Weekly Net Reminders

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Quick reminder of our weekly nets:

Mondays – Digital Net on XRF223B and D-Star 446.850 – at 8:30PM & our 75M net announced on 448.675 – for frequency coordination.

Tuesdays – Analog Net on W0CFI/R, 448.675 – (100Hz) at 8:00PM

The turnout for both nets has been exceptional! Each net is the perfect venue to ask questions regarding the hobby, brag about a new radio, request elmering, and find out all the exciting things that the PRA has happening.

See you on the air!

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Ham Radio Outlet This Saturday 1/27

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Back by popular demand, the Parker Radio Association will be showcasing at Ham Radio Outlet Denver this coming Saturday, all day!

Come and see what the PRA has been up to lately, get information on our upcoming events, and even ask us a technical question or two. We are here to help and look forward to your support.

New to ham radio? A ham, but new to the area? This is a great place to start and we will meet you where you are on your ham radio journey. Pass this along, tell a friend and we’ll see you at Ham Radio Outlet in Denver on Saturday!

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And the Two Shall Become One…

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The K0PRA Gateway is online and static linked to XRF223B!

Extra special thanks to Ray, N0KEG for all of his expertise, passion and dedication in making the K0PRA Repeater / XRF223B Linking Project a reality.

Also, a special thank-you to Dick, K8ZTT, for allowing Ray to camp out at his place for many hours.

Another special thank-you to Justin, AE2L, for being the extra eyes and ears needed to complete the configuration of the Raspberry Pi Gateway. Yesterday, Justin also gave clarity needed to get past some of our obstacles.

Here are our Dashboard Links:

K0PRA dashboard link: http://k0pra.gw.ircddb.net/

XRF223B dashboard link: http://xrf223.parkerradio.org/

So fire up your DSTAR radios and get on the K0PRA machine or your hotspot!!!

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Weekly Net Reminder

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Quick reminder of our weekly nets:

Mondays – Digital Net on XRF223B at 8:30PM
Tuesdays – Analog Net on W0CFI/R, 448.675 – (100Hz) at 8:00PM

With the kick-off the yearlong PRA net participation points contest, we have had an exceptional uptick in net content, participation, and exchange of information. Don’t miss out on learning something new while racking up PRA Contest Points!

See you on the air!

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2018 Meeting Dates & Contests!

The 2018 Meeting Dates for the Parker Radio Association are set!  Please mark your calendars and pay special attention to a few meeting date changes from our usual 3rd Tuesdays: 1/17, 2/22, 3/21, 4/18, 5/15, 6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/19, 10/16, 11/20, & 12/18.  All meetings will be held at the Douglas County Library, Parker.  Rooms will be either Exhibit Hall A or Exhibit Hall B.  Meet & Greet time will be 6:30PM, Business Meeting at 7:00PM.

In 2018, the PRA will be holding its own Contests, of sorts.  Want to earn some bragging rights at an upcoming meeting?  Want to challenge a fellow club member in operating? The challenge is easy!  Here’s the details:

  • Be a net control operator on our Monday or Tuesday Night net – 25 points (1X)
    • Do Both in Same Week – 35 points each night
  • Participate in our Monday or Tuesday Night net – 5 points (1X)
    • Do Both in the Same Week – 10 points each night
  • Provide Comments or Questions & Actively Participate in the Net – 10 points each night
  • Check in “for the count” or “no traffic” – Minus 75 points (BOO!)

Point tallies will be shown at each monthly meeting. Prizes will be awarded quarterly at the April/July/October meetings. Yearly Grand Prize awarded in December!

Mondays – Digital Net on XRF223B at 8:30PM

Tuesdays – Analog Net on W0CFI/R, 448.675 – (100Hz) at 8:00PM

No better reason to get on the air, participate and earn some additional bragging rights in 2018!

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December Monthly Meeting – 12/19

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Hard to believe we are “wrapping up” another successful year!  What better way to end the year by being “present” (See what we did there?) at the December monthly meeting of the Parker Radio Association.

