Sandia Crest Fixed

May 20, 2020

Alan N5BGC, Mark KF5DFV and Chris W5CBP made the trek to the mountain today to repair the link from Albuquerque up to the Crest and worked their magic on the link to town.  They found that the microwave antenna had fallen out of it’s mount due to icing and wind.  They replaced the unit with a new radio and brought the link up. 


Online RMHAM-U April 18 via Zoom

April 18, 2020

Mike Lozano, K0NGA and the RMHAM team presented an online RMHAM-University live on Zoom.  We had over 80 participants and there was some fantastic information imparted.  A copy of this video is online and you’re welcome to watch it.

RMHAM DMR Repeater Network Overview
– Location of repeaters
– How the talk groups are mapped
– How the New Mexico repeater talk group layout is different
– Open Q&A

Click here to see the video.


Codeplug Standardization Process Underway

April 18, 2020

Hi All,  Rocky Mountain Ham Radio is undertaking a massive update of the RMHAM Sample Codeplugs.  We will be updating repeaters, contacts and formats to ensure that it’s usable for all users along the network.  Our codeplug team has been meeting to try to come up with a good plan and group channels appropriately and clean up dead repeaters and add repeaters that are missing.

 


HamCon Colorado 2020 Postponed

HamCon Colorado 2020 is postponed until 2021.  For more information, please visit HamCon Colorado’s Website.

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Calendar

May 30, 2020
  • CANCELLED DIRTY 30 TRAIL RACE

    May 30, 2020
    Golden Gate Canyon State Park, 92 Crawford Gulch Rd, Golden, CO 80403, USA

    See more details

  • EOSS USING RM WIDE/Central

    May 30, 2020  4:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Good Evening Doug,  Jeff,  John & the RMHAM Board,

    We will be flying EOSS-299 EOSS Flight Saturday May 30th (WX Sunday May 31st) out of Windsor Colorado for NOAA.

    https://www.eoss.org/node/3797


    We would like to use the RMHAM DMR system for drive out coordination along with tracking and recovery.  

    We would start using the system at 4:30 AM and be done by 3 PM or so.  As always we would suspend our use of the system if there was emergency traffic and resume after that traffic cleared.

    Additionally we will be utilizing our mobile LTE linked DMR repeater which performed flawlessly on EOSS 297/298.   We had full communications with our ground station in Windsor Colorado for the duration of the flight and its tracking and recovery.   The mobile is linked to RMHAM “Wide” and “Central”.  

    EOSS Contacts:
    Flight Coordinator: Jim Langsted, KC0RPS, (303) 870-2802
    Tracking and Recovery Coordinator: Marty Griffin, WA0GEH, Cell: ‭(303) 378-3900
    Backup Tracking and Recovery Coordinator: Mark Patton, KC0D, Cell: (303) 517-4967

    My contact information is below.

    Please let me know your thoughts.

    Best regards and 73',

    Mike Pappas
    W9CN
    RF Resource Coordinator
    Edge of Space Sciences
    www.eoss.org
    Pappas Consulting LLC
    Off: 303-988-0976
    Cell: 303-807-5619
    advanceddigital@mac.com

    See more details

June 6, 2020
  • DMR Tech Net

    June 6, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Rocky Mountain Wide

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June 13, 2020
June 14, 2020
June 18, 2020
  • Red Cross Net

    June 18, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Rocky Mountain Wide

    See more details

June 26, 2020
  • ARRL Field Day

    June 26, 2020 - June 28, 2020  

    Rocky Mountain Ham Radio will be in Southpark for the annual excursion.

    See more details

June 27, 2020
  • ARRL Field Day

    June 26, 2020 - June 28, 2020  

    Rocky Mountain Ham Radio will be in Southpark for the annual excursion.

    See more details

June 28, 2020
  • ARRL Field Day

    June 26, 2020 - June 28, 2020  

    Rocky Mountain Ham Radio will be in Southpark for the annual excursion.

    See more details

New Mexico Talkgroups/Repeaters Added

April 3, 2020

We have added a few new talkgroups to the New Mexico systems.  Albuquerque/Sandia and  Pajarito both have local talkgroups that are “local” and keep the traffic on that repeater.

We’ve also added a “New Mexico” talkgroup which covers all repeaters in New Mexico.  We’re adding these to Durango and Caviness soon allowing for a talkgroup to cover all New Mexico repeaters.

As of 4/3/20, the new Farmington repeater is online thanks to Bill Van Huss, N5UBJ and is tied into the other repeaters and the NM talkgroup and 4 Corners talkgroup have been added to the Farmington, Durango and Caviness/Mancos repeaters.

See the updated talkgroup list in DMR Site Information for more information.


Dirty 30 2020 Race Cancelled

March 26, 2020

Hi All,

The 2020 Dirty 30 race in Golden Gate Canyon State Park was cancelled today to ensure everyone’s continued safety.  Our team will be back next year and will be ready to go supplying the communications needs for the event.

This is a huge event and requires 30+ hams to pull off what we do.  If you have some interest, make sure you let us know.
John, W0VG and Willem, AC0KQ

The Swapfest!

