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


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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.”


“The Hamfest” a Huge Success!

02/05/2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014.  Aurora Repeater Association, Cherry Creek Young Amateur Radio Club and Rocky Mountain Ham Radio held their annual hamfest at Adams County Fairgrounds.  The turnout was spectacular on a gloomy, yet cold morning.  We beat our attendance figures by nearly 25% over last year.  There were many visitors in attendance, from League dignitary Brian Mileshosky from Albuquerque, NM and many other folks from around the state that braved the early morning road conditions and fog to make it to the event.  A special thanks goes out to all ARA, CCYARC and RMHAM folks that made this event a simple and memorable event!

Looking forward to seeing you all next year.


Rocky Mountain Ham University

12/16/2013

DSC_0033 On December 7, 2013, Rocky Mountain Ham Radio had a successful training on Digital Mobile Radio and Codeplug programming for Motorola and Vertex Standard E-Verge Radios.  We had 20 attendees and a full room of eager to learn people.  The morning started with a quick presentation on the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio MotoTRBO network along the Front Range of Colorado.  From there, it went to programming Motorola DMR radios and then into Vertex Standard radios. See photos here.

We are starting an ongoing curriculum on special amateur radio related topics and will be offering these sessions to anyone expressing an interest in the particular topic.  For more information, please click Our Club Offerings above and select Rocky Mountain Ham University.

We look forward to seeing you at a future session!

 


New DMR Portable Radio Available for Ham and Commercial Use

12/07/2013

CS700_WEBConnect Systems, Inc is importing these new radios for sale. Next year they will be introducing a mobile radio.  Here is a link to their page.    You can call and ask for Jerry Wanger (805) 642-7184 x 0 for more information and please tell him your affiliated with Rocky Mountain Ham Radio.

These portable radios are being sold at $180 per radio. Your first radio will include a free programming cable and the programming software is free for download. The mobile radio will be (available next year) $280.

These radios will also do 25khz / 12.5khz and DMR TRBO for the RMHAM system.

The Tech Group will be testing these new units on the system the week of the 23rd to check performance and audio. Any and all audio check will be greatly accepted. 01-01-2014 Update, The tech group has been putting this unit through the paces and has come up swinging every time. We will be testing it on an DMR test set this next week. We will post a ref printout of the specs we find.

02-06-2014

New CS-701 VHF Portable is being tested on the network and is proving to be a very viable portable radio. The programming is

the same as the CS700 UHF portable and specs seem to be in line with the UHF model. I will be posting a comparison of the

selected VHF   portables that are available like the Motorola and Vertex models.


The Swapfest Announced!

11/29/2013

ARA, CCYARC and RMHAM have announced the 2014 Swapfest!  The flier is available here.   We really hope to see you out there to support the clubs!  We love working with the ARA and CCYARC as they’re great supporting club partners and do quite a bit for the local amateur radio community.  Make sure that you stop by to see the great vendors, prizes and static displays!

 


June VHF Great For Colorado!

11/14/2013

The results are in for the June VHF Contest and the results for Colorado were truly outstanding.  If you look at the results, you’ll find several local callsigns in the Top Ten: N0POH, W9RM, W6OAL, KK0Q, K0NR, W0KVA, KR0VER/R!  These results show what happens when we get the propagation and the East Coast is buried in rainstorms!  It was certainly another contest to remember.  It wasn’t spectacular propagation, but it certainly shows that we all tried!

The whole article is posted on the ARRL website at this link.  If you get a chance, make sure that you congratulate the local operators.

John Maxwell, W0VG
Member of the W0KVA Contest Team


Microwave Network Up and Running!

11/13/2013

ubnt-rocket-m-0The Rocky Mountain Ham Radio team has been working diligently all summer building a network from Horsetooth Mountain in Fort Collins to Fremont Peak in Canon City!  It is carrying IP traffic for our new Motorola MotoTRBO digital radio network as well as Voice Over IP Linking, IRLP and BPQ Packet network interconnection.

The network is comprised of commercial, off the shelf, microwave gear that is in the 3.3-3.5GHz ham band!  This network will be expanding steadily over the coming years to encompass all of the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio sites along the front range.

In previous years, high power transmitters, link yagis and feedlines were required to tie repeaters together all along the front range.  With modern technology, analog repeaters can be linked over Voice over IP systems anywhere, at any time for very little capital outlay.  Much less than all current methods!

People think that this is Internet connectivity.  Well, it’s really not.  It’s a private network on amateur radio frequencies to interconnect radio sites.  We are not beholden to internet service providers that can be unreliable or unstable.   It can connect to the internet in certain locations when needed, but because it’s all on Ham Band frequencies, it’s not meant to carry regular desktop internet traffic.

