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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Fusion February Summary

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A record turnout of 43 Parker Radio Association members and friends took place this past Thursday for Fusion February.  Jeff, W0QO, and Justin, AE2L, gave an exceptional presentation of Yaesu System Fusion and Wires-X.  The presentation was detailed with information regarding the basics behind System Fusion & Wires-X, as well as overlap between other digital modes such as DMR and D-Star.  We even had a live demo and setup of a Node onsite.

Miss the meeting? No problem!  Check out our “Toolbox” tab above for your copy of our presentation.  Or, Click Here —> Yaesu System Fusion & Wires-X

The PRA is fortunate to have great members like Jeff and Justin that share their knowledge, expertise, and fun of this great service, amateur radio.  They fully embrace our mission in giving back to the community through education while having fun and keeping the squelch loose.

 

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February Monthly Meeting – 2/22 & Exciting News!!

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

First, with the snow flying, no better way to dodge the need to shovel the driveway than participating in our weekly nets.

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

Also, this week, we have our monthly meeting on Thursday, 2/22 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 on Yaesu Fusion and Wires-X. If you have ever wondered wanted to learn more about Fusion and Wires-X, we guarantee a great night of learning.

Last, some exciting news…

New Ham/New Technology Training

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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Weekly Net Reminders

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Quick reminder of our weekly nets:

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 exceptional! 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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Ham Radio Outlet This Saturday 1/27

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Back by popular demand, the Parker Radio Association will be showcasing at Ham Radio Outlet Denver this coming Saturday, all day!

Come and see what the PRA has been up to lately, get information on our upcoming events, and even ask us a technical question or two. We are here to help and look forward to your support.

New to ham radio? A ham, but new to the area? This is a great place to start and we will meet you where you are on your ham radio journey. Pass this along, tell a friend and we’ll see you at Ham Radio Outlet in Denver on Saturday!

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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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