DIXIE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

The Club Callsign is W7DRC and our e-mail address is w7drc@arrl.net

JULY 2005 NEWSLETTER



There will not be a July Dixie Amateur Radio Club meeting held due to the proximity of the Utah Hamfest occuring this month on July 29-31, 2005. The Utah Hamfest (which is also this year's ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention) will be held at Ruby's Inn resort located just outside the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park.

We hope to see many of the Dixie Amateur Radio Club Members
in attendence at this hamfest. There are activities and seminars for any possible interest you may have in ham radio. Also the activities for "non-ham" family members are numerous.
 
Click HERE for a current Schedule of Activities/Events at the 2005 Utah Hamfest.

Click HERE to leave this site and go to the official website of the 2005 Utah Hamfest.



V.E.TESTING

A Volunteer Examiner (VE) test session will be held as advertised on
 Wednesday, July 20, 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



Message From the President:

Gary Zabriskie N7AREFIELD DAY 2005:  Many thanks to those vounteers and participants in this year's Amateur Radio Field Day exercise at Santa Clara's Canyon View Park. And thank you to the City of Santa Clara for the use over the past several years of this facility.  I am in the process of submitting the Field Day "Contest" application to ARRL and will have it sent out by this weekend.  It appears that over 540 contacts were made over the 24 hour exercise. From what I understand from participants, and a common phenomena in summertime, was somewhat up and down propagation on HF on Saturday. That is one of the values of the Field Day exercise to learn to tweak one's ears to hear weak signals and signals pulled out of poor band conditions.

The following are some of the photos I have received from Field Day. More to come.



UTAH HAMFEST/ROCKYMOUNTAIN DIVISION CONVENTION:  We should consider ourselves lucky to have the opportunity to attend a Division Convention so close to our own backyards. Even more important is the planned attendence and guest speaker, Riley Hollingsworth of the FCC Amateur Radio Enforcement Bureau.  As the pre-registration has passed, the cost for attending this Hamfest is now $12.00 per person.  The ham radio swap meet held in conjunction with the Hamfest is free (but bring your own tables).  This is a good opportnity to pick up those "must haves" for the ham shack or accessories for your mobile station.

Our club meetings for the 2nd half of the year will re-commence on August 17, 2005. 


73,
Gary N7ARE


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). Check the Club's membership ROSTER and see if we have you shown as paid.  If you are shown as current or know you haven't paid yet, 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

ARRL LOGO

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



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.
ARRL Trademark and logo courtesy ARRL

Don't forget the DARC Sunday evening net!

DON'T FORGET THE NET! THE SUNDAY NIGHT NET
  MEETS AT 8:00 P.M. MST ON THE 146.91 REPEATER



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.

HAM CARTOON



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