FCC Grants Waiver for MotoTRBO


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


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


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.

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10th In The US Multioperator!


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


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!

Boulder Mountainbike Alliance Support


Hi there Rocky Mountain Hams,

I just wanted to drop a line to thank you for the use of your 449.225 MHz Mt. Thorodin repeater on Saturday for the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance’s Caribou Classic / SufferFest bike ride. You’ve been very generous in allowing us to use your machine, and we sincerely appreciate it. I hope we weren’t too much of a bother with all the traffic throughout the day.

The coverage of that repeater is phenomenal! We were sprinkled throughout the area between Nederland and Brainard Lake, mostly with small handie-talkies and whip antennas in forested areas, and never had any significant trouble getting a clear signal. Without your repeater, we’d have a heck of time trying to support this event!

Thank you so much!


Fred Ecks, KG0UL

RM Ham in September CQ


CQ CoverRocky Mountain Ham Radio and our Communications trailer were featured in part of the Public Safety column in the September issue of CQ Magazine.  The article  deals with the many fires we had and has information about them and a special feature on ATV as used during one of the Boulder area fires.  Click on the cover to read the story

PPRAA Megafest 2012


Rocky Mountain Ham Radio took their show on the road on Saturday July 14, 2012.  We rolled into Lewis Palmer High School in Monument Colorado at 6:15AM and were greeted by many smiling faces from the Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association including Dan Scott, W0RO.  A fine turnout was had for the swapfest and many people stopped by to see the trailer and look at the surplus gear that Rocky Mountain Ham Radio had for sale at the event.

Jack Ciaccia, WM0G

Don Andrews, K4DWB had his Titanic Radio Display in the foyer of the high school and what a wonderful display it was.  The spark gap in it’s diorama was well received and Colorado’s Section Manager, Jack Ciaccia, WM0G was longing for the spark gap of his youth.  HiHi.

Special thanks to the PPRAA folks for giving us a front row seat at their event and allowing us to present what we do to the hams of area!


Supporting the Waldo Canyon Fire


Rocky Mountain Ham Radio was requested to assist D14, Pikes Peak ARES with the effort to support The Colorado Springs EOC, The Red Cross and The Salvation Army in disaster and shelter traffic.  The event is a multi operational period event where 350 houses were destroyed and two people were killed by a forest fire on the northwest side of Colorado Springs.

Due to the multi day event, the Springs ARES community was seriously stretched thin and the Colorado Section ARES EC under the authority of the new Auxiliary Emergency Communications Unit of the State Office of Emergency Management asked us to assist in backfilling many of the support and tactical positions with amateur radio operators as well as Rocky Mountain Ham Radio’s Communications trailer.  RMHAM stepped up with team members and equipment to support the effort.

Members, Emit Hurdelbrink W0UAW, David Dean K0PWO, Jeff Ryan, K0RM, Jim Hammond KC0YYF, Randy Councell N0OEM, John Maxwell W0VG, Mike Davey N0VBY and Bob Sterner KB0BS all put in shifts to assist the efforts of the served agencies.  Many of the team were driving back and forth from Denver to Colorado Springs daily for 5 days in support of the trailer and some living in the shelters.

We can’t support these events without the tireless efforts of our volunteer team.  Even if you weren’t deployed to the disaster scene, there were still valuable roles supporting the technology and operational efforts put forth by many and my thanks goes out to each and every member of RMHAM and District 22 ARES that supported the disaster crew.

John Maxwell, W0VG

Field Day 2012 – In a word? HOT!


Rocky Mountain Ham Radio teaming up with the Arapahoe ARES District 22, Aurora Repeater Association and Cherry Creek Young Amateur Radio Club held Field Day.  This year had more than a dozen youngsters under the age of 18 enjoying Amateur Radio and operating our GOTA (Get On The Air!) station using the Cherry Creek Young Amateur Radio Club call sign WØCCY. Attendance was comparable to last year with over 75 names on the sign in sheet, however the fact that the high temperature for the day Saturday was well over 100° it was a very good turnout. Our venue near the corner of S. Riviera Way and S Picadilly Street in Centennial had great visibility and the event was promoted through the Cherry Creek Schools as well. There are plenty of pictures in the Gallery!

