But Wait, There’s More!

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If you haven’t had your ham radio fill in a while, this is the week to gorge yourself like it’s Thanksgiving!

Monday Night, 6/18, at 8:30PM, join us for the PRA Digital Net. There are a few ways to join the digital net; your own hotspot, linked to XRF223B. Or, our D-Star Repeater on 446.850 minus offset. Or, our DMR Repeater on 445.075 minus offset, Color Code 1, TimeSlot 2. We even have linking capabilities via System Fusion, too!

Tuesday night, 6/19 speaking of all things digital, be sure to join us for our monthly face-to-face meeting! Starting at 6:30PM with a meet and greet at the Douglas County Library in Parker. We have an action packed meeting on the final details on Field Day and an amazing presentation by Ray, N0KEG, on the “Mega-System” that he developed and built. Want to know how the PRA can link D-Star, DMR and System Fusion, well, this is the meeting to find out all the details.

But wait, there’s more! Field Day 2018 is less than a week away! Be sure to join us for Field Day, 2018 at Colorado Campground, Pike National Forest, Woodland Park, CO. More details at the meeting, or on our webpage. This event has been THE event where we play radio, have fun, and keep the squelch loose.

We’ll see you on the air, at the meeting, and at Field Day!

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Field Day 2018

ARRL Field Day is right around the corner!  Be sure to join your friends at the PRA for a fun filled weekend.

Details for the weekend can be found here:  Parker Radio Association Field Day 2018

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Weekly Net Reminders

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Reminder of our weekly nets:

Mondays – Digital Net on XRF223B and D-Star 446.850 – at 8:30PM

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

The turnout for both nets has been fantastic the last few weeks! 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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Pedaling for Parkinson’s

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The PRA is proud to be supporting the Pedaling for Parkinson’s Cycling Event. They have requested the Parker Radio Association assist them with radio communications for their event on Saturday, June 16th. They are expecting over 200 riders for this event that raises awareness and money for Parkinson’s Disease, and 100% of their money raised goes to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The event takes place in Lone Tree.

Our goal is simple; assist the event staff with communications that helps support the event organizers where needed. With this low pressure event, we are needing as many as 25 volunteers from the PRA to support this event at aid stations and Communications Command. The commitment will be from approximately 5:30AM until 2:00PM at the latest. Water, food, and refreshments will be provided, however, you should bring ample water and snacks with you. A more defined list of necessities will be sent upon commitment to the event and the organizers have agreed to support as many resources we need as possible.

Ideally, you should have a handheld radio, capable of at least 5W output, UHF, analog. If you have a UHF and DMR radio, that will be an added bonus as we plan on utilizing both analog and DMR repeaters. Extra batteries are also a very strong suggestion. We will be needing those that can supply mobile radios, antennas (base/mag-mount) as well.

This is an excellent opportunity for the PRA to support its mission by “serving others in promoting amateur radio in the community.” This is also an excellent opportunity to exercise your radio skills in a low pressure, high learning and ultimately fun event! Please check your respective schedules and if you can commit on Saturday, June 16th, we promise for a fun-filled learning experience where we put our amateur radio resources into action. If you can commit, please respond to this email with:

Name
Callsign
Equipment you can make available

Please reply with your commitment immediately.

Thank you for your resources and consideration.

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PRA Represented at Hamvention

Members of the Parker Radio Association are ready to bust through the doors of Hamvention in Xenia, Ohio.

The coffee is flowing and the donuts are fueling the energy levels.

The weather is holding off, but will be warm today.

Hopefully, the deals will be plentiful and we’ll be bringing home new toys and door prizes. More updates as the day continues.

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Parker Radio Association D-Star + DMR + Fusion + Hotspots = A Networked System

The Parker Radio Association is proud to announce its latest development in our repeater infrastructure and networking.  Thanks to the Ray, N0KEG, the PRA has crossed a major threshold in merging its D-Star Repeater (446.850 – K0PRA) and its Reflector XRF223B with its DMR Repeater capabilities (445.075 – K0PRA).  Whether you have D-Star capabilities or DMR capabilities, you have the opportunity to successfully communicate cross-modes in real time.

 

In essence, when you communicate on our D-Star repeater, XRF223B, or our DMR Repeater, and you will be heard across all platforms.  This also works perfectly while accessing any of these protocols via your hotspot.

 

Here are the basic details on how to access:

 

VIA D-STAR

 

Option 1

(Direct to the Repeater): Access the K0PRA D-Star via 446.850- (minus offset).  The repeater is semi-permalinked to XRF223B.  When you communicate on the D-Star repeater, you will also be heard on the DMR Repeater and XRF223B.  Talk as you normally would and you will be heard also on our DMR repeater on the Brandmeister network.  No linking necessary to make this happen.

 

Option 2

(Via your Hotspot): Link your hotspot to XRF223B just like you always do.  Alternatively, you can also link directly to the transcoder at XRF376D or DCS376D. Talk as you normally would and you will be heard on the K0PRA B Repeater, XRF223B, and our DMR repeater on the Brandmeister network.

 

Due to limited bandwidth and a limit of 5 total links please avoid linking directly to the K0PRA D-Star repeater.  Links to K0PRA should only be used as a last resort if you’re in a pinch and nothing else will work for you.

 

 

VIA DMR/Brandmeister

 

Option 1

(Direct to the Repeater):  Access K0PRA DMR, 445.075 – (minus offset) on Timeslot 2 (Local).  This Timeslot is static linked to our Talkgroup 310844 on the Brandmeister network.  The beauty of this arrangement is that if you have access to any Brandmeister repeater in the world, you can access you friends back here at the PRA via access to Talkgroup 310844.  This talkgroup is now linked to both K0PRA D-Star and XRF223B.

 

Option 2

(Via your Hotspot): Link your hotspot to Brandmeister Talkgroup 310844.  Talk as you normally would and you will be heard on K0PRA B repeater (D-Star), K0PRA DMR repeater, and XRF223B.

 

Option 3

(DMR-XLX link):  If your hotspot supports DMR XLX linking (PiStar based), you can link directly to the transcoder at XLX376D and set your radio contact for Talkgroup 6.

 

 

VIA Yaesu Wires-X C4FM (Experimental)

 

Lastly, we can’t forget Wires-X/C4FM digital.  There are still a few minor bugs on this link and we are actively working on making this link more stable.  Two ways to connect are:

 

Option 1

(Node linking):  If you have access to a Wires-X node or repeater you can link somewhere, connect to the N0KEG-ROOM (43230) on Wires-X.  This room is linked to DMR 310844.

 

Option 2

(N0KEG’s Node):  There is a 5 watt VHF node running in Stonegate.  You should be able to access this node via a 5 watt handheld in most areas around Parker.  The frequency is 144.915.  This node is running in digital mode only so you must use a C4FM capable radio running in C4FM mode.

 

 

The bottom line is that no matter your flavor for digital communications, D-Star – DMR – Hotspots – Repeater direct…the Parker Radio Association has you COVERED and LINKED across all of these platforms.  Now, dust off the HT, program your radio, get-on-the-air and give it a try!

 

Dashboard Links:

K0PRA DMR Repeater: https://brandmeister.network/?page=repeater&id=310844

K0PRA DStar Repeater: http://k0pra.parkerradio.org/

XRF223 DStar Reflector: http://xrf223.parkerradio.org/XRF223_status.html

XLX376 Transcoding Reflector: http://xlx376.n0keg.com/

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Weekly Nets & Elmering Night

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Quick reminder of our weekly nets & Elmer Night:

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 fantastic the last few weeks! 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.

Also, the PRA has another New Ham/New Technology Elmering Night this Wednesday, 3/28 at the Douglas County Library, Parker in the Exhibit Hall B. This evening provides training sessions for newly licensed Hams, Hams moving into a new areas of the hobby, license upgrades, and anyone needing help on a variety of topics.

We are here to help in supporting many of the following topics:

– how to get a Ham radio license,
– radio programming, understanding how repeaters work,
– mobile radio installations,
– which equipment is right for a given application,
– HF basics, antennas,
– Field Day, QRP. CW, digital modes (HF and VHF/UHF),
– radio control software, license upgrades,
– buying used radios and other equipment,
– nets and net operations, net controller training, repeater protocol, HF protocol,
– PRA questions (activities, etc.)
– computers in the shack, mobile HF, etc.

There is NO APPOINTMENT REQUIRED; you do NOT need to be a member!

Simply show up anytime between 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the dates/room locations noted below and someone will be there to help. Members and non-members are welcome!!!

If programming for a radio is required, bring the radio with you and any programming software you have (a heads up via the Parkerradio.org email link on what you need programmed ahead of time would be helpful).

