AMATEUR RADIO CLUB STORY ARCHIVE PAGE
|November 2015 Club Meeting
Available as a PDF
|An informative talk
on operating on the high-frequency Amateur Radio bands, also known as
"HF", was presented by Mac Harmer, K8NG, at the November 18, 2015 Club
There were several requests to have it posted on
the Club web site. We are doing so here. Click on the link directly
below to read and/or print the talk, as a PDF file: K8NG HF TALK
|Youngest candidate to pass an
Amateur Radio Exam at one or our test sessions
|We likely had our youngest candidate
ever pass his Technician Class Amateur Radio license exam at our
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 session in St. George. Manti Johnson is
8 years old.
Unfortunately, we do
any records from past year's test sessions (since their age is not
recorded on exam documentation), so unless someone contacts us to let
us know otherwise, we are giving Manti this claim.
In the United States,
radio licensing is governed by the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) under strict federal regulations. Licenses to operate amateur
stations for personal use are granted to individuals of any age once they
demonstrate an understanding of both pertinent FCC regulations and
knowledge of radio station operation and safety considerations.
Applicants as young as
years old have passed examinations and were granted licenses. In the
photo, one our dedicated Volunteer Examiners, Bob Vosper, callsign
AE7HY, is presenting Manti with a Certificate of Successful Completion
of Examination (CSCE). The FCC will issue Manti a callsign in
about a week.
ON THE PHOTO TO ENLARGE].
|Amateur Radio Direction Finding
Activity was on held Saturday, August 23, 2014
fun time was had during a 2 meter band direction finding activity (also
known as a
"Fox Hunt") held on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Three
seperate groups gathered on the hilltops surrounding the downtown St.
George area and triangulated a bearing on the transmitting
Based on the compass bearings relayed between the teams and visual
bearing points referenced it was
plotted on a map and determined that the fox transmitting on 146.560
MHz was most likely in the general area of Vernon
We all converged at that location and then direction
finding was on foot to discover its actual location 1/2 to 1 block away
in the parking area north of the Dixie Sun Bowl just north of the
park. Not bad to triangulate within 1 block of the signal source.
Following the "hunt" we all met at the Sullivan Virgin River Soccer
Park in Washington City to have a
delicious hamburger and hot dog lunch with fixins'.
Here are some photos of the lunch that followed the Saturday fox
on each photograph below to
|Another Article on Amateur Radio in
|A really good article recently ran in The Spectrum
newspaper here in St. George. The article focused on the WCARES
group and also gave link to the DixieHam.org website.
Dixie Amateur Radio Club member Norm Smith, KE7FPG was featured in the
Click HERE to view and read the
article (it is a PDF file).
|Spectrum Newspaper WCARES article
on front page
|Here is a LINK to a really good article on
Washington County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (WCARES) organization
that appearedin the April 15, 2013 edition of the Spectrum Newspaper.
|2012 DARC Field Day Results
|The Dixie Amateur
Radio Club entry, W7DRC, came in 3rd nationwide in the ARRL Field Day
contest for the 2AB class in 2012. Below are the results of the
2AB class for this year:
|ARRL 2011 Field Day Event was held
25th and June 26th
Radio Club, Inc. set up a temporary emergency powered
Amateur Radio station at Highland Park located at Coral Canyon (in
Washington City) on June 25-26, 2011.
Field Day is an annual 24 hour emergency communications excercise,
auspices of the American Radio Relay League (the National Organization for Amateur Radio)
held accross the United States and Canada to test emergency interstate
and local radio communications capabilities without the use of
commercial power (such as may be experienced in a natural
other citizens radio services (i.e. Family Radio or CB) Amateur Radio
operators are FCC licensed, having passed one
or more rigorous multiple choice written examinations for the various
license levels. Amateur Radio stations, set-up similar to the one the
operated were operational all over the 50 U.S. states and the Canadian
simulate the passing of messages, that in an actual emergency would
likely include messages for public safety agencies, the state and local
emergency operations center, the Red Cross, etc., the station's ham
exchanged some practice information including how many ham transceivers
were being utilized at the Club's portable station as well as that we
are located in Utah.
While technically not a "contest", most ARRL Field
Day stations typically use Field Day as a opportunity to see how well
and operators can make contacts all over North America using voice,
Morse Code, and digital data modes. This helps prove that
Amateur Radio WILL be
there "if ALL else fails!"
Below are two photos from the Club's station during the event (click on
each image to enlarge):
Click HERE for more Field
Day photos and a story (coming soon) about the event.
to read the "Soap Box" about many Field Day station's activities across
the country. Use the pull down menu on that page and choose "2011
Click HERE to visit the American Radio Relay League
Field Day page.
|Club Members Sucessful in Helping
Contact the ISS
|Members of the Dixie
Amateur Radio Club sucessfully prepared a ham radio station at the
Southern Utah Boy Scout Centennial Celebration that took place on
September 18, 2010. This event took place at the Washington
Fairgrounds in Hurricane, Utah. This ham radio station was set up
as part of the ARISS program
(see link below).
Club member Frank Eldredge, W7GGR, was the driving force behind
submitting an application to ARISS to schecule a special pre-arranged
contact with an Astronaut aboard the ISS. Club members Gary
Zabriskie, N7ARE and
Steve Peterson, KI7L, handled the technical end of providing the
antennas. Many other Dixie Amateur Radio Club members participated both
evening before setting up and coordinating the activities on
Saturday. (Note: if you participated or attended, please e-mail the
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can be properly acknowledged).
