NOVEMBER 2002 DARC MEETING

November 2002

President: Ron Sappington WI7Z  V.P.: Dan Farwell W8EQA

               Treasurer:Travis Lofthouse KD7FRN

 Board of Directors: Casey Lofthouse, Travis Lofthouse, Duane Beecher

 

 

Our next DARC meeting will be on Wednesday November 20, 2002

At 7:00 PM at the Old Harmon’s Store (55 S. 900 E.)

There will be talk-in assistance on 146.91- to help you find the club site if you’re not sure.

We will conduct a VE test session at 6 PM on the night of the club meeting. Please contact Dan Farwell, 688-1609 or Ron Sappington, 673-4552 if you are a VE and can help during that test session.

 

We will be visiting the Infowest Internet service provider for a tour of their facilities. We will meet at the old Harmons store and go on to the tour from there.

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Dixie Amateur Radio Club

Bank Balance: $991.36

 

 

DARC is looking for new ideas for the 2002 Christmas Dinner and Club Party. Bring your suggestions to the next meeting!

 

 

Many thanks to all the members that helped out so much with the St. George Marathon and the Huntsman World Senior Games!!

 

 

Congratulations to Scott Alexander (KD7TAG) on passing his Technicians license at our last meeting!

 

 

 

 PSK-31

 
The Internet exploded

between 1995 and the end of the century. Although there was fear among the amateur radio fraternity that this electronic luxury would be the death knell for ham radio, it was not to be!

Instead amateurs worldwide embraced the new technologies and integrated their desires and ideas into the format that we now had available.

One such pioneer was an English amateur, Peter, G3PLX.

He developed and perfected one of the best digital modes in popular use today, PSK-31. PSK stands for phase shift keying and 31 denotes

The 31.25 baud rate that at which this mode operates.

This is a keyboard to keyboard mode similar in operation to Radio Teletype or RTTY.

It works extremely well at low power levels from QRP up and little practical advantage is gained over about 50 watts RF output.

This software is free on the Internet from many sources and different platforms including Windows and using a SoundBlaster type sound card.

To get started and just listen to PSK-31 is pretty simple. An audio cable connected from your transceivers speaker or headphone jack to the “line in” connection on your SoundBlaster compatible soundcard is all the hardware required.

You can use the following site to download a free copy of the Digipan software:

http://www.digipan.net/download/

Or go to:

www.ac6v.com/

And search PSK for a complete list of sources.

Download the software onto your 100 MHz (or faster) computer and you’ll be enjoying PSK-31 in no time.

The Digipan software has an excellent “Help” section and will walk you through the entire experience.

I suggest printing the help file so you can use it for quick reference.

Give this mode a try, I think you’ll find lots of interesting operators to talk with and you might just have some fun!

Dan W8EQA

 

 

For those of you who would like to try a computer logging program but, are unable to afford the $50-100 usually needed to buy a copy.

Please check out these FREE Windows based logging programs:

http://pages.cthome.net/n1mm/

http://www.xmlog.com/

 

 

The Amateur's Code

The Radio Amateur is

CONSIDERATE...never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL...offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE...with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.

FRIENDLY...slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED...radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC...station and skill always ready for service to country and community.

--The original Amateur's Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928.