AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
items to be discussed at the club meeting are the following:
MARCH 2005 CLUB
Tom Allen, W7TAA, Assistant Manager of Amateur
's Las Vegas, Nevada branch will be the featured
guest presenter at our March 2005 meeting. Tom will present information
on what is happening in terms of new equipment, features and other
spicy information regarding the state of the art and future of Amateur
Radio equipment from his perspective. He
is also giving away a brand new Icom IC7800 to everyone who attends
We expect this to be an interesting, educational and fun filled
evening. We need to let Tom and the rest of the crew at the Las Vegas
AES know how much we appreciate the convenience and great customer
service we have received from them over the years.
Please note that the meeting will be held one week later
and will be held on:
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
FIVE COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS
Tonaquint Center Office Building
1070 West 1600 South, Building B
(Just off of Dixie Drive)
St. George, Utah
for a map and driving directions to the meeting.
early April Fools
joke- I am just kidding
I wanted to see if you were paying attention. You will NOT receive an
Icom IC7800 unless
your order in advance and bring your check for $10,599.99
Otherwise, please come out to the meeting on March 23rd anyways. It
should be fun!
Dixie Amateur Radio
Club Emergency Preparedness Plan - Status Report- Gary Zabriskie
Upcoming Events/Volunteers -
April Meeting Announcement -
Training Class for Technician Class - Update
A Volunteer Examiner
(VE) test session will be
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
at 6:00 P.M. at the FCAOG Office building location:
1070 West 1600 South, Building B
Tonaquint Center Business Park
St. George, Utah
The FCAOG building will be open at 5:45 P.M.
for those coming for the test session.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT
ONLY THE TESTING WILL TAKE PLACE THIS EVENING.
THE DARC MEETING THIS MONTH WILL BE
HELD ONE WEEK LATER ON MARCH 23rd
The tesing will be held in the Library room.
If you are a person desiring to take an Amateur
test or a ham wanting to upgrade this month,
Click HERE for a map and
driving directions to the
or are a Volunteer
Examiner who would like to help
out, please contact Dan Farwell at 668-2436
Please help support the
From the President:
exciting to know that the weather has turned away from day after day of
rain and cool temperatures to the more traditional blue sky and
sunshine. Peoples thoughts turn to gardening, getting outside and other
pursuits that wintertime tends to damper. We would normally welcome
such a standard annual occurrence with little concern. This year,
however, we need to be cognizant of the much above normal snowpack
levels that are still evident in the mountains surrounding our little
corner of the world. Those people who are knowledgeable in the skills
of estimating potential stream flows and possibilities of
flooding I am sure are working diligently to stay a step ahead of
the potential problems.
So where does the Amateur Radio Operators at this point come into play
in this? In my opinion the best thing we can do right now is
individually take an inventory of your present circumstances. And this
is not just for flooding, but for other natural and man-made disasters
or events that may occur. Do you know where all of you ham
equipment and accessories are located? Do you know where the power
cables and adapters are? DO you have ready access to spare fuses? Can
you run off of 12VDC at home? In your car? Do you keep you gas
tank usually mostly filled (are the gas pumps going to be running AFTER
a disaster?) Do you know where a copy of your radio(s) manual
is so you can know, as well as possibly other operators to change
PL Tone settings or frequencies. Have you tested all your rigs
and antennas recently on the bands you can operate? The best way to do
this is to operate those modes and bands BEFORE a disaster strikes.
Have you become familiar with the HF propagation conditions? If you
operate mobile have you found, like I have, the areas around town that
are conducive to HF operation and the RF black holes we have in town
(one is Convention Center Drive here in St. George).
I guess what I am trying to say is knowledge is power. At the March
meeting I will be distributing a FEMA soft cover workbook entitled:
"Are You Prepared?". If you don't already have a copy of this book, it
is a great source of information on better preparing yourself and your
family for the eventuality of a event in this area. The
purpose of the Planning Team I have assembled will be to develop a
better means of interfacing our capabilities as a whole with the public
agencies and private organizations we will be expected to provide
services for "...when all else fails!"
