DIXIE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB 

MAY 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 May DARC Club Meeting will be held at the
 Five County Association of Governments Building.

PLEASE SEE THE CLUB MEETING INFO BELOW

VE TESTING

A Volunteer Examiner (VE) test session will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 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, May 19, 2004

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

AT THE 
FIVE COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS
Tonaquint Business Center Office Building
1070 West 1600 South, Building B
(Just off of Dixie Drive)

St. George, Utah

What's happening at the May meeting?

Our 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 in ARRL.

Mel Parkes, AC7CP, 2002-2003 UVHFS President
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.
 

In 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).

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



  APRIL LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

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

DAN FARWELL, W8EQA

 

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 meeting!

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 and Third Wednesdays at 10:00 AM
at Denny's Restaurant 1215 South Main in St George
www.qcwa.org/


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
ARRL LOGO


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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



3)- MA-40 crank up tubular towers ($100 to $350)
(1)- Tri-Ex 55 ft crankup with base ($350)
(1)- B & W all band dipole 10-160 meters ($50)
(1)- Alliance HD-73 Rotor and control box ($50)
(1)- Kenwood TS-700SP 2 meter all-mode base unit-mint with original box and book ($250)
(1)- 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)
(1)- Mirage B1016 2 meter brick ($75)
(1)- Swan WM6200 SWR-PWR meter ($30)
(1)- Kenwood KW-200 SWR-PWR meter ($50


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.
 

Membership Roster

 

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 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

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.

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 (2,950+ level).
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.



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




  THERE IS NO BETTER TIME TO JOIN THE ARRL!
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!

   Click HERE for the ARRL website.

ARRL Trademark and logo courtesy ARRL

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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.






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