Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

The Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. is an association of federally licensed Amateur Radio operators (also known as "ham radio" operators) who primarily reside in southwestern Utah, mostly in the greater St. George City metropolitan area. We also have members who live in rural areas of Washington County and in areas outside of the county. 

The Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. is a formally "Affiliated Club" with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) "The National Association for Amateur Radio". Our Club is a non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Our members are all volunteers. We are experienced and capable of providing non-commercial radio telecommunications, independent of public and/or commercial networks.  Members of our Club provide vital communications services in this part of the state of Utah and we strive to live up to ham radio's motto: 
"When all else fails...    ...Amateur Radio works!"  

Amateur Radio operators provide, in many circumstances, the first and only reliable means of communicating to an from an affected area in the first several days following a natural disaster.  This was well proven during the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami in December 26, 2004 and in the days and weeks following Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast during the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.  Our Club also provides local public safety and health and welfare communications services for local events such as the annual St. George Marathon, the Huntsman World Senior Games, and many other cycling and running events in the area.

To explore our web site please use the web site navigation links located at the bottom of this and every page on this web site. 

For more information on the Club please  CLICK HEREOr you can use the "About the Club" link found at the bottom of each page this web site.

If you are interested in becoming a licensed Amateur Radio operator come and meet us at our next club meeting.  Information on our club meetings is available below in the "Latest News + Announcements" section on this page or using the "Club Meeting Info" page link.  Information on how to contact the Club is found using the "Contact the Club" page link.


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Latest News + Announcements

The Dixie Amateur Radio Club  has many happenings that have been recorded for historical purposes.    We have a "Story Archive Page" other recently archived stories shown on that page.                Click on this LINK to view the Story Archive Page.

Special Amateur Radio Luncheon Activity on Saturday, September 27th
Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10:30 A.M.  We will be having a poker run pot luck luncheon. The poker run will include 4 stops at various locations around town and 1 at the luncheon location.

This activity requires a licensed Amateur with a 2-meter radio. Club member are encouraged to bring their spouse and non-ham friends with them.

Please notify Harold Wells of your plans to attend via his contact info found in the e-mail messages below:

Click HERE to read first e-mail regarding the event.

Click HERE to read second follow-up e-mail regarding the event

Click HERE to download and print the score sheet you will need for the Poker Run.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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Amateur Radio Direction Finding Activity was on held Saturday, August 23rd
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)



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).
                                                                                                                                                                             
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Next Club Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15th
The next general club meeting of the Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Note that Club Meetings are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month except in December when the Annual Meeting and social event/dinner is scheduled. 

Unless otherwise advertised here, our Club's meetings will be held at the St. George Community Building.  The Community Building is located at the far southwest corner of Washington County's Gayle M. & Mary Aldred Senior Citizens Center property which is located at 245 North 200 West, St. George, Utah.  
You can also use the "Club Meeting Info"  link found in the navigation section of this and every page on this web site.   A link to an interactive map of the location is also provided on the Club Meeting Info page.                                                                           
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Next Test Sessions are on October 11th in Hurricane and October 15th in St. George
For those wanting to take the FCC test for a new Amateur Radio license or upgrade to a higher license class, there is a regularly scheduled ARRL Volunteer Examiner administered exam test session held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, except December, prior to the Club's monthly Club meeting.  The monthly exam is held at the same location as the Club Meeting. 

In addition to eleven regular monthly V.E. test sessions held prior to the Club meeting, each year we will conduct six additional test sessions on certain Saturdays in Hurricane, Utah.


Information on all of our V.E. Exam Test Sessions (including session dates and a map to them), as well as  what to bring to the session, is on our "Club Meeting Info" page.  Go there now by using this  LINK
Volunteer Exam Session Results  
Congratulations to the six candidates who upgraded their licenses and the two candidates who successfully passed their initial Amateur Radio licenses at the Wednesday, September 17, 2014 exam session held in St. George, Utah.  Here are the results of that session:

 APPLICANT'S NAME:  CALLSIGN:  PLACE OF RESIDENCE:  LICENSE EXAM ELEMENT(S) PASSED
 Klara Johnson
 KF7JMO  Hildale, Utah  Upgraded from General to Extra Class license
 Daniel Wayne Fox
 KG7NRZ
 Hurricane, Utah
 Upgraded from Tech to General Class license
 Michael P. Ryan
 KG7NRY  Hurricane, Utah  Upgraded from Tech to General Class license
 Warren Jederberg  KF7ZCJ  St. George, Utah  Upgraded from Tech to General Class license
 Mary Jederberg
 KF7ZCI  St. George, Utah  Upgraded from Tech to General Class license
 Forrest Proctor
 Awaiting Callsign
 St. George, Utah
 Passed Technician Class License Exam
 Barbara Fox
 Awaiting Callsign
 Hurricane, Utah  Passed Technician Class License Exam
 Ben Wyland Lind
 KG7NRU  St. George, Utah  Upgraded from Tech to General Class license
              
NOTE:  CLICKING ON THE CALLSIGN, WHEN POSTED IN TABLES ABOVE, WILL BRING UP THE LICENSE INFORMATION ON FILE AT THE FCC.