Please come out to the March meeting on the 23rd and help make this
Club YOUR club. Thanks for everything you do!
Report of Recent Events
The following report comes courtesy of
our Club Secretary Hal Whiting, KD7TKP. He is reporting on the
Zion Country Early Spring Century bicycle road race held on Saturday
March 5, 2005. I am reproducing his analysis in its entirety because I
believe it to be the best critique of one of these events I have seen in
a long time:
I arrived on site approximately 30
minutes early (7:30 am). Bob Kinney (KE7CZB) was busy installing
what appeared to be a PA system, but took the time to ask me if I was
one of his radio operators. I asked him where he wanted me to set
up and he advised to be as close to the tent as possible. I did
have the RV and was able to be within about 20 ft from the tent.
I set up the radio equipment on a desk in front of the RV and had my
antennas mounted on top of the RV and used my generator for
power. I did have battery backup established in the event of
generator failure. Bob said he did have a generator that he would set
up, but I was concerned with what other equipment he might be hooking
up to it and power requirements (as it turns out, there was only a
stereo connected). I used a copper pipe J-Pole for 440 and a 5/8
whip for the 2 meter. I also had the HF there and was able to
check in on the beehive & high noon nets. The physical
location presented interference from a high voltage power line running
along the street. HF was not very useable in that location...just
thinking about if we need to use HF for emergency operations at the
Dixie Center.....maybe it was isolated to where I was at.
The repeater 146.82 did a great job. After Dean took it off the
intertie, the clarity was great and no interference noted at any
time. The 440 repeater also seemed to work well excepting for a
brief period after someone had been talking on it for a few minutes and
it apparently timed out.
Gordon & Jeanie Shipley-KD7SGN
KE7CIB, were in place at Hurricane City Park, Steve & Leila
Horne-KF7HY KF7HW, were in place on the overlook area, Casey
Lofthouse-KD7HUS & Jim Meyer-KD7UPD were positioned at the
SR-9/Telegraph Intersection. Casey did do some Rover work trying
to herd the groups onto the right roads. Thom Oliphant-KE7DBH was
the on-site EMT for the St. George area.
The maps for the tour were very
lacking. They were not clear as to locations or miles. It
would have been great to have a real map.. (Lesson 1 for me).
There were mechanical malfunctions along the way with riders and the
support staff were either lost or way too busy. We did have
requests for information regarding bike repair shops. I did not
have a phone book..(Lesson 2 for me), so I called information on the
cell phone and got a number, called the local bike shop who gave me the
number for a bike shop in Springdale. Although that was not our
primary purpose from what I understand, but we were able to get
information that the tour support staff did not have available to the
riders. There were many questions from family, friends, and
riders that could not be answered by me. The person who was at
the start/finish line did not have any information she was able to give
out. The tour staff could not be reached by cell phone and the
only contact we had was if one of our radio operators were able to make
contact in person along the course. We did have requests for
assistance regarding broken down cyclists needing transport and also a
"lost" 13 year old rider (he was only misplaced).
I think the DARC members did a great
job. They were motivated and enthusiastic and very much wanted to
do a professional job. I believe we were seriously hampered in
that effort by the lack of communication with the support staff for the
tour. The only function we could serve as the tour progressed,
would have been to call 911, just like the riders could have
done. There were some locations where radio contact was limited,
but for the most part, communication was up and functional. Medic
1 (Thom Oliphant, KE7DBH) was great to get to talk to and he was
excited about being a ham. I think we can really get him involved.
The "Finish Line BBQ" was not.
The equipment was there, but no one there to start it. As such,
riders were finishing and leaving. There were quite a few who
were not very happy. Apparently the race course was not marked
well at all. After talking with Casey, KD7HUS, I advised the DARC
operators that the net would end at 2:30 pm.
