Holy cow, A LOT has happened in the last year….two years.
I won’t say the P-word. By now, if you don’t know, I don’t think I can help you! LOL!
If you found your way here because you saw the most recent HAM Talk episode, then welcome!
Almost everything will be getting an overhaul here at the Dam Amateur Radio Klub, including all-new special events! Like hams activate National Parks for Parks on the Air, DARK activates DAMS!!!
If you were one of the fortunate ones who were around for our Truman and Pomme de Terre Dam Special Events, CONGRATS! Thanks for checking back to see if we were alive and kicking! We are SUPER excited to take a break from the daily grind and rat race to have some FUN!
We will let you know well ahead of time about which dams we will be activating this year and when, so if you are in the area, you can visit us in person!
I have been speaking with Dan Marler (K7REX) who is the Idaho ARRL Section Manager (SM) and the founder of the Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee (RATPAC) about doing a presentation in January about our efforts with ARES and the EMAs out here in Missouri. That presentation will take place on January 7, 2021.
In the meantime, Dan’s group had their planned guest for their December 2, 2020 show get called away for an emergency and he needed someone to fill in with a topic of interest for hams nationwide. As I had previously told him a bit about our month-long BEST DAM CHRISTMAS Special Event, he invited me to talk about it at the Zoom meeting!
I feel like I should get to have the title “HAM RADIO’S PINCH HITTER” now!
This is a great opportunity for our little club and for our festive event!
On Sunday, Club President Sam Henley KE0LMY and I were up in Warsaw filming a segment for a YouTube series called “HAM Talk”, brought to you by the HAMster Weak Signal Group. In it, I was interviewed about my entry into amateur radio, which you’ll get to watch when it comes out!
The introduction to the series can be found up on YouTube, give it a watch!
Keep an eye out for the first show, which should be posted around Thanksgiving!
We are excited to try out a new look for our website as we prepare to move into 2021 and leave 2020 FAR in our rearview! We kept the previous look of the website for the first two years of our club’s existence and we wanted to bring a much more professional, enjoyable look now that D.A.R.K. is gaining ground in the Special Event community!
Gone are the days of our dark (haha!) sidebar and the blog rolling all over the photo of our dams. NOW you can see the amazing Harry S. Truman Dam clearly before scrolling down to the blog post. Other improvements coming up include a smaller menu at the top, updated member page, and the addition of a page for Silent Keys.
Thank you to all of our members for taking the time to participate in our special events! No matter how little or how much each of you contribute, you are the heart and soul of our little club! We are excited to move the Stockton and Bagnell Dam events to 2021. It gives us more time to plan some really awesome activities and reach out to the members of the public. They will be happy to have a reason to get outside after being “Cooped up for COVID” and we’re just the ones to bring them some entertainment and education on our hobby!
PHEW! It has been one of the oddest years, with a pandemic causing us to reschedule our Stockton and Bagnell Dam Special Events to 2021.
We have FANTASTIC news for you, though! Thanks to a stroke of genius by Roger (KD0WXT), we are hosting a month long Special Event called the “BEST DAM CHRISTMAS” Event!
We are going to be transmitting throughout the month of December (December 1, 2020 0:00 UTC-December 31,2020 11:59 UTC) on 10m (phone near 28.440), 20m (phone near 14.240), 40m (phone near 7.240), and 80m (phone near 3.840), via phone, digital (our digital operations are on FT8, where we’re only giving our club call [KE0TGG] but we are not marked as a special event; however, all contacts during this time are counted as special event contacts, so they can visit our QRZ page and request the QSL card and/or PDF certificate), and CW to give everyone a chance to have a little Christmas fun on the airwaves!