Through the group’s efforts Governor John Hickenlooper signed a proclamation proclaiming  June 18th through 24th Amateur Radio Week and City of Aurora Mayor Stephen Hogan signed a proclamation proclaiming  June 23rd Amateur Radio Emergency Service Day

We operated as a 2 transmitter (Class 2A) club station using generator power.  In addition we set up a “free” VHF station that operated on 6 meters and the Cherry Creek Young Amateur Radio Club’s satellite trailer was also in operation.  Our power multiplier was “times 2”, as all contacts were made with less than 150 watts of power.  The Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Communications Trailer, the new “tower” trailer where we were able to mount a three element triband beam and the 6 meter vertical were delivered and  set up began Saturday morning at around 8 AM.  The other new asset was our Whisperwatt 25 kW diesel generator. True to its name it was Whisper quiet and ran for almost 27 hours continuously on 14 gallons of fuel!  Operating positions were set up and the antennas were erected by members of all four sponsoring  organizations .  We operated throughout  most of the period with some operators going over night.  Visitors from the general public came through Saturday afternoon and early evening, as well as Sunday morning.  The exciting part was the visitors! We had plenty of young people that operated the GOTA station and the younger members of the Cherry Creek Young Amateur Radio Club did a fine job in getting them on the air.

Another highlight of this year’s field day was the addition of displays of portable and mobile equipment by members of Arapahoe ARES District 22.  Dubbed “porcupine row” for the many vertical antennas, it was a crowd pleaser. We were also honored to have the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Mobile Communications Command Truck available for public tours, as well as fire apparatus form the Cunningham Fire Department. Some twenty or more club members availed themselves of the pot luck.  There was organically raised barbequed pork and beef  for sandwiches and lots of delicious sides provided by the members.

The downside of the event was the oppressive heat and the continual updates from around the state on the wildfires springing up everywhere.  Sunday morning Arapahoe ARES District 22 ran its net from the trailer and it was decided that we needed to shut down early before the scorching heat that plagued us on Saturday struck again. Members of all groups were on hand as we began winding down.  Everything was taken down the Communications trailer was cleaned and vacuumed and we vacated the premises by Noon .

Special thanks to all of the RMHAM Members that delivered and deployed equipment for the event, as it was a huge success.

2012 VHF Contest near Limon, CO


Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Inc hosted its annual meeting at it’s usual site for the annual VHF contest this year. It was a most successful event! After winning 4th in the nation last year, RMHam put forth maximum effort to score the most possible points again this year, with obvious hopes of again placing in the top ten of all the contestants. The contesting part of the event centered on the Comm Trailer, as it always does, but this year more antennas and state-of-the-art equipment was put into play. Preparation, planning and on-site work was abundant, but also (and most importantly) FUN!

Along with the impressive efforts of all involved, the meeting itself was also very productive. Numerous topics were discussed by corporate officers for the benefit of all the participants. Plans and organization were presented and coordinated.

However, the best part of the event, as usual, is the wonderful camaradarie of all the participants and thesharing of an adequate amount of excellent food and beverages. There were 3 RV’s on site this year and a pickup in which Scott Burkhardt lived (as he always does). 3 couples stayed in town, but missed very little of the action (or the food!)  The gallery has pictures of the event, which tell the story of the great time had by all. Check out the gallery here



Rocky Mountain Ham Radio and several ARES districts participated in the NDMS 2012 Mountain Move exercise at DIA and many local area hospitals on May 16 2012.  Several of our members were stationed in the Communications Trailer at DIA’s Signature Flight Support Center near the main terminal at DIA.  We also had many members spread out through local area hospitals accepting transport information for ground ambulances and medivac helicopters that were being flown from DIA to these hospitals carrying mock disaster victims from a small town hit by an EF4 tornado in Western Kansas.  The ARES teams were the only point of contact from the triage area to the hospitals.

The exercise was a success for ARES integration into the operations of the Veterans Administration and local first responders.  For photos of the event, look here.

LARC Fest 4-7-2012


Rocky Mountain Ham Radio attended the LARC Fest again this year at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, Colorado. We featured the Communications Trailer, as usual. This year, RMHam also offered a rather large assortment of miscellaneous electronic equipment, accessories and supplies to the attendees, courtesy of a corporate donor.

RMHam was also privileged to welcome two of our Wyoming members, Dwayne Allen, WY7FD, Vice Director of ARRL’s Rocky Mountain Division, and his XYL, Katie, WY7KRA.

LARC Fest had an excellent turnout of both vendors and attendees again this year. In addition, young scientists from the St. Vrain School District presented their home-made, basket-ball playing robot. They built it entirely, and compete in contests for top honors. It’s great to see the young people perform so well with sophisticated electronics.

ARA Swapmeet 2012


The RM Ham Trailer was again featured at the Aurora Repeater Association Swapmeet on 2/12/12 at the Adams County Fairgrounds. This year, RM Ham members donated numerous items to sell as a fund-raiser for the group. This resulted in a fine addition to the RM Ham treasury, which will be used to further support amateur radio.  Our club has just received IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization status and all of your donations are now fully tax deductible!

ARA has a banner year for both table sales and for attendance, as well as people spending money, making this one of the best hamfests that we’ve seen in the Denver area in the last 10 years!  Special thanks to Wayne Heinen and the ARA for inviting Rocky Mountain Ham to attend this fantastic event.

Photos are available in the Gallery above.

Turkey Day 5K 2011


Rocky Mountain Ham Radio was privileged to provide its Communications and Command Trailer to Douglas County ARES District 24 in support of its mission at the Turkey Day 5K race in Highlands Ranch, CO. This event is held annually to raise money for the National Guard Association. Nearly 2000 people and 20 vendors participated. D24’s Robert Wareham, N0ESQ, was Master of Ceremonies.

D24 had only a week to prepare for the mission, and Mission Coordinator Randy Reynard, W0RDR, had met the event organizers only 12 hours before the event. However, 14 D24 members endured the chilly temperatures and wind to provide communications for it.

RM Ham’s John Maxwell and Jeff Ryan placed the Trailer in position at Shea Stadium the day before Thanksgiving, and made it ready for D24’s 0630 briefing time on Thanksgiving day. D24 was in position for the race at 0800 and performed admirably with Daeron Cofer, KC0CNS, as net control.

This was Randy’s first experience using the Trailer for a mission. He commented that he hadn’t expected all the outstanding capabilities and comfort of the Trailer, but was very grateful for it. He said that, in the future, he hopes to have more time to get familiar with its capabilities before the mission. That will allow him to more effectively utilize all of the Trailer’s systems that he might need.

RMHR provides state-of-the art communications to promote and support amateur radio. Therefore, it was pleased to support D24 at the 2011 Turkey Day 5K Race. See a photo record of the event here.

Cherry Creek Public Schools ARISS Contact


ARISS Contact with Cherry Creek School District 10/30/2011

Students in the gifted and talented program, “Inside Out” from Cherry Creek School District in Centennial, Colorado participated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Thursday, October 27 via telebridge station IK1SLD in Italy. On-orbit Astronaut Mike Fossum, KF5AQG fielded eleven questions in detail before losing the radio connection. The contact was integrated into the science curriculum covering topics such as radio propagation and space. A story about the school contact has been posted to NASA’s Web site:

Special thanks to our member and our Director of Information Technology, Bob Sterner, KN0BOB was integral in making this contact happen.