Netlogger!

Good morning, everyone!

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.

Meetings Update

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Hello, all!

KE0LMY here!

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!

Making Progress!

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Hello, everyone!

KE0LMY here!

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!

73!

Launching D.A.R.K. Magazine!

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!

73,

Sam (KE0LMY)