On Tuesday, December 19th, at the Douglas County Library in Parker, starting at 6:45PM, we will have a meet-and-greet, followed by our business meeting at 7PM, followed by our monthly presentation.  This month, we have a great presentation on the “Christmas” of Ham Radio events, Hamvention.  Both Patrick, KT1GGR and Paul, AC5S have a great presentation lined up on all you will want to know about the pilgrimage to Ohio for one of the world’s largest ham radio festivities.  We will also have a year-end wrap-up and updates on our repeaters, upcoming presentations, and events planned for 2018.

Also, be sure to join us Monday evening at 8:30PM on XRF223B (D-Star) for our digital net.  We discuss all things digital related from D-Star, DMR, FT8, CW, and much more!  Following this net, fire up your HF rig and join us on 75M on/around 3.805.  We’ll update any changes on the W0CFI, 448.675 – (100Hz) repeater.

We’ll see you on the air Monday and at our meeting Tuesday evening!  Feel free to bring a friend, too!

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Easy Way to Support the PRA!

The deals aren’t done, yet! Why not support the PRA while you or your loved ones shop online?

Support us when you shop on Cyber Monday. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4777325 and Amazon donates to Parker Radio Association.

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November Monthly Meeting – 11/21

Turkey-Time is upon us and what better way to get your fill before Thursday than to spend quality time with your favorite Amateur Radio operators at the PRA!

This coming Monday, we have two Nets; first is our D-Star Net on XRF223B at 8:30PM. This is a great net to discuss all things digital such as D-Star, DMR, Fusion, CW…immediately following this net, we hold a 75M Net on/around 3.823.

That is not all!! On Tuesday Night, 11/21, join us at the Douglas County Library in Parker (Mainstreet across from the PACE Center) for our November monthly meeting. This is a great opportunity to get caught up on all the happenings of the PRA. On top of that, we have a great presentation lined up by Jim, WD0E on DTRS. If you have ever attended any of Jim’s other presentations, you know that you will be in for a treat and walkaway with a solid understanding of DTRS.

For Tuesday night, meet and greet starts at 6:30PM in Exhibit Hall A, Business Meeting at 7PM, followed by our Presentation at 7:30PM.

Come on out, bring a friend and see what the PRA has been up to! We’ll see you on the air Monday and see you at the meeting Tuesday!

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K0PRA D-Star Repeater On-The-Air

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On Sunday, November 11th, a team of PRA friends and family converged on our D-Star repeater site, just east of Franktown and got the K0PRA D-Star Repeater back on the air.  A tremendous thanks goes out to Dick-K8ZTT, James-KI0KN, Brandon-N0DQV, Don-W0CFI Paul-AC5S, Dirk-N2PDQ, Justin-AE2L, Ray-N0KEG, Patrick-KT1GGR and Ralph-W0RBF.

We need your coverage reports!  Fire up your D-Star Radio to 446.850 (-) and give it a try. The final networking setup with the Gateway is underway and we will announce when the gateway is available for Worldwide linking.

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PRA October Meeting

Fall is here!  Baseball playoffs, almost half way through the regular season in football…hockey, and now, the October meeting of the PRA.
We have a great deal to cover following our excellent meeting in September.  Join us on Tuesday evening, October 17th at the Douglas County Library in Parker (Mainstreet), starting at 6:30PM for a meet-and-greet, business meeting at 7PM, followed by our presentation at 7:30PM.
On the business side, your current and elected BOD for 2018 has several action items to update from our September meeting.  We will also be discussing the final touches on our D-Star repeater, HF equipment loaning (available Tuesday), and several other items that will be of interest to you.
For our monthly presentation, Justin, AE2L, will provide an overview and keen insight on the vanity callsign application process with plenty of hints, tricks, and suggestions to get you the vanity callsign you want.
Rumor has it, we may have a giveaway as well.  Bring a friend, and join us this Tuesday at the Douglas County Library in Parker at 6:30PM.
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