Tailgate Party Coming Up Soon: June 2nd

The Montrose Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual Tailgate Party on June 2, 2018 at the Lions Pavilion, Confluence Park, Delta from 8AM to 11 AM. Talk-in frequency is 147.195+ 107.2

The Tailgate Party is an opportunity to buy, sell, and trade amateur radio equipment and socialize with area hams. Those interested in the participating in ham radio can learn more about the hobby and pick up some good equipment at bargain price.

According to Steve Schroder, the event coordinator, “This is a great opportunity for old and new hams to get together. Recently several new hams have gotten their first licenses and need to acquire some radio equipment at good prices. Older hams always have excess equipment that they no longer need. We will also have a door prize consisting of a new ICOM mobile dual band radio. There is no cost for admittance. Everyone is automatically entered for the door prize.

Tables for sellers are available for five dollars a table. You must be present to win the door prize. For more information contact Steve Schroder at 970-201-5997.

Location of MARC Tailgate Party for Saturday, 2 June 2018

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Help Work the Museum Ship Weekend

Amateur radio operators from the Montrose Amateur Radio Club and the American Legion Amateur Radio Club Post 73 are participating in the upcoming Museum Ships Weekend amateur radio event by putting the USS Montrose Memorial on the air. Members of both clubs will operate an amateur radio station from near the memorial on South First Street, Montrose on June 2 and 3, 2018 as part of the world wide event sponsored by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station.

The event encourages ham radio operators around the world