RMRL supports the ARRL Kids Day – June 16, 2018

The RMRL supports the ARRL Kids Day.

Twice a year the ARRL offers an event designed to promote Amateur Radio to our youth.

Kids Day is designed to give on-the-air experience to young people and hopefully foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children, grandchildren, local boy- or girl-scout troop, or other youth group.

We will be connecting our IRLP node on the 145.340 repeater to the IRLP Friends Ham Radio Network that day so that kids in the Denver metro area (and beyond, see the coverage map) can talk to kids in other parts of the United States, and potentially the world.  The event starts at noon, local time, and runs until 6:00pm.   If there is no traffic, the connection times out, so be active and get on the air!

The ARRL provides a downloadable, printable certificate that you can print and fill out for your kid participant.  They would also appreciate it if you would drop them a note via the form provided to let them know about your experiences.  ARRL Kids Day web page.

Pikes Peak Radio Club Megafest 2018 07/07/2018

Pikes Peak Radio Club

The Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association Hamfest is an annual event featuring vendors, testing, and prize drawings.

Location: Lewis-Palmer High School, 1300 Higby Road, Monument, CO

Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018

Time: Doors open to the public at 8:00am. Event ends at 1:00pm.

Admission: $5.00

Talk-in frequency: 146.970- 100Hz PL OR 146.460 simplex

VE Testing at 10:00a.m.

See their pdf flyer for more information.

Prizes and Drawings

Boulder Amateur Radio Club BARCfest 10/07/2018

Boulder Amateur Radio Club

The BARCfest is an annual event: “Amateur Radio and Electronics Garage Sale. Lots of great treasures, especially at the BARC Juniors bargain corner!”

Location: Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO (north of Hover Rd. & Nelson Rd. intersection)

Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018

Time: Doors open to the public at 8:00am. Event ends at 1:00pm.

Admission: $5.00

Talk-in frequency: 146.700 Repeater (Standard Negative Offset, No Tone)

VE Testing at 10:00a.m. See their PDF flyer for more information.

Preparedness Apps for Android and iPhone

By Steve Cosentino, KD0WMO

The topic for the Preparedness Net on 1/20/2018 was about apps that you use as part of your preparedness strategy. The RMRL expressed interest in publishing the list that we compiled, so here it is. Most apps are available for both platforms: iPhone and Android. Most are free unless otherwise noted.

Weather:

Quite a number of people mentioned their favorite weather app, and among those mentioned were:

  • Weather Underground (local to your neighborhood, free on both platforms.)

Weather Radar:

  • MyRadar Weather Radar (free and paid versions, both platforms.)
  • Dark Sky – Hyperlocal Weather (Android) $2.99.
  • Dark Sky Weather (iOS) $3.99.
  • AccuWeather (free and paid versions, both platforms.)
  • NOAA Weather Radar & Alerts (Android, although iOS offers several NOAA Weather Radar apps.)

Maps:

  • Google Maps – free on both platforms.
  • US Topo Maps Pro (Android $11.99) ATLOGIS Geoinformatics also offers US Topo Maps free on the Android platform. (They do not appear to offer any iOS apps, although there are plenty of topographical map apps to select from on the iOS platform.)
  • Offline Maps & Navigation (although this is the specific name of a free Android app, there are plenty of offerings in this category: Google Maps and others have offline options.)
  • My GPS Coordinates –  free on both platforms.
  • Google Sky Map (Android only, free, however, both platforms have a plethora of star gazing apps available, ranging in price from free on up to aviation-class maps that cost over $100.)

Ham Radio:

  • QRZdroid, now known as QRZ for Android is available on Amazon for free at this link: https://www.amazon.com/QRZ-for-Android/dp/B00805DDZ6 (We couldn’t find the QRZ android app on Google Play, but found an app called HAM Radio World Prefixes.)
  • QRZ Callsign Search is available for the iOS Platform (free.)
  • RepeaterBook (a free Repeater Directory) is available on both platforms.
  • Ham Radio Dipole Calculator by Haydn Brook, Free on Android. There are antenna calculators for the iOS platform ranging from $.99 to $2.99.
  • Ham Clock – both platforms have a free app called Ham Clock, although they are from different developers, they both provide local and UTC time, a handy tool for all hams. Free on Android, $.99 on iOS.

Police Scanners:

  • Scanner Radio (logo is orange circle with HT scanner, available on the Android platform, offering a free and paid version.)
  • Broadcastify (free and paid versions on both platforms.)
  • Scanner 911 (free app on Android platform, although there are a plethora of scanning apps, both free and paid, available on both platforms.)

Medical:

  • Red Cross – The American Red Cross offers a multitude of apps, ranging from Blood Donor to Earthquake, Hurricane, Flood, and Tornado preparation apps for both platforms, all free.
  • WebMD – WebMD offers a variety of apps for both platforms including general health information and specialization apps.

Miscellaneous Apps:

  • Wild Edibles* – Android $4.99, iOS $5.99.
  • SAS Survival Guide. Lite version free, iOS and Android full version $5.99.
  • Zello – walkie talkie app available free for both platforms

*Other apps of this type are free.

The Preparedness Net is hosted by Steve Cosentino every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. local time on the Colorado Connection repeater system, a unique statewide two meter linked FM radio system with additional coverage into adjacent states.  The Colorado Connection, consisting of 15-repeaters, is a 501(c)3, relying on donations and volunteers to keep the system operational.

Dayton Hamvention 2018

NCARC logo

The 63nd annual Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio will be May 18-20, 2018. The Hamvention website is loaded with information including ticket purchases, accommodations, maps, event schedules, forums, live coverage information, special event stations, exhibitors, and so much more.

Location: Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, 120 Fairground Rd. Xenia, Ohio 45385

Dates: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 18-20, 2018

Time: Flea Market opens at 9:00am every day, inside exhibitors open at 9:00am every day.  Event ends at 1:00pm on Sunday, the 20th.

Talk-in frequencies: For directions and assistance in the Dayton Area during your visit to Hamvention®, contact “Talk-In” on the DARA Repeater 146.94 (-), alternate 146.985 (-) -123.0 PL. Dayton Hams also monitor 223.94 (-)and 442.1 (+). MIDCARS will again monitor and provide travel assistance on 7.258 MHz. The Dayton gateway will be linked to D-Extra X-Reflector XRF038C during Hamvention weekend. D-Plus REF038C will also be available for the weekend. Use 446.1000 Digital Code Squelch CSQL use #13 as a D-Star simplex frequency at Hamvention®.