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!

 


RMHAM is an ARRL Affiliated Club

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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!

 


Rocky Mountain Ham Radio at HamCon 2013

07/01/2013

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio and over 20 of our members attended the ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention in Estes Park, Colorado June 28-30, 2013.  The convention had over 45 technical forum sessions, banquets, foxhunt, W1AW/0 and many other special events.

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio operated the VHF W1AW/0 ARRL Special Event Station out of their communications trailer, managed by Scott Taylor, W0KVA.  The club was integral in making the event a success.  Talk in was being done out of the trailer and managed by Mike Davey, N0VBY.

Pictures of the event are online in the Gallery above.


Raspberry Pi Presentation at HamCon

06/30/2013

Ed James, KA8JMW a Rocky Mountain Ham Radio member from Albuquerque, NM did a very enlightening Raspberry Pi presentation at HamCon Colorado 2013, on June 28th, 2014.  His presentation was well attended and many people asked for copies of the presentation.  This link will get you a copy of that presentation!


Rocky Mountain Ham Southern Command

05/16/2013
Following is a report from RMHR/Southern Command:

The mailman just delivered June’s QST magazine, which contains November Sweepstakes (phone) results.  Sandia National Laboratories ARC, W5MPZ, placed first in the Rocky Mountain Division in the Multi-operator, Low Power category.  We also placed 8th nationwide (including Canada) in the Multi-operator, Low Power category (out of 65); 5th overall in New Mexico (out of 17); 15th overall in the Rocky Mountain Division (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming…out of 70); and 320 overall nationwide (including Canada…out of 1673).  Clean Sweep, and only 20 hours of operating (out of 24 possible).

RMHR members Ed KA8JMW and Brian N5ZGT organized the operation, RMHR member Chris NB5T was his usual powerhouse contest op, and RMHR member Katelyn KA5TLN provided support for the larger team since the operation was at our QTH.

Same folks are gearing up for W5MPZ’s traditional Field Day operation in the northern New Mexico mountains.  Last year we made 1300+ QSOs with a single HF station (1A).  Looking to step up the game as 2A this year.

73,

Brian N5ZGT


Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Assists in Operation Vital Connection

05/04/2013

5/4/13 Highlands Ranch, Colorado.  Rocky Mountain Ham Radio in support of Colorado AuxComm and the Colorado Office of Emergency Management assisted in an exercise with most major municipalities at the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Facility to prove interoperability between each other and also interface with the US Military communications support groups.

The Rocky Mountain Ham Radio trailer was included in the exercise because it’s capabilities are the same as an MCCU or Mobile Command and Communications Unit.  All federal and state interoperable channels were tested as well as ham radio VHF, UHF and Packet frequencies.  Messages were sent via voice to test all local channels as well as testing packet capability to the military.

MARS frequencies were tested between Fort Huachuca, AZ as well as other locations.  Photos of the exercise are available in the gallery above!