Force 12 Antennas: Opportunity for a tour

The Grand Junction Radio Club (Western Colorado Amateur Radio Club) has announced that they are touring the Force 12 Antennas facility at 566 West Crete Circle, Unit 1, Grand Junction, CO 81505, on Saturday, 9 May 2015, at 9:30 a.m.

If you are interested in attending, you may get more information by emailing mthowdy@mac.com.

Directions: Take 25.5 south off Patterson, turn west (right) onto Pinyon. Pass by the first road north (right), Crete Circle. Take the second right (north) which is also Crete Circle to 566 W. Crete Circle. Unit 1 is the north corner office.

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Photos from March MARC meeting at Makerspace

We held our March meeting at Makerspace (see www.montrosemakerspace.com) in Montrose to discover what they’re doing there. We appreciate the presentations by Craig Hollabaugh and Chuck Vanderwist.

MARC meeting at Montrose Makerspace facility on 20 Mar 2015. Photo by Dave Casler, KEØOG.

MARC meeting at Montrose Makerspace facility on 20 Mar 2015. Photo by Dave Casler, KEØOG.

 
Montrose Amateur Radio Club meets at Montrose Makerspace on 20 Mar 2015. Photo by Philip Scheetz, KDØWCB.

Montrose Amateur Radio Club meets at Montrose Makerspace on 20 Mar 2015. Photo by Philip Scheetz, KDØWCB.

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Club Member Don McMillan’s Wife Sue Passes Away

It is my sad duty to report that club member Don McMillan, KDØFYH, lost his wife, Sue, on 21 March 2015. Cards may be sent to 3940 1940 Rd, Delta, CO 81416. Don reports that he plans to attend the upcoming April MARC meeting on the 17th.

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Connie Schaeffer, KØGAS, SK

Club Member Connie Schaeffer, KØGAS, SK, in 2012

Club Member Connie Schaeffer, KØGAS, SK, in 2012

We have received the sad report that long time club member Connie Schaeffer, KØGAS, passed away on Sunday.

Cards may be sent via her son Carl Schaeffer, 4301 Hwy 62, Ridgway, CO, 81432. Please do not call at this time.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide

The IARU’s Emergency Telecommuicaitons Guide is a new, comprehensive primer how we can provide ham radio support to served agencies. This is, in my opinion, “Required Reading.”:http://www.iaru.org/emergency-telecommunications-guide.html

Steve Schroder KI0KY

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March 20 Meeting at the MakerSpace in Montrose

A reminder that the March 20th, meeting will be held in Montrose at the Makerspace at 5 Ponderosa Ct, Montrose, Colorado 81401.  The meeting will begin at 7:00pm followed by a presentation of the Makerspace facility.

Dinner will still be held in Olathe at the White Kitchen Restaurant.

Directions to the Makerspace:   From the San Juan bypass, Turn North onto 6450 Road.   Turn Right onto Ponderosa Ct (and the Black Canyon Industrial Park).

Talk in Frequency will be the Montrose Repeater (146.790 -)

makerspace

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February 2015 Club Meeting: Program by Dave Casler on LOTW

Here is the presentation given by Dave Casler, KEØOG, on “Logging and QSLing for the Radio Amateur in the Electronic Age.” Dave put the program together in response to a request by Lew French, KCØUER, about how to sign up for the ARRL’s Logbook of the World (LOTW). This video provides the slides with a separately-recorded audio narration.

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February 2015 Club Meeting: KCØQXX, KIØKY, and AAØJD Show Colorado QSO Party Awards

At our February, 2015, meeting held last night, club members Bill Bear, KCØQXX, Steve Schroder, KIØKY, and Royce Seymour, AAØJD, showed the awards that they received for their winning participation in last year’s Colorado QSO Party (click here to see the original story). They won for a team effort, winning first place in the category “in-state, phone mode, low power, multiple operator, mobile transmitter” category. Because Bill’s callsign was used, he received the plaque on behalf of the team. Steve and Royce received certificates for their team participation.

Club members won awards for a team effort in the Colorado QSO Party contest. From L-R, Steve Schroder, KIØKY, Bill Bear, KCØQXX, and Royce Seymour, AAØJD. Photo by Dave Casler, KEØOG.

Club members won awards for a team effort in the Colorado QSO Party contest. From L-R, Steve Schroder, KIØKY, Bill Bear, KCØQXX, and Royce Seymour, AAØJD. Photo by Dave Casler, KEØOG.

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MARC Jan 2014 Meeting

Members of the Montrose Amateur Radio Club met Friday, January 16th, 2015, at the Olathe Community Center, for their monthly meeting. Some interesting announcements:

  • A team of MARC members, Bill Bear, KCØQXX, Royce Seymour, AAØJD, and Steve Schroder, KIØKY, placed first in the Phone, Low Power, Multi-op category in the 2014 Colorado QSO party. You can read about their operation by clicking here.
  • The Tailgate Party, a ham-equipment-only swap meet that the club hosts annually at the Lion’s Pavilion at Confluence Park, will be held the first Saturday in June, which is June 6th, 2015.
  • Interest was expressed in the ARRL’s Logbook of the World (LoTW), and Dave Casler, apparently the only club member to have made the difficult software work successfully, (and he only after several tries,) will give a presentation on it at the February meeting.
  • James Graves showed a small receive loop antenna that works from 7-MHz on up. The plans for the antenna may be found online by clicking here.

Here are three photos from the meeting:

James Graves, currently studying for his Tech, showed the club a loop antenna he built for receiving the HF bands from 40m on up.

James Graves, currently studying for his Tech, showed the club a loop antenna he built for receiving the HF bands from 40m on up.

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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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