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.
I hope to see you all at the November meeting!
As many of you know, it has been slow-going to establish ourselves as an amateur radio club. I am so happy to announce that as of today, we are officially an ARRL affiliated club! You can find our listing here.
I have sent in the paperwork to the ARRL for the request of our new club callsign and I am hoping everything will be smooth sailing from here!
One of the things I am often called is “Overachiever” and I try my best to stand up to that title! I love to create things I believe people will like and find interesting or entertaining. When the idea for the publication came to me as we were forming D.A.R.K. back in April 2018, it was going to start out as a monthly newsletter. It quickly grew into a full-blown magazine as I asked other hams in the club to get involved and contribute ideas!
I would like to thank Kelly Stanfield for writing her editorial this month. Kelly has had a whirlwind of an adventure this year and wanted a platform to thank people who have helped her on her journey. She had many more people she wanted to thank, but everyone wouldn’t fit in one article! I am sure she will be writing more in the future!
I would also like to thank Renee Cason. My daughter serves as my editor-in-chief for all things internet-related! She also serves as the official photographer for D.A.R.K. and other groups! You will see her all over the place while managing the Foxtrot’s Little Hams part of our club.
I would like to thank the Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club, Inc. and Sedalia-Pettis Amateur Radio Klub for allowing us to participate in ARRL Field Day in June of this year! It was a fantastic experience and I look forward to working with these two great clubs in the future!
Finally, I would like to thank the affiliates we have made while working as the BC ARES. It is my hope that these affiliates will welcome us as D.A.R.K., also!
Without further ado, click here to check out the new D.A.R.K. Magazine!
After some setbacks, we are back on track to attaining ARRL affiliation! The movement has picked up on our application and I believe we will have some news very shortly!
I am very excited to announce at our September 2018 club meeting, it was voted that we should go ahead and launch our website! It will take some time to really make this the go-to site which correlates a lot of up-to-date amateur radio information in one place, but I am sure we can do it!
This means I need your help. One person cannot possibly know all of the things we need to put on our site; nor know everything about each subject. I have some great assignments I will list below and if you would like to volunteer with helping in any of the areas, please leave a comment or message me directly!
Technical Researcher/Writer-the person responsible for these articles will be free to either personally write the article or bring information to our members/website about other helpful articles which have been written (giving full credit to the author/group).
Dam Information Researcher-the person responsible for gathering information about dams in our area or in areas our members travel to on vacation/business/etc. This person will assist Sam in creating the official certificates/QSL cards for special events held at said dams.
Graphics Manager-the person responsible for creating graphics to use on the website, at events, on publications, etc. If you have a talent for making eye-catching graphics, we would love your help! Right now, our graphics are created at canva.com.
Public Information Officer-the person responsible for providing a public face for our club. This person must be well-spoken, properly groomed, and be willing to attend different functions and events to get the word out about the club and its goals. This person must also undergo PIO training overseen by the Club President.
Club Recruiter-the person responsible for actively seeking out existing or future ham radio operators to increase the membership of the club. This is not a high-pressure position, but it is an important position for a very self-motivated individual. The more members we have, the more active we can be!
Club Elmers-the people responsible for helping new hams get adjusted to the world of ham radio. These people will be responsible for helping new hams get their radios programmed, teach them how to do radiograms/ICS213s, teach them how to ID and talk on the radio, answer their questions, etc. This is one of the MOST important positions in the group. WE NEED YOU!
We will be seeking more individuals for positions as the club grows, but for now, those are the ones we need to help get us off the ground!