MARC was featured in the Montrose Daily Press on December 29th, 2013. By permission from the author and the Montrose Daily Press, here is the article:
KØIIT ― A club for fun and service
‘Hams’ provide essential communication through enjoyable hobby
Operators reach worldwide
By Drew Setterholm
Daily Press Staff Writer
It’s a relatively small part of the population that has the know-how, the technology and the interest to tap into amateur radio networks, otherwise known as “ham radio.” For those who do, there is a familiar call sign on the air ― dit-dit, dit-dit, dee. That would be the sound of “IIT” the regionally recognized designation for KØIIT, Montrose Amateur Radio Club.
MARC is a member of the American Radio Relay League and the Colorado Council of Amateur Radio Clubs. Its membership has seen as many as 70 call signs, currently around 60 or 65, who participate in club meetings and year-round activities. For many of those members, the group is a place to share a common interest. There are times, though, when ham radio is called on for serious situations.
Ham radio operators must be licensed, to ensure users of the radio frequency spectra understand the government regulations and key electronic components of their equipment. Ham radio is used solely for personal interest and is separated from commercial, public safety or professional broadcasting, but communication between “hams” can cross the globe.
One of MARC’s annual club activities is participating in the American Radio Relay League Field Day.
“We go to a site that has nothing, we erect antennas, put generators, put all our stuff together and see how many contacts we can make around the world,” explained Ken Herrick, MARC vice president.
With more than 35,000 hams on the air for Field Day, establishing contacts from a remote location is a fun exercise for radio operators. It is also a very basic practice of one of amateur radio’s most practical applications.
“The fun things we do, like field day in June, are also training for how we can operate and perform during an emergency or non-standard conditions,” Chris DePuy, MARC treasurer, said.
Some members of MARC undergo additional training and registration to become members of the Amateur Radio Emergency service or the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. In the case of an emergency, members of these subsets would be called upon to establish a communication link between the Montrose Emergency Operations Center and the State of Continue reading