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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DARC October Meeting Change

The October meeting of the Decatur Amateur Radio Club is going to be a bit different. Just like last year’s October meeting

Instead of the regular meeting at the Morgan County Courthouse, we will meet at the home of the former club president and current treasurer, Lester Christophe W5GSU.  If you did not receive the notification e-mail with his address and directions, please contact the club secretary (secretary <at> darc-w4atd.org or kb4cay <at> gmail.com) and we’ll get it to you.  Or call out on the 147.00 repeater and someone can help direct you to the meeting.

The meeting time is changing as well.  Since Lester needs his beauty sleep, and he’s having a birthday in a few days (again! – he’s making an annual habit of this!), we will meet at his home at 6:00 instead of 7:30. One more VERY IMPORTANT thing:  come ready to eat!  Lester’s wife Rosine is a fantastic cook, and we will be treated to some extremely tasty dishes from her kitchen.

And spouses are invited also.  Rosine would probably appreciate some company while we talk sports and radios and whatever else we guys talk about.  Oh, yes.  Club business.  That too.

So, please DO NOT go the the courthouse on Tuesday, October 4th.  Do not arrive at 7:30 (or earlier, as we usually ask).  If you do, you can sit in the dark parking lot and think about the food and fun you just missed by not coming to the proper place at the proper time.

The proper place:  W5GSU’s home in Decatur.

The proper time:  6:00pm on Tuesday, October 4th.

See you there on Tuesday evening!!

Richard Matthews  KB4CAY
Secretary, DARC

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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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DARC October 2015 Meeting

The October meeting of the Decatur Amateur Radio Club is going to be a bit different.

Instead of the regular meeting at the Morgan County Courthouse, we will meet at the home of the former club president and current treasurer, Lester Christophe W5GSU.  If you did not receive the notification e-mail with his address and directions, please contact the club secretary (secretary <at> darc-w4atd.org or kb4cay <at> gmail.com) and we’ll get it to you.  Or call out on the 147.00 repeater and someone can help direct you to the meeting.

The meeting time is changing as well.  Since Lester needs his beauty sleep, and it’s close to his birthday (29th, or 39th, or something-9th – again!), we will meet at his home at 6:00 instead of 7:30.One more VERY IMPORTANT thing:  come ready to eat!  Lester’s wife Rosine is a fantastic cook, and we will be treated to some extremely tasty dishes from her kitchen.

And spouses are invited also.  Rosine would probably appreciate some company while we talk sports and radios and whatever else we guys talk about.  Oh, yes.  Club business.  That too.

Speaking of Rosine, she has asked that club members individually consider making a donation for a cancer walk that she will be participating in.  It’s being arranged by Bell P. B. Church, and it will be at Wilson Morgan Park at 8:00 on Saturday, October 24th.  Anything you can contribute will be appreciated, but she and Lester say that donations are NOT mandatory.

So, please DO NOT go the the courthouse on Tuesday, October 6th.  Do not arrive at 7:30 (or earlier, as we usually ask).  If you do, you can sit in the dark parking lot and think about the food and fun you just missed by not coming to the proper place at the proper time.

The proper place:  W5GSU’s home in Decatur.

The proper time:  6:00pm on Tuesday, October 6th.

See you there on Tuesday evening!!

Richard Matthews  KB4CAY

Secretary, DARC

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Club Officers Elected for 2015

At the November meeting the club elected officers for 2015.  They begin serving at the January club meeting.

The officers for 2015 are:

President – David Stephenson KJ4OKJ

Vice-President – Craig McClure KJ4LAA

Secretary – Richard Matthews KB4CAY

Treasurer – Lester Christophe W5GSU

Another good year awaits our club!

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March 2014 Meeting Change

The club officers have decided that the club needs regular sustenance, or at least a change of scenery.

Therefore, we are scheduling the regular meeting every 3 months (March, June, September, and December) to be at Libby’s Catfish and Diner on Highway 67 in Priceville.

The March club meeting will therefore be held at Libby’s in Priceville at 6:00 on Tuesday, March 4th.

Be there and enjoy the food and the good conversations.

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February Meeting Demo

2m SDR aAt the February meeting, the Vice-President, Craig McClure KJ4LAA, demonstrated a software-defined 2-meter receiver (SDR) that he has built.

His presentation was held in the Ham Radio room of the EMA office at the Morgan County Courthouse.2m SDR c The device was connected to a roof antenna for the 2 meter band and to his laptop computer via USB.

A waterfall display (by frequency) on his computer screen indicated transmitted activity. When he tuned to one of those energy peaks, one could hear the received voice transmission.

2m SDR aThe complete SDR setup cost less than 50 dollars (computer not included, of course). Everyone enjoyed the demonstration of what can be done with a SDR device.

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National Traffic System – Radiograms

At the April meeting the Vice-President, David Stephenson KJ4OKJ presented a program on radiograms and the National Traffic System.

The Powerpoint presentation he used can be downloaded from the ARRL website here. you may need to log into the site before you can download it.

A former member, Silent Key Dave Knight W4ZJY used to be very active in passing traffic. Is there anyone taking his place locally?

Here’s a great way to use a ham license for public benefit!

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