1. Bring a phone book
2. Bring a very good map
3. Have radio contact with
4. Bring sunscreen and DEET
5. Bring a folding table for
6. Make the comm site look good
as photos were taken
7. Put a DARC/ARRL logo or
placard at the comm site
Overall, I think it was a good
experience. My J-pole came together the night before and worked
really well. My generator was able to run 6 hours with no
problems. It was helpful to have two separate radios to monitor the two
Dan, Thanks for your efforts in
getting this organized. I do believe DARC made a very good
showing in spite of some adverse situations and it was good preparation
for times ahead when we will be needed and things will not be organized
and we have to improvise. Lets do it again!! I had a great
Hal K.Whiting, KD7TKP
Thank you Hal for providing this report. We
REALLY need to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly on each event we
participate with. Without participants critiquing these events, we can't
improve our capabilities and our level of professionalism in future
events we participate in. Well done to eveyone who assisted!
Solar Panels are NOW available on a first come first served basis!
The long-awaited solar panels are
Size: 12" X 36", All glass (Old
technology) with aluminum framework.
15 to 18 volts D.C. at 1.5 to 2.0 amps in full sun
with protection diode- Fully assembled and tested at $50.00 each.
These panels were to originally to
have been sold as do it yourself kits and assembled as a club
project. They were to have been offered at
$40.00 each unassembled. Due to scheduling conflicts and the delicate nature of the project they have
been fully assembled and tested for your convenience.
Great for keeping your RV
batteries charged while not in use and perfect for your battery powered
emergency station or portable
solar / battery QRP or two meter station.
Dues for 2005 are being solicited. Dues are $15.00 per
member ($20.00 per family for multiple ham families).
Please make your check payable to "DARC" and bring it
to the meeting or mail it to the club address:
Dixie Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 422
Santa Clara, UT 84765
DARC IS AN ARRL AFFILIATED CLUB
2005 Board of Directors
President: Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE
Vice President: Dan Hinkle, KD7RSR
Secretary: Hal Whiting, KD7TKP
Treasurer: Leila Horne, KF7HW
Casey Lofthouse, KD7HUS
Dave Owens, K7VNH
Dan Farwell, W8EQA
have more current information on repeaters in the area, including
surrounding areas such as
|SUBAUDIBLE ACCESS TONE FREQUENCY
| SEEGMILLER PEAK
(ROCKY POINT – STONE CLIFFS DEV.)
|UTAH HILL (SNOWBIRD LINK)
|DARC – UTAH HILL
| HARMONY MTN
|BLOWHARD PEAK (BRIAN HEAD)
| LOGANDALE-OVERTON-L. VEGAS
(LINKED TO 147.330)
Mesquite, etc. please e-mail that information to the
THERE IS NO BETTER TIME TO JOIN THE ARRL!
||It's the only organization that
represents hams at the government level. The current resources
available to us through the ARRL are astounding. Check out their web
site and find out what's going on!
Click HERE for the
ARRL Trademark and logo courtesy ARRL
REGULARLY OCCURING ACTIVITIES:
Amateur Electronic Supply Swapmeet
4640 S. Polaris Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada
First Saturday of every month
Starts at 7:00 AM Pacific Time (8:00 AM Mountain Time)
forget the DARC Sunday evening net!
||THE SUNDAY NIGHT NET
MEETS AT 7:00 P.M. MST ON THE 146.91 REPEATER
The DIXIE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
call sign is W7DRC
event that the 146.91 repeater is not operational we will conduct the
Sunday evening net on 145.49.
If none of these repeaters are operational we will conduct the DARC
Sunday net on 146.91 Simplex.
PLEASE NOTE THAT BEGINING ON SUNDAY
APRIL 3RD THE NET
TIME WILL CHANGE TO 8:00 P.M. MOUNTAIN DAYLIGHT TIME
courtesy of www.qsl.net/k4adl
Please send your questions, complaints, newsletter articles, ham gear,
and anything but your troubles to: Gary