Keeping “PACE” & HF Basics

In keeping “PACE” with our previous month, the October meeting of the Parker Radio Association will be held at the Parker Arts Culture & Events Center (PACE Center) on Tuesday, October 18th, starting at 6:30PM.

The PACE Center is located at 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, CO 80138 and we will meet in the Creative Studio West Room. Take Mainstreet EAST from Parker Road through downtown Parker. The PACE Center will be on the right hand side. Plenty of parking, plenty of seating with adult sized chairs!!

This month, Paul, AC5S, will continue on the ‘basics’ series and has an excellent presentation lined up on HF Radio Basics.  If you are just getting your feet wet in HF, you are newly licensed, or simply need a refresher, Paul will help guide you through the basics of HF and guide you in the right direction for what is needed for your own HF setup.

We will also discuss year-end activities, repeater updates, and initial plans for 2017.  Bring a friend and we look forward to seeing you this Tuesday!

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Parker Radio Association – Double Your Net Pleasure!

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

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.

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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September 20th Meeting – Repeater Basics & HT Programming

A reminder that our September 20th meeting, starting at 6:30PM the location will be at the Parker PACE Center (Parker Arts Culture & Events Center) located at:

20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, CO 80138 and we will meet in the Creative Studio West Room. Take Mainstreet EAST from Parker Road through downtown Parker. The PACE Center will be on the right hand side. Plenty of parking, plenty of seating with adult sized chairs!!

This month, we will be presenting on repeater basics & radio programming. This is a great refresher session on the basics of repeaters in conjunction with how to program your HT. We will have some software programming opportunities and will highlight a few of the pay-for and freebie software programs available to you. Bring your HT, bring your software (if you have it) and programming cable (if you have it). Don’t have either? No sweat, we may just have a spare laying around.

As an added bonus, we have a cache of ham radio accessories and items that were donated to the Club in the last couple months.  These items are available with a donation to the PRA.

We will also be discussing year end activities and some preliminary plans for 2017.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday evening, 6:30PM, at PACE Center!

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Public Service Opportunity – Tour de Cure

Here is an opportunity to participate in a public service event with our friends at ARESDEC.

From Jim Rooney, N4JJR, EC ARESDEC:
You are invited to participate in and assist with communications on the Amercan Diabetes Assn’s largest Colorado fundraiser: the Colorado Tour De Cure (see event link) on Sep 24th at Salisbury Park in Parker (link to map to Salisbury Park). The event spans 32 miles N-S and 16 miles E-W, with over 205 miles of roads across four routes. The event organizers are expecting over 3,000 participants, supporters and family members to attend, either biking, walking or partaking in the other activities such as rides, food tents and vendor exhibits in the park.

During this event ARESDEC will provide an Incident Communications Center (ICC), RADOs (radio operators) to rest stops, aid stations and course sweeps, and communications support to over 25 law enforcement officers from five agencies manning 20 traffic aid locations, on-course medical support teams and event communications and situational awareness to event management.

Run as an ICS planned event, this will be a superb training opportunity for amateur radio operators (AuxComm) and RADOs. See this link to a map of all four course, rest stops, aid stations and traffic assistance locations. Incident Performance Evaluations will be available to those with open task books.

If you (or other personnel) are interested in participating or observing as a guest, please send me their name, callsign and agency and I will add them to my planning list.  

Thank you for your continued support.
If you are interested in participating, please contact our Richard, K1RAB, at k1rab AT yahoo DOT com or contact Jim, N4JJR at rooney-family AT comcast DOT net with the information asked for above.

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Check out the Toolbox!


Have you missed a recent meeting or wished that you had taken a few more notes at a recent presentation? No sweat, we have you covered!

Check out the TOOLBOX tab at the top of the page and you will have access to the last several monthly presentations, plus other handy items.

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August 16th Meeting – Trends in Digital Voice


A link to Adam’s presentation can be found in the “TOOLBOX” tab at the top of the page. GREAT JOB, Adam!!


From DMR to D-Star, System Fusion, DVMEGA’s, Raspberry Pi’s…some of the most popular recent discussions revolve around digital voice and lots of DIY kits that can get you world wide communications with very little.

Be sure to join the Parker Radio Association on Tuesday, August 16th for its face-to-face meeting as Adam, W0AKO, presents his renowned “Trends in Digital Voice” presentation. The meeting will be held at Southeast Christian Church on Jordan Road in Parker (between E-470 & Lincoln Ave).  We meet around 6:45PM for an informal meet-and-greet, followed by our business meeting at 7PM, and wrapped up by our monthly presentation.

If you have ever wanted to find out what the latest is in digital voice communications, you will certainly want to be a part of Adam’s presentation.  Bring a friend, too!

We will also be having a last-call on a few pieces of HF gear, including:

Kenwood 430S HF Transceiver. Very clean for age. 8.5 or better out of ten. Checked on all bands with good output power. Receiver very hot, as with all Kenwood radios. Mic and power cable included. $250

Drake TR7. Super clean TR7 WITH matching power supply. Hard to find a TR7 this clean and with the PS. I would really rate this radio as a 9.5 or better. Last radio line Drake built. This is a RARE late serial number unit. Checked all bands with full output. Complete original Drake service manual. I have been using this radio for the last few weeks and the receiver is excellent; as you would expect from a Drake. Worked Bavaria and Latvia on Saturday. The club will throw in a Drake speaker; very cool. Radio does have an older Icom mic for it and all power cords. $350 takes it home.

Icom 725 HF Radio. This is a very clean radio; one of the nicest 725’s I have seen in a long time. Good output; good receiver. Radio also has the optional AM/FM board which is hard to find. Radio has hand mic but no power cord. HRO has power cord for reasonable cost. $250

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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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