Our goal is to provide a “one-stop-shop” for Ham related info so you can get on the air and enjoy the hobby. We also have some loaner equipment available for UHF repeater access. This will also be a good time to schedule a “house call”. The PRA Elmers are available to come to your QTH/shack to look at antenna recommendations, station set-up options, and even plan a “antenna raising party”, etc.

Interested in being a Elmer at the sessions? simply show up and be prepared to help out.

Where:

Douglas County Library (Main Street just east of downtown Parker)

When:

3/28 – Exhibit Hall B, 6:30PM
4/24 – 2nd Floor Conference Room, 6:30PM

See you on the air!

 

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Three In A Row

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An action packed week in store for the Parker Radio Association!

First, time to get the radios charged and join us for some nets on Monday and Tuesday!

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

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

Also, this week, we have our monthly meeting on Wednesday, 3/21 at the Douglas County Library in Parker. Starting at 6:30PM with a meet and greet, followed by our brief business meeting at 7PM, and concluded with our monthly presentation. This month, our presentation will be Part 1 of a three part series leading up to Field Day…HF Basics. This is a perfect opportunity to get your feet wet on HF Operating or to fine tune some of your HF skills.

We’ll see you on the air Monday and Tuesday!  We look forward to seeing you Wednesday night!

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New Ham/New Technology Follow Up

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If the inaugural Parker Radio Association New Ham/New Technology elmering session was any indication of the future of ham radio, we are in good shape. Twelve of the PRA’s friends and members joined our two hour open session for new hams and experienced hams wanting to learn a new aspect of the hobby.  The open forum session had no agenda and gave participants an opportunity to ask any and all questions about ham radio; from what is the best starter HT, to how to install a mobile antenna properly, grounding, vanity call sign process, upgrading, HF operations, and Field Day.

With no set agenda, it was the participants that controlled the meeting.  Our forum kicked off with a question, from a relatively new ham, on RF and lightening protection. From there, we moved on to differences in beams, verticals, and wire antennas; we also discussed how to operate covertly, if you lived in a CC&R community.  Topics simply flowed nicely and the beauty behind the session, new hams were also providing their suggestions on topics presented.  It made for an amazing evening of ham radio discussions, learning, and having fun.

Miss this session? No worries.  Our next two sessions are scheduled for March 28th (Exhibit Hall B) and April 24th (2nd Floor Conference Room) – both at the Douglas County Library in Parker.  Session starts at 6:30PM and concludes at 8:30PM.

Thanks to all that made this evening a success, particularly our participants. You are showing us experienced hams how much fun ham radio is and we know by your questions, answers, and dialogue, the future of the amateur radio is solid.

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New Ham/New Technology Training – 2/26

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The Parker Radio Association (PRA) is announcing six (6) upcoming training sessions for newly licensed Hams, Hams moving into a new areas of the hobby, license upgrades, and anyone needing help on a variety of topics.

We have secured a room in the Douglas County Library, every month for the next six months, where we will have “Elmers” available for helping out with:

– how to get a Ham radio license,
– radio programming, understanding how repeaters work,
– mobile radio installations,
– which equipment is right for a given application,
– HF basics, antennas,
– Field Day, QRP. CW, digital modes (HF and VHF/UHF),
– radio control software, license upgrades,
– buying used radios and other equipment,
– nets and net operations, net controller training, repeater protocol, HF protocol,
– PRA questions (activities, etc.)
– computers in the shack, mobile HF, etc.

There is NO APPOINTMENT REQUIRED; you do NOT need to be a member!

Simply show up anytime between 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the dates/room locations noted below and someone will be there to help. Members and non-members are welcome!!!

If programming for a radio is required, bring the radio with you and any programming software & cable you have (a heads up via the website “Contact Us” link on what you need programmed ahead of time would be helpful).

Our goal is to provide a “one-stop-shop” for Ham related info so you can get on the air and enjoy the hobby. We also have some loaner equipment available for UHF repeater access. This will also be a good time to schedule a “house call”. The PRA Elmers are available to come to your QTH/shack to look at antenna recommendations, station set-up options, and even plan a “antenna raising party”, etc.

Interested in being a Elmer at the sessions? Simply show up and be prepared to help out.

Where:

Douglas County Library (Main Street just east of downtown Parker)

When:

2/26 – The Loft, 6:30PM
3/28 – Exhibit Hall B, 6:30PM
4/24 – 2nd Floor Conference Room, 6:30PM

Future Dates will be announced. We look forward to seeing you on these dates and fulfilling the mission of the PRA by playing radio, having fun, and keeping the squelch loose.

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