Got DXpeditions?


Amazing turnout tonight for the PRA monthly meeting. We had great discussions on our new membership levels, the BrandMeister repeater, Field Day, future presentations, and upcoming elections.

The night was highlighted by a great presentation by Jim, WD0E, on DXpeditions.  We are fortunate to have great members like Jim who share their knowledge, experience, and expertise.

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PRA Trifecta!

Monday – XRF223B netTuesday – W0CFI analog net

Wednesday – monthly meeting (note date change!)

This is a PRA Trifecta Week! Two Nets and a monthly meeting! Note the meeting day change to WEDNESDAY, February 22nd.

Leading it off tonight, 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).

Then, tomorrow, Tuesday, 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.
Finally, on Wednesday, YES WEDNESDAY, 2/22, at 7PM at the Douglas County Library in Parker (Mainstreet across from the PACE Center), is our monthly meeting and presentation. We have an action packed meeting on the happenings of the PRA, it’s newest repeater launch, Field Day preparations and an EXCELLENT presentation on store by Jim, WD0E on DXpeditions. We will be meeting in the “Corner,” which is a different room than usual. Rest assured, plenty of comfy adult sized chairs, and excellent audio/visual equipment for our use.

We’ll see you on the air and see you Wednesday.

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PRA DMR-BrandMeister Repeater On-The-Air!

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The Parker Radio Association is proud to announce that its newest digital repeater is on the air!

Located in The Pinery section of Parker, the K0PRA BrandMeister repeater operates on 445.075 – (minus offset), Color Code 1.  It also operates with two timeslots:

TimeSlot 1 – wide area linking

TimeSlot 2 – local traffic

You also can listen to TimeSlot 2 via your local web browser at the following link:  http://hose.brandmeister.network/310844/

If you have a DMR Hotspot such as a SharkRF OpenSpot or DVMega, you can connect directly to the repeater by accessing TalkGroup 310844.

Early RF reports have been very positive not only in the Parker area, but as far south as North Colorado Springs, as far west as Englewood, near/around Mile High Stadium and points north.

We will be discussing more details about the repeater, its use, and how to have plenty of fun with it at our upcoming meeting on Wednesday, February 22nd.  Please note the date change to WEDNESDAY, February 22nd.  Get your questions ready and be assured that a full BrandMeister/DMR presentation is already in the works!

A tremendous “THANK YOU” goes out to John, N4SJW, Dirk, N2PDQ, Don, W0CFI, and Paul, AC5S, for their hard work, dedication, and collective brain-trust in getting this repeater on the air!  ATTA BOYS!

 

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PRA Adding to the Digital Offering

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The Parker Radio Association is proud to announce that we will be adding to our digital repeater offering by adding a DMR repeater on the BrandMeister Network.

Final details are being worked out in the coming weeks.  The repeater will be located in The Pinery area of Parker.  This repeater will join forces with a few other DMR/Brandmeister repeaters in the area to provide excellent coverage for DMR users, with the ability to link to vast variety of local, state, regional, nationwide and worldwide talkgroups.

Keep an eye out for further developments on the newest DMR BrandMeister repeater in our area!

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Wasting No Time – HR 555 on to Senate

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From the ARRL:

Amateur Radio Parity Act Speeds to U.S. House Passage, Heads to U.S. Senate

01/24/2017
Just 10 days after being introduced, the 2017 Amateur Radio Parity Act legislation, H.R. 555, passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week on unanimous consent under a suspension of House rules. The bill’s language is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which won House approval late last summer after attracting 126 co-sponsors, but failed to clear the U.S. Senate last fall as the 114th Congress wound down. The new bill, again sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), was introduced on January 13 with initial co-sponsorship by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who chairs the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

“The grassroots effort of Amateur Radio operators across this nation in support of the Amateur Radio Parity Act has been remarkable, nothing like we have ever seen before,” ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said. “To all hams, keep going! Now is the time to charge forward with that same momentum to the Senate. We can do it!” The bill arrives in the U.S. Senate with ample time in which to garner its approval through an education campaign.

“We’re very encouraged by the speed with which this bill made it through the House. It’s amazing that this happened,” said ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, who has been at the forefront of the legislative initiative. “With the help of ARRL members, we believe we can get this done,” Lisenco continued. “We came within a hair’s breadth last time, with 110,000 e-mails to members of both houses of Congress, as well as letters and telephone calls. Member participation in this final push is critical.”

H.R. 555 calls on the FCC to establish rules prohibiting the application of deed restrictions that preclude Amateur Radio communications on their face or as applied. Deed restrictions would have to impose the minimum practicable restriction on Amateur Radio communications to accomplish the lawful purposes of homeowners association seeking to enforce the restriction.

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Get on the Air with PRA Weekly Nets

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What? You haven’t been on the air lately?? Well…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… from DStar / DMR / Fusion / Brandmeister / Hotspots, and even CW.

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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Take Two – 2017 Amateur Radio Parity Act

From the ARRL:

H.R. 555 — a new “Amateur Radio Parity Act” bill — has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill’s language is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which passed in the House late last summer but failed in the waning days of the US Senate to gain the necessary support. As with H.R. 1301, the new measure introduced on January 13 in the 115th Congress was sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), with initial co-sponsorship by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR). Walden now chairs the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, to which the new bill has been referred. H.R. 555 will get an initial airing in the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. When H.R. 1301 came up in committee, Walden spoke forcefully in favor of the measure, which ultimately attracted 126 House cosponsors. http://ow.ly/ysqT3083BsZ #ARRL #HamRadio

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@ParkerCORadio January 17th Meeting – Dayton Hamvention & Giveaways (Give & Take)

What better way to kickoff your 2017 Amateur Radio resolutions than to join your friends at the PRA for the January meeting?

We meet on Tuesday January 17th at the new Douglas County Library on Mainstreet in Parker (across the street from the PACE Centre -2nd Floor Conference Room) with a meet at greet at 6:45PM, followed by our business meeting at 7PM.  Our business meeting is a great way to find out all the happenings of the PRA, its activities, and how you can contribute and participate!

Following our business meeting, we will be having our monthly presentation.  This month, Patrick, KT1GGR, and Paul, AC5S will give highlights of their 2016 excursion to the Dayton Hamvention and give you the knowledge you need to know to plan for attending Hamvention this year!  From flight arrangements, to hotel plans, non-ham related activities…these guys have the inside knowledge to make your Hamvention plans successful and memorable.  We will also be having some giveaways for Club Member attendees!  Not a member, no problem…you can join at the meeting!

Not only do we have giveaways, but we need your help as well!  In supporting the mission of the PRA, we need you to help support a fellow radio communicator back east that lost his house in a fire right before Christmas. If you have an old CB, CB Antenna, or any accessories that can be put to good use, please bring them on Tuesday!  Patrick, KT1GGR, will be collecting the donations and shipping out to this fellow in need.

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Start Your New Year’s Resolution off Right @ParkerCoRadio Weekly Nets!

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Time to start your ham radio New Year resolution 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… from DStar / DMR / Fusion / Brandmeister / Hotspots, and even CW.

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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Santa’s Ham Radio Nice List?


We hope you made Santa’s Nice List and got all the gear you wanted! 

Merry Christmas from your friends at the PRA…73!

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