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The Utah Amateur Radio Club (UARC) is a general-purpose amateur radio club serving Salt Lake City and nearby areas. It is a Utah non-profit corporation. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, except for July and August. Meeting topics include many amateur-related items such as DX, satellites, Amateur Television, antennas, and contests. A copy of the club By-Laws is available on this web site.

History

In his book 200 Meters and Down, Clinton Desoto describes a radio club in Salt Lake City as the very first organization of its kind. That organization was formed in 1909. It is possible that UARC's roots go back to that organization. But the records extant show that the Utah Amateur Radio Club was formed under its current name in 1927. The club still has records containing the minutes of the first meeting. UARC became affiliated with the American Radio Relay League the following year. (You can join ARRL through the club.) In 1957 the club incorporated and began publishing its current newsletter, The Microvolt.

UARC holds the club callsign W7SP, which is a memorial call for Leonard (Zim) Zimmerman. Zim was active in amateur radio back in the days when one had to grind his own crystals from the raw quartz rock. Virtually every piece of amateur radio equipment Zim used was home-built (He used the label "ZimMade"). The equipment generally sounded better than the commercial rigs of the day. UARC is proud to honor Zim by using the W7SP call on its repeaters, its Field Day stations, and various special event stations.

In 2002, on the occasion of UARC's seventy-fifth anniversary, Alan Seyboldt, N7OI, went through the club archives and wrote a synopsis of the club's history, available here. It gives a more detailed history of UARC and shows how much the club and the amateur radio hobby have changed over the years.

Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Article


Club Activities

Repeaters

UARC operates three repeaters. On the 9000-foot Farnsworth Peak site (location of the KSL Channel 5 television transmitter) are the 146.62 and 449.10 MHz repeaters. Lake Mountain, west of Utah Lake, at 7600 feet, is home to the 146.76 MHz repeater. The 146.76 repeater is a node in the Internet Repeater Linking Project (IRLP). UARC members can use it to connect to other IRLP repeaters throughout the world. (See instructions for IRLP usage.) The 449.10 machine has autopatch for Salt Lake County. Although the repeaters are open to all amateurs, autopatch and IRLP use are reserved for UARC members and visitors from out of the area. No CTCSS (also known as "PL") tones are required except for autopatch operation on 449.1. Autopatch operating instructions and rules are given to all new members.

UARC Information Net

UARC holds a net every Sunday evening to disseminate information related to amateur radio. The UARC Information Net is held every Sunday evening at 9:00 P.M. on the club's 146.62 MHz repeater. The net includes announcements of UARC activities, Newsline, ARRL Bulletins, a listing of other clubs and nets, and a roundtable where people with questions or problems can seek out those with answers.

Field Day

UARC enters the annual Field Day contest held on the fourth Saturday of June and the following Sunday each year. Field Day is the world's largest amateur radio contest and is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League. The purpose is to give operators as much opportunity as possible to experience emergency-type operating conditions: a quickly-set-up station in the field, continuous operation through the night, and emergency power.

UARC usually sets up one or more stations as part of the club entry. This is usually done from a site in the mountains, appropriate for a family get-together and camp out.

Steak-Fry

UARC's big event of the year is the annual steak-fry, usually held on a Saturday in July in one of the canyons near Salt Lake City. The event includes a swap-meet, a steak dinner, and awards.

Classes

UARC sponsors at least one class each year for prospective new Novices and Technicians. Classes run 8-12 weeks and include all the material to get a Novice or Technician license. Instructors are volunteers from the club membership. A fee is charged to cover room rental, handouts, and other materials.

Check the latest news to see if there is a beginners' class starting soon.

Newsletter

UARC publishes a monthly (except August) newsletter called The Microvolt. It includes news about upcoming club activities, construction projects, stories, and regular columns about such topics as QRP operation. The Microvolt home page contains past issues in printable form.

License Examinations

UARC sponsors a series of examinations for all classes of amateur license. Test sessions are normally held on the first Saturday of every other month (starting with February) at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Cafeteria, 2890 East Cottonwood Parkway, in Salt Lake City. Call Gordon Smith, K7HFV, at 582-2438 for more information.

Ham Hotline

Volunteers from the club man a "Ham Hotline" and are ready to answer questions about local amateur radio activities. Answers are available to questions about local clubs, ham dealers, upcoming exams and classes, etc. The Ham Hotline number is 583-3002.

E-Mail List

UARC sponsors a mailing list or “reflector” that allows members to send e-mail messages to everyone in the group. Currently the mailing list has over 100 members. A single e-mail to the group address will send the message to all other group members. This can be helpful for finding an expert on a particular topic, listing an item for sale, or quickly getting out a message of general interest.

The list is part of Yahoo Groups. Messages are not only e-mailed to group members, but also kept available on a web site, allowing members to review past postings.

There are two ways to join. The simplest is just to send a message to UtahAmateurRadioClub-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Make sure your return address is the address to which you would like the group messages to come.

You should get a confirming e-mail back. Note the instructions that it will include on how to post a message and how to unsubscribe. A common mistake people make when trying to unsubscribe is to send their request to the entire group. Note that the address to use to drop out of the group (unsubscribe) is different from the one used to post a message.

The second way to subscribe is through the Yahoo Groups web site. Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UtahAmateurRadioClub/ and follow the instructions to subscribe. If you are not already signed up with Yahoo Groups, you will need to choose an ID and password. Signing up in this manner will also give you access to message history, member list, pictures that have been posted, and other features.

Antenna Analyzer

UARC owns an MFJ-259B antenna analyzer which is available for use by any member. This unit is particularly helpful to anyone trying to tune up an antenna. It covers all frequencies from 1.8 to 170 MHz and will measure not only SWR, but also complex impedance (either in resistance and reactance or as magnitude and phase angle), feedline loss, distance to fault, velocity factor, and reflection coefficient.

This is one of those items that everyone needs for a day or two now and then, but not, perhaps, often enough to justify purchasing one. So it has worked well to purchase one together as a club and make it available to any club members who need it.

It can help tell which way one needs to move adjustments to achieve a match, whether surplus coax is in good enough shape to use, where along a coax line a discontinuity lies, and how well an antenna survived the winter.

In order to protect the investment, anyone who would like to borrow the analyzer is asked to leave a $100 check made out to the club. The check is returned upon return of the unit. The check will not be cashed if the unit is returned when promised.

Currently, the custodian for the unit is Brett Sutherland, N7KG. Anyone who would like to arrange to borrow the analyzer should talk to Brett. He can be reached at 298-5399. In addition to leaving the $100 check, borrowers will be asked to sign a receipt showing they have received the club equipment.

The Microvolt will list each new custodian and how to reach him. The meter is present at all club meetings and other club functions such as Field Day, and get-togethers for repeater work or club station work.

A description of the analyzer's capabilities is available at http://www.mfjenterprises.com/products.php?prodid=MFJ-259B.


 

How to Join

You can become a member of UARC at any regular club meeting, or by mailing dues to the Secretary (see below). If joining by mail, please include your name, callsign, address, phone, whether you are an ARRL member, and any special talents or areas of the club in which you would like to get involved.

Another option is to join on-line using PayPal. Follow the link below:

Join UARC via PayPal

Dues are currently $17 per year for a single membership, an additional $9 for an additional membership in the same household without an additional Microvolt.

For more information or to join UARC, contact the Secretary:

Utah Amateur Radio Club
c/o Dick Keddington, KD7TDZ
1933 Woodside Drive
Holladay, Utah 84124-1632
Phone: 274-9638
E_mail: kd7tdz@arrl.net



 

How to Join ARRL

You can join the national association of radio amateurs, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), through UARC. Joining or renewing through the club is a convenience that may save you a stamp, and it also benefits the club, which is able to retain a portion of your dues. Just see the Secretary at any meeting and he will give you the appropriate form to fill out.

If you don't want to wait for a meeting, you can also send your ARRL dues by mail. First, download and print the application form at www.arrl.org/FandES/field/club/forms/clubapp.pdf. Fill out the form and mail it with your ARRL dues to the UARC Secretary:

Utah Amateur Radio Club
c/o Dick Keddington, KD7TDZ
1933 Woodside Drive
Holladay, Utah 84124-1632

UARC is an ARRL-affiliated club and recommends ARRL membership highly. Membership includes QST magazine, the premier amateur radio publication in the US. In addition, ARRL is the only organization that regularly represents the interests of the amateur radio hobby in proceedings before the FCC and other bodies, such as Congress, that allocate frequencies and make the hobby possible. ARRL also sponsors many of the best-known operating awards such as Worked All States (WAS) and DX Century Club (DXCC). It sponsors the most popular contests including Field Day and Sweepstakes. It provides technical assistance and, in some cases, legal assistance. We owe many features of our hobby and even its very existence to ARRL.

How UARC's Funds are Used

Here are some of the items supported by UARC dues:

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Last Update Date:Sunday, November 24, 2013 18:02:55