AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
Dixie Amateur Radio Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month
(with the exception of December) at 7:00 PM
May DARC Club Meeting will be held at the
Five County Association of Governments Building.
PLEASE SEE THE CLUB MEETING INFO BELOW
Volunteer Examiner (VE) test session will be held on Wednesday, May 19,
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
FCAOG building will be open at 5:30 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.
MISS OUR NEXT CLUB MEETING!
THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR:
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
MEETING WILL BE HELD AT
FIVE COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS
Tonaquint Business Center Office Building
1070 West 1600 South, Building B
(Just off of Dixie Drive)
happening at the May meeting?
Utah Section Manager Mel Parkes, AC7CP, will meet with the members of
the Dixie Amateur Radio Club. This will be a great opportunity to
discuss issues within the ham radio community with our representative
Mel Parkes, AC7CP (ex
N5UVP), is the current President of the Utah VHF Society. Mel,
first licensed in New Mexico in 1991, now holds an extra class
license. He is also a life member of the ARRL and is the ARRL SM
(Section Manager) and in this capacity he is one of our local contacts
with the league. Mel has also served with the Air Force MARS
State Director and net control for its Administrative net, was the
president of the Davis County ARC in 1996 and 1998, and presently an
ARRL VE (Volunteer Examiner) for the Davis County ARC.
Mel currently works as an engineer at KJZZ-TV, a job that provides him
with the opportunity to visit many of the mountaintop sites throughout
Utah where there are KJZZ-TV has some of its translators. As it
turns out, many of these sites also have amateur repeaters, as well.
addition we will be discussing the upcoming Field Day operation. Field
Day 2004 takes place on the last full weekend in June (June 26th-27th).
encouraged to attend. Let's have a great turnout for this meeting!!
APRIL LETTER FROM THE
Dear DARC Members:
I have been very
busy trying to get the club tax forms ready by May 15th. We have Mel
Parkes (ARRL Utah Section manager) scheduled for the May 19th meeting.
I got a verbal
confirmation from my contact person at the IRS saying
that our paperwork had been submitted for final approval and I hope to
have that confirmation and make an "formal" announcement at the next
Bob Peterson passed
the following information, that will also be put on our DARC website,
regarding the bi-monthly QCWA meetings:
Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA)
Meets twice monthly on the First
Third Wednesdays at 10:00 AM
at Denny's Restaurant 1215 South
Main in St George
you haven't paid your dues yet for the year, please help support the
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
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.
Steve Kimber, W7VEW
crank up tubular towers ($100 to $350)
55 ft crankup with base ($350)
& W all band dipole 10-160 meters ($50)
Alliance HD-73 Rotor and control box ($50)
Kenwood TS-700SP 2 meter all-mode base unit-mint with original box and
Kenwood TR-9000 2 meter all-mode mobile unit- mint with original
box and book. ($175)
(1)- 500 ft
roll RG-58 A/U 50 ohm coax ($20)
B1016 2 meter brick ($75)
WM6200 SWR-PWR meter ($30)
Kenwood KW-200 SWR-PWR meter ($50
Dan Farwell W8EQA
95 N 2300 E
St George, UT 84790
HAPPENINGS AND OTHER DARC NEWS
Clic on the link below
all the information on this road race
SILVER STATE CLASSIC ROAD
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
The roster will
be on the site shortly. At the club meeting we will have a roll with a
place to update your e-mail address and phone number. If you don't want
your info posted, please e-mail Gary
This information from Walt,
The following Hams are active, some more or less, some barely.
and sometimes Dan
(W8EQA-1) and Gary (N7ARE-1)
CLUB MEMBER PROFILE
Bob Peterson, W7UT
This year marks my 50th year as a ham
radio operator. My Elmer was a close friend just one year older
than myself whose father was the local depot agent in the small
Minnesota farming community I grew up in. After graduating from
high school, I spent 3 years in the Army as a Morse intercept operator
stationed in northern Japan (1961-64). Shortly after my
separation from the army I was recruited by the CIA and had a 26-year
career with them. The first half of my career was spent in the
telecommunications field, and the remainder of my career was spent in
Human Resources with an emphasis in personnel recruiting. My government
service has allowed me to see a great deal of the world, with
assignments in the Far East, Middle East and Africa.
Please see the repeater information link on the DARC home page for information on
My wife (Linda) and I spent 20 years in the Atlanta area before moving
to St. George in October 1999. We became acquainted with St.
George when we visited an uncle of mine who had retired from Coors in
Denver and had moved to Ivins in 1997. I am a graduate of
Minnesota State University - Mankato and have done graduate study in
Public Administration at George Washington University.
First licensed in 1954, I have held the following calls: W0VTZ, EL2C,
EP2PR, K4HLJ and N4VZ. I have held W7UT since January 2000. Other
ham-related organizations I belong to are QCWA, Utah's Dixie DX &
Contest Club, and the Mile-High DX Association. I am a Life Member of
the ARRL and I am a former member of the First Class CW Operator's Club
(FOC - #1449). I recently served as the Rocky Mountain Division
representative to the ARRL's Contest Advisory Committee.
My major interests are DX'ing and contesting. Some of the awards I hold
are: DXCC Top of the Honor Roll (SSB & Mixed); DXCC Honor Roll
(CW); 8BDXCC; 5BWAZ (1990); the first (#1) WAZ's issued on 12M &
17M (both CW & SSB); 160M WAZ (all 40 zones); and DXCC Challenge
Current rigs include a TenTec Orion, Yaesu FT-920 and FT-847. Linears
are an Acom 1000 and an Emtron DX-2sp. My antennas are a 50 ft.
top-loaded vertical for the low bands and a SteppIR 3-element Yagi for
the higher bands.
In addition to my life-long addiction to ham radio, my wife and I enjoy
travelling and playing bridge. I have also been very involved in
organizing and maintaining my army outfit's reunion group.
you have more current information on repeaters in the area, including
surrounding areas such as
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REGULARLY OCCURING ACTIVITIES:
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)
forget the DARC Sunday evening 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
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, newsletter articles, ham gear,
and anything but your troubles
to: Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE