DARC March 2024 Meeting Reminder – Are You Hungry?

Greetings! I thought March was supposed to “come in like a lion”, as the old saying goes. Where did that wet polar bear come from?

Whatever variety of critter showed up on the 1st, a new month is here, as is the regular monthly meeting of the Decatur Amateur Radio Club. This month is our quarterly “eating meeting” so we’re planning to head up the hill to Libby’s!

Our meeting this month will be on Tuesday evening, March 5th, at 6:00pm at Libby’s Catfish and Diner on Priceville Mountain off of Highway 67. If you need directions, head out of Decatur towards the I-65 interchange in Priceville. Drive on 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 as the road begins to curve.

If you’d rather meet in the basement auditorium of the Morgan County Courthouse in Decatur, then please wait until the April meeting. If you arrive early at the lower entrance off of Lee Street this month you can try to convince someone from the cleaning staff to let you into the empty auditorium (you can help vacuum it!). Or you can explain your presence to the nice law enforcement officers who will arrive to question you. It’s your choice. (Hint: the food is always better at Libby’s!)

This meeting will NOT be streamed on Microsoft Teams because most of us look silly while we’re trying to talk with our moths full of good food.

The next scheduled business meeting will be on April 2nd, 2024.

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 still offering 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. April 6th 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.

Oh, you haven’t  paid your dues for 2024 yet? Why not? It’s only $20.00 for the year. If you have family members who would also qualify for membership, they are only $5.00 each. See one of the officers between bites at the meeting, or mail your dues to DARC, PO Box 9, Decatur, AL  35602-0009.

See you on Tuesday evening, March 5th at Libby’s At 6:00! Don’t miss it, and come hungry!

Richard Matthews

Author: KB4CAY

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