Annual Tailgate Party Coming June 4th, 2016

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

Location of MARC Tailgate Party for Saturday, 4 June 2016

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Club Meeting May, 2016: Jim Adams Shows Satellite Techniques

Jim Adams, AAØCW, demonstrates equipment used to contact amateur satellites. Photo by Dave Casler, KEØOG

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).

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Do You Have Any Club Assets?

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.

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Jim Adams and Satellites in the Snow

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

Jim Adams, AAØCW, braves the weather to work satellites

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Photos of January, 2015, Meeting

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.

Matt Goetsch, KDØNUP, with his spectrum analyzer.

 
Steve Schroder, KIØKY, gives the presentation while Matt operates the 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 officers Steve Schroder, Mary Barclay, and John Renzelman, conduct the meeting.

 
Club members observe during the business meeting

Club members observe during the business meeting

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Bob Schaeffer, KJØG, SK

Bob Schaeffer, KJØG, founding member of MARC, passed away at age 89

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.

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Grand Junction Club Will Host Technician Instruction Class

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.)

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September 2015 Meeting: Photos

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.

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.

Members listen during September, 2015, business meeting. KEØOG photo.

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Imogene Pass Run: Photos

Here are a couple photos from the Imogene Pass Run. If you have more photos, please send to the webmaster.

Net control station at Imogene Pass summit itself. Photo by Matt Goetsch, KDØNUP.

Net control station at Imogene Pass summit itself. Photo by Matt Goetsch, KDØNUP.

 
At the Telluride end. Note the use of the club's banner. Photo by Ken Herrick, KDØQGK

At the Telluride end. Note the use of the club’s banner. Photo by Ken Herrick, KDØQGK

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2015 VE Testing Dates Updated

Please note the following changes to the upcoming VE testing schedule:

DELETED Oct. 10th
ADDED Oct 24
DELETED Nov.7th

For more information about the testing, see our VE Testing page by clicking here.

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