DIXIE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB


AUGUST 2005 NEWSLETTER




AUGUST 2005 CLUB MEETING

Baja 1000 pit stop 13

Radio Communications Support for Off-Road Race Events

Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE, will be the presenter at our August 2005 meeting. Gary will present a presentation on the use of radio communications during the annual Tecate Baja 1000 Off-road Race held each November in Baja Mexico. Past President Dan Farwell accompanied Gary Zabriskie and Honda Engineer and past Baja winner Wes Arnold, Jr. to provide pit support for the Ride Red Honda Race Team in the 2004 Baja 1000.

The Baja 1000 could not be held if it weren't for the use of multiple radio systems, including both commercial and Amateur Radio.  You will see a part of the world that just a few years ago was much more difficult to experience.  Radio helps to break down the great distances and provide ssome margine of safety and reassurance in this dangerous,  yet exhilarating sport.

  Wednesday, August 17, 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 include the following:

Marathon and Huntsman World Senior Games Communications Preparations, Volunteers
Amateur Radio in Washington Video
Baja 1000 Communications Presentation
September Meeting Announcement - Special Activity

Other Happenings
All important refreshments!


V.E.TESTING

A Volunteer Examiner (VE) test session will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 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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Dale Whitecar (ex- N6IYO), SK

It is with sadness that we pass along news of the death of fellow Club member Dale Whitecar on August 11, 2005, if you haven't already seen this in the Spectrum.  Dale always had such a positive outlook and was very much looking forward to regaining his Amateur Radio license back after his license lapsed. Dale was a member of the Dixie Amateur Radio Club at the time of his passing.  He will be very much missed. Here is Dale's obituary from the August 13th edition of The Spectrum:

ST. GEORGE - George Dale Whitecar, age 91, died August 11, 2005, at home, in St. George, Utah. He was born November 13, 1913 in Pasadena, California, to Horace Mackey and Elizabeth Waterfall Giles Whitecar. He married Lynne Frybarger on May 1, 1986 and were sealed in the Los Angeles LDS Temple, in Los Angeles, California.

Dale graduated from John Muir High School in Pasadena in 1931. He attended the University of Utah and played freshman football. In 1939 Dale joined the Pasadena Police Dept. retiring in 1965 as a Detective in the Forgery Detail. He retired on a Friday and on Monday he went to work for American Express for 10 more years retiring a second time as Chief Special Agent.

His favorite hobbies have always been Handball, Golfing, Racket-ball, biking, gardening, photography and later in life, Ham-Radio. He truly loved playing golf and vacationed any where there was a golf course including Hawaii, Spain, Puerto Rico, New Zealand and St. Andrews, Scotland. He met a lot of wonderful people from all walks of life through his many extraditions to other cities.

Dale was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings including; Ward DI Missionary for two years, served a mission for seven years to the Care and Share, Ward Clerk, and Secretary for the Stake Missionaries for two years.

He is survived by his wife Lynne of 19 years, children; Debra Lynne (Dennis) Zais, of Boyd, WI; James Alan Mann, of San Dimas, CA; Jennifer Lynne Mann of Boyd, WI; John Alan (Christy) Roesch of St. George, Ut; and six grandchildren. He is also survived by a niece Evelyn Whitecar

Oliver and many nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years Hazel Yvonne Peck, his parents, brothers Horace Giles Whitecar, Jerald Giles Whitecar, and niece Marlene Elizabeth Steiver.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2005, at 2 p.m., at Metcalf Mortuary Chapel, 288 W. St. George Blvd. A visitation will be held Monday, August 15, from 6-8 p.m., and Tuesday, August 16, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., prior to services. Interment will be in the Tonaquint Cemetery under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary 435-673-4221. Condolences may be sent to the family through Metcalf's website at www.metcalfmortuary.com

We would like to extend our heart felt gratitude to Odyssey Hospice for the many acts of kindness and compassion shown to Dale and Lynne.

Originally published August 13, 2005 The Spectrum

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Message From the President:



Well, the month of July sure ended with a bang. and summer is moving too fast to hang onto. Those of us who attended the Utah Hamfest/ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention at Ruby's Inn the last weekend in July got to see first hand what emergency management response in a "disaster" situation is actually like. Unfortunately, some of the attendees got to experience the situation from the "wrong" side of the emergency.  Dan (W8EQA) & Melody (W7RRR) Farwell were among the multitude of victims of what is reported to have been a deliberate release of a "pepper spray" by tourists who were staying in the Inn.  Dan will give a first hand account of the emergency at our August club meeting. This picture shows the stylish garb they were provided as well as a watermellon snack. What a way for Dan and Melody to start their summer vacation!  The local thrift shop provided replacement clothes for the victims, though a few missed the opportunity to find a pair of shoes or a belt. Makes me think we all should have a grab bag in our car trucks with some clothes, socks and shoes!  Never know when it may come in handy.

The St. George Marathon is coming up soon. As well as the Huntsman World Senior games. We need many volunteers for these evenst. If you want to participate in this year's Marathon event, you should plan on being to the August club meeting. Also, please bring either your HTyou will be using during the event and its owners manual, or your mobile radio's owners manual. If you don't have the manual, bring the model number. What we want to do is ensure that  everyone has the proper PL tones set up or knows exactlyhow to make sure they are set up properly for accessing the repeaters.

The presentation on radio communications for the Baja 1000 should give some idea of the ways hams and the commercial ventures have adapted to providing skills and talents to relaying vital information in the Western Hemisphere's longest and most grueling off-road  race. While each serves a different purpose the overall result is the improvement of the competition, driver/rider/crew safety.  There is truly nothing like this event in this hemisphere. Hopefully you enjoy the presentation.

The video on amateur Radio in Washington will report on what our ARRL is doing to help insure our elected officials and FCC staff are aware of what Amateur Radio does for this country.

The Dixie Amateur Radio Club  Field Day 2005 entry was submitted to the ARRL in July.  The unofficial results of  the Club's entry are as follows:

CW
Phone
Total

Total QSO's 94
460
554
Bonus Points= 650
Total Points
188
460
648
Final Claimed Score= 1,298

Special thanks go out to all of the Club members who participated and operated and those prepared the dinner.  And thanks to those who were able to attend and socialize.

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 $15.00 per member ($20.00 per family for multiple ham families).
Check the Roster elsewhere oin this site and if you haven't 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 CURRENTLY OFF THE AIR
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 8:00 P.M. MST ON THE 146.91 REPEATER (-.600 offset and 100Hz CTCSS tone required)



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.


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