RM Ham Supports CAP

09/11/2016

deployed_capRocky Mountain Ham Radio was happy to deploy our Communications Trailer September 10th in support of the Civil Air Patrol’s Colorado Wing as they conducted a communications exercise.  The first phase of the exercise consisted of originated messages from the RMHam Trailer being relayed from Fort Collins to Grand Junction using aircraft flying in assigned sectors between the two airports, while amateur radio sent other messages using an IRLP link between ARES (R3 D2) and Mesa County RACES.  The second portion consisted of having operators on the ground relay messages using a CAP airborne repeater (strapped in the back seat)  of a CAP aircraft. During this period a second aircraft flew in from Cheyenne with a second airborne repeater and relieved the first aircraft “on Station”. During both phases, the CAP operators used their portable HF equipment to establish communications on CAP frequencies to Idaho and other locations. Eric Schwarm N6RFI, who was the exercise lead thanked us “We have always had to relied on our own vehicles or borrowed locations as bases for our exercises, we really appreciated Rocky Mountain Ham Radio allowing us the use of their trailer for this exercise “. Participating for RM Ham where David KØPWO (who missed the photo op!), Chris KDØZYF and Wayne NØPOH.


RMHAM-U Announced for 2016-2017

09/08/2016

FullSizeRenderClick on RMHAM University above for more information and course syllabus.  Our fall/winter class curriculum has been posted and we’ve got another great year of learning for you.  Our classes are limited in number, so make sure you sign up early.  Pizza lunch will be provided for your registration fee.

 


RMHAM Does NPOTA Right!

08/15/2016

20160812_103451A few members from RMHAM activated the Great Sand Dunes National Park (NP25) from August 11-13th.  The ARRL National Parks on the Air year long event has been a huge success in getting hams out to the parks and showing off their portable operating skills while teaching the public about amateur radio.

Neal Tew – KD0MBL, Jeff Carrier – K0JSC, and Amanda Alden-Carrier-K1DDN, members of RMHAM had fun setting 20160812_12345up 2 portable operating stations from the park’s picnic area during all three days.  Band conditions were less than favorable, so most QSO’s were made on 20m.  Other QSO’s were made on 40m and 2m.  Put to good use was RMHAM’s QRV3, which supplied generator power and a home for the hamstick antennas.  Neal operated his station on solar and battery power supplied by his trailer fitted with two 120 watt solar panels.

Visitor turnout was low, but those who did make it had a great time.  One of our visitors was from Dayton and while not a ham knew all about ham radio!  A big thanks goes to Dave Newmyer – N0KM and John Fink – W0DNR who assisted with making contacts.  There were a few public visitors who needed a table to have lunch and were lucky enough to learn about amateur radio at the same time.

When the bands are bad, they re-enacted Star Wars.

When the bands are bad, they re-enacted Star Wars.

344 QSO’s were made in a combined time of 15 operating hours.  NPOTA chasers were happy to work a new one.  One more bonus for the chasers, the Old Spanish National Historic Trail runs through the park.  Therefore they all got a two for one!  NP25 and TR19.20160812_123456


RMHAM is an ARRL Affiliated Club

12/19/2019
  • Red Cross Net

    12/20/2019  2:00 am - 3:00 am
    Rocky Mountain Wide

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12/21/2019
  • RMHAMU: Solar Indices and Propagation

    12/21/2019  3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Cherry Creek Public Schools ESC Building 4700 S Yosemite Street, Greenwood Village, CO

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12/28/2019
  • RMHAM/CCYARC VE Testing

    12/28/2019  4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Instructional Support Facility, 5416 S Riviera Way, Aurora, CO 80015, USA

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01/04/2020
  • DMR Tech Net

    01/05/2020  2:00 am - 3:00 am
    Rocky Mountain Wide

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DAYTON HAMVENTION® 2016 CLUB OF THE YEAR

05/28/2016
Frank Beafore, WS8B and Chris Hamilton, KDØZYF Photo Courtesy Joe KØNEB

Frank Beafore, WS8B and Chris Hamilton, KDØZYF
Photo Courtesy Joe KØNEB

To the Members of Rocky Mountain Ham Radio

“Congratulations on your winning the Hamvention® Club of the Year Award for 2016. You were chosen from a prestigious group of clubs from across the U.S. The judging team reviewed the nomination and your web site and came away completely impressed with your accomplishments. We especially focused in on your public service efforts and especially your attention to the younger folks. I am looking forward to meeting your representatives at Hamvention 2016.” Warmest Regards,  Frank Beafore, WS8B Chairperson, Hamvention Awards

Chris KDØZYF RMHam-CO, Brian N5ZGT RMHam-NM, Doug K2AD RMHam-CO accepting the Award from Hamvention Chairman Jim Tiderman N8IDS

Chris KDØZYF RMHam-CO, Brian N5ZGT RMHam-NM, Doug K2AD RMHam-CO accepting the Award from Hamvention Chairman Jim Tiderman N8IDS

“Congratulations on your club being nominated as Club of the Year for the 2016 Dayton Hamvention.” Jim Tiderman, N8IDS, General Chairman, 2015 – 2016 Dayton Hamvention.

