DIXIE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
Dixie Amateur Radio Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month
(with the exception of December) at 7:00 PM in the Dixie College Building
(old Harmon's Grocery Store building)
located at 55 South and 900 East in St. George, Utah.
A Volunteer Examiner (VE) test session held prior to each club meeting at 6:00
The VE test fee for 2004 is $12.00.
you are a Volunteer Examiner and would like to help out, please contact
DARC membership and dues are still only $15.00 a year
Ron Sappington, WI7Z, at 673-4552 or 467-4552.
Bring your checkbook!
make your check payable to "DARC" and bring it to the meeting
or mail it to the club address:
Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 422
Santa Clara, UT 84765
DARC IS AN ARRL AFFILIATED CLUB
MISS OUR NEXT CLUB MEETING!
THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR: JANUARY 21, 2004
THE MEETING IS AT 7:00 PM
The January meeting is traditionally for placement of the
officers and board members
Here is the Board roster for 2004:
President: Dan Farwell W8EQA
Vice President: David Owens KD7VNH
Secretary: Gary Zabriskie N7ARE
Treasurer: Gordon Shipley KD7SGN
Dan Farwell W8EQA
Dan Hinkle KD7RSR
Mark Sherbert KM7DX
At the January meeting Dan Farwell would like to discuss upcoming events
and get a few committees together for Field Day 2004
and for repeater repairs as weather permits.
Dan will also announce some upcoming presentations.
He will also be bringing some gear from W7VEW for sale.
There will be a VE session at 6:00 P.M. and 3 people have already
pre-registered - Good Luck!!
JANUARY LETTER FROM OUR CLUB
I'm really encouraged about the future
of our Dixie Amateur Radio club! Incorporation papers have
finally been mailed to the IRS and by God's grace we will soon realize
that objective. The DARC a non-profit, tax exempt Corporation ready to
head into the 21st century.We are now an organization with no limits-
no dreams too big for us and our community!
This is the eighth year I've been involved with the club and now better
than five years helping with the DARC Sunday evening net. And I've
enjoyed every minute of my time invested in the club. Every month I
receive e-mails through our ARRL affiliated website link from newcomers
in our community. Many thanks to Ron Sappington, WI7Z, for his vision
and wisdom in getting the DARC affiliated with the ARRL again after so
The last club meeting and VE session saw James Barker, 10 years old,
attain his General class license! One goal for the coming year is help
those who are entering the hobby and want to upgrade by offering some
type of license class study course and directing them to the limitless
resources on the internet to help fulfill their dreams as ham radio
This message came from Walt, KA7STK, regarding recent activation of an
IRLP link on top of Washington County Adm Bldg:
"Chuck (KC7CO) and I set up the new Diamond duo-band antenna
on the court house today and the IRLP is working on 146.58 now----
Emergency preparedness is always on our minds and I look forward to
seeing Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil
Emergency Service (RACES) come alive again in Washington County. For
those who are interested in helping in the community there are ongoing
monthly classes offered by our local Red Cross Chapter ham liaison
Richard Caulfield, KL0QL. All of these programs and projects take time
and much effort from those involved.
Our DARC 146.64- machine is now at the Rocky Point site owned by Russ
Bateman, K7SG. This repeater site is on the hill behind the Stone
Cliffs development project. This is an open repeater with no access
tones and currently there is no autopatch function. Many thanks to Russ
for his generosity - again! The 147.260+ machine is currently off the
air and is stored at the Rocky Point location for future use.
Dean Cox, Bill Wells and Ron Sappington have all been instrumental in
offering encouragement and possible future repeater site locations for
the club. Below is a shot of the RCA machine and cavity cabinet. And
Dave Owens,KD7VNH, aboard the tower installing the "Stationmaster"
Many thanks to Dave for all of his help on projects like this in the
last several months!
I have started a small ham related business-in self defense this month
(Radio Recycler-complete with city business and tax licenses). For the
past six months I have had phone calls and e-mails requesting help with
antenna projects and help in liquidating local ham estates. I figured I
might as well take advantage of the time and energy spent and get a
little tax write off!
So far the response to my efforts have been astounding. I was contacted
by a Sam Jones, a local ham, to help find some new homes for equipment
left by his brother.
One ad on EHam classified website has generated over $1000 dollars in
sales of ham gear and everyday they just keep coming. Bottom line is
I'm having fun with it and learning a lot.
I now have a cell phone (talk about me moving into the 21st century!)
435-668-2436. I try to keep this with me continually except when at
work at the WAL*MART Distribution Center.
Thanks to all who attended the December Banquet on Saturday, December
6th, 2003 at The Pasta Factory in Ancestor Square. The dinner was
fairly well attended and was a fun time for all who came out. The
grand prizes were provided by AES and included a Yaesu VX-150 2Meter 5
watt HT and an Icom IC-2100H25N 50 watt mobile unit. Below are a couple
of shots from the banquet:
My hope and vision is to see all of our club members step forward and
offer their time and expertise to see these goals become a reality.
Dan Farwell W8EQA
Ken Gulley, K7PU and Bud Butler, K7RDR are both silent keys.
MEMBER PROFILE FOR JANUARY:
Mark Sherbert, KM7DX
(DARC) area repeater info:
146.82 is still down. Casey Lofthouse and Dan Farwell attempted to go
up to clean up repeater site
145.49 & 146.82 (repairs) but were turned back by a foot of snow.
146.91 is currently up but has been down due to insufficient solar
power to run the Sheriff's equipment and the 146.91 ham repeater
The 146.64 is no longer associated with Simmons Media. It is located at
Rocky Point instead of the 147.260 which is in storage at that
location. It does not have an autopatch facility.(146.64)
repeater info (from Gerry WA7RDC in Kanab):
Repeaters are 146,72 100 Htz sub. Located on Spencer bench.
147.30 100 Htz sub located Jacobs lake. 146.88 above the bluff in
Kanab. Echolink 144.93 simplex in Kanab
"I became interested in 'Ham Radio' in
about 1954. I saw our new next door neighbor, W0LAK, stringing
wire into trees around his house and as any typical young lad, went
over and asked him what he was doing. He explained a little about
his hobby and I was 'hooked'. He sold me an old NC-33 receiver
and I became an avid SWL. (I still have my original log
book.) Over the next several years I got to meet several
other hams, including W0BB and W0COU, with their big antennas and
'home-brew' floor-to-ceiling, rack mounted transmitters and
amplifiers. I knew that some day I would get a license.
Although I never lost interest in radio, it was not until I was in
college that a friend, WA6TGG, actually worked with me to get a
license. I received WV6VOP in January, 1962. I held the
call WA6VOP until we moved to Hawaii, where I became KH6GKI, in
1967. We subsequently moved to Connecticut in 1970 and I became
WA1OYK. From there we moved to Japan, where I concurrently held
KA6MS and later KA7MS. In those days, these calls were
administered by U.S. Forces Japan. From Japan, I transferred to
Virginia and became WB4BZR. In 1980, my family and I moved back
to San Diego where I received the call KD6TB and became acquainted with
CC&Rs. Subsequent transfers permitted operation as KD6TB/DU2
(1985-87) and KD6TB/KH2 (1987-89); and after another stint in San
Diego, as KD6TB/0 in Colorado. In 1998, my wife and I had the
opportunity to live in Romania for two years where I operated as
YO/KD6TB. Finally, in August, 2002, my wife and I moved to Saint
George. In May, 2003, I received KM7DX (my final call).
Throughout the years, my primary interest has been DX-ing. I also
enjoy contests. My prinicple mode of operation is CW, however I
still have a microphone, if it is ever needed. I have some
interest in RTTY and PSK31.
My wife and I have been married for 40 years. We have three
children and eight grandchildren."
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First Saturday of every month starts at 7:00 AM Pacific Time.
Start planning for next year's events now! Click on the link below for
all the information on the
SILVER STATE CLASSIC ROAD
forget the DARC Sunday evening net!
||THE SUNDAY NIGHT NET
MEETS AT 7:00 PM ON THE 146.91 REPEATER
The DIXIE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
call sign is W7DRC
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.
BIT OF INFORMATION:
wonder where in the USA hams live?
The map below shows the relative distribution of licensed amateur radio
operaters in the United States:
Please send your questions, complaints and newsletter articles, etc.
to: Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE