Club and Radio News

2018 Bountiful Handcart Parade

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Sunday, 17 June 2018
Written by Gary Johnson

Who: YOU

What: Join us at the Bountiful Handcart Day Grand Parade.

When: 7/20/2018. Staging begins at 3PM, the parade starts at 6PM.

Where:  It begins at 1500 South Main Street and proceeds North on Main Street to 400 North.

Why: This year’s theme,   A Bountiful celebration   As a member of both the local comminuty and our ham radio community, we need you to pull together and help. This parade is a sizable event with over 95 entries sponsored by churches, civic groups, businesses, and others organizations and is enjoyed by over 14,000 spectators! Over 200 volunteers make it happen on parade day, and we need you!

How: As a volunteer, you will be assigned to one of the following roles: 

 Shadow: A Shadow has a very important job; He or She will be assigned to a Parade official. There job will be to communicate the information, to and from this person. In most cases you are on your feet for the complete parade. If you are lucky enough to get the parade chairperson, or a staging official, you will be asked to make some very important decisions. You will be asked to pass the exact info that you are told.  Wear comfortable shoes!

Assembly: Bikes: These people is responsible to make sure that all entries in their area are in place and ready to go by 16:00. Each entry will be assigned a number and it will be written on the street. When it is their turn, the start Ham (Mel Parks) will call you on the radio and you are to work with the parade volunteers’ to get them moving. Each assembly Ham will have two- four Church volunteers to complete this task. NOTE: The staging area will be blocked off to “through traffic” after 4:00 p.m. on  July 20. “Parade Officials” will be in orange vests and are there to assist you. Church volunteers will report to you when their entries are in place.

Public address stations: This Person’s responsibility is to receive parade traffic from net control and pass it to the announcer during the parade. In some cases you will need a magnetic mount antenna; you can attach it to the scaffoldling. You can transmit twice as far. Please take sticky notes, great way to communicate with the announcer. This year Hams will take possession of the sound equipment if the announcer is not there by 5PM!

Net Controller: This person's responsibly is to oversee the commutations of the parade, there are three or four types of net controls; Shadow, PA, Assembly, and Parade.They have the resources to get with the police, fire, ambulance, tow trucks, and other emergency help.  

We try to use the same people at the same positions each year, but if you want to change, please ask. It's fun to try something new!    A net will be held on 7/19/18 at 7:30PM on a frequency of 147.42. We will confirm your position prior to the parade. Please make EVERY effort to be on that net.



-All assembly hams, bicycle support, etc. need to check in at the Park bowery, it is located in the park by the cleaners. ( five points, 1500 so main) Please be there by 3:30. Parking is available in the new parking terrace. In most cases, shadows and assembly will check in at the park across the street from the Maverick Convenience Store

-PA stations are to go directly to their PA location and check in with PA net control.( 145.57). You don't have to be in place until 5PM.

-All volunteers please go to   to get, and print your Parade Day documents!    

-Ham operators are at the parade to communicate and they should have adequate equipment to communicate effectively. In some cases, handy talkies will not be enough. Gain antennas, spare batteries, ear buds, can make the difference, so please bring your accessories. Hope for the best, plan for the worst, and be prepared for anything!

-If rain is in the forecast bring protection for yourself, the radio and for the paperwork you printed from the website. All Hams should bring an orange/yellow high-visibility vest, a name tag (with your call sign), and a clipboard. PA stations need a clip board and some sticky notes to write on and then they can hand it to the announcers. 


-PA STATIONS  -145.57 simplex 

-ASSEMBLY AREA  -147.42/449.925 REPEATER

-SHADOWS- DISBAND-145.75 simplex.

The 12th annual 7th Area QSO Party

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Monday, 12 March 2018
Written by Craige Olson

The 12th annual running of the 7th Area QSO Party will take place on Saturday, May 6th-7th, 2018. It begins at 7:00 a.m. and ends on Sunday morning at 1:00 a.m. 


In the few years since the first running in 2006 we have grown to be the 2nd largest state QSO party and had over 6000 stations participating last year. There are three other QSO parties running that same weekend,  so there is a great flurry of activity all weekend. 


Contesters are serious about the event, but casual operators can really enjoy spending a few minutes or hours time operating as well. It is a fine opportunity to operate from home or from a friends shack as a small team. There are classes for Phone, CW and Digital ops.


Many portable operations take place from very desirable counties or from popular 2, 3 or 4 county lines. Good practice for ARRL Field Day. 


Many county hunters are looking for the rare or less activated counties out here in the west, and they follow mobile stations as they move through the rare to work counties and work them again and again.



We very much appreciate each and everyone who helps out by operating for even a short time during the contest. All the details are found at

Announcing the 2018 Utah VHF Society Swap Meet

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Written by Craige Olson

The 2018 Utah VHF Society Swap Meet will beheld on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Davis County Fairgrounds - the same location as the past several years.  The doors will open for general business at 9 AM with set-up for those selling beginning at 8 AM.

Just a reminder that your Utah VHF Society membership may be expiring at the end of this calendar year, so remember to renew:  This may be done via PayPal or old-fashioned snail mail - click HERE to find out how this may be done.  If you aren't sure when your membership lapses, check the 2017 expiry list (link).  This list will be updated in a few weeks with the most current information.

If you have not been to a Utah VHF Society swap meet - or if you don't remember how to get there - you can download detailed information about the event and how to get therefrom here.

See you there!

March Meeting

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Written by Craige Olson


Summits On The Air (SOTA)


John Overbaugh (K7JTO) will speak on Summits On The Air (SOTA).

SOTA is a contest wherein amateurs “activate” various summits by transmitting. "Chasers" then make contact with the activated summit and earn points. There are awards based on points for activations and for chasers.


For more information: 




Map to parking lot:



February 10, 2018 Club meeting

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Thursday, 01 February 2018
Written by Craige Olson

 The Moab 240 ultra race lasts 53 (1st place) to 110 hours (last place). The amateur radio volunteers have the opportunity to communicate from very beautiful and very remote locations. Come hear how they do it with no electrical outlets and in the middle of some scenic canyons for 110 hours.


One of those volunteers is: Edward Jones N7RTG. He received a BA from BYU, has been a Ham since 1991 and has a General Class license. He lived in Mexico and Texas speaking Spanish for 2.5 years. He worked 15 years at BYU designing and supervising the operation of sound systems.

He then worked 20 years for Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints designing acoustic, sound and video systems for domestic and international church buildings. He trained local engineers in international areas.

He has been a consultant in acoustics and technology systems since 2003 to present.

Ed is the father of 8 children grandfather of 18 grandchildren. His hobbies and interests include family, off-road 4WD exploring, backpacking, fishing, shooting, and ham radio.

He enjoys developing abilities in providing communications systems for ultra races: Kat’cina Mosa 100 K, Tahoe 200, Bryce Canyon 100, Moab 240.

Please join us Saturday February 10th at 10 am for the monthly club meeting (the second Saturday – as always) at the Davis County Sheriff’s Office meeting room. Enter from the Northwest parking lot across the street from the Cinemark Theatre. Look for a lot of civilian vehicles with antennas

As always you are invited to the get-together before the meeting at the Golden Coral in Layton at 8 AM.

Directions to parking lot

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