A special thanks to Tom Smith, K7AHD, who provided his communications
trailer and HF station. While not a large number of contacts were made
with the special callsign N7B, quite a large number of Boy Scouts
stopped in to
see what HF operating was all about. Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE,
one particular conact with a ham in Fairbanks, Alaska on the 20 meter
ham band who spent over 20 minutes
speaking with two local scouts who asked him a wide range of
questions. Many thanks to Joe, KL7LF, for doing that.
of the two scouts, this was his first exposure to ham radio and he left
thinking it is cool. That scout also now knows that even
when it is
60 below zero in late January, and you only get 4 hours of daylight,
you still have to get up, go to school and parents have to go to
work. And car tires aren't necessary round for the first several
miles while waiting for the frozen bottom side to "warm up".
two completely independent
VHF ground stations were assembled. The primary station consisted of a
Yaesu FT857D, a gasfet preamp and a cross-element circular polarized
yagi antenna. The backup rig was a Kenwood D700 into a collinear
vertical and an M2 EB144 Eggbeater antenna (circular polarized
The contact was arranged with ARISS to enable a number of specially
selected youth to ask
questions directly of an astronaut orbiting the Earth on the
International Space Station (ISS).
into range of the VHF ground station at approximately 11:11 AM and
passed out of range at about 11:20 AM. During this short pass 15
scouts spoke over the microphone on Amateur Radio VHF band
frequencies to mission specialist Doug Wheelock, callsign KF5BOC, who
was operating under the station callsign NA1SS on the ISS.
scouts each stated their name and asked a short question of
Doug, who in
real-time and direct from the ISS, answered their questions, in most
cases acknowledging their name.
Radio is a “hobby” activity of Astronauts and Cosmonauts on the ISS,
this contact was subject to the crew member’s availability. We
anticipated that this contact would be successful and it was! Thanks again to
all of you
who helped out!
to view a Windows Media Video of a news story of the contact as shot by
local TV station KCSG. (very large file size: 9.95MB)
to view a home video of the contact shot by Ric Wayman, K7DLX as
to view some photos of the event.
for an article on KCSG-TV's website about the
scheduled contact that highlights club member Jaden S. Taylor, KE7ZPD.
on the ARISS is available on the ARRL.org web site by
|Club Bylaws Amended at the March 17, 2010
General Club Meeting
|There Club's Bylaws were
amended by a majority vote at the March 17,
2010 general Club meeting. The amendments to the Bylaws changed term of
membership from calendar year to
12 consecutive months; changed honorary members to be considered full
for all purposes of the DARC; and changed to provide designation of a
for committees at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
The Club Bylaws, as
amended, are available HERE
as a PDF file. Also please see the "Club Bylaws" page link
at the bottom of any page on this web site.
ARRL Field Day
a LINK to some uncaptioned pictures hot
off the camera from this year's ARRL Field Day 2009 held at
Washington City's Highland Park on June 27-28, 2009.
Lauded in the News
monthly periodical entitled "Today In
Dixie" ran a really nice story in its July 2, 2009 edition about
our Club's youngest member, and likely one of the youngest, if not the youngest, Amateur Radio
operators in Utah.
Click on this link to read a copy
of the article about 10-year-old Jayden Taylor, KE7ZPD, of St. George.
(Note: this is a PDF file).
and Good Friend to All, Bart Anderson, K7EDU, Silent Key
A special tribute
has been created and will remain active for a period of time to present
information on our
recently departed friend and fellow Dixie Amateur Radio Club member
Bart Anderson, K7EDU. Please click HERE
to view it.
Hal Whiting, KI2U, Uses Amateur Radio to Aid an Injured Woman
Man uses ham radio to rescue woman
(c) KSL.com March
2009 Story by KSL Producer/Reporter Paul McHardy
is used with
permission from KSL .com
GEORGE -- Hal Whiting of St. George was driving in the Arizona desert
between the Grand Canyon and the Utah border, looking for an old plane
wreckage with his two sons and some friends when they were flagged down
by a group of people. The group said a woman was injured by
an ATV rollover and asked for a satellite phone. Whiting didn't have
one but, lucky for them, he's an amateur ham radio operator.
Whiting set up his equipment and made an emergency call. "This is
K-I-2-U. Break, break, break. I have emergency traffic," he announced
into his radio. Ralph Magee, over 50 miles away, responded to his
call. "He replied back, and I asked him if he had clear
contact with, which he said he did. And then I said I need a 911
emergency call made," said Whiting.
He says the Mohave County Sheriff's Office dispatched a helicopter from
Phoenix. Whiting stayed in contact with Magee and the sheriff's office
the whole time. "It's about an hour and a half that we were on
the radio. It's quite a ways out there."
The woman was transported to a Las Vegas hospital. She's expected to
make a full recovery. Whiting said he doesn't consider himself a
hero. "It's what I train for, it's what I practice doing. I've done
emergency training with them, participated in various exercises with
the public health department," he said.
He said he's grateful he was prepared and glad he could set a good
example for his sons. "Jared's comment was, 'You know, this gave
me a really warm feeling.' After this was all over he told me that."
NOTE: To read more about this
story and to listen to audio clips, etc., please use THIS LINK
|Club Financial Report for 2010
Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. Board of Directors has posted the
Club's Financial Report for 2008 here on this web site. Please
on this LINK
to view the report as a
viewable/printable PDF file.
Questions regarding the
report can be directed to the Club Board which
can be reached via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or meet with the
Board at the next Board Meeting.