Club and Radio News

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

Dec Meeting: You Should Have Been There!

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Monday, 18 December 2017
Written by Craige Olson


Our new officers are: President Greg Lundell K7UHP (consented to serve another year), Vice President Joe Giraudo N7JEH (consented to serve another year), Secretary Craige Olson N7HYP (new guy), Treasurer Gary Johnson N7DND (consented to serve another year), Past President Chad Rapier K7FJM (consented to serve another year). Picture to follow

Almost everyone received a door prize, there were so many!

Thanks for your efforts we expect another fun year!


The member raffle was held and Spencer Mark AE7IO won the Yaesu FTM 3200 DR/DE. Matt Zundell NA7RF won the Yaesu FT 70 DR/DE 


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