What a great day down at Pomme de Terre dam, just south of Hermitage, MO in Polk County! We made 51 phone contacts and we’re STILL making FT8 contacts as of this blog update!
Foxtrot and the kids were out having fun, too! They got to swing, use a mini-digger, and hold up Pomme de Terre Dam (like tourists do at the leaning tower of Pisa!) while we were onsite!
Here are some photos from the event so far:
We learned the ARRL Sweepstakes runs this weekend (D’oh!) but that only slowed us down for a little bit! Thank goodness for digital operations (Thanks, Roger!), which helped us rock on through when phone was just not feasible!
We hope our other members hop on for at least a little while each day to rack up some more contacts for our second special event!
Thank you to everyone who has contacted us so far! It’s wonderful to hear your words of encouragement, support, and thank you’s for activating! We’re glad you could join us for our special event!
I played with the idea of making the magazine longer, but I was quite happy with the amount of participation and topics for this issue. I don’t subscribe to the notion of “If it ain’t broke, fix it until it is!” so I left it the bright, shiny, new thing that it was!
I would like to thank the hams who contributed this year: Renee Cason (KE0LMZ) handled our Kids Corner, Rex Green (KE0VCR) gave us a much more fleshed out and informative “Newbie” Guide, Pam Olson (W0UHN) brought us a whole new section with her “Best Dam Salsa” recipe (as well as her solar set up), Kevin Olson (K0KDO) provided an outlook on Field Day from the perspective of a new contestor, Kelly Stanfield (W0YQG) who was the envy of us all because of her trip to the Dayton Hamvention, and I put in more than my two cents worth with the Indy Team experience, our inaugural special event, and how our club/BC ARES/BC MO CERT members help Benton County.
I would like to send out a HUGE thanks to Kevin for being our cover this year!
I am hoping to secure some pretty big names in the world of amateur radio to put out articles in next year’s issue (that’s right, I’m already working on next year!) since we would all love to learn from the greats!
D.A.R.K.’s September meeting was jam-packed full of fun activity plans and encouraging progress! Of course, the meeting minutes will be posted, but I want to hit the highlights.
We had to wait for additional time for the certificates to be completed for the Truman Dam event. Those will go out Monday. Here is the proof for the QSL card for the SE:
We made a few minor changes to the back (because I forgot to include info in the original email), and we should receive information on the cards shortly.
Roger brought up partnering with Handi-Hams, since we have restored EchoLink to the Benton County repeater. Kelly Stanfield W0YQG is going to be our liaison for that!
The first round of D.A.R.K. T-shirts have been ordered. I’ll let everyone know when they should come in and how much each shirt will be once I have that info.
We are working on putting our VE Team and our Elmer/Elmira Team together and getting those two projects up and running.
We are in the planning stages for the next Special Event for the club which will be held at Pomme de Terre Dam during the week of November 16-23. Working out the details with the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Once that is locked in, we will commence with the fun part of planning the event. We also discussed what logging program/method we want to use since we are hoping for more operators on this one! We plan to operate Phone and CW so far. Digital will be offered if it becomes available during that week. Stay tuned for more details!
I was able to send out all of the certificates requested via email as PDFs today. Below you will see an example of each of the certificates.
The first certificate was the one we distributed to most participants for the event.
For certain benchmark numbers in our special event (40, 50, 100, 150, 200, and 250), we created a slightly different certificate, which you can view an example of below!
I will do my best to get the physical certificates requested via mail out by the end of the week.
I want to thank Renee KE0LMZ. She was amazing. When she wasn’t operating the special event, she was logging for me. That first couple of hours were so fast, with several special events for the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing occurring, and without her I would have been a mess trying to capture info while working the pileups! Great job, Kiddo!
I am already in the process of working out our next special event in October for Pomme de Terre Dam! Hope to talk to everyone on the air!
Happy birthday Kelly Stanfield (W0YQG) from all of us here at D.A.R.K.!
[Photo ID: at the top of the photo in Krispy Kreme Green is the phrase “Happy birthday, Kelly!” In the middle of the photo is a block of dark blue text that reads “The rest of us from the Dam Amateur Radio Klub wish you a happy birthday and many radios!” At the bottom of the image on the left is a green present with dark blue ribbons and bows. At the bottom on the right is an outline of a cake in light tan and gold with a small red flame at the top of the cake. End ID.]