DIXIE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB


JULY 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 July 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, July 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, July 21, 2004

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

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

St. George, Utah


Click HERE for a map and driving directions to the meeting.
Note that the new Santa Clara River bridge crossing from Hilton Drive to Dixie Drive is almost complete and may be open by the meeting date!


What's happening at the July meeting?



The July meeting will be a special presentation on Emergency Preparedness. This presentation, by Ron Sappington, WI7Z , promises to be both informative and timely. With events of recent months (various local wildfires) and the current dire situation in Western Nevada, and the potential that still exists here, this meeting will is one not to miss. Ron' a great asset to our region with his knowledge and skills in this subject. Ron has a reputation as a good presenter of information in a way we can all comprehend and make use of.  Please bring a pencil or pen and come prepared to learn. 


Everyone is encouraged to attend the DARC Meetings!
 Let's have a great turnout for our meetings!!





  JULY LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

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

DAN FARWELL, W8EQA

 

DEAR DARC MEMEBRS:

RON SAPPINGTON WILL BE GIVING A PRESENTATION AT THE JULY MEETING ON "EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS".
I MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE TIME TO GET MY TOP TEN SHACK TOURS PRESENTATION READY TO SHOW THEN.

I'M GOING THROUGH ALL KEN GULLEY'S ESTATE STUFF AND IN MY THIRD DAY- ABOUT HALF WAY THROUGH.
SOME WILL GO ONTO QTH.COM OR EHAM.NET AND THE REST TO AES AUGUST 7TH. (I'LL SEND A LIST-NEXT WEEK OR SO THAT GARY, N7ARE  WILL SEND OUT TO EVERYONE ON THE E-MAILING LIST). 

ALSO PLEASE SEE THE GUEST CORRESPONDENCE FROM WALT, KA7STK, (BELOW IN THIS  NEWSLETTER) TALKING ABOUT HIS ECHO-IRLP AND APRS STATUS.

I JUST ORDERED A GPS UNIT AND HOPE TO GET INVOLVED WITH THIS FUN REAL SOON.

THE CLUB HAS 30 DAYS TO SUBMIT THE FIELD DAY APPLICATION. GARY, N7ARE  AND I MAY NOT HAVE A TALLEY BY MEETING TIME BUT WE WILL PUT THE RESULTS IN THE NEXT NEWSLETTER.  THE SSB STATION MADE 600 QSO's IN THE 24 HOUR PERIOD.

CU

DAN, W8EQA


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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.
 

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2004 ARRL Southwest Division Convention
Phoenix, Arizona - August 27-29, 2004


 
Bob Peterson, W7UT,  passed along this information on an upcoming  hamfest in Phoenix along with a web link to thier web site for information:

<<<<<<     This looks to be one of the better hamfests in the area, although I'm not too sure Phoenix in August is such a great idea - hi!!

                          http://www.hamradio2004.com/swdc2004/

                            73,
                            Bob, W7UT                  >>>>>>>>>>


         
(Webmaster Note:  Phoenix heat can't be THAT much more intolerable than Utah's Dixie.... Hot is Hot!!!)


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 If you haven't paid your dues yet for this 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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GUEST CORRESPONDENCE

ECHO IRLP

By Walt May, KA7STK

Hi- Thought would let you know that I finally have EchoIRLP on one computer now (IRLP-3310) (KA7STK-L) is the echolink part of it (when I have it turned on).  Dean Cox has been evidently working on his IRLP- 3575 that is always on 146.91- (our local repeater) but doesn't appear to be completed yet.  I also set up a conference on my new windows computer in town for EchoLink only, node 88660 (KA7STK-R) which you may be able each Sunday nite ( if I connect it to Dean's EchoIRLP that is on 146.91-) come into the club net with EchoLink (you will have to connect up with the conference EchoLink, KA7STK-R).   I dont think Dean has his completed yet so I will use KB6EVD-L (MY MOM'S) to tie the KA7STK-R  to 146.91- tonight just prior to the 8 pm net to see how it works.  You might sign in at the end of the net and see if anything works. If Dean had his EchoIRLP up and going, and if I hadn't prior to the net connected my KA7STK-R to his node, you could check into the net (or into 146.91 anytime during the day) by connecting to IRLP - 3575, HOWEVER, if you connected to this node via IRLP, it would only let the first person connected be the only one that could use it- that is why I have planned to connect my Echo conference to it prior to net so several of you could connect to the net. My kpc3+ on web hill (node DIXIE) will also let you connect to TELPAC by connecting to KA7STK-10, and it will also accept any APRS/gps unproto packets from trackers sent to RELAY and pass them into the internet (also on 145.01).    Just playing around! 73s, Walt KA7STK
..      .-.       .-..     .--. 

 

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HAPPENINGS AND OTHER DARC NEWS


Field Day 2004

Field Day 2004 has come and gone. We appreciate all the effort that the club members that participated put into making this years event successful. Next month's newsletter will include a scoring talley. I do not currently have the total CW contacts to post, however the SSB station made 600 contacts in 24 hours, and hourly average of 25 contacts an hour or just about one contact every 2 minutes 25 seconds, on average. Below are some photos of the event.  If anyone has any extra photos, please send them to me to add to the Pictures Page.

A very special thanks goes out to the members and spouses and other volunteers who helped with the first DARC Yard Sale, especially Dan who gave his all, even to the point of exhaustion to make this a success! Dan will give a report on the sucess of the yard sale at the July meeting. 






 




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.


HAM RADIO CARTOON





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