DARC August 2023 Meeting Reminder – There’s a CHANGE!

Greetings! In case you didn’t realize it already, it’s August! It’s HOT! It’s HUMID! It’s SUMMER!

You were expecting something different?

The monthly meetings of the Decatur Amateur Radio Club are normally held on the first Tuesday evening of the month at the Morgan County Courthouse. However, this month there are some things going on at the Morgan County EMA, and we have been asked to move our monthly meeting to another location. 

So, where do we go when we don’t have a meeting at the courthouse? LIBBY”S!

Our meeting this month will be an “eating meeting” on Tuesday evening, August 1st, at 6:00pm at Libby’s Catfish and Diner on Priceville Mountain off of Highway 67. Just leave Decatur and travel past the I-65 interchange, keep motoring through Priceville and go up the mountain. When you reach the big new white cross on top of the mountain, Libby’s is just ahead on the right.

If you’d rather meet in the basement auditorium of the Morgan County Courthouse in Decatur, please arrive early at the lower entrance off of Lee Street and hope that you can convince someone to let you into the empty auditorium. Or you can explain your presence to the nice law enforcement officers who’ll be questioning you.

The non-meeting will NOT be streamed on Microsoft Teams for obvious reasons.

The next scheduled meeting will be on September 5th, 2023, and may be another “eating meeting”, since that was previously scheduled anyway. Stay tuned for updates!

And here’s a reminder about something important: the Huntsville Hamfest is coming up on August 19th and 20th. Be making your plans to travel to the Von Braun Center in Huntsville and get some really cool stuff. See www.hamfest.org for details.

Please spread the word to fellow hams or those who are wanting to take a test for a new or upgraded license that the Decatur club is now scheduling license testing every month on the first Saturday of each month. The testing sessions will be held in the Decatur Public Library on 6th Avenue NE (Highway 31) at 1:00. Please bring ID (especially your FRN, which is required on the license application) and your $15 fee. And, most importantly, PLEASE send an email to DecaturHamTest@w4atd.org so we can have the testing materials prepared and available for you. August 5th is our next scheduled testing date. And if you are a Volunteer Examiner or want to help in some way, please let us know! And if you send an email and do not get a timely response, please let the secretary know.

Remember also that the roster of current club members is now online at www.HamClubOnline.com. Set up your free account and if you have paid your dues (and the Secretary has updated the database) you should see that you’re associated with the DARC. If there’s an issue, let us know.

See you on Tuesday evening, August 1st! At Libby’s! At 6:00! Don’t miss it!

Richard Matthews

Author: KB4CAY

Ham since 1981. Secretary of Decatur Amateur Radio Club since 2001. I like digital modes and listening to local repeaters.