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.