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DARC Newsletter

Hi Everyone, 12/29/14 22:42

DARC Meeting . . .

The next DARC meeting is set for Saturday 1/17/15 at 1:00 PM at St Mary’s
Church in Upsala. If you have an agenda item you wish to be included,
please let me know. Please see attached map & picture.

DARC Dues . . .

The 2015 DARC dues are due. Please send the attached DARC Application
2015 & your check to the DARC Treasurer Tom KDØMOM :

Tom Kilian KDØMOM
2933 20th AVE
Burtrum, MN 56318

If you belong to the St Cloud Radio Club & or the Brainerd Radio Club, those
dues are due as well. Most Clubs run their Memberships from January 1st
thru December 31st. I’ve attached both Club Applications for those who
belong to our neighboring Clubs.

D-Star News . . .

The D-Star Ragchew Session had 5 stations check in. We also helped our
newest D-Star user, Chad KCØEQF, program up his Icom 880H radio. The
D-Star Ragchew Session runs on Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays at 6:00
PM on your local D-Star repeater on MN Reflector 53A. It’s just a very informal
roundtable for any & all D-Star users who wanna pull up a chair & shoot the breeze.
Please chime in whenever you can. Please attached see D-Star Ragchew Session
20141229.

The Minnesota D-Star Net continues to grow with a great turn out of 20 check ins.
We had a brand new D-Star user, KDØRNP Ben in Davenport, Iowa check in
using his Quad Cities D-Star repeater. Ben is a senior in High School & came up
on D-Star last Saturday. Welcome Ben to D-Star. The MN D-Star Net is Sunday
nights at 7:30 PM on your local D-Star repeater on MN Reflector 53A. Please check
in whenever you can. Please see attached MN D-Star Net Check Ins 20141228.

The DARC Net & the Morrison County ARIES Net continues to grow. The last DARC
Net had a new record of 14 check ins. The DARC Net is Saturday nights at 7:00 PM.
The Morrison County ARIES Net is Saturday nights at 9:15 PM. Tom KDØMOM also
runs a simplex Net on 147.525 after he gets everybody checked in. Both Nets are on
the Avon 443.650 + , Little Falls 443.075 + , Litchfield 443.800 + & on the Echolink
on NØBJN-L Node 925804 or WUØS-L Node 211766. Please see attached DARC
Nets Check Ins List 20141227.

Erik NY9D in the Twin Cities has added a note to the MN D-Star News tab about our
St Cloud D-Star repeater on the MN D-Star site :

Emergency Minnesota 145.67 MHz Wide Area Amateur Packet Radio

Please leave longer pauses between transmissions so others can join your QSO’s.
We run across 13 D-Star repeaters across MN & others are having a hard time
getting in.

Ham Fests . . .

2/14/15 St Cloud Ham Fest at St Cloud Armory. Talk in 147.015 + tone 100.
3/28/15 Midwinter Madness in Buffalo at the Civic Center.
4/18/15 Brainerd Ham Fest in Brainerd, MN.

Other Events . . .

1/24/15 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake in Baxter near Brainerd.
2/14/15 Lakes Area Sled Dog Race (Bear Grease Sled Dog Race ?) north of Brainerd.

The Brainerd Radio Club is planning on having a Technician Class starting in February &
end with a VE Testing at the 4/18/15 Brainerd Ham Fest. If you know of someone
who wants to get into Ham Radio & take the weekly classes, please see :

http://brainerdham.org/

And Finally . . .

As the old year comes to a close, Happy New Year & I hope the New Year brings
everything you wish.

Rick NØBJN
President of the DARC (Digital Amateur Radio Club)
Club Call KDØYLG (please see NØBJN & KDØYLG on qrz.com)
MN D-Star Ambassador
ARRL affiliated Club & a nonprofit Corporation
NØBJN-L Echolink Node 925804 on the Paynesville 224.800 – FM repeater

The DARC Receives a SkyWarn Grant.

The Digital Amateur Radio Club(DARC) was awarded a grant on April 12th at the Skywarn workshop held at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. the funds will be used to purchase a replacement repeater that was damaged in a lightning storm and has been off the air ever since. This will allow coverage for a very large portion of central Minnesota for Skywarn volunteers to report weather related information such as hail, funnel clouds and tornados. Morrison and surrounding counties are not well covered by doppler radar and benefit greatly from a network of Skywarn trained storm spotters using amateur radio to provide real time reporting of developing weather systems.

From the Skywarn website:

SKYWARN is a concept developed in the late 1960s that was intended to promote a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service and communities. The emphasis of the effort is often focused on the storm spotter, an individual who takes a position near their community and reports wind gusts, hail size, rainfall, and cloud formations that could signal a developing tornado. Another part of SKYWARN is the receipt and effective distribution of National Weather Service information.

There is currently no organized Skywarn group in Morrison county but we intend to fill that vacancy and some of our members will be training in the next weeks joining with the members who have already been trained to prepare for the upcoming storm season.
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John Wetter(left) is pictured presenting the grant award to the Digital Amateur Radio Club(DARC) at the Skywarn Workshop. Accepting the award are Tom Kilian(center) and  Adrian“Woody”Haabala (right).

Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Little Falls Ham Radio Club known as DARC. We were affiliated with the ARRL on Oct 5, 2013. The mission of DARC is to enhance the ham radio hobby by promoting analog FM, and digital Echolink, D-STAR, ALLSTAR, PSK31 and other digital modes of communications for the friendly exchange of information and for support of community events and emergencies or disasters that disrupt conventional forms of communication.