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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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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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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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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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