March 22nd, 2013, the FCC granted a petition from the ARRL to allow one-slot TDMA on the ham bands, WT Docket No. 12-283. This allows operation of all of the competing DMR radios to be used on the ham bands until such a time that the FCC gets it’s rulemaking done to allow amateur radio operators to use TDMA for experimentation and furthering of the art of radio. If you’d like to read the whole grant, you’ll find a copy on line here.
Rocky Mountain Ham Radio attended the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club’s hamfest at the Ranch (Larimer County Fairgrounds) on January 19th. The hamfest was well attended and many hams toured the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Commtrailer. In addition to the trailer, RMHAM had a static MotoTRBO display at the event demoing linking and Digital Mobile Radio.
Special thanks for all that attended and assisted us with the event.
Rocky Mountain Ham Radio supported Douglas County ARES, District 24, for the Turkey Day 5K. This is an annual event that D24 supports, and RMHR is priviledged to contribute by providing its Command and Communications Trailer. 16 members of ARES District 24 volunteered to successfully provide communications support and course safety for the “Turkey Day 5k” in the early morning hours of November 22, 2012. D24 contributed 70+ man hours to the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce, while utilizing a UHF Portable Repeater (W0RDR/R), 800MHz DTRS, Business Band VHF, APRS, and Digital ATV on 5GHz to manage the event. These provided real-time communications and video for race organizers, and communications with medical personnel and the ARES operators along the course. D24 manned 10 locations along the course, ensuring that the runners were safely running on the right path, and provided Digital ATV from 2 locations on the course. Randy Reynard, W0RDR, was D24’s Mission Coordinator for the event, and Daeron Cofer, KC0CNS, managed the D24 team as net control from the Comm Trailer. See pictures of the event at Turkey Day 5K 2012 under Gallery above.
Well, the results are in. Rocky Mountain Ham Radio came in 10th in the nation, multioperator for the 2012 June VHF QSO Party. Not too bad for a bunch of folks west of the Mississippi. As you know, it’s a numbers thing. Being out here in the west, the population density is not such that we can really win the contest, but we do everything we can do to make every contact we can make.
This year the contest results look like this:
You should note that we’re in the list with some very powerful contesters. Give yourselves a pat on the back for doing so well!
Special thanks to: K0JLA, K2AD, AB0SF, W0KU, W0VG, K0IME, K0PWO, K0RM, N0OEM, K0LNC, N0VBY, W0GV for giving up their weekend to build this station and bring us to another fantastic conclusion.
If you have any interest in joining the group next year, please make sure you let some of the team know. Space is very limited and there are only a few left.
Rocky Mountain Ham Radio was invited to provide communications for Operation Vortex on October 11, 2012. This was a large, metro-wide exercise that simulated destruction by tornados in various locations across the area. Several first-responder agencies from jurisdictions around the metro area took part in the exercise, Denver International Airport and several ARES districts. In addition, a large contingent of FEMA personnel and equipment from Colorado and Utah initially staged at DIA and participated in the exercise.
RM Ham deployed its Communications Trailer to the Denver International Airport location, where the incident command post for the exercise was located. Boulder County ARES, District 11, set up a mobile tower next to the Trailer and provided the primary relay for Amateur Television broadcasts of the exercise events in various locations around the Denver metro area.
The RMHR Trailer was also used to provide communications support for Arapahoe ARES District 22’s assignment to serve as net control for exercise communication support in the vicinity of DIA. D22 personnel used the Trailer’s capabilities to manage and coordinate communications among D22 members assigned to event support duties.
Operation Vortex was a complex exercise during which several ARES districts in the Colorado North Central Region provided communications support to first responders as well as to the exercise controllers and support personnel. RMHR was privileged to have been assigned a significant communications-support role during the event. Gallery photos are found by clicking the photo above!
Hi there Rocky Mountain Hams,
I just wanted to drop a line to thank you for the use of your 449.225 MHz Mt. Thorodin repeater on Saturday for the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance’s Caribou Classic / SufferFest bike ride. You’ve been very generous in allowing us to use your machine, and we sincerely appreciate it. I hope we weren’t too much of a bother with all the traffic throughout the day.
The coverage of that repeater is phenomenal! We were sprinkled throughout the area between Nederland and Brainard Lake, mostly with small handie-talkies and whip antennas in forested areas, and never had any significant trouble getting a clear signal. Without your repeater, we’d have a heck of time trying to support this event!
Thank you so much!
Fred Ecks, KG0UL