|April 2006 Edition Amateur Radio... When All Else Fails !|
º April Club
º Volunteer Exam Test Opportunity
º Upcoming Event - Volunteers Needed
º Ham Radio Study Information
º President's Message
º Recent Activities
º FEMA Weather Spotting Class Reports
º Minutes from March 15, 2006 Meeting
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Sidewinders on Two Radio ClubThere are quite a number of hams in the Dixie area who are gearing up to be quite active on the other modes available on the VHF and UHF bands. The SWOT organization has been around for a long time. It is hoped that a local SSB net will be established weekly for southern Utah/Southern Nevada. If you have a multi-mode two meter rig (i.e. on of the new DC to Daylight rigs) take a listen on the 2 meter SSB calling frequency: 144.200 on USB. Here is a link to the SWOT web site.
(Gary N7ARE, SWOT #2625)
2006 Club Meeting:
This months club meeting will be a presentation on Emergency Communications by Ron Sappington, WI7Z. The DARC Board sent a postcard out on April 8, 2006 to each amateur radio operator (or ham family) in the area personally inviting everyone to attend this month's meeting. If you do not receive a card in the mail, please contact the Club Secretary, Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE at firstname.lastname@example.org If you bring the postcard to the neeting you will be entered in a drawing for a new Yaesu VX170 VHF handheld transceiver. There is only one entry per ham household. Also, if you haven't yet paid your Club dues for the year, please join and continue to attend meetings in the future. Your participation in the Club is encouraged and very much needed.
The April meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at the City of St. George Police Department Building lower level conference room. The building address is 265 North 200 East, St. George.
The Emergency Communications Committee will meet at 6:00 PM at the same location.
This should be the last meeting where the DARC is somewhat "homeless". We have been informed by the City of St. George that we have been assigned our requested 3rd Wednesday of each month for the remainder of this year to use the new County-built/City-scheduled Community Center located on the St. George Aldred Senior Citizens Center property. It is located at 245 North 200 West. The facility is much larger than the Conference Room at the Five County AOG building where we have been guests in the past for meetings, and is handicapped accessible, unlike the Community & Arts Building we have been utilizing as a "bridge" while waiting for the new facility to be completed.
The new facility is pretty much ready to use EXCEPT for one BIG problem. They do not yet have any chairs in the facility. Hopefully for our May 2006 meeting we won't be sitting on the floor. We are excited about having a home for our meeting as well as to provide training and exams. The facilty should be able to readily accomodate much larger club gatherings, that is one of the reasons we are encouraging better attendance at our Club meetings.
Also on the agenda will be:
- Capt Bruce Graham of the Police Dept. has been invited to come to our meeting this month. He is the Dept’s emergency coordinator for the City Of St.George P.D. Special thanks to DARC Board member Ken Head, KD7FGP, for arranging the invite. It is hoped that Mr. Graham can take a few minutes to introduce himself.
- Report on the Club Budget
- Reports from the Club's Committees:
o Emergency Communications Committee
o Events Committee
o Technical/Repeater Committee
o Educational/Volunteer Examination Commitee
o Public Affairs Committee
- Distribution of a survey for members to fill out. To be returned next month or mailed back
- Drawing for the Yaesu VX170 Handheld Transceiver - ID required to claim- Must be present to win
FOLLOWING THE CLUB MEETING THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN TOURING THE NEW CLUB MEETING LOCATION SHOULD MEET AT THE BACK OF THE PARKING LOT (ON THE SOUTH SIDE) OF THE SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER (245 N. 200 W.)
There will be a ARRL Volunteer Exam Session held at 6:00 P.M. at the same location as the Club Meeting.
If you are a person desiring to take an Amateur Radio test or a currently licensed ham wanting to upgrade this month, or are a Volunteer Examiner who would like to help out at a session, please contact please contact V.E. Coordinator Ron Sappington, WI7Z, via e-mail or telephone (435) 673-4552; or Board Member Dan Farwell, W8EQA, via e-mail or telephone at (435) 668-1609.
Please contact them no later than Tuesday, April 18, 2006.
Upcoming Events- Volunteers Needed:
Ham Radio Study Information
Board Member Dan Farwell, W8EQA, passed along the following excellent Ham license and Morse Code study aids all from this Great ham radio website:
You can find any information you want on Ham Radio right there!
