Boulder Amateur Radio Club BARCfest 10/02/2022

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 2, 2022

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.

ARRL Rocky Mountain Division HamCon October 2022

The ARRL 2022 Rocky Mountain Division Convention (HamCon) will be at Cheyenne, Wyoming – Events Center at Archer, 3801 Archer Parkway, Cheyenne, Wyoming, October 7-9, 2022.

Location: Event Center at Archer, 3801 Archer Parkway, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009.

The Holiday Inn Express off of I-25N and Lincolnway exit is the official hotel of the 2022 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention. Special rates have been negotiated, see site for details.

Dates: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 7-9, 2022.

Time: See the Program Information on the ARRL 2022 Rocky Mountain Division Convention website for complete information.

Admission: Early registration $12 per adult and $3 per child. Technical Sessions. Exhibits. See the web site for more information.

Updated: How to sound like a Pro when operating on a repeater

New and improved! How to sound like a pro when operating on a repeater and the companion guide: How to Participate in a Net like a Pro!

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

How to sound like a pro when operating on a repeater 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: How to Participate in a Net like a Pro!

RMRL 2022 Holiday Schedule

There will be no Rocky Mountain Radio League Net on the following U.S. Federally observed holidays in 2022:

  • Monday, January 17th, Martin Luther King Day
  • Monday, February 21st, Presidents’ Day
  • Monday, May 30th, Memorial Day
  • Monday, June 20th, Juneteenth (observed)
  • Monday, July 4th, Independence Day
  • Monday, September 5th, Labor Day
  • Monday, October 10th, Columbus Day
  • Monday, December 26th, Christmas Day (observed)

(Note that Monday, January 2nd, 2023, is the Federal observation of the New Year’s Holiday and there will be no net that night.)

Winter 2022 Hamfest – 01/15/2022

Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club

The Winter Hamfest is an annual event sponsored by the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club.

Location: The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds, Thomas McKee 4H Building. Loveland, CO. To reach The Ranch, exit I-25 at Crossroads Blvd., Exit 259. Travel East 1 mile to Fairgrounds Avenue (County Road 5) and go North to the entrance.

Date: Saturday, January 15, 2022

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

Admission: $7.00.

Talk-in frequency: 448.025 (-) 100Hz PL

VE Testing at 9:30a.m. See their PDF flyer for more information.

RMRL Holiday Event 12/6/2021 (Updated 12/14/2021)

Our 2021 Holiday event was well “attended” with plenty of check-ins. Congratulations to our Trivia Contest winners! They were as follows:

Jay, KB0MPF
Beau, W5NJR
Chris, KD0DUJ
Mike, KA6YFB
Jim, N0TRP
Luke, AD0KI
Chris, N0NDF
Eric, AK0EL
Jonathan, KE0SUM

Also, congratulations to our “Decorate Your Shack” contest winner, Kevin, KD0VHD.

KD0VHD was the winner of the 2021 RMRL Holiday Event Photo contest
KD0VHD was the winner of the 2021 RMRL Holiday Event Photo contest for the best decorated shack. Congratulations, Kevin! Kevin’s “shack” is a converted closet in his RV. Constructed while “on the road,” it now has over 17,000 miles. If Kevin’s name and call sign sound familiar, they should. He is an award-winning photographer who generously contributed two of his photographs for use on the RMRL website. The first is the panoramic view of Denver and the second is the sunburst through the repeaters located on Mount Mesta’ėhehe (formerly known as Squaw Mountain), both of which can be seen on the home page. (If you want prints of Kevin’s work, contact him directly.)
2021 RMRL Holiday Event
Don’t miss the 2021 Rocky Mountain Radio League Holiday Event from the privacy of your own home! Trivia, decorating contest, and prizes!

The officers of the club were re-elected (there were no challengers.)

ORIGINAL POST:

Our second Radio Holiday Event! Join us from the comfort of your own home and enjoy the festivities.

Date: December 6, 2021
Time: Usual net time 2030 (8:30 PM)
Frequencies: 146.94-, 449.450-, and 449.825- (PL 103.5)

There is no excuse not to participate. Even if the roads are bad or the weather is cold, curl up with your pets and/or a beverage of your choice and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow RMRL members as we celebrate another year of great radio.


New this year! Decorate your “shack” contest. Whether you have a handheld or an entire “shack”, let’s see your best holiday decorations. Whatever your holiday beliefs, spread the cheer and get creative with your best decorations: tinsel, lights, garlands, and/or Menorah. Get as creative as you can. A $10 gift card will be awarded for the best decorated radio/shack. Send in your photos BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3RD FOR ENTRY INTO THE CONTEST so the results can be announced the night of the Holiday Event (December 6th).

Send your best photo (multiple photos okay) to  .

Example photos:

2021 RMRL Holiday Event Photo contest example 2
Win a prize for the best decorated shack!
2021 RMRL Holiday Event Photo contest example 1
2021 RMRL Holiday Event Photo contest example 3 Decorate!

Our agenda is as follows:

• Welcome and normal net preamble (stop before calling on officers) – KB0PHD

• Check Ins – KB0PHD

• President’s Message/Q&A – K1DUN

• Technical Update/Q&A – KI0GO

• Election of Officers – KB0PHD

• Volunteer Recognition – KD0AOE

• Trivia Contest – WT0C

• Wrap Up and Holiday Wishes – K1DUN

RMRL 2021 Holiday Schedule

There will be no Rocky Mountain Radio League Net on the following U.S. Federally observed holidays in 2021:

  • Monday, January 18th, Martin Luther King Day
  • Monday, February 15th, Presidents’ Day
  • Monday, May 31st, Memorial Day
  • Monday, July 5th, Independence Day (observed)
  • Monday, September 6th, Labor Day
  • Monday, October 11th, Columbus Day

RMRL Holiday Event 12/14/2020

2020 RMRL Holiday Event
Don’t miss the 2020 Rocky Mountain Radio League Holiday Event from the privacy of your own home! Trivia and Prizes!

Our first ever Radio Holiday Event! Join us from the comfort of your own home and enjoy the festivities.

Date: December 14, 2020
Time: Usual net time 2030 (8:30 PM)
Frequencies: 146.94-, 449.450-, and 449.825- (PL 103.5)

There is no excuse not to participate. Even if the roads are bad or the weather is cold, curl up with your pets and/or a beverage of your choice and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow RMRL members as we celebrate another year of great radio.

Our agenda is as follows:

• Welcome and normal net preamble (stop before calling on officers) – KB0PHD

• Check Ins – KB0PHD

• President’s Message/Q&A – K1DUN

• Technical Update/Q&A – KI0GO

• Election of Officers – KB0PHD

• Volunteer Recognition – KD0AOE

• Trivia Contest – WT0C

• Wrap Up and Holiday Wishes – K1DUN

The 449.825 Repeater is on the air!

The 449.825 is up!

From our President, Dunnigan Macilwaine, K1DUN

With great relief and appreciation, I am pleased to announce that the 449.825 is on the air once again. As always it is linked full-time to the 146.940. I can’t say enough to express my gratitude to Mike Kionka, our Chief Technical Officer, for making this possible. I also want to thank Richard Shaw and his son for providing safe storage for the repeater during the long interim. Then I want to thank Cliff Holloway and Ian MacIlwaine for their hands-on help with the painstaking re-installation. Cliff was also indispensable in getting us access to the repeater site. You all exemplify the spirit of RMRL and ham radio so well! I salute you!

Getting the 449.825 back on the air
Chief Technical Officer Mike Kionka
It was a team effort to get the repeater back on the air.