Inaugural Event a SUCCESS!

Circumstances being what the were (rough band conditions, a limited number of operators available, lots of other things happening for the members of the group, etc.), I am going to call our inaugural event a success! We had a total of 283 contacts for this event on the 10m, 20m, and 40m. We had wonderful conversations and everyone was polite to our operators. This was important because we had one young ham (KE0LMZ) operating 10m. We want to thank ALL of the hams who took part and worked with us through the band conditions to make those hard contacts!

A beautiful certificate will go out by email as a PDF which you can print if you request it here. For the landmark numbers (40th, 50th, 100th, 150th, etc.), your certificate will have a couple of differences!

We are already receiving QSL cards and requests in the mail. I am still finalizing the special event QSL cards and we will have about 300 of those made up to send out and pass out! If you want a printed copy of your certificate, please make sure you include a 9×12 envelope so it is big enough for the certificate without folding. If you only send a small envelope, we will assume you just want the QSL card. Thank you!

We have more events scheduled over the next year, so if you haven’t already, feel free to subscribe to our blog! You’ll know when the events are, what call sign we will operate under, where the public location will be, and more!

Signing off for KE0TGG/W0T,

Sam Henley KE0LMY

73!

Last Few Days of our Inaugural Special Event!

Hello, my D.A.R.K.lings!

Phew! It’s been a week, hasn’t it??? We have had a mixed bag of conditions and propagation on the bands since the 20th when our event started! For the most part, Renee has worked on 10m phone for a bit, but most of our contacts have been on 20m phone with a sprinkling of 40m phone for fun. Stephen has also been working CW as a bonus for this event, so we are very excited about this new aspect!

Today, I will be back on 20m phone for the W0T/KE0TGG 40th Anniversary of Truman Dam and Reservoir Special Event. After I finish training the CERT class tomorrow afternoon…you guessed it, probably 20m phone again! But I will have an eye on propagation and if other bands open up, I will try my luck there. Sunday is a free for all where I will operate for as long as I can stave off my migraines so as many people as possible have the chance to work us for the event!

HERE is the QSO information for the SE.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in making this effort a success, whether you helped log our paper contacts into the computer program, volunteer to help with the certificates/QSL cards, work the radio, and any other part you take in this special event!

73,

Sam Henley KE0LMY

Special Event Begins TOMORROW!

Hello, my D.A.R.K.lings!

I honestly can’t believe it’s July. It feels like I just sat down to schedule our inaugural special event a few days ago!

You have probably seen the PDF in our group which I put together to help everyone operate during the event. We have some hams who are new to contesting, new to the club, and new to ham radio in general. I encourage these hams to drop by our farm on either weekend of the event (Except the 27th from 9 am-12 pm, since I will be teaching CERT class in Warsaw!) and sit in to see how much fun contesting/special events are! It’s my real enjoyment in amateur radio and I love sharing the experience!

Here is the certificate request information for our special event under call sign W0T:

Send an email with your name, call sign, contact time/date/frequency and PDF certificate request to kd0wxt@gmail.com to receive an emailed pdf

AND/OR

to receive a full-color, printed certificate, submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the following address:

Roger Henley

C/O D.A.R.K. Dam Amateur Radio Klub

32018 Hwy 7

Edwards, MO 65326

This information is also posted on the Special Events page.

I can’t wait to see how we do! Have fun with it, everyone!

73,

Sam Henley KE0LMY

July Meeting Review!

Hello, my D.A.R.K.lings!

We are welcoming some new faces to D.A.R.K.!

Terry and Sandy Crane have joined D.A.R.K. this month and we are excited to have them as part of the D.A.R.K. side! Future ham Jeremy Troester also sat in on the meeting to learn more about amateur radio and our club.

We had a number of things to cover this time, from an update on Echolink (we are in the last stages of FINALLY restoring Echolink to the 925!) to the special event we will be running during the week of July 20-28 from our farm in Edwards, MO!

We are looking for members to serve as Elmers. You don’t have to know everything about your chosen subject, you just have to be open and willing to help new members/hams navigate our wonderful hobby! I encourage everyone to join in the information sharing and teaching!

We plan to have a barbecue on the first Saturday (July 20) of the event at 6:30 PM. Sandy has graciously agreed to coordinate the sides for the pot luck. We also have donations to support the purchase of the meat for the event.

After the meeting, we received word that we are approved to use W0T for the full eight days of the event. If you wish to operate as the club under the 1×1 at any time during the event from your home QTH, please message KE0TGG call sign trustee Roger Henley KD0WXT at kd0wxt@gmail.com to get on the band plan.

We also received an update on the club t-shirts from Tightwad T’s. We will present the sample shirt at the meeting following delivery, along with the price so we can take preorders. This keeps our overhead down and allows you to order the number of shirts you want!

More updates to come as things pour in!

73,

Sam Henley KE0LMY

Special Event Update!

As we quickly approach the first weekend of our special event for Truman Dam, we want to release some information here on our site about our plans!

Since this is our very first special event, there is a lot for us to learn. Our goal for the Truman Dam event is to have fun making contacts and have a barbecue to encourage camaraderie within our club. As we begin to hold more special events, we will advertise more and really build these events into big club activities!

Here is the page containing our certificate example. We will offer two different delivery methods: a PDF via email or a full color certificate if recipients provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. We will be seeking volunteers to fulfill the certificate preparation in August.

We are also looking for designs for QSL cards for this event as well as for the club in general. Photos of the dams which can be used are available in our Facebook group.

We have been approved for the use of a 1×1 callsign: W0T, which caused Renee to create the following meme:

Sandy Crane AE0DU has graciously accepted the responsibility of coordinating the sides for the potluck style barbecue. Please contact her via the post in our Facebook group to let her know what you would like to bring! We have had seven people donate money for the meat so far and this will be purchased from The Butcher Shop in Camdenton.