New Area Repeater: 146.910 MHz on Raspberry

A new repeater joins the ranks of repeaters on the Western Slope. It’s located at a place called Raspberry on the Uncompahgre Plateau and has good coverage into Montrose and also the “West End” of Montrose County (Nucla, Naturita). Some users report there is coverage here and there in Utah.

The repeater is at 146.910 MHz, negative offset, and requires a 107.2 Hz tone. The repeater is open to all use, but emergency communications have priority.

Coverage is spotty on Log Hill. However, Log Hill hams may find that the Montrose Flat Top repeater (146.79, negative offset, 107.2 Hz tone) is easy to hit. Coverage is also to be found in in parts of Delta, Ouray, and Mesa Counties.

The Montrose Amateur Radio Club does not own, operate, or control any repeaters. Club members and other amateurs in the area use and enjoy several local repeaters. Click here for a list of repeaters in the area. If you have updates to the list, please comment on the Repeaters page or contact the webmaster.

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VE Testing Schedule for 2015

The VE testing schedule, along with a form to use to contact the VE team, is now available as a permanent page, which you can reach by clicking here.

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“Polar Express” Simulated Emergency Test Exercise QSO Example

Today was a statewide “Simulated Emergency Test” (SET) involving a number of hams from our club. Club member Jim Adams, AAØCW, captured this sample message transmission. The voice you hear belongs to Dick Schultz, KDØESZ, and he’s transmitting a weather report message from downtown Montrose to the Montrose Emergency Command Post.

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Skywarn Thank You

Following our recent Skywarn activation I received the following from Jim Pringle at the Weather Service:

—–Original Message—–
From: Jim Pringle

Sent: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 7:18 pm

Subject: Skywarn Activation Today

Thanks to you and all of your folks who graciously helped us out today with activating for Skywarn activities. All of the reports we received were greatly appreciated, especially since this was done on such short notice.

Indeed we did experience some significant weather across our area of responsibility this afternoon:
1. Minor flooding and/or localized flash flooding: Grand County Utah, as well as portions of Delta County, Mesa County, and Archuleta County in western Colorado.

2. Tornado about 10 miles NW of Delta over open country.

3. Golf ball sized hail about 4 miles east of Pagosa Springs.

4. Numerous trees downed or snapped off (up to 3 feet in diameter at the trunk) in an 8 square mile area east of Pagosa Springs, due to either thunderstorm outflow winds or possibly a tornado.

Please forward this message of a gratitude to all of your Skywarn volunteers.

Jim

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MARC Meeting: September, 2014

Club member Jim Adams, AAØCW, sends this picture of Royce Seymour, AAØJD, giving a presentation about the Colorado QSO Party.

Royce Seymour, AAØJD, gives a presentation at the September, 2014, MARC meeting on the Colorado QSO Party. Photo by Jim Adams, AAØCW.

Royce Seymour, AAØJD, gives a presentation at the September, 2014, MARC meeting on the Colorado QSO Party. Photo by Jim Adams, AAØCW.

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Minutes from the August Meeting

Minutes from the August Meeting have been posted to the website.

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Imogene Run Upper Camp Bird Aid Station: Bear Photos

Bill Bear, KCØQXX, provides these photos of last Saturday’s Imogene Pass Run, taken at the Upper Camp Bird Aid Station.

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Imogene Run Summit Aid Station Photos: Goetsch Photos

Matt & Lisa Goetsch, KDØNUP & KDØNUO, provided these photos from Imogene Pass. They report they had to get up at 2:30 a.m. to be atop the pass by 6:00 a.m.
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Grand Mesa 100 Mesa-Top Aid Station: Goetsch Photos

Matt & Lisa Goetsch, KDØNUP & KDØNUO, submitted these photos of the aid station and the radio station at the Grand Mesa 100 run at the Mesa-Top Aid Station.

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Colorado QSO Party: Mobile Operation by KCØQXX, AAØJD, and KIØKY

The team of KCØQXX, KIØKY, and AAØJD operated mobile during the recent Colorado QSO Party. Shown is KIØKY's truck which includes his mobile station. Posing in front of the truck are (left) Royce Seymour, AAØJD,(right) Steve Schroder, KIØKY, .

The team of KCØQXX, KIØKY, and AAØJD operated mobile during the recent Colorado QSO Party. Shown is KIØKY’s truck which includes his mobile station. Posing in front of the truck are (left) Royce Seymour, AAØJD, and (right) Steve Schroder, KIØKY. Photo by Bill Bear.

AAØJD and KCØQXX pose in front of the truck with the mobile station.

Royce Seymour, AAØJD, and Bill Bear, KCØQXX, pose in front of the truck while tanking up for operation in more counties. Photo by Steve Schroder.

Steve Schroder, KIØKY, Bill Bear, KCØQXX, and Royce Seymore, AAØJD, all long time MARC members, operated mobile for the Colorado QSO Party, held on August 30th. This year they opted for mobile operation; they used Steve’s HF-equipped truck as their station. They successfully operated from Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Hindsdale, Mineral, Archuleta, LaPlata, and Ouray counties. Bill reports they had lots of contacts and worked hard for them. Several stations they contacted wanted the different counties, and one station actually stayed with them for all eight counties!

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