Rocky Mountain Ham & Ski Country ARC

by Rocky Mountain Ham – RMHAM.org and KD0MA, K0JEG & N0ECT

3 New RMHAM Linked Sites – Installed in one day, including the updated Colorado Connection.

A crack team of 15 RMHAM team members pulled off another 3 site day interconnecting the RMHAM (front-range) network to Leadville and Vail. This push gets DMR into these areas that have not been covered with DMR until now. We (RMHAM) now cover I-70 nearly contiguously from Genoa through Avon. We installed two, new (digital) microwave hops from our Fairplay site to our Leadville and then over to Vail (Dowd Junction) with three dedicated teams. By noon on September 30, 2017, the DMR and Analog FM system were in place and ready to carry digitized voice traffic – simultaneously over the new Digital Mountain Top Microwave Network.https://i2.wp.com/www.rmham.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017-09-30-Mosquito-Pass-77.jpg

Colorado Connection – Vail – Dowd Junction Repeater – FM Analog  147.345 (+) PL 88.5

DMR – Vail Dowd Junction Repeater – 445.07500 (-) Color Code 7, Time Slot 1 – connects you to RMHAM Front Range Talk Group 700

DMR – Vail Dowd Junction Repeater – 445.07500 (-) Color Code 7 Time Slot 2 – connects you to RMHAM Front Range Talk Group 720

We also added new digital linking for the Colorado Connection and upgraded both the Leadville and Vail (CC) repeaters to new digital hardware! The Colorado Connection still supports FM/Analog Radios, however the new Mountain Top Microwave Linking System – digitizes that FM Analog Voice traffic into TCP/IP – VoIP packets.  This new Digital Microwave Mountain Top Linking ELIMINATES the old Analog FM Link Radio System problems that has plagued SCARC Repeater Backbone for months!https://i2.wp.com/www.rmham.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017-09-30-Mosquito-Pass-40.jpg

Folks from Ski Country ARC from the Vail area assisted the Vail RMHAM team in completing this task. Fairplay team of K0JSC, N2MED, K0GUR got the microwave in and peaked. Leadville team of W0VG, AC0KQ, AE5IT, N0DEV, K0IBM, K7AIH. Vail team was K2AD, WA1JHK, KI0KN, N7CTM with prework by W0KU. Ski Country folks that helped out KD0MA, K0JEG and N0ECT. They installed microwave, power, routers, and all assorted cabling along with doing lots of antenna rework to handle the new configuration.IMG_2436

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Problems at Snowmass 146.67

PM – Thursday, August 3rd 2017

Appears we have had a hardware failure on the link radio, or the controller up at the 146.67Mhz  Aspen/Snowmass Repeater site.

I did some troubleshooting today and determined that it was not in any of the controller configuration that I could identify, so the most likely problem is hardware.

Previously the link was transmitting into the UHF hub, but not receiving.      Rather than have a one way link operating that can create all sorts of havoc, I’ve turned off the link at Snowmass until we can make a site visit and attempt to make a repair.

Stay tuned.   Will probably be a couple of weeks before I’m able to make the site visit.

Chuck   – n0nhj

 

ARRL Field Day 2017 – K0RV Style!

The QSO + Fun Factor exceeded last Years effort – if you ask N0ECT!  Some of our favorite Field Day Photos and captions from this (June 24-25) weekend’s 24 Hours of Operating HF using Emergency Power only.

ARRL-FIELD-DAY-2017-Chase-BrentIron Chicken Chef N0AFO…demonstrates to Debbie N0LDB the Art of Grilling Chicken – with his Eyes Closed!So-Easy-I-Can-Grill-Chicken-With-My-Eyes-ClosedK0RV’s most Experienced Drone Pilot – Eric K0JEG.  Armed with his 4K HD Drone Camera and GPS Drone Technology – Eric’s Drone located the MOST COMFORTABLE chair at Field Day and K0JEG and took full advantage after an exhausting day of QSO’s and Flying High!Drone-Master-K0JEG-Best-Seat-In-the-HouseK0RV’s t-Shirt Design Team Phil N0KE and Ms. Betty KD0YDH are busy working on next years Field Day 2018 t-Shirt.ARRL-FIELD-DAY-2017-N0KE-KD0YDHN0ECT is still insisting he found one of these Signs…On N0AFO’s Beer Cooler that Saturday Afternoon!Free-StuffBob KI0G Cutter ran the (GOTA – Get On The Air) Station this year.  Being a former Judge – KI0G must be use to handing out cruel and unusual punishment!  How So?Well…Bob ran the GOTA Station at QRP (5 Watts) – Yikes!  Bob is still trying to explain how to beat an HF Pile Up on Field Day using only 5 Watts…leveraging what looked like Kite String for an Antenna!  At QRP – N0ECT rechristened KI0G’s GOTA Station as the “Waiting for Godot” QSO Station!   Extreme QSO Patience paid off…Occasionally, the GOTA Station confirmed a few 40 meter QRP QSO’s!  Their GOTA Station Blew the Horn targeting their skeptics…for every completed QSO!Always-Running-On-Low-Lower-KI0G-QRP-ManWell if you don’t know what “Frequency Feast” looks like – you do NOW!Field-Day-Feist-K0RV-25JUN2017

