RMHAM Supports Tour De Ladies

07/14/2017

July 8, 2017, Parker, CO.  Rocky Mountain Ham Radio and Douglas/Elbert County ARES with the assistance of member Mark Atkinson, W0ATK made the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Communications Trailer and cache radios available for the use of the Tour De Ladies.

Tour de Ladies is a fully supported, non-competitive, women-only cycling event through the rolling hills of Douglas County, south of Denver, starting in Parker.  The ARESDEC folks do a superb job making sure that the event is safe and fun.

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio is proud to help support the event!

 


RMHAM to host CSVHFS Conference in Albuquerque, NM (July 27-30)

06/18/2017

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, New Mexico will host the 2017 Central States VHF Society (CSVHFS) Conference in in sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico (DM65) on July 27-30 at the Sheraton Airport Airport hotel.

This event is the largest VHF/UHF/microwave conference in the nation, and attracts some of the most knowledgable VHF/UHF/microwave hams from across the United States, Canada and other countries.

The CSVHFS Conference is open to those interested in learning, operating, experimenting, designing, contesting, DXing, etc. on amateur radio’s VHF, UHF, and microwave bands.  Whether you’re a complete newcomer to VHF & above, an expert, or somewhere in between, the CSVHFS Conference will have much to offer in the way of enjoyable activities, learning opportunities, and the chance to rub elbows with some of our nation’s top VHF+ operators.

>>> Click here for more details.


RMHam Supports Triple C Bike Ride

05/18/2017

The weather on May 13, 2017 was absolutely perfect for bike riders and volunteers alike as Rocky Mountain Ham Radio provided communications for the fourth year in a row to this excellent event. The Triple C Bike Ride is an early season ride on the Front Range of Colorado, starting in Broomfield, going north to Johnstown and back to Broomfield for an end‐of‐ride celebration. All proceeds from the ride benefit the Rotary Club of Broomfield Crossing Foundation, a 501C3 which provides grants and scholarships in our surrounding community and around the world. For more details on the Ride Click Here. We were fortunate that there were only a few minor spills this year and that most of our radio communications were devoted to tracking the riders between the Rest Areas as they rode one of the three courses offered. RMHam deployed our Comm Trailer with our Quick Response Vehicle (former TV news van) alongside at the Start/Finish line in Broomfield. We operated two separate nets this year, as the number of riders has increased so has the need for more radio traffic. One net operated on the RMHam North Talk Group 721 and was devoted to Rest Area traffic which was primarily passing of riders bib numbers as they traveled the course. The second net was on the RMHam Central Talk Group 720 and was used by the course vehicles, these included the “SAG” an acronym for Support And Gear, although these vehicles are known for succoring riders with mechanical problems or those who may have overreached their riding capabilities and “sag”. The other course vehicles were the Rovers, who were on motorcycles. The Rover’s tracked the leading riders on the courses.
This year RMHam began testing a new technology. John Maxwell W0VG is pictured with a home grown RFID reader this new system for tracking riders looks very promising. In the future, when a participant rides past this, their ‘bib number’ will be transmitted to a program running in the Comm Trailer. Cool stuff! Once again Rocky Mountain Ham Radio is leading the way in adapting new technology in support of events. A great time was had by all and the members of RMHam will be looking forward to our 5th year of support to the Triple C Bike Ride in 2018.


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March RMHAM-U Impedance, Reflections and Transformation

03/18/2017

March 18, 2017, Chris Hamilton AE5IT did a very hands on presentation on Impedance, Reflections and Transformation relating to antennas and feedlines.  It was a very good description of how antennas, feedlines and SWR is related.  It was a great demonstration with lots of real-world demonstrations on how antennas and feedline matching relates to power and antennas.

If you ever wanted to see SWR visually, you’d love this presentation.  Look for it at an event in the near future.

We know it’s going to be at an upcoming Denver Radio Club meeting!

 


The Swapfest 2017 Edition!

