Upcoming Events

    Dave G., W0DHG; Dan T., NR6V, and David A., KK6DA, bring back a series of classes in Winlink basics. If you're interested in state-of-the-art emergency amateur radio communications and you've heard of Winlink, this series of classes is for you. If you can do email, you can learn to do Winlink with all of its powerful capabilities to move emergency traffic digitally. No pre-requisite. No cost. Open to all licensed amateurs from all organizations. Feel free to invite interested amateur friends. Each class will be archived for later viewing.
    This will be a 4-5 week roughly one-hour classes Fridays repeated the following Sunday. Join us for one or both each week.
    Friday, March 12, 2021, 2pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9905081876?pwd=UDhpenoxeXkzZXpMYTJXK2NNRGpsZz09
    Sunday, March 14, 2021, 2pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9905081876?pwd=UDhpenoxeXkzZXpMYTJXK2NNRGpsZz09
    Disasters are here, and everywhere – Are we ready?
    April 10-11 2021
    Fully Online
    Link: https://www.commacademy.org (Waiting List??)
    This 2-day event is totally on-line and it is FREE. The schedule looks quite interesting as well!
    Today the American Geophysical Union (AGU) published an article in Eos by USGS and ARES LAX Northeast on how amateur radio operators can help fill the information donut hole by providing DYFI reports via Winlink.
    The full article is available here:
    Hamfest is already selling early tickets.
    They can be purchased here:
    However, before you do that, you may want to check out the speakers and see if there are any you would like to listen to:
    ://ww2.eventrebels.com/er/CFP/AgendaAtAGlance.jsp?CFPID=1195&ScreenID=963&Token=V3E6V5BC8 - this link no longer works, but is included here for posterity
    March 13-14

MARC Version of Salt Lake County ARES “Standard Load” Available

The Salt Lake County ARES has published their new "Standard Load" of radio frequencies.  This is a standardized set of frequencies assigned to specific radio memory locations with the intention of reducing confusion when operating in support of a SLCo ARES incident.

The Standard Load includes a section for local club use, and MARC has identified a set of frequencies that are typically used in our club.  This modified Standard Load (including MARC frequencies) is now available.  SLCo ARES Standard Load Mar 2021_MARC

The Standard Load also includes a section for individual frequencies....  You should create your own files of frequencies to load into your radios that include your own preferred frequencies in this section.

As they become available, versions of the Standard Load for Chirp, RT Systems, and a DMR Codeplug will be posted as well.

Find the Standard Load here.

Monthly Meeting – 18 Feb 2021 – WebSDR

On our Monthly Meeting Zoom for February, we checked out WebSDR and particularly the Utah SDR site.  You can  check out where the site is located on Google Maps.

Main Antenna at Utah SDR site. (Picture from Google Street Maps)

WebSDR is a Software Defined Radio receiver hooked up to a web server so that anyone can access it over the Internet.  We talked a little about the history of the Utah SDR site and then checked out some of the receivers on the site and tried listening in  to some transmissions on various bands.

We tuned in to the .62  repeater and experimented with making a few test transmissions to hear what the received audio sounded like.

Finally, we looked at a couple of other sites, including the one at Half Moon Bay in California and did some comparisons between received signals in  California vs. Utah.

The general consensus was that the WebSDR systems were great resources to experiment with HF listening and getting familiar with what HF sounds like, as well as to test and evaluate our own transmissions, reception, and propagation.  They can also be used as an auxiliary receiver in the shack to help us out when wanting to monitor multiple frequencies at the same time.

Advanced Topics Class – 11 February 2021 – Hurst Amateur Radio Club General License Training

This evening we tuned in to the Ham Radio 2.0 presentation from the Hurst Amateur Radio Club as they started their General Class License Course.  Due to the recent FCC announcement that they will be charging $35 for all license modifications, renewals, upgrades, and vanity allocations, I am recommending that people interested in upgrading to General Class from Technician get their upgrade as soon as possible.  We have had several sessions in our club around the General Class test and license requirements.

Jason (KC5HWB) at Ham Radio 2.0 has broken the course up into nine sessions, which are available at the following playlist:


While we probably will NOT be watching additional sessions as part of our normal club meetings, I highly recommend following along with this series to prepare for taking the General Class exam.

In conjunction with following this series, remember to take advantage of https://hamstudy.org/, which is run by a local (well, semi-local, he lives in Utah County... but we won't hold that against him) ham, Richard (KD7BBC).  This amazing (and free) resource offers free practice exams and uses a learning algorithm to help you review questions you have been having trouble with.  Richard also owns and operates Signal Stuff, and produces excellent whip antennas for HTs (I have a couple of them myself).

HamStudy also has links and information for where and when to test.  There are still groups doing on-site/in person testing (including our neighbors, the Taylorsville Amateur Radio Club), even in the time of covid, and if you are nervous about that you can take advantage of options for fully remote testing (note that there are significant requirements for this, including having TWO web cams to record not only your face/head and shoulders, but also your desk area, hands, keyboard, mouse, any scratch paper you are using, etc.).

Basic Topics Meeting 4 February 2021 – HRU’s Presentation on Operating Satellites With an HT

In our first Thursday Basic Topics meeting for February, we watched the Ham Radio University's presentation entitled The Art of Operating Amateur Satellites with an HT.

Here are the links that were mentioned during the presentation:

Not mentioned in the presentation, but some other links that will likely be useful:

Monthly Meeting 21 January 2021 – Wilderness Protocol

Dan (N7XDL) educates us on Wilderness Protocol, what it is, how it works, and why we should use it.  Stay tuned after the presentation for some engaging discussion!

Here is a copy of the presentation:  WILDERNESS_PROTOCOL

and the one page summary:  Wilderness_Protocol_Summary

Here are some links mentioned during the meeting:

MARC Advanced Topics 14 January 2021 – Q-codes and Prosigns

Presentation:  Q-codes_and_Prosigns

References and Links

Utah ARES and Utah ARRL Update for 2021

As was mentioned on tonight's net, some new information has been posted regarding changes in Utah ARES.  Of particular note is the new Groups.io mailing list for ARES information.  See below for details.  This message was sent via e-mail from Tyler Griffiths (N7UWX).

Happy New year from Utah ARES and Utah ARRL.

First I must apologize. You may be getting this email from more than one source but I feel it is important to get the word out.

Last year, March, 2020, Tyler Griffiths, N7UWX, was appointed as the new Utah ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC). The SEC appointment is made by our ARRL Section Manager, Mel Parkes, NM7P. The Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) is the assistant to the Section Manager (SM) for emergency preparedness.  The SEC is appointed by the SM to administer all matters pertaining to emergency communications and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) on a Section-wide basis.

Bob Craven, N7GTE, who has held the SEC position for many years, has stepped down as the SEC but will continue on as the officer for the state Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES). He will still be in charge of the RACES net, annual RACES Conference and any dealing with the State of Utah. Tyler will be working closely with Bob and Mel in this position.

I have created a new email group and web page to keep Utah ARES members and those interested in Emergency Communications informed. The following link will take you to the page to join the group: https://groups.io/g/UtahARES  This link will take you to the web page:  https://sites.google.com/view/ares-utah/home

If you are an EC (Emergency Coordinator) and have not been contacted or put on the EC email list please contact me and I will be happy to get you added.

If you have any comments, suggestions or question feel free to contact myself or Mel.

Tyler Griffiths, N7UWX Utah ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator


Mel Parks, NM7P Utah ARRL Section Manager


You may be interested in watching this video. It has some very good thoughts on what Grid Down communications would look like!

Grid Down: KM4ACK After Action Report from the 2020 Christmas day Explosion in Nashville, TN.



Glad to have you on board if you so choose to be involved.

73 de Tyler Griffiths N7UWX

Utah ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator

Ham Radio University Upcoming Forums

As was mentioned (thanks, Chris) on this evening's net, Ham Radio University is sponsoring a virtual event this year with several presentations on various topics.

There are two tracks and here is an example of the topics available:

  • Track 1
    • NLI EmComm
    • The Art of Operating Amateur Satellites with an HT
    • DXing - Awards, Propagation, and QSLing
    • Antenna Power Flow and SWR
    • HF Digital Modes including FT8
    • Raspberry Pi Applications for Ham Radio
  • Track 2
    • All Things Digital VHF & Above with DMR and D-Star
    • Basics of HF Operating
    • How to Learn and Have Fun with CW
    • Software Defined Radios
    • Remote Station Operation
    • Overview of Ham Radio Logging Programs
    • QRP: Low Power Fun

The event will be held on 9 January 2021 starting at 8:00 AM EST (6:00 AM MST).  Please register for the event at the URL above.  For details on the presentations, see Ham Radio University Forums.  The presentations will be giving using GoToWebinar (see Go To Webinar Attendee Guide for additional information about system requirements).

It is not known at this time if the sessions will be recorded and made available for later viewing.  This post will be updated as more information becomes available.