Field Day 2017 – ARRL & SCARC

by  N0ECT

Setup for Field Day 2017 starts at 3PM, Friday, June 23rd at our Field Day QTH.  At 6PM Friday nite is the drawing for ARRL Field Day Souvenirs for those helping with Setup.image

Field Day officially starts at Noon (Mountain Daylight Time) on Saturday, June 24th and continues till Noon on Sunday, June 25th.  Sign up Times for operating on HF during the 24 hours of Field Day will be available – starting 3PM Friday.

For more information and a Map to our Field Day Site – (Missouri Heights near Carbondale, Colorado (Click Here)

For all ARRL Field Day Sites & Locations – just CLICK ON the Map below.image

Sky High Picnic

Glad everyone enjoyed my presentation. Here are the pictures that Gerry, Brian, Pete and I took while flying. Word around the club is that Debbie N0LDB is going to get one for her birthday this year!

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Allstar Radio is Working today on the Ski Country ARC Repeater System

by  N0ECT

At last Saturday’s SCARC monthly (March 2017) meeting the members were introduced to the Allstar Radio system and our new (working today) Allstar SERVER/HUB – 45479  (powerpoint presentation below)

In short – Any (world wide) Allstar Node (~2,000 Nodes) can connect to our 45479 and talk to any HAM connected to our SCARC Repeater Backbone using (example) a Baofeng HT that is also connected to our Repeater Backbone.  Allstar will send your Colorado (Audio) to anywhere in the world, to another Allstar Node that is connect to 45479.

How Allstar can assist operators of EME “Moon Bounce”

N0KE (Phil) has mentioned in the past that he has used “Email” to coordinate (time of day setup) for a “Moon Bounce” QSO with another EME operator – half way around the world…

Now N0KE can use a Radio… example: a 2meter (HT) to coordinate that EME Moon Bounce,  provided that other (example: Australian) EME operator has access to a local Allstar Node.  Recall there are ~2,000 active Nodes today, with more coming online each day.  They can now discuss via their respective Radio HTs – their scheduled time of QSO, Amplifier Power Levels, N-element Yagi Antennas…and much more – all needed for a successful EME QSO.  Now N0KE can spent more time using his Radios rather than his Computer (reading EMails) to setup and have a successful EME QSO!

Saturday’s Allstar Presentation includes a list of parts (Amazon) that HAMs can use to build their own Allstar Node.  It’s way less than $300.00 if you already own a Baofeng HT.

 

Note:  Click on the small icon    in the lower right below..it will change to a full screen of the PowerPoint Presentation!  Once you’re running full screen (at the bottom middle) of that page you can click through the sides using this right arrow.

Below is Eric’s K0JEG’s Video of last Saturday’s Meeting and Presentations.

SCARC – FCC & Passing Fancy

Nothing makes Bob K9MWM happier at the SCARC Meetings than passing more Hams and new Hams earning their first Amateur Radio License.

VE = Volunteer Examiner – the folks authorized by the FCC to administer the tests.  It takes 3, VE’s to organize and validate the the exams.

L-R   VE- Bob K9MWM, VE – Phil N0KE, new Tech license Ozzy Schoonover (Jim Baily’s N0IAA grandson) Debbie N0LDB General Class, VE – Jess W6CKC, Graham Jackson amazing – new Tech on Tuesday (31JAN) then passes his General Class the following Saturday (4FEB) and VE, Clark K3NI our current SCARC President!  Winners All!IMG_7162

Ken, KB0HP made a super presentation on working the HF Digital Modes (JT-65 and JT9).  Ken (center below) brought his HF rig, Laptop and a borrowed Multi-Band Vertical (in the Bank’s parking lot) to show Real-Time, exactly how it works!  Amazing!IMG_9450

Bottom Line:  Digital Modes on HF (blow away) SideBand (and even CW) when it comes to low power (<25 Watts) and long distance DX QSO’s while running HF.wsjt-x_capture

For a PDF copy of Ken’s entire JT-65 Presentation (Click Here) to download the PDF.

Ken is also planning on teaching a Tech License Class (Rifle) over the next couple of months.  Ken said every single FCC Tech test question will be covered in his class.   For more information about Ken’s upcoming classes in Rifle, Colorado email Ken at  KB0HP—-at—-yahoo—dot.com  (Click Here) to download Ken’s Announcement of his new Tech License Class – share with the folks your know that want to get licensed.

Bob, K9MWM also did a great presentation about the week long outdoor HAM meeting at Quartzite, Arizona – a blend of RV and Ham Radio at the southern end of (middle of nowhere – BLM land) Arizona held at the end of January for the past (20) years.  Click on the graphic below to learn more.image