The Dayton Amateur Radio Association is Breaking Ground on their 4,000 sq ft Club House expansion on Tuesday , October 30, 2012. The Expansion will include two Class Rooms, a hospitably area and a Conference Room.
Happy for them. Must be tough to be such a small club and have no resources to do such ...... oh wait a minute - that's my club I'm thinking of. With only 50-75 members on the roster (lucky if 30 show up at a meeting), we can only dream of a 'club house'. We meet in the 65 year old, renovated old Town Hall (ex-USO Club building) that we have to rent for our meetings each month. And we have NO club station, only a callsign.
Gene Brewer - W5DQ
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Holders of 5DQ / W5DQ Callsign
1916 thru 2012
Circa 1916 : Mr. Roy Stanton, Bonham, Texas (assumed SK)
Circa 1921 : Mr. Felix Boizelle, New Orleans, Louisiana (SK)
Circa 1923 : T.J.M. Daly, North Little Rock, Arkansas (assumed SK)
Circa 1925 : Q. Vockrodt (assumed SK) and Frances O. Davis (SK),
both of Cushing, Oklahoma. Call listed for both names.
1926 - 1941 : Mr. Francis Owen Davis, Cushing, OK (SK)
1947 - 1998 : Dr. Felix Boizelle, M.D., Baton Rouge, LA (SK)
2000 - 2008 : Mr. Landon John (Jack) Brewer, Jr., Hatfield, AR (my Dad) (SK)
2009 - onward : Gene Brewer, Ridgecrest, CA
Originally Posted by WD8QAI
Congratulations to DARA. I'm envious! Our club meets at the local KFC and only dreams of having a club station one day....but it's something for us all to work for. Looking forward to hearing them on the air....and to making the trip to their world-class hamfest next year!
It's good that you meet once a month. When I move to California & join a club if I will use my HT I am very lucky if they will here me. The repeater frequency is too busy. You can use your HT at midnight to dawn. after more than ten years nobody use the repeater. Everybody is gone to other hobby.
Originally Posted by W5DQ
When I was a member of DARA back in the early 90's they had a nice station at the top of a hill (or what passes for a hill in Dayton!) with lots of large towers scattered about. I would go right by it on my way to Hara from my house (or the mall down the street...). Back then, what passed for buildings were mostly shacks. It should be a nice facility.
DARA would be, IMHO, the premier Ham club in the US.
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