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  Welcome to Montrose Area Radio Club (MARC)  
 

    Serving Montrose County, Delta County Colorado and surrounding areas

 
 


We are a small friendly club with many diverse interests;

  • Monthly meetings with in-person training.  
  • Social gatherings and meals.
  • We support and lead many area emergency groups including - ARES Section 8, Delta County AUXCOM, Montrose County ARES, Search & Rescue, Colorado State AUXCOM and more.
  • We support our communities with radio and logistics support for Mountain Endurance runs like Hard Rock 100, Imogene Pass, and Grand Mesa Ultras with professionalism.
  • It is our passion to grow Amateur Radio in our area - through Volunteer Examiner (VE) testing for FCC Licenses, online classes, STEM Scholarships, in-person classes and a wealth of Elmer's to assist and guide.
Our goal is to be a service to our communities in Dark or Sunny days (No matter the altitude).
 
 
 
     
 

Silent Key - Oliver Lee - W0LCI

102-year-old Oliver Lee: a Navy veteran with a knack for communication

Oliver Lee operates his ham radio every day.
His love of radio led him to the U.S. Navy and a commendable military career which spanned three decades.


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By Don Benjamin/Contributing Writer

Delta resident, Oliver Edward Lee, is a Colorado native who ended up traveling the world. Raised on a 10-acre farm near Hygiene, Colorado, he figures he was in 5th or 6th grade when his family moved to town. They didn’t stray far from their roots.

“This was back in the days when all the family settled around grandparents,” Lee recalled.

Bitten early by the ham radio bug, Lee soon mastered the complexities of Morse Code. He was in high school when an older classmate graduated, leaving the nearby Longmont National Guard Armory without a code operator. Taking the graduate’s place, he held the position until a general came to inspect the armory and encountered the boy.

Lee recalls that the general asked, “What the hell’s this civilian doing here?” Informed that Lee was the only kid left in town who knew Morse Code, the general insisted that the young technician join the unit. So, although he was only 16, Lee became a member of the Colorado National Guard. He still has a letter, dated August 18, 1938, from then-Governor Teller Ammons commending him for his service in the Guard. Later, in 1939, he officially joined the Naval Reserve in Boulder.

Around that time, the Navy ran an advertisement in the Longmont daily newspaper. The ad encouraged local ham radio operators to apply for a super-secret program. Intrigued, Lee responded and the young reserve was sent to an electronics school in Los Angeles where he learned that the secret program involved “radar.”

“We weren’t even allowed to say the name outside of training,” he recalls.

Following Pearl Harbor, Lee enlisted in the regular Navy. More training followed at California’s Treasure Island where he joined with eighty other ham radio operators. At the close of training, those with last names A-L joined the Navy’s surface fleet. Last names M-Z went to naval air.

Lee reported to Portland, Oregon, where his first ship, USS Daring, was being constructed. Once at sea, the newly launched minesweeper sailed directly to Hawaii and then to Guadalcanal where the Japanese were engaged in a pitched battle with Allied forces. The enemy was continuously bombing the American airstrip at Henderson Field and U.S. and Japanese aircraft were engaged in fierce dogfights in the skies above the besieged island.

As the fighting raged, Lee and other sailors were dispatched in multiple small craft to rescue downed pilots. Each boat was assigned to a designated search area and the vessels also carried drums of gasoline to refuel PT boats which accompanied the searchers. Lee’s specialty was electronics and communication, but, while on rescue missions, he took on other roles.

“Most of the time I was assigned to the boat’s anti-aircraft gun,” he recalls. “Because I’d hunted ducks and I knew how to lead a duck or a plane.”

One afternoon, while on rescue patrol, Lee’s boat was bombed, trapping several crewmen below decks. When the craft began to rapidly sink, the spare fuel caught fire, encircling the boat. As the ranking enlisted man on deck, Lee directed survivors to remove their life jackets in order to swim under the burning water. Some of the men were poor swimmers, but all made it under the fire only to be attacked by sharks.

