Akron Site Online

11/01/2015

Ready To Go 31 October 2015As of October 30, 2015, a lot of very dedicated folks went out to Akron, CO to install the new Rocky Mountain Wide/Northern repeater on the network.  It’s footprint is pretty large due to the fact that there’s nothing around there.  It fills in a big hole East of Roggen out I-76 toward Nebraska.  If you’re in the area, you have new options!

Special thanks to all that helped out.  Many thanks to Rob W0FT, John W0VG, Doug K2AD, Jeff K0RM,  James KI0KN, Rick WA7BNG, Dwite W0DWI, Tom AC0CH and our new friends from the local area: Jeff N0XDW, Mike K0MC and Rich KE0BPO.  Without the extensive crew, we never would have been able to handle the high winds.UHF Antenna Heading Up 31 October 2015

 

 


RMHAM at ARDF Championship

10/31/2015

iarulogoMembers of RM Ham once again were mentioned in CQ Magazine, this time in the November, 2015 issue in an article by Joe Moell KØOV. The article featured The USA’s 15th annual ARDF Championships that were held at the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch here in Colorado during August. Dean Mertz KØMKT was captioned as a member of Rocky Mountain Ham Radio and as the volunteer assistant leader for the Starting Line team. Also mentioned as helping with the starts were RMHam members George Bartling WA9TCD and Paul Veal. This was another example of RM Ham stepping up to assist the Amateur Radio Community, Hats off Gentlemen!


CSVHFS recap in October CQ Magazine

10/10/2015

CSVHF-CAuthored by Tony Emanuele WA8RJF of CQ Magazine

(Reprinted from the vhf plus column October 2015 CQ Magazine)

The Central States VHF Conference was held in Denver the weekend of July 25th with over 125 weak-signal aficionados in attendance (see Photo A). As usual, the program included an antenna test range, noise figure measurements (Photo B) and technical presentations (Photo C). The banquet speaker, Rick Roderick, K5UR, First Vice President of the ARRL and avid VHFer, challenged the audience to leave an amateur radio legacy that one could be proud of. The society presented its John T. Chambers Award to Wayne Overbeck, N6NB (Photo D), for his recent record-breaking 2.3 and 3.4 GHz QSOs between California and Hawaii, detailed in last month’s VHF+ column. The Chambers Award was instituted in 1970 to honor Chambers, W6NLZ, for his many contributions to VHF, most notably his work with KH6UK proving the existence of the West Coast-to-Hawaii duct. How fitting it was that this year’s award was presented to Wayne for his record breaking QSOs over the same path.
For someone thinking about testing the VHF+ waters or new to VHF the thought of attending a conference, such as CSVHF or any of the other conferences held throughout the year, may be a bit intimidating. In an effort to pro- mote activity on the VHF+ bands many conferences, including CSVHF, now offer a VHF 101 session or an Introduction to VHF program. Topics and presentations are, by definition, basic in nature. The target audience is any- one from the newest grade school licensee to the oldest, most experienced HF operator who has worked everything there is to work on HF and is now looking for a new challenge.
Conducted by experienced VHFers, these interactive sessions cover basic propagation, equipment, antennas, and operating practices answering questions and dismissing the usual misconceptions about the capabilities of VHF and operation on the higher bands. If you are considering moving up in frequency or new to VHF consider attending such a session at the next VHF conference in your area.


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RMHAM Adds 1st VHF DMR-MARC Machine

09/29/2015

dmr-marcOn Friday 9/25/15 John Maxwell, W0VG and Mike Piller, N9GDM installed and optimized the new VHF 147.255 DMR-MARC machine on Conifer Mountain Serving the greater Denver Metro area.  This will work very well for folks in Evergreen, Conifer, Bailey, Aspen Park in the foothills as well as most of the Front Range from Fort Collins to the top of Monument Hill!

It is carrying the talkgroups listed on this MotoTRBO Radio Site Information page under the MotoTRBO tab on the main navigation bar.


New Breckenridge Repeater!

09/18/2015

2015-09-06 14.10.42Little did you know, Rocky Mountain Ham Radio had a UHF Repeater in the Breckenridge/Summit County area.  This repeater was seldom used and was an island unto itself.  As of September 12, 2015, the crack RMHR team added a new MotoTRBO linked repeater to the statewide system.  It is carrying talkgroups 700 and 720 (Rocky Mountain Wide and Central Talkgroups.)  This repeater is a permanent asset and will remain on the RMHAM network.  It was placed this year in preparation for the ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention next May 2016 at the Keystone Events Center in Dillon, CO.