Please note:
It normally can take about 10 days from your exam date for the ARRL-VEC office in Newington, CT to receive the exam packet and process your license information into the FCC database.  As soon as that occurs, and you are assigned an FCC callsign,  the table above will be updated to list the callsign assigned by the FCC and provide a link to your current FCC information. You should receive your "hard-copy" orginal frameable and wallet-sized copy of your license in the mail from the FCC in approximately 2-3 weeks.

Check the Status of Your New or Upgraded Ham License
You may check the status of your first license or your upgrade by using the ULS lookup on the FCC's  web site. This is the offical FCC database. On that site you can print out additional "reference copies" of your license and see the status of your license and any application matters related to it. You can choose to search by name, callsign or your FRN number.
 
The FCC Amateur Radio search page is at this link:  http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/searchLicense.jsp

Next Meeting of the Club's  Board of Directors is on October 2nd
The Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. has a Board of Directors.  At Board meetings the Board makes decisions on expenditures, plans for upcoming monthly club meetings, special events, activities, etc.

See the Club Board page using the link directly below for information on the meeting location.

Click HERE for information on the Club's Board.   
Mark your Calendar for the Club Christmas Party and Annuall Meeting
The Dixie Amateur Radio Club's Christmas Party and Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 9th, at 6:00 PM.  The location for the dinner and meeting is at the Golden Corral Buffet at 42 South River Road, St George, Utah. 

Please remember to have your yearly club dues paid up before, or at the November club meeting.  The ticket for the
grand prize that will be given out at the dinner will only be mailed to members who are current with paid DARC dues.

Check you membership on the "unofficial" Membership Roster on this site. If there is a descrepiency from your records, please contact the Club Treasurer Gary Hall, K7ODM, via e-mail at garyshall@gmail.com
Join The Club, or Renew Your Membership  
You are encouraged to join the Dixie Amateur Radio Club or renew your membership.   Please use the  "Join the Club" link at the bottom of any page on this site to learn how to join the club. Or simply come out to our Club meeting (see info above) and join at that time.  If you are new: " Welcome to the Club!".  To renewing members: "Thank You!"
Our Club's "Elmer" Mentoring Program
The Club has a group of able local Amateur Radio operators who have expressed a willingness to assist aspiring, as well as newly licensed, ham radio enthusiasts in learning more about the hobby and helping when questions/difficulties arise.

Click
HERE to find out more about this program and view a list of these mentors.  You can also reach this information by using the "Contact the Club" link found in the navigation section on every page on this site.
Equipment Classified Ads  
There is never a bad time to clean out the ol' ham "shack" of those items that really need a new home.  We have had many news ham operators join our ranks at recent Volunteer Exam sessions who may be looking for rigs and all of the ancillary equipment that you may have lying about the shack that could be put to use in the shack of a new ham.

Please visit the "Equipment Classifiedspage on this web site for items that are for sale and to see items that hams are looking for that you might be willing to part with. Send requests for posting items for sale or wanted to the webmaster at:  w7drc@arrl.net
New ARRL Amateur Radio Practice Exam Site Available
ARRL Exam Review for Ham Radio™, a browser-based on-line application for your computer, tablet or other mobile device.  The online practice exams are patterned as closely as possible to actual exams administered by Volunteer Examiners. Practice exams follow the same protocol as the actual FCC Amateur Radio license exam – questions are chosen at random from the sub-elements of the question pools and answer order is randomized. To use the practice exam you will need to do a simple free registration. Good luck in your practicing for your actual exam.

Here is the link to the ARRL practice test on-line application:  http://arrlexamreview.appspot.com
Club Information
Mailing address:  Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc.;  P.O. Box 2196St. George, Utah 84771-2196 
                                        PLEASE NOTE THIS IS OUR NEW P.O. BOX ADDRESS !!!


Club e-mail address:
w7drc@arrl.net 

For additional information on the Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc.  please contact:
                         Club President Randall Hinton, NØUZ, via e-mail at:  randall@fusioncore.com 

For new and aspiring Hams with general questions about Amateur Radio or have specific technical questions:

Use this "
Contact the Club" link.   The button with that link is also found on any page of this site. Please take advantage of the Club's volunteer mentors listed on that page. Most of the mentors have provided a telephone number to call them at.   
Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.   
Your tax deductible donations to the Club are always accepted and very much appreciated. 
(Consult your own tax advisor)