THE DIXIE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB NEWSLETTER
JUNE 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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COME ON OUT FOR FIELD DAY!

DON'T MISS OUR NEXT MEETING!
We will have our final get together before Field Day!

MARK THAT ON YOUR CALENDAR: JUNE 18th AT 7:00 PM!



DIXIE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB BANK BALANCE: $1451.36




View from the top of 145.49 DARC Club repeater!This picture, taken from the 145.49 site, came from our resident repeater specialist Bill Wells, KJ7RA, with the following note:

"Well Dan I think we got the 49 fixed! Had a bad insulator under the amp board. Had to pull the board and smooth a sharp solder joint and remount the board. So I'm glad it's up and going...Bill..."

Many thanks for all you do for the club Bill!

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DARC MEMBER PROFILE: DUANE BEECHER W7BN

Duane Beecher was born in Ogden, Utah in 1930 and raised in Ogden.

He was first licensed in Ogden as W7LWY in 1947. He became interested in radio reading articles in Popular Mechanics magazine. His first project was a 4 tube receiver he built from scratch!

After graduating from Ogden High he didn't have much time for Amateur Radio while attending Weber College and the University of Utah where he got a BS in Electrical Engineering. While attending Weber College he obtained a First Class Commercial Radio Telephone License and worked full time as a transmitter engineer at KSL AM at Saltair during his senior year at the University of Utah.

He had the call W6TBM while attending UCLA Graduate Engineering School on a Howard Hughes fellowship. He worked for seven years at Hughes Research & Developement running a vacuum tube analog computer analyzing air-to-air guided missles in the Theory and Analysis Section. He then joined with another engineer to form and run a small electronic manufacturing firm in Santa Monica, California. He moved to Hurricane in 1974.

He and his wife Helen, KD7NML, have been married 51 years and have 8 sons and 1 daughter. His farming-ranching and serving on the Hurricane City Planning Commission, where he is the senior member, keeps him busy!

He was inactive in amateur radio for many years. He became active again in 1999 and currently holds extra class license W7BN. His ham interests are primarily VHF/UHF and 40 meter HF. He is an ARRL member and has served as treasurer of DARC and is currently a senior board member. His current equipment is a Kenwood TS-440S, MFJ-969 antenna tuner to a 40 meter inverted "V". He also has an Icom IC-2H with a ground plane antenna in his attic. He would like to become very proficient operating CW and QRP and hopes someday to see a repeater on Pine Valley Mountain which Homeland Security makes possible!

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POWER LINE COMMUNICATION - NEW THREAT TO AMATEUR RADIO!

The Federal Communications Commission is now taking comments on the newly proposed PLC program. This system may have dramatic and disasterous effects upon our beloved Amateur Radio hobby! Please get informed and get involved - read the following ARRL website and make your comments to the FCC today!


Click HERE for the full story on the Power Line Communications project and how YOU can ger involved!


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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UPCOMING EVENTS:

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



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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Don't forget the DARC Sunday evening net!

DON'T FORGET THE NET! The DARC Sunday evening net meets at 8 PM during daylight savings time. SEE YOU THERE!


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