July 19th Monthly Meeting – Packet & HF Digital Modes


Hard to believe we are half way through July!?  Time flies when you’re having fun and that what we’ve been doing at the PRA.

Come out this Tuesday, July 19th for our monthly meeting.  Starting with a meet & greet at 6:45PM, we gather at Southeast Christian Church on Jordan Road in Parker (between E-470 & Lincoln Ave).  Our business meeting starts at 7PM, followed by our monthly presentation.  This month, we have a special guest, Gary, WB5PJB, who will be doing a presentation on packet and HF Digital Modes.  If you have ever had an interest in what can be accomplished beyond just voice communications, with a basic set up, you will definitely want to expand your knowledge base by learning from Gary.

We will also have a follow-up from our Field Day, Tour de Ladies, and D-Star University activities as well as an update on upcoming presentations.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.  Come out, bring a friend, and find out what your PRA has been up to lately.

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Amateur Radio Parity Act Update

The Amateur Radio Parity Act goes to full committee on Wednesday. This is a good bill as it will ensure all amateurs an “effective outdoor antenna.”

Please tweet your congressman in support of this bill. You can do that here: 


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Busy Saturday for Parker Radio Association

A busy Saturday for the members of the  PRA!

Members helped support the lead agency, ARESDEC, with communications for the Tour de Ladies bicycle event.

Also, other members took the time to develop their D-Star knowledge at the PRA’s D-Star University.

Playing radio, having fun, learning/teaching, and giving back to the community. This is YOUR Parker Radio Association.

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Tour de Ladies – July 9th (as well)!

For those that are not participating in the D-Star University on Saturday, July 9th, why not get your fill of Amateur Radio by fulfilling the Mission of the PRA and giving back to our community?

Tour de Ladies will be held on Saturday, July 9. It is a fully supported, non-competitive, women-only cycling event through the rolling hills of Douglas County. In 2015, they raised almost $14,000 for the Crisis Center, which helps victims of domestic abuse. There is a 30 mile and a 62.5 mile route.

The ARES group of Douglas and Elbert counties (ARESDEC) is providing radio communications for this event, and needs licensed ham radio operators to help provide support for this event. This is a great opportunity to practice operating while helping your community. If you would like to participate, please contact Richard, K1RAB, at k1rab AT yahoo DOT com. Richard will be working with the ARESDEC group as their liaison to the PRA and he will pass on more information as we get closer to the event.

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D-Star University – July 9th

The long awaited D-Star University is HERE!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 9th.  Starting at 8AM, our very own Kris, AE9S (FKA: KD0YCR) will be leading the instruction.  The location is at South Metro Fire Rescue Station #45 on Northgate Drive in Parker.  Seating is limited to 20 participants on this go-around.  Please plan on at least a half-day commitment with dismissal by 1PM (or sooner).

There are three modules involved in this training; D-Star Basics (what D-Star is, how it works), D-Star Intermediate (programming your radio, linking/unlinking to reflectors, etc.), and D-Star Advanced (Hotspots, Raspberry Pi’s, D-RATS).  If you have ever wanted to learn about D-Star, this is one training session you will not want to miss!

Again, seating is limited to 20 participants and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  We will also take a “wait-list” in the chance there is a seat cancellation. If you can commit your participation and would like to attend, please email news AT parkerradio DOT org with “D-Star University” in the subject line with your name, email, and callsign in the the body of the email.

See you Saturday, July 9th for D-Star University!

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ARRL Field Day – June 25th

Field Day – 2016 is coming up in less than a week and we need your RESPONSE!  It will take place this coming Saturday, June 25th; we will be setting up approximately 7:30AM and will begin operating at 12 Noon.

The gear is all ready, the coax and antennas are a plenty…we need YOU to come out, operate, and help us showcase the amazing capabilities of amateur (“ham”) radio.  Even if you do not have a license, no problem…our team can help coach you on the basics and get you participating easily.  Most of all, this is a fun learning event that demonstrates the amazing technology and advancement of a truly tested means of communication, when all else fails.

With an amazing dinner planned for Saturday, we need your responses and headcount. No invite? No problem…this is your invitation (click here) —> http://evite.me/jB2MztTaWH

We will be operating in the open field on S Wintergreen Parkway, east of Jordan Road as highlighted above. You are welcome to come out, bring a friend, and find out what your local 501(c)(3) non-profit amateur radio group provides to our community.  Click on the invite above and join us for the fun!

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June 21st Monthly Meeting

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Be sure to join your friends from the PRA for an action packed June Monthly Meeting!

Our meeting is at Southeast Christian Church on Jordan Road (between E-470 & Lincoln Ave.) in Parker.  We meet at 6:45PM in Room 233 with a meet-and-greet, followed by our business meeting at 7PM and immediately followed by our monthly presentation.  This month, Peter – KC0DGM, will be presenting on WWII communications equipment.  If you attended Peter’s presentation last year, you know that this is an amazing walk through radio communication technology and you are certain to walk away with learning one new aspect of history.

