Attention Hams of Colorado…The ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention is being held in Keystone Conference Center, Keystone, Colorado on May 13-15, 2016. There will be hundreds of hours of forums and learning opportunities for you. You should spend some time and look at the HamCon Colorado website at http://www.hamconcolorado.org.
The HamCon Colorado team is putting together a wonderful event, bigger and better than ever before. Historically this event was held in Estes Park, Co but we had outgrown that facility’s ability to hold our convention.
The new venue at the Keystone Conference Center is so much bigger and better than ever before that you’ll really be sad if you miss this event. Registration opens around December 1, 2015 and you need to register early to ensure your opportunity to see everything!
As of October 30, 2015, a lot of very dedicated folks went out to Akron, CO to install the new Colorado Wide/Northern repeater on the network. It’s footprint is pretty large due to the fact that there’s nothing around there. It fills in a big hole East of Roggen out I-76 toward Nebraska. If you’re in the area, you have new options!
Special thanks to all that helped out. Many thanks to Rob W0FT, John W0VG, Doug K2AD, Jeff K0RM, James KI0KN, Rick WA7BNG, Dwite W0DWI, Tom AC0CH and our new friends from the local area: Jeff N0XDW, Mike K0MC and Rich KE0BPO. Without the extensive crew, we never would have been able to handle the high winds.
Members of RM Ham once again were mentioned in CQ Magazine, this time in the November, 2015 issue in an article by Joe Moell KØOV. The article featured The USA’s 15th annual ARDF Championships that were held at the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch here in Colorado during August. Dean Mertz KØMKT was captioned as a member of Rocky Mountain Ham Radio and as the volunteer assistant leader for the Starting Line team. Also mentioned as helping with the starts were RMHam members George Bartling WA9TCD and Paul Veal. This was another example of RM Ham stepping up to assist the Amateur Radio Community, Hats off Gentlemen!
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(Reprinted from the vhf plus column October 2015 CQ Magazine)
The Central States VHF Conference was held in Denver the weekend of July 25th with over 125 weak-signal aficionados in attendance (see Photo A). As usual, the program included an antenna test range, noise figure measurements (Photo B) and technical presentations (Photo C). The banquet speaker, Rick Roderick, K5UR, First Vice President of the ARRL and avid VHFer, challenged the audience to leave an amateur radio legacy that one could be proud of. The society presented its John T. Chambers Award to Wayne Overbeck, N6NB (Photo D), for his recent record-breaking 2.3 and 3.4 GHz QSOs between California and Hawaii, detailed in last month’s VHF+ column. The Chambers Award was instituted in 1970 to honor Chambers, W6NLZ, for his many contributions to VHF, most notably his work with KH6UK proving the existence of the West Coast-to-Hawaii duct. How fitting it was that this year’s award was presented to Wayne for his record breaking QSOs over the same path.
For someone thinking about testing the VHF+ waters or new to VHF the thought of attending a conference, such as CSVHF or any of the other conferences held throughout the year, may be a bit intimidating. In an effort to pro- mote activity on the VHF+ bands many conferences, including CSVHF, now offer a VHF 101 session or an Introduction to VHF program. Topics and presentations are, by definition, basic in nature. The target audience is any- one from the newest grade school licensee to the oldest, most experienced HF operator who has worked everything there is to work on HF and is now looking for a new challenge.
Conducted by experienced VHFers, these interactive sessions cover basic propagation, equipment, antennas, and operating practices answering questions and dismissing the usual misconceptions about the capabilities of VHF and operation on the higher bands. If you are considering moving up in frequency or new to VHF consider attending such a session at the next VHF conference in your area.
On Friday 9/25/15 John Maxwell, W0VG and Mike Piller, N9GDM installed and optimized the new VHF 147.255 DMR-MARC machine on Conifer Mountain Serving the greater Denver Metro area. This will work very well for folks in Evergreen, Conifer, Bailey, Aspen Park in the foothills as well as most of the Front Range from Fort Collins to the top of Monument Hill!
It is carrying the talkgroups listed on this MotoTRBO Radio Site Information page under the MotoTRBO tab on the main navigation bar.
Little did you know, Rocky Mountain Ham Radio had a UHF Repeater in the Breckenridge/Summit County area. This repeater was seldom used and was an island unto itself. As of September 12, 2015, the crack RMHR team added a new MotoTRBO linked repeater to the statewide system. It is carrying talkgroups 700 and 720 (Colorado Wide and Central Talkgroups.) This repeater is a permanent asset and will remain on the RMHAM network. It was placed this year in preparation for the ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention next May 2016 at the Keystone Events Center in Dillon, CO.
The site is known as Baldy, and is at nearly 13000′ up in the tundra. It blankets the Frisco, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Dillon and Keysone areas as well as I-70 from the Eisenhower tunnel. We’re looking at other opportunities to expand the footprint of Colorado Wide but we’re in need of some partners to assist on this project.
Because our distances between sites is so great, and could be 6 hours end-to-end, it’s not really possible for us to expand the footprint much more than we already have. If you have interest in expanding the network into your area please contact Doug Sharp, K2AD.
Rocky Mountain Ham came out in force to support the 2015 Denver Radio Club Swapfest with our trailer. We had 26 people turn out to support, shake hands and greet attendees. The RMHAM board took this opportunity to hold it’s annual meeting and take care of club business. Rocky Mountain Ham is in great shape as a club and we have lots of projects to complete before the end of the year. We appreciate everyone that came out to support us and visit with us during the swapfest.
If you ever wondered what it looked like at our mountain tops, you’ll love this pic. We build for the worst possible winter days. This was springtime in the Rockies at its best!
We use heavy materials, commercial quality antennas and good care when installing. Things still get damaged, but it’s a chance to try to outfox mother nature!