Estes Valley Amateur Radio Club

Estes Park, CO

Breakfast

The Estes Valley Radio Club (EVARC) meets every Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m., Olympus Lodge, 2365 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. Breakfast and ragchewing -- Everyone is Welcome (Visitors, Locals, Hams, Prospective Hams).

Emergency Communications Exercise/Training

Save the date, Saturday, January 31st. The training will begin after breakfast and last about an hour. More details to follow.

Hospital Radio Room Opens

See details at this link, EVARC Ribbon Cutting.pdf.

CONGRATULATIONS New Hams - January 3, 2014
Vernon Miller           Technician  KDØYRY
Kathleen Whitacre   Technician KDØYRX
Sterling Beidleman  General  KDØYRW

CONGRATULATIONS New Hams - March 6, 2014
William G Howell         Technician KDØZIW
Ronald E McCray         Technician KDØZIX
Steven B LaMont         Technician KDØZIY
Ronald Johnacki        General      KDØZJD
Nancy Collins             Technician  KDØZIZ
George Collins           Technician  KDØZJA
David Batey               Technician  KDØZJB
Thomas Granowski  Technician  KDØZJC

Programming VHF/UHF Transceiver Memories

The club has adopted a standard set of 36 memories for our handhelds, mobiles, and base stations in the FM VHF & UHF band. If you would like your transceiver programmed, please see David White, K6OG. These frequencies were selected for operations from Estes Park. You may wish to program other frequencies in other parts of your transceiver memories. See Map Link , and by clicking on the one of the red circles, you can see the data for that repeater.

Estes Park Response Activities

EVARC responded to a callout for communications support for the June 24, 2012 fire.  See EP News article.  Link (PDF file).

EVARC responded to support communications for the flood in September 2013. See EP Trail Gazette article. Link.

WinLink 2000 Our Global Radio E-Mail System is "on air" as of September 2, 2011.  We are running Radio Mail Server (RMS) packet software on VHF, 145.0300 MHz.  The call sign is N0FH-10.  For more information see, http://winlink.org .

Battery Backup

Our two voice repeaters have a new DC (battery) backup system as of September 7, 2011.  It is more efficient than our previous inverter system.  We can now provide about 20 hours of emergency power before we need to start the generator.

 

IRLP

Our IRLP connection is "on air" as of March 14, 2010.  The node is 7268Our thanks to Rocky Mountain  Ham Radio Club for their technical assistance, hardware, and installation of the system.  See RM HAM link for information on their club.  Since our VHF and UHF repeaters are normally linked, the IRLP node connects to both machines. The node is open (no passwords; touch tone only the four digit node number where you wish to connect).  The disconnect is '73'.

EchoLink Our EchoLink connection is "on air" as of January 17, 2012.  The node is 625757. The call sign is N0FH-R. Since our VHF and UHF repeaters are normally linked, the EchoLink node connects to both machines. The node is open (no passwords; touch tone only the the ' * ' character followed by a four, five, or six digit node number where you wish to connect). The disconnect is ' # '.

Simplex Frequency

The club at its April 21, 2012 meeting adopted 146.550 MHz as the club VHF simplex frequency.  After initiating a contact on the National Calling Frequency (146.520 MHz), please QSY to 146.550 MHz when practical.

When in the Estes Valley, the Wilderness Protocol calling frequency is 146.520 MHz. Listening is the first five minutes at the top of the hour. See ARRL Repeater Directory for more information.

 

Dayton Hamvention Presentations

See Radio Propagation from 2011 or Antennas from 2010 by Frank Beafore.  Must have PDF reader to view.

 

Amateur Radio License Class

Our club held classes on obtaining an Amateur Radio License which concluded in December 2011 and March 2014.  If you are interested in the club doing another class, please be in touch with our president (address below). Other classes were held at the library -- Antennas on May 25, 2013; DB on June 1, 2013; and Repeaters on June 8, 2013. All at 10:00 a.m.

 

A class on Operating a Ham Radio Station was held on Saturday April 21, 2012 and April 28, 2012. Here are two links for class #1 & #2 materials:  Reference   and   Operations Slides  Must have PDF Reader to view.

A class on operations was held on March 17th & 24th, 2014. See the slides Let's Use Our Repeater,Link(PowerPoint).

See our member (Doug, N6UA) set up his portable operation.  Link

 

Visiting Our City:

If you are planning a visit, please see our Convention and Visitor Bureau website. See http://www.estesparkcvb.com/

Repeaters:

Location       Output       Input         Call        Notes    Sponsor

Estes Park    449.8000        -            NØFH        ol 123     EVARC     

Estes Park    146.6850        -            NØFH        ol 123     EVARC    IRLP 7268; EchoLink 625757

 

-     =   minus 600 KHZ input (2 meters) or minus 5 MHZ (3/4 meter)

o    =   open system

l     =   linked system [two repeaters]

123  =  sub-audible tone

 

Election of Officers:

The election of officers was held on February 1, 2014:

President                      Douglas B Tabor, N6UA......... President@evarc.org

Vice President             David White, K6OG..................VP@evarc.org

Secretary . . . . . . . . . . William Howell, KDØZIW.......... Sec@evarc.org

Treasurer   ...............  David J. O'Farrell, WBØIXV.......SecTreas@evarc.org

Appointed Positions:

Club Station Trustee ...... Larry A Olson, W9INE .......Trustee@evarc.org

Training Director .............David Bowers, KBØWVH

Resource Director ..........David Batey, KDØZJB

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