Accessibility: [Begin description: The background of the picture is a picture of a meeting. In the middle of the picture is a black box, and in the black box is the D.A.R.K. logo and the information on the monthly meeting, which is as follows. When: Saturday, March 9 at 12 P.M. Where: Benton County 911 at 1231 Hirsch Parkway Warsaw, MO 65355. Who: We welcome all amateur radio operators (or future hams!) who are interested in special events! We also support the BC ARES, so if you are interested in emergency services, come early for their meeting! End description.]
Hello, all my D.A.R.K.lings!
I am so excited about the upcoming meeting. March will be the first time in 2019 where we are all face to face again!
After the BC ARES meeting on March 9 at 9 AM, we will commence with the D.A.R.K. meeting. We have SO much to go over and update. Now that we have some great people in the club, we can go about getting the special events set up for this year! I am crossing my fingers that the USACE will be a great resource and, dare I say, partner for our little special event club!
Remember that we are utilizing NetLogger until EchoLink is restored to the 925 if you are not in the repeater’s immediate area.
There has been some talk of D.A.R.K. hosting an HF net, since some of our members are scattered in other states sometimes. This is definitely on our list of topics for the upcoming meeting! Within the next few days, I will put out a meeting topic page and of course any members are welcome to add topics they want to discuss with the group!
Thank you all for the patience and support you have given us as we try to get our little club up off the ground! I appreciate each and every one of you!
Hey everyone, Renee here! I recently finished designing two coloring pages, which I’m excited to share with you!
The first is one I like to call “Find the Fox,” which I finished creating yesterday. In this image, you’ll see Yagi Bear using a directional antenna to help him find Foxtrot, who’s hiding in this image as well!
I titled the second image “Field Day: Bringing People Together.” In this image, Foxtrot and Yagi Bear are sitting on a hill, with Foxtrot holding a handheld radio and Yagi Bear wearing headphones.
You can find the PDFs below, which are better for printing them out to color.
At the moment, I am updating parts of the website, our club paperwork which we will review at our March 2019 meeting, and our special event certificates.
I will have the opportunity to sit down with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in February to discuss the RAVE notification system and hope to speak with them about D.A.R.K. after that. I will have an update for everyone at our March meeting.
We have had an offer from John Keiser KD9FZX to have him create our QSL card(s). We are very excited about this opportunity, now that we have the ARRL backing and our callsign (KE0TGG)! Thank you, John!
As we get closer to the March meeting, I will be adding more updates, so stay tuned!
I am very happy to say that our first use of NetLogger worked out very well! We will continue to use this as an alternate means of taking check ins for the BC ARES nets up to and perhaps through the restoral of EchoLink to the 146.925 repeater!
I would like to thank the stations who specifically tried out the program yesterday: KI7CMV, KM7BEL, KE0QAL, and KD9FZX.
We will be fine-tuning our use of the program on our end to include an intro note about the net and the BC ARES for other hams who come across our net in the program and also wish to check in.
As a reminder, you can find a picture walk through on the download, installation, and use for checking in with NetLogger here.
Beginning in January 2019, D.A.R.K. and the BC ARES will begin using Netlogger. We have determined that we wish to fill a gap in our communications until we can get Echolink restored to the 925. We want our members who are out of state or unavailable to call in on the 925 during nets to be able to participate!
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A COMPUTER PROGRAM, NOT A PHONE APP!
Netlogger is a free, online logging program which will run in real-time during our nets. You download and install the software on your Windows-based computer, select our net, and then put your callsign in to check in on the net! We are very excited to bring you this option for checking in on our nets!
You can find the website here. Please consider downloading and installing this free software so you can participate with us when you are not in the 925’s coverage area!
For a picture tutorial on how to download, install, and use NetLogger to check in, click here.
With the affiliation now under our belt, we can look into becoming an LLC and then go for our 501 (c) (3) status! During our next meeting, we will be discussing our special event schedule for 2019! Good start D.A.R.K.lings!
Picture description: There are blue and green fireworks over a black background. Over the fireworks in white letters are the words, “We’d like to welcome our new members, Kellee Bell KM7BEL and John Bell KI7CMV. Welcome to the Dark Side, we have donuts.” In the bottom right corner is the D.A.R.K. logo. At the bottom in small white letters are the words, “Created by R. Cason 2018 for the Dam Amateur Radio Klub.” End description.