Get on the Air with PRA Weekly Nets

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What? You haven’t been on the air lately?? Well…GET ON THE AIR! Be sure to join us for our weekly nets Monday and Tuesday evenings!

First, at 8:30pm on Monday, on D-Star XRF223B, the PRA holds its D-Star net. There is plenty of conversations from everything digital to the latest projects and devices… from DStar / DMR / Fusion / Brandmeister / Hotspots, and even CW.

Second, at 8:00pm on Tuesday, is the PRA weekly analog net on the W0CFI 448.675 – (100Hz) repeater. This is a great way to catch up on the happenings of the PRA and is a great environment to ask any question related to the hobby or to give yourself some bragging rights on a recent license, upgrade, or new piece of equipment.

We’ll see you on the air!

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Take Two – 2017 Amateur Radio Parity Act

From the ARRL:

H.R. 555 — a new “Amateur Radio Parity Act” bill — has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill’s language is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which passed in the House late last summer but failed in the waning days of the US Senate to gain the necessary support. As with H.R. 1301, the new measure introduced on January 13 in the 115th Congress was sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), with initial co-sponsorship by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR). Walden now chairs the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, to which the new bill has been referred. H.R. 555 will get an initial airing in the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. When H.R. 1301 came up in committee, Walden spoke forcefully in favor of the measure, which ultimately attracted 126 House cosponsors. http://ow.ly/ysqT3083BsZ #ARRL #HamRadio

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@ParkerCORadio January 17th Meeting – Dayton Hamvention & Giveaways (Give & Take)

What better way to kickoff your 2017 Amateur Radio resolutions than to join your friends at the PRA for the January meeting?

We meet on Tuesday January 17th at the new Douglas County Library on Mainstreet in Parker (across the street from the PACE Centre -2nd Floor Conference Room) with a meet at greet at 6:45PM, followed by our business meeting at 7PM.  Our business meeting is a great way to find out all the happenings of the PRA, its activities, and how you can contribute and participate!

Following our business meeting, we will be having our monthly presentation.  This month, Patrick, KT1GGR, and Paul, AC5S will give highlights of their 2016 excursion to the Dayton Hamvention and give you the knowledge you need to know to plan for attending Hamvention this year!  From flight arrangements, to hotel plans, non-ham related activities…these guys have the inside knowledge to make your Hamvention plans successful and memorable.  We will also be having some giveaways for Club Member attendees!  Not a member, no problem…you can join at the meeting!

Not only do we have giveaways, but we need your help as well!  In supporting the mission of the PRA, we need you to help support a fellow radio communicator back east that lost his house in a fire right before Christmas. If you have an old CB, CB Antenna, or any accessories that can be put to good use, please bring them on Tuesday!  Patrick, KT1GGR, will be collecting the donations and shipping out to this fellow in need.

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Start Your New Year’s Resolution off Right @ParkerCoRadio Weekly Nets!

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Time to start your ham radio New Year resolution and GET ON THE AIR! Be sure to join us for our weekly nets Monday and Tuesday evenings!

First, at 8:30pm on Monday, on D-Star XRF223B, the PRA holds its D-Star net. There is plenty of conversations from everything digital to the latest projects and devices… from DStar / DMR / Fusion / Brandmeister / Hotspots, and even CW.

Second, at 8:00pm on Tuesday, is the PRA weekly analog net on the W0CFI 448.675 – (100Hz) repeater. This is a great way to catch up on the happenings of the PRA and is a great environment to ask any question related to the hobby or to give yourself some bragging rights on a recent license, upgrade, or new piece of equipment.

We’ll see you on the air!

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Santa’s Ham Radio Nice List?


We hope you made Santa’s Nice List and got all the gear you wanted! 

Merry Christmas from your friends at the PRA…73!

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Monthly Meeting Tuesday 12/20 – JT65

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On Tuesday, 12/20, the PRA will wrap up 2016 with action packed meeting.  Starting at 7PM, at the new Douglas County Library, Parker (East Mainstreet across from the PACE Center).  We have a lot of topics to cover from 2017 activities/plans, repeater updates, Membership renewals & incentives…plus, as an added bonus, come and learn about JT65!

John, N4SJW, will give a presentation and hands-on, LIVE demo of JT65 in action. Have you ever wondered what the odd/weird tones were at the lower portion of the HF bands?  Well, not only will you learn about them, you will discover the efficiency and fun of this mode. With very few watts of RF, you will be amazed at how far your signal can go, even with the current band conditions. John will cover all things related to JT65, so you will not want to miss this great presentation.

