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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) which is "The National Association for Amateur Radio." Our Club is also a non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to the Club may be tax deductable (Consult your own tax advisor).

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 directly below on this home page and at the bottom of every other page on the web site.

For more information on the Club please CLICK HERE. Or 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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The Club's Constitution The Club's Bylaws

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Area Repeaters Neighboring Amateur Radio Clubs Helpful Web Links

Amateur Radio Events Calendar Washington County Amateur Radio Emergency Service

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.

 Morning Roundtable Net every Monday through Friday at 11:00 a.m.
Club President Ric Wayman, K7DLX, is going to offer a morning roundtable net every Monday through Friday at 11:00 a.m. The purpose of this get together is not to be a formal traffic net, but to facilitate communication between our members in regards to any needs.

With the current health scare over us at the moment, some of us cannot get out the house to perform daily tasks. There is a need for communication between local hams to determine if any of our friends need help, shopping done, prescriptions picked up, etc. There will be a spreadsheet set up to match up any requests with those of us who are capable of fulfilling those requests.

It also will help in the current situation of staying indoors. We can still communicate with our friends and talk about any subject that might come to mind.

Keep in mind this will not be a formal net. No roll call will be taken.

If you wish to join, simply give your callsign and wait to be acknowledged. You may join any time during the roundtable and may leave at any time.

We will offer this morning roundtable from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday on either the club linked repeater system, or if there is a problem with those repeaters, the secondary system will be the Seegmiller Peak repeater, 146.910 -
100.0 Hz.

Join us if you can. It will be fun and helpful to those of us who cannot or should not get out of the house. Let's make this as painless as possible for our friends.

Next Club Meeting Scheduled for August 19, 2020
Example of a DARC club meeting The next general club meeting of the Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.    

NOTE: Please check back later to find out if this will be "in-person", or again held as a "virtual" over- the-air and online meeting.  

Club Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month except in December when the Annual Meeting as a social event/dinner is scheduled.   
 
Unless otherwise advertised here, Club meetings will be held at the St. George Community Building. The St. George Community Building is located at the far southwest corner of Washington County's Gayle M. & Mary Aldred Senior Citizens Center property which is at 245 North 200 West, St. George, Utah.
  
You can also use this direct LINK , or the "Club Meeting Info"  link found in the navigation section of every page on this web site.   A link to an interactive map of the meeting location is also provided on the "Club Meeting Info" page.   

Anyone and everyone with an interest in Amateur Radio is welcome to attend our Club meetings!

Next Test Session is Saturday, August 8th in Hurricane and Wednesday, August 19th in St. George
IMPORTANT:  IF YOU ARE COMING TO TAKE AN EXAM FOR THE ENTRY TECHNICIAN CLASS LICENSE AND HAVE NOT REGISTERED FOR AN FRN NUMBER FROM THE FCC, YOU WILL NEED TO DO SO BEFORE COMING INTO THE TEST SESSION.   USE THE LINK IN THIS SECTION TO GO TO THE "CLUB MEETING INFO PAGE" WHERE INFORMATION ON HOW TO GET YOUR FRN NUMBER IS PROVIDED.

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 also conduct six additional test sessions on the second Saturday of even numbered months, in Hurricane, Utah, commencing at 2:00 p.m.  
 
Information on all of our V.E. Exam Test Sessions, including the specific 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.
Fund Raising for Solar and Battery Backup for our Area-wide Repeater System
Click Here to Donate The Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc (DARC) is in the process of raising funding to add Battery & Solar backup power system to our Amateur Radio Repeater System.

DARC is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational service organization that serves Southern Utah.  Our radio operators volunteer to do communications and safety backup for races, triathlons, car rallies and when called-out we can serve the community and local hospital and health department personnel in case of floods, earthquakes, pandemics and other emergencies.

Backup power is important in case the power grid goes down--we can communicate then even if the cell system is down.  We are raising funds for that project.  Please click on the "Donate Now" image to the left to go to our secure crowdfunding page to make a much appreciated donaton.  As mentioned, DARC is a non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Donations to the Club may be tax deductable. Please consult your own tax advisor to confirm this.     

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You can pay your Club membership dues online!
The Club's Treasurer has set up a secure PayPal system to pay your Club membership dues (either initially joining or renewing).  Please use the "Join the Club" link found on any page of this web site to use this new online payment system.  

You can also use the old fashioned way and mail a check to the Club.  Information on that method is also provided on the "Join the Club" page.

June 2020 Club Newsletter is Now Available
Newsletter Coming Soon! The Club Newsletter Editor produces a Newsletter that comes out every other month. The latest edition of the newsletter, the June 2020 edition, can be viewed online here on the Club website.  You can also print out the newsletter.

See our Club Newsletter web page to read the latest newsletter!

Past Newsletters are found on the Newletter Archive Page. Use the Newletter Archive link button found on any page on this web site to go there.
Most Recent Volunteer Exam Session Results  
Congratulations to the four candidates who passed their Technician Class license exam and the one candidate that upgraded from Technician Class to General Class. These occured at the in-person V.E.session held on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 in St. George, Utah. This session, like all of our sessions, are conducted by local ARRL-VEC certified Volunteer Examiners.  Below are the results of that session:

APPLICANT'S NAME:  FCC ISSUED CALLSIGN
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: LICENSE EXAM(S) PASSED:
Theodore G. Gustavus
 KD9IAH
St. George, Utah
General Class
Sean R. Turpin
 KJ7PFJ
St. George, Utah
Technician Class
Gary C. Rosenfield
 KJ7PFG
Cedar City, Utah
Technician Class
Hugh M. Eltgroth
 KJ7PFH
New Harmony, Utah
Technician Class
James A. Bacis
 KJ7PFI
Virgin, Utah
Technician Class

Please note: Please be patient as it may take several days from the 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 possible after you are assigned an FCC license and callsign, the table(s) above will be updated to list the callsign that is assigned by the Federal Communications Commision, which will a link to your the current license information in the FCC database.
The FCC is Paperless! How to Print out your License:
The ARRL VEC reminds Amateur Radio license applicants that the FCC no longer routinely prints or mails license documents. In an effort to streamline its procedures and save money, the FCC went "paperless" in February 2015.

To help clarify things, ARRL VEC has created this web page, How to Obtain an Official FCC License Copy, devoted to explaining the various ways a licensee can get an official license document from the FCC.  An official Amateur Radio license displays the FCC logo and the "Official Copy" watermark across each page.  A printer-friendly version of the instructions on how to get a copy of your license is available by clicking HERE  (this is a PDF file).

The easiest way for a license holder to obtain a license copy is to simply call the FCC toll-free at (877)480-3201 and request one.

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
Join The Club, or Renew Your Membership  
You are encouraged to join the Dixie Amateur Radio Club or renew your membership.   Please use this LINK or 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 in person with our Club's Treasurer 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 to 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 Classifieds" page 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
ARRL Amateur Radio Exam Practice
ARRL Exam Review for Ham Radio™ is a web-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 2196; St. George, Utah 84771-2196 
                                       
Club e-mail address: w7drc@arrl.net
 

For additional information on the Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc., and Amateur Radio in general, please contact:
                        
Club President Ric Wayman, K7DLX, via e-mail at:  k7dlxham@gmail.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)