Here are some particularly interesting links:
http://ac6v.com/morseaids.htm Many links to good Morse study aids
http://www.aa9pw.com/radio/morse.html Great license and Morse study aid
http://rivat.chez-alice.fr/software.htm CW Player program - used for our DARC 2 meter code sessions
http://www.ac6v.com/morseprograms.htm Wealth of Morse resources
http://ac6v.com/help.htm#STUDY Multitudes of Ham license study aids
DARC needs volunteers for the upcoming Diabetes Walk on Saturday, May 6. Please contact Dan Farwell, W8EQA, Events Committee Chairman. His e-mail is: email@example.com
The advent of April has brought about changes. It is now daylight longer which makes for easier setting up of antennas after work. The rains have made the ground softer to make easier digging for antenna footings and also for pounding that station ground rod you have been meaning to install. The kids are able to play outside more so there is less complaining about TVI in the house. The Cactus Hugger and Cholla Challenge were able run and not be competing with the blizzard of snow coming down. The new AES catalog is out (equivalent to the Sears Christmas catalog as a kid). Tax returns are back providing scratch for a new or slightly used radio. The ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 1 course opens until April 23rd. The new ARRL 2006-2007 Repeater Directory comes out this month.
So here we are 1/3 of the way through the year. How is your personal preparedness for disaster or emergency? Have you strapped or braced your water heater to keep it from falling during an earthquake? Did you get a new set of batteries for your HT? Are you planning to come to the special Emergency Communications presentation at the April 19th DARC meeting at the St. George Police Department? Are you checking in regularly to the Sunday night DARC net?
At the present time, there are at least local VHF nets running:
DARC Sun 8:00 pm 146.91 (Seegmiller) 100.0 PL Tone
BVERC Thurs 8:00 pm 146.64 (Rocky Point) 100.0 PL Tone - lots of message traffic practice
VVARC Tue 8:30 pm 146.82 (Utah Hill) 100.0 PL Tone
If you have any information on any others please forward it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a code practice following the DARC Sunday net on the 146.64 repeater thanks to Thom, KC1EMS.
The Mesquite (VVARC) group would like those who are interested to participate with them on the 146.82 repeater on April 27, 28, 29 2006. They will be operating a special events station with call sign W7M (Mesquite Days). Listen in and give them a call. They will be doing some public demonstrations of Amateur Radio.
For those who did not participate in the Cactus Hugger, it was a beautiful day for the event. I was stationed at the Sand Hollow Park entrance. The sun was warm, a cool breeze blowing and a lot of very friendly bike riders. The park personnel were very accommodating and friendly. I had a non-ham come with me. He remarked that is was great to see so many people volunteering to help provide the communications for an event....that is the image we do want to show. We are about volunteering. Please keep up the desire to help and provide the needed community service. Call Dan, W8EQA and get involved!!!! There are lots of upcoming events and opportunities to show our talents.
Hal K. Whiting, KI2U
2006 President Dixie Amateur Radio Club
Daytime Phone 702-346-5100
Hugger Century (100 mile bicycle tour) was held on April 1, 2006. This
event was held in conjunction with the Cholla Challenge Off Road
bicycle race on the same day.
(Report by Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE)
On the morning of April Fools day a group of hardy fools and a whole lot of mountain bikers got together in the desert south of Hurricane.
The Cholla Challenge is a loop through the desert approximately twelve miles long. The first couple of miles was a mixture of slick rock and singletrack. There was a lot of classic desert singletrack the next few miles with a couple of challenging short climbs and down hills. Some of the sections were tight, but a surprising amount of speed was maintained by the riders through them.
Beginners through advanced riders took advantage of this race course. Dixie Amateur Radio Club had nine hams volunteering to provide course safety communications during the event. Those participating were KE7HEP Nick, KD7KLQ Pete, KD7ZJW Earl, KD6JFS Don, K3RKW Dan, W7BN Duane, KD7FGP Ken, KK7GC George, and N7ARE Gary. There were NO serious mishaps. There WERE cattle on the course. (Don't know if there were "mad cows") Thanks to Duane for keeping us informed as to the situation. Also thanks to those who hiked into critical locations, especially George and Earl. All operation was conducted on 146.58 simplex and worked very well on this loop course. We did have one short period of either a "stuck mic" or other outside interference. We worked ok through it. It certainly wasn't as bad as the Martians that Dan Farwell and Gary Zabriskie experienced on the air in Baja Mexico last Novermber (ask them for more info). One thing to remember in an event such as this is to constantly check to see that your rig is not in transmit mode unintentially, especially if you haven't heard ANY traffic on the air for a minute or so.
DSC "Great Race"
(Report by Dan Farwell, W8EQA)
The Dixie State College "GREAT RACE" was held on April 7, 2006 on the main campus in St. George. The event is a relay race where 170 participants run, cycle, roller blade and swim around a prescribed course to see which team is the fastest.
This is a traditional campus event and the DARC has helped with communications for many, many years. The entire affair lasted only an hour or so and after the event the crowd of nearly two thousand were entertained by a live band and enjoyed a free BBQ. The winning team was awarded numerous prizes donated by local businesses. Many thanks to the following DARC members for their help: KB6UJR Bindy Boylin, KK7GC George Darrow, KE7DZJ Lee Case, KC1EMS Thom Oliphant, KD7FRN Travis Lofthouse and W8EQA Dan Farwell.
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