Dixie Amateur Radio Club
E‑Newsletter

 August 2006 Edition                                      Amateur Radio... When All Else Fails !


In This Edition:


º August Club Meeting

º July Club Meeting Recap

º Volunteer Exam Test Opportunity

º Ham Radio Study Guides

º 145.49 Repeater Repair Photo Essay

º Net Preamble and Roster

º Ham Radio Trivia

º Links of Interest

º How to contact DARC

º More Interesting Links

º Ham Cartoon of the Month

º Members: "For Sale Items" on Club Web Site


HAM RADIO TRIVIA


http://www.qrz.com/trivia


Links of Interest:

ARRL
The National Association for Amateur Radio

Rainbow Canyons Amateur Radio Club
Amateur radio club in the Cedar City area

Amateur Electronic Supply
The closest place to home to spend money on what drives our habit 

Utah VHF Society
Link to current repeater news and directories


Amateur Radio Newsline

Amateur Radio Newsline™ is a free service to the amateur radio community.

  
Contact DARC:


Join the ARRL!



Please help support the club!

Dues for 2006 are being solicited. Dues are $15.00 per member ($20.00 per family for multiple ham families). Check the Club's membership ROSTER to see that you are shown as current. We will even accept your tardy dues for 2005 if you feel the slightest bit of guilt.  If you know you were negligent in 2005, you are on the honor system.  To pay your membership dues, please make a check or money order 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


More Interesting Links

Southern Utah Weather Radar

Click on this link to see what's happening weather wise in southwestern Utah.

Sidewinders on Two Radio Club

There are quite a number of hams in the Dixie area who are gearing up to be quite active on 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)


HAM CARTOON
OF THE MONTH





The Callsign of the Dixie Amateur Radio Club is:










Our Club has members who are primarily located in southwestern Utah in the greater St. George City area:








HAM ITEMS FOR SALE BY CLUB MEMBERS ARE ON THE DARC WEB SITE LIBRARY PAGE:

http://www.dixieham.org/DARC4sale.html







 



IF YOU ARE NEW TO AMATEUR RADIO AND JUST CHECKING IT OUT .... CLICK ON THE LOGO BELOW TO VISIT THE ARRL WEB SITE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AMATEUR RADIO:














Please help make
this Club

RADIO-ACTIVE!!


August 2006 Club Meeting: 

The August meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at the St. George Community Building  which is located on the west side of the south parking lot of the Aldred (St. George) Senior Citizens Center which is at 245 North 200 West, St. George.
  • Club Business
  • Ken Head has several items to discuss with the club members
  • Dan to update on the Yard Sale fund raiser
  • Other Items to be covered:
     2006 St. George Marathon planning

 Reports from the Club Activities:

          o Emergency Communications
          o Events
          o Technical/Repeater Issues
          o Educational/Volunteer Examinations
          o Public Affairs

- Refreshments


July Meeting Recap:
Field Day 2006 Wrap Up
After club business, last month's club meeting was a presentation by Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE, about the Club's participation in the American Radio Relay League.













Field Day Results:

For a soap box description of the event, please follow this link:
http://www.arrl.org/contests/soapbox/index.html?con_id=106&call=w7drc

Here is the summary of total contacts by band. Note that 15 and 10 meter bands were non-existant and the 80 meter band did not lend itself to any appreciable activity. The 40 Meter band was the bread and butter band of Field Day 2006 for the Dixie Amateur Radio Club:


Here is a summary for the number of stations worked in each ARRL and Canadian section. Note that propogation to the northeast U.S. and most of Canada was poor:




Here are the states that were worked during Field Day on a Worked All States map:


Here is the final scoring sheet for the Field Day entry:



Volunteer Exam Session:

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 night prior to the test session.



Ham Radio Study Information:

These are all excellent sources for Ham Radio study Guides. The AC6V web site has a plethora of ham related information:
www.ac6v.com/

You can find any information you want on Ham Radio right there!


Here are some particularly interesting study aids and guides:

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



Repeater Repair Trip to the 145.49 Machine:
Here are some pics sent in by Casey Lofthouse, KD7HUS, from a recent trip to the top of the world to fix the 145.49. Glad to have it back on the air!











Net Preamble and Roster:

It was requested that the Preamble and Roster for the Sunday night DARC net be posted online. It will be made a permanent fixture elsewhere on the web page but is posted here for the first time this newsletter:

DARC Sunday Evening Net Preamble:

Good evening, this is _______________
opening the Dixie Amateur Radio Club Sunday evening net.

This net is being conducted weekly at 8:00 PM local time for the purpose of handling traffic, making announcements, selling or trading ham related items and to get acquainted with call signs and fellow hams.

The DARC meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM. Please see our club website (www.dixieham.org) for a map and details or listen to this net for upcoming meeting locations until we have a permanent meeting place for 2006.

There is a VE session before each meeting at 6:00 PM.

Emergency traffic may be indicated by a triple break and will be accepted at any time.

This is a directed net. Please do not transmit unless directed to do so by the net control station.

You may be placed on the roll by checking in three times a month and remain on the roll by checking in at least two times every calendar month.

Any station with traffic or news for the net, please check in now.

Unless otherwise directed by net control, all stations will please remain on frequency until all traffic has been listed and assigned.

The following is roll call………

Any late or missed member check ins please call now…

Any visitors or echo link check ins please call now ……….

Last call for check ins….

At this time the Dixie Amateur Radio Club would like to thanks all those who checked in.

This net is now closed.

DARC SUNDAY NIGHT NET ROSTER:

KB7MWR HENRY
N7MWY GERALD
KJ7XR PETE
KC7ERE EILEEN
KB7UDM GAIL
KS7I MILT
KC7NIT HAROLD
W8EQA DAN
W7RRR MELODY
KA7STK WALT
KB7JSH DENNIS
KD7BYI CHARLOTTE
K3RKW DAN
WI7E GEORGE
KD7FRN TRAVIS
KB7UEB ORDEN
KD7HUS CASEY
W7BN DWAYNE
KD7RGC MARTIN
KD7SGN GORDON
KE7CIB JEAN
WI7J JIM
KF7HW LEILA
KF7HY STEVE
KI2U HAL
N7PUX ROY
KC7DXH BILL
K7VNH DAVE
KD7LEE DAN
KB6UJR BINDY
N6MKR CHUCK
KG6MDH BRUCE
KD7VML BOB
N7RCN STEVE
KC1EMS TOM
KA6EMS BUTCH
KD7FGN KEITH
K6EBA KEN
KD6JFS DON
KD7UPD JIM
KE7DZI KEN
KD7FGP KEN
KE7DZJ LEE
KD7JFQ GREG
KB7WRB JB
KK7GC GEORGE
WI7M JIM
N7KDU JOYCE
KD7ZJW EARL
WA7RDC JERRY
KE7ETP DICK
N7ATZ BOB
K7DLX RICH
KE7FPG NORM
KC7JYC JEFF
KD7HRS JIM