Happy birthday Kelly Stanfield (W0YQG) from all of us here at D.A.R.K.!
[Photo ID: at the top of the photo in Krispy Kreme Green is the phrase “Happy birthday, Kelly!” In the middle of the photo is a block of dark blue text that reads “The rest of us from the Dam Amateur Radio Klub wish you a happy birthday and many radios!” At the bottom of the image on the left is a green present with dark blue ribbons and bows. At the bottom on the right is an outline of a cake in light tan and gold with a small red flame at the top of the cake. End ID.]
If “Write in” wins in any of the four places, we will do the write in ballot at the upcoming August 10th meeting. If “None” wins in any of the four places, we will have to find people to fill the positions who are not currently club members. I sincerely hope that is not the best course of action, but all possibilities had to be included for a fair voting system.
Good luck to those who are considering a position in the council!
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!
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an emailed pdf
to receive a full-color, printed certificate, submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the following address:
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!