Dixie Amateur Radio Club (DARC) Events

Club Meetings

The next general club meeting will be held at the St. George Community Building on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.  The topic of this month's meeting will be Field Day 2024.

Ric Wayman, K7DLX, will be presenting his annual Field Day talk. Since the club is not participating in Field Day this year, Ric's presentation is entitled "Field Day: Version You.2024." How you can operate a successful Field Day on your own or with friends.

The Club meeting will be at its usual location, in the St. George Community Building located behind the St. George Active Life 60+ Center at 245 N 200 W, St. George, Utah.   PLEASE NOTE: The Community Building is not the Active Life 60+ Center. Drive to the back of the Active Life 60+ Center property and you will see a smaller building about the size of a doublewide manufactured home. It clearly says St. George Community Building. In the image below, the arrow points to the Community Building.

Club Meetings are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month except in December when an informal social event/dinner is scheduled.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME AT OUR CLUB MEETINGS!

 Besides our Club members, who are always encouraged to attend our club meetings, anyone in the community who has an interest in learning more about Amateur Radio is invited to attend.  There is no better way to learn about Amateur Radio than coming out to a club meeting, introducing yourself, and asking questions. The only "dumb" questions are those not asked. Please come and ask!  There will be someone there willing to continue the long-standing tradition in ham radio of taking a prospective Amateur under their wing and tutoring you (known in ham radio parlance as "Elmering"- the tutor being your "Elmer").

Test Sessions

Test sessions are held starting at 5:30 pm on the third Wednesday of every month. They are held at the St George Community Building, 245 N. 200 West, St George UT. The Community building is a one-story building on the west side of the south parking lot for the St George Senior Center (it is not in the Senior Center building).

Test sessions are also held on the second Saturday of even-numbered months at the Hurricane City Branch Library in the Community Room, starting at 2 pm.

Preregistration is not required.

See the Test Session page for details about how to prepare, what to bring, and the requirements for the test sessions.

 

Sunday Night Net

The Dixie Amateur Radio Club holds a weekly VHF Sunday Night Net each Sunday at 8:00 P.M. Mountain Time.  The net is always at 8:00 P.M. regardless of whether it is Mountain Standard Time (MST) or Daylight Savings Time (MDT). All Club Members are encouraged to check in to the net.  All licensed ham operators are welcome. Visitors are especially invited to participate in the DARC Sunday Night Net.  Check-ins for visitors will occur after the roll call. Checking in the Club's Sunday Night VHF net each week is a good way to test your equipment and it also is a great way for new ham radio operators to become more comfortable talking over the radio.

The net is held on the Club's linked repeater system.  See THIS page for information about the Club's repeaters.

Each operator must check in twice every calendar month to remain a member of the roll call list. Members will still have the opportunity to freeze their place on the roll when they are on vacation or physically unable to check in due to sickness or equipment failure. When they freeze their spot, their call-sign will not be called on the roll until they ask a net control operator to unfreeze them. At the end of every month, any member who has not checked in at least once, and has not been frozen, will be removed from the roll call list, and will lose their placement. To re-join the list, the operator will need to check in 3 times in a calendar month as a guest, and then be added to the end of the list.

Current Sunday Net Roster

When the net is called, a very specific preamble is read.  Please CLICK HERE to view/download/print the net preamble.

Email netroster@dixieham.org to freeze or unfreeze your place on the roster.
 

Dixie Roundtable

The Dixie Roundtable meets Monday through Friday from 11 am to noon on the Club’s linked repeater system. This is an informal get together, no minimum check ins, no dues, just fun and good conversation. See you there!

Washington County ARES

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a nationally organized group of over 35,000Federally licensed Amateur Radio operators who  have voluntarily registered their services and formed an organized pool of operators to provide reliable primary and secondary communications links for governmental agencies and/or non-profit organizations when needed. 

Local ARES groups participate under the "umbrella" of the national ARES organization which is administered as part of the American Radio Relay League, the National Organization for Amateur Radio.
 
Locally the Washington County ARES group serves Washington County, Utah and all municipal agencies within Washington County.

Washington County ARES web site

Club Board Meetings

The next Club Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.  The date change was mandated due to holidays and HamCon:Zion.

It will be held in the basement board room of the St. George Library (downtown location) at 88 W 100 S, 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

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