DARC Website Update

Latest VE Testing Results

On Saturday, July 28, 2018, we hosted our first VE session since we reorganized un Laurel VEC.  We have 5 people show up which is not a bad turnout for a first session.  5 exams were given and all 5 passed their respective tests on the first try.  There were 4 General Class and 1 Extra Class.

All exam results were uploaded to the FCC database on Monday morning.

Our next VE session will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 1 pm to 4 pm.  For more information, please email DurangoVETeam@gmail.com

Fox Hunt

Our next Fox Hunt will take place on Saturday, August 25, 2018.  Meet at Elmore’s Corner  Market at 8:30 am.  Fox hunt check in frequency 146.670 @8:45 AM.  There will be 2 foxes hidden:  1 high power & 1 low power.   The fox frequencies will be announced before the hunt begins. Teams are preferred but are not necessary.   A camera must have pictures of both foxes.   When you have both pics everyone meets at the high power fox.  The last team to find the the low power fox brings it back to the high power fox.    If you have any questions, please contact Jess Carmon (KD∅MLS) who is in charge of this event.

Durango Amateur Radio Club

The Durango Amateur Radio Club otherwise known as “DARC” is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the “Ham” hobby, public service and education for Ham radio operators of ages.  We also encourage youth to become Hams by working with our club members who represent a generational diversity and range of knowledge.

The club has been in existence for about 30 years and maintains 2 repeaters and a packet node. Please visit our “Repeaters and Frequencies ” page to see the list.

We want to welcome all people interested in Amateur Radio whether you have your license or are in the process of obtaining it.  Our club meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 495 Florida Road at 7:00 pm.

We have several members who are willing to be an “Elmer” to those who are just getting started.

Please visit our “Newsletter” page and download Zach Belnap’s latest and fabulous newsletter.

Thanks to John Kastak, the club now has a Face Book page.  Please visit our page at:  https://www.facebook.com/Durangoarc/?ref=bookmarks and send us a “friend request.”


Our club works in tandem with TARC – Totah Amateur Radio Club (Farmington, New Mexico area).  We provide regular opportunities for aspiring radio operators to attain their first license or upgrade at least three times per year starting in January.  The testing dates alternate between the Durango Amateur Radio Club and the Totah Club every three months.  Please go to our “Calendar” page on this site for specific testing locations, requirements, dates and times.

Club Participation At Public Service Events

Our club participates yearly in the following events:  Iron Horse Balloon Rally (Snow Down weekend), Iron Horse Bicycle Classic (Saturday on Memorial Day weekend), Hard Rock 100 (July in Silverton) and Silverton Ultra Marathon (August).  Please go to our “Calendar” page on this site for dates, times and necessary information if you want to participate.

Emergency Response

Several club members work with la Plata Search and Rescue. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to participate.  The club has also participated in other community emergencies such as the Missionary Ridge Fire.

Carol Lewin, Administrator


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