn:  7:30 PM

Submitted February 19, 2024 as dutifully plagiarized from Danny Kafka’s KD9HIL notes.

Cliff Sowka  K9QD

Secretary

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Board of Directors Mar 6, 2024

Board of Directors Meeting March 6, 2024

Robert Kocourek W9RKK called the meeting to order at 7:00PM

Attendees

Robert Kocourek W9RKK John Schofield AC9JS Bill Riess KW9WR
Danny Kafka KD9HIL John Douglas KD9KSH Scott DeSantis  KB9VRW
Cliff Sowka K9QD Bob Benwitz W9JAX Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK
Don Dewar KD9NJR Darryl Jenks KB9RHR

 Secretary’s Report

Cliff Sowka K9QD:  February BOD Meeting Minutes as published in the RHG:  Bill Reiss KW9WR moved to approve and Robert Kocourek W9RKK seconded.  Motion Adopted.

Treasurer’s Report:

Chris Brewer AC9GN not present. 

Public Service  

Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present.

EMCOMM 

John Zietlow K9WIC not present but communicated the following report:

“I have received confirmation that the Chicagoland Marathon would like hams to provide communications for the subject event to be held in the Busse Woods on Sunday, May 5th.  The typical hours are from 0600 to 1430.

I am looking for availability from the ham community to help with this event. We would like to have a nominal 30 operators.

  • If you would like to help with this event, please respond to me at j.zietlow@comcast.net

It is a great opportunity for Technician Class and above. It will give you a great opportunity to use your handheld radios.

We will have a couple of training sessions in April to cover the basics”.

  • BOD decided to place a staffing plan on the March Business Meeting Agenda

Repeaters 

Rob Glowacki N9MVO, Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ not present.  Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK accomplished UPS Battery refresh.

Robert Kocourek W9RKK is working to establish an operation manual for our machines with assistance from the Repeater Team and Kent Ochs W9KAO.

Construction Project (CP)

Cliff Sowka K9QD reports we have four (4) sessions remaining this season.

It may be advantageous to offer an additional Winlink work session; a separate SARC-ALL email may announce the offer to hold instruction near the elevator door for a quiet venue.  Just need to slide some tables and chairs over to the north end of the basement.  Access to our antennas is possible by interrupting the coax at the lightning suppressor ground bar.

Budgeting process for 2024 requires all SARC Committees to present their funding requirements for the year.  CP estimates ~$370 will be needed to purchase a NanoVNA, table-mount vice and some cool-spray/de-ox chemicals, as well as battery refresh for our instrumentation.

    • Cliff Sowka K9QD moved to request $370 headroom. Robert Kocourek W9RKK seconded. Motion adopted.
    • Some SARC members indicate they would join a nanoVNA purchase effort and possibly benefit from volume discount if possible. Will inform cost before requesting individual purchase commitments.
    • K9QD will QST via SARC-ALL to determine total purchase quantity of NanoVNA before placing our order.

VE Testing: 

John Schofield AC9JS reports 7 candidates arrived for the March 2nd session.

Some meeting room confusion occurred but once space was found, the results were:

4 Tech

2 General

1 Extra

John was sure to offer SARC literature to those requesting information.

Nets  

Don Dewar KD9NJR Chairman reports attendance remains enthusiastic.  Need Net Control volunteer to host on Tuesdays.

Radio Hill Gazette RHG  

Mike K9KMV No Report.

Membership

Scott DeSantis KB9VRW Membership Committee Chairman is handling many requests not necessarily related to potential membership requests.

There is a need for a filter stage to route traffic within our various committees.

Publicity

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chairman reported during our February meeting there will be renewed SARC management effort to visit with our various governmental authorities for basic introductions.

Opportunity presents itself to meet village officials:  Village of Schaumburg Community Emergency Management & Cyber Security Awareness Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday March 20.

Dennis sent correspondence acknowledging possible SARC support and asked if we should prepare a venue.   Email sent Friday March 1, 2024.  No response at the moment.

It was decided tonight our management team will attend the event with notable dress uniformity such as caps with our call letters.  We’ll attempt to introduce ourselves to the various governmental authorities to help enhance our visibility.

Fox Elementary School Stem Day May 2, 2024.  Waiting for update from Leo.  Audience is K~5th grade.

