Help Needed – Moon Day 2019

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DARC will be at the Frontiers Of Flight Museum for Moon Day on July 20, 2019. Come join us celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11.

If you are coming to “Moon Day” to assist DARC and have not signed up – that’s okay – we’ll take your help. 

Please come to the museum wearing some club or radio identification and say you are VOLUNTEERING and helping the DARC when you arrive.  Museum staff should let you in (SKIP the long line).  Do NOT pay to get in.  We will be monitoring 146.880Mhz Pl. 110.9, and say you need assistance at the front door.  

Please expect to stay for an hour or two.  There’s plenty to do and we’ll make sure you have plenty of time to view the exhibits, lectures, and activities.  It’s that much fun!


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Winter Dinner 2019 Drawing

The DARC will have a Winter Dinner 2019 drawing for two radios the evening of Dec 5, 2019. At our annual DARC Winter Dinner. Tickets are available now at any DARC event and if any are left over at the day of the event – there are only 500 tickets so get your tickets early to ensure a chance to win the Grand Prize: A brand new Yaesu FT-3DR HT or a chance in a 2nd drawing for an Icom ID-4100A Mobile Rig. Each ticket is $5.00 or better yet get 5 tickets for $20.00

Field Day 2019 Preliminary Statistics

field day 2019 section mapWe’ll have more details about our Field Day success in the next newsletter, but for now…here’s a quick report on our contacts. While we still haven’t returned to the glory days of having actual sunspots on a reliable basis, we made 34% more contacts than last year. We got plenty of contacts, including more than 200 at two stations (one VHF, one HF) powered by solar-charged batteries.

We worked all 50 states and every ARRL section! More details are below.

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Army MARS Crossband Test: May 11th, 2019

army mars customLogo.gifNormally, I’d wait to give this announcement until Tech Net…but by then, the event will be over. If you’d like to participate in a unique exercise that promotes both amateur radio and national defense readiness, there’s an event for you!

From the Army Mars website:

The Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will host this year’s Armed Forces Day (AFD) Crossband Test on Saturday May 11, 2019. This annual event is open to all licensed amateur radio operators. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this event, which is only an exercise scenario, designed to include hobbyist and government radio operators alike.