THE DIXIE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2003

Dixie Amateur Radio Club

President: Dan Farwell W8EQA - Vice President: Casey Lofthouse KD7HUS
Secretary: Charles Hardy KD7RZF - Treasurer: Travis Lofthouse KD7FRN
Board Members: Duane Beecher W7BN, Al Mott K7WAM, Ron Sappington WI7Z


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The Dixie Amateur Radio Club meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM in the
old Harmon's building at 55 South and 900 East in St. George.

There is a Volunteer Examiner test session prior to each club meeting at 6:00 PM. The VE
test fee for 2003 is $12.00.

If you are a Volunteer Examiner and would like to help please contact Ron Sappington, WI7Z
at 673-4552 or 467-4552.


The DARC membership and dues are still only $15.00 yearly

Please make your checks payable to "DARC" and mail them to the club address:
Dixie Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 422
Santa Clara, UT 84765

THE DARC IS AN ARRL AFFILIATED CLUB


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DON'T MISS OUR NEXT MEETING. WE WILL HAVE THE RENOUNED HISTORIAN,
NATURALIST AND LECTURER BART ANDERSON!

MARK THAT ON YOUR CALENDAR: APRIL 16TH AT 7:00 PM!



At our March meeting we were delighted to have Richard Caulfield (KL0QL) from the
St. George chapter of the AMERICAN RED CROSS. He has offered a free class for adult emergency
training. This class will be about four hours in two sessions. Ten club members have already
signed up! Call Dan Farwell at 435-688-1609 for more information.




DIXIE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB BANK BALANCE: $1,246.48




This could be your antenna!

UTAH GOVERNOR SIGNS AMATEUR RADIO ANTENNA BILL

Utah Gov Michael Leavitt has signed that state's Amateur Radio antenna bill, HB 79. The bill unanimously passed a third reading in the Utah Senate February 14 on a 23-0 vote, less than a month after it was introduced. It had earlier passed the Utah House on a 65-8 vote. Leavitt signed the bill March 15. It becomes effective May 5.

Sponsored by Rep Neal B. Hendrickson, HB 79, "Regulation of Amateur Radio Antennas," prohibits municipalities and counties in Utah from enacting ordinances that fail to comply with the limited federal preemption known as PRB-1. The measure requires local ordinances involving placement, screening or height of an Amateur Radio antenna that are based on health, safety or aesthetics to "reasonably accommodate amateur radio communications" and to "represent the minimal practicable regulation to accomplish the municipality's purpose."

ARRL Utah Section Manager Mel Parkes, AC7CP, has credited Mike Davis, KD7FQD, and John Hanson, KI7AR, for developing the bill and getting Hendrickson to sponsor it.
Utah becomes the 17th state to enact an Amateur Radio antenna bill. PRB-1 bills are under consideration in several other states, including New York, New Jersey and California.


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DARC MEMBER PROFILE: AL MOTT K7WAM

Al was born on a farm in north eastern Ohio (Trumbull County) long ago ('36 to be exact - that's 1936). He was born in the hired hand's house (which still stands today - but alas, is not a national shrine). He spent the first few years of life on farms (which may account for some of his animal behaviors). As most kids do, he grew in wisdom and stature, went to school and became somewhat educated. During junior high and high school his father instilled an interest in short-wave radio and he built (from scratch) a superheterodyne receiver. Unfortunately it met its demise during a lightening storm (since he had neglected any consideration whatsoever of lightening protection). That ended his ham radio activities for the next 50 years.

On to college (actually several colleges over a period of time) ending up with a degree in pharmacy. Not content to be lowly "druggist" he went on to graduate school where he earned a doctorate in pharmacology. He then taught at several colleges/universities for 10 years and then went with the money to private industry where he worked for nearly 25 years before they downsized him out. So he moved to southern Utah and went back to being a druggist for Harmons in St. George (from which he finally retired a couple of years ago).

Through the past 47 years he has added to his accomplishments a wonderful wife (Anita) and 6 very nice children (3 and 3). All are married with kids (16 grandkids - at last count!)

Through the years Anita has been very supporting of his hobbies (well, supporting, but maybe not all the time). So when a class in ham radio was announced he went and learned enough (from John Hunt) to become licensed (March 2000). He has since upgraded to General and then Extra. His ham interests are primarily VHF/UHF and 40-meter HF. He has enjoyed his continuing ham education through DARC and the many helpful fellow hams in the club.


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UPCOMING EVENTS:

AES Hamfest: 4640 S. Polaris Ave., Las Vegas, NV- First Saturday of every
month starts at 7:00 AM.


2003 ARRL Rocky Mountain Convention: May 30-31, 2003
Estes Park, CO. -Click HERE for Information-


The DARC Field Day: June 28-29 at Santa Clara Park.


Utah Hamfest at Ruby's Inn, Bryce Canyon, UT: July 11-13
-Click HERE for Information-



Fort Tuthill Hamfest, Flagstaff, AZ: July 25-27
-Click HERE for Information-


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*FOR SALE*

SWAN 400, 400 WATT TRANSCEIVER COVERS 4 HAM BANDS! COMPLETE WITH EXTERNAL
VFO AND TWO POWER SUPPLIES.
CALL HAROLD MONSON KC7NIT - MUST GO - BEST OFFER. 435-634-0352


Don't forget the DARC Sunday evening net!

DON'T FORGET THE NET! The DARC Sunday evening net changes from 7:00 PM
to 8:00 PM with daylight savings time
Starting on April 6, 2003.
SEE YOU THERE!


HAPPY EASTER

HAPPY EASTER



Please send your questions, complaints and encouragements to: Dan Farwell W8EQA