5 in 1 weather sensor atop Squaw Mountain

These photos show the mounting location of the final enhancement to our existing RMRL weather station located atop Squaw Mountain, home of two of our very popular club repeaters.

The new 5 in 1 sensor will now provide us with the ability to track wind speed, wind direction, temperature, humidity and precipitation amounts at an elevation of 11,460′. In addition, we also have three temperature/humidity sensors located in our repeater rack room. All sensors can be viewed in “real time” throughout our website under the heading “Squaw Mountain Weather.”

5 in 1 weather sensor on Squaw Mountain
5 in 1 sensor atop the House of Radios on Squaw Mountain. Tracks wind speed, wind direction, temperature, humidity and precipitation.

 

Squaw Mountain weather station.
The Rocky Mountain Radio League’s weather sensor on Squaw Mountain.

Thanks go to Kevin, KD0VHD, and Willem, AC0KQ, for their contributions to the Rocky Mountain Radio League. The sensor was installed August 10, 2017.

Change in frequency – Pet Net and YL Family Net

Please note that effective immediately, the Pet Net and the YL Family Net are moving to the 145.340. The Pet Net is on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and the YL Family Net is on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  (All times are Mountain.)

Why the change? The 145.340 has IRLP and we will be connecting up with the Friends Ham Radio Network, IRLP 9618, Echolink 29618 and AllStar node 27408.

The Pet Net is everything pets.  Cats, dogs, snakes, or goats, we don’t care. If you have a pet, had a pet, are thinking of getting a pet, have a friend who has a pet, and just want to share all the goofy and wonderful things that pets bring to our lives, then join us.

The YL Family Net is like a pot luck for your friends and family.  Not just for YLs, it’s for everyone: men and children welcome.  Third party check-ins are welcomed and encouraged.  A relaxed atmosphere in which to discuss such topics as How do you spend your spare time? Categories: 15 minutes or less, a couple hours or less, or all afternoon and/or evening.  Also share things like a favorite life hack or how you like to save or spend money.  If you had unlimited time and money, where would you vacation?  A variety of topics discussed in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Come and join in the fun!

New website photographs

The Rocky Mountain Radio League is very fortunate to count Kevin Scofield, KD0VHD, as a member and generous contributor.  An award-winning photographer, Kevin had already granted permission to use his amazing panoramic photograph of Denver looking east. It is the first photo that you see when you enter the site.  He recently granted permission to use another one of his photos in our header, it’s the third rotating image, a sunburst at Squaw Mountain.  The constraints of the header dimensions required some distortion, so please enjoy this view of that image in it’s original dimensions.

We’ve added the copyright notice to protect Kevin’s work, but you should contact him directly to purchase a copy without the copyright notice.

Thank you, Kevin!

Sunburst at Squaw Mountain. Thank you to Kevin, KD0VHD, for allowing us to use this beautiful work on our website.

The Pet Net officially changes its name

The Pet Net for ham radio pet lovers
Join in the fun on the Pet Net every Thursday evening at 1900 hours (7:00 p.m. Denver time) .

It’s official – the Denver Area Pet Net is now … The Pet Net! Whether you have a dog, cat, snake, pig, or goat, have fun connecting with other pet parents. Facebook page. On the 145.340-.  Thanks to the connectivity provided by N0STY and the FriendsHamRadio.net, the net is now available far beyond the Greater Denver Metro Area.

 

How to sound like a pro when operating on a repeater

 

repeater guidelines
How to sound like a pro when operating on a repeater

This guide was written in an effort to help Elmer newly-licensed hams (and those who may or may not have a CB background) on common conventions used when operating on repeaters. None of us are perfect and even long-time hams slip up now and then, but we hope that this guide will help you sound like a pro when operating on repeaters.

The guide provides positive guidelines, and lays out common nomenclature used by convention on repeaters. There are no hard and fast rules. Your ham license won’t be revoked, no one is going to laugh and point, but you are more likely to get a positive response when you sound like you know the lingo and use it appropriately.

See the companion document: Participating in a Net.

The YL Family Net comes to the RMRL! Update!

Denver Area YL Net
YL Family Net
Fridays 7:30 p.m.
145.340

Note: The YL Family Net is moving from Saturday mornings to Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m., effective immediately.  End your work-week with a nice, relaxing family activity. Gather the family around and join in – third party check-ins are welcomed and encouraged.

It’s been a while since a YL Net was heard on Denver area repeaters, so we were pleased when member Trish, K9FOG, approached us about reconstituting the Net. With a twist.

Trish feels that a net encouraging the “Young Ladies” (YLs) of the hobby to actively participate in the repeater community is important. “A lot of women are licensed, but you don’t hear many of them on the repeaters. I would like a net that will encourage women of all ages to participate in the hobby.”

As a busy mom who works outside the home full-time, Trish felt strongly enough about getting other women on the air that she was willing to head up the effort.

YL with a twist

Trish’s vision of a net went beyond the YL segment of the community to encompass the entire family: children, teens, and yes, men as well. She wants to make it a place of meaningful discussion with and for the entire family.

“More than just a YL Net, I’d like to see this as a family-oriented net.  A place where our ladies can join in and share with each other as well as the whole amateur radio family. And yes, men are welcome!”

Trish is busy planning topics for discussion, with a few light subjects thrown in. Expect to hear about everything from how not to get taken advantage of when you take your vehicle in for servicing or repairs to activities that you can do with your kids/grand kids for some meaningful together time.  She revealed several other topics to us but you will have to tune in to find out what they are.