Invite a friend and come out Tuesday, 12/20, to the Douglas County Library in Parker to join your friends from the PRA!

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If at First You Don’t Succeed…

Even though we did not get this over the goal line, your voice was heard!

News from the ARRL:

ARRL Vows Continued Pursuit of the Amateur Radio Parity Act in the 115th Congress

12/09/2016

The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, died an unbefitting death as the 114th Congress of the United States drew to a close today. After having passed the House of Representatives on a unanimous vote, the bill stalled in the Senate due to the intervention of only one member, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

Over the course of the past year, Sen. Nelson has received thousands of e-mails, letters, and phone calls from concerned constituents asking for his support of H.R. 1301. Numerous meetings were held with his senior staff in an effort to move the legislation forward. Negotiations, which led to an agreement with the national association of homeowner’s associations and publicly supported by CAI and ARRL, were brushed aside by Sen. Nelson as irrelevant.

In a final meeting with the Senator’s staff earlier this week, it became clear that no matter what was said or done, the Senator opposed the bill and refused to allow it to move forward. Unfortunately, as the bill did not receive floor time, the only manner in which it could get passed in the Senate would be through a process that required unanimous consent, which means no one opposes the bill.

The legislation will be reintroduced in both houses of Congress after the 115th Session begins in January. We have already been in contact with the sponsors of the bill to allow for an early introduction, which will give us more time to obtain success. We believe that we can get his bill adopted given the fact that we were inches away from crossing the goal line. We will continue to need the support of the membership, particularly in Florida, as we go forward through the next year.

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Two Nets – One Low Price

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Time to work off all that turkey and GET ON THE AIR! Be sure to join us for our weekly nets Monday and Tuesday evenings!

First, at 8:30pm on Monday, on D-Star XRF223B, the PRA holds its D-Star net. There is plenty of conversations from everything digital to the latest projects and devices.

Second, at 8:00pm on Tuesday, is the PRA weekly analog net on the W0CFI 448.675 – (100Hz) repeater. This is a great way to catch up on the happenings of the PRA and is a great environment to ask any question related to the hobby or to give yourself some bragging rights on a recent license, upgrade, or new piece of equipment. Maybe there was a Black Friday deal that you simply could not turn down…let us know about it!

We’ll see you on the air!

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November Meeting Follow Up

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What a great turnout at our newest meeting place, the Douglas Country Library in Parker. This past Tuesday, 25 amateur radio enthusiasts turned out for the PRA monthly meeting and a great “Show & Tell” segment.  Topics for the meeting included:

  • 2017 Meeting Location & Dates – Douglas County Library, Parker. Dates are: 1/17, 2/22, 3/21, 4/18, 5/17, 6/20, 7/18, 8/15, 9/19, 10/17, 11/21, & 12/19.
  • Survey Monkey Results & New Net Script/Format – GREAT Feedback and immediate actions taken.
  • New Membership Structure in January 2017 – dues paid in January; prorated after January.
  • PRA Election Year in 2017 for Board Positions. Nominations in June/July; Vote in October 2017.
  • Presentation Ideas – Satellite, Fox Hunt, HF Basics Part II, Gordon West, radio programming, VE Session, Contesting, Vanity Callsign Process, LOTW…
  • 2017 Field Day in Woodland Park – camping, large campsite.
  • Douglas County Library Amateur Radio Showcase? Spring/Summer? Would you participate to promote the hobby?
  • ARESDEC VE Testing 12/10 at Pradera Fire

As you can see, the PRA is finishing the year strong and preparing for a better 2017.  We look forward to hearing you on the air on our upcoming nets; Monday D-Star Net – 8:30PM on XRF223B and Tuesday at 8:00PM on the W0CFI repeater – 448.675 – (100Hz) — YES! This is an analog repeater!  We also look forward to seeing you at our December meeting.

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Amateur Radio Parity Act – ACTION Needed!


From the ARRL

Urge the U.S. Senate to Pass the Amateur Radio Parity Act!

Ask your Senator to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act when it comes to the Senate floor during the lame duck session.

Time is of the essence! The Amateur Radio Parity Act, having successfully cleared the US House, now awaits action in the US Senate. If the bill is not passed before the Senate adjourns for the year in December, it will “die” and we have to begin the entire process in both houses of Congress when the 115th Congress is sworn in come January 2017.
Please use the links below to contact your US Senators and request they support the bill when it comes to the Senate floor during the “lame duck” session, between now and mid-December’s adjourment.
Your attention and action is needed!! The time is NOW! It takes 30-seconds to get your voice heard and to get this over the goal line. 

https://arrl.rallycongress.net

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