Read more at the Dayton Hamvention Awards Page


Colorado Wide Changes Names to Rocky Mountain Wide

03/24/2016

As of May 1, 2016, Colorado Wide will officially be changing names to Rocky Mountain Wide.  This talkgroup is now carried in 4 states on 25 repeaters.  We believe that the name change more adequately describes the coverage area of this talkgroup.  The talkgroup ID will remain 700.

The codeplugs are being revised for all radios as we speak and the website information has already been changed to reflect the change.

There is no reason we cannot start using the name “Rocky Mountain Wide” now, so let’s all try to do it!

Looking forward to hearing all of you on Rocky Mountain Wide.


2016 New Mexico TechFest

03/01/2016

RMHAM_logo_smallThe second annual New Mexico TechFest, an ARRL-sanctioned operating specialty event hosted by Rocky Mountain Ham Radio on February 27, 2016, was a huge success! 77 hams from across New Mexico gathered at this annual technically-focused conference designed to facilitate education, demonstrations, and collaboration about relevant and emerging technical topics, techniques, and applications within amateur radio.

In addition to the top-notch technical presentations that were given, attendees were treated to snacks and refreshments as well as numerous prizes that were drawn throughout the event. Tables with AC power were provided for attendees to set up and conduct informal ham-related technology and home-brew project demonstrations and posterboard presentations throughout the day.

For more details, please visit the New Mexico TechFest event page.

 


Amazon Smile!

02/22/2016

smileimagesHi everyone,  this is just a note to let you know that Amazon really does give back!  This is the last quarter disbursement from Amazon Smile Foundation for Rocky Mountain Ham Radio.  We’re going to put it to good use, but we could always use more.  Read the following email from Amazon Smile and follow the link for smile.amazon.com!

Dear Charity Administrator,

This email is to notify you that Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Inc has been issued a $54.76 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between October 1 and December 31, 2015. The donation was deposited to your organization’s bank account on or before February 15, 2016. It may take several days for the donation to appear in the account.

You can increase your organization’s donation potential by spreading the word about AmazonSmile. Sign in to http://org.amazon.com and click on Marketing Tools to access customized online tools to let your supporters know that their AmazonSmile shopping can support Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Inc. Here are several tactics that have been successful for participating organizations.

Share this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-2928518 and ask your donors, volunteers, employees, and friends to bookmark this link so all their eligible shopping will benefit Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Inc.
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If you have any questions, please sign in to http://org.amazon.com and click on the Help tab to see our FAQ topics.

Thank you for your participation in the AmazonSmile program!


The Swapfest is Nearly Here!

01/18/2016

The Swapfest is an annual event this year it is co-sponsored by the Aurora Repeater Association, The Cherry Creek Young Amateur Radio Club and Rocky Mountain Ham Radio.  It is held at the Adams County Fairgrounds. The event will be held February 7, 2016 Doors open to the public at 9 AM and admission is $5. For more information you can contact Wayne N0POH at 303-699-6335 or by using our contact form. Once again tables will be $10 in advance and $15 the day of The Swapfest 2016 Swapfest Flyer to reserve your table now.

Directions to the Adams County Fairgrounds: 9755 Henderson Road Take I-25 to I-76 to US 85 to East 124th Road turn West and it becomes Henderson Road after you pass Brighton Road  US 85 may also be accessed from the E-470 toll road, East 124th Avenue is the first light south of E-470 off of US 85.


RM Ham University 2016

01/05/2016

RM Ham is offering two ½ day classes from 8 AM until noon culminating in a pizza lunch! The classes are Feb 27th, 2016 – Basic Networking and April 2nd, 2016 – Ham Data Transmission. The class fee is $10 per person. These will be held at the ESF Building, 4700 South Yosemite Street, in Greenwood Village. Class size is limited so ENROLL today!


RMHR-NM University

12/05/2015

RMHR-NMSaturday Morning, December 5, 2015 Rocky Mountain Ham Radio New Mexico and Colorado came together for a day of IP learning at Rocky Mountain Ham University.  It was everything from basic routers and IP addressing to building a network connected to the Rocky Mountain Ham microwave system.  10 RMHR – New Mexico members came together to build a large lab network on the conference table at Mark Menicucci’s office in Albuquerque, NM.

It was a great learning opportunity to get some folks into the IP world as well as teach some seasoned folks some good tricks.  It was an excellent opportunity and everyone, incuding the instructors learned something!

 


HamCon Colorado 2016

11/14/2015

HamCon-2016Attention Hams of Colorado…Registration is Open!  The ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention is being held in Keystone Conference Center, Keystone, Colorado on May 13-15, 2016.

There will be hundreds of hours of forums and learning opportunities for you.  Registration is open on the HamCon Colorado website at http://www.hamconcolorado.org.

The HamCon Colorado team is putting together a wonderful event, bigger and better than ever before.  Historically this event was held in Estes Park, Co but we had outgrown that facility’s ability to hold our convention.

The new venue at the Keystone Conference Center is so much bigger and better than ever before that you’ll really be sad if you miss this event.

Make sure you register now for your convention ticket and the host hotel.  This is a world class venue with world class learning opportunities of all kinds.


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.


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.