DIXIE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB


MAY 2005 NEWSLETTER




MAY 2005 CLUB MEETING

Everything you wanted to know about Anderson PowerPole Connectors (the ARES standard) but We're Afraid to Ask


Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE, will be the presenter at our May 2005 meeting. Gary will present some background on the Anderson PowerPole connectors and how they came to be the de-facto standard in use now by the Amateur Radio Emergency Service across the country.  There is a bit of Utah history in this. A "how to" demostration will be provided to show the proper care and feeding of the connectors as well as some "do's" and  "don'ts".

If you have Anderson PowerpPoles or equipment you want to add the connectors to, please e-mail me prior to the meeting date w7drc@arrl.net  to RSVP that you will be bringing your rig's cable(s).  We will use your cables to demonstrate the use of a ratcheting crimper tool.

Also to be demonstrated will be the West Mountain Radio PWRgate simple backup 12 volt power system with  float charge and the use of  a West Mountain Radio RigRunner for power distribution.

Following the demonstration we will watch some short videos courtesy of Icom America.  Hopefully you will find this meeting to be interesting and educational.

  Wednesday, May 18, 2005
7:00 P.M.

 AT THE 
FIVE COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS
Tonaquint Center Office Building
1070 West 1600 South, Building B
(Just off of Dixie Drive)
St. George, Utah

Click HERE for a map and driving directions to the meeting.




Other items to be discussed at the club meeting are the following:

Field Day Preparations and Volunteers
Dixie Regional Medical Center Ham Station Update
June Meeting Announcement
Technician Class instruction schedule
Other Happenings
All important refreshments!


V.E.TESTING

A Volunteer Examiner (VE) test session will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 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.

The tesing will be held in the Small Executive Conference room.

  If you are a person desiring to take an Amateur Radio test or a ham wanting to upgrade this month,
or are a Volunteer Examiner who would like to help out, please contact Dan Farwell at 668-2436

Click HERE for a map and driving directions to the test session

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Message From the President:

Ever wonder how quickly time flies? That is how this month and this year seem to be going.  Before long this year will be 1/2 over and I am just getting out of the winter  mode and somehow have missed out on spring. 

I am strating to get the itch to get my antenna system up at my new QTH (actually moved there six months ago but I blinked and suddenly iot was May).  One thing I first noticed after getting a new mobile HF rig is the differences in areas of the city in regards to background noise levels. Some of the noisiest areas I have found are near the Dixie Center and the intersection of Sunset Boulevard with Dixie Drive. Fortunately the Santa Clara area is one of the more quiet areas I have found.  I don't know if the problem is the power lines themselves or the concentration of businesses and their associated equipment. Needless to say, it gives me an idea how bad the situation would be if we added BPL (Broadband over Power Lines) to the mix.

One of my goals with my home station is to be independent of commercial mains as much as is possible. To that extent I invested in one of the solar arrays mentioned in earlier newsletters and at the Club Meeting.  My goal is to have 80-10, 6 meters,  2mtr FM/SSB/CW all available in the event of a power outage or major event, i.e an earthquake.

As I could tell from some of the activities takingplace during the January flood situation, some of the communications systems were being stressed to the near breaking point. In even a modrate areawide disaster I believe that cellular phones will be for the most part useless. I hope I'm wrong, but September 11 in New York should the usefullness ends when the dial tone doesn't work.

I believe each of us have similar goals in ham radio. As I mentioned time flies past quicker than a hummingbird's wings. I realized a few moths ago that I have been a ham operator now for 27 years - and I am still learning. That is the part I hope I never loose- the wonder of why "the secret smoke" inside a radio makes it work and why, if the "secret smoke" is somehow let out of the radio it stops working.  I appreaciate those of you in the club with much more knowledge in many of the intricate realms of electronics, antenna design, and operating skills. Hopefully you will continue to be willing to have people like me ask questions and ask the same question again until it sinks in.

Please come to the Club Meeting. Participate and volunteer! This Club is YOUR club.  Thanks for everything you do!

73,
Gary N7ARE
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Please help support the club!

Dues for 2005 are being solicited. Dues are $15.00 per member ($20.00 per family for multiple ham families).
If you know you havent paid, 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

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2005 Board of Directors
President: Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE
Vice President: Dan Hinkle, KD7RSR
Secretary: Hal Whiting, KD7TKP
Treasurer: Leila Horne, KF7HW
Board Members:
Casey Lofthouse, KD7HUS
Dave Owens, K7VNH
Dan Farwell, W8EQA


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 AREA REPEATER INFORMATION:

REPEATER LOCATION INPUT/OUTPUT  FREQUENCIES
SUBAUDIBLE ACCESS TONE FREQUENCY
CEDAR CITY-MILFORD 146.340MHz/146.940MHz
100.0 Hz
SEEGMILLER PEAK 146.310MHz/146.910MHz 100.0 Hz
DARC REPEATER
(ROCKY POINT – STONE CLIFFS DEV.)
146.040MHz/146.640MHz
UTAH HILL (SNOWBIRD LINK) 146.220MHz/146.820MHz
DARC – UTAH HILL 144.890MHz/145.490MHz 100.0 Hz
HARMONY MTN (BERYL-CEDAR-ENTERPRISE) 146.080MHz/146.680MHz
CEDAR CITY
146.160MHz/146.760MHz 123.0 Hz
BLOWHARD PEAK (BRIAN HEAD)
146.200MHz/146.800MHz
MESQUITE 147.930MHz/147.330MHz 123.0 Hz
 LOGANDALE-OVERTON-L. VEGAS
 (LINKED TO 147.330)
147.990MHz/147.390MHz
SEEGMILLER PEAK
444.325MHz/449.325MHz
KANAB
146.280MHz/146.880MHz
JACOBS LAKE
147.900MHz/147.300MHz
SPENCER BENCH
146.120MHz/146.720MHz
 
NOTE:  If you have more current information on repeaters in the area, including surrounding areas such as
 Cedar City, Mesquite, etc. please e-mail that information to the Webmaster




  THERE IS NO BETTER TIME TO JOIN THE ARRL!
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 website.

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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)

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Don't forget the DARC Sunday evening net!

DON'T FORGET THE 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.

In the 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



"HAM" CARTOON




Please send your questions, complaints, newsletter articles, ham gear, money, accolades,
and anything but your troubles to: Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE