AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
Dixie Amateur Radio Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month
(with the exception of December) at 7:00 PM
February meeting will be held in the Conference Room of the
Five County Association of Governments Office Building
located at 1070 West 1600 South, Building B
(Tonaquint Center Business Park) in St. George, Utah.
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR
MAP AND DRIVING DIRECTIONS
Volunteer Examiner (VE) test session held prior to the club meeting at
The building will be open at 5:45 P.M. for those coming for the test
The VE test fee for 2004 is $12.00.
you are a Volunteer Examiner and would like to help out, please contact
Ron Sappington, WI7Z, at 673-4552 or 467-4552.
you haven't paid your dues yet for the year, please support the club!
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
President: Dan Farwell W8EQA
Vice President: David Owens KD7VNH
Secretary: Gary Zabriskie N7ARE
Treasurer: Gordon Shipley KD7SGN
Casey Lofthouse KD7HUS
Chuck Hardy KD7RZF
Mark Sherbert KM7DX
MISS OUR NEXT CLUB MEETING!
THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR: FEBRUARY 18, 2004
THE MEETING IS AT 7:00 PM.
NOTE THE NEW MEETING LOCATION
happening at the February
AT THE TOP OF THIS NEWLETTER
BART ANDERSON LECTURE
can't honor Bart enough of the good he has done in this area.
He finds the wonder in ordinary things and brings the history of St.
George to life.
is a unique individual, a walking memory who never tires of sharing the
things he loves"
-Karl Brooks, former St. George City
Anderson, K7EDU, will entertain and educate the club
members and other attendees of the February DARC meeting with one of
ledgendary Bart's talks. Bart will present a slide show and talk about
"Strange Places". Bart's
talks are always a real treat to experience!
Bart Adersons Bio:
FEBRUARY LETTER FROM OUR CLUB
PRESIDENT DAN FARWELL, W8EQA:
"Ranger" Bart Anderson has been
called "one of Dixie's greatest natural resources" by former St. George
City Mayor Karl Brooks. He has become such a fixture in the St. George
area that it surprises people to learn that St. George was not always
his home. His birthplace was in Idaho, but he was raised in Salt Lake
City. At the age of three, he contracted polio, and his parents were
told he would never walk again. His father, who was very athletic and a
member of the U.S. Swim Team, would have none of that. Bart says that
when he was four years old his father threw him in the pool and made
him swim and he continued to make sure that he followed an avid
exercise program. By the age of five or six he had already learned to
compensate for the polio and could walk again. Even at the young age of
six he was determined to turn this weakness into strength. When he was
eleven, Bart's father arranged for him to work for the Boy Scouts as a
guide into the back country, which he did every summer until he was
nineteen. He developed a great love of hiking and the outdoors that
still enriches his life daily. He has hiked across the Grand Canyon (no
small feat) and every other canyon and glen he can find.
Bart eventually attended the University of Utah pursuing a degree in
English Literature. While also participating in ROTC and preparing to
join the Navy, he got sidetracked and worked part-time drawing blood,
he says, to make some extra cash to buy a boat. He became very
interested in the field and switched his major to Laboratory Medicine.
While doing an internship, he met Dr. Craig Booth in the forensics lab,
which is where he heard a lot of stories about Dixie. He eventually
received his degree as a Specialist in Hematology.
Bart had a lot of adventures in his youth, and the truth of the matter
is, Bart refused to ever outgrow his youth. The adventures are
continuing. He traveled the world as a member of UTD and was employed
for a time by the Howard Hughes organization (lots of cloak and dagger
adventures there!). Lured to St. George by year-round hiking and
a desire to learn the history of the Mountain Meadow Massacre, Bart
followed a close friend (Gene Latimer, M.D.) to Southern Utah and
sought out the well-known, Juanita Brooks who helped us with his love
of history grew to a passion. Her son, Karl Brooks, (former St. George
City Mayor), says that Bart and his mother have a special fondness and
found a kindred spirit in one another. Bart felt that in St. George he
had found a bonanza. He spent many hours interviewing "old timers"
where the history of the area sprang alive in his soul.
Several years ago, Bart decided to blend hiking with history by giving
walking tours in downtown St. George. He then began a series of history
lectures for which he has developed over ninety slide programs in his
repertoire. Many days (and most evenings) Bart can be found speaking
and sharing his love of Dixie to various groups. His weekly Saturday
hikes are equally popular, drawing both seniors and families, often
numbering in the hundreds. Along with the exercise, the hikers learn
the importance of history and nature and hear a lot of "Bartonized"
stories and folklore in the process.
Some sixteen years ago, Bart married his sweetheart, Delorice, whom he
calls "the wind beneath my wings." She supports his love of nature and
history and accompanies him at most of his lectures. Bart is one of
those people who can tell the same story the same way over and over
again, so she has heard many of his stories hundreds of times.
Bart loves to perform and often delights his friends and audiences with
one of his many memorized poems, such as "The Ballad of Sam McGee". He
began learning these poems back in his days at Boy Scout Camp when all
the boys would gather around the campfire and share their talents. Bart
didn't think he could sing or play guitar, so he learned stories and
poems that still captivates his listeners.
Bart has received much recognition for the time he devotes to learning
and teaching the history of the area. Of special note was the first
"Quiet Pioneer Award" given by KSL and the Day of 47 for his vast
public service without pay. He was also one of only five people in the
nation to be honored and awarded by Hilary Clinton as an Outstanding
If Bart isn't hiking or lecturing , you're likely to find him with his
nose in a book or writing one of the many columns he contributes to the
Spectrum, the Senior Sampler, and the St. George Magazine. He loves
people and is very involved in the community. He has served on the
Board of Directors for many organizations, including the St. George
Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Symphony, Zion Natural History
Association, National Area's Association, the Arizona Strip
Interpretive Association, the American Heart Association, and the
Folklore Association of the University of Utah. He has served as
President and State Lt. Governor for the Kiwanis Club, and is currently
serving as president of the Washington County Historical Society.
I'm working full-time on other
aspects of the IRS demands including modifications to our wording in
the Constitution and Bylaws that have to be submitted to the state and
acknowledged to meet the qualifications imposed by the IRS
Here is a link to the website for the upcoming Flagstaff
hamfest (July 4th). Perhaps we can get a group of us
together to travel there and attend. Temperatures in
Flagstaff in July are very inviting compared to Utah's Dixie: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/Flagstaff/science/hot.htm
Merrill Barney from the Huntsman's
World Senior Games games has contacted me to assure him of
our help again this year. I replied that we were standing ready.
Steve Jeppson, N7WWV, will be moving and there will be a need for a
team to take his place for the Marathon administration. The DARC Board
will be discussing this.
The Sunday night net has a little different format as far as net
1st Sunday: Harold Monson KC7NIT
2nd Sunday: Steve (KF7HY) and Leila (KF7HW) Horne
3rd Sunday: Chuck Hardy KD7RZF
4th Sunday: Dan Sadler K3RKW
This leaves yours truly as net control for backup and for months with 5
I haven't heard from Ken Oliver in Cedar regarding a summer hamfest.
More info to follow on this at a later date. I'll be preparing a
product review on the MFJ 1700 B- 6 way coax switch for next months
73, Dan W8EQA
(DARC) area repeater info:
PROFILE FOR FEBRUARY:
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
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
Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE
born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1959 and grew up in the unincorporated
community of Granger on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. I grew
up with many acres of sugar beet fields in our backyard. Much has
changed in the Salt Lake Valley since that time. Kids today would not
know a sugar beet if it fell out of the sky and hit them. That area is
now incorporated as part of West Valley City. I graduated from Granger
High School in 1978 (Go Lancers!) and later attended and graduated from
the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban
Planning in 1991 (Go Utes!!, Beat
BYU!!, Utah by 5 !!
). In 1986 I
married the former MaryAnn Partridge of West Jordan, Utah.
MaryAnn and I moved to St. George in 1993 when I was employed by
County Association of
Governments and am currently Associate
Planner in the Community
and Economic Development Division. My principal tasks are assisting
communities with planning for and implementing community development
projects. I have been involved in the implementation of over $8
million of community development projects during my tenure with the
MaryAnn is employed with Well Fargo Bank. We live with
Sometimes we think they let us live in their house. We enjoy
the beautiful weather and scenic
splendor of this area. We are also having a ball riding our
motorcycles. MaryAnn rides a Honda Shadow Sabre and I ride a Honda
Shadow American Classic Edition Tourer. She tells me her's is faster
because it is orange with flames on the tank. Everyone knows that black
bikes are faster.
In my ham "career" I was first licensed as an Novice Amateur Radio
Operator during my
senior year of high school (1978). I had a math teacher at Granger High
School, the late Gordon Anderson who introduced me to this fascinating
hobby. I was elmered by John Moellmer, WB7SUB, and Richard Williams,
W7HBL. My first callsign was WB7WRE. I upgraded later that year to
General and requested a change in callsign. I received the callsign
N7ARE (The 1x3 "N" calls were new
then). Over the next year or so I upgraded to Advanced Class and then
to Extra Class. This was back when you had to be tested in front
of an FCC
examiner. There was the 20WPM code test and then all my nerves
like gelatin but I passed!
Since I liked it so much, I have kept the same callsign throughout.
Couldn't ever find one
that fit as well. When I lived up north I was active in the Utah
Amateur Radio Club and Utah VHF Society. I am glad we have a great club
down here in Dixie and I see only good things for the future. I guess I
need to crack down and apply for QCWA. Then I guess I can really use
the term "OM" in relation to ham radio. Geesh, it seems like
yesterday when I
was first licensed and still a kid!
I have enjoyed over the years operating HF, both CW and SSB (mainly
QRPp), VHF (both weak signal SSB/CW and FM), and assisting in public
service exercises. I have worked 15 states on 2 meters. My Worked
All States award on 40 meter SSB QRPp (5 watts input) was a real
My most memorable
experience in my ham radio hobby came in December of 1983 when I was
able to complete a "two-way" QSO with Owen Garriott, the 1st Ham
Operator in Space. That contact made me the 1st Utah ham to work an
astronaut in orbit.
I am happy that I am able to assist the club this year as secretary
(plus webmaster and chief, cook, and bottle washer) and to help Dan out
in his position as President. I appreciate all that Dan has done for
the club and will give him all the support I can this year.
Finally, if you have any concerns or questions regarding the newsletter
web site, or can offer some suggestions and/or submittals, please
e-mail me at: email@example.com
call me at (435) 674-2678.
to Earl Decker KD7ZJW - brand new Technician Class licensee.
Earl is very excited about ham radio! He recently stopped in at W8EQA's
get ideas for planning his own modest ham shack, just like Dan's. (editor's
note: "Just Kidding!")
Again, welcome to the hobby, Earl. With your excitement we look
forward to you being very involved in the club.
Earl Decker, KD7ZJW
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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.
Please send your questions, complaints and newsletter articles, etc.
to: Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE