Thank you for attending the 2018 Utah VHF Society Swap Meet
The 2018 Utah VHF Society Swap Meet was be held on Saturday, Februrary 24, 2018at the Davis County Fairgrounds - the same location as the past several years. The general impression was that it was somewhat better-attended than in some past years, despite the recent snowstorm and impending weather. At the meeting a general election was held amongst the cacophony and the current officers were re-elected.
If you are a current Utah VHF society member (check the list on the "How to Join or Renew UVHFS Membership" page if you aren't sure) or have recently paid - but could not attend the Swap Meet to get your booklet - contact the UVHFS president, Mel Parkes, NM7P using the email address on the "Officers of the Utah VHF Society" page. . Over the next several months he'll be making his usual rounds of the various clubs, bringing some booklets with him and you may be able to get your booklet from him at that time.
See you next year!
Things to consider if you want to put up a repeaterAre you planning to put a repeater on the air for your group? Are you planning to do this along the Wasatch Front? Do you want this repeater to be on 2 meters or 70cm?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should know the following:
What if you and your group believe that you have a need for your own repeater - Before you go too much farther down that road, consider the following:
An important notice to users of the ARRL Repeater Directory and the "RF Finder" app - an updateThere is now a working agreement between the Utah Frequency coordinator and RF Finder (which also provides repeater data to the ARRL) in which it is now possible to make changes to the database. Because this update method is entirely manual (e.g. it is done online via forms and tables)it will take some time to go through the relevant Utah data and make the necessary corrections and updates, but recent attempts to do this have resulted in frustration due to the "old" and inaccurate data that had been corrected being restored, destroying hours of work. In the future, unless a means by which data may be synchronized is devised, the "Utah" data found at RF Finder will continue to be "dirty" (e.g. out of date, incorrect, and often redundant.)
Please note that the Utah VHF Society is responsible only for data related to Utah repeaters and that it will be up to other entities to keep their portions of the database current.
About the Idaho portion of the Intertie SystemThe Officers of the Utah VHF Society were approached by Vance Hawley, WA7FDR, to determine if it would be possible to obtain funds from Idaho hams the same way we do in Utah to help support the Idaho portion of the Intertie repeaters. After much discussion The Utah VHF Society Officers have agreed to begin an initial effort to ask the Idaho hams who would like to support the Idaho portion of the Intertie System to join the Utah VHF Society.
Any funds obtained through this effort or any donations we obtain from Idaho hams will be dedicated to Idaho Intertie System repeaters. We would like to thank all those who attended the Hamfest in Boise who made the initial effort to kick off this project by joining the Society and making generous contributions. Enough funds were raised via recent efforts to address some crucial needs, such as the purchase of new batteries for the Sawtell (West Yellowstone) repeater site and upgrade and maintenance for other projects. As more funds become available additional improvements will be made to the Idaho system.
Some time down the road it may be possible for our Idaho friends to create a self supporting entity similar to the Utah VHF Society, but for now we desire to do our best to help make good things happen in Idaho!
If you want to help with this effort you may do so through the Utah VHF Socity (contact information is here). Any
funds obtained through this effort or any donations we obtain from Idaho
hams will be dedicated to Idaho Intertie System repeaters. Please mark your membership and or donations for Idaho.
If anyone has any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact or email one of the Utah VHF Society Officers.
For more details about each of the Idaho Repeater Linked System repeaters please click here http://utahvhfs.org/other_rpt.html#jumpoff
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Treasurer of the
Utah VHF Society. For the status
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