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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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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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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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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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If at First You Don’t Succeed…

Even though we did not get this over the goal line, your voice was heard!

News from the ARRL:

ARRL Vows Continued Pursuit of the Amateur Radio Parity Act in the 115th Congress

12/09/2016

The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, died an unbefitting death as the 114th Congress of the United States drew to a close today. After having passed the House of Representatives on a unanimous vote, the bill stalled in the Senate due to the intervention of only one member, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

Over the course of the past year, Sen. Nelson has received thousands of e-mails, letters, and phone calls from concerned constituents asking for his support of H.R. 1301. Numerous meetings were held with his senior staff in an effort to move the legislation forward. Negotiations, which led to an agreement with the national association of homeowner’s associations and publicly supported by CAI and ARRL, were brushed aside by Sen. Nelson as irrelevant.

In a final meeting with the Senator’s staff earlier this week, it became clear that no matter what was said or done, the Senator opposed the bill and refused to allow it to move forward. Unfortunately, as the bill did not receive floor time, the only manner in which it could get passed in the Senate would be through a process that required unanimous consent, which means no one opposes the bill.

The legislation will be reintroduced in both houses of Congress after the 115th Session begins in January. We have already been in contact with the sponsors of the bill to allow for an early introduction, which will give us more time to obtain success. We believe that we can get his bill adopted given the fact that we were inches away from crossing the goal line. We will continue to need the support of the membership, particularly in Florida, as we go forward through the next year.

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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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Field Day & Important Notice from K1RAB

Field Day is Coming! Field Day is Coming!

It’s that time of year, fellow Hams: Flowers are blooming, grass is growing, warm weather is coming our way, and it is time to plan for Field Day!

This year, the Parker Radio Association is getting ready for our 3rd annual Field Day. Many of you have participated in our first two events and know that it is a good time, whether you participate with setup on Saturday morning, making contacts during the event, sharing Paul’s, AC5S, world famous Field Day barbeque, hanging out in the evening with fellow club members and friends, or helping with tear down on Sunday morning.

This year promises to be more of the same. But this year there is a slight change: Our fearless leader Dan, N2SRK, has thrown down the gauntlet and has set a goal for us to be a high scorer in the 2A category!

With some planning and participation from everyone, we can do this!

On Wednesday, June 8th, at 6:45PM at the Starbucks at the northeast corner of Lincoln Ave & Parker Road, we will be having a final planning meeting. This will be a brief meeting (approx one hour) where we will review antenna layout, and final checks on supplies, gear, and networking. Please feel free to join us, should you wish, for this quick gathering. WE NEED YOU TO ATTEND!

During this session, we will be talking about antenna layout, equipment needs, and who is able to provide equipment and time to support our efforts.

We will also be talking about how to maximize our available talents and equipment to log as many contacts as possible. We want to plan a little so that we can also maximize points and point multipliers.

The Field Day rules also allow us to earn points through Bonus Points. It is possible to earn 2000 or more bonus points through various activities, and this can possibly double the total number of points that we achieve through QSOs. But this will take planning, and I will be reaching out to everyone to recruit those of you with community contacts and experience in certain areas.

I’ll break for now, but continue to watch for more details coming soon.

73, and keep the Squelch Loose!
Richard,

K1RAB

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PRA Supports Denver Boy Scouts ARC Need

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Dan Grady, N2SRK (center)-PRA President and Paul Brown, AC5S – PRA Vice President (not pictured) present Sid Huhes, K0SCH (right)-Trustee of the Denver Area Council Boy Scouts Amateur Radio Club with new 30-amp power supply. Rob, Kc0ZGK (left) – Ham Radio Outlet Denver, helps facilitate the transaction.

“Serving others in promoting amateur radio in the community and providing the training and support required to become an amateur radio operator. We will develop, enhance and maintain radio systems suitable for providing communications for the benefit of the community…”

Part of the Parker Radio Association’s Mission, is to “serve others,” and to “provide communications for the benefit of the community.”  When the Denver Area Council Boy Scouts ARC had a need for a power-supply for their soon-to-be-installed repeater, the PRA responded.  Sid Hughes, K0SCH, Trustee of the Denver Area Council Boy Scouts Amateur Radio Club stated, “The Power Supply will allow the Club station to establish a UHF amateur band repeater at the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch.”

Since the PRA’s founding in 2014, it has supported several Boy Scout events in showcasing amateur radio capabilities in the Parker, CO area, as well as its 2015 Jamboree. The PRA is also active in general amateur radio training and testing on a monthly basis.

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HamCon Advanced Registration Deadline Friday!

At 5 pm this Friday 04/29/2016 will be the closing of Advanced Registration for HamCon Colorado 2016. Please register before the deadline.

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It’s ALIVE!!! The D-Star / Analog / EchoLink bridge that is…

  
In the odd chance that you may not have noticed, the Members of the PRA are all about playing radio, having fun, and keeping the squelch loose. Well, a few members teamed up to create a functional D-Star / Analog / EchoLink monster, er, bridge…

A detail from the PRA’s Mad Scientist, Kris, KD0YCR

After many trials, tribulations, grey hairs and a lack of sleep I’ve FINALLY got the D-Star piece worked into the PRA network.

As of right now:

XRF223B is bridged to W0CFI analog, which is bridged to EchoLink node K0PRA-L. Get connected on one and you’ll be talking to everyone no matter how they’re connected.

There can be up to a full second delay to go from the analog end to the digital end and back. Leave pauses between your transmission so others can disconnect, jump in, etc.

This is still HIGHLY experimental. Please let me know if you have any problems, notice any weirdness, or think the audio needs adjusting. 

Jump on it and try it out! Just be aware if anything starts acting up I may take it all down to figure out what’s going on. If you can’t get on just let me know, there’s a better chance it’s my fault than yours, LOL!

Finally, there are two people who deserve a HUGE thanks – Paul, AC5S and Patrick, KT1GGR. The servers powering all of this were donated by Paul, and everything is running of a UPS donated by Patrick, so our PRA network will stay up and running when the power goes down! None of this would be up and running without their help – thank you!

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