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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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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.

The Club has a new Interactive Facebook Page!
A new Facebook page for the Club is now available. If you use Facebook, when on your Facebook page use the Search Facebook tool in the upper left corner and type in: "Dixie Amateur Radio Club".  Updates, questions, answers, all are welcome on the Facebook page. Join us, won't you? Let's have some fun on Facebook as a Club!
Next Club Meeting on May 19th
Example of a DARC club meeting
The Club meeting for May will be an  "in-person" meeting held at the St. George Community Building on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

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.


More information on the topic(s) for monthly club meeting are found on the Club Meeting Info page, see link below.  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.   
 
NOTE:  The Club meeting will also be livestreamed for those who feel they still need to stay home but would like to see the meeting.  

HERE IS THE LIVESTREAM LINK:    
https://uen.webex.com/uen/j.php?MTID=m1d8d218cdc0b752e614434e712956cb0

  
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 on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 in St. George
THIS IS MANDATORY:  IF YOU INTEND TO TAKE THE EXAM FOR THE TECHNICIAN CLASS LICENSE YOU MUST REGISTER FOR AND RECEIVE AN "FRN NUMBER" FROM THE FCC BEFORE YOU COME TO THE TEST SESSION.  IT IS DONE ONLINE AND YOU WILL RECIEVE YOUR FRN# IMMEDIATELY. YOU MUST DO THIS. THE V.E.'s CANNOT DO THIS FOR YOU. SEE THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW:


IMPORTANT!   FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS MUST READ THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS NOTICE:   FRN-INFORMATION.PDF


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, how to register for a FRN Number, 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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March 2021 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 March 2021 edition, can be viewed online here on the Club website.  You can also print out the newsletter.

Click on this link:  Club Newsletter Page to read the latest newsletter!

All of the Club's previous Newsletters are found on the Newletter Archive web 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 seven (8) candidates that attended and passed their Technician Class license exam, and the five (5) candidates that upgraded from Technician to General Class license, at the in-person V.E. session held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 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:            EXAM(S) PASSED:                  
 Timandra E. Fawson
KJ7YFE
LaVerkin, Utah
 Technician Class
 Richard F. Miller
KD2AMX
Burt, New York
 General Class  
 Edward N. Asmus, Jr.
KJ7URO
Ivins, Utah
 General Class  
 Phillip W. Chapman
KJ7YFF
Veyo, Utah
 Technician Class
 Robyn K. Chapman
KJ7YFG
Veyo, Utah
 Technician Class
 Daniel N. Walters
KJ7YFH
St. George, Utah
 Technician Class
 April Y. Sorensen
KJ7WBL
St. George, Utah
 General Class  
 Harry E. Polland
KJ7WBH
Cedar City, Utah
 General Class  
 Jeffery L. Hickman
KB7VPL
Page, Arizona
 General Class  
 Alan R. Bailey
KJ7YFI
Washington, Utah
 Technician Class
 Maxwell J. Howarth
KJ7YFJ
Central, Utah
 Technician Class
 Edward L. Krupp
KJ7YFK
Veyo, Utah
 Technician Class
 Cindy L. Davis
KJ7YFL
St. George, Utah
 Technician Class

Congratulations to the seven (7) candidates that attended and passed their Technician Class license exam, and the two (2) candidates that upgraded from Technician to General Class license, at the in-person V.E. session held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 in Hurricane, 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:
 EXAM(S) PASSED:
 Richard C. Joseph             KJ7WBK Las Vegas, Utah                 
 General Class  
 Thomas S. Hampel
KJ7NNM
Hurricane, Utah
 General Class
 Rodney H. Newman
KJ7YEZ
Payson, Utah
 Technician Class
 Gregory S. Chamberlain KJ7YEX
Hurricane, Utah
 Technician Class
 Gabriel S. Walker KJ7YFD
St. George, Utah
 Technician Class
 Paul R. Gooch KJ7YFC
Virgin, Utah
 Technician Class
 Colin M. Smith
KJ7YFB
Hurricane, Utah
 Technician Class
 Steven M. Goeser
KJ7YFA
Brookside, Utah
 Technician Class
 Tony K. Garrett
KJ7YEY
Hurricane, 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 above will be updated to list the callsign that is assigned by the Federal Communications Commision. The callsign will be a URL a link to 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 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).

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 Dave Merrill, N7MRL, via e-mail at:  davemerrill@infowest.com
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)