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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DARC Christmas Dinner Meeting

As is our custom, the Decatur Amateur Radio Club will have its Christmas Dinner as the December meeting.

This year, we have reserved space at Olive Garden in Decatur on Tuesday, December 6th, at 6:00.

Please join us and our families for a time of enjoying good food, fellowship, memories of a great year of ham radio activities, and especially thoughts of the Christmas season.

Hope to see you there!

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Club Officers for 2017

At November’s business meeting the club reelected the current 2016 officers for 2017.  They continue serving at the January club meeting.

The officers for 2017 are:

President – Craig McClure KJ4LAA

Vice-President – Mike Lowery K4RML  (ex- KM4JCD)

Secretary – Richard Matthews KB4CAY

Treasurer – Lester Christophe W5GSU

2016 was a good year for our club, and 2017 should continue the trend!

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ARISS Contact in Decatur

On Friday, March 18th, the Decatur Amateur Radio Club was able to provide support to Tim Cunningham N8DEU and AMSAT as they conducted a contact from Walter Jackson Elementary School in Decatur with astronaut Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station.  The ARISS contact with NA1SS lasted just under 10 minutes, and 20 students were able to ask questions of the astronaut and hear the answers.  The event was practically flawless and everyone was suitably impressed by the whole thing.

ARISS

Tim N8DEU did all of the legwork, provided most of the equipment, and was the control operator for the event.  He did a masterful job!

The Decatur Daily published an article on March 19 about the event.  They also posted a photo gallery and a 3-minute video clip.

For those who are interested, here’s Tim’s equipment list:

The basic station consists of the following:
1. Yaesu FT-847 connected to TE Systems amp and SSB Electronics SP-2000 preamp at the satellite yagi’s.
2. Yaesu FT-736 backup radio connected to Mirage 1018G amp to ground plane antenna.
3. Yaesu/Kenpro G5400 Az/El rotor.
4. Satellite tracker interface between computer and antenna system.
5. 50A power supply.
6. Laptop running SATPC32/SATPCISS for antenna and radio automation control (FT-847)
7. The FT-736 has programmed memories pre-programmed in case primary station has hiccups.

 

Here’s a photo of the antenna assembly on the roof of the school:
N8DEU Antenna for ARISS
There was also assistance from AMSAT, the Marshall Space Flight Center Radio Club, other hams from Athens and from Morgan County, and numerous others.  Thanks to all, and thanks especially to Tim for giving all of us (especially the lucky students) such an incredible opportunity.
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DARC Christmas Dinner 2015

Greetings, all!  The Decatur Amateur Radio Club invites you to its annual Christmas Dinner.  It will be held at Libby’s Catfish and Diner on Highway 67 in Priceville.  We will meet at 6:00 on Tuesday, December 1st, and enjoy good food and friendship in the last club meeting of the year.
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If you’re available and want to join us, please come and participate!  Bring your family along as well!  The food is tremendous, and the talk around the table will be a lot of fun.

Hope to see you on Tuesday, December 1st!

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Election of Officers for 2016

At November’s business meeting the club elected the officers for 2016.  They begin serving at the January club meeting.

The officers for 2016 are:

President – Craig McClure KJ4LAA

Vice-President – Mike Lowery KM4JCD

Secretary – Richard Matthews KB4CAY

Treasurer – Lester Christophe W5GSU

We’re looking forward to another good year for our club!

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