The Yard Dogs – Who Are They?

The Yard Dogs – Who Are They?

Nothing more than a group of licensed amateur radio operators who have an interest in furthering their understanding of digital communications. The concept was created by W4DEL, WC4FM and K1KC in late spring 2017.

The idea coalesced into an informal group rather than a ‘club’, that had an interest in learning more about digital communications in the amateur realm. In order not be burdened with the overhead of dues, a constitution, reporting, bookkeeping, election of officers, appointing a trustee and so forth, it was decided to follow the KISS concept….to keep it simple.

Geography plays a part in this as it would not be possible to have physical meetings if folks were spread too far and wide. Of course, no one is discouraged from attending, but the originators all live in the east metro area of Atlanta , Georgia. Therefore, all the meetings so far have been held in that area.

Camaraderie and fellowship are as much a part of the experience as is the technical side. It’s no fun if you don’t like each other! ARES and emergency communications are the backdrop for this as many of us are involved in that aspect of amateur radio as well. There is no requirement that you do so as well. It just fell into place for several of us though. We had been practicing on-the-air digital communications for some time prior to establishing the group.

We have been studying the FLDigi suite, as well as D-Rats, Winlink and their associated files and programs. Also, we have covered C4FM (System Fusion), reflectors, WiRES-X and other subjects. The idea is that each one of has expertise in a different area and that each one of us can make a presentation to the group.

Having said that, so far WC4FM and W4DEL have largely been responsible for arranging meeting sites. WC4FM has been responsible for managing the Yahoo group. K1KC has been responsible for managing the website. K1KC, WC4FM and others have been making technical presentations. ALL participants are encouraged to make presentations and to be part of the overall effort. No one has a lock on any part of this group. So, let’s have fun and ‘get digital’!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *