Boo! Don’t be scared by Halloween changes.

10/21/2018

On October 31st, there will be some minor changes to the RMHam DMR Network.  On that date, the Devils Head repeater will be re-programmed with a new ‘Local’ talk group and the current ‘Central’ talk group will be dropped.  For those of you maintaining your own Code Plug, the changes are as follows: (1) Repeater Color Code changes from CC=7 to CC=8; (2) Remove talk group 720/Central from Time Slot 2; (3) Add new talk group 711/Devils Local on Time Slot 2.   In addition to that change, RMHam will be creating a new Talk Group to be used for experimenting with Voice and Data on our three VHF repeaters located at Almagre, Squaw and Lookout.  The changes are: On Time Slot 2 create Talk Group 705 which will be called “Eastern”.  All other parameters remain the same.  If there are any questions about programming your Code Plug, please contact the appropriate Code Plug maintainer for your type of radio as listed on our Sample Code Plug page.


DMR RMHAM-U by K0NGA

10/20/2018

The ever popular RMHAM University on DMR Systems and Uses by Mike K0NGA was attended by more than 40 people this Saturday morning.  It was an excellent talk with great interaction and many new faces interested in getting into DMR.  The talk was recorded by John AE7YH and Fran AF7YL and is available on the RMHAM YouTube channel soon.


Willem Explains NetLab

10/08/2018

(By KØRM)

At the BARCFest held on October 7th, the RMHam NetLab was on display and drew many curious attendees.   I captured an impromptu briefing when I aimed my camera at our own network guru Willem Schreuder and said “what’s going on here?”   Thanks to him for a great two-minute explanation and demonstration.

Click HERE to see the video.


RMHAM is an ARRL Affiliated Club

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  • 09/28/2019 9:00 amRMHAM/CCYARC VE Testing
  • 10/05/2019 7:00 pmDMR Tech Net on RM Wide
  • 10/19/2019 8:30 amRMHAMU: DMR
AEC v1.0.4

Introduction to Network Radio

08/25/2018

Have you heard all the buzz about Network Radio but wanted to more about it? RMHAM team member Joey Stanford, NV0N, has created an informal introduction video to get you to started.

RMHR hosts successful 2018 TAPR Digital Communications Conference in Albuquerque

08/20/2018

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, New Mexico hosted the 2018 TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel on September 14-16. DCC is an annual conference, attended by hams across the United States and world, that highlights digital communications technologies, techniques, and capabilities currently being utilized within amateur radio or under development.  RMHR-NM attracted DCC to New Mexico for the first time in the conference’s 37 year history, in part because of its experience conducting the annual New Mexico TechFest.

The weekend was filled with introductory and technical presentations, demonstrations, meals with speakers, prizes, and opportunities to establish or build relationships with some of amateur radio’s notable technical innovators.  Special thanks to Rick AE5JI, Ron NR5ON, Erik KE5ZBG, Pat W5RMY, and Brian N5ZGT for the logistical and on-site support!


RMHAM University 2018-2019

08/15/2018

We are excited to announce yet another excellent set of classes for the 2018-2019 season. RMHAM University is held on the third Saturday of every month and takes the form of a four hour in-depth exploration of a topic.

  • Oct 20  DMR Systems and Uses
  • Nov 17  Ad Hoc IP Networks
  • Dec 15  Test and Measurement
  • Jan 26  Repeaters 102
  • Mar 16  Building your PodCom
  • Apr 20  Linking Repeaters

Click here for more details on what the classes cover.  

The classes are free and walk-ins are allowed, but we ask that you RSVP so that we can have enough coffee and treats on hand.

Click here to sign up for the class.

Classes are held Saturday mornings from 8am to about noon at the Cherry Creek Schools ESC on South Yosemite in Greenwood Village.

We usually meet for breakfast at the Village Inn on Hampden before class, and often enjoy lunch together at a restaurant in the vicinity after class to talk about the topic of the day as well as life, the universe and everything.  Please join us for some delightful conversation.


DRC Swapfest Sunday August 26th

07/07/2018

One of the best swap fests in the Front Range is coming up on Sunday August 26th, 2018.  Denver Radio Club always puts on a good event.  Doors Open at 8:30AM and ends at 1PM. It Will Be On A New Weekend This Year.  The location is the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Avenue, Golden, CO 80401.  Rocky Mountain Ham Radio will be out supporting DRC with our communications trailer.

Click on this link for more information

Talk-In on 145.49- 100Hz. tone; and 448.625- 100 Hz. tone

Hourly Door Prizes – Main Drawing at Noon (Must be present to win)

Admission: Only $6.00 (Children under 13 are free with a paid adult).


Support RMHam thru Amazon Smile

03/13/2018

The AmazonSmile Prime Day starts July 16 at 1 PM Get Great Deals thru July 17 and Support RM Ham. Now is the perfect time to start supporting RM Ham through Amazon Smile.  We’ve started purchasing the parts to redo the installation at Mosquito and we have plenty of new projects coming up this summer! Just go to smile.amazon.com/ch/45-2928518 and Amazon will donate to Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Inc.


The Swapfest 2018

03/03/2018

February 18, 2018, the weather was perfect for the first Metro area ham fest of the season. The Swapfest 2018 was a great event! We set an attendance record with well over 500 in attendance and once again sold out all the tables in the hall.
This year’s Swapfest featured the Rocky Mountain Ham University Homebrew and Kit Building Expo that had a very good turnout with a variety of presentations and great Q and A sessions.
The Aurora Repeater Association, Cherry Creek Young Amateur Radio Club and Rocky Mountain Ham Radio want to extend a hearty THANK YOU to all who participated and attended the event!


