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!
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.
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.
The Pet Net has changed it’s name from the Denver Area Pet Net to The Pet Net. Read all about it.
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.
A long-time RMRL member and great contributor to the ham community has passed away. Services were held at the Mile Hi Church at 1030am on January 23, 2017, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood, 80226. Reception followed at Red Rocks Country Club, 16235 W. Belleview, Morrison, 80465. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Bill’s name to your favorite charity.
Bill is survived by his wife Joanna, brother Tom, 7 children, 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 3 grandchildren.
We asked Bill’s friend, Gary, NØERG, to share his remembrances of Bill. This is what he shared:
Bill DeWolfe, WØLVI, best known to the ham radio community as The Weather Guy. He was very active in the Colorado Amateur Radio Weather Net for decades, and eventually became the Net Manager.
Bill’s family moved to Colorado in 1945. Bill attended South High School in Denver and Bill and a group of South High classmates went to lunch every week—until his death. They called themselves the ROMEOs (Really Old Men Eating Out).
At the age of 20, Bill joined the Navy and was posted to the USS Antietam, an Aircraft Carrier, where Bill worked on all the radio equipment on the carrier and its planes.
Bill had many hobbies, taking up photography when he was in the service and going on to be the wedding photographer for his children’s weddings. Another lifelong hobby was golf, a passion shared by his wife, Joanna. Bill used to say that he had lost a golf ball in every state in the union, and several foreign countries.
Joanna, Bill, and their seven children moved to Evergreen, where Bill became active the volunteer fire department and city planning. He also started participating in the Burro Races at Fairplay, providing communications. At some point, (not sure of the date) when Bill retired from Lockheed Martin the family moved to the Morrison area, near the Red Rocks Country Club—I assume to be close to the golf course. He also became very active in the VFW and other Veterans associations.
WØLVI of “near Morrison” as he liked to check in, began his relationship with the Colorado Amateur Radio Weather Net in 1969 under unusual circumstances. Five Glenn L. Martin Company employees had disappeared in a private aircraft, and Bill was involved in the search. The search effort was ultimately successful, but the aircraft was found with no survivors. Bill gave his weather report at the crash area… his first.
He was, I understand, quite insistent with the family that the weather reports get turned in, whether or not he was home. When he was gone—on business, a hunting or fishing trip—the duty fell to his children to get the report in. They would collect all the readings, and phone them in to Bob Swanlund, WØWYX, up on Squaw Mountain so he could get the report into the net.
In 1989 WØLVI became weather net manager, taking over from Val Eldridge, KØESQ.
For any NTS traffic handlers out there, as of the end of 2016, Bill had originated 17,350 messages, just for the Weather Net.
Bill was also active for decades in ARES, and reported the statewide high and low temperatures, extreme snow depths, and so on, to the various ARES state-wide nets on Sundays, along with other ARES duties.
Needing some more time to complete a long-term golfing project, Bill stepped down from the Net Manager position in the autumn of 2012, and I took over. It’s been a tremendous pleasure and a real job trying to fill the shoes of my great friend, ham radio colleague, and fellow “weather-nut”. 73, Bill–I’ll keep listening for you. ___Gary, NØERG Colorado Amateur Radio Weather Net Manager