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RMRL 2020 Holiday Schedule

There will be no Rocky Mountain Radio League Net on the following U.S. Federal holidays in 2020:

  • Monday, January 20th, Martin Luther King Day
  • Monday, February 17th, Presidents’ Day
  • Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day
  • Monday, September 7th, Labor Day
  • Monday, October 12th, Columbus Day

RMRL Holiday Dinner 12/11/2019 – Updated 1/11/2020

UPDATE:

We had a great time! We always enjoy seeing familiar faces that we talk to regularly and meeting new people. The festivities included everyone selecting little presents that “Santa Joe” brought. A couple of lucky people were winners of the 900MHz radios that were donated by Society of Broadcast Engineer’s Jack Roland and brought in person by Skyler. The grand prize winner was our own Net Control Operator, Bruce, who won an AnyTone radio, donated by a generous person who wishes to remain anonymous.

The evening was capped off by our guest speakers, Trish, K9FOG, and Brian, K9ATK, each talking about their respective experiences and nets on the RMRL. Trish started the YL Family Net (great for ALL members of the family) and Brian is a co-host of the Pet Net (along with Becky, KD0AOE.)

A special guest, Thunder, attended in an ambassadorial capacity.

If you missed it this year, we hope you can join us next year!

RMRL 1999 Christmas Party
RMRL members and friends gather for holiday fun and festivities. December 2019.

Mike and Dunnigan Joe and Mimi
Photo left: Chief Technical Officer Mike and President Dunnigan
Photo right: Treasurer Joe and wife Mimi

Senior Net Control Operator and wife Allyson; James and Skyler
Photo left: Senior Net Control Operator Bruce and wife Allyson
Photo right: James and Skyler

Trish, Thunder, and Brian
Guest speakers: Trish and Brian with guest ambassador Thunder

Thanks to Bruce, KB0PHD, for the photographs.

Original Post:

The annual RMRL holiday dinner will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 6:00 PM to about 8:30-9:00 PM. The location is the Golden Corral buffet restaurant, 3677 S. Santa Fe Drive in Sheridan (west side of Santa Fe immediately south of Hampden).

People can start eating around 6, we will take care of club business about 7, then Santa Joe will make sure everyone receives a gift! That will be followed by a presentation.

The evening will end with a drawing for a special grand prize gift. Must be a member in good standing (dues paid) and present to win! The special gift is courtesy of a generous donor. (Thank you!)

When you arrive at the restaurant, pay for your party individually and tell the cashier you are with the RMRL group. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Prices (exclusive of tax. Drinks are $2.79 extra for adults/seniors if you want them. The kid prices include a drink):
Adults: $14.99
Seniors 60+: $13.99
Kids 4 to 8: $5.99
Kids 9 to 12: $6.99

The Swapfest 02/16/2020

Aurora Repeater Association

The Swapfest is an annual event co-sponsored by the Aurora Repeater Association, The Cherry Creek Young Amateur Radio Club, and Rocky Mountain Ham Radio.

Location: Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton, CO

Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020

Time: Doors open to the public at 9:00am.  Event ends at 1:00pm.

Admission: $5.00.

Talk-in frequency: 147.15 (+) 100Hz PL

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

Winter 2020 Hamfest – 01/18/2020

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 18, 2020

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

Admission: $6.00.

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

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

Holiday Gift Ideas!

Looking for a thoughtful gift for your ham radio friend? How about a membership to the RMRL? An individual or family membership (for all persons in a household) is just $20/per year.

Just go to Membership page. About halfway down the page is the membership application. All we need is the persons call sign, address, and phone number.

Just under the application “SEND” button is the payment information. We use PayPal to process our payments, you do NOT have to have a PayPal account to pay.

In the “Callsign and Comments” text box, be sure to include the note that you are paying for a gift membership and give the call sign and name of the person.

Because the membership and payment information are separate, knowing who you are paying for is the only way we have to connect the application and payment, so please be clear.

What if the person is already a member? We add your gift to their membership record and they won’t have to pay next year when their membership normally comes due.

But Wait!  There’s More!

If you would just like to give a one-time donation to the RMRL, go to the Contact Us page and look for the Donate button. Since the RMRL is a 501c3, your donation is tax deductible.

And Still More!

You can give year-round by making the Rocky Mountain Radio League your preferred 501c3 in the Amazon Smile program (see the Contact Us page for more information.)

And Don’t Forget!

As long as you are in a giving mood, the RMRL will be happy to take your gently used equipment to sell.  All proceeds will go to the RMRL treasury. We can continue to bring you well-maintained and up-to-date repeaters for your ham radio hobby enjoyment.