Seeing the sailors struggle, Marine planes flew low and strafed the water in an attempt to kill the sharks. Lee and ten others made it to shore where the unarmed sailors managed to elude Japanese soldiers who chased them over sharp coral. He still bears the scars from his barefooted dash to cover. Marine aircraft strafed the beach to keep the enemy at bay until other ships arrived to rescue the stranded sailors.

In recognition of his leadership that day, Lee was promoted to Warrant Officer. He remained in the Pacific Theater, serving onboard USS Daring and later USS Hollandia Bay with action at Bouganville, Hollandia, Tulagi and Guam.

At the close of World War II, Lee remained in the Navy Reserves, serving from November 1945-August 1949 as officer in charge of the Naval Electronic Warfare Unit in Denver. He soon returned to active duty as a chief electronics technician and, joined by his wife and three children, he traveled to Japan.

Anticipating a bitter reception, he was surprised to find the defeated Japanese to be amiable, cooperative and friendly. He and other technicians were assigned to help the Japanese upgrade a rural radio station.

“It was out in the boonies,” he recalls, “where there was space to put a large antenna. And it was underground.”

Only one of more than 100 Japanese working on the project spoke English and none of the Americans spoke Japanese, but they still managed to move the station to the surface. The Korean Conflict erupted while Lee was stationed in Japan. As a member of his admiral’s staff, he traveled to the war zone periodically to deal with electronic communication problems.

Lee and his family spent four years in Japan. By the time they left, his children had learned a great deal of Japanese. After a variety of Stateside assignments and a stint onboard the USS Logan, he and the family traveled to Adak, Alaska, where Lee served at the Naval Radio Station there. Returning to San Diego, he became a training officer until 1959 when he served onboard USS Henrico.

In 1962, he and the family traveled to the Philippines. At that station, the expertise of Lee and other officers and men of the U.S. Naval Communications Station was instrumental in helping the Seventh Fleet respond to the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident in which American ships repelled attacks by North Vietnamese vessels.

Of his service during conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, Lee insists that—like his fellow veterans—he was merely doing his job.
“I was never a great warrior,” he said. “I was just there.”

In 1966, Oliver Lee officially retired from the U.S. Navy, ending his career as an electronics maintenance officer having achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, W-4. In his 28 years of service, he survived bombs and fire and sharks while serving on four ships and faithfully fulfilling shore duties as a technical trouble-shooter in five states and three foreign countries. Wherever he worked, his dedication to duty earned him medals, ribbons, a wealth of commendations and the admiration of a grateful nation.

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Mr Oliver Lee was a member of Montrose Area Radio Club

In June 2020 - We made him an honorary lifetime member and Kathy presented him a plaque for being our oldest living club member.

He was given a 80 years of service certificate from QCWA
He also recived the "Centurion Award" from ARRL.

In case you'd like to know a little more about Oliver Lee, he has self published his memoirs which can be found at https://w9ziy.com/#p=1


Obituary and Graveside Service - Sept 27th, 2022
https://www.echovita.com/us/obituaries/co/delta/oliver-edward-lee-15175474

 

 
     
 
 
     
 

BARCfest Hamfest

Boulder Amateur Radio Club (BARC)
Sunday, October 2, 2022, 8:00 a.m.

Hope to see you there!- More info - https://www.qsl.net/w0dk/barcfest.html

 
     
     
 
 
 

The 2022 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division convention is BACK this fall!

2022 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention
Oct 7th-9th 2022 – Cheyenne, WY

The 2022 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division convention is BACK this fall!
Please go to https://wyhamcon.org to register or find out more details.

We hope to see you there!

 
     
 
 
     
 

Reminder this Friday is the club picnic.

Reminder this Friday is the club picnic.

It will start at 5:30 pm rather than 7pm.
All are welcome! Bring your own meal and have some time to fellowship and talk with fellow hams.
No official meeting, no zoom option.

Hope to see you there!

 
     
 
 
     
 

Field Day this coming Saturday

FIELD DAY June 25-26th, 2022
Sunset Mesa, Montrose CO (directions and visual map localtion)

  • Setup at 8am 06/25/22
  • Take down needed on Sunday 12 noon 06/26/22
  • ALL are welcome to join us. Vistors are encouraged

Please bring - place setting, chairs, hats, gloves, sunscreen, XYLs - Side dish or dessert to share for Saturday Dinner

If you plan to attend Saturday Dinner, and I haven't already counted you - please let Kathy Joslin know how many will be joining us.
* Deadline for Dinner count will be Wednesday

 
     
 
 
     
 

Department of Defense Communications Exercise

Army MARS will be running their quarterly Department of Defense Communications Exercise 22-2 (DOD COMEX 22-2) starting 29 April and running through 7 May.  This is a good chance to interface with military operators on 60 meters and provide amateur radio support that simulates a national communication emergency.

On Tuesday, May 5, at 1900 MDT there will be a high power broadcast on 60 Meters Channel One.   
In numerical order by region number, two MARS stations will identify specific information needed from that particular region.  The two MARS stations in Region Eight will follow the stations in Region Seven.  Amateur stations monitor the broadcast and region MARS stations to determine if they can provide the requested information.  On subsequent days the broadcasts will request additional information.
Then at noon our time, on 60 Meters Channel One, amateur stations with the information respond to calls for information from two Region Eight MARS stations using a "HOTEL xxx" call sign.

For amateur operators in Grand Junction, there may be a request for weather information broadcast by GJT AWOS KTGJ at 118.550 AM.  

MARS members, using their FCC Amateur Radio Call Sign may join ARS nets and request information.  
This process repeats daily until Saturday, May 7.

 
     
 
 
     
 

President's Report - DATE CHANGE

Wednesday May 4th from 5-7pm is Science Night at Cedaredge Middle School.

We have two volunteers Dick KD0ESZ and Dick KC0JEA that will be at the school to help kids get on the air.
I would like club members to monitor the Cedaredge repeater to respond back to the kids.

Thanks for your assistance! Kath
y

 
     
 
 
     
 

April Happenings

Our webpage has a real time calendar! Check it out at
https://montrosehamradio.org/events.html


It looks like this: 

 
 
 
  On the calendar just click on the event to get the details. 

  • Club is still taking memberships, so get your renewals in. 

  • I will be placing another order for badges after the bulk of registrations are completed.
    -Send me your info to be included. 

  • Weekly net Sunday night at 1900 on Cedaredge Repeater 147.195 with tone 107.2
    80m net, every Sun after 2m net. LSB 3.992.5 give or take a few hertz.

  • Know someone that would like to receive emails from the club?
    Have them sign up here.
 
     
 
 
     
 

President's Report

Thank you to all who came out to the club meeting Friday! We were able to pass our budget for the next year. 


For those that are interested in getting a tumbler like the one I shared Friday. Please let me know, color of the tumbler you'd like (green and black exmples are shown below), size (20 oz or 30 oz), and font you;d like (one on tumbler or one of the others listed below).

As mentioned if we order in groups or 4 or more we can get them for $10




 
     
 
 
     
     
 

LARCFEST 2022

LARCFEST 2022 - Longmont Amateur Radio Club

HamFest in Longmont, CO
April 2nd, 900-1300hr
https://w0eno.org/

Ham Radio Flea Market
Raffles
VE Testing

Boulder County Fairgrounds
Exhibit Building
9595 Nelson Road
Longmont, CO 80501

Click Here for Flyer

 
     
 
 
     
 

President's Report

There were 12 in attendance at Saturday’s club breakfast.
We brought in one of the new laptops to share. Thanks Stan W0LQ for loading all the software for the various events!
I will start using it for club activities and install Zoom Google etc. on it in case anyone takes over as president in the future.

Reminder to send in your dues or drop them off at the club meetings. John says we are at about 50% for renewals.
Have a great week.


