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) "The National Association for Amateur Radio". Our Club is a non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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 at the bottom of this and every page on this 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.

Ken Forshee, K4SHE, Former President of DARC, Inc. is a Silent Key
Ken Forshee, K4SHENick Nickle, W7CRN, has informed the Club that Ken Forshee, K4SHE, in now a "Silent Key".  According to Nick, Ken passed away Saturday morning, May 23, 2015.

Ken was a long time member of the Dixie Amateur Radio Club. He served several years on the Board of Directors and was a past President (2009) of the Club.

Ken Forshee’s son Mike Forshee, KE7PVU,  has informed us that there will be a viewing at the Spilsbury Mortuary on Wednesday, May 27th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (address: 110 S. Bluff Street; St. George, UT). 

The funeral service will be at the Cotton Mill Ward on Thursday the 28th (address:  Arlington Chapel building, 1080 West Arlington Street; Washington UT).

A viewing will be held at the Arlington Chapel from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and the service will start at 11:00 am.

Internment will be at the Washington City Cemetery around noon with a ceremony by the American Legion accompanied by Provo City Police Department.

Ken was a wonderful example of a true public servant and he enjoyed ham radio to the fullest. He will be missed!  Our condolences go out to Ken's sweet wife Maxine and his entire family at this time.

Please CLICK HERE to view Ken's Obituary on the Spilsbury Mortuary web site.

Please CLICK HERE to read the obituary on 'The Spectrum' newspaper web site.

Please CLICK HERE to read tribute comments that have been sent by fellow hams regarding Ken (as a PDF file). 
If you would like to post a comment, send them by e-mail to the Club webmaster at: 

Next "Regular" Club Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17th
The next general club meeting of the Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

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

Unless otherwise advertised here, our Club's meetings will be held at the St. George Community Building.  The Community Building is located at the far southwest corner of Washington County's Gayle M. & Mary Aldred Senior Citizens Center property which is located at 245 North 200 West, St. George, Utah.  
You can also use the "Club Meeting Info"  link found in the navigation section of this and every page on this web site.   A link to an interactive map of the location is also provided on the Club Meeting Info page.                                                                          
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Next two V.E. Test Sessions are on Saturday, June 13th and Wednesday, June 17th
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 will conduct six additional test sessions on certain Saturdays in Hurricane, Utah.

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
Volunteer Exam Session Results  
Congratulations to the two candidates who passed their initial Amateur Radio exam  and the one candidate that upgraded his license class at the Wednesday, May 20, 2015 exam session held at the St. George Community Building in St. George, Utah.  Here are the results of that session:

   Lynden N. Kendrick
 KG7SXQ   St. George, Utah  Upgraded from Technician to General Class License
   William L. Foley, Jr.
 Awaiting callsign***
  Hurricane, Utah
 Passed Technician License Exam
   Brian Jared Beams
 Awaiting callsign***
  St. George, Utah  Passed Technician License Exam
             ***NOTE:  Due to the Memorial Day holiday, there will be a slight additional delay in the processing of the new license callsigns.


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 provide a link to your current FCC information.

FCC "Paperless" Amateur Radio License Policy Now in Effect  
Effective February 17, the FCC no longer routinely issues paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The FCC will continue to provide paper license documents to all licensees who notify the Commission that they prefer to receive one, but what arrives in the mail now will be printed on plain white recycled paper, instead of the more distinctive stock the FCC had been using until recently.

The Commission has maintained for some time now that the official Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic Universal Licensing System (ULS) record, although the FCC had routinely continued to print and mail hard copy licenses until this week.  Under the new procedures, licensees will access their current official authorization ("Active" status only) via the ULS License Manager.

Licensees can also print an "official copy"  of his/her license authorization -- as well printing an unofficial "reference copy" -- from the ULS License Manager located at:   http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/ 

There is also a place on the ULS web page to instruct the FCC that you prefer to recieve a paper license, without the "official copy" watermark, mailed to you.

CLICK HERE for a printable tutorial on how to obtain a  printed license copy (pdf file).
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

Club Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled
The next Board of Directors meeting of 2015 will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the Coral Canyon Club House.   Please see the Board Page for more information on the meeting including the address.  The minutes from Board meetings are posted on that page.
Join The Club, or Renew Your Membership  
You are encouraged to join the Dixie Amateur Radio Club or renew your membership.   Please use 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 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.

HERE to find out more about this program and 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:

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)