Rocky Mountain Ham Southern Command

05/16/2013
Following is a report from RMHR/Southern Command:

The mailman just delivered June’s QST magazine, which contains November Sweepstakes (phone) results.  Sandia National Laboratories ARC, W5MPZ, placed first in the Rocky Mountain Division in the Multi-operator, Low Power category.  We also placed 8th nationwide (including Canada) in the Multi-operator, Low Power category (out of 65); 5th overall in New Mexico (out of 17); 15th overall in the Rocky Mountain Division (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming…out of 70); and 320 overall nationwide (including Canada…out of 1673).  Clean Sweep, and only 20 hours of operating (out of 24 possible).

RMHR members Ed KA8JMW and Brian N5ZGT organized the operation, RMHR member Chris NB5T was his usual powerhouse contest op, and RMHR member Katelyn KA5TLN provided support for the larger team since the operation was at our QTH.

Same folks are gearing up for W5MPZ’s traditional Field Day operation in the northern New Mexico mountains.  Last year we made 1300+ QSOs with a single HF station (1A).  Looking to step up the game as 2A this year.

73,

Brian N5ZGT


Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Assists in Operation Vital Connection

05/04/2013

5/4/13 Highlands Ranch, Colorado.  Rocky Mountain Ham Radio in support of Colorado AuxComm and the Colorado Office of Emergency Management assisted in an exercise with most major municipalities at the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Facility to prove interoperability between each other and also interface with the US Military communications support groups.

The Rocky Mountain Ham Radio trailer was included in the exercise because it’s capabilities are the same as an MCCU or Mobile Command and Communications Unit.  All federal and state interoperable channels were tested as well as ham radio VHF, UHF and Packet frequencies.  Messages were sent via voice to test all local channels as well as testing packet capability to the military.

MARS frequencies were tested between Fort Huachuca, AZ as well as other locations.  Photos of the exercise are available in the gallery above!

 


FCC Grants Waiver for MotoTRBO

03/26/2013

March 22nd, 2013, the FCC granted a petition from the ARRL to allow one-slot TDMA on the ham bands, WT Docket No. 12-283.  This allows operation of all of the competing DMR radios to be used on the ham bands until such a time that the FCC gets it’s rulemaking done to allow amateur radio operators to use TDMA for experimentation and furthering of the art of radio.  If you’d like to read the whole grant, you’ll find a copy on line here.


RMHAM is an ARRL Affiliated Club

  • 10/06/2018Deliver Trailer to BARCfest
  • 10/07/2018RMHAM exhibiting at BARCfest
  • 10/13/2018 9:00 amCCYARC/RMHam VE Testing
  • 10/18/2018 7:00 pmAmerican Red Cross DMR Net
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NCARC Hamfest

01/19/2013

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio attended the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club’s hamfest at the Ranch (Larimer County Fairgrounds) on January 19th.  The hamfest was well attended and many hams toured the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Commtrailer.   In addition to the trailer, RMHAM had a static MotoTRBO display at the event demoing linking and Digital Mobile Radio.

Special thanks for all that attended and assisted us with the event.


2012 Turkey Day 5K race

12/09/2012

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio supported Douglas County ARES, District 24, for the Turkey Day 5K. This is an annual event that D24 supports, and RMHR is priviledged to contribute by providing its Command and Communications Trailer. 16 members of ARES District 24 volunteered to successfully provide communications support and course safety for the “Turkey Day 5k” in the early morning hours of November 22, 2012. D24 contributed 70+ man hours to the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce, while utilizing a UHF Portable Repeater (W0RDR/R), 800MHz DTRS, Business Band VHF, APRS, and Digital ATV on 5GHz to manage the event. These provided real-time communications and video for race organizers, and communications with medical personnel and the ARES operators along the course. D24 manned 10 locations along the course, ensuring that the runners were safely running on the right path, and provided Digital ATV from 2 locations on the course. Randy Reynard, W0RDR, was D24’s Mission Coordinator for the event, and Daeron Cofer, KC0CNS, managed the D24 team as net control from the Comm Trailer. See pictures of the event at Turkey Day 5K 2012 under Gallery above.


10th In The US Multioperator!

11/13/2012

Well, the results are in.  Rocky Mountain Ham Radio came in 10th in the nation, multioperator for the 2012 June VHF QSO Party.  Not too bad for a bunch of folks west of the Mississippi.    As you know, it’s a numbers thing.  Being out here in the west, the population density is not such that we can really win the contest, but we do everything we can do to make every contact we can make.

This year the contest results look like this:

# Call Score QSOs Mult
1 W2SZ 1,638,400 2,172 512
2 K8GP 1,036,917 1,671 453
3 W3CCX 687,354 1,395 327
4 K5QE 543,996 1,130 414
5 N6VI 509,922 1,188 213
6 K9CT 380,952 1,007 333
7 K3YTL 341,598 1,001 289
8 KB0HH 309,396 1,023 276
9 VE3WCC 278,496 757 288
10 W0KVA 253,946 1,021 238

You should note that we’re in the list with some very powerful contesters.  Give yourselves a pat on the back for doing so well!

Special thanks to: K0JLA, K2AD, AB0SF, W0KU, W0VG, K0IME, K0PWO, K0RM, N0OEM, K0LNC, N0VBY, W0GV for giving up their weekend to build this station and bring us to another fantastic conclusion.

If you have any interest in joining the group next year, please make sure you let some of the team know.  Space is very limited and there are only a few left.


Operation Vortex

10/16/2012

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio was invited to provide communications for Operation Vortex on October 11, 2012. This was a large, metro-wide exercise that simulated destruction by tornados in various locations across the area. Several first-responder agencies from jurisdictions around the metro area took part in the exercise, Denver International Airport and several ARES districts. In addition, a large contingent of FEMA personnel and equipment from Colorado and Utah initially staged at DIA and participated in the exercise.

RM Ham deployed its Communications Trailer to the Denver International Airport location, where the incident command post for the exercise was located. Boulder County ARES, District 11, set up a mobile tower next to the Trailer and provided the primary relay for Amateur Television broadcasts of the exercise events in various locations around the Denver metro area.

The RMHR Trailer was also used to provide communications support for Arapahoe ARES District 22’s assignment to serve as net control for exercise communication support in the vicinity of DIA. D22 personnel used the Trailer’s capabilities to manage and coordinate communications among D22 members assigned to event support duties.

Operation Vortex was a complex exercise during which several ARES districts in the Colorado North Central Region provided communications support to first responders as well as to the exercise controllers and support personnel. RMHR was privileged to have been assigned a significant communications-support role during the event. Gallery photos are found by clicking the photo above!


Boulder Mountainbike Alliance Support

09/10/2012

Hi there Rocky Mountain Hams,

I just wanted to drop a line to thank you for the use of your 449.225 MHz Mt. Thorodin repeater on Saturday for the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance’s Caribou Classic / SufferFest bike ride. You’ve been very generous in allowing us to use your machine, and we sincerely appreciate it. I hope we weren’t too much of a bother with all the traffic throughout the day.

The coverage of that repeater is phenomenal! We were sprinkled throughout the area between Nederland and Brainard Lake, mostly with small handie-talkies and whip antennas in forested areas, and never had any significant trouble getting a clear signal. Without your repeater, we’d have a heck of time trying to support this event!

Thank you so much!

73,

Fred Ecks, KG0UL