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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!

Mayor Randall has proclaimed June 21 - 27 as Amateur Radio Week in St. George!

Mayor Randall has proclaimed June 21 - 27 as Amateur Radio Week in St. George!    It's a lead up to our ARRL Field Day 2021 activity next weekend.    

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the known as the national membership association for Amateur Radio operators. The League represents Amateur Radio interests to regulatory bodies, provides technical advice and assistance to Amateur Radio enthusiasts and supports a number of educational programs throughout the country. ARRL is a non-profit organization and has relationships with several other organizations including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Department of Defense, and several others. ARRL was founded in Hartford, Connecticut in 1914 by inventor Hiram Percy Maxim. ARRL has remained in the Greater Hartford area since its inception and has been headquartered in Newington, Connecticut since 1938. There are more than 700,000 licensed operators in the United States and the ARRL has over 170,000 full members. Membership by Amateur Radio Operators in the Association is strictly voluntary.

The accompaying photograph shows Ric Wayman, K7DLX, past Club President and Field Day Chairman, receiving the proclamation at the June 17 meeting of the City Council.  

Here is the text of the proclamation:

 Whereas, Amateur Radio operators are celebrating over a century of the miracle of the human voice broadcast over the airwaves; and

 Whereas, Amateur Radio has continued to provide a bridge between peoples, societies and countries by creating friendships and the sharing of ideas; and

 Whereas, Amateur Radio Operators have also provided countless hours of community services both in emergencies and to other local organizations throughout these decades; and

 Whereas, these Amateur Radio services are provided wholly uncompensated; and

 Whereas, the City of St. George also recognizes the services that the Amateur Radio operator provides to Washington County; and

 Whereas, these same individuals have further demonstrated their value in public assistance by providing free radio communications for many events in the City, including over 25 years of communications to the St. George Marathon; and

 Whereas, the ARRL is the leading organization for Amateur Radio in the USA; and the Dixie Amateur Radio Club is a supporting member of the ARRL, and

 Whereas, the ARRL Amateur Radio Field Day exercise will take place on June 26‐27, 2021 and is a 24 hour emergency preparedness exercise and demonstration of the Radio Amateurs’ skills and readiness to provide self‐supporting communications without further infrastructure being required; and

 Whereas, the Dixie Amateur Radio Club has participated in the Field Day exercise continuously since 1985, and invite the public to join them at the Field Day site, this year located at the DXATC – Emergency Response Training Center; now

 Therefore, I, Michele Randall, Mayor of the City of St. George, do hereby officially recognize and designate June 21‐27, 2021 as Amateur Radio Week in the City of St. George.

/signed/  Michele Randall
Mayor, City of St. George


ARRL Field Day 2021 is June 26-27, 2021

ARRL Field Day 2021 is coming up real fast! June 26 and 27, join DARC at the DXATC's Emergency Response Training Center (the old terminal building) up at the old St. George airport site.


We will start setting up at 7:00 AM MDT Saturday morning. Operation will start at 12:00 NOON and continue 24 hours until 12:00 NOON Sunday. We need help setting up and especially tearing down. Please plan on helping.

We will hold a club potluck dinner, menu to be announced, at 7:00 PM Saturday evening, All Club members and families are welcome, and encouraged to stay and operate a radio or help log for a while.  Please RSVP with Ric at k7dlxham@gmail.com to let us know how many we can expect for dinner.

We also need operators for the overnight hours and Sunday morning. A schedule is being put together right now, if you would like to get on the schedule, please contact Ric Wayman, K7DLX at k7dlxham@gmail.com or phone/text 435-669-7932.


Even if you're a Technician class ham or are unlicensed, we can let you operate HF. You might even get hooked.

ARRL Field Day is fun! Get involved and join us.


--
73!   Ric Wayman,  K7DLX
Next Club Meeting on July 21st
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, July 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

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.   
  
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, July 21st 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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June 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 June 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 one candiate who upgraded from Technician Class to General Class.  This all took place at the in-person V.E. session held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 in St. George, Utah. This session, like all of our sessions, are conducted by local ARRL-VEC certified Volunteer Examiners.  Below is the result of that session:

APPLICANT'S NAME:         FCC ISSUED CALLSIGN:               PLACE OF RESIDENCE:            EXAM PASSED:                  
  Larry N. Young
KJ7WBN
Washington, Utah
 General Class                            

Congratulations to the seven (7) candidates that attended and passed their Technician Class license exam.  One of those candidates previous held a General Class license and thus qualified for an "instant" upgrade to General Class. Kudos to another candidate who passed his Technician Class license and then immediately took the General Class exam and passed.  An additinal candidate upgraded from General Class to Extra Class. Finally, extra large congratulations the candidate who took and passed the Technician License, and then also took and passed the General, and then took and passed the Extra Class exam at this session!

This all took place at the in-person V.E. session held on Saturday, June 12, 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:                  
 Ron H. Sartore
KJ7YUM
St. George, Utah
 Amateur Extra Class  
 Jung N. Won
KJ7ZHQ
Hurricane, Utah
 Technician Class  
 Jon C. Stone
KJ7ZHR 
Nephi, Utah
 Tech and General Class  
 Joshua R. Stoner
KJ7ZHS
Santa Clara, 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)