E-mail Us
You can send an e-mail to us at   or fill out the “Contact Us” form on any page of this website or below:


Denver Area Scouts Radio Net on the RMRL: 449.450MHz

Park County Radio Club
Join the Scout Net (Boy and Girl) on the first and third Sunday of each month.

We are excited to announce the start of a new net, The Denver Area Scouts Net. This net is scheduled as follows:

  • 19:30
  • 1st and 3rd Sundays each month
  • 449.450 MHz repeater: 103.5 Hz CTCSS required/127.3 Hz CTCSS transmitted

open to all (boy and girl) Scouters, and anyone else with an interest in scouting.

The net to be an open forum with discussion around scouting (of course!), scouting related activities such as Jamboree on the Air, the World Scout Jamboree, and local Radio Scouting opportunities. We will also announce upcoming scouting events in Denver.

The net control operators will be George, KA0BSA and Roy, KB0RFF. Both are heavily involved with the Denver Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. George teaches Technician license classes monthly at Colorado Adventure Point (the Council’s activity center) and Roy is our RMRL Chartered Organization Representative for Boy Scout Troop 3 in Aurora.

Please join us and get in on the scouting fun!

Some of the upcoming Radio Scouting opportunities and events:

  • ARRL Kids Day – June 15
  • ARRL Field Day – June 22-23
  • World Scout Jamboree – July 22-Aug 1 – Schedule from K2BSA to follow.
  • Denver Area Council Jamboree – Sept. 20-22
  • Jamboree on the Air – October 18-20

More to follow as events get closer.

If you have questions, please email Roy at or George for more information.

Society of Broadcast Engineers on the RMRL

The Society of Broadcast Engineers has an updated net notice as follows:

Society of Broadcast Engineers

SBE VHF/UHF Chapter 73’ of the Air HAMnet Broadcast Engineering and Amateur Radio Net

The SBE Chapter 73 of the air UHF/VHF Hamnet is  (Monday) at 9 p.m. ET, (7pm MTN ) worldwide via Echolink KG0SKY-L, node 985839 (available via computer and radio), Allstar node 46079, DMR Talkgroup 310847,  you can join us via Yaesu FUSION SYSTEM “YSF55411 “Skyhub SBE LINK – SBE Linkup” Try it with your hotspot.  We are also on the WiresX room “SBENETCOM” node 46361, locally the 448.350 Fusion repeater.  The SBE UHF/VHF Hamnet is based in Denver on 449.450, pl 103.5, and 448.975, pl 123.0. Soon 449.625 returns via ALLSTAR.

You can listen on the LIVE STREAM thru Broadcastify at: https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/25448/web
or https://hose.brandmeister.network/group/310847/  

We hope you’ll join us.

See the latest edition of “The KE0VH Hamshack” for more information at www.ke0vh.com.

RMRL 2019 Holiday Schedule

There will be no Rocky Mountain Radio League Net on the following U.S. Federal holidays in 2019:

  • Monday, January 21st, Martin Luther King Day
  • Monday, February 18th, Presidents’ Day
  • Monday, May 27th, Memorial Day
  • Monday, September 2nd, Labor Day
  • Monday, October 14th, Columbus Day
  • Monday, November 11th, Veterans Day

Pet Net Moves to 7:30 p.m.

The Pet Net for ham radio pet lovers
The Pet Net
Day: Every Thursday
Time: 1930 (7:30 p.m.) Mountain time
Hosted: RMRL repeater 145.340 (tone 103.5)
IRLP: 9618
Echolink: 29618
AllStar: 27408

The Pet Net has moved to a new time of 7:30 (19:30) on Thursday evenings. (We used to start at 7:00). We have a lot of fun and interesting discussions about all aspects of pet parenthood.  We want YOU to join us!

Find us on the 145.340 (a negative offset and a tone of 103.5), IRLP node #3350. OR you can connect to us via IRLP (thank you, Friends Ham Radio Network) IRLP: 9618; Echolink: 29618; AllStar: 27408.

The topic for the week is usually posted in advance on our Facebook page. Be sure to visit us and post your suggestions for future topics, or share a link to an interesting article or product.

The Pet Net
Day: Every Thursday
Time: 1930 (7:30 p.m.) Mountain time

 

Pssst

On Friday evening tune in to the same frequency at the same time for the YL Family Net.  A fun, relaxing family-friendly net where third party check-ins are welcomed and encouraged and we just have fun talking to everyone: women, men, teens, and kids. Fun conversation-starter topics.  The third Friday of the month is trivia night! (We don’t keep score, just have fun.)

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.