The Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. (DARC) is a non-profit [IRS 501(c)(3)] association of Amateur Radio operators, also known as "hams", in southwest Utah. The Dixie Amateur Radio Club is an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) affiliated club. The ARRL is the National Association for Amateur Radio.
The Dixie Amateur Radio Club exists to promote the growth and awareness of amateur radio in southwest Utah, to encourage members to get active and get on the air, to encourage radio experimentation and advance radio technology and education and organizes and trains volunteers to serve their communities by providing public service and emergency communications.
As a 501(c)(3), donations to the club are tax deductible as allowed by your personal circumstances. Donations are accepted at any time using the following online form:
Dedicated, skilled and experienced members of the Dixie Amateur Radio Club have a long and proud tradition of providing vital public service communications capabilities within our community. Amateur Radio operators are all volunteers who provide this service, without remuneration, at many local and regional public events. Our members also provide safety communications for many other area events such as bicycle road and off-road mountain-bike races, and many other running events. Our Club members are available to assist, where appropriate, in similar activities in this area.
Specially trained members of our Club, participating in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) program are ready to serve this area when natural and human-caused disasters occur, and are on call day or night, especially "when all else fails! " and most or all normal means of communications are disrupted.
Amateur Radio isn't all "doom and gloom". While the preparation for and ability to provide critical communications in time of disaster is the primary function of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, ham radio operators also have fun and excitement when talking to fellow hams in other states as well in distant countries and islands around the globe. Hams use various internationally assigned amateur frequency bands and modes which include voice, data modes, even television as well as the traditional International Morse Code. Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of Morse Code is no longer required to obtain an Amateur Radio license. Many hams, however, do learn it and then continue to use this simple but elegant communications mode, that in many circumstances, "gets the messages through" in conditions when other operating modes cannot.
Hams also build and maintain mountain-top repeater systems for local and regional communications using hand-held and mobile transceivers and even have many earth-orbiting relay satellites, entirely funded and built by Amateur Radio operators, that provide world-wide capabilities independent of commercial systems. Amateur Radio is the backup that is always there!
Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. has an elected Board of Directors. According to the Club Constitution, the Board of Directors shall be the governing body of DARC and as such shall formulate and be responsible for all matters of policy. Decisions of the Board of Directors shall be by majority vote of a quorum of the Board present at any meeting where such votes may be taken, unless a greater majority is specifically required by the Club Constitution.
Ryan Seegmiller, W7RGS
The next Club Board meeting will be held on March 2, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.
It will be held in the back room of Rowdy's Range and Shooters Supply, located at 610 Industrial Rd, St. George, UT.
Anyone is welcome to come and attend the Board meetings. Please come prepared to share any ideas that you have for monthly club meetings, special events, activities, etc. that help keep the Club running. If, on a rare occasion, the Board meeting must be scheduled on another date or location, a specific notice of that meeting will be posted on the DARC, Inc. home page (" Announcements" section) at least 24 hours (or more) prior to that Board meeting.
Because the Club is a non-profit, IRS 501(c)3 charitable organization all of our Club's Board meetings are open to the public. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend and observe the Board in action.
Dixie Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 2196, St George, UT 84771-2196