Mike Lozano K0NGA Class Instructor
Saturday November 19 found almost 30 students attending the second of the this terms courses on amateur radio topics. This month was DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) which gave an in depth look at this modes technology. The course covered everything from the basics of of the, including the theory of operation of the TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) which allows two separate conversations on one repeater along with the two DMR networks available in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Ham Radio network and the DMR-MARC Network. This comprehensive 3 hour course reviewed best operating practices, a introduction to some of the DMR capable radios available and the techniques used in programming the radios. You can obtain the course slide material in Adobe pdf format at the Course syllabus link under the RMHAM University Tab above. There are still courses available on a range of topics that will be held monthly, December through April, on the 3rd Saturday from 8 AM – 11 AM. Registration is $10 and features a pizza lunch at the conclusion of the course. Advanced registration is required to insure we have pizza for all! Check out the courses offered and feel free to register at the RMHAM University Tab above.
Boulder Amateur Radio Club’s annual hamfest at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont was a great event and lots of deals were found. Rocky Mountain Ham Radio cleared out a few estates worth of equipment and a few pieces of equipment. We all had a good time and had a few first-timers show up to help out with sales.
We all went to our after-hamfest tradition to the Rib House in Longmont and had a wonderful meal and a chance to chat with lots of friends and catch up.
We’re going to start our fall curriculum this month for Rocky Mountain Ham University. See the menu above for more information.
The next hamfest event we will be attending is the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club hamfest at the Ranch in January.
Rocky Mountain Ham Radio was happy to deploy our Communications Trailer September 10th in support of the Civil Air Patrol’s Colorado Wing as they conducted a communications exercise. The first phase of the exercise consisted of originated messages from the RMHam Trailer being relayed from Fort Collins to Grand Junction using aircraft flying in assigned sectors between the two airports, while amateur radio sent other messages using an IRLP link between ARES (R3 D2) and Mesa County RACES. The second portion consisted of having operators on the ground relay messages using a CAP airborne repeater (strapped in the back seat) of a CAP aircraft. During this period a second aircraft flew in from Cheyenne with a second airborne repeater and relieved the first aircraft “on Station”. During both phases, the CAP operators used their portable HF equipment to establish communications on CAP frequencies to Idaho and other locations. Eric Schwarm N6RFI, who was the exercise lead thanked us “We have always had to relied on our own vehicles or borrowed locations as bases for our exercises, we really appreciated Rocky Mountain Ham Radio allowing us the use of their trailer for this exercise “. Participating for RM Ham where David KØPWO (who missed the photo op!), Chris KDØZYF and Wayne NØPOH.
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Click on RMHAM University above for more information and course syllabus. Our fall/winter class curriculum has been posted and we’ve got another great year of learning for you. Our classes are limited in number, so make sure you sign up early. Pizza lunch will be provided for your registration fee.
A few members from RMHAM activated the Great Sand Dunes National Park (NP25) from August 11-13th. The ARRL National Parks on the Air year long event has been a huge success in getting hams out to the parks and showing off their portable operating skills while teaching the public about amateur radio.
Neal Tew – KD0MBL, Jeff Carrier – K0JSC, and Amanda Alden-Carrier-K1DDN, members of RMHAM had fun setting up 2 portable operating stations from the park’s picnic area during all three days. Band conditions were less than favorable, so most QSO’s were made on 20m. Other QSO’s were made on 40m and 2m. Put to good use was RMHAM’s QRV3, which supplied generator power and a home for the hamstick antennas. Neal operated his station on solar and battery power supplied by his trailer fitted with two 120 watt solar panels.
Visitor turnout was low, but those who did make it had a great time. One of our visitors was from Dayton and while not a ham knew all about ham radio! A big thanks goes to Dave Newmyer – N0KM and John Fink – W0DNR who assisted with making contacts. There were a few public visitors who needed a table to have lunch and were lucky enough to learn about amateur radio at the same time.
When the bands are bad, they re-enacted Star Wars.
344 QSO’s were made in a combined time of 15 operating hours. NPOTA chasers were happy to work a new one. One more bonus for the chasers, the Old Spanish National Historic Trail runs through the park. Therefore they all got a two for one! NP25 and TR19.
Frank Beafore, WS8B and Chris Hamilton, KDØZYF
Photo Courtesy Joe KØNEB
To the Members of Rocky Mountain Ham Radio
“Congratulations on your winning the Hamvention® Club of the Year Award for 2016. You were chosen from a prestigious group of clubs from across the U.S. The judging team reviewed the nomination and your web site and came away completely impressed with your accomplishments. We especially focused in on your public service efforts and especially your attention to the younger folks. I am looking forward to meeting your representatives at Hamvention 2016.” Warmest Regards, Frank Beafore, WS8B Chairperson, Hamvention Awards
Chris KDØZYF RMHam-CO, Brian N5ZGT RMHam-NM, Doug K2AD RMHam-CO accepting the Award from Hamvention Chairman Jim Tiderman N8IDS
“Congratulations on your club being nominated as Club of the Year for the 2016 Dayton Hamvention.” Jim Tiderman, N8IDS, General Chairman, 2015 – 2016 Dayton Hamvention.
Read more at the Dayton Hamvention Awards Page
As of May 1, 2016, Colorado Wide will officially be changing names to Rocky Mountain Wide. This talkgroup is now carried in 4 states on 25 repeaters. We believe that the name change more adequately describes the coverage area of this talkgroup. The talkgroup ID will remain 700.
The codeplugs are being revised for all radios as we speak and the website information has already been changed to reflect the change.
There is no reason we cannot start using the name “Rocky Mountain Wide” now, so let’s all try to do it!
Looking forward to hearing all of you on Rocky Mountain Wide.
The second annual New Mexico TechFest, an ARRL-sanctioned operating specialty event hosted by Rocky Mountain Ham Radio on February 27, 2016, was a huge success! 77 hams from across New Mexico gathered at this annual technically-focused conference designed to facilitate education, demonstrations, and collaboration about relevant and emerging technical topics, techniques, and applications within amateur radio.
In addition to the top-notch technical presentations that were given, attendees were treated to snacks and refreshments as well as numerous prizes that were drawn throughout the event. Tables with AC power were provided for attendees to set up and conduct informal ham-related technology and home-brew project demonstrations and posterboard presentations throughout the day.
For more details, please visit the New Mexico TechFest event page.