Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, New Mexico is pleased to announce the 2016 New Mexico TechFest, an ARRL-sanctioned operating specialty event, on Saturday February 27, 2016 at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Event Center located at 1100 Louisiana Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.
Join fellow amateur radio operators from around the Land of Enchantment for a day of quality presentations, demonstrations, and instruction provided by some of New Mexico’s most experienced technical hams on a variety of emerging and relevant technical topics within amateur radio today. The New Mexico TechFest is designed to provide a unique opportunity for all hams interested in the technical aspects of our hobby to advance and expand their technical knowledge and to facilitate technical discussion, collaboration, and ideas with one another.
For more details, please visit the New Mexico TechFest event page.
The Swapfest is an annual event this year it is co-sponsored by the Aurora Repeater Association, The Cherry Creek Young Amateur Radio Club and Rocky Mountain Ham Radio. It is held at the Adams County Fairgrounds. The event will be held February 7, 2016 Doors open to the public at 9 AM and admission is $5. For more information you can contact Wayne N0POH at 303-699-6335 or by using our contact form. Once again tables will be $10 in advance and $15 the day of The Swapfest 2016 Swapfest Flyer to reserve your table now.
Directions to the Adams County Fairgrounds: 9755 Henderson Road Take I-25 to I-76 to US 85 to East 124th Road turn West and it becomes Henderson Road after you pass Brighton Road US 85 may also be accessed from the E-470 toll road, East 124th Avenue is the first light south of E-470 off of US 85.
RM Ham is offering two ½ day classes from 8 AM until noon culminating in a pizza lunch! The classes are Feb 27th, 2016 – Basic Networking and April 2nd, 2016 – Ham Data Transmission. The class fee is $10 per person. These will be held at the ESF Building, 4700 South Yosemite Street, in Greenwood Village. Class size is limited so ENROLL today!
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Saturday Morning, December 5, 2015 Rocky Mountain Ham Radio New Mexico and Colorado came together for a day of IP learning at Rocky Mountain Ham University. It was everything from basic routers and IP addressing to building a network connected to the Rocky Mountain Ham microwave system. 10 RMHR – New Mexico members came together to build a large lab network on the conference table at Mark Menicucci’s office in Albuquerque, NM.
It was a great learning opportunity to get some folks into the IP world as well as teach some seasoned folks some good tricks. It was an excellent opportunity and everyone, incuding the instructors learned something!
Attention Hams of Colorado…Registration is Open! 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. Registration is open on 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.
Make sure you register now for your convention ticket and the host hotel. This is a world class venue with world class learning opportunities of all kinds.
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!
Authored by Tony Emanuele WA8RJF of CQ Magazine
(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.