DIXIE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB STORY ARCHIVE PAGE
|Longtime Club Member Robert "Bob" Palambo,
On the morning of Monday, November 18, 2019, our dear friend, and
long-time member, and a past preseident of the Dixie Amateur Radio Club,
passed away peacefully and became a Silent Key. Bob was 87
years old at the time of his passing.
Bob was continuously licensed as an Amateur
Radio Operator since 1987. He also holds the distinction of
having officiated at 217 Volunteer Exam Sessions providing opportunities
for persons to become licensed Amateur (Ham) Radio operators.
Please click HERE to
read a more comrehensive tribute to this fine man.
|ARRL Field Day 2017 in the News
ARRL FIELD DAY 2017 was held on June 24th
and 25th. Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than
40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations
in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to
our communities and our nation.
The event combines public service, emergency
preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event.
Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular
event in ham radio.
St. George News reported on several local
groups participating in the annual operating event, including the Dixie Amateur
Here is a LINK to the report on St. George News.
|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
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
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
|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
|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.
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).
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.
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
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
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
Click HERE to visit the American Radio Relay League Field
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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 had 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 presented
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
|Club Bylaws Amended at the March 17, 2010 General
|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
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
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
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
Man uses ham radio to rescue woman
(c) KSL.com March 19th,
2009 Story by KSL Producer/Reporter Paul McHardy
used with permission from
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
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'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 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: email@example.com
or meet with the Board at the next Board Meeting.