DIXIE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB 

APRIL 2004 NEWSLETTER



The Dixie Amateur Radio Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month
 (with the exception of December) at 7:00 PM

The April DARC Club Meeting will NOT be held at the
 Five County Association of Governments Building.
It will instead be held at the new Dixie Regional Medical Center on River Road.

PLEASE SEE THE CLUB MEETING INFO BELOW

VE TESTING

A Volunteer Examiner (VE) test session will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2004
at 6:00 P.M.  at the regular FCAOG Office building location:
1070 West 1600 South, Building B
Tonaquint Center Business Park
St. George, Utah

The FCAOG building will be open at 5:30 P.M.
 for those coming for the test session.

  The VE test fee for 2004 is $12.00.

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


DON'T MISS OUR NEXT CLUB MEETING!

MARK THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR:
 
Wednesday, April 21, 2004

THIS MONTH'S MEETING WILL BE HELD AT
7:00 P.M.

AT THE NEW
 

DIXIE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
River Road Campus
1380 East Medical Center Drive
(Just off of River Road )

St. George, Utah

What's happening at the April meeting?

There has been arranged a special guided tour of the new Dixie Regional Medical Center on River Road.
Please arrive a little early so that  everyone can pass through security at the same time.
Please read Dan Farwell's "Letter from the President" immediately below for more details on this meeting.

 Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Let's have a great turnout for this meeting!!


Next month's (May 2004) Meeting will again be held back at the FCAOG Office Building
 at the Tonaquint Center Business Park.



  APRIL LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

This was ONLY a FEW years ago wasn't it Dan?

DAN FARWELL, W8EQA

 

Dear DARC Members:

I'm very excited to announce the agenda for our next DARC Club meeting!

We are to be given a private tour of the New Dixie Regional Medical Center on our regularly scheduled meeting date and time.
Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at 7:00 PM.

Please plan to arrive for the meeting at the hospital a little early so we can pass security and enter together.

Please arrive at the West parking lot as close to the building as reasonable. We will gather at the North Entrance.(West Parking lot side adjacent to the IHC Medical facility).  I will monitor the 146.91 repeater for talk-in.

We will meet outside and call our security contact who will escort us to the Sundance Conference Room where the Hospital will provide refreshments.

After a very short formal meeting we will commence our tour of this fabulous facility.

My thanks to Ron Sappington WI7Z and Bill Axelgard, Head of Safety and Security at the Hospital for making this possible!

We will still offer on the same day, April 21, 2004 at 6:00 PM, a Volunteer Exam session at our regular meeting place at the Five County Association of Governments Office Building at 1070 W. 1600 South, Building B.  This will be held in the Executive Conference Room just across the hall from the employee break room.
 
Many thanks to our V.P. David Owens KD7VNH and Casey Lofthouse KD7HUS for handling the very successful Cholla Challenge Mountain Bike race sponsored by the Red Rock Bicycle Shop in St George. And thanks to the hams who spent a good part of the day to participate. There was a lot of interest generated by our competent activity and at least one more request for our future communications aid at still another cycling event!

"THE GREAT RACE" at Dixie State College (April 2, 2004) was a great success and we will be better prepared for next years event.
Many thanks for all who helped- it's very gratifying to see so many of you offer your time and energy to support the club and help our community!
Our next scheduled event will be Saturday May 1, 2004, 8:00 AM. It is "The Diabetes Walk".

There will be an orientation and training meeting for all volunteers on April 27, 2004 from 7-9 PM at the FairField Inn.

Please e-mail me if you are planning to work that event and would like to come to the training session. (w8eqa@infowest.com).
We have a confirmation for May's meeting and our guest speaker will be the ARRL Section Manager Mel Parkes from Salt Lake City.

Please check out the Club Activivities Link on the main web page  http://www.dixieham.org for ingformation on activities coming up this year.

Finally, the Washington County Sheriff's Dept. has announced the theft recovery of a Yaesu Amateur HT and charger. If you have lost such a unit please contact Officer Zubal at Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Vy 73, 
Dan W8EQA

 

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 If you haven't paid your dues yet for the year, please help support the club!

Please make your check 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

DARC IS AN ARRL AFFILIATED CLUB

2004 Board of Directors
President: Dan Farwell W8EQA
Vice President: David Owens KD7VNH
Secretary: Gary Zabriskie N7ARE
Treasurer: Gordon Shipley KD7SGN
Board Members:
Casey Lofthouse KD7HUS
Chuck Hardy KD7RZF
Mark Sherbert KM7DX
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 FOR SALE ITEMS:



I have a 44 ft Texas Tower crank up mast, heavy duty like
new. It's heavy square tubing model, that retracts too I
think about 12 ft when down. it has a winch mounted on the
side near bottom, and the darn thing just glides up, and
down. I paid $1, 650 + $285 motor freight, I would like
about $500.00 if possible, but don't want to leave it here
for the summer, so hope someone need's it, and make's a offer.
 

