On December 7, 2013, Rocky Mountain Ham Radio had a successful training on Digital Mobile Radio and Codeplug programming for Motorola and Vertex Standard E-Verge Radios. We had 20 attendees and a full room of eager to learn people. The morning started with a quick presentation on the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio MotoTRBO network along the Front Range of Colorado. From there, it went to programming Motorola DMR radios and then into Vertex Standard radios. See photos here.
We are starting an ongoing curriculum on special amateur radio related topics and will be offering these sessions to anyone expressing an interest in the particular topic. For more information, please click Our Club Offerings above and select Rocky Mountain Ham University.
We look forward to seeing you at a future session!
Connect Systems, Inc is importing these new radios for sale. Next year they will be introducing a mobile radio. Here is a link to their page. You can call and ask for Jerry Wanger (805) 642-7184 x 0 for more information and please tell him your affiliated with Rocky Mountain Ham Radio.
These portable radios are being sold at $180 per radio. Your first radio will include a free programming cable and the programming software is free for download. The mobile radio will be (available next year) $280.
These radios will also do 25khz / 12.5khz and DMR TRBO for the RMHAM system.
The Tech Group will be testing these new units on the system the week of the 23rd to check performance and audio. Any and all audio check will be greatly accepted.
ARA, CCYARC and RMHAM have announced the 2014 Swapfest! The flier is available here. We really hope to see you out there to support the clubs! We love working with the ARA and CCYARC as they’re great supporting club partners and do quite a bit for the local amateur radio community. Make sure that you stop by to see the great vendors, prizes and static displays!
The results are in for the June VHF Contest and the results for Colorado were truly outstanding. If you look at the results, you’ll find several local callsigns in the Top Ten: N0POH, W9RM, W6OAL, KK0Q, K0NR, W0KVA, KR0VER/R! These results show what happens when we get the propagation and the East Coast is buried in rainstorms! It was certainly another contest to remember. It wasn’t spectacular propagation, but it certainly shows that we all tried!
The whole article is posted on the ARRL website at this link. If you get a chance, make sure that you congratulate the local operators.
John Maxwell, W0VG
Member of the W0KVA Contest Team
The Rocky Mountain Ham Radio team has been working diligently all summer building a network from Horsetooth Mountain in Fort Collins to Fremont Peak in Canon City! It is carrying IP traffic for our new Motorola MotoTRBO digital radio network as well as Voice Over IP Linking, IRLP and BPQ Packet network interconnection.
The network is comprised of commercial, off the shelf, microwave gear that is in the 3.3-3.5GHz ham band! This network will be expanding steadily over the coming years to encompass all of the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio sites along the front range.
In previous years, high power transmitters, link yagis and feedlines were required to tie repeaters together all along the front range. With modern technology, analog repeaters can be linked over Voice over IP systems anywhere, at any time for very little capital outlay. Much less than all current methods!
People think that this is Internet connectivity. Well, it’s really not. It’s a private network on amateur radio frequencies to interconnect radio sites. We are not beholden to internet service providers that can be unreliable or unstable. It can connect to the internet in certain locations when needed, but because it’s all on Ham Band frequencies, it’s not meant to carry regular desktop internet traffic.
We’ve developed a network that allows for cooperative interconnection with other amateur radio clubs, in fact, we’re counting on it! The network is designed to scale, and be able to interconnect to any site with a line-of-sight shot to any of our facilities. If you would like to discuss the opportunity to interconnect your site, please contact us from the menu above!
Mike Davey, N0VBY and Jeff Ryan, K0RM have spent quite a bit of time lately mapping out our new codeplug available from the MotoTRBO menu above. You’ll find it very helpful if you’re trying to update your radio to the new talkgroup layout. They’ve also created a fantastic primer on MotoTRBO and the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio implementation along the Front Range of Colorado. I think you’ll be glad you took a few minutes to read through it! The document can be found here.
The Rocky Mountain Ham Radio team has made the cut to it’s network evolution. The progress has been staggering, and many changes have been made to system layouts. The new talkgroup structure is in effect effect as of Saturday, October 12, 2013. The details of these changes are included in this page.
Your radio will need to be reprogrammed to take advantage of the new changes. Please get in contact with the person that programmed your rig and get them to update the system layout properly!
Wayne, N0POH, Lisa, K0LMH, Willem, AC0KQ, Mike, K7PFJ do some hands on programming of a Mikrotik router for deployment.
Rocky Mountain Ham Radio ‘University’ conducted Routing 101 class with 8 participants on September 7, 2013. This class was a follow-on to the Repeater 101 class that RMHRU held earlier. These classes were presented by RMHRU ‘professors’ John Maxwell (W0VG) and Bob Sterner (KB0BS) in the well-equipped ‘classroom’ at Doug Sharp’s (K2AD’s) home. The IP and Router curriculum offered instruction in basic IP addressing and protocols, as well as information for more advanced router and network configurations.
Workshops were included in the classes to allow participants to experience hands-on router and switching configurations, and to actually link a repeater that is soon be incorporated into the RMHR MotoTRBO network.
RMHR’s Doug Sharp and John Maxwell also presented a basic outline of the RMHR network improvements that are currently being implemented. these include the micro-wave enhancement of the network backbone, and re-configuration of the system. They also introduced the regional talk-groups that will soon significantly enhance RMHR’s MotoTRBO system capabilities. RMHR expects to continue involving more amateur radio enthusiasts to participate in its efforts to expand its service area and capabilities. RMHR University is just another way that communications experts can promote the many technological capabilities of amateur radio. See pictures of the class here: Routing 101 Class