Colorado Section On-air Net to Begin Jan 9th

Colorado’s new ARRL Section Manager, Amanda Alden – K1DDN, will be holding a monthly on-air net Monday evenings at 7:30, using the Fun Machine radio network. Amanda writes:

As section manager I desire to have a better connection to ARRL members and non-members in the Colorado section. I visit as many in person events as time allows and also make myself available for attending virtual meetings (i.e. Zoom). This “net” will hopefully be a place that Colorado hams can ask questions of ARRL leadership, request help, guidance, club support and technical support. This can also be a place where Colorado hams can ask why is the ARRL important and why should I join?

The Fun Machine network is accessible using: FM, Allstar, Echolink, DMR, D-Star, NXDN, M17, and YSF.

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WB0THS – Roger Owens, SK

Our dear friend and a founding member of the Intermountain Repeater Group and the Empire Radio Club, Roger Owens, WB0THS, passed away on Friday, July 15,2022.

Roger was a very active amateur radio operator until the past year or so when Alzheimer’s disease caught up to him. Roger was a strong advocate of the American Red Cross and actively participated as a Red Cross Communicator.

We had many club meetings held at his Westminster United Methodist Church. He was a custodian and very involved in his church activities, especially with the food bank. He and Jean attended many “Lunch Bunch” gatherings.

Roger was a very active member of IRG and helped in all club activities, like the 65Roses bike
races and the Mt Evans Assent race. Field day was always a special event for him. We will miss Roger for sure.

God bless Roger and Jean.

Roger Dale Owens; August 13, 1942 – July 15, 2022

Memorial Service will be Saturday, August 13, 2022, 10:30am at Westminster United Methodist Church, 3585 West 76th Avenue, Westminster.

Photos from the 2022 Mt. Evans Ascent

A big thank you goes out to the hams from Intermountain Repeater Group who provided communcation support for the Mt. Evans Ascent in 2022. This year’s lineup:

  • Bob – KE0SJ
  • Bill – KI0FV and his wife, Susie
  • Jonathan – KE0SUM
  • Ryan – K0CTR
  • Tony – W0SBS
  • Tony – KE0VTJ
  • Todd – KF0AXP

Todd and Ryan took several photos.

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Mt Evans Ascent June 26th

It’s that time again — Intermountain Repeater Group will be providing race communication for the Mt. Evans Ascent on Sunday, June 26th, 2022.

As usual, we’ll be using our portable repeater at the summit for radio traffic, with simplex and relay as a backup. The repeater frequency is 146.835 MHz, -600, with 100 Hz tone. If there are any difficulties using the repeater, 146.445 will be the backup simplex frequency.

Billy Anderson – KIØFV is our volunteer coordinator for this event.

We’re looking for a couple more volunteers to assist this year. You’ll need a mobile rig or amplifier, as the wattage from an HT is not sufficient for good comms. We recommend a minimum capability of 20W. Due to the addition of a “round trip” stage, the start time for the event will be 5:30 AM, and radio operators should be at their assigned stations by that time.

If you’d like to volunteer to work this event, please let us know, using our contact form.

Photos from the Mt. Evans Ascent

On Sunday, June 27th, Intermountain Repeater Group provided communication support for the Mt. Evans Ascent footrace. Thank you to NØCFM — Robert, KEØVTJ — Tony, WØSBS — Tony, KEØSUM — Jonathan, KB1SGJ — Norm, and KIØFV — Bill, for getting up super-early in the morning to support this event, and also to Alpine Rescue and all the runners. Here are some photos.

Portable Repeater at Summit
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KDØMEX — Tim Harter, (SK)

We regret to announce that IRG member Timothy Harter — KDØMEX passed away on Tuesday, May 25th, 2021, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Our condolences go out to his wife, Jennifer, and the rest of his family. Tim was licensed in June 2010, and active in Intermountain Repeater Group activities for as long as he was able.

Services for Tim will be on June 11th, 11AM, at the Crossing Church of the
Nazarene.

Mt Evans Ascent June 27th

Once again, Intermountain Repeater Group will be providing race communication for the Mt. Evans Ascent on Sunday, June 27th, 2021.

As usual, we’ll be using our portable repeater at the summit for radio traffic, with simplex and relay as a backup. The repeater frequency is 146.835 MHz, -600, with 100 Hz tone. If there are any difficulties using the repeater, 146.445 will be the backup simplex frequency.

Billy Anderson – KIØFV is our volunteer coordinator for this event.

We’re looking for a couple more volunteers to assist this year. You’ll need a mobile rig or amplifier, as the wattage from an HT is not sufficient for good comms. We recommend a minimum capability of 20W. Due to the addition of a “round trip” stage, the start time for the event will be 5:30 AM, and radio operators should be at their assigned stations by that time.

If you’d like to volunteer to work this event, please let us know, using our contact form.

Updated Radio Frequency Exposure Rules Become Effective on May 3

This change has been on the books for a while, but the effective date is coming up soon. The ARRL has a new announcement:

The new rules do not change existing RF exposure (RFE) limits but do require that stations in all services, including amateur radio, be evaluated against existing limits, unless they are exempted. For stations already in place, that evaluation must be completed by May 3, 2023. After May 3 of this year, any new station, or any existing station modified in a way that’s likely to change its RFE profile — such as different antenna or placement or greater power — will need to conduct an evaluation by the date of activation or change.

Amateur radio licensees will have to determine whether any existing facilities previously excluded under the old rules now qualify for an exemption under the new rules. Most will, but some may not.

RF Exposure and You is available for free download from ARRL. ARRL also has an RF Safety page on its website.