We will also be discussing the final 2016 Field Day plans for Saturday, June 25th.  This year is shaping up to be the BEST Field Day yet!  If you can come for 15 minutes, two-hours, or the entire event, we encourage you to attend!  Bring a friend, too!  Be sure to keep an eye out on an email invite in the next couple of days.  If you do not receive one, be sure to reach out to us via our website and let us know!

Last, but not least, we will be introducing D-Star University, slated for Saturday, July 9th. Details and a sign-up sheet will be available.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, 6/21!  Be sure to invite a friend and see what your PRA has been up to.


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Field Day & Important Notice from K1RAB

Field Day is Coming! Field Day is Coming!

It’s that time of year, fellow Hams: Flowers are blooming, grass is growing, warm weather is coming our way, and it is time to plan for Field Day!

This year, the Parker Radio Association is getting ready for our 3rd annual Field Day. Many of you have participated in our first two events and know that it is a good time, whether you participate with setup on Saturday morning, making contacts during the event, sharing Paul’s, AC5S, world famous Field Day barbeque, hanging out in the evening with fellow club members and friends, or helping with tear down on Sunday morning.

This year promises to be more of the same. But this year there is a slight change: Our fearless leader Dan, N2SRK, has thrown down the gauntlet and has set a goal for us to be a high scorer in the 2A category!

With some planning and participation from everyone, we can do this!

On Wednesday, June 8th, at 6:45PM at the Starbucks at the northeast corner of Lincoln Ave & Parker Road, we will be having a final planning meeting. This will be a brief meeting (approx one hour) where we will review antenna layout, and final checks on supplies, gear, and networking. Please feel free to join us, should you wish, for this quick gathering. WE NEED YOU TO ATTEND!

During this session, we will be talking about antenna layout, equipment needs, and who is able to provide equipment and time to support our efforts.

We will also be talking about how to maximize our available talents and equipment to log as many contacts as possible. We want to plan a little so that we can also maximize points and point multipliers.

The Field Day rules also allow us to earn points through Bonus Points. It is possible to earn 2000 or more bonus points through various activities, and this can possibly double the total number of points that we achieve through QSOs. But this will take planning, and I will be reaching out to everyone to recruit those of you with community contacts and experience in certain areas.

I’ll break for now, but continue to watch for more details coming soon.

73, and keep the Squelch Loose!


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May Meeting – FIELD DAY Prep

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On Tuesday, May 17th, join the PRA for an important meeting regarding the annual Field Day Event.  This monthly meeting will be devoted towards the fun and excitement regarding this amazing operating event, scheduled for June 25th and 26th.  If you have never participated in a Field Day, are a Field Day expert, or somewhere in between, our objective is simple; “HAVE FUN, PLAY RADIO, & KEEP THE SQUELCH LOOSE.”

Our meeting will be held, May 17th, at Southeast Christian Church on Jordan Road in Parker.  The meeting is held in Room 233, starting at 6:45PM with a meet and greet, followed by our Business Meeting at 7PM, and our monthly program at 7:15PM, devoted entirely to Field Day.  Come on out and be a part of a great meeting that will definitely fire you up for Field Day!  Invite a friend, too!

If you cannot make the meeting, no sweat!  Keep an eye out on our website for all the details regarding Field Day 2016.  Our Field Day site is the same as previous years (see map above-highlighted yellow area).

We look forward to seeing you this Tuesday, May 17th!


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PRA Supports Denver Boy Scouts ARC Need


Dan Grady, N2SRK (center)-PRA President and Paul Brown, AC5S – PRA Vice President (not pictured) present Sid Huhes, K0SCH (right)-Trustee of the Denver Area Council Boy Scouts Amateur Radio Club with new 30-amp power supply. Rob, Kc0ZGK (left) – Ham Radio Outlet Denver, helps facilitate the transaction.

“Serving others in promoting amateur radio in the community and providing the training and support required to become an amateur radio operator. We will develop, enhance and maintain radio systems suitable for providing communications for the benefit of the community…”

Part of the Parker Radio Association’s Mission, is to “serve others,” and to “provide communications for the benefit of the community.”  When the Denver Area Council Boy Scouts ARC had a need for a power-supply for their soon-to-be-installed repeater, the PRA responded.  Sid Hughes, K0SCH, Trustee of the Denver Area Council Boy Scouts Amateur Radio Club stated, “The Power Supply will allow the Club station to establish a UHF amateur band repeater at the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch.”

Since the PRA’s founding in 2014, it has supported several Boy Scout events in showcasing amateur radio capabilities in the Parker, CO area, as well as its 2015 Jamboree. The PRA is also active in general amateur radio training and testing on a monthly basis.

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