Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ham Radio Class

Salt Lake City Emergency Management and the Salt Lake Crossroads Amateur Radio Club are excited to announce the start of a ten-week course by Marvin Match (KA7TPH) to become licensed as a Technician in amateur radio (ham radio) as follows:

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A small parking lot is available on the east side of the Public Safety Building.  
Entrance is at the north door.

Please share this information!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Net Frequencies Days and Times - Simplex and Repeater

Hello and Happy New Year to all!

Now that Salt Lake Crossroads Amateur Radio Club has its Yaesu System Fusion repeater placed in City Creek Canyon, for the foreseeable future, we will be using simplex and repeater during our Communications Nets on a somewhat alternating, scheduled basis.

  • On 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursdays, 9:00 pm 
    • 147.50 MHz simplex

  • On 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 9:00 pm
    • 448.525 MHz, minus 5MHz offset, tone 100

Notice that the simplex frequency starts with an odd number and will be the frequency for nets on the "odd" Thursdays.  Conversely, the repeater frequency starts with an even number and will be the frequency for nets on the "even" Thursdays.

There are a couple of reasons we are going to experiment with two frequencies.

First, some of the Salt Lake City hams have a difficult time hearing each other during the net on 147.500 MHz simplex.  The Salt Lake City terrain is full of bumps, dips and bends, thereby interfering with 2-meter line-of-sight communications for some people.

Second, during a disaster and during Salt Lake City exercises, the current frequency plan for coordinating with SLC Emergency Management includes check-in's by hams on 147.50 MHz simplex, with the 448.525 (-) 100 repeater being involved as secondary usage.  I urge all Salt Lake City hams, whether residents or workers, to memorize these two frequencies by keying them in as you join the net each Thursday.  Of course, you'll want to program them into your radios as well, but memorizing and keying in the frequencies will serve you well if you don't have your own radio at hand during a crisis.

I am very excited about this advancement in SLC ham radio communications and invite everyone in the Salt Lake Valley to report on air or by email to me whether they can hear the repeater net.

73, Susan

Susan Smith, President
Salt Lake Crossroads Amateur Radio Club

Thursday, December 22, 2016

In Person Meeting January 5, 2017

Hello to the Members and Friends of Salt Lake Crossroads Amateur Radio Club!

You are all invited to the first meeting of Crossroads in 2017. Even if you are not a ham yet, you will learn a lot about how communications are conducted via a "net" on ham radio, whether at a special event (e.g., parades, marathons, Boy Scout Food Drives), during a disaster or on weekly nets.  This topic is crucial for new hams and an opportunity for experienced hams to review their habits and to contribute to the discussion.

We thank the South Salt Lake Amateur Radio Team for hosting this event during their January meeting.


WHEN:      Thursday, January 5, 2017
                   7:00 p.m.

WHERE:   Columbus Senior Center
                   2531 South 400 East
                   South Salt Lake, Utah 84115
                   (west side of 400 East; parking/entrance in back)

 WHO:       Special Speaker - Jerry Spillman, W0HU

 WHAT:     Net Basics 101

  • on-air procedure and protocol, including some of the no-no's hams might accidentally make
  • responsibilities and good habits of net control station
  • how stations interact with net control

If you think you might attend, a quick reply to me will help us to estimate the number of handouts we need to print.  RSVP is not required, and you're welcome to forward this email and/or bring friends.

P.S.  If you are a Call Sign Member of SL Crossroads ARC, you received an email ballot for election of officers on December 14, 2016.  Please "Reply" to no later than December 28, if you have not already voted.

P.P.S.  You can sign up as a member (whether ham or not) at the January 5 meeting --  $5 for an individual or $8 for family in the same household.  Currently, there is not an annual membership fee.  Expenses of the Club have been paid thus far by the personal generosity of various Club members--equipment, welding and other work, and installation for the repeater on 448.525 (-) tone 100; fees to the FCC for Club license (K7XRD); meeting refreshments; printing; etc.  Donations are gratefully accepted.

P.P.P.S.  We will be asking for volunteers to various committees, including taking turns occasionally as Net Control for the Thursday Crossroads Net (9:00 pm, 147.50 MHz simplex until further notice).

73 ("Best regards" in radio lingo),

Susan Smith, President
Salt Lake Crossroads Amateur Radio Club
cell/text (801) 910-2245

Thursday, November 12, 2015

In Person Meeting November 19th

Up on the Housetop (Or Not!):
A Primer on VHF/UHF Antennas and Go Kits   

If you missed Jerry Wellman's much-acclaimed presentation on go kits at the recent ARES/RACES conference, you'll want to attend this Salt Lake Crossroads Amateur Radio Club meeting.  You'll receive extra value for your time as Jerry (W7SAR) also will speak about VHF/UHF antennas.  If you're in a quandary about possible gifts for yourself or others this holiday season, you're sure to get a few ideas here!

Join us Thursday, November 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the SLC Public Safety Building, 475 South 300 East.  Enter at the door on the north side of the building.  Parking is available along 500 South (westbound one-way street in that locale) and east of the building in a small parking lot.

All are welcome, whether ham radio operators or not!


Susan Smith, President
Salt Lake Crossroads Amateur Radio Club

Amateur Radio: Science and Skill in Service to Your Community

Wireless communication and infrastructure are so commonplace, we don’t even give it a second
thought — until we no longer have access to it. At those times, we realize how dependent we are on the radio wave to maintain our existence.

Since the implementation of wireless communications in the early 20th century, Amateur Radio operators have consistently provided a robust, reliable network that enables messages to get through under the most extreme circumstances. Amateur Radio functions completely independent of the Internet and telecommunications infrastructure, does not have to rely on the electrical grid for power, and can be set up in a matter of minutes at almost any location.

The following document assembled by the ARRL highlights some examples of how Amateur Radio has benefited communities across the country within the last two years.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

ARES/RACES Conference 2015

Many of you may have already received notification about the ARES/RACES Conference, but we want to give everyone a notice.  The ARES/RACES conference this year is on Saturday, October 31st, at the Davis Conference Center. We do plan to finish earlier than normal so you can
get with your family and friends for any activities you may have planned for the evening.

Registration and a continental breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., with the conference beginning at 9:00 a.m. and going through until about 4:00 p.m.

Make sure you register early next week by logging back into your U-TRAIN account at

We need to get a good count on attendees so that we can ensure we have enough food for the breakfast and lunch.

A few people asked for directions to the Davis Conference Center in

Davis Conference Center
800 West Heritage Park Boulevard
Layton, Utah 84041

this will take you to a link then the map.

Thank you.

Hope to see you again on Saturday, October 31st.

Mel Parkes, NM7P
Utah Section Manager

ARRL Utah Section
Section Manager: Melvin T Parkes, NM7P

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The SL Crossroads ARC preamble has been added to the 'Documents' tab.