Club and Radio News

QRP Vertical and HOA Stealth Antenna

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Sunday, 18 June 2017
Written by K7ZZQ

At WIMU this weekend, John Kernkamp WB4YJT had great 40-6 meter vertical antenna that did not require a tuner, could handle 200 Watts and weighted 2.5 pounds that would be ideal for QRP.  For details of his vertical or an HOA Stealthy antenna, go to  

Johnny- K7ZZQ


Digital Communications Conference

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Monday, 06 March 2017
Written by K7ZZQ

Utah Digital Communications Conference March 25, 2017 at 

410 West 9800 South, Sandy, UT 84070 

I would like to encourage all of you who are considering attending this
event to please sign up on line now to help the organizers get a better
idea of the numbers attending. This is definitely and event you will
not want to miss!  I hope to see you there.

The conference will be a fusion of amateur radio communications and
maker topics. Amateur radio is the pioneer of digital modes. This
conference will focus on the amateur radio hobby that surrounds
utilizing digital modes. Current emerging topics such as digital modes
for emergency communications and making your own electronics will be


I got APRS, Now What?
Winlink: Getting Started
DMR, D-Star, Fusion, and P25 Universal Modem for Ham Radio
Getting started with DMR
Introduction to D-Star
D-Star set-up and administration
Introduction to 3D Design and Printing
Introduction to D-Star
Arduino - Introduction
Use of Digital Radio in Emergency Response
Getting started with MESH
Advanced MESH
Getting started with FLDIGI
Digital Modes on HF
Getting started with Raspberry


ARRL Utah Section
Section Manager: Melvin T Parkes, NM7P
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Net Control Class

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Monday, 20 February 2017
Written by K7ZZQ for KE7NZA
Effective Net Control Operations / How to be an Event Communications Coordinator Training Class

March 25, 2017 - 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM with a break for lunch between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM at the Taylorsville City Hall, 2600 West Taylorsville Blvd. Tarylorsville, UT.

This is a full day specialized training session broken into two parts. In the morning will be Effective Net Control Operator training including best practices and functional guidelines. In the afternoon will be how to be an event communications coordinator including the use of Google Docs, Working with Event Directors, what are your responsibilities and duties, knowing the law, and best practices to make the event as smooth as possible for the volunteers.

These are specialized classes developed by folks who have been supporting events in the area for many years. We are in dire need of additional Net Control operators and Event Communications Coordinators as there are simply more and more events being put on that could use our help and not enough of us trained to help them. It is in our (HAM Radio Operators) best interest to work with and be available for as many of these public service events as possible or we will find that we simply won't be asked to assist again or, worse yet, we won't have had enough real time practice working in real life situations to be of any assistance when "the big one" hits and our communities need us.

These classes are open to any licensed HAM radio operator of any license class. You do not need to be a General or Extra to be a Net Control Operator or Event Coordinator, you just need the motivation to help and stay on task.

There will be a $25 charge for the class. To sign up for the class follow this link:
If you know someone who is a newer HAM who might be interested in helping
out forward this email to them.

Visit the new UtahSAG web site

To keep up to date with the events head to the UtahSAG Events Facebook page
To see when the Salt Lake Area W5YI group will be holding test sessions or other special events go to their Facebook Events page
Please pass the word about UtahSAG around to everyone you know.  We are trying our best to raise funds to pay for new equipment to support events, maintain existing equipment by passing funds to the repeater trustees for events we work on, and getting new equipment for the Utah Weather Service office to replace their stolen and non-working equipment.  Donations can be made at the GoFundMe page. 

February 2017 Meeting

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Wednesday, 01 February 2017
Written by Joe Giraudo

The February meeting of the DARC will be held at the Davis County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 AM.  Chuck Killian, WB6YOK will be giving a presentation on his use of the Raspberry Pi computers for Amateur Radio.  Chuck is also in charge of meeting presentations so if you wish to have a presentation about a specific subject or would like to present a talk, give Chuck a shout.


  • The Board has decided to implement a couple of new changes to the meetings.  The first item is to adhere to an agenda to make the meeting move along quicker.  If you have something for inclusion in the agenda, please contact the Club President. 
  • Secondly announcements for the meeting will be put onto a Powerpoint which will scroll on the screen before the meeting starts.  This will also streamline the meeting.
  • The third item is we are trying to limit the speakers to presenting for no longer than 45 minutes.  This will get us out earlier and should reduce the number of folks who lose interest and leave early.

If you have any other suggestions, please contact your officers.


See you there!


Joe - N7JEH

Upcoming License Classes

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Sunday, 01 January 2017
Written by K7ZZQ

January 2017  Ham radio license class in Provo for the Technician (entry level) license.

Saturday 21st of January 2017  

Technician one day class at BYU  8am to 5pm.  

Exam in the afternoon.  Class is free.   $14 for test.  To register and more details email:


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The following classes are not held in Provo.  For info on them follow their respective links.



A much slower paced class.  If you want to know the material much better and don’t mind

the time commitment and paying $45.

Taylorsville City Hall

2600 West Taylorsville Boulevard

Taylorsville, Utah 84129


January 20 – 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

January 21 – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

January 27 – 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

January 28 – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (includes exam session)


$45 (paid by cash or check during sessions)

Covers FCC exam costs, course manual and door prizes



Saturday February 4th 2017

Bridgerland Amateur Radio Club will have a one day Technician class in Logan at Utah State University on.  The class is free.   $15 for test.


2017 Ham Radio Course Schedule for Orem City:

Technician : Jan 17, 24, 31

General : Mar 14, 21, 28, Apr 11

*Technician : May 23, 30, Jun 6, 13

^General : Jul 25Aug 1, 8, 15

Technician : Sep 26, Oct 3, 10

All run on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Orem Public Safety Traffic Training Room, 95 E Center St. Sign up at for $10 per person per course.

* On request by Orem City, this Tech course contains an extra day (June 6) to prepare prospective and current licensees for the City Drill in September.

^ Just like last year, if the demand for this General course is low enough (less than 6), and verbal demand for an Extra course is high enough (greater than 10), this can be converted into an Amateur Extra course running the same days, but from 5:30 to 9:00 pm


May 2017 

The Ogden Amateur Radio club will be holding a multiple session class.


If you hear of any other classes being taught please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so I may share it.

If you or someone you know is having difficulty attending a class and wish to get a license

please email me for links to free high quality study materials you can get online.

If you have a license and wish to get deeper into the technical side or just get on the air

to talk there is a new general interest Ham radio club in Utah County.  (no  http://  is required just type “”  into the address bar of your browser).

Steve NV7V

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Steve Whitehead NV7V
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