A YL role model

Trish is a great example to her teen daughter, Cheyenne, KD0EXI, and son Austin, KD0GPE, on two counts.  First, if you really want something, work to make it happen and; second, she is helping to create a welcoming and relaxed net that her daughter and son can participate in along with their peers and families.  We expect that the YL Family Net will be a very popular place to gather.

Come and meet the YL who is making it all happen and join us every Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. on the 145.340, beginning on May 6th.

Please report any repeater problems

Please report any repeater problems immediately.

It is easier than ever to report a problem with a RMRL repeater. The new REPEATER PROBLEM REPORT form can be found on the three repeater pages as well as the Contact Us page. If you look on the main Repeater Page (Menu item RMRL Repeaters) and find the status of a repeater is ‘Up’ but you encountered a problem, then please fill out a Repeater Problem Report immediately.

We appreciate your help!

Here, for your convenience, is our new Repeater Problem Report form.  (Note: we are asking for your name and e-mail address in case we need to contact you for clarification.)

Your Name (required)

Your E-mail (required)

Select Repeater (required)

Please describe the problem

Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery Net on the RMRL!

colorado 4x4 recovery net
Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery Net
Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.
145.340-

The Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery Net comes to the RMRL!

The Rocky Mountain Radio League is pleased to announce that the Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery organization, a 501(c)3), will be starting their new net on Saturday, May 27th, at 7:00 p.m. on the 145.340. Access to that repeater is available via IRLP (reflector #9618), EchoLink (gateway #29618), and AllStar (#27408.)

Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery (“We Recover the Rockies”) is an all-volunteer organization designed to recover people and their vehicles from the back country when things go wrong. Their mission is to help the off road community and maintain back country integrity, assisting people on their “bad day” while helping to preserve the beauty of the mountains that we in Colorado love.

Formally started in August of 2013 (read about their first recovery), the group now has hundreds of recoveries (constituting thousands of man-hours) under their belt. Their passion and enthusiasm for what they do is evident.

Members have a plethora of courses available to them offered in a professional training curriculum taught by Matt Balazs (of On-Trail Training fame). They are always happy to talk to you about volunteer opportunities.

To learn more about Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery, visit their sites on the web:

Website http://www.co4x4rnr.org/
Public Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CO4x4RnR/
Members Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Colorado4x4recovery/

Denver Area Pet Net on the RMRL. New!

Denver Area Pet Net on the RMRL Thursday 7pm
New net on the RMRL. Fun for all pet parents!

Update: Name change to the Pet Net.

We are happy to announce a brand new net on the RMRL!

Name: Denver Area Pet Net
Day: Thursdays
Time: 7 p.m. (otherwise known as 1900).
Frequency: The 146.94 linked with the 449.825, both with a negative offset and a CTCSS of 103.5 Hz.
Description: For all pet lovers, whether you have a dog, cat, snake, or ?? Share tips, experiences, help provide support, and swap stories. Have fun connecting with other pet parents.
Co-hosts: Brian, K9ATK and Becky, KD0AOE.
Facebook page: Denver Pet Net RMRL 146.940/449.825

The 146.94 is high atop Squaw Mountain, it doesn’t get much better than that for coverage.

The Rocky Mountain Radio League is excited about hosting this new net, we think it will be very enjoyable for all pet lovers!  We welcome nets on the RMRL and are happy to talk to you about your idea today.  Just use the Contact Us form and let us know what’s on your mind.

New nets on the RMRL – Update

The RMRL is pleased to announce two new nets on the 145.340- repeater.

Sunday evening is Young Ham night on the RMRL.  Start the evening at 7:00p.m. by tuning in to the RMRL 145.340- repeater to hear the BARC jr. net and stay tuned to chat with your peers.

What happens when you combine ham enthusiasts with camping, hiking, outdoor photography, outdoor preparedness, outdoor equipment, and adventures?  You get the Outdoor Adventure USA net! On Thursday evenings, tune into the 145.340- at 8:30p.m. to hear the Outdoor Adventure USA net.

Access: 103.5 Hz CTCSS required/127.3 Hz CTCSS transmitted.

Updated 4/14

Denver Area Pet Net on the RMRL Thursday 7pm

Beginning Thursday, April 20th, join us on the 146.940- linked with the 449.825 for the new Denver Area Pet Net at 7:00 pm! For all pet lovers, whether you have a dog, cat, snake, horse, tarantula, goat, or one of everything. Share tips, experiences, help provide support, and swap stories. Have fun connecting with other pet parents. If you love your pet (and who doesn’t?) you belong on the Denver Area Pet Net!

Updated 5/1

Denver Area YL Net
YL Family Net
Saturdays 10:30 a.m.
146.94 and 449.825

The YL Family net has moved from Saturday mornings to Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

Beginning Saturday, May 6th, join us on the 146.940- linked with the 449.825 for the new YL Family Net at 10:30a.m! Meaningful discussion with and for the entire family. “A lot of women are licensed, but you don’t hear many of them on the repeaters,” said Trish, K9FOG, “I would like a net that will encourage women of all ages to participate in the hobby.” Trish has many great topics planned for the YL Family Net, come and join us every Saturday morning.

Updated 5/24

colorado 4x4 recovery net
Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery Net
Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.
145.340-

Beginning Saturday, May 27th, at 7:00 p.m. is the Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery Net on the RMRL!  If you enjoy off-roading in the high country, you will want to know about this group.  “We recover the Rockies.”   If your fun day turns into a very bad day, these are the people that can help.  Listen in on the 145.340- repeater, this promises to be a very interesting net.

Updated 7/07

The Pet Net has changed it’s name from the Denver Area Pet Net to The Pet Net. Read all about it.