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.


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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!

 


FCC Grants Waiver for MotoTRBO

03/26/2013

March 22nd, 2013, the FCC granted a petition from the ARRL to allow one-slot TDMA on the ham bands, WT Docket No. 12-283.  This allows operation of all of the competing DMR radios to be used on the ham bands until such a time that the FCC gets it’s rulemaking done to allow amateur radio operators to use TDMA for experimentation and furthering of the art of radio.  If you’d like to read the whole grant, you’ll find a copy on line here.


NCARC Hamfest

01/19/2013

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio attended the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club’s hamfest at the Ranch (Larimer County Fairgrounds) on January 19th.  The hamfest was well attended and many hams toured the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Commtrailer.   In addition to the trailer, RMHAM had a static MotoTRBO display at the event demoing linking and Digital Mobile Radio.

Special thanks for all that attended and assisted us with the event.


2012 Turkey Day 5K race

12/09/2012

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio supported Douglas County ARES, District 24, for the Turkey Day 5K. This is an annual event that D24 supports, and RMHR is priviledged to contribute by providing its Command and Communications Trailer. 16 members of ARES District 24 volunteered to successfully provide communications support and course safety for the “Turkey Day 5k” in the early morning hours of November 22, 2012. D24 contributed 70+ man hours to the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce, while utilizing a UHF Portable Repeater (W0RDR/R), 800MHz DTRS, Business Band VHF, APRS, and Digital ATV on 5GHz to manage the event. These provided real-time communications and video for race organizers, and communications with medical personnel and the ARES operators along the course. D24 manned 10 locations along the course, ensuring that the runners were safely running on the right path, and provided Digital ATV from 2 locations on the course. Randy Reynard, W0RDR, was D24’s Mission Coordinator for the event, and Daeron Cofer, KC0CNS, managed the D24 team as net control from the Comm Trailer. See pictures of the event at Turkey Day 5K 2012 under Gallery above.


10th In The US Multioperator!

11/13/2012

Well, the results are in.  Rocky Mountain Ham Radio came in 10th in the nation, multioperator for the 2012 June VHF QSO Party.  Not too bad for a bunch of folks west of the Mississippi.    As you know, it’s a numbers thing.  Being out here in the west, the population density is not such that we can really win the contest, but we do everything we can do to make every contact we can make.

This year the contest results look like this:

# Call Score QSOs Mult
1 W2SZ 1,638,400 2,172 512
2 K8GP 1,036,917 1,671 453
3 W3CCX 687,354 1,395 327
4 K5QE 543,996 1,130 414
5 N6VI 509,922 1,188 213
6 K9CT 380,952 1,007 333
7 K3YTL 341,598 1,001 289
8 KB0HH 309,396 1,023 276
9 VE3WCC 278,496 757 288
10 W0KVA 253,946 1,021 238

You should note that we’re in the list with some very powerful contesters.  Give yourselves a pat on the back for doing so well!

Special thanks to: K0JLA, K2AD, AB0SF, W0KU, W0VG, K0IME, K0PWO, K0RM, N0OEM, K0LNC, N0VBY, W0GV for giving up their weekend to build this station and bring us to another fantastic conclusion.

If you have any interest in joining the group next year, please make sure you let some of the team know.  Space is very limited and there are only a few left.


Operation Vortex

10/16/2012

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio was invited to provide communications for Operation Vortex on October 11, 2012. This was a large, metro-wide exercise that simulated destruction by tornados in various locations across the area. Several first-responder agencies from jurisdictions around the metro area took part in the exercise, Denver International Airport and several ARES districts. In addition, a large contingent of FEMA personnel and equipment from Colorado and Utah initially staged at DIA and participated in the exercise.

RM Ham deployed its Communications Trailer to the Denver International Airport location, where the incident command post for the exercise was located. Boulder County ARES, District 11, set up a mobile tower next to the Trailer and provided the primary relay for Amateur Television broadcasts of the exercise events in various locations around the Denver metro area.

The RMHR Trailer was also used to provide communications support for Arapahoe ARES District 22’s assignment to serve as net control for exercise communication support in the vicinity of DIA. D22 personnel used the Trailer’s capabilities to manage and coordinate communications among D22 members assigned to event support duties.

Operation Vortex was a complex exercise during which several ARES districts in the Colorado North Central Region provided communications support to first responders as well as to the exercise controllers and support personnel. RMHR was privileged to have been assigned a significant communications-support role during the event. Gallery photos are found by clicking the photo above!