Happy New Year! January 2019 Meeting Update

HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Decatur Amateur Radio Club! We hope you have a prosperous and productive year ahead, and that you have more radio contacts than ever!

Because the first Tuesday of the month is January 1st (a.k.a. “New Year’s Day”) we are cancelling the January club meeting. It is felt that there will be more interest in family, food and fun (or football, to continue with the “f” theme). The next scheduled club meeting will be at the Morgan County Courthouse on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019.

At that time our new and returning officers will take their positions: President Mike Findlay – KD4TGC; Vice-President Steve Vibbert – KD2JSW; Secretary Richard Matthews – KB4CAY; and Treasurer Lester Christophe – W5GSU.

See you in February!

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Merry Christmas and Happy 2019!

The Decatur Amateur Radio Club wishes all a wonderful Christmas time and a happy and prosperous new year!

Since the first Tuesday of the year is January 1st, we will not have a club meeting in January. Our first meeting of 2019 will be on February 5th. Hope to see you then!

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DARC Christmas Dinner!

December is finally here, and it’s really hard to believe that another year is almost over!

As always for the December meeting, the Decatur Amateur Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting as a Christmas Dinner. We will meet at Libby’s Catfish and Diner in Priceville at 6:00 on Tuesday, December 4th for food and fellowship and a review of the year with the club. If you need directions, please e-mail one of the club officers or call on the 147.00 repeater for help.

It’s been a great year, and another great year lies ahead. Unfortunately we must also mourn this time with the passing of our long-time member and friend Lloyd Barnett – W4RFZ, whose services will be held on Monday, December 3rd. His obituary and details of the funeral are online here.

Come celebrate with us the joys of the Christmas season, the memories of a successful passing year, and the promise of a prosperous new year ahead.

See you at Libby’s!

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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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