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.)
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.
Members listen during September, 2015, business meeting. KEØOG photo.
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.
At the Telluride end. Note the use of the club’s banner. Photo by Ken Herrick, KDØQGK
Please note the following changes to the upcoming VE testing schedule:
ADDED Oct 24
For more information about the testing, see our VE Testing page by clicking here.
Club members Royce Seymour, AAØJD, and Bill Bear, KCØQXX, participated in the Colorado QSO Party held Saturday, 5 Sept 2105. Bill Bear reports that they operated from the Delta-Gunnison county line north of Paonia. The weather was a bit wet and the ground muddy, but they were able to set up their station. They used a multi-band dipole and a beam antenna to make several hundred contacts. Bill sent the following photos:
Royce Seymour, AAØJD, operates the portable station for the Colorado QSO party. Note the solar panel and Royce’s famous antenna tuner. The large black box is a battery box, and the tiny radio sits in the middle of the table. Photo by KCØQXX.
Royce Seymour, AAØJD, operates the station for the Colorado QSO Party. They are atop the Delta/Gunnison county line. Photo by KCØQXX.
Royce sits at the station controls, with the 20-15-10 triband beam in the background. The beam is attached to the trailer. Photo by KCØQXX.
Detail showing the trailer-mounted beam used by the ABØJD and KCØQXX operation for the Colorado QSO Party. Photo by KCØQXX.
Our club meeting this evening will not be in Olathe. Rather, it’s our annual picnic meeting and will be held at Rotary Park. Details from Lew French:
Tonight’s MARC meeting is at Rotary Park next to Columbine School on South 12th street, Montrose. Meeting time is 1900 hrs. The meeting will start with a bring your own dinner. This is not a pot luck. Guests and spouses welcome. Business meeting and program will follow.
The regular Montrose (Colorado) Amateur Radio Club was held on 17 July 2015 at the community center in Olathe, Colorado.
Club members listen as Bob Barclay, KDØJRK, gives a report
Royce Seymour, AAØJD, gives a Field Day report to the entire gathering
Royce Seymour, AAØJD, gave a presentation on using antenna tuners
Club members Randy Cassingham, KØRCC, and Dave Casler, KEØOG, with very little notice, spoke at a Ouray County Planning Commission workshop meeting on Tuesday, July 7th. They were there in response to a proposal that would require a $1000 application fee to put up a tower—any tower. The meeting was reported on page 3 of the July 9 – July 15 issue of the Ouray County Plaindealer, shown below. The bigger issue being addressed by the commission is the proliferation of cell phone towers in Ouray County; Cassingham and Casler were there to persuade them not to extend complex cell tower regulations, especially permit fees, to amateur radio towers.
In addition to the meeting, Cassingham and Casler had a good conversation with Ouray County Emergency Manager Glenn Boyd regarding including amateur radio in the Ouray County Emergency Operations Center. Cassingham already works closely with Ouray County on communications matters that extend beyond amateur radio.
The Ouray County Planning Commission held a workshop on Tuesday, 7 July 15, at which MARC club members Randy Cassingham and Dave Casler spoke.
The MARC breakfast will be at the Sundown in Delta at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 4th. The Busy Corner Cafe/White Kitchen in Olathe is closed on that day.
Melvin “Ike” Topliss, W7XG, a founding club member, SK
Melvin “Ike” Topliss, W7XG, one of the founding members of the Montrose Amateur Radio Club, passed away on 12 June 2015 in Oregon. He was known by many in our club and we will miss him.