73s,
Kathy

 
 
 
     
 

March Happenings

5th, between 0730 - 0800 Club Breakfast Busy Kitche in Olathe 
12th at 1000 VE test. Cedaredge Masonic Lodge
14th, at 1900 board meeting. Same link as previous
18th, at 1900 Club meeting in person Olathe Community Center. 115 Main St, Olathe, CO 81425. Zoom link will be sent out 3 days prior.

Club is still taking memberships, so get your renewals in. I will be placing another order for badges after the bulk of registrations are complete

Weekly net Sunday night at 1900 on Cedaredge Repeater 147.195 with tone 107.2
80m net, every Sun after 2m net. LSB 3.992.5 give or take a few hertz.


73s,
Kathy
 
     
 
 
     
 

President's Report

Saturday is the club breakfast; please sound off so I can provide a headcount to the restaurant.

The computers have been received and are being updated and configured. Thank you Stan

73s,
Kathy

 
   
 
     
     
 

President's Report

The results of this year’s election are as follows:

President – Kathy KK6RVN
VP – Chris WB0ITG
Treasurer – John KB0RUD
Secretary – Marilyn K0SBG
Activities Director – Lew K0LMF


Thank you to all the board members!
Computers have been ordered.

73s,
Kathy

 
   
 
     
     
 

President's Report

Thanks Ken for taking the net.

Saturday was the club breakfast we had 12 in attendance.  Immediately afterwards we had Auxcom training and had 11 participants.

Busy kitchen in Olathe is not serving breakfast for the time being. I will look into an alternative for next month.  If you have any suggestions let me know.

For those that were on the net we tried an exercise of transmitting and receiving reports. We hope to do that occasionally on Sunday night nets to give everyone practice.

73s,
Kathy

 
   
 
     
     
 

February Happenings

5th, between 0730 - 0800 Club Breakfast Starvin Arvins in Delta 
after breakfast AUXCOM yearly planning meeting approx 0900 Delta County EOC 560 Dodge Street Delta
12th at 1000 VE test. Cedaredge Masonic Lodge
14th, at 1900 board meeting. Same link as previous
18th, at 1900 Club meeting in person Olathe Community Center. 115 Main St, Olathe, CO 81425. Zoom link will be sent out 3 days prior.

Placing another order for badges after the bulk of registrations are completed. 

Weekly net Sunday night at 1900 on Cedaredge Repeater 147.195 with tone 107.2
80m net, every Sun after 2m net. LSB 3.992.5 give or take a few hertz.

73s
Kathy

 
   
 
     
 

President's Report

Congrats to us for an awesome 2022 Winter Field Day! We had 829 contacts of which 151 were CW contacts, amazing!

Thank you to everyone that came and helped out; set up, tear down, operate, log, bring food or just support the event.  

Also there were several that operated from their home stations, so that count may even go up!

Breakfast is this Saturday, I will be sending out the monthly “happenings” email shortly.

73s,
Kathy

 

 
 
 
     
 

Winter Feild Day

January 29th - 9am for setup
Operate at 12 noon MST
January 30th, noon tear down.

Come help us setup\packup, work the radio\log, fellowship and share a meal

1681 6450 Rd, Montrose, CO 81401
Directions to Montros EOC

73s
Kathy

 

 
   
 
     
 

President's Report

Thank you Stan for the new website! Hopefully it won’t be hacked like the last one. As you can see not all pages are up yet, but we are building them, and hope to have all pertinent info back up soon.

Thanks to Dave for manning the site for the past many years! Wishing you well in the new endeavors of writing for QST and your YouTube channel!

President’s report
Monday will be the board meeting (same link and time) and Friday will be the club meeting (we will have a zoom option). If you haven’t heard from Chris Colin or Joel, please reach out to let them know how you can help the club going forward.
We will need all hands on deck to grow and maintain the club!

73s
Kathy

 

 
     
     
     
 
 
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