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Author Topic: New Oregon Amateur Radio Club (DARCO)  (Read 1716 times)
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« on: January 26, 2009, 09:53:44 AM »

It's time to break the mold of traditional amateur radio clubs.

The newly formed Digital Amateur Radio Club of Oregon (DARCO) invites the participation of those that hate to go to meetings because it takes them away from the radio!

Social gatherings are fine, but how many times have you operated a radio while at one? With DARCO, the intent is to bring together like minds and develop digi-modes experience. HF, VHF/UHF, Satellite, decoding military TX, and so much more is available to us, why not use it? Typically the only thing holding you back is a partner to work or knowing where to start. Now you don't have to wait to try something new!

Offering small groups or 'cells' to work on projects that you won't get at a restaurant get-together. Operate international stations remotely (recently I operated as GI/K2NCC), practice modes you never knew existed (ever heard of Coquelet 100?), learn more by DOING and get on-the-air instead of fat from overpriced food.

No experience in digital modes? If you have a license, an HF station and a computer, you have all you need to start! You'll soon be shaking your head next time someone says how bad the propagation conditions are as you work the world on less than 50 watts!

Digital guru? Come show us what you can do or invite us over for a demonstration!

Next meeting is this Saturday at noon in Hillsboro, offering an overview of digital modes and various operating practices. If you're interested in participating (currently 3 seats available), email me.

Also be sure to check out the Yahoo forum for more information, files, instructions and an opportunity to get on the list of next meet that fits your schedule. Mention what you'd like to try and we'll fit it in!

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DARCO

Vy 73, de Frank K2NCC
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2009, 05:46:27 PM »

Great, so now there's a club that seeks to promote "QSOs by function key".

Clubs have their problems.  But at least it's one-on-one human interaction, not just people trading "brag tapes".

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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2009, 07:07:17 PM »

The club's focus is operating digital modes.  Anything more or less is up to the individual.

It's not just some 'net' where we all check in and exchange reports.  It's local folks getting together, in person, and off-site, and playing radio.

Our last meeting introduced us to JT65.  Each attendee operated.  Then we went home and tried it out some more.

If you operate digital modes regularly, particularly if you like contests, you'll be using macros too.  8-)

Vy 73, Frank, K2NCC
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 12:12:04 PM »

Group dissolved due to lack of interest.  I'm surprised how few people want to try something new.  Some would rather complain about "dead" bands when digital modes are a great way to overcome that concern.  While the phone and CW folks were waiting for 20M to open up, digi-mode fans are working the world.  Under 50 watts.  Too bad, I was hoping to find some folks of like-mind and play radio!

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