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!

 

 


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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.

 


CSVHF 2015 Conference comes to Colorado

08/13/2014

Hi all

The Central States VHF Society is pleased to announce that its Annual Conference for 2015 will be held in the Denver Colorado Metro area. We are currently working to deliver an exceptional lineup of technical programs with presenters from across the country. Technical proceedings will be published and made available at the conference. Anyone wishing to submit a paper, or propose a technical session topic, should contact the Conference Vice President John Maxwell, W0VG. johnm@johnmaxwell.net

As with all conferences, we will also offer the traditional social activities; noise figure measurement, antenna range, Rover vehicle show and tell, luncheons and a banquet.

The local host for 2015 will be Rocky Mountain Ham Radio. The organizing team is working to bring a “Colorado Flare” to the event. We are considering a number of social activities that build relationships between Colorado locals and visiting CSVHFS members. Operating events from local mountain top locations are being considered. Stay tuned.

We will continue to offer the VHF101 program for those looking to get started with VHF and UHF weak signal operation. These sessions will be promoted locally and designed to encourage newer hams to get involved in weak signal operation on the VHF+ bands.

At this time planning is underway for a suitable venue with all the amenities that CSVHF conference attendees are accustomed to enjoying. Firm dates and facility location will be announced as soon as they are secured.

Anyone desiring additional information may contact Doug Sharp, K2AD ( doug@dougsharp.com ) or Wayne Heinen, N0POH ( n0poh@wayneheinen.com )

We hope to see you in Denver in 2015!

73,

Doug Sharp, K2AD
CSVHFS President

John Maxwell, W0VG
CSVHFS Vice President

Wayne Heinen, N0POH
CSVHFS Conference 2015 Communications and Registration

Jeff Ryan, K0RM
CSVHFS Conference 2015 Venue Coordinator


K2AD at APCO Speaking About the Role of Amateur in Emergency Comms

08/10/2014

Here’s Doug Sharp, K2AD, speaking on Amateur Radio in use for disasters.  They caught him off guard, and he did a great job.

http://urgentcomm.com/disaster-response/rca-doug-sharp-discusses-role-amateur-radio-public-safety-communications

 


3GHz Microwave from Fort Collins to Pueblo Complete!

07/28/2014

20140719_080149Friday July 17th saw a merry band of RM Ham members making the long trek to the base of Almagre Mountain and the next day make the one hour trip up the service road to the site. The site is close to 13,000 feet and it was certainly a labor of love for those hardy souls to work at that altitude! Physical installation of the new 3 GHz microwave equipment was made as well as some general maintenance and cleanup at the site. The crew included (in no particular order) K7PFJ, K2AD, KØGUR, WØVG, KØPWO, KØRM, WA2YZT, WØKVA, and KØJSC.
Sunday July 27th saw WØVG heading for Devil’s Head and KØJSC and ACØKQ heading back to Almagre Mountain for the final tweaks to the 3 GHz links and final tweaks on the UHF TRBO and the new Mixed Mode VHF. The 3 GHz all amateur band backbone now stretches from Pueblo to Fort Collins. The final 35 mile link was running a -47dBm. Next stop Raton Pass!

20140719_08090220140719_08382320140719_11090120140719_112446Limited RMHAM Microwave


Rocky Mountain Ham 2014 VHF Contest

06/28/2014
Pueblo, Where Old Rovers Go To Die.

Pueblo, Where Old Rovers Go To Die.

The ARRL 2014 VHF QSO Party was operated on June 16th and 17th from DM78 Southeast of Pueblo. The Rocky Mountain Ham Radio team again fielded a great station with 9 bands. The team put in a great effort and submited the following score

We did have gear for 2304 and 3456 but true to form, there was nobody to talk to on those bands.

 

Band QSOs Grids
50 MHz 629 128
144 MHz 41 15
222 MHz 8 7
432 MHz 12 8
902 MHz 1 1
1296 MHz 2 2
10 GHz 1 1
TOTAL 694 162
117126

 

All in all, the band conditions were bad this year compared to the last 5 years,  but we did have some openings that allowed us to work quite a few stations.  Local noise at the site was a bit high, but strangely enough kept moving around physically and could not be pinpointed to one location!   We will have to work on this later this year and see how we do for 2015.  Pray to the gods of propagation for 2015!

 

 


RMHAM Assists Colorado Coal Century

05/22/2014

logoMay 17, 2014 Rocky Mountain Ham Radio assisted the organizers of the 3cbikeride.com in pulling off a great early season 100 mile bike ride starting and ending in Broomfield, CO and traveling along many country roads to Johnstown, CO.  Many RMHAM members gave their Saturday in hopes of creating a wonderful ongoing, early season bike ride for the front range.

We provided health and safety communications as well as tracking first and last riders as well as providing sag services and access to emergency medical.  We deployed and used 8 APRS trackers on our Lee Hill digipeater, the communications trailer and about 20 of our club members to successfully execute a great event.

The Broomfield Rotary Club was the main organizing committee for the event and was very amazed by the tools and technology that we’re capable of.  A sincere appreciation was expressed for all of the members of the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio team that deployed to assist in this adventure!

Thank you for your time and dedication!


RM Ham Trailer Cover Story!

05/01/2014

5-1-2014 5-55-10 PMBack in December, 2008 I had an article published in the pages of the now closed Monitoring Times Magazine “A Trailer for All Seasons,” about RMHam’s original Communications trailer, dubbed CommTrailer 2006, in this latest article “Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Communications Trailer”. The Spectrum Monitor is an e-magazine in pdf format that was created by Ken Reitz KS4ZR former editor of Monitoring Times. Many of the columnists and former contributing authors to Monitoring Times are a part of it now, and I count myself fortunate enough to join them.
As we know this, our second generation trailer, has many innovations that arose from the “what ifs” that we asked ourselves over the years, “if we ever build another trailer” I approached Ken with the concept of this article and I’m pleased that it became the cover story for this month’s issue, which is dedicated to Amateur Radio.
We at Rocky Mountain Ham Radio invite you to check out The Spectrum Monitor, a full service monitoring journal covering DC- to Daylight, Amateur, Public Safety, Utility and Broadcast monitoring.
Feel free to download the article, including errata pages, in pdf Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Communications Trailer and visit The Spectrum Monitor to see what they’re all about. 73 Wayne


RMHAM Test Bench

02/23/2014

2014-02-23 15.40.29Did you ever wonder how we make all of the network hardware work? Well, we build a test bench with whatever hardware is required to duplicate the network and load them up exactly the way they would be in the field.  We use the same networking gear and configurations so that we can prove out all permutations and make the equipment work exactly the way it should in the field.

Some of the field locations are 12 hours round trip without any time on site, so having a good, solid plan with working equipment is critical.  The picture above is Mike Mullarkey, K7PFJ with our test bench for deployment of new repeaters, routers and fiber connections for Lee Hill and Almagre Mountain.

 


RMHR Receives Award from Boulder County ARES!

02/11/2014

1622132_10200892388226746_296146765_nRocky Mountain Ham Radio received an award last evening from Boulder County ARES for the response and equipment provided in support of the Boulder floods. Jeff Ryan was in attendance and said “I was honored to accept on behalf of this fine organization.”