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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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Three Nets?

Time to fire up your DStar radios again! The XRF223 reflector is back up and better than ever. Be sure to join us Monday evening at 8:30PM on XRF223B for the PRA Monday night digital net. We discuss all things digital from DStar, DMR, CW, PSK, JT, FT. But, that is not all!

Immediately following the digital net on Monday, at 9:00PM join us on 75 Meters at 3.823 for the PRA 75 Meter Net. This is a result for the many requests we had for a 75 Meter net, so fire up your amps and get your HF Radios ready.

Our analog net is alive and healthy! Be sure to join us on the W0CFI repeater, 448.675 (minus offset), 100Hz tone, at 8:00PM this Tuesday. This is a great net to get caught up on the activities of the PRA, and hear Amateur Radio Newsline. Also, we want your participation and comments throughout the net…new upgrade, new radio, question about ham radio…this is the place to get very involved.

We look forward to hearing you Monday and Tuesday night!

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Net Triple Play

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Couple of updates and changes to our Monday Digital Net. As you may have noticed, we are experiencing difficulties in the XRF223 Reflector. For this Monday, we are moving our Digital Net to our DMR repeater, 445.075 (minus offset), Color Code 1, Time Slot 2. As a reminder, this net will begin at 8:30PM this Monday.

Our analog net is alive and healthy! Be sure to join us on the W0CFI repeater, 448.675 (minus offset), 100Hz tone, at 8:00PM this Tuesday. This is a great net to get caught up on the activities of the PRA, and hear Amateur Radio Newsline. Also, we want your participation and comments throughout the net…new upgrade, new radio, question about ham radio…this is the place to get very involved.

Lastly, we have had many requests from members for a 75 meter net, so here you go. The net will start the week of October 9th and run through the week of April 9th. We need your input on the day of the week and time. Right now the suggestions have all been for Monday or Tuesday nights, at 9:15 or 9:30pm. Most suggestions have not been positive for weekend time-slots. Frequency suggestions? 3.823; 3.825; 3.900 ????

Please send a short e-mail to AC5S at pbrowncolorado AT gmail.com with your suggestions. Our informal rag-chew sessions on 75 meters lately have lasted about 30-45 minutes so I would expect the net to go about that long or longer as long as people are on the air. There will be no “net controller” or announcements; someone will call for check-ins, then we go to a round-table. Everyone will need to keep track of their position.

Please let Paul know your thoughts by the end of the day on October 2nd so we can make the announcement on the date and time of the new net, on the Tuesday night analog net on October 3rd. We will also put out another e-mail blast when we get a firmed up day and time.

Continue to Play Radio, Have Fun, and Keep the Squelch Loose!

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Election Results 


We are pleased to announce the new PRA Officers for the 2018-2019 two year term:

President – Dan Grady, N2SRK

Vice President – Terry Chontos, WB3EVZ

Secretary – Ray Strickoff, N0KEG

Treasurer – Joel Pogar, K1REF

Director At-Large – Paul Brown, AC5S

The current leadership team will be meeting with the newly elected members in the next month to review the transition process, current projects, and developing/creating a 2-year plan through 2019 with the ideas and expectations presented by the membership at tonight’s meeting.
The PRA would like to thank the current leadership for their hard-work and dedication the last two years; also, we would like to congratulate the new Officers and wish them all the best for their term.

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