CSVHF 2015 Conference comes to Colorado

08/13/2014

Hi all

The Central States VHF Society is pleased to announce that its Annual Conference for 2015 will be held in the Denver Colorado Metro area. We are currently working to deliver an exceptional lineup of technical programs with presenters from across the country. Technical proceedings will be published and made available at the conference. Anyone wishing to submit a paper, or propose a technical session topic, should contact the Conference Vice President John Maxwell, W0VG. johnm@johnmaxwell.net

As with all conferences, we will also offer the traditional social activities; noise figure measurement, antenna range, Rover vehicle show and tell, luncheons and a banquet.

The local host for 2015 will be Rocky Mountain Ham Radio. The organizing team is working to bring a “Colorado Flare” to the event. We are considering a number of social activities that build relationships between Colorado locals and visiting CSVHFS members. Operating events from local mountain top locations are being considered. Stay tuned.

We will continue to offer the VHF101 program for those looking to get started with VHF and UHF weak signal operation. These sessions will be promoted locally and designed to encourage newer hams to get involved in weak signal operation on the VHF+ bands.

At this time planning is underway for a suitable venue with all the amenities that CSVHF conference attendees are accustomed to enjoying. Firm dates and facility location will be announced as soon as they are secured.

Anyone desiring additional information may contact Doug Sharp, K2AD ( doug@dougsharp.com ) or Wayne Heinen, N0POH ( n0poh@wayneheinen.com )

We hope to see you in Denver in 2015!

73,

Doug Sharp, K2AD
CSVHFS President

John Maxwell, W0VG
CSVHFS Vice President

Wayne Heinen, N0POH
CSVHFS Conference 2015 Communications and Registration

Jeff Ryan, K0RM
CSVHFS Conference 2015 Venue Coordinator


K2AD at APCO Speaking About the Role of Amateur in Emergency Comms

08/10/2014

Here’s Doug Sharp, K2AD, speaking on Amateur Radio in use for disasters.  They caught him off guard, and he did a great job.

http://urgentcomm.com/disaster-response/rca-doug-sharp-discusses-role-amateur-radio-public-safety-communications

 


3GHz Microwave from Fort Collins to Pueblo Complete!

07/28/2014

20140719_080149Friday July 17th saw a merry band of RM Ham members making the long trek to the base of Almagre Mountain and the next day make the one hour trip up the service road to the site. The site is close to 13,000 feet and it was certainly a labor of love for those hardy souls to work at that altitude! Physical installation of the new 3 GHz microwave equipment was made as well as some general maintenance and cleanup at the site. The crew included (in no particular order) K7PFJ, K2AD, KØGUR, WØVG, KØPWO, KØRM, WA2YZT, WØKVA, KØJSC and K1DDN, who watched over the base camp.
Sunday July 27th saw WØVG heading for Devil’s Head and KØJSC and ACØKQ heading back to Almagre Mountain for the final tweaks to the 3 GHz links and final tweaks on the UHF TRBO and the new Mixed Mode VHF. The 3 GHz all amateur band backbone now stretches from Pueblo to Fort Collins. The final 35 mile link was running a -47dBm. Next stop Raton Pass!

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Rocky Mountain Ham 2014 VHF Contest

06/28/2014
Pueblo, Where Old Rovers Go To Die.

Pueblo, Where Old Rovers Go To Die.

The ARRL 2014 VHF QSO Party was operated on June 16th and 17th from DM78 Southeast of Pueblo. The Rocky Mountain Ham Radio team again fielded a great station with 9 bands. The team put in a great effort and submited the following score

We did have gear for 2304 and 3456 but true to form, there was nobody to talk to on those bands.

 

Band QSOs Grids
50 MHz 629 128
144 MHz 41 15
222 MHz 8 7
432 MHz 12 8
902 MHz 1 1
1296 MHz 2 2
10 GHz 1 1
TOTAL 694 162
117126

 

All in all, the band conditions were bad this year compared to the last 5 years,  but we did have some openings that allowed us to work quite a few stations.  Local noise at the site was a bit high, but strangely enough kept moving around physically and could not be pinpointed to one location!   We will have to work on this later this year and see how we do for 2015.  Pray to the gods of propagation for 2015!

 

 


RMHAM Assists Colorado Coal Century

05/22/2014

logoMay 17, 2014 Rocky Mountain Ham Radio assisted the organizers of the 3cbikeride.com in pulling off a great early season 100 mile bike ride starting and ending in Broomfield, CO and traveling along many country roads to Johnstown, CO.  Many RMHAM members gave their Saturday in hopes of creating a wonderful ongoing, early season bike ride for the front range.

We provided health and safety communications as well as tracking first and last riders as well as providing sag services and access to emergency medical.  We deployed and used 8 APRS trackers on our Lee Hill digipeater, the communications trailer and about 20 of our club members to successfully execute a great event.

The Broomfield Rotary Club was the main organizing committee for the event and was very amazed by the tools and technology that we’re capable of.  A sincere appreciation was expressed for all of the members of the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio team that deployed to assist in this adventure!

Thank you for your time and dedication!


RM Ham Trailer Cover Story!

05/01/2014

5-1-2014 5-55-10 PMBack in December, 2008 I had an article published in the pages of the now closed Monitoring Times Magazine “A Trailer for All Seasons,” about RMHam’s original Communications trailer, dubbed CommTrailer 2006, in this latest article “Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Communications Trailer”. The Spectrum Monitor is an e-magazine in pdf format that was created by Ken Reitz KS4ZR former editor of Monitoring Times. Many of the columnists and former contributing authors to Monitoring Times are a part of it now, and I count myself fortunate enough to join them.
As we know this, our second generation trailer, has many innovations that arose from the “what ifs” that we asked ourselves over the years, “if we ever build another trailer” I approached Ken with the concept of this article and I’m pleased that it became the cover story for this month’s issue, which is dedicated to Amateur Radio.
We at Rocky Mountain Ham Radio invite you to check out The Spectrum Monitor, a full service monitoring journal covering DC- to Daylight, Amateur, Public Safety, Utility and Broadcast monitoring.
Feel free to download the article, including errata pages, in pdf Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Communications Trailer and visit The Spectrum Monitor to see what they’re all about. 73 Wayne


RMHAM Test Bench

02/23/2014

2014-02-23 15.40.29Did you ever wonder how we make all of the network hardware work? Well, we build a test bench with whatever hardware is required to duplicate the network and load them up exactly the way they would be in the field.  We use the same networking gear and configurations so that we can prove out all permutations and make the equipment work exactly the way it should in the field.

Some of the field locations are 12 hours round trip without any time on site, so having a good, solid plan with working equipment is critical.  The picture above is Mike Mullarkey, K7PFJ with our test bench for deployment of new repeaters, routers and fiber connections for Lee Hill and Almagre Mountain.

 


RMHR Receives Award from Boulder County ARES!

02/11/2014

1622132_10200892388226746_296146765_nRocky Mountain Ham Radio received an award last evening from Boulder County ARES for the response and equipment provided in support of the Boulder floods. Jeff Ryan was in attendance and said “I was honored to accept on behalf of this fine organization.”