Thorodin Wind Damage

02/08/2018

As of about 2PM on Feb 7, 2018, the Thorodin DMR went off-air as well as 449.225 analog and the Colorado Connection Denver transmitter.  The main antenna for UHF transmitter combiner broke it’s mounts at the roofline and ripped out it’s feedlines.  The system is temporarily repaired and back online as of Feb 9, 2018.  It’s amazing the damage that wind can do!  It was blowing about 25mph continuous and gusts to 60 while W0VG and Ben Hammond from Mountain Broadband were there affecting repairs.


RMHam U – Antennas, feedlines, SWR

12/16/2017

About 25 hams attended Chris Hamilton’s (AE5IT) RMHam U class on Antennas, Feedlines and SWR (subtitled:  Every Antenna is a Multiband Antenna).   The Chris explained why even mismatched antennas can be effective radiators as long as your are using a feed line with low loss.  The class also had a practical demonstration of wave  propagation.  RMHam holds these classes monthly during the ‘cold’ months and you can sign up by clicking on “RMHam University” in the menu bar of this web site.


Support RMHAM this Holiday Season!

11/06/2017

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio has found a great opportunity for you to have a portion of your purchases through http://smile.amazon.com donated to Rocky Mountain Ham Radio.  This costs you nothing, and RMHAM receives a portion of your purchase! Click Here to sign up and support RM HAM or just visit Amazon Smile and choose Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, Inc as your 501(c)(3) charity of choice!

Our network expansion this year alone (Westcreek, Leadville and Vail) cost $15000.00 and that doesn’t include any of our maintenance from lightning strikes or equipment damage!

We would love to have your support through Amazon or donating directly to us via our link under About RMHAM Radio, Support RMHR.  You’ll thank us when you go to use our network!

 


Maker Faire Success

11/04/2017

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio attended Maker Faire Denver on October 14th and 15th 2017 at the Denver Merchandise Mart.  The Comm Trailer was set up in an area that had great traffic and many visitors during the event.  Willem reported that the crystal receiver was a bit hit with attendees and there were ongoing discussions about Ham Radio in general and kit building in particular.  Thanks to Chris, AE5IT for leading the group.


Exhibiting at MakerFaire

10/05/2017

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio will be exhibiting its communications trailer at the Maker Faire Denver on October 14th and 15th 2017 at the Denver Merchandise Mart. 451 E 58th Ave, Denver, CO 80216.  We will be there from 10AM Saturday to 5pm Sunday.  This is a great event with many crossovers to amateur radio.  Come out an join us or just to look around.  More information is available at their website:  https://denver.makerfaire.com.

Directly from their website:

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The original Make Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA, and in 2014 celebrated its eleventh annual show with some 1100 makers and 130,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 80,000  attendees. Kansas City, Detroit, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Silver Spring, Paris, Rome, Oslo,Trondheim, Tokyo, Newcastle (UK), and Shenzhen – and now DENVER – are the home of larger-scale “featured” Maker Faires and over 120-community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.


Three Sites, One Day. Again!

10/01/2017

A crack team of 15 RMHAM team members pulled off another 3 site day interconnecting the RMHAM network to Leadville and Vail.  This push gets DMR into these areas that have not been covered with DMR until now.  We now cover I-70 nearly contiguously from Genoa through Avon.  We installed two microwave hops from our Fairplay site to our Leadville and then over to Vail with three dedicated teams.  By noon on September 30, 2017, the DMR systems were in place and ready to carry traffic.  We also added new digital linking for the Colorado Connection and upgraded both the Leadville and Vail repeaters to new digital hardware!  Ski Country ARC from the Vail area assisted the Vail RMHAM team in completing this task.  Fairplay team of K0JSC, N2MED, K0GUR got the microwave in and peaked.  Leadville team of W0VG, AC0KQ, AE5IT, N0DEV, K0IBM, K7AIH.  Vail team was K2AD, WA1JHK, KI0KN, N7CTM with prework by W0KU.  Ski Country folks that helped out KD0MA, KE0JEG and N0ECT.  They installed microwave, power, routers, and all assorted cabling along with doing lots of antenna rework to handle the new configuration.


RMHAM-U 2017-18

09/02/2017

Based on the results of our survey regarding RMHAM University, we are pleased to announce an exciting program for RMHAM-U this year.

In addition to six new half day classes, we will also have a Home Brew and Kit-building Expo in conjunction with the ARA Swapfest in February.

Oct 21, 2017 DMR in Ham Radio (Mike K0NGA)

Nov 18, 2017 Getting a Handle on RF Noise and Interference (Ron N0IVN & Tom W0IVJ)

Dec 16, 2017 Every Antenna is a Multiband Antenna (Chris AE5IT)

Jan 27, 2018 Designing, Building and Deploying your PodCom (David K0PWO)

Feb 18, 2018 Home Brew and Kit-building Expo

Mar 17, 2018 RF Applications for the Raspberry Pi (Willem AC0KQ)

Apr 21, 2018 Locating Interference (John W0VG)

Click here for more information and sign up for these events.

This year we will not be providing a pizza lunch, so there is no cost to attend. Participants are invited to join us for an informal lunch and ragchew session afterwards at a nearby restaurant to be selected at the spur of the moment.

If you would like to show your creation at the Home Brew and Kit-building Expo, please sign up for the event and the coordinator Chris AE5IT will contact you with more information. Note that this event is on a Sunday morning to coincide with the ARA Swapfest, while the other RMHAM-U classes are on Saturday morning.

We look forward to seeing you there!