We’ve developed a network that allows for cooperative interconnection with other amateur radio clubs, in fact, we’re counting on it!  The network is designed to scale, and be able to interconnect to any site with a line-of-sight shot to any of our facilities.  If you would like to discuss the opportunity to interconnect your site, please contact us from the menu above!

 


MotoTRBO Primer

11/09/2013

Mike Davey, N0VBY and Jeff Ryan, K0RM have spent quite a bit of time lately mapping out our new codeplug available from the MotoTRBO menu above.  You’ll find it very helpful if you’re trying to update your radio to the new talkgroup layout.  They’ve also created a fantastic primer on MotoTRBO and the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio implementation along the Front Range of Colorado.  I think you’ll be glad you took a few minutes to read through it!  The document can be found here.


MotoTRBO Systems Changes Are Here!

10/13/2013

The Rocky Mountain Ham Radio team has made the cut to it’s network evolution.  The progress has been staggering, and many changes have been made to system layouts.  The new talkgroup structure is in effect effect as of Saturday, October 12, 2013.  The details of these changes are included in this page.

Your radio will need to be reprogrammed to take advantage of the new changes.  Please get in contact with the person that programmed your rig and get them to update the system layout properly!


IP Routing 101 Class

09/08/2013

Wayne, N0POH, Lisa, K0LMH, Willem, AC0KQ, Mike, K7PFJ do some hands on programming of a Mikrotik router for deployment.

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio ‘University’ conducted Routing 101 class with 8 participants on September 7, 2013. This class was a follow-on to the Repeater 101 class that RMHRU held earlier. These classes were presented by RMHRU ‘professors’ John Maxwell (W0VG) and Bob Sterner (KB0BS) in the well-equipped ‘classroom’ at Doug Sharp’s (K2AD’s) home. The IP and Router curriculum offered instruction in basic IP addressing and protocols, as well as information for more advanced router and network configurations.

Workshops were included in the classes to allow participants to experience hands-on router and switching configurations, and to actually link a repeater that is soon be incorporated into the RMHR MotoTRBO network.

RMHR’s Doug Sharp and John Maxwell also presented a basic outline of the RMHR network improvements that are currently being implemented. these include the micro-wave enhancement of the network backbone, and re-configuration of the system. They also introduced the regional talk-groups that will soon significantly enhance RMHR’s MotoTRBO system capabilities. RMHR expects to continue involving more amateur radio enthusiasts to participate in its efforts to expand its service area and capabilities. RMHR University is just another way that communications experts can promote the many technological capabilities of amateur radio. See pictures of the class here: Routing 101 Class


RMHR Top Ten in June VHF

07/17/2013

Well, claimed scores are in for June VHF and here’s some absolutely amazing news. Wayne Heinen, N0POH came in 4th in his category Single Operator, Low Power. This put him up there with some big contesters! Take an opportunity to pat him on the back or buy him a beer sometime for that fantastic showing!

SINGLE OPERATOR, LOW POWER
1 K2DRH IL 173,250
2 AB5EB STX 91,256
3 WB1GQR VT 85,914
4 N0POH CO 81,780
5 N4QWZ TN 81,748
6 N0LL KS 77,592
7 KC9BQA WI 64,448
8 N9DG WI 64,094
9 K9ASE IN 52,912
10 WB2SIH ENY 52,427

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio’s W0KVA Limon Contest Effort produced another top ten showing with a #5 claimed score in the US Multiple Operator Unlimited Power with a respectable score of 195, 734! Hats off to all of the W0KVA DM89 contest operators!

MULTIPLE OPERATOR, UNLIMITED
1 W2SZ WMA 969,441
2 K8GP VA 677,226
3 VE3WCC ONE 202,947
4 W4IY VA 201,576
5 W0KVA CO 195,734
6 K9CT IL 139,356
7 KB0HH OK 127,596
8 W6TV SJV 114,314
9 AA7XT CO 94,830
10 WQ0P KS 64,370

If you have a few moments, make sure you say something to one of the folks that spent their valuable vacation and weekend time to get us up to a respectable 5th in the US! Oh, and the great photo was take by Greg Pettis, N1GEP.

 


Rocky Mountain Ham Radio’s Summer Events

07/07/2013

We will  be attending the Denver Radio Club annual hamfest at Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, Sunday August 18th, 2013 from 8:30-1pm.  For more information, see http://www.w0tx.org/hamfest.htm.

These are always a good time, a chance for camaraderie and you might find some treasure that you’ve always wanted.  Come out and see us!