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

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.

Boulder Amateur Radio Club BARCfest 10/06/2019

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 6, 2019

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 August 2019

The ARRL 2019 Rocky Mountain Division Convention (HamCon) will be at the Shepherd Union Building – Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, August 8-10, 2019.

Location: The Hampton Inn in Ogden, 2401 Washington Boulevard, Ogden, Utah 84401 is the official hotel of the 2019 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention. Special rates have been negotiated, see site for details.

Dates: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 8-10, 2019.

Time: See the ARRL 2019 Rocky Mountain Division Convention website for complete information.

Admission: To Be Determined. Technical Sessions. Exhibits. See the web site for more information.

Note: This is not a hamfest or swapmeet. No used equipment sales on-site.

Pikes Peak Radio Club Megafest 2019 07/27/2019

Pikes Peak Radio Club

The Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association Hamfest is an annual event featuring vendors, testing, and prize drawings.

Location: Lewis-Palmer High School, 1300 Higby Road, Monument, CO

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019

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

Admission: $5.00

Talk-in frequency: 146.970- 100Hz PL OR 146.460 simplex

VE Testing at 10:00a.m.

See their pdf flyer for more information.

Prizes and Drawings

RMRL supports the ARRL Kids Day – June 15, 2019

The RMRL supports the ARRL Kids Day.

Twice a year the ARRL offers an event designed to promote Amateur Radio to our youth.

Kids Day is designed to give on-the-air experience to young people and hopefully foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children, grandchildren, local boy- or girl-scout troop, or other youth group.

We will be connecting our IRLP node on the 145.340 repeater to the IRLP Friends Ham Radio Network that day so that kids in the Denver metro area (and beyond, see the coverage map) can talk to kids in other parts of the United States, and potentially the world.  The event starts at noon, local time, and runs until 6:00pm.   If there is no traffic, the connection times out, so be active and get on the air!

The ARRL provides a downloadable, printable certificate that you can print and fill out for your kid participant.  They would also appreciate it if you would drop them a note via the form provided to let them know about your experiences.  ARRL Kids Day web page.

Volunteer Opportunities for Public Service Events June 2019

Park County Radio Club

The Park County Radio Club (PCRC) has two public service events coming up in June and is looking for hams to help staff the events.

The first event is the Northfork 50/50 trail race on Saturday June 1st.

The second event is the Bailey Hundo mountain bike race on Saturday June 15th.

The events will involve staffing the start/finish area and 6 aid stations along the course. All communications will take place on the PCRC Bailey 2-meter repeater on 146.895 and will consist of relaying runner/biker times as they pass each aid station and provide any information regarding injuries or other emergencies along the course. These are all-day events. Both of the events take place near Bailey in the Buffalo Creek area.

Detailed information and sign up can be found on the PCRC website at www.ab0pc.org. You can contact Mike (AB0RR) at for more information.

Dayton Hamvention 2019

NCARC logo

The 64th annual Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio will be May 17-19, 2019. 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.

Location: Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, 120 Fairground Rd. Xenia, Ohio 45385

Dates: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 17-19, 2019

Time: Flea Market opens at 9:00am every day, inside exhibitors open at 9:00am every day.  Event ends at 1:00pm on Sunday, the 19th.

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®.

LARCFest 2019 04/06/2019

LARCFest Longmont hamfest

The Longmont Amateur Radio Club (LARC) will be hosting LARCFest 2019 on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Added attraction: Arts and Crafts.

Location: Boulder County Fairgrounds, inside the Exhibit Building, conveniently located at 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501. See this Fairgrounds Site Map to find the Exhibit Bldg.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019

Time: Doors open to the public at 8:00am. Event ends at 2pm.

Talk-in frequency: 147.270 MHz (-) 100Hz tone.

Admission $5.00. (Under 12, free) Technical Sessions, door prizes, testing. See their LARCFest event web page for more information.