July Meeting 7/18

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Coming off a great Field Day last month, come out and join the Parker Radio Association for its July meeting being held Tuesday, July 18th at the Douglas County Library in Parker.  Starting with a meet and greet at 6:45PM in Exhibit Hall A, we will hold a brief business meeting at 7PM, followed by our monthly presentation on NVIS Antennas.  This presentation is guaranteed to spark a lot of ideas, interests and suggestions on one of the more popular easy-to-deploy antennas.

We have an action packed agenda to cover including Field Day Wrap Up and Walkaways for 2018, Officer Nominations, Elections and voting details, plus a lot more.  Be sure to bring a friend and see what your amateur radio organization has been up to lately.

See you Tuesday, 7/18 starting at 6:45PM at the Douglas County Library in Parker!

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Field Day 2017 – The Best Yet!

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A new venue for the PRA as we ventured out near Woodland Park to set up and operate for the 2017 ARRL Field Day.  The weather was perfect, the campground did not disappoint with its amenities and options away from radio, such as trout fishing, hiking, or mountain bike riding.

The goal was quickly established…500 QSO’s, sideband voice, as 2A.  Not only did the team smash that goal in the early hours of Sunday morning, but we recorded 557 sideband voice contacts.  This smashed not only the goal, but the previous PRA QSO tally in 2015 by nearly 50%.

Veteran and rookie ham alike all walked away from Field Day learning something new; whether it was a new antenna design, navigation in a pileup, electrical engineering, QRP rigs, solar panel setup, antenna setup for next year, or a new joke to tell the family…this was a memorable weekend for ALL that participated.  No matter if you were there for an hour or the entire weekend, we proved that amateur radio communication is reliable in less than ideal conditions; especially without commercial power.  Even other campers came by and were impressed with the setup and were eager to show their children, “yes, communication around the world is possible without the internet…LOOK!”

The PRA’s newly acquired Icom IC-7300 performed flawlessly and became the new candy that a lot of members said would be their next purchase.  Plans are already underway for Field Day 2018 and we look forward to continuing the tradition and keeping the squelch loose.

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June Meeting Tuesday – 6/20

The time has come for the final face-to-face gathering before the PRA’s largest annual event, Field Day.  Please join us on Tuesday, June 20th, starting with a meet & greet at 6:45PM at the Douglas County Library in Parker (far east Mainstreet, across from the PACE Center), in Exhibit Hall A.  We will be putting the final touches on Field Day, which is June 24th.  Following our meet and greet, we will hold a brief business meeting, followed by our monthly presentation.

Our monthly presentation will be on Logbook-of-the-World (LOTW). Many have asked and now it’s time for several members to share their knowledge and experience with this popular ham radio QSL confirming service.

Bring a friend and join us, Tuesday evening.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Time to Get-In on Some Nets

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Maybe not the kind of net you see above, but be sure to “catch” 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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Memorial Day

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The Parker Radio Association honors and salutes those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in defending our freedom.

“They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this nation.” – Henry Ward Beecher

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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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