Two Nets – One Low Price

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Time to work off all that turkey and GET ON THE AIR! Be sure to join us for our weekly nets Monday and Tuesday evenings!

First, 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.

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. Maybe there was a Black Friday deal that you simply could not turn down…let us know about it!

We’ll see you on the air!

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November Meeting Follow Up

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What a great turnout at our newest meeting place, the Douglas Country Library in Parker. This past Tuesday, 25 amateur radio enthusiasts turned out for the PRA monthly meeting and a great “Show & Tell” segment.  Topics for the meeting included:

  • 2017 Meeting Location & Dates – Douglas County Library, Parker. Dates are: 1/17, 2/22, 3/21, 4/18, 5/17, 6/20, 7/18, 8/15, 9/19, 10/17, 11/21, & 12/19.
  • Survey Monkey Results & New Net Script/Format – GREAT Feedback and immediate actions taken.
  • New Membership Structure in January 2017 – dues paid in January; prorated after January.
  • PRA Election Year in 2017 for Board Positions. Nominations in June/July; Vote in October 2017.
  • Presentation Ideas – Satellite, Fox Hunt, HF Basics Part II, Gordon West, radio programming, VE Session, Contesting, Vanity Callsign Process, LOTW…
  • 2017 Field Day in Woodland Park – camping, large campsite.
  • Douglas County Library Amateur Radio Showcase? Spring/Summer? Would you participate to promote the hobby?
  • ARESDEC VE Testing 12/10 at Pradera Fire

As you can see, the PRA is finishing the year strong and preparing for a better 2017.  We look forward to hearing you on the air on our upcoming nets; Monday D-Star Net – 8:30PM on XRF223B and Tuesday at 8:00PM on the W0CFI repeater – 448.675 – (100Hz) — YES! This is an analog repeater!  We also look forward to seeing you at our December meeting.

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Amateur Radio Parity Act – ACTION Needed!


From the ARRL

Urge the U.S. Senate to Pass the Amateur Radio Parity Act!

Ask your Senator to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act when it comes to the Senate floor during the lame duck session.

Time is of the essence! The Amateur Radio Parity Act, having successfully cleared the US House, now awaits action in the US Senate. If the bill is not passed before the Senate adjourns for the year in December, it will “die” and we have to begin the entire process in both houses of Congress when the 115th Congress is sworn in come January 2017.
Please use the links below to contact your US Senators and request they support the bill when it comes to the Senate floor during the “lame duck” session, between now and mid-December’s adjourment.
Your attention and action is needed!! The time is NOW! It takes 30-seconds to get your voice heard and to get this over the goal line. 

https://arrl.rallycongress.net

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October Meeting – Tuesday 11/15

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Be sure to join us this Tuesday, November 15th, at the  new Douglas County Library in Parker (Far East Mainstreet and Pine Lane) for our monthly meeting.  As begin heading in the home stretch of 2016, there are a lot of activities and happenings with the PRA that you will not want to miss.  We will meet in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at 6:45 with a meet and greet, followed by our business meeting at 7PM, and concluded with our monthly presentation, which is a Show and Tell format.

Our business meeting will cover a variety of topics including a new membership structure starting in 2017, 2017 meeting location, multi-year membership renewal incentive, weekly net participation & Newsline, AmazonSmile…and, we will also discuss some other 2017 goals for Field Day, Brandmeister Repeater, and presentation ideas for 2017.

The Show and Tell format is just that; have a new radio?  Have an old radio? Have an interesting or odd piece of communications equipment?  Bring it in, show it off and be part of the monthly presentation!

We look forward to seeing you this Tuesday at the Douglas County Library!  Invite a friend and see what your amateur radio organization has been up to lately.

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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!

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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

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

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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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