|August 2006 Edition Amateur Radio... When All Else Fails !|
º August Club
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
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More Interesting LinksClick on this link to see what's happening weather wise in southwestern Utah.
Southern Utah Weather Radar
Sidewinders on Two Radio ClubThere 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)
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.
Reports from the Club Activities:
o Emergency Communications
o Technical/Repeater Issues
o Educational/Volunteer Examinations
o Public Affairs
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:
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:
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.
Repeater Repair Trip to the 145.49 Machine:
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:
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
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:
Sunday Evening Net Preamble:
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.
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.
following is roll call………
At this time the Dixie Amateur Radio Club would like to thanks all those who checked in.
net is now closed.
SUNDAY NIGHT NET ROSTER: