Club Beginnings

The Sinbad Desert Amateur Radio Club is a general-purpose club that mainly serves the Carbon and Emery Counties but has members from all over Utah and surrounding states. The Club was formed by local Hams in Eastern Utah in 1982 by individuals with a common interest. Those interests range from a "ragchew" on one of the standalone repeaters or on the SDARC repeater system to the many different modes on the low bands.

The Sinbad Desert ARC's inception began in 1980 when individuals grouped together with a common goal to become licensed Amateur Radio Operators. This group started classes during this year and went nonstop till they advanced to Amateur Extra or until they decided that they needed a break in studying. Norm Smith (KA7KXI), Dale Christiansen (KA7LED), Bret Mills (KA7LEF then WX7Y now), Allan Orton (KA7LEG), Ross Fausett (KA7LGE), and others became licensed at this time. Many spouses, new licensees, and many upgrades occurred from the second class session. By 1983 many of these individuals were either held an Advanced or Amateur Extra license. This picture is from the third class session offered in the area, the first class session sponsored by the newly formed Sinbad Desert Amateur Radio Club. The Club now has the call of K7SDC.

From left to right. Front - Norm Smith (KA7KXI) teaching, Steve Holden (KA7PYP), Jim Dart (NJ7D), Lou Ann Arnold (KA7NPR), Marve Dalton. Back - Lew Arnold (WB7BNL), Craig Larsen (KD7GI), Allan Orton (KA7LEG), Lamar Edwards (KA7NRL / SK), Lorin Corbin (WA7IQG / SK). Not shown - Blaine Nelson (WB7OJQ /SK). Picture taken by Bret Mills (KA7LEF now WX7Y)

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