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.
Image description: an illustrated dam in the background with the words “Happy Thanksgiving” above it and “from the Dam Amateur Radio Klub” over it. In the foreground is a picture of a turkey and a picture of a pie. The turkey is looking at the pie like it wants to eat it.
As we all know, living in the great state of Missouri can be a challenge when it comes to inclement weather and meetings. To align with the new BC ARES policy, D.A.R.K. meetings will be conducted via a phone conference dial-in system for the months of January and February. We will make a decision on March’s meeting as it draws closer and we have a better idea of how the weather is acting at that time.
Once we have settled on a (FREE) conferencing service, we will email the information to existing members.
At the November meeting tomorrow, we will be discussing the December Christmas Party and meeting, along with the next steps for D.A.R.K. We will also be discussing the first broadcast from one of the four dams in our area in the Spring.
I have submitted our proposal to the US Army Corps of Engineers to determine if there are any rules and regulations we need to adhere to when operating near their dams. I will be following up with them over the next few months to get their permission to work with them for special event stations during key dates regarding their dams.