June VHF Great For Colorado!

11/14/2013

The results are in for the June VHF Contest and the results for Colorado were truly outstanding.  If you look at the results, you’ll find several local callsigns in the Top Ten: N0POH, W9RM, W6OAL, KK0Q, K0NR, W0KVA, KR0VER/R!  These results show what happens when we get the propagation and the East Coast is buried in rainstorms!  It was certainly another contest to remember.  It wasn’t spectacular propagation, but it certainly shows that we all tried!

The whole article is posted on the ARRL website at this link.  If you get a chance, make sure that you congratulate the local operators.

John Maxwell, W0VG
Member of the W0KVA Contest Team


Microwave Network Up and Running!

11/13/2013

ubnt-rocket-m-0The Rocky Mountain Ham Radio team has been working diligently all summer building a network from Horsetooth Mountain in Fort Collins to Fremont Peak in Canon City!  It is carrying IP traffic for our new Motorola MotoTRBO digital radio network as well as Voice Over IP Linking, IRLP and BPQ Packet network interconnection.

The network is comprised of commercial, off the shelf, microwave gear that is in the 3.3-3.5GHz ham band!  This network will be expanding steadily over the coming years to encompass all of the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio sites along the front range.

In previous years, high power transmitters, link yagis and feedlines were required to tie repeaters together all along the front range.  With modern technology, analog repeaters can be linked over Voice over IP systems anywhere, at any time for very little capital outlay.  Much less than all current methods!

People think that this is Internet connectivity.  Well, it’s really not.  It’s a private network on amateur radio frequencies to interconnect radio sites.  We are not beholden to internet service providers that can be unreliable or unstable.   It can connect to the internet in certain locations when needed, but because it’s all on Ham Band frequencies, it’s not meant to carry regular desktop internet traffic.

We’ve developed a network that allows for cooperative interconnection with other amateur radio clubs, in fact, we’re counting on it!  The network is designed to scale, and be able to interconnect to any site with a line-of-sight shot to any of our facilities.  If you would like to discuss the opportunity to interconnect your site, please contact us from the menu above!

 


MotoTRBO Primer

11/09/2013

Mike Davey, N0VBY and Jeff Ryan, K0RM have spent quite a bit of time lately mapping out our new codeplug available from the MotoTRBO menu above.  You’ll find it very helpful if you’re trying to update your radio to the new talkgroup layout.  They’ve also created a fantastic primer on MotoTRBO and the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio implementation along the Front Range of Colorado.  I think you’ll be glad you took a few minutes to read through it!  The document can be found here.


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MotoTRBO Systems Changes Are Here!

10/13/2013

The Rocky Mountain Ham Radio team has made the cut to it’s network evolution.  The progress has been staggering, and many changes have been made to system layouts.  The new talkgroup structure is in effect effect as of Saturday, October 12, 2013.  The details of these changes are included in this page.

Your radio will need to be reprogrammed to take advantage of the new changes.  Please get in contact with the person that programmed your rig and get them to update the system layout properly!


IP Routing 101 Class

09/08/2013

Wayne, N0POH, Lisa, K0LMH, Willem, AC0KQ, Mike, K7PFJ do some hands on programming of a Mikrotik router for deployment.

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio ‘University’ conducted Routing 101 class with 8 participants on September 7, 2013. This class was a follow-on to the Repeater 101 class that RMHRU held earlier. These classes were presented by RMHRU ‘professors’ John Maxwell (W0VG) and Bob Sterner (KB0BS) in the well-equipped ‘classroom’ at Doug Sharp’s (K2AD’s) home. The IP and Router curriculum offered instruction in basic IP addressing and protocols, as well as information for more advanced router and network configurations.

Workshops were included in the classes to allow participants to experience hands-on router and switching configurations, and to actually link a repeater that is soon be incorporated into the RMHR MotoTRBO network.

RMHR’s Doug Sharp and John Maxwell also presented a basic outline of the RMHR network improvements that are currently being implemented. these include the micro-wave enhancement of the network backbone, and re-configuration of the system. They also introduced the regional talk-groups that will soon significantly enhance RMHR’s MotoTRBO system capabilities. RMHR expects to continue involving more amateur radio enthusiasts to participate in its efforts to expand its service area and capabilities. RMHR University is just another way that communications experts can promote the many technological capabilities of amateur radio. See pictures of the class here: Routing 101 Class


RMHR Top Ten in June VHF

07/17/2013

Well, claimed scores are in for June VHF and here’s some absolutely amazing news. Wayne Heinen, N0POH came in 4th in his category Single Operator, Low Power. This put him up there with some big contesters! Take an opportunity to pat him on the back or buy him a beer sometime for that fantastic showing!

SINGLE OPERATOR, LOW POWER
1 K2DRH IL 173,250
2 AB5EB STX 91,256
3 WB1GQR VT 85,914
4 N0POH CO 81,780
5 N4QWZ TN 81,748
6 N0LL KS 77,592
7 KC9BQA WI 64,448
8 N9DG WI 64,094
9 K9ASE IN 52,912
10 WB2SIH ENY 52,427

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio’s W0KVA Limon Contest Effort produced another top ten showing with a #5 claimed score in the US Multiple Operator Unlimited Power with a respectable score of 195, 734! Hats off to all of the W0KVA DM89 contest operators!

MULTIPLE OPERATOR, UNLIMITED
1 W2SZ WMA 969,441
2 K8GP VA 677,226
3 VE3WCC ONE 202,947
4 W4IY VA 201,576
5 W0KVA CO 195,734
6 K9CT IL 139,356
7 KB0HH OK 127,596
8 W6TV SJV 114,314
9 AA7XT CO 94,830
10 WQ0P KS 64,370

If you have a few moments, make sure you say something to one of the folks that spent their valuable vacation and weekend time to get us up to a respectable 5th in the US! Oh, and the great photo was take by Greg Pettis, N1GEP.

 


Rocky Mountain Ham Radio’s Summer Events

07/07/2013

We will  be attending the Denver Radio Club annual hamfest at Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, Sunday August 18th, 2013 from 8:30-1pm.  For more information, see http://www.w0tx.org/hamfest.htm.

These are always a good time, a chance for camaraderie and you might find some treasure that you’ve always wanted.  Come out and see us!

 


Rocky Mountain Ham Radio at HamCon 2013

07/01/2013

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio and over 20 of our members attended the ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention in Estes Park, Colorado June 28-30, 2013.  The convention had over 45 technical forum sessions, banquets, foxhunt, W1AW/0 and many other special events.

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio operated the VHF W1AW/0 ARRL Special Event Station out of their communications trailer, managed by Scott Taylor, W0KVA.  The club was integral in making the event a success.  Talk in was being done out of the trailer and managed by Mike Davey, N0VBY.

Pictures of the event are online in the Gallery above.