The site is known as Baldy, and is at nearly 13000′ up in the tundra.  It blankets the Frisco, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Dillon and Keystone areas as well as I-70 from the Eisenhower tunnel.  It also covers with a mobile to Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat!  We’re looking at other opportunities to expand the footprint of Rocky Mountain Wide but we’re in need of some partners to assist on this project.

Because our distances between sites is so great, and could be 6 hours end-to-end, it’s not really possible for us to expand the footprint much more than we already have.  If you have interest in expanding the network into your area please contact Doug Sharp, K2AD.


RMHAM Supports DRC Swapfest

08/17/2015

DRC Swapfest 2016

 

 

 

 

Rocky Mountain Ham came out in force to support the 2015 Denver Radio Club Swapfest with our trailer.  We had 26 people turn out to support, shake hands and greet attendees.  The RMHAM board took this opportunity to hold it’s annual meeting and take care of club business.  Rocky Mountain Ham is in great shape as a club and we have lots of projects to complete before the end of the year.  We appreciate everyone that came out to support us and visit with us during the swapfest.


Did you ever wonder?

05/22/2015

ALMAIf you ever wondered what it looked like at our mountain tops, you’ll love this pic. We build for the worst possible winter days. This was springtime in the Rockies at its best!

We use heavy materials, commercial quality antennas and good care when installing.  Things still get damaged, but it’s a chance to try to outfox mother nature!


RMHAM-U Standing Room Only!

02/28/2015

FullSizeRenderRocky Mountain Ham’s Mike Lozano and Jeff Ryan put on a successful MotoTRBO systems class today for basic MotoTRBO systems and the RMHAM network.  We had 53 attendees learning the intricacies and the ins-and-outs of the network and how to properly program and use your DMR capable handhelds.

Don’t forget to get your seat at the  scheduled Rocky Mountain Ham Radio University classes!  Please make sure that you are on the list!  We’ll see you there.

 

 


The Swapfest a successful and fun event!

02/15/2015

The Swapfest sponsored by the Aurora Repeater Association, Cherry Creek Young Amateur Radio Club and Rocky Mountain Ham Radio was held February 8th with over 500 people in attendance. There were over 60 vendors in attendance and all the vendor tables were sold out by the opening time of 9AM. The weather was very good and allowed hams from as far as Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota to attend without fear of poor driving conditions. The sponsoring clubs want to thanks all their members for their hard work and we also wish to thank the vendors and all those who attended for their support!
The 2016 Swapfest will be on Superbowl Sunday February 7, 2016 and the hall deposit has been rolled over and we’re on their calendar. For those who weren’t around for the last Superbowl swapfest, it was well attended and everyone who came to the Swapfest that year made it home in plenty of time for the game.


New Mexico TechFest

01/05/2015

RMHAM_logo_smallDespite 6-12 inches of unexpected snow and ice around Albuquerque and much of the Land of Enchantment the night before, the 2015 New Mexico TechFest, an ARRL-sanctioned operating specialty event hosted by Rocky Mountain Ham Radio – New Mexico, was a huge success.  60 hams from across New Mexico gathered on Saturday, February 28 for this inaugural (and annual, henceforth) technically-focused conference designed to facilitate education, demonstrations, and collaboration about relevant and emerging technical topics, techniques, and applications within amateur radio. Presentation topics included extreme low power HF communications via QRSS, circuit construction techniques, solar weather and propagation, ESD causes and mitigation techniques, simple but effective VHF gain antenna design, and software defined radio.  For more information, visit the New Mexico TechFest event page.


KE0CRD, Colton Ragsdale

01/03/2015

20150103-0941-IMG_20150103_094125ke0crdSaturday, RMHAM tested one of it’s members.  Colton Ragsdale, 5 years old, passed the test missing only three questions!  He had the test read to him by RMHAM Members, Dean Mertz, K0MKT, Ken Zylla, KD0MGQ and George Bartling, WA9TCD. His proud parents Zeke Ragsdale K0XK and Debra Ragsdale K0KAI are also members.  Congratulations, Colton!