02/28/2017

Once again the Aurora Repeater Association, Cherry Creek Young Amateur Radio Club and Rocky Mountain Ham Radio put on one heck of a show. Sunday February 19th was a beautiful day with temperatures not too hot or not too cold, no threats of snow and no icy roads.  The attendees came from near and far, well over 500 in attendance with over 120 vendor tables filled with everything from soup to nuts and trash to treasure. Highlights of the Swapfest were displays of the RM Ham Communications Trailer and their QRV2 rover vehicle.

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio unveiled its 2017 Pledge Drive. In order to continue the maintenance and expansion of the DMR repeater system RM Ham is asking the amateur radio community to chip in what they can so that we can continue to offer this premiere system and expand it throughout the region. Here are the details of the Pledge Drive.

We want to extend a BIG THANK YOU to all those who volunteered to help put on the Swapfest and to all those who came out and attended the event! Mark your calendars for February 18, 2018 for 2018’s Swapfest


Jack McComb W0JMC SK

02/24/2017

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Jack McComb, W0JMC on February 23, 2017. Jack was a dedicated member of Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, as well as former EC of Arapahoe County ARES (ACARES) and a tireless supporter of amateur radio and its causes. Jack was a former over the road truck driver, a board member of Owner/Operator Trucking Association.  Jack and his family used to own an ambulance company in Denver.  Jack was a paramedic and owned a company that supplied emergency medical services to the film and television industry. Many of us were able to visit with Jack at the January Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club hamfest in Loveland last month where we were able to share many memories with Jack, he indicated he had had suspended the aggressive treatment of his cancer in favor of enjoying the time he had left with his family and friends.

His widow, Jocelyn KD0ZVA, indicated that they weren’t going to have a formal service, but maybe a graveside when the weather isn’t as cold. More information will be forthcoming.

We will surely miss him.


RMHR Donates UHF Repeater to TARA

02/12/2017

Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) is a university amateur radio club at the New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology located in Socorro, New Mexico.  TARA is currently being led by a familiar face, Skyler Fennell KDØWHB of Denver), who is a freshman studying electrical engineering.

One of TARA’s current projects is the construction and operation of a UHF repeater to rally their members on the air, to provide teaching opportunities using their test gear, and to attract other New Mexico Tech students to amateur radio.

On behalf of Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, a few members (Alan N5BGC, Dave KB5YIW, Ed KA8JMW, Brian N5ZGT) attended TARA’s monthly meeting to present a Yaesu VXR-5000 UHF repeater and duplexer that RMHAM has donated towards TARA’s repeater project.  We look forward to these young hams to do great things with the system (they had it unpacked and on their air in a temporary configuration before the meeting ended!).

Ed, in his capacity as New Mexico Section Manager, also presented TARA’s membership with an ARRL Handbook and General Class study manual.  Jim Lommen KC7QY, president of Socorro Amateur Radio Association was also on hand for the repeater presentation.

The ambition these young hams are showing, under Skyler’s leadership, is as impressive as it is rare within amateur radio, and it’s a treat to have them emerging within New Mexico’s amateur radio community.

For more information about TARA, visit http://infohost.nmt.edu/~tara

 


George Bartling, WA9TCD SK

02/08/2017

It is with deep sadness that we must announce that another key has gone silent. Our very own George Bartling WA9TCD died suddenly this week leaving many of us in shock and wondering why.  Those of us that had the pleasure of knowing George, know that he gave of himself selflessly. Need him to cover the EOC, no problem, need him to teach a class, no problem, need him to solder a connector he was there every time.

George was an active member of Rocky Mountain Ham Radio for many years. In addition to RMHAM, George was also very active in Arapahoe County ARES, O.M.E.G.A. Responders, as a teacher, and Volunteer Examiner where he is responsible for bringing many new hams to the ranks. George’s upbeat and positive attitude made him enjoyable to be around and helped make learning fun and interesting. George is survived by his wife and two sons. An informal memorial service is scheduled for 2PM Saturday, January 11, Beck Recreation Center, 800 Telluride Street, Aurora, CO. Rest in peace my friend.