Lloyd Barnett W4RFZ – Silent Key

It is with profound sadness that we must report the passing of one of our most active and publicized members: Lloyd Barnett W4RFZ. He was a very active radio operator and loved operating CW, which truly makes him a “silent key”.

Lloyd has been a part of the Decatur Amateur Radio Club for many years. Several of our current members recount that Lloyd was instrumental in teaching them the basics of ham radio and supervising their tests for the Novice Class license back in the 1970’s

In 2011 Lloyd’s face graced the cover of CQ magazine. See this post. Just a few months later he was profiled in the Decatur Daily about his radio activities, including a conversation with the king of Jordan. Check out this post with a link to the article.

Visitation and services will be held on Monday, December 3rd, at Roselawn in Decatur. The online obituary is here. He passed away the day after his 87th birthday.

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

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ARRL Field Day 2018 Official Results

The Field Day 2018 results have been posted on the ARRL website.  They are also printed in the December issue of QST magazine.

Our club’s standing this year returned to a level similar to prior years, which is a great improvement over the 2017 results.  We made a great effort, and we had fun doing it!

Here’s the breakdown of the results:

– Out of 2,902 entries overall, W4ATD was #676 (#1016 last year).

– Out of 232 entries in the SE Division, W4ATD was #59 (#85 last year).

– Out of 47 entries in the AL Section, W4ATD was #10 (#14 last year).

– Out of 328 Class 2A entries overall, W4ATD was #113 (#211 last year).

– Out of 20 Class 2A entries in the SE Division, W4ATD was #8 (#16 last year).

– Out of 7 Class 2A entries in the AL Section, W4ATD was #3 (#5 last year).

We could have done even better with greater participation. We improved everywhere, especially among ALL class 2A stations.

NOW . . . .

We’re going to be better next year, right? Field Day 2019 will be June 22nd and 23rd! Make plans to be there and help out!

The Field Day results database can be found at:

http://www.arrl.org/results-database?event_id=102134.

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DARC Officers for 2019

At November’s business meeting, which was held at the Canton House Chinese restaurant in Decatur, the club reelected two of the current 2018 officers for 2019 and promoted one.  They will continue serving at the January club meeting. The club elected a new vice-president.

The officers for 2018 are:

President – Mike Findlay KD4TGC

Vice-President – Steve Vibbert KD2JSW

Secretary – Richard Matthews KB4CAY

Treasurer – Lester Christophe W5GSU

2018 was a another good year of growth for our club. We have a number of new members, some as a result of the VE exam testing we now offer. We’re anticipating that 2019 will continue to improve!

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Apologies Are In Order

The September meeting of the club was held on Tuesday the 4th at Libby’s Catfish and Diner in Priceville. I was remiss in not posting that information here and updating the post on the club’s Facebook page, and I understand that there were some who arrived at the Morgan County Courthouse (our usual venue) for a meeting that never occurred. I am sorry for causing this confusion and will work hard to prevent it from happening again.

Along that same line, there was an announcement in the Sunday, September 9th edition of the Decatur Daily stating that there is a meeting scheduled at the courthouse this coming Tuesday (the 11th) at 7:30. This is incorrect. Please do NOT go to the courthouse on that day. The next scheduled club meeting is in October at a place to be announced later.

I don’t expect an apology from the Daily for the error.

Richard Matthews  KB4CAY
Secretary

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DARC Officers for 2018

At November’s business meeting the club reelected three of the current 2017 officers for 2018.  They will continue serving at the January club meeting. The club elected a new vice-president.

The officers for 2018 are:

President – Craig McClure KJ4LAA

Vice-President – Mike Findlay KD4TGC

Secretary – Richard Matthews KB4CAY

Treasurer – Lester Christophe W5GSU

2017 was a good year of growth for our club. We’re anticipating that 2018 will be even better!

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DARC To Assist Boy Scouts

The 60th Boy Scout Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) will be held October 20-23, 2017.

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The Decatur Amateur Radio Club will have stations set up at Veteran’s Park in Priceville just off of Highway 67.

Lots of thanks to Mike Findlay KD4TGC for his efforts to set up and coordinate all of this.

Come out and help some young folks get interested in ham radio!

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Amateur Radio License Testing Available

The Decatur Amateur Radio Club has some GREAT NEWS!

We are now able to offer license testing. We are approaching this a bit differently, however.

Instead of a fixed schedule for testing, we are offering testing by appointment. Now we can serve you at YOUR schedule and not force you into ours.

If you’re interested in scheduling a test for a license or an upgrade, please e-mail darcvehamtest@gmail.com and Steve – KD2JSW will get back to you and set things up.

And get on the air!

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DARC June Field Day Planning Meeting (and Eating!)

The June meeting of the Decatur Amateur Radio Club will be held at Libby’s Catfish and Diner at 6:00 on Tuesday evening, June 6th, at 6:00. Libby’s is located on Highway 67 in Priceville to the east of I-65.  Just follow Highway 67 until you get to the top of Priceville Mountain.  Libby’s is on the right.

During and/or after our meal we will be discussing our plans for the club’s 64th Field Day exercise on June 24th and 25th.

The July meeting will likely be cancelled, since the first Tuesday of July is the 4th, and most of us will have other things planned for the holiday.

The August meeting will be held at the Morgan County Courthouse as regularly scheduled.

Come greet, eat, and meet with us on Tuesday! And make your plans for Field Day later this month!

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Ham Radio and FEMA

The Decatur Daily reported today (04 May 2017) about a mock drill (actually a “practice” mock drill) at the Morgan County EMA in the courthouse. They posted a photo essay here.

Of course they had to show ham radio as part of it.  There are 2 photos in the set of club treasurer Lester Christophe W5GSU. One of those even made the printed newspaper!

There are other practice and graded drills in the next week and month. Be listening on the repeaters and assist if you can!

Oh, here are the photos of W5GSU for your “enjoyment”.

 

W5GSU at EMA 1 - Decatur Daily-04May2017W5GSU at EMA 2 - Decatur Daily-04May2017

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DARC March Meeting

The March meeting of the Decatur Amateur Radio Club will be held at Libby’s Catfish and Diner at 6:00 on Tuesday evening, March 7th, at 6:00. Libby’s is located on Highway 67 in Priceville on the east of I-65.  Just follow Highway 67 until you get to the top of Priceville Mountain.  Libby’s is on the right.

The April meeting will be held at the Morgan County Courthouse as regularly scheduled.

Come greet, eat, and meet with us on Tuesday!

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