February 16, 2020

The Swapfest was a great event.  500 of your closest friends came out to sell lots of great gear and see many interesting things.  The RMHAM/ARA/CCYARC event was another success and we had a great time putting it on for you.  Looking foward to the 2021 version.   It will be a great event!

 


RMHAM Assists JFK High in Foxhunt!

January 15, 2020

On January 15th, RMHAM members visited JFK High School to teach a group of engineering students some amateur radio fundamentals, and guide them on an ARDF foxhunt. We were able to take about 20 students out in 3 teams to try and find 4 hidden transmitters. For many of these kids, it was their first real introduction to the hobby, and they really enjoyed it! They’re excited for the upcoming ARISS contact next summer or fall.

Thanks to the team: Bob Sterner KB0BS, Chris Keller K0SWE, Dan Meyer N0PUF, Skyler Fennell W0SKY, Cheyenne Sterner N0CKS and Hayley Sterner from the RMHAM side, and to Heather Randall of JFK High School for giving us the opportunity!


RMHAM Completes Western Microwave

December 29, 2019

As of 12/28/2019, Rocky Mountain Ham Radio has completed it’s western microwave through to Grand Junction. The Colorado Connection is currently riding this on their western slope repeaters: Leadville, Vail, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction.  Mark Skelton, N7CTM, Mike Langhenry, K7AIH and John Maxwell, W0VG braved the snow to finish the final spike in the railroad in Eagle.

Our microwave provides a link at 14ms from Denver to Grand Junction as well as from Cheyenne, WY to Albuquerque NM. This gives hams some options that they’ve never had before and a simple method for interconnecting radio sites.

We do not provide internet service but will transport your internet to your desired site!


RMHAM Does Network Class

December 15, 2019

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio facilitated a Mikrotik network class on December 14, 2019 from 8am to 3pm to a full house of interested folks. Dr. Willem Schreuder, AC0KQ led us through configuring Mikrotik routers, OSPF and troubleshooting while John Maxwell, W0VG led us through building a working microwave radio link to interconnect.

We used the RMHAM “NetLab” network mock up to facilitate interconnection to the network test bed and ensured that each person learned how to set up their system to be able to talk back to the main network.

Many folks that have never seen the process of building and testing from start to finish attended and were able to get some hands-on time with routers and microwave radios.


Wyoming DMR in the Press

December 9, 2019

Our neighbors to the north did a nice segment with Wyoming Public Broadcasting Service. There’s a half hour video on Amateur Radio and how hams in Wyoming are helping out. Greg Galka, N7GT did a blurb on DMR. It’s interesting to see what they’re doing.

Click here to see the video.


2020 NM Techfest

November 19, 2019

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio is pleased to announce the 2020 New Mexico TechFest, an ARRL-sanctioned operating specialty event, on Saturday February 29, 2020 at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Event Center.

Join fellow amateur radio operators from around New Mexico (and beyond) for a day of quality presentations, demonstrations, and instruction provided by some of New Mexico and Colorado’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 many more details, including the call for presentations/posterboards/demos, please visit the New Mexico TechFest web page.


ARRL 2020 Rocky Mountain Division Convention Postponed

November 11, 2019

The HamCon Colorado 2020 convention team has announced that their convention scheduled for August 2020 has been postponed until 2021.  More information is available at their website http://www.hamconcolorado.com.


Backbone Extended to Grand Junction!

September 27, 2019

On September 27, 2019, 15 very dedicated folks journeyed to 3 radio sites on the western slope to extend the microwave backbone from Vail to Grand Junction. This installation allows for high-speed data between several radio sites on the western slope and the rest of the state.

This system goes from Vail to Eagle to Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction. The teams had a very long day and came away with 2/3 of the network working. Our design for one of the hops didn’t take in to account tree growth since the path was last used in the late 1980s and was flaky. We’re building an intermediate hop and it will be completed in the near future.

Stay tuned for more information!


Special Thanks to Firefighters!

September 13, 2019

Our Salida, Methodist Mountain site is about a mile from a current wildfire that is burning now. The firemen are mitigating the site to make sure it’s not overrun!

Thank you for all you do!


RMHam U Webinar! – DMR Basics

July 24, 2019

As part of RMHAM’s Continuing Education program, Mike Lozano K0NGA will present a one hour online training on “DMR Basics for Amateur Radio” on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 07:00 PM Mountain Time.
This session is for Amateur Radio operators and new Hams who are just getting into DMR. The session will cover the basics of DMR: What it is, how it differs from analog amateur radio repeaters and radios, and the building blocks of how to program a channel in a DMR radio. Demonstrations in this session will use the Anytone programming software, but the concepts will apply to any DMR radio.

Please view the video DMR Basics for Amateur Radio before attending!

The session will take the form of an online Zoom Meeting.
Topic: DMR Basics for Amateur Radio
Time: Jul 24, 2019 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Mike is THE authority on this topic and an excellent instructor. Please encourage people new to DMR to participate in this zoom meeting.
73 Willem AC0KQ
RMHAM Director for Continuing Education