 

Video here: https://youtu.be/N4gPCln68FU


RM Ham and ARA extend the Co-op

12/30/2014

In an expansion of the cooperative agreement between the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio and the Aurora Repeater Association, the 447.500 repeater, which lost it’s Conifer Mountain site back in August, is now located at Critchell, in place of the 447.225 analog pair. At 8,400 feet it is not quite as high as the old Conifer Mountain site but it does enjoy coverage of the southern portion of the metro area. The repeater was placed on Critchell Monday December 29 by Steve KØIBM and Scott NØOWY. There was a flurry of activity as people who had been regular users of the 447.500 machine found it lighting up their rigs in the scan mode. As we go forward, we’ll learn more about the coverage that the machine will enjoy using the ARA’s configuration. Rocky Mountain Ham Radio has relinquished their 447.225 pair back to the Colorado Council of Amateur Radio Club’s frequency pool at this time and is preparing to re-purpose the equipment that was at the site. The parameters of the 447.500 (-) repeater remain the same with a 88.5 Hz CTCSS tone.


RM Ham University AllStar Linking

12/13/2014

Those who signed up for the AllStar Linking class got both an introductory and in-depth look at the All Star repeater linking technology including the required hardware and software. The “students” where treated to lively anecdotes and a dose of real word applications of this versatile system. RM Ham University classes cover a variety of subjects click on the RM Ham University tab and see what’s available!

Our Instructors were John W0VG, Jeff K0JSC and Doug K2AD

Our Instructors were John W0VG, Jeff K0JSC and Doug K2AD


RM Ham & ARA form Co-Op

12/08/2014

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Inc. and the Aurora Repeater Association have signed a Cooperative agreement that will allow the Boards of Directors of both groups to interact and work together to better use both groups resources in a cooperative effort to further technological advances in Colorado. The first project for the Cooperative will be to split the responsibility for the “Multimode” Narrow Band FM/TRBO VHF repeater that nominally operates with an output frequency of 145.175MHz. The Cooperative agreement between the two organizations will be the cornerstone for more increased resource sharing and project planning for the betterment of amateur radio in Colorado and a sign of things to come!


RMHAM Starts TRBO On-Air Net

11/07/2014

Motorola_XPR7550_RadioIf you’re new to MotoTRBO or just wanting to learn more about how it all works, you’ll be sure to mark your calendar for the First and Third Saturday of every month.  Come to Rocky Mountain Wide and participate in the new MotoTRBO tech net.

We’ll have system designers and tech geeks there to answer your questions and help you to understand how to get the most out of your DMR radio.  The net will be held on December 6th at 7PM on Rocky Mountain Wide, Talkgroup 700.

More inforation click on MotoTRBO above and then MotoTRBO Tech Net On Air.

See you there,

Mike Lozano, K0NGA


Triple the Action, Triple the Fun. Three sites, Three sites, That’s Three sites in ONE!

10/26/2014

October 25th was a gorgeous Saturday and for the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio crews a perfect day to tackle some of the last of the mountain repeater site chores. At Squaw Mountain Dave Maciorowski WA1JHK, Doug Sharp K2AD and Willem Schreuder ACØKQ reworked the microwave link from there to Devilshead and buttoned up some final last minute fixes.

DSC02702At Devilshead the other end of the Squaw Mountain link was reworked and a new link to Badger Mountain established. They added a second frequency link radio and cable to the Almagre path as well. Scott Taylor WØKVA, Scott Burkhardt WØKU and Dean Mertz KØMKT took care of these tasks.

Badger Mountain is located south and west of Colorado Springs off of US Highway 24 near Hartsell.

Here is a photo of the building

Going to Badger Mountain were Mike Mullarkey K7PFJ, John Maxwell WØVG, Mike Gurski KØGUR, Wayne Heinen NØPOH and George Bartling WA9TCD There was lots of work to do here. There were two two foot dishes which required assembly, installation on the tower and alignment on the appropriate link paths. One was for the link to Devilshead and the other for a future redundant link to Cripple Creek. A two bay UHF repeater antenna was mounted on the tower and the new Badger Mountain MotoTRBO repeater and associated accessories were installed in the building.

VG_&_GURW0VG and K0GUR working on mountain brackets amid the pieces and parts at the base of the tower

PFJMike K7PFJ sealing up the entry where the cables entered the bulkhead panel