DARC Repeaters Off Air Feb-20-2021


Due to catastrophic cold weather events from Feb 12 – 18, 2021 the DARC repeater locations have experienced issues with building power failures and broken water pipes. Currently the DARC W5FC 146.880 repeater and the 442.425 repeater are impacted and have NO power – the backup power/batteries have been exhausted and won’t be back online until power comes back on to the buildings. In addition, we are unable to get access to these locations and the repeaters. We don’t have a current ETA on getting building access or when power will be restored the facilities. Please check back here often for current updates and status.

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Reprint from ARRL regarding Field Day 2021

ARRL to Extend Field Day Rule Waivers from 2020, Add Class D and E Power Limit


The COVID-19 pandemic-modified ARRL Field Day rules from 2020 will continue this June with the addition of a power limit imposed on Class D (Home Stations) and Class E (Home Stations-Emergency Power) participants. The news from the ARRL Board’s Programs and Services Committee comes as many clubs and groups are starting preparations for Field Day in earnest. Field Day 2021 will take place June 26 – 27.

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The YMCA Dallas Turkey Trot 2020

2020 Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

The DARC has supported communication for the YMCA Turkey Trot for years. As we discussed during the DARC General Meeting on October 06, 2020, we were still waiting on an official response from the Y as to whether they would be able to hold the event live or have to do all virtual.

I did communicate with our contact at the Y and Friday they made the following announcement:

The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas announced October 7th, the 2020 Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot will be a virtual event, for the health and safety of participants. Families will be able to participate in this Thanksgiving Day tradition from their neighborhood or wherever they may be across the country on Thanksgiving Day.

The DARC looks forward to helping with the event in 2021.

Stay Safe,

Randy Patterson KE5JIT, PSO