I’ve added a new “page” to the website. Pages are more permanent than posts, and the new page, “Technical Data” is a repository for the club’s collective technical memory. The first two documents are high-quality scans of the original (and unique) designs for the Field Day antennas. You can see these documents by clicking here.
We had a very successful Field Day on June 25th and 26th, thanks to the excellent planning and coordination of Field Day Chairman Royce Seymour, AAØJD. We had several public officials visit, enjoyed good food, and lots of operating.
Royce was in charge and had everything under control. KEØOG photo.
Club President Ken Herrick greets David White, Montrose County Commissioner, at our Field Day site
Montrose County Commissioner David White watches 15 meter station in action. Steve Schroder is logging, and Lew French is operating. The motorhome came from club members Matt and Lisa Goetsch.
Field Day Chairman Royce Seymour greets Montrose Mayor Ron Swanson at our Field Day site.
Gary gets the satellite antenna set up
Lew French shows the 20-meter CW station in the club trailer to Don Angell, Montrose County Emergency Manager, one of our served agencies
Our public information display
Setting up the 40-meter 2-element beam. Club member Bill Bear, at far left, sits on the Paonia City Council
Solar power takes over, using club-owned solar panel, Bill Bear’s controller, and club battery and trailer
Our new shelters worked well on their first outing.
The Montrose Amateur Radio Club (MARC) is hosting its annual Tailgate Party on Saturday June 4, 2016 at the Lions Pavilion, Confluence Park, Delta, from 8:00 AM to noon. Admission is free. (See map below.)
All attendees will be included in the drawing for door prizes. The Grand Prize is a Yaesu mobile transceiver valued at $300.
According to Steve Schroeder, Tailgate Party Chairman: “The Tailgate Party is an opportunity to buy, sell, or trade amateur radio equipment and supplies. You can find the parts and equipment that you have been looking for at great prices, sell the gear you no longer need, and meet the hams you have been talking to on the air. Coffee, doughnuts and water will be available for a small donation. This event is sanctioned by the American Radio Relay League. New hams and those interested in becoming a hams are invited.”
Tables for sellers are available on a first come – first served basis for $5.00.
Contact Lew French at 970-417-6142 for more information.
Location of MARC Tailgate Party for Saturday, 4 June 2016
Jim Adams, AAØCW, demonstrates equipment used to contact amateur satellites. Photo by Dave Casler, KEØOG
At our club meeting on May 20th, 2016, club member Jim Adams, AAØCW, demonstrated how he makes contacts via amateur satellites.
To view Jim’s presentation in PDF format, click here (large file).
Dick Schultz, KDØESZ, our Club Vice President, is building a list of club assets. These include everything from the club trailer to generators and antenna analyzers.
If you have possession of a club asset, please contact Dick to let him know what you have so he can keep track.
Jim Adams, AAØCW, was outside today working amateur radio satellite SO50. A balmy 11 degrees. Made contacts with 6 stations including Alaska and Canada with a 1 watt ht.
Jim Adams, AAØCW, braves the weather to work satellites
The club met Friday, 15 Jan 2016, at the Olathe Community Center. After business was conducted, Matt Goetsch and Steve Schroder demonstrated a spectrum analyzer.
Matt Goetsch, KDØNUP, with his spectrum analyzer.
Steve Schroder, KIØKY, gives the presentation while Matt operates the spectrum analyzer.
Club officers Steve Schroder, Mary Barclay, and John Renzelman, conduct the meeting.
Club members observe during the business meeting
Bob Schaeffer, KJØG, founding member of MARC, passed away at age 89. KEØOG photo.
We are sad to report the passing of founding club member Bob Schaeffer, KJØG, on 8 Dec 2015, in Montrose. At Bob’s request, no services will be held. His obituary in the Montrose Daily Press can be found by clicking here
He served in the Navy in World Ward II as a radio tech, and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in electrical engineering. Bob moved to Montrose in 1952.
In addition to being a founding member of MARC, he was also involved in the Montrose Model Railroad Club and the Ridgway Railroad Museum. He was an engineer at local TV station KREY TV. Bob’s reminiscences of the early days of MARC can be found by clicking here.
His wife Connie, KØGAS, also a founding member, passed away 29 Mar 2015.
The Western Colorado Amateur Radio Club (WCARC) (not associated with the Montrose Amateur Radio Club) will be conducting a Technician License class in January 2016. Classes will be held from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Thursday Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Testing will be Thurs Feb. 4. The only cost to the student is the testing fee of $15.00 at the time of testing. Location is the Ute Water Offices at 2190 H 1/4 Road, between Grand Junction and Fruita, off of Hwy 6 & 50. Map at http://www.utewater.org/contactus.html. If you are interested please contact KDØUKO at mthowdy[at]mac[dot]com. The instructer will be Kendall Glad, KØKDG, an Extra Class License holder.
(Webmaster’s Note: Students would be well-advised to bring the ARRL License Manual for Ham Radio with them.)
We had our September 2015 meeting at our usual location of the Olathe, Colorado, Community Center at 7:00 p.m. on the 18th. After our business meeting, Steve Schroder, KIØKY, gave a presentation about a potential club activity to create an antenna range.
Board members conduct meeting. L-R, Club Vice President Steve Schroder, KIØKY, Club President Mary Barclay, KDØMSQ, Club Secretary Jeff Scheetz, KDØJCJ, and Club Treasurer John Renzelman, KBØRUD. KEØOG photo.
Members listen during September, 2015, business meeting. KEØOG photo.