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!
Rocky Mountain Ham’s Mike Lozano and Jeff Ryan put on a successful MotoTRBO systems class today for basic MotoTRBO systems and the RMHAM network. We had 53 attendees learning the intricacies and the ins-and-outs of the network and how to properly program and use your DMR capable handhelds.
Don’t forget to get your seat at the scheduled Rocky Mountain Ham Radio University classes! Please make sure that you are on the list! We’ll see you there.
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The Swapfest sponsored by the Aurora Repeater Association, Cherry Creek Young Amateur Radio Club and Rocky Mountain Ham Radio was held February 8th with over 500 people in attendance. There were over 60 vendors in attendance and all the vendor tables were sold out by the opening time of 9AM. The weather was very good and allowed hams from as far as Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota to attend without fear of poor driving conditions. The sponsoring clubs want to thanks all their members for their hard work and we also wish to thank the vendors and all those who attended for their support!
The 2016 Swapfest will be on Superbowl Sunday February 7, 2016 and the hall deposit has been rolled over and we’re on their calendar. For those who weren’t around for the last Superbowl swapfest, it was well attended and everyone who came to the Swapfest that year made it home in plenty of time for the game.
Despite 6-12 inches of unexpected snow and ice around Albuquerque and much of the Land of Enchantment the night before, the 2015 New Mexico TechFest, an ARRL-sanctioned operating specialty event hosted by Rocky Mountain Ham Radio – New Mexico, was a huge success. 60 hams from across New Mexico gathered on Saturday, February 28 for this inaugural (and annual, henceforth) technically-focused conference designed to facilitate education, demonstrations, and collaboration about relevant and emerging technical topics, techniques, and applications within amateur radio. Presentation topics included extreme low power HF communications via QRSS, circuit construction techniques, solar weather and propagation, ESD causes and mitigation techniques, simple but effective VHF gain antenna design, and software defined radio. For more information, visit the New Mexico TechFest event page.
Saturday, RMHAM tested one of it’s member’s, Zeke Ragsdale’s son. Colton Ragsdale, 5 years old, passed the test missing only three questions! He had the test read to him by RMHAM Members, Dean Mertz, K0MKT, Ken Zylla, KD0MGQ and George Bartling, WA9TCD. Congratulations, Colton!
In an expansion of the cooperative agreement between the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio and the Aurora Repeater Association, the 447.500 repeater, which lost it’s Conifer Mountain site back in August, is now located at Critchell, in place of the 447.225 analog pair. At 8,400 feet it is not quite as high as the old Conifer Mountain site but it does enjoy coverage of the southern portion of the metro area. The repeater was placed on Critchell Monday December 29 by Steve KØIBM and Scott NØOWY. There was a flurry of activity as people who had been regular users of the 447.500 machine found it lighting up their rigs in the scan mode. As we go forward, we’ll learn more about the coverage that the machine will enjoy using the ARA’s configuration. Rocky Mountain Ham Radio has relinquished their 447.225 pair back to the Colorado Council of Amateur Radio Club’s frequency pool at this time and is preparing to re-purpose the equipment that was at the site. The parameters of the 447.500 (-) repeater remain the same with a 88.5 Hz CTCSS tone.
Those who signed up for the AllStar Linking class got both an introductory and in-depth look at the All Star repeater linking technology including the required hardware and software. The “students” where treated to lively anecdotes and a dose of real word applications of this versatile system. RM Ham University classes cover a variety of subjects click on the RM Ham University tab and see what’s available!
Our Instructors were John W0VG, Jeff K0JSC and Doug K2AD