Ham Radio Funny

Amateur Radio just may be the first social media known to mankind…at least this cartoon makes us think so.

Thanks to Don, W0CFI, for the submittal.

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May Meeting – Wednesday 5/17

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It is upon us already!  Field Day 2017 is coming up next month and what better way to support your Parker Radio Association than to be part of the final planning and participate in the largest Amateur Radio event in the U.S.

On Wednesday night (yes, Wednesday- day change), 5/17, we will meet at the Douglas County Library on Mainstreet in Parker, Exhibit Hall A. Meet & Greet begins at 6:45PM, a quick business meeting at 7PM, a follow up video on QRP operations from last month’s presentation, and capped off with the final details on Field Day 2017.

Bring a friend and see you Wednesday night!

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Nets for the Whole Family!

Be sure to join us for our weekly nets Monday and Tuesday evenings!

First, Monday, at 8:30pm, 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. This can be accessed via your local hotspot. Also, many have linked via the W0CDS 2M repeater as well. Considering our K0PRA repeater is under repeater antenna maintenance, using the W0CDS 2M side would be best (please follow common/courteous practice when linking).

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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April Meeting – Can You Do More with Less?

This Tuesday, April 18th is our monthly face-to-face meeting.  Please join us at the Douglas County Library – Parker, Event Hall B (Mainstreet & Pine Lane, across from the PACE Center) starting at 6:45PM with a meet & greet, followed by our quick business meeting at 7PM, and our monthly presentation given by Terry, WB3EVZ, on QRP Operating.  Terry is an avid outdoorsman and has been very successful at operating at 5W with maximum results.  Even when the sunspots are not cooperating, Terry will demonstrate how fun and rewarding QRP operating can be.

If you already have a QRP radio setup, feel free to bring it to the meeting and give yourself some much deserved bragging rights!

We will also be discussing the Field Day, small ways to participate in Club Activities for maximum impact, AmazonSmile Donations, and many, many more topics!  Join us and feel free to bring a friend!

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Hobby Demonstration at Douglas County Library.


Paul, AC5S and Dan, N2SRK participated in a hobby demo at the Douglas County Library in Parker.  With about 50 participants from the community, we demonstrated the recent advancements in amateur radio communications & technology.

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April 1st – New Radio Announcement

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The IC-F1417 is a new limited edition two way radio for customers who are looking to operate on both VHF and UHF frequencies in one very handy package.

The genius behind the design is that it has two separate displays and an antenna at each end for portable operation.

Scissors are available as an option to ensure that either antenna is optimized for best fit into either a shirt or coat pocket.

You need to hurry if you want to order this very special radio as there was a very limited production run…today only. 😉

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Shut Up & Say Something

The following article comes from Dan Maloney via Hackaday.com

It is a great write-up on the basics of digital amateur radio communications and how the digital advancement of the hobby, beyond voice, continues to spark renewed interest and participation in our hobby.

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SHUT UP AND SAY SOMETHING: AMATEUR RADIO DIGITAL MODES

Shut Up and Say Something: Amateur Radio Digital Modes

 

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March Monthly Meeting

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Hard to believe we’re wrapping up the first quarter of 2017!  No better time than now to give yourself the opportunity to learn what has been happening at the PRA.

We have an action packed meeting scheduled for this coming Tuesday, 3/21, at the Douglas County Library on Mainstreet in Parker (across from the PACE Center) in EVENT HALL A. We begin with a meet and greet at 6:45PM, our Business meeting at 7PM, and our monthly presentation immediately following the Business discussion.  On the Business meeting, discussions will include our repeaters and their status, Field Day, Elections, and much more!  With the launch of the K0PRA BrandMeister repeater, we’re giving a basic introductory presentation on DMR and the BrandMeister network.

Don’t forget, we also have our digital net on XRF223B on Monday evening at 8:30PM.  This is a great venue to discuss all things digital from D-Star, Hotspots, BrandMeister, codeplugs, CW, JT65, PSK31 and much more!

We look forward to hearing you Monday evening and seeing you on Tuesday!

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Join Us Monday & Tuesday – Nets!!

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Be sure to join us for our weekly nets Monday and Tuesday evenings!

First, Monday, at 8:30pm, 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. This can be accessed via your local hotspot. Also, many have linked via the W0CDS 2M repeater as well. Considering our K0PRA repeater is under repeater antenna maintenance, using the W0CDS 2M side would be best (please follow common/courteous practice when linking).

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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Get Your Fill…

As the month of March is already upon us, here are some exciting things taking place in in our Division, a D-Star Demo and a Power Supply opportunity!

First, an update from the Rocky Mountain Division & upcoming convention!  Certainly, there are plenty of PRA Members that qualify for these nominations! Take a few minutes and nominate!!!  Here is a note from the ARRL Rocky Mountain Director, Dwayne Allen, WY7FD:

Dear Rocky Mountain Division Members,

As customary at our division conventions, we celebrate the
accomplishments of members in our division. Nominations are now open
for the Rocky Mountain Division Ham of the Year, Young Ham of the Year
and, the Technical Achievement Award. The 2017 Division Convention is
on Memorial Day weekend (May 26-28) in Cody, Wyoming.

To submit a nominee, please go to the website
http://www.rockymountaindivision.org and click on the Awards link and follow
the directions. Please note there is an additional rule this year that
all nominees must be an ARRL member in good standing for at least one
year leading up to the nomination date. You can submit either
electronically or print out a form and mail it to me at PO Box 1482,
Sundance WY 82729.

As a reminder, our Facebook page for the convention is growing. Please
feel free to join us for up-to-the minute updates. The page is located
at http://www.facebook.com/groups/246764465763764.

As always, feel free to reach out to me or Vice Director Jeff Ryan K0RM
with any questions, comments or concerns.

73,
Dwayne

ARRL Rocky Mountain Division
Director: Dwayne Allen, WY7FD
wy7fd@arrl.org

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Also, there is an online D-Star presentation covering a variety of topics:

D-STAR Live will present some of the experts in D-STAR for a panel discussion on various aspects of the D-STAR ecosystem. We will be accepting questions from the audience, both in-person and from the Internet

A few of the areas that we plan to have discussions about are:
Setting up a brand-new radio
Updating / Programming your radio
Kenwood TH-D74 D-STAR Radio
New features of ID-51Plus2 and ID-4100
Icom G3 Software
D-STAR Comparison
D-STAR Devices
Questions from the You!
When: 11 March 2017 1200-1600 EST (UTC-5) 0900-1300 PST
FYI US DST starts the evening after the event

Where: Live Online and
Live in person at Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville GA

Who:
Ed Woodrick WA4YIH (DSTARInfo.com)
John Davis WB4QDX (Georgia D-STAR)
Ray Novak N9JA (Icom America)
Robin Cutshaw AA4RC (Internet Labs)
The event is FREE, we would appreciate it if you register at http://www.DSTARInfo.com.

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Last, but not least, our very own Ray, N0KEG, has found a great deal on 13.8V 30amp power supplies.  Please contact Ray directly at ray AT strickoff DOT org by March 12th so that he can have them in-hand by the meeting.  Here are the details:

I’ve been running one of these eBay power supplies for a couple of months now and it’s been good to me. I need another but can save $12 per unit if I buy a 10 pack. I wouldn’t mind keeping 2 or 3 but do you think anyone else in the club would be interested in a $29 power supply? I probably wouldn’t draw a full 30 amps through one of these things long term or run a big HF rig off of them but they don’t seem to break a sweat running a 50 watt mobile and a few other 12v accessories even when I’m cross band repeating with it. They seem to output clean power and no discernable noise.

If we can drum up some interest, I’d buy the 10 pack and sell 7 or 8 of them to members at cost. I figure if I can save a few bucks and help some people out that could be a good thing. Or am I just crazy? Let me know what you think.

Thanks,
Ray

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Still hungry for more?  Don’t miss out on our Monday and Tuesday evening nets!

Monday – 8:30PM on XRF223B

Tuesday – 8:00PM on the W0CFI/R 448.675 – (100Hz).

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