July Meeting Special Time and Place


All club members note: The July meeting will NOT be in Olathe at 7pm. Rather it will be in Montrose at Rotary Park on S 12th St at 5:00 pm. Note the time change.

This Friday is our scheduled MARC monthly meeting but we will be in Montrose for a special loccation. Here is the info per Lew French, KCØUER:

Bob Schaffer, through his son, has requested that we gather in Montrose at Rotary Park at 1700 for an opportunity to be with Bob and Connie once again.

Bob’s health is not good. He is in a nursing home near the park. Connie is in assisted living.

Bring a picnic dinner and please be on time as Bob is weak and we do not expect that he will be able to stay long. After visiting with Bob and eating we will have our meeting there in the park.

The Park is next to Columbine School. Take Townsend Avenue/US 550 to South 12th St. Turn east. The Park is on the right about 2 blocks and just before the School.

The Field Day and Hard Rock review and Grand Mesa 100 preparations will be on the agenda.

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June Minutes

The minutes from the June 2014 Meeting have been posted to the website and ready for review!


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Field Day Video: MARC 2014 Operation on Sunset Mesa

Field Day is the biggest ham radio event of the year! The Montrose, Colorado, Amateur Radio Club put on its event atop Sunset Mesa to the west of downtown Montrose, Colorado. The point of Field Day is to encourage hams to become proficient at communicating in emergency situations. As you can see, the group is running on generator power under field conditions. Oh, the other point? Eat, chat, and enjoy each other’s company!

Videography and editing by Dave Casler, amateur callsign KE0OG.

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Field Day 2014: Photos and Video by Jim Adams

Here’s a video that Jim Adams took of the 20-meter beam going up.

And here are Jim’s photos:

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Field Day News Release

“Who ya’ gonna call? Montrose Radio Hams!”

Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 28-29

Montrose, CO, June 19, 2014 Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.

In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio.

These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Montrose “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities Saturday June 28.

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications.

On Saturday June 28, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with hams from the Montrose Amateur Radio Club (MARC) and learn for themselves about the Amateur Radio Service is as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.

This annual event, called “Field Day” is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis.

More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event. “Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air” said Mary Barclay MARC President. “We will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at the north end Sunset Mesa. Just drive out West Main to Chipeta Drive. Turn south on Chipeta and the turn left as though driving to the athletic fields on Sunset Mesa. We will be to the north of the fields. Look for our signs and antennas. Come and see ham radio’s capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license. We can even get you on the air. “she said.

Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through programs such as the Radio Amateur Radio Service and the Amateur Radio Emergency Services ham volunteers provide communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.

To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org. Visit the Montrose Amateur Radio Club on Facebook and at www.montrosehamradio.org.


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Field Day Knots at May, 2014, MARC Meeting

Dick Noble, KCØJEA, gave the presentation at the May 16th, 2014, meeting of the Montrose Amateur Radio Club at the Olathe Community Center.

Dick Noble, KCØJEA, demonstrates "Field Day" knots to MARC Members. Photo by Steve Schroder, KIØKY.

Dick Noble, KCØJEA, demonstrates “Field Day” knots to MARC Members. Photo by Steve Schroder, KIØKY.

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History of Ham Radio: KEØOG’s Notes

At our last meeting, Dave Casler, KEØOG, gave a presentation on the history of ham radio. The notes he used, which provide a chronology of radio-related events for more than a century, may be found by clicking here. Other world events are also included to provide perspective. These notes are compiled from many sources, including particularly the the ARRL’s Ham Radio History page, several Wikipedia articles, ham radio history compiled by Rod Dinkins, AC6V (SK) (he provides a list of many contributors), and the excellent and detailed history on the site of Thierry Lombry, ON4SKY.

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MARC History by Bob Schaeffer, KJØG

This was posted elsewhere and definitely belongs here. The talk Bob gave was in 2011.

The Montrose Amateur Radio Club (MARC), located in Montrose, Colorado, recently (2011) celebrated its 50th birthday. Bob Schaeffer, KJØG, is one of the original members! He and his wife Connie, KØGAS, are avid contesters and have been very active in club affairs. Last night (remember: 2011) he read to us some reminiscences about the early days of the club. Since he was the only one there who is still around, this is priceless, irreplaceable history. He gave me permission to put his speech here.

Early PS/DR MARC Activities © 2011 Bob Schaeffer

Early activites in MARC were primarily theory lessons (NRI), followed closely by operator training development such as Field Day. The first crop of members were adults. Most everyone built most of their own gear. The equipment manufacturers of the day were National, Hallicrafters, Hammarlund, and Collins (top of the line). Since home-built gear did not lend itself to AM phone, or the new-fangled SSB, most interest was in CW. Continue reading

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Video of February Antenna Party

Dave Casler, KEØOG, presented the following video at the March club meeting to show what happened at the February antenna party. The party was organized by Royce Seymour, AAØJD, to prepare the Field Day antennas for the upcoming Field Day.

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Video of Collins 75A-4 Operating

Dave Casler, KEØOG, gave a presentation at the March, 2014, club meeting about the Collins 75A-4 receiver. This is the video he showed to introduce the presentation:

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