Photos from the CFF Cycle for Life – 2018

More photos are coming, but here’s a few for starters.

ARES Will Use Our Repeaters to Support Golden Gran Fondo

Coming up on Sunday, August 26th, Colorado ARES R1D6 will be using our Centennial Cone repeaters to support the Golden Gran Fondo bicycle race. They will be using the 145.280 and 449.525 from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The repeaters will remain linked.

Please use the 145.475 during this time for any casual conversation.

IRG Will Be Supporting the Colorado CF Cycle for Life

Coming up on August 18th, Intermountain Repeater Group will be providing radio communications in support of the Colorado CF Cycle for Life bicycle event. We’ll be using the 146.835 portable repeater, and 2M FM Simplex to provide coverage in the canyon areas of the race route. The Simplex frequency will be 146.445.

The hams participating in this event are:

  • Bill – KIØFV
  • Tony – WØSBS
  • Ken – KDØLZB
  • Ed – KEØCNP
  • Bob – KEØSJ

IRG DMR Talkgroup 31087 on Brandmeister

For all you hams using the Brandmeister DMR network, we now have a Talkgroup for IRG. Our thanks to Jim — KEØJQA for getting this set up for us.

If you’re new to Brandmeister DMR, we recommend starting out by perusing the material at the DRC Brandmeister page. The DRC also has a good article about Brandmeister in their Roundtable newsletter, Feb 2017 issue, page 7.

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio also has a lot of information about DMR — they are mainly on the DMR-MARC network, but they are currently testing Brandmeister. At their site, click on the menu links for DMR just below their main menu.

There are, at this writing, only a few IRG club members using DMR, but we know of at least a couple others hoping to start using it in the future.

Looking ahead in 2018

It’s a new membership year for IRG, so do please remember to send in your dues when the reminder comes in the mail. If you’d like to join the club, please contact us.

A couple things to keep in mind for this year:

IRG provides communication support for both of these events.

The HamFests page has been updated with dates for upcoming Colorado and nearby events.

Upcoming Denver Ham Events

Coming up, in the Denver, CO area, 2 amateur radio events to put on your calendar.

Next up, the Denver FallFest at HRO, on October 27th and 28th, 2017.

Join us for our inaugural store event! We’re looking forward to two days of fun in the store with Diane from Icom; Phil from Kenwood; and Dominic from RTSystems! We will have some informational sessions, refreshments and of course – prizes! Our very own Katie WY7YL will be in the store and doing some special live social media activities. Stay tuned for more information!

And, coming on November 11th, 2017, it’s the 2017 Fall Techfest, produced by the 285 TechConnect Radio Club. The TechFest has 5 hours of presentations on technical topics related to amateur radio, plus a “demo corner” where club members show off some of their operating technology.

Fall TechFest Coming Up

The 285 TechConnect Radio Club is pleased to announce the annual TechFest in November. The TechFest has 5 hours of presentations on technical topics related to amateur radio, plus a “demo corner” where club members show off some of their operating

The TechFest will be held on Saturday, November 11th, 2017, at the Lakewood Elks Lodge, 1455 Newland Street, Lakewood, CO. TechFest runs from 9:00AM to 3:00PM, with a 1-hour break for lunch. Doors will open for registration at 8:00AM. For morning talk-in, we’ll be using the 145.145 CRA Repeater.

Photos from the CFF Cycle for Life 2017

Here are some photos from the 2017 Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life event, taken at the Hess Rd. aid station.

Centennial Cone Repeater Trip, August 13th

Sunday, August 15th, four club members went up to the Centennial Cone repeater site to have a look at the Phelps-Dodge colinear antenna. This is the primary antenna for the 145.280 repeater, but we’ve been using an alternate, due to excessive noise. Robert – NØCFM went out on the spar and checked connections, just to be sure there were no problems with those, and sprayed some Kroil on the clamps holding the antenna on the tower. We layed the groundwork for a return trip when we’ll lower the Phelps-Dodge antenna and determine whether it can be repaired.