Don Blanchard, WA7GTU (SK)
It is with deep
regret that we note the passing of long-time Utah VHF Society officer
and member, Don Blanchard, WA7GTU of Cedar City who passed away at his
Cedar City home on the morning of Saturday, 4 September, 2021.
Don was well
known throughout Utah - and the amateur radio community in general,
helping many, many people get on the air, and he had been a key figure
in getting one of the first repeaters (WR7AAA) on the air in Utah - and
keeping many others on the air over more than five decades. As
long-time vice-president of the Utah VHF Society, he has had a wide
range influence - not only in south and central Utah, but everywhere
the Intermountain Intertie has reached.
Don's technical skills, generosity and enthusiasm will be missed.
Don's obituary may be found here.
2021 Utah VHF Society meeting held online
The Utah VHF Society would like to thank all
members for their continuing support - and especially those who were
able to participate in the online Zoom "webinar" that was held on 27
February, 2021. According to our statstics, there were 234 users
connected, watching the one-way event and asking questions via the
During the meeting past and future projects were discussed along with a
brief explanation of the finances of the Utah VHF Society, and an
explanation of the efforts being undertaken to keep the repeater
database up to date. Also at this online meeting was an election
of sorts - the current officers being willing to serve another year in
the same capacity. Finally, prizes were drawn and the winners
You can read the notes in detail and even find a link to view a recording of this event here.
are planning - and hoping - to hold the 2022 Utah VHF Society meeting
and swap meet as usual, and we hope to see you all there!
Note: If you were a member in good standing in February, 2021 and did not
get an invite to the Zoom meeting, please check your "junk" email box -
and also confirm with the Utah VHF Society secretary that we have your current email address.
VHF Society Expiry list now available
is a reminder that your Utah VHF Society membership may
be up for renewal: All membership terms are based on the calendar
year, going from the beginning of January to the end of December.
To find out how to renew, go to the How To
Join page and on this page you will find a
link to an "expiry" list (link) so you can see if your
membership is current.
Utah VHF Society president
to all Utah VHF Society members!
As we enter a new year I would like to let you know that we had a
very busy year and have completed many projects and helped support many
groups with their repeater projects. As your President I
would like to announce that we are growing and The Society really
appreciates all your support as members, we have grown to the point now
where we have become the largest Amateur Radio Organization in the
State of Utah, our membership is now almost at 600 members.
would like to take a moment to express my appreciation to all those who
are members of the Society. Thanks again and please continue
to invite and encourage your fellow hams to become part of the Utah VHF
you every have any questions or concerns please let me know.
to all Utah VHF Society members!
the Idaho portion of the Intermountain Intertie
After much discussion the
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
dedicated to Idaho
Intertie System repeaters.
Enough funds were raised via recent efforts to address some
crucial needs, such as the
purchase of new batteries
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
you want to help with this effort you may do so through the Utah VHF
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.