RMHAM Starts TRBO On-Air Net

11/07/2014

Motorola_XPR7550_RadioIf you’re new to MotoTRBO or just wanting to learn more about how it all works, you’ll be sure to mark your calendar for the First and Third Saturday of every month.  Come to Colorado Wide and participate in the new MotoTRBO tech net.

We’ll have system designers and tech geeks there to answer your questions and help you to understand how to get the most out of your DMR radio.  The inaugural net will be held on the 15th at 7PM on Colorado Wide, Talkgroup 700.

More inforation click on MotoTRBO above and then MotoTRBO Tech Net On Air.

See you there,

Mike Lozano, K0NGA


Triple the Action, Triple the Fun. Three sites, Three sites, That’s Three sites in ONE!

10/26/2014

October 25th was a gorgeous Saturday and for the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio crews a perfect day to tackle some of the last of the mountain repeater site chores. At Squaw Mountain Dave Maciorowski WA1JHK, Doug Sharp K2AD and Willem Schreuder ACØKQ reworked the microwave link from there to Devilshead and buttoned up some final last minute fixes.

DSC02702At Devilshead the other end of the Squaw Mountain link was reworked and a new link to Badger Mountain established. They added a second frequency link radio and cable to the Almagre path as well. Scott Taylor WØKVA, Scott Burkhardt WØKU and Dean Mertz KØMKT took care of these tasks.

Badger Mountain is located south and west of Colorado Springs off of US Highway 24 near Hartsell.

Here is a photo of the building

Going to Badger Mountain were Mike Mullarkey K7PFJ, John Maxwell WØVG, Mike Gurski KØGUR, Wayne Heinen NØPOH and George Bartling WA9TCD There was lots of work to do here. There were two two foot dishes which required assembly, installation on the tower and alignment on the appropriate link paths. One was for the link to Devilshead and the other for a future redundant link to Cripple Creek. A two bay UHF repeater antenna was mounted on the tower and the new Badger Mountain MotoTRBO repeater and associated accessories were installed in the building.

VG_&_GURW0VG and K0GUR working on mountain brackets amid the pieces and parts at the base of the tower

PFJMike K7PFJ sealing up the entry where the cables entered the bulkhead panel


RMHAM Front Range Microwave

10/16/2014

RMHAM Microwave LimitedDuring the 2014 year, Rocky Mountain Ham Radio personnel have spent significant amounts of time building and extending microwave radios to various locations along the front range to extend the reach of it’s radio systems.  Our goal was to create a cooperative microwave network to carry IP traffic to repeater site locations while remaining technology agnostic.  “We’re really creating a highway to carry all sorts of radio traffic,” said Doug Sharp, K2AD, Chief Technology Officer of Rocky Mountain Ham Radio.

Currently we have 18 hops of microwave installed into the system, adding more as time an weather allows.  Plans are in the works for at least 6 more hops of radio and a few more MotoTRBO repeaters to extend the Colorado network.

While we would love to continue building these systems, maintenance of these systems are extremely time consuming.  Distance from end to end on the microwave system is about 5 hours.  We need to have partners to assist us in extending the reach of the network.  Jeff Carrier, K0JSC signed on to do the Pueblo County/Fremont County extension and bring us closer to our goal of interconnecting with Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, New Mexico’s network currently under construction.

We have partnered with K0JSC for Pueblo/Fremont, N5UBJ, Bill VanHuss for Durango/LaPlata, W0FT/HEAHR for Ft Morgan.  This can’t be done without help and support from all of these people and we welcome inquiries for network extension assistance!

 

 


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Bikes & Brews Ride Canon City

09/23/2014

bikes-and-brews-logoSaturday September 20, 2014 Rocky Mountain Ham Radio assisted Colorado ARES Region 5 District 1 in supporting the Bikes & Brews event in Canon City.  Colorado ARES R5D1 was managing communications and logistics for the event from the RMHAM Trailer in downtown Canon City.  The Event had nearly 300 bicycle riders in attendance.  It lasted from 8AM through 4PM and kept many RMHAM folks and Region 5 District 1 folks hopping on the K0JSC Fun Machines in Fremont county.

