RMHAM Helps JFK High School Learn Fox Hunting!


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


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.

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


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.


RMHAM is an ARRL Affiliated Club

Wyoming DMR in the Press


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 New Mexico TechFest


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 Announced


The HamCon Colorado 2020 convention team has announced their schedule and venue at the campus of CU Denver South, 10035 S Peoria St, Parker, CO 80134.  The convention will be held on August 7-9, 2020.   This venue will provide plenty of space for vendors, forums, and speakers and it’s going to be a good one.

There will be many exhibits, clubs, lots of technical talks and national speakers!  This will be a great event and one you will surely not want to miss.

The convention team will be holding DX University on Friday August 7th.  This is for all of the folks interested in HF contesting and will roll up lots of best practices for you.

Mark your calendars!  Registration will be opening in early January, 2020 and you’ll want to pre-register for the best possible fee.

HamCon 2020’s website is at http://www.hamconcolorado.com.

Backbone Extended to Grand Junction!


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!


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!

Field Day Video


Here’s a video that Lu Vencl did for his trip to our field day site.  We definitely had fun, even though we woke to 1/2″ of snow that morning.  Check out the video!

RMHam U Webinar! – DMR Basics


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

Field Day 2019 News


I thought you and your club might like to see and hear what your field day station sounded like here in Columbia, MO last Saturday.  My son brought his family to see our operation.  We had several stations and an information table set up for visitors.  I showed them around and when we got to our GOTA station, the operator, Alex asked grandson, David if he wanted to make a contact.  He shyly stepped up and was given a plasticized script of what to say.  I’ve attached a link to a video my son took of David’s first Ham Radio contact.  When it was over, he began to step away and Alex said, “Where are you going?  I need some help.”  David sat down and helped make seven more contacts.  He was thrilled.

At the same time we had several local media crews doing interviews and filming.  A student reporter from the Mizzou (Univ of MO) Journalism school did a story about our event, which was printed in their Missourian newspaper yesterday.  I attached a link to that, also.
Over the years I have shown David various things about radio and basic electricity.  He gets it, but has been a big X-Box enthusiast.  He is eleven years old, now.  I was 12 when I got interested in this and it developed into a career.  I’m hoping this experience might raise his curiosity about our wonderful hobby.
Here’s the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO223mK-vLw
Here’s the press: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/local/radio-operators-tune-in-for-nationwide-field-exercise/article_5fb41910-9457-11e9-ad88-efe00327ad94.html
Myron Kern, W0ZH
Vice President, Central Missouri Radio Association (K0SI)
Columbia, MO

Dirty 30 a Rousing Success


Rocky Mountain Ham, Colorado AuxComm, and Several ARES members provided communications and health and welfare tracking for nearly 500 runners at the annual Dirty 30 Trail Race in Golden Gate Canyon.  We had twenty eight hams there to support the event and ensure that the runners made it to their destination safely. The course uses 30 miles of the 35 miles of trail in the Golden Gate Canyon State Park of which most of it is not covered with cellular service!

The RMHAM Tech Team of Willem Schreuder, AC0KQ, Ben  Matthews, KC2VJW, Tracy Helmhold, KI0HC, John Maxwell, W0VG, Chris Hamilton, AE5IT, Chris DePuy, WB0ITX, Jon Blome, KF0JB and several other hams built a large microwave network for providing reliable IP communications for all of the aid stations in the park.

Without this support, it would be significantly more difficult to handle the mass influx of runners through the aid stations and keep track of them.  At one point in the course, the aid station had 210 runners through in an 5 minute period!  That would have been quite challenging to get that recorded manually!

It was a challenging and rewarding weekend and a fantastic learning experience!  Kudos to all.


Dirty 30 Trail Race Upcoming


Hi All,

The RMHAM and AuxComm technical team is going to provide communications for the 2019 Dirty 30 50k trail race in Golden Gate Canyon State Park.  We have plenty of volunteers this year and are looking toward a great technical challenge and event.

If we don’t bring the communications, we we can’t communicate.  As you may or may not know, the park has very little commercial communications methods and no cellular telephone service.  This makes the communications mission for amateur radio even more needed.

In order to track over 750 runners on the 50 kilometer course, we employ many hops of microwave built especially for this event.  Our operators oversee and maintain the network for the event and provide emergency backup in case of a failure.

This year, we are adding additional microwave paths within the park and video cameras from each of the aid stations which are recorded on a digital recorder in the communications trailer at the start finish.

This event will have nearly 40 amateur radio operators on site to assist the race team to provide a seamless event.  We hope that we can have you join the team next year!  It a very fulfilling experience.

John, W0VG and Willem, AC0KQ


RMHam U: PodCom with Video!


Rocky Mountain Ham University was in session on March 16th with David Dean, KØPWO presenting portable/deployable emergency equipment (VHF/UHF/HF).  About 30 area hams enjoyed a practical, interactive class.

If you’d like to watch the class, it’s here

NM TechFest is Underway



The 2019 New Mexico TechFest is underway in Albuquerque.  The event promises to be fun and educational with many seminars and technical demonstrations scheduled throughout the day.  Well done to the RMHam-New Mexico team for planning and hosting this annual event.

Longmont Amateur Radio Club Swapfest coming April 2019


The LARCfest is coming April 6, 2019. As usual, it’s a great hamfest and Rocky Mountain Ham Radio will be there. Consider coming out and supporting the Longmont Amateur Radio Club!  We’ll be there with the QRV2 and some items to sell.

The flier is here