2018 Field Day Photos by Dave Casler

I took so many photos I made a video of them. Click through the email to go to the MARC Website to view the video:

Send your photos to the webmaster.

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Photos from June 2nd Tailgate Party

Kathy Joslin, KK6RNV, provides the following photos taken at the Tailgate Party, our club’s annual swapfest, held June 2nd, 2018, at the Lion’s Pavilion at Confluence Park. Several of the photos show prize winners.

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Photos of KØP USS Montrose Memorial Station

Here are photos of the special event station KØP provided by Colin Skelding.

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Packet Workshop for Hard Rock Run

Here are photos from Colin Skelding from the Packet workshop held 16 June 2016. This is in preparation for the Hard Rock 100 mile run.

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Video from Memorial Ship Weekend

Here’s a video showing our work at the memorial for the USS Montrose on-the-air happening: (you must go to the website to see the video)

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Museum Ship Special Event Location this Saturday

Remember, the event is THIS weekend. Here are Lew’s notes on location:

In the parking lot west of the Police department and directly across the street from the city hall and the memorial on south first street.

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More info from Lew about ship event

There is nothing wrong with a ship to ship contact just as for Summits on the Air there is nothing wrong with a summit to summit contact.. However, there are Activators (of summits) and Chasers (of activated summits). Our job as the special event station is to be a target for other hams. If they make 15 contacts they get a certificate. If we submit our log we get a certificate which is supposed to include the names of all of our operators. I have committed to giving a certificate from the USS Montrose N0P to everyone who helps at our station. If contacts calling us are slow, go look for a ship. Other wise, call CQ. If we hear a ship it might be good to set up on a nearby frequency to increase the chances of a ham finding us.

Some guys will want to log the contact, get the exchange and move on. Others may want to rag chew for a while. If they want to rag chew and we don’t have a pile up waiting, rag chew with them. The operating position will include a log book and a book with ship information. Operators must write clearly and record the actual UTC of the contact. We will have a UTC atomic clock. Since there is the Grid Chase underway I think that we should include the grid in our exchange. They can pick and choose from the information book the information that they want to share.

I think that our operators will be able to sense whether the contact wants to move on or stay for a while.

Be friendly. Take your time, Provide information. Have fun. There is no pressure to make one contact a minute. There is no requirement to recite the ship’s full operational history either.

Did you know that one of the Captains of the USS Montrose was a Medal of Honor recipient? That is an interesting story.

Propagation will probably be a challenge. Our beam antenna will be tuned to 20m. The wire dipole will tune 80-10. We will be frequency agile.

73 and I look forward to the event and your participation.


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Museum Ships Weekend

We set up starting 1500 hrs. Friday June 1. This following announcement invites the public to visit on June 2 an 3.

USS Montrose Ham Radio Event

Remember the USS Montrose and celebrate the international Museum Ships Weekend

June 2, 8 AM – 5 PM and June 3, 10 AM – 5 PM
At the USS Montrose Memorial
440 S 1st Street Montrose, CO

Sponsored by the Montrose Amateur Radio Club and the American Legion Amateur Radio Club, American Legion Post 73

For Information Contact: Lew French 970-417-6142
Visit: www.montrosehamradio.org

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Tailgate Party Coming Up Soon: June 2nd

The Montrose Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual Tailgate Party on June 2, 2018 at the Lions Pavilion, Confluence Park, Delta from 8AM to 11 AM. Talk-in frequency is 147.195+ 107.2

The Tailgate Party is an opportunity to buy, sell, and trade amateur radio equipment and socialize with area hams. Those interested in the participating in ham radio can learn more about the hobby and pick up some good equipment at bargain price.

According to Steve Schroder, the event coordinator, “This is a great opportunity for old and new hams to get together. Recently several new hams have gotten their first licenses and need to acquire some radio equipment at good prices. Older hams always have excess equipment that they no longer need. We will also have a door prize consisting of a new ICOM mobile dual band radio. There is no cost for admittance. Everyone is automatically entered for the door prize.

Tables for sellers are available for five dollars a table. You must be present to win the door prize. For more information contact Steve Schroder at 970-201-5997.

Location of MARC Tailgate Party for Saturday, 2 June 2018

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Help Work the Museum Ship Weekend

Amateur radio operators from the Montrose Amateur Radio Club and the American Legion Amateur Radio Club Post 73 are participating in the upcoming Museum Ships Weekend amateur radio event by putting the USS Montrose Memorial on the air. Members of both clubs will operate an amateur radio station from near the memorial on South First Street, Montrose on June 2 and 3, 2018 as part of the world wide event sponsored by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station.

The event encourages ham radio operators around the world to contact as many of the participating museum ships as possible, learn the history of the ships contacted, and commemorate both the ships and those who served upon them. There are currently 88 ships from 7 countries participating in the event.

The USS Montrose Memorial consisting of the ship’s bell and an interpretative plaque is located adjacent to the Montrose City Hall. The amateur radio station will be located across the street from the memorial and just west of the Montrose Police Department.

While the station will continue to operate during the night, the public is encourage to visit the station during the day Saturday and Sunday. There will be an opportunity to learn about the USS Montrose, its history of service during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and to see amateur radio in operation.

For additional information contact Lew French, 970-417-6142,, visit www.nj2bb.org/museum, or visit the Montrose Amateur Radio Club on Facebook.

Here is a tentative schedule:

Friday June 1 1500 hrs Begin set up of antennas and club camp trailer.
1800 hrs Begin operating
2200 hrs Shut down for the night.

Saturday June 2 0600 hrs Begin operating
0700 hrs Begin set up of awning and display table
1700 hrs Shut down display area
2200 hrs Shut down for the night

Sunday June 3 0600 hrs Begin operating
1000 hrs Set up awning and display area
1600 hrs Tear down awning and display area
1800 hrs Stop operating, complete tear down, leave the site

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