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.


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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


RMHAM Front Range Microwave

10/16/2014

RMHAM Microwave LimitedDuring the 2014 year, Rocky Mountain Ham Radio personnel have spent significant amounts of time building and extending microwave radios to various locations along the front range to extend the reach of it’s radio systems.  Our goal was to create a cooperative microwave network to carry IP traffic to repeater site locations while remaining technology agnostic.  “We’re really creating a highway to carry all sorts of radio traffic,” said Doug Sharp, K2AD, Chief Technology Officer of Rocky Mountain Ham Radio.

Currently we have 18 hops of microwave installed into the system, adding more as time an weather allows.  Plans are in the works for at least 6 more hops of radio and a few more MotoTRBO repeaters to extend the Colorado network.

While we would love to continue building these systems, maintenance of these systems are extremely time consuming.  Distance from end to end on the microwave system is about 5 hours.  We need to have partners to assist us in extending the reach of the network.  Jeff Carrier, K0JSC signed on to do the Pueblo County/Fremont County extension and bring us closer to our goal of interconnecting with Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, New Mexico’s network currently under construction.

We have partnered with K0JSC for Pueblo/Fremont, N5UBJ, Bill VanHuss for Durango/LaPlata, W0FT/HEAHR for Ft Morgan.  This can’t be done without help and support from all of these people and we welcome inquiries for network extension assistance!

 

 


Bikes & Brews Ride Canon City

09/23/2014

bikes-and-brews-logoSaturday September 20, 2014 Rocky Mountain Ham Radio assisted Colorado ARES Region 5 District 1 in supporting the Bikes & Brews event in Canon City.  Colorado ARES R5D1 was managing communications and logistics for the event from the RMHAM Trailer in downtown Canon City.  The Event had nearly 300 bicycle riders in attendance.  It lasted from 8AM through 4PM and kept many RMHAM folks and Region 5 District 1 folks hopping on the K0JSC Fun Machines in Fremont county.

 

Many Visiting dignitaries were shown through the RMHAM Communications Trailer and given the nickel tour.  Jack and Jocelyn McComb were sharing the net control duties for the event.

 

We appreciate everyone giving their weekend for the hobby and look forward to working with you on another event in the future!

 

 


RMHAM Adds New Salida Machine and Update Colorado Connection

09/14/2014

DSCN0624 9/14/2014 The Rocky Mountain Ham Radio team (K7PFJ, K0GUR, K0JSC and W0VG) went to Methodist Mountain in Salida, Colorado to install a new high speed ham band internet microwave link to Fremont Peak at the Royal Gorge (With the help of Matt, W1ATE and Thirza W1NDX at Fremont) to interconnect the new MotoTRBO machine and backhaul the Colorado Connection’s 147.285 Salida machine to the rest of their system.  The team installed the new 100W MTR3000 and two bay UHF antenna on the RMHAM network and a new 100W MASTR-III on the Connection.  In the process of installing the system, we determined that the old system was damaged by lightning, destroying the polyphaser lightning suppression and detuning the VHF Duplexer.  A new polyphaser was installed and the duplexer retuned giving the users of the Colorado Connection new 21st century interconnect to their system.DSCN0628

The coverage of the site is all of the Southern end of South Park and the Eastern end of the San Luis valley.  This installation opens up vast new areas previously unavailable to MotoTRBO users.  See MotoTRBO in the menu above for more information on our system.DSCN0629


Boulder Mountainbike Alliance Uses 449.225

09/12/2014

bma_logoHey Rocky Mountain Hams,

On behalf of the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance and the team of hams who provided communications for this year’s “Caribou Classic / Sufferfest” event, I’d like to thank you for graciously allowing us to use your  repeater for the event on Saturday.  While we didn’t completely devour the repeater throughout the day as we had in prior years, your repeater was absolutely crucial to the safe functioning of this event.  BMA had more riders than ever before, and better communication than ever before.   It all went eerily smoothly, in no small part due to the combination of your repeater and our bigger-than-before ham team this year.  Thank you.

We deeply appreciate your generosity all these years, and you can bet I’ll be making the same request again next year.

73,

– Fred Ecks, KG0UL


Rocky Mtn Ham Radio Rebuild Colorado Connection COS

09/01/2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014 three different groups came together to complete the Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs installation. The Colorado Connection, Colorado Repeater Association and Rocky Mountain Ham Radio installed a spur of new microwave, digital linking and new GE MASTR III repeaters. This day was the culmination of years of design an implementation to attempt to upgrade the system usability of their respective systems. As of the writing of this email, the link to Colorado Springs was very solid and the quality of the audio on the system is exceptional compared to the old analog linking systems.

The CRA also installed their digital link in Colorado Springs and will be completing the tie in to their Conifer Mountain and Lee Hill sites.

In addition to the update of these links, Rocky Mountain Ham Radio has installed a new MotoTRBO repeater on Cheyenne Mountain to bring DMR-MARC into the Colorado Springs area. For more information as to the available MotoTRBO offerings, please see MotoTRBO in the menu above.


RMHAM Installs MotoTRBO on Sandia Crest, NM!

08/25/2014

DSC_5779Albuquerque, NM has a MotoTRBO repeater!  The RMHAM install team made an ascent to the top of 10,600′ Sandia Crest to install and connect the Motorola MTR3000 repeater to Rocky Mountain Wide and South talkgroups.  From left to right: Scott Webb N5SQR, Brian Mileshosky N5ZGT, Tom Ellis K5TEE, Chris Aas NB5T, Pat Mileshosky W5RMY, Isaac Trujillo W5IDT, Ed James KA8JMW.

They brought it up Saturday, August 23rd, and tested the system for coverage blanketing the whole Albuquerque Metropolitan area.  The system is connected to the Rocky Mountain Wide and Southern Colorado talkgroups temporarily while testing.  They will be moved onto their own talkgroups after they decide what content they’d like to carry.

You might hear them on the network, so make them feel welcome and congratulate them on a job well done!

The frequencies will be added to the RMHAM standard codeplug when the talkgroups have been decided.