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November 2015 Club Meeting Presentation 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 Meeting.  

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 not have 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, amateur 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 five 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.

 
[PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO ENLARGE].

Amateur Radio Direction Finding Activity was on held Saturday, August 23, 2014
A 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 "fox". 

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 Worthen Park.

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 hunt:                     (Please click on each photograph below to enlarge)



Another Article on Amateur Radio in The Spectrum Newspaper
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 article.

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 June 25th and June 26th
The Dixie Amateur 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. 

ARRL Field Day is an annual 24 hour emergency communications excercise, under the 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 disaster). 

Unlike 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 Club operated were operational all over the 50 U.S. states and the Canadian Provinces.

To 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 radio operators 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 equipment 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.


Click
HERE 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 Field Day".

Click HERE to visit the American Radio Relay League Field Day page.


Club Members Sucessful in Helping Boy Scouts 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 Saturday,  September 18, 2010.  This event took place at the Washington County 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 equipment and antennas. Many other Dixie Amateur Radio Club members participated both in the evening before setting up and coordinating the activities on Saturday. (Note: if you participated or attended, please e-mail the Webmaster w7drc@arrl.net so you 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, initiated 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.  For one 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".

At the event 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 ominidirectional antenna). 

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).    


The ISS came 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. 

The lucky 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.

As Amateur Radio is a “hobby” activity of Astronauts and Cosmonauts on the ISS, this contact was subject to the crew member’s availability.  We had anticipated that this contact would be successful and it was!    Thanks again to all of you who helped out!

Click HERE  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)

Click HERE  to view a home video of the contact shot by Ric Wayman, K7DLX as presented on YouTube.

Click HERE  to view some  photos of the event.

Click HERE for an article on KCSG-TV's website about the scheduled contact that highlights club member Jaden S. Taylor, KE7ZPD.

Detailed information on the ARISS is available on the ARRL.org web site  by clicking  HERE.

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 members for all purposes of the DARC; and changed to provide designation of a chairperson for committees at the discretion of the Board of Directors. 

The Club Bylaws, as currently 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 Pictures

 Here is 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.

 

Club's Youngest Member Lauded in the News
Jayden Taylor
The local 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).
Club Founder and Good Friend to All, Bart Anderson, K7EDU,  Silent Key

A special tribute page 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.

Club Member Hal Whiting, KI2U,  Uses Amateur Radio to Aid an Injured Woman
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Man uses ham radio to rescue woman
(c) KSL.com  March 19th, 2009 Story by KSL Producer/Reporter Paul McHardy
Story is used with permission from KSL .com

ST. 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

 The Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. Board of Directors has posted the Club's Financial Report for 2008 here on this web site.  Please click on this LINK to view the report as a viewable/printable PDF file. 

Questions regarding the financial report can be directed to the Club Board which can be reached via e-mail at:  w7drc@arrl.net or meet with the Board at the next Board Meeting.



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