 

Many Visiting dignitaries were shown through the RMHAM Communications Trailer and given the nickel tour.  Jack and Jocelyn McComb were sharing the net control duties for the event.

 

We appreciate everyone giving their weekend for the hobby and look forward to working with you on another event in the future!

 

 


RMHAM Adds New Salida Machine and Update Colorado Connection

09/14/2014

DSCN0624 9/14/2014 The Rocky Mountain Ham Radio team (K7PFJ, K0GUR, K0JSC and W0VG) went to Methodist Mountain in Salida, Colorado to install a new high speed ham band internet microwave link to Fremont Peak at the Royal Gorge (With the help of Matt, W1ATE and Thirza W1NDX at Fremont) to interconnect the new MotoTRBO machine and backhaul the Colorado Connection’s 147.285 Salida machine to the rest of their system.  The team installed the new 100W MTR3000 and two bay UHF antenna on the RMHAM network and a new 100W MASTR-III on the Connection.  In the process of installing the system, we determined that the old system was damaged by lightning, destroying the polyphaser lightning suppression and detuning the VHF Duplexer.  A new polyphaser was installed and the duplexer retuned giving the users of the Colorado Connection new 21st century interconnect to their system.DSCN0628

The coverage of the site is all of the Southern end of South Park and the Eastern end of the San Luis valley.  This installation opens up vast new areas previously unavailable to MotoTRBO users.  See MotoTRBO in the menu above for more information on our system.DSCN0629


Boulder Mountainbike Alliance Uses 449.225

09/12/2014

bma_logoHey Rocky Mountain Hams,

On behalf of the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance and the team of hams who provided communications for this year’s “Caribou Classic / Sufferfest” event, I’d like to thank you for graciously allowing us to use your  repeater for the event on Saturday.  While we didn’t completely devour the repeater throughout the day as we had in prior years, your repeater was absolutely crucial to the safe functioning of this event.  BMA had more riders than ever before, and better communication than ever before.   It all went eerily smoothly, in no small part due to the combination of your repeater and our bigger-than-before ham team this year.  Thank you.

We deeply appreciate your generosity all these years, and you can bet I’ll be making the same request again next year.

73,

– Fred Ecks, KG0UL


Rocky Mtn Ham Radio Rebuild Colorado Connection COS

09/01/2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014 three different groups came together to complete the Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs installation. The Colorado Connection, Colorado Repeater Association and Rocky Mountain Ham Radio installed a spur of new microwave, digital linking and new GE MASTR III repeaters. This day was the culmination of years of design an implementation to attempt to upgrade the system usability of their respective systems. As of the writing of this email, the link to Colorado Springs was very solid and the quality of the audio on the system is exceptional compared to the old analog linking systems.

The CRA also installed their digital link in Colorado Springs and will be completing the tie in to their Conifer Mountain and Lee Hill sites.

In addition to the update of these links, Rocky Mountain Ham Radio has installed a new MotoTRBO repeater on Cheyenne Mountain to bring DMR-MARC into the Colorado Springs area. For more information as to the available MotoTRBO offerings, please see MotoTRBO in the menu above.


RMHAM Installs MotoTRBO on Sandia Crest, NM!

08/25/2014

DSC_5779Albuquerque, NM has a MotoTRBO repeater!  The RMHAM install team made an ascent to the top of 10,600′ Sandia Crest to install and connect the Motorola MTR3000 repeater to Colorado Wide and South talkgroups.  From left to right: Scott Webb N5SQR, Brian Mileshosky N5ZGT, Tom Ellis K5TEE, Chris Aas NB5T, Pat Mileshosky W5RMY, Isaac Trujillo W5IDT, Ed James KA8JMW.

They brought it up Saturday, August 23rd, and tested the system for coverage blanketing the whole Albuquerque Metropolitan area.  The system is connected to the Colorado Wide and Southern Colorado talkgroups temporarily while testing.  They will be moved onto their own talkgroups after they decide what content they’d like to carry.

You might hear them on the network, so make them feel welcome and congratulate them on a job well done!

The frequencies will be added to the RMHAM standard codeplug when the talkgroups have been decided.