    • Motion to approve $100 headroom budget, Danny KD9HIL seconded. Motion adopted.

Effort to organize SARC support for October’s Scouting Jamboree on the Air.

    • Dennis will QST via SARC-ALL to determine membership support.

New Repeater Standby Batteries were handed off to Rob Glowacki (N9MVO) who installed & tested them. Hope to find old batteries in the basement of the Tennis Plus Club so I can get them recycled.  Invoice submitted to Chris, waiting for check.

Social   

Need Chairperson.

John Douglas KD9KSH, previous chair, hosted a widely-celebrated summer picnic at a Bartlett facility  last year and he has organized the facility plan again this summer.  Moved to approve $200 rental, Don KD9NJR seconded.  Motion Adopted.

WHEN:                  Sunday, August 18th

TIME:                    2:00PM to 6PM

HOW:                    SARC will fund $200 rental expense.

WHAT:                  Potluck planned and considers SARC funding for a few higher-expense food items.

Education

Leo N9NBH not present.  We’ll support the Hanover Park Fox School for their STEM event May2nd.  SARC supports $100 budgeting to help Leo present our display.  Trinkets and catchy technology display to capture attention within first ~30 seconds as students/parents pass our table.

Programs  

Don Dewar KD9NJR: Need program ideas and membership presenter support.  Lots of club talent available to offer interesting presentations. Ancillary topics that directly or indirectly support radio invited.

Old Business

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK has professional sourcing support to help us replace our UPS battery bank.

    • Cliff K9QD moved to provide $200 headroom. W9RKK seconded.  Motion Adopted.

Danny Kafka KD9HIL discussed required radio equipment for this year’s Field Day event.  We’ll need to itemize the needs for each tent and who/how/when radio equipment is available.

New Business

Danny Kafka KD9HIL suggests SARC Committees present their budgeting requests to help us comply with our requirement to have an operational budget.  She will be working to define Field Day details.

John Schofield AC9JS offers suggestions to codify ISO-like documentation to define each committee’s role, duties, and reporting requirements.  John provided guidance for FCC License renewals and the process is now available step-by-step on our website.

Adjourn 8:49PM

Submitted March 7, 2024

Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting Mar 21, 2024

Business Meeting March 21, 2024

Don Dewar KD9NJR President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

Attendees: 

Robert Kocourek W9RKK John Douglas KD9KSH John Schofield AC9JS
Steve Karson AC9EM Paul Burkett KD9FMN Kevin Willard KB9QVX
Steve Epstein WA9FZB Dennis C, Calvey KD9HIK Don Dewar KD9NJR
Danny Kafka KD9HIL Danny Meyers K9LDM Jim McCann W9JRM
Rob Glowacki N9MVO Leo Ribordy N9NBH John Thornton KD9VZI
Howard Mitchell KD9WSV Joe Barela KB9RCR Cliff Sowka K9QD
Chris Brewer AC9GN Alex Suptela KD9ZZD Mariusz Szpryngacz AD9DU

 ZOOM Virtual Attendees: 

Scott KB9VRW Pierre Berube K9EYE Bill KD9RGX
Will KA9DQB Kirk K9MSG Bob W9DXR
Jim Campbell KB9RGU Don Froula K9CLF Bates N9UVI

 Secretary’s Report:

 Cliff Sowka K9QD:  February Report as published in the RHG.  Robert Kocourek W9RKK moved to approve, Leo seconded, Motion Adopted.

Treasurer’s Report: 

Chris Brewer AC9GN reported: $7,275.81 funds available with 118 Members on Roster.

Steve Karson AC9EM moved to approve and Danny Kafka KD9HIL seconded.  Motion Adopted.

 Public Service

Rob Glowacki N9MVO:  MS Walk at Harper College is set for May 5th.  Detailed SARC-ALL staffing eMail will be published beforehand.

Hoffman Estates Fourth of July Parade will be supported again this year and planning will begin a few weeks ahead of the event.

Chicagoland Marathon in Busse Woods May 5th will be managed by John Zietlow K9WIC.  John will be communicating detailed plans shortly.

EMCOMM: 

John Zietlow K9WIC not present.

Repeaters:

Rob N9MVO and Robert W9RKK along with Kent Ochs W9KAO are developing documentation for repeater procedures and repair.

Construction Project (CP) 

 Cliff Sowka K9QD:

We have three CP Events remaining for this season and 2nd and 4th Saturdays will be replaced with SARC-in-the-Park.

VE Testing

 John Schofield AC9JS reports VE Tests Results for March 2, 2024

Name Call Class
Alexander KD9ZZD Technician
Kenji KD9ZZE Technician
Adam KD9ZZF Technician
Alexander KD9ZZG Technician
Oleg KD9ZZN General
Dean KD9ZZI General
John KD9QVP Extra

 

Class  
Technician 4
General 2
Extra 1
Total 7

Results are late because of a delay in entering the information.

Participating Volunteer Examiners (VEs):

Bill Davies K9WKD
Steve Karson AC9EM
Ed Lishka AC9SD
James Migalla KC9UFB
John Schofield AC9JS

Next examination date: April 6, 2024

John Schofield

Session Manager

AC9JS

Nets:

Don Dewar KD9NJR:   Nets are busy.  Surely would be good if we could have alternate control operators once in a while.

Radio Hill Gazette (RHG):  

 Mike K9KMV:  Not present

Special Events:  

 Leo N9NBH and Dennis KD9HIK expect to meet with the school staff to review club participation in the upcoming STEM fair on May 2.   Leo requests up to four volunteers with someone off site to provide response.  Note children’s ages only up to 10.

Membership:

Scott DeSantis KB9VRW:  some message filtering would be helpful in keeping the Membership Chair’s efforts focused on recruitment.

Publicity: 

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK:  SARC presented a respectable presence for Schaumburg’s safety presentation with our Ham Radio Call letters clearly visible in the audience.

As Tracy Raimondo addressed audience’s questions she stated that Ham Radio is a valuable resource in times of emergency;  clearly acknowledging appreciation for our visibility.

Social:  Chair open

Education:

 Leo Ribordy N9NBH: No response to Leos’s request concerning setting up our next class.  It appears the Library remodeling project is moving slowly.

Programs: 

Don Dewar KD9NJR:  Tonight’s program is SARC COMMITTEE structure, staffing, and need to fulfill some important vacancies.

Old Business:

Charlene K9CMZ discussed ARRL supported proposed laws protecting Hams from local rules and ordinances forbidding radio equipment at their home.

 New Business: 

Chris Brewer AC9GN presented a recent request from a local Vet in Wonder Lake:  they desire to increase the sensory radius for embedded animal ID tags to something like ~ two meters.   Current wands can only detect the animal’s passive chip at very close range.   No talent within tonight’s group was apparent.  Pierre K9EYE mentioned his iPhone was useful in detecting prescription bottle IDs.

Pierre K9EYE suggested we could enhance SARC-in-the-Park activity by participating in POTA at designated sites such as Pate Philips in Bartlett or Moraine Hills.

Robert W9RKK suggested we begin supporting Danny’s Kd9HIL Field Day planning in earnest.  Items that require lead time such as Public Works site permit, insurance rider, tent captains, climbers, and support equipment.

Steve Karson AC9EM moved we continue with the Plum Grove Public Works site for Field Day again this year.  Leo Ribordy N9NBH seconded the idea.  Group tonight agrees.

John Thornton KD9VZI wishes to know if SARC t-shirts could be available or if we could organize procurement for interested members.

Adjourn:  7:49 PM

Submitted March 22, 2024

Cliff Sowka  K9QD

Secretary

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Board of Directors Apr 3, 2024

Board of Directors Meeting April 3, 2024

Robert Kocourek W9RKK called the meeting to order at 7:00PM

Attendees

 

Robert Kocourek W9RKK Chris Brewer AC9GN Bill Riess KW9WR
Danny Kafka KD9HIL Paul Burkett KDFMN Don Dewar KD9NJR
Cliff Sowka K9QD Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK  
  • Long-Time SARC Member Bob Langsfeld WB9TZC (SK) passing was acknowledged with sadness. We will miss his steadfast and wise contributions over his many years membership.  Visitation and Funeral details communicated to SARC-ALL.

 Secretary’s Report

Cliff Sowka K9QD:  March BOD Meeting Minutes as published in the RHG:  Don Dewar KD9NJR moved to approve and Bill Reiss KW9WR seconded.  Motion Adopted.

Treasurer’s Report:

Chris Brewer AC9GN

SCHAUMBURG AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MONTHLY REPORT

Month:                 March 2024 Report generated on 4/1/2024
Checkbook Balance 02/31/24 $7,102.81
INCOME                       MEMO                                                       $188.00
Cash 03/04/24 $103.00Dues + $73 from Petty Cash
Cash 03/11/24 $30.00Dues
Cash 03/19/24 $25.00Dues
Transfer in 03/22/24 $30.00Dues
DISBURSEMENTS                       MEMO                                                       $469.20
ACH 03/11/24 $62.82AT&T DSL
Check #1291 03/11/24 $54.30Construction Project tools
Check #1293 03/11/24 $152.08Repeater batteries
Check #1294 03/26/24 $200.00Picnic cabin reservation

Account Balance                                 $6,821.61

03/29/24                                 Bank Statement                                  $6,821.61

CHECKS OUTSTANDING                                                   MEMO                                                       $958.00

                               Check #1292                         03/09/24 $958.00Holiday party reimbursement
ADJUSTED BALANCE $5,863.61
Petty Cash                                                             03/31/24 $100.00Excess $73 moved to checking

Funds Available       $5,963.61

119 members on roster

Paul Burkett KD9FMN moved to approve, Danny Kafka KD9HIL seconded.  Motion Adopted.

Public Service 

 Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present.

EMCOMM

 John Zietlow K9WIC not present.

Repeaters

 Rob Glowacki N9MVO, Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ not present.

Robert Kocourek W9RKK continues work to establish an operation manual for our machines with assistance from the Repeater Team and Kent Ochs W9KAO.

Construction Project (CP)

Cliff Sowka K9QD reports we normally would have two (2) sessions remaining this season.  However the STP elevator will undergo maintenance starting April 15th (after our first April session on the 13th) and therefore limit basement access to the southern single stairwell for our April 27th meeting.

  • Therefore BOD decided April 13th will be the END of CP for the season.
  • It is possible SARC-in-the-Park events could be scheduled to begin early (April 27th).

VE Testing:

 John Schofield AC9JS not present.

Bill Reiss KW9WR reported there are presently nine (9) candidates scheduled for this coming Saturday.  Two of our VE Team are available and there is need for one more.

Nets 

Don Dewar KD9NJR Chairman reports attendance remains enthusiastic.  Need Net Control volunteer to host on Tuesdays.

Radio Hill Gazette RHG 

 Mike K9KMV No Report.

Membership

Scott DeSantis KB9VRW Membership Committee Chairman not present.

Publicity

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chairman reported the scheduled STP elevator maintenance beginning April 15th could conflict with our last CP session so it was decided to end the season on Saturday the 13th.

Fox Elementary School Stem Day May 2, 2024.  Audience is K~5th grade. A $100 headroom budget for display items was previously approved.

Social  

 Need Chairperson.

Education

Leo N9NBH not present.  We’ll support the Hanover Park Fox School for their STEM event May2nd.  SARC supports $100 budgeting to help Leo present our display.  Trinkets and catchy technology display to capture attention within first ~30 seconds as students/parents pass our table.

Programs 

 Don Dewar KD9NJR: Need program ideas and membership presenter support.

Old Business

Danny Kafka KD9HIL suggests SARC Committees present their budgeting requests to help us comply with our requirement to have an operational budget.  She will be working to define Field Day details.

John Schofield AC9JS offers suggestions to codify ISO-like documentation to define each committee’s role, duties, and reporting requirements.  John provided guidance for FCC License renewals and the process is now available step-by-step on our website.

New Business

Chris Brewer AC9GN reports he has completed required IRS filing of SARC’s 990-N.  The IRS logging/reporting details have been preserved in the club’s files and an additional log sheet copied to club officer(s).

Cliff K9QD moved to provide up to $50 headroom so that Chris can purchase a file case for club records.  Bill Reiss KW9WR seconded.  Motion Adopted.

Danny Kafka KS9HIL reported Field Day planning underway:

  • Field Day placed on SARC calendar: June 22-23
  • Insurance documents received from Chris AC9GN
  • Plum Grove Water Tower Site application submitted and Permit Received

Adjourn 7:48 PM

Submitted April 4, 2024

Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary