D.A.R.K. Continues its Journey!

Hello, everyone!

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!


Sam (KE0LMY)

The Journey Begins

Welcome to the new Amateur Radio Club for the Benton County area!

D.A.R.K. is a special events amateur radio club which is partnered with the Benton County, MO ARES for emergency communications.

It shall be our purpose to further the exchange of information and cooperation between members, to promote radio knowledge, fraternalism and individual operating efficiency, and to so conduct club programs and activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of Amateur Radio in the community while transmitting from or educating about any dams our members should visit.

View our Club Constitution here:


You do NOT have to be a member of ARES/ARRL to be a member of D.A.R.K. or vice versa.

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