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.)
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:
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 Saturday morning at 10:30a.m. on the 146.94/449.825, beginning on May 6th.
Editors Note: the RMRL also offers the BARC jr. net for young hams on Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. on the 145.340. They are welcome to stay on the repeater and chat with their friends after the 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.
Update 5/1: Unfortunately, the company that was hosting the BARC IRLP connection was sold and they are looking for alternatives. So while the BARC jr nets continue to be held on the Boulder repeaters, we no longer have an IRLP connection to them. We will let you know as soon as the status changes.
We are pleased to announce that the Rocky Mountain Radio League has teamed up with the Boulder Amateur Radio Club (BARC) junior program. Now young hams in the Denver area can join in on the BARC junior net at 7:00p.m. on Sunday evenings via the RMRL 145.340- repeater.
Young hams are always welcome on the RMRL repeaters, so stay tuned after the net and feel free to chat with each other. The 145.340- repeater is reserved for young hams on Sunday evening.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We are considering different ways to make our weekly nets more interactive – something more than just members checking in.
Update: On the last Monday of the month, share your ham radio related activities for the past month as you check in.
What are your ideas? What would make you say “I don’t want to miss the RMRL net!”
To get the ball rolling, here are some ideas we are kicking around:
Ask the expert: Members would e-mail us with a ham radio question. Each week a question would be thoroughly answered on the air.
On air meeting once a month or every couple of weeks— members who check in would be welcome to share their ham radio activities for the past month. If enough members check in, it could be split over a couple of weeks by call sign (one week could be A-M, the next week N-Z). The remaining weeks in the month could be nets as is.
Question of the week, or;
Contest(s) with prizes. Could be not missing a check-in over a certain period of time; answering the most trivia questions correctly; or ??? Not missing a check-in is fairly easy to do; what might be something a bit more challenging?
Maybe a combination of ideas.
If you like the weekly nets as is, you can tell us that as well.
We know you are creative and we would love to hear your ideas! Rush an e-mail to: or talk to us at our next weekly net meeting. 8:30PM every Monday on the 146.94-, 449.450-, and 449.825-.
An Entry Level License Committee was established by the ARRL Board of Directors and appointed in September 2016. As part of its ongoing work, the committee is gathering member input and will make recommendations to the Board for possible rules changes to submit to the FCC.
The result could mean changes to the Technician license, but it could also be an additional, but simpler, license with privileges that would give a newcomer a taste of most facets of ham radio from HF to VHF and UHF.
According to the ARRL website, the basic summary for the realignment is as follows:
What are the problems we’re trying to solve?
The declining population of new hams under the age of 30.
A decline in the number of new licensees who actually get on the air.
Amateur Radio’s lack of appeal for those under the age of 30, compared to other technical hobbies.
The increasing challenge of engaging and retaining Technician licensees.
A reluctance in much of the amateur community to embrace newer technologies of interest to the younger segment of the population.
The working mission:
Encourage students and young adults to learn about ham radio.
Train licensees for concepts necessary to be effective and successful.
Provide sufficient privileges that will make Amateur Radio more attractive.
Build in a strong incentive to upgrade to next license level.
Okay, no one actually spoke those words, but when a friend left Stu Turner’s Technician License Course book on her coffee table in 2012, a recently retired Lynaire took it as a challenge. Originally setting out to impress her friend, she soon found herself intrigued and interested in amateur radio communications. In pursuit of her newly discovered fascination with the hobby, she breezed through obtaining her Technician, General, and Extra class operator licenses within three months. She was fired up! But she didn’t actually own any equipment … yet.
“Strange as it may seem, the furthest thing from my mind was to actually operate any type of radio communications equipment. I didn’t own any at the time and that aspect of the world of radio still seemed foreign to me, and a little intimidating.”
Her ‘mic fright’ didn’t last long, and Lynaire now owns two Yaesu FT-897Ds (one for each home), a Yaesu FT-2900, two Yaesu FT-60s, and a couple other HT’s. Antennas include a 10 – 40m fan dipole, a 10 – 80m OCFD (Off Center Fed Dipole), a Diamond X50, and a Diamond X300. Whether she is at her home in Colorado or Kansas, Lynaire is ready to make contact.
You never forget your first … HF contact
After purchasing her first radio, a Yaesu FT-897D, Lynaire started attending in-person radio club meetings. Lynaire went on to join several radio clubs in the Front Range area, including the Rocky Mountain Radio League. “I truly believe that it is important to become a member of local clubs, as your membership will support continued maintenance and viability of existing systems and hardware structure, and will foster the influx of new technology. This is without a doubt, extremely important to all of us as we move forward in our hobby.”
She also found listening a great way to learn and add to her store of knowledge. “I checked in weekly to nets trying to grasp a better understanding of the many, many facets of the amateur radio realm. It is so true that you can obtain a large degree of understanding by listening,” she said, “not just to other operators bantering about their experiences and procedures, but to net traffic as well. I believe this is important for any new ham.”
“I was literally terrified to get on the air, though I listened a lot,” Lynaire said, “In my case it was difficult and intimidating to overcome my initial ‘mic fright,’ but the thought of what was out there on the other end was motivation enough. Now, a day rarely goes by that I have not learned at least one new thing about the hobby, simply by virtue of operating my radio station. I realize that one should never be discouraged or reluctant to admitting to being new to the hobby, and freely take advantage of the most gracious, helpful and encouraging community of people anywhere – ham radio operators.”
Lynaire really enjoys attending hamfests and swap meets. Stu Turner (author of the Technician licensing study book that she used) and Gordon West (author of the General and Extra licensing study books she used) rank high among the many interesting people she has met at HamCons.
It was while attending HamCon 2013 at Estes Park, CO, that marked the big milestone of her first HF contact – California.
In pursuit of … accomplishments
Not satisfied with a few casual HF contacts, Lynaire went on to pursue HF the same way she approached her licensing: comprehensively and with enthusiasm.
“Thanks to my friends far and wide, I have overcome my own personal radio fears, and have been able to achieve a Worked All States (WAS) Mixed award as well as a WAS Phone award. I’m currently working on my Worked All Countries (WAC) award and WAS awards on various HF bands.”
“I also enjoy exchanging QSL cards. It’s gratifying; a tangible memento of working other states as well as foreign countries.”
Many Elmers stress the “giving back” part of the hobby; a lesson Lynaire has learned as well. “An important highlight in my life now is having the ability to share my experiences and to help guide new hams into the hobby — giving me the opportunity to give back to the community that so generously led me to this point.”
Lynaire’s other interests and activities include lodging at Colorado’s historical hotels and B&B’s, bicycling in nearby Cherry Creek State Park, and riding one of her five motorcycles. As her interest in motorcycling diminishes, she finds herself with more time for ham radio.
“Now my interest seems to be gravitating towards achieving a good understanding of CW. My passion is stoked to learn more and meet others in this shared experience. We casually refer to this as a hobby but for some of us, like any challenge in life, it becomes much more significant.”
“This hobby is indeed a unique realm of communication, challenging at times but always rewarding for the effort. I am very grateful to all the Elmers and mentors who have helped me along the way. I have made many friends and will always have someone to talk to, whether in person or on the air. Mic fright? Not tonight!”
The 62nd annual Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio will be May 19-21, 2017. 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.
Dates: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 19-21, 2017
Time: Flea Market opens at 8:00am every day, inside exhibitors open at 9:00am every day. Event ends at 1:00pm on Sunday, the 21st.
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®.