Also have a Texas tower model MA-40 40 Foot. $999.95 SALE QST
The thing is supporting, but has house- wall bracket.


Please contact:

Steve Kimber, W7VEW
 634-0760



Tri-Ex 60 foot crank up tower with new base. VGC $395 (OBO)
Tri-Ex 40 crank up tower w/o base $125 (OBO)
US Tower: Two tubular crank up towers 40 foot one complete with
Base and hardware- $295 (OBO) Second unit without base $100 (OBO)
Used tri-band beam (3 element-as is-BO)
Cushcraft R-7 Vertical (as is- BO)

Please contact:
Dan Farwell W8EQA
95 N 2300 E
St George, UT 84790
w8eqa@infowest.com
435-688-1609 Home
435-668-2436 Cell
 



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HAPPENINGS AND OTHER DARC NEWS

Silver State Classic

Clic on the link below for all the information on this road race
SILVER STATE CLASSIC ROAD RACE


 

Ogden Hamfest

 

The Ogden ARC will Sponsor a Hamfest this summer on Saturday 14 August 2004.  It will be held at the National Guard Armory in South Ogden.  This will be the first time in many years that a Hamfest will be held along the Wasatch Front Area and I would like to encourage everyone to make plans to attend and support this event.  Please note that the Utah Hamfest (Usually held at Bryce Canyon will not be held this year but will return in 2005).  I will provide more information as it becomes available Please feel free to contact Mel Parkes, AC7CP, Utah Section Manager at AC7CP@aol.com if you have any questions.
 

IRLP Conference April 17-18 

 The 2004 IRLP Conference will be held April 17-18, 2004, at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

For information contact Kent B. Johnson W7AOR w7aor@narri.org or check the web site out for more information www.narri.org/2004_meeting_registration_form.html



Membership Roster

 

We will be placing the Club Membership Roster on the web site Before the end of April.  We will not post your e-mail address unless you give implicit permission to do so. If you want your e-mail address as well as cellular phone numbers listed on the site please e-mail Gary Zabriskie,  n7are@arrl.net


Packet Radio Revival

This information from Walt, WA7SLK. The following Hams are active, some more or less, some barely.

Jim (WI7J-1), 

Walt (WA7SLK-1)

Dave (KD7VNH-1) 

Martin (KD7RGC-1)

 and sometimes Dan (W8EQA-1)  and Gary (N7ARE-1)

 

CLUB MEMBER PROFILE

MEL WARDEAN, K6QXE
LaVerkin, Utah
Mel Wardean, K6QXE

I was born in Los Angeles, California in June 1937. My first license was KN6QXE and was issued in 1955. One and one-half years later I was K6QXE, a Technician Class for about 10-12 years. Morse Code was my big problem. After a lot of work, I passed my General Class license with a minimum code speed of 13 WPM in front of an FCC examiner in Los Angeles. About 20 minutes later I was an Advanced Class operator and hold that class today.

Meanwhile, thanks to my high school electronic shop teacher, W6YIP, now a Silent Key, I also passed my  Second CLass Phone License, which is still in force.

Today, my Wife Arlene, WA6AYV, and I live in beautiful downtown LaVerkin. We have one daughter and two grandchildren.

My "un-doing"  for radio started in Cub Scouts. The book said "Build A Crystal Set". The rest is a lot of hard work and history.

I am retired from the motion picture theatre business where I have done just about everything you could imagine from janitor to owner. Mostly I worked as a projectionist and, with rare exceptions, was over the manager. (If you don't get the previous sentence, ask me). Somewhere along the way I became a serviceman working on the projectors, sound equipment and anything between the film and you, the audiance.

My favorite ham radio activity are rag chewing, at one time RTTY, building equipment and as always just having fun. I have several complete stations consisting of transmitters by E.F. Johnson, Collins, and Gonset and homebrew. Receivers are by National, Collins and Gonset. Last is a transceiver by Swan and handy-talkies by Icom. I also have a lot of test equipment.

The future?  Que Surah Surah



REPEATER INFORMATION:

Please see the repeater information link on the DARC home page for information on area repeaters
NOTE:  If 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




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JOIN THE ARRL! It's the only organization that represents hams at the government level. The current resources available to us through the ARRL are astounding. Check out their web site and find out what's going on!

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REGULARLY OCCURING ACTIVITIES:

Amateur Electronic Supply Swapmeet
 
4640 S. Polaris Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada
First Saturday of every month
Starts at 7:00 AM Pacific Time (8:00 AM Mountain Time)

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Don't forget the DARC Sunday evening net!

DON'T FORGET THE NET! THE SUNDAY NIGHT NET
  MEETS AT 8:00 P.M. MDT ON THE 146.91 REPEATER



The DIXIE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB call sign is W7DRC.

In the 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.


HAM CARTOON





Please send your questions, complaints, newsletter articles, ham gear, money, accolades,
and anything but your troubles to: Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE