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Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

The Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. is an association of federally licensed Amateur Radio operators (also known as "ham radio" operators) who primarily reside in southwestern Utah, mostly in the greater St. George City metropolitan area. We also have members who live in rural areas of Washington County and in areas outside of the county. 

The Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. is a formally "Affiliated Club" with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) which is "The National Association for Amateur Radio." Our Club is also a non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Donations to the Club may be tax deductable (Consult your own tax advisor).

Our members are all volunteers. We are experienced and capable of providing non-commercial radio telecommunications, independent of public and/or commercial networks.  Members of our Club provide vital communications services in this part of the state of Utah and we strive to live up to ham radio's motto: 
"When all else fails...    ...Amateur Radio works!"  

Amateur Radio operators provide, in many circumstances, the first and only reliable means of communicating to an from an affected area in the first several days following a natural disaster.  This was well proven during the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami in December 26, 2004 and in the days and weeks following Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast during the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.  Our Club also provides local public safety and health and welfare communications services for local events such as the annual St. George Marathon, the Huntsman World Senior Games, and many other cycling and running events in the area.

To explore our web site please use the web site navigation links located directly below on this home page and at the bottom of every other page on the web site. 

For more information on the Club please  CLICK HEREOr you can use the "About the Club" link found at the bottom of each page this web site.

If you are interested in becoming a licensed Amateur Radio operator come and meet us at our next club meeting.  Information on our club meetings is available below in the "Latest News + Announcements" section on this page or using the "Club Meeting Info" page link.  Information on how to contact the Club is found using the "Contact the Club" page link.


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Latest News + Announcements

The Dixie Amateur Radio Club  has many happenings that have been recorded for historical purposes.    We have a "Story Archive Page" other recently archived stories shown on that page.                Click on this LINK to view the Story Archive Page.

Silent Keys
Silent KeyThe Club is saddened by the recent passing of two ham radio operators in this area. 

                   David Jensen, WØRMV, of Central, Utah is now a silent key. 

                   Karl Koller, K7KK, of Colorado City, Arizona is now a silent key.

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Quarterly Club Newsletter Coming Soon-  Your help is needed!
NEWSFLASH  DATED APRIL 2, 2016!

Newsletter Coming Soon!The Club is going to resume producing a Newsletter. This will be a quarterly newsletter that can be viewed on-line here on the Club website.  The volunteer Newsletter Editor, Lyn Kendrick, KG7SXQ,  is looking for short articles (50 to 150 words long) that can be put in the Club's newsletters.  We know that many of you can easily write these.   See our Newsletter Page  for information on the types of articles being solicited.

We are, and will continue to be, soliciting advertising/sponsors who will be recognized in the Newsletter and at Club meetings.

Please feel free to contact Lyn at lynden.kendrick@gmail.com or call him at 801-598-1618 if you would like to write something.

Looking for a few good men, and women, and youth!
Club Members:

Ric Wayman, K7DLX, is preparing an article for St. George News about the Hams of Dixie.   He would like to interview three or four hams about what they find most interesting in the hobby, how they decided to get their Amateur Radio license, and what is the best time you've had with amateur radio, along with other questions.  Interviews will be both in print and video. Ric would like a good mix of veteran hams and new operators as well.  

If you are interested, please contact Ric at (435) 669-7932 or k7dlxham@gmail.com

Next Club Meeting is Wednesday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Jim Wilson N7JW presenting at the February 17, 2016 club meetingThe next general club meeting of the Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Club Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month except in December when the Annual Meeting as a social event/dinner is scheduled. 

Unless otherwise advertised here, Club meetings will be held at the St. George Community Building.  The St. George Community Building is located at the far southwest corner of Washington County's Gayle M. & Mary Aldred Senior Citizens Center property which is at 245 North 200 West, St. George, Utah.  
You can also use this direct LINK , or the "Club Meeting Info"  link found in the navigation section of every page on this web site.   A link to an interactive map of the meeting location is also provided on the "Club Meeting Info" page.   


Anyone and Everyone with an Interest in Amateur Radio is Welcome at our Club Meetings!

The recent February 2016 meeting featured a very special presentation by the legendary Jim Wilson, N7JW, (shown in the photo above) who founded Wilson Electronics. He spoke primarily on antennas but also included an interesting history of his many companies and products his companies developed, a good number of which were amateur radio related. Many seasoned ham operators have used Wilson antennas, towers and transceivers over the years.  This was a "not-to-be-missed" club meeting!

The recent March 2016 meeting was a
presentation made by Don Blanchard, WA7GTU, of Cedar City, on EcholLink, IRLP and other digital means of voice conversing with ham radio to link wide areas and world-wide.  Don retired from Southern Utah University in 2002 where he taught electronics engineering and technology education courses for 38 years.

The recent April 2o16 meeting was a presentation by Ken Head, K7KCH, on Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). ARES is a nationally organized group of over 35,000 federally licensed Amateur Radio operators who  have voluntarily registered their services and formed an organized pool of operators to provide reliable primary and secondary communications links for governmental agencies and/or non-profit organizations when needed.  There was also be a talk that night on electromagnetic pulse (EMP), which is a burst of electromagnetic radiation that results from an explosion (usually from the detonation of a nuclear weapon) and/or a solar flare.  The resulting rapidly changing electric fields or magnetic fields may couple with electrical/electronic systems to produce damaging current and voltage surges.                                   

The topics for upcoming Club Meetings are:

June 15th Meeting: 
We will be going over setting up for ARRL Field Day 2016 and discuss operating on Field Day.     

July 20th Meeting:  We will have Andy Christensen's presentation on H. F. and propagation of the aurora.                                           
                                                                                                                                                              Back to Top
The two V.E. Test Sessions are June 11th in Hurricane and June 15th in St. George
For those wanting to take the FCC test for a new Amateur Radio license or upgrade to a higher license class, there is a regularly scheduled ARRL Volunteer Examiner administered exam test session held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, except December, prior to the Club's monthly Club meeting.  The monthly exam is held at the same location as the Club Meeting. 

In addition to eleven regular monthly V.E. test sessions held prior to the Club meeting, each year we also conduct six additional test sessions on the second Saturday of even numbered months, in Hurricane, Utah, commencing at 1:00 p.m.


Information on all of our V.E. Exam Test Sessions, including the specific session dates and a map to them, as well as  what to bring to the session, is on our "Club Meeting Info" page.  Go there now by using this LINK
Most Recent Volunteer Exam Session Results  
Congratulations to the 7 candidates who passed their initial Amateur Radio exams, and 7 current Amateur Radio licensee that upgraded his license classification at the Wednesday, May 18, 2016 exam session conducted by ARRL-VEC certified volunteer examiners at the St. George Community Building in downtown St. George, UtahHere are the results of that session:  

   APPLICANT'S NAME: CALLSIGN:       PLACE OF RESIDENCE:  LICENSE EXAM(S) PASSED AT THIS SESSION:
  Robert D. Vine
KG7HBC
      St. George, Utah
 Passed Extra Class License Exam
  Eric A. Thatcher
KE7ORH
      South Jordan, Utah
 Passed Extra Class License Exam
  David A. Wight
KG7ZZO       Colorado City, Arizona
 Passed Extra Class License Exam
  Warren E. Darger
KCØQHS       Colorado City, Arizona  Passed Extra Class License Exam
  John H. Hunter
K7KPX       Cedar City, Utah
 Passed General Class License Exam
  Diane N. Tyler
KI7EGY
      Washington City, Utah
 Passed General Class License Exam
  Duane I. Tyler
KI7EGX       Washington City, Utah  Passed General Class License Exam
  Jack R. Allen Awaiting FCC to issue call       Moccasin, Arizona
 Passed Technician License Exam
  Duztin M. Sorensen
Awaiting FCC to issue call
      Henrieville, Utah
 Passed Technician License Exam
  Noah C. Sorensen
Awaiting FCC to issue call       Henrieville, Utah  Passed Technician License Exam
  Andy K. Bryner
Awaiting FCC to issue call       Santa Clara, Utah
 Passed Technician License Exam
  Jake Bryner
Awaiting FCC to issue call       Santa Clara, Utah
 Passed Technician License Exam
  Nathan A. Logan
Awaiting FCC to issue call       Washington City, Utah  Passed Technician License Exam
  Heidi Loveland
Awaiting FCC to issue call       St. George, Utah  Passed Technician License Exam

NOTE:  CLICKING ON THE CALLSIGN, AS A LINK POSTED IN THE TABLE ABOVE, WILL BRING UP LICENSE INFORMATION ON FILE AT THE FCC.

Please note:
It normally can take about 7-10 days from your exam date for the ARRL-VEC office in Newington, CT to receive the exam packet and process your license information into the FCC database.  As soon as that occurs, and you are assigned an FCC callsign,  the table above will be updated to list the callsign assigned by the FCC and will provide a link to your current FCC information.

ARRL VEC Reminds License Applicants: The FCC is Now Paperless!
The ARRL VEC reminds Amateur Radio license applicants that the FCC no longer routinely prints or mails license documents. In an effort to streamline its procedures and save money, the FCC went "paperless" in February 2015.

To help clarify things, ARRL VEC has created this web page, How to Obtain an Official FCC License Copy, devoted to explaining the various ways a licensee can get an official license document from the FCC.  An official Amateur Radio license displays the FCC logo and the "Official Copy" watermark across each page.  A printer-friendly version of the instructions on how to get a copy of your license is available by clicking HERE  (this is a PDF file).

The easiest way for a license holder to obtain a license copy is to simply call the FCC at (877) 480-3201 and request one.
Check the Status of Your New or Upgraded Ham License
You may check the status of your first license or your upgrade by using the ULS lookup on the FCC's  web site. This is the offical FCC database. On that site you can print out additional "reference copies" of your license and see the status of your license and any application matters related to it. You can choose to search by name, callsign or your FRN number.
 
The FCC Amateur Radio search page is at this link:  http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/searchLicense.jsp

Join The Club, or Renew Your Membership  
You are encouraged to join the Dixie Amateur Radio Club or renew your membership.   Please use this LINK or the "Join the Club" link at the bottom of any page on this site, to learn how to join the club.  Or simply come out to our Club meeting (see info above) and join at in person with our Club's Treasurer at that time.  If you are new: "Welcome to the Club!".  To renewing members: "Thank You!"

Our Club's "Elmer" Mentoring Program
The Club has a group of able local Amateur Radio operators who have expressed a willingness to assist aspiring, as well as newly licensed, ham radio enthusiasts in learning more about the hobby and helping when questions/difficulties arise.

Click HERE to find out more about this program and to view a list of these mentors.  You can also reach this information by using the "Contact the Club" link found in the navigation section on every page on this site.
Equipment Classified Ads  
There is never a bad time to clean out the ol' ham "shack" of those items that really need a new home.  We have had many news ham operators join our ranks at recent Volunteer Exam sessions who may be looking for rigs and all of the ancillary equipment that you may have lying about the shack that could be put to use in the shack of a new ham.

Please visit the "Equipment Classifiedspage on this web site for items that are for sale and to see items that hams are looking for that you might be willing to part with.  Send requests for posting items for sale or wanted to the webmaster at:  w7drc@arrl.net
New ARRL Amateur Radio Practice Exam Site Available
ARRL Exam Review for Ham Radio™, a browser-based on-line application for your computer, tablet or other mobile device.  The online practice exams are patterned as closely as possible to actual exams administered by Volunteer Examiners. Practice exams follow the same protocol as the actual FCC Amateur Radio license exam – questions are chosen at random from the sub-elements of the question pools and answer order is randomized. To use the practice exam you will need to do a simple free registration. Good luck in your practicing for your actual exam.

Here is the link to the ARRL practice test on-line application:  http://arrlexamreview.appspot.com
Club Information
Mailing address:  Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc.;  P.O. Box 2196St. George, Utah 84771-2196 
                                       

Club e-mail address:
w7drc@arrl.net 

For additional information on the Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc.,  and Amateur Radio in general, please contact:
                         Club President Scott Smith, KF7SSB, via e-mail at:  utahtrooper@gmail.com 

For new and aspiring Hams with general questions about Amateur Radio or have specific technical questions:

Use this "
Contact the Club" link.   The button with that link is also found on any page of this site. Please take advantage of the Club's volunteer mentors listed on that page.  Most of the mentors have provided a telephone number to call them at.   
Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.   
Your tax deductible donations to the Club are always accepted and very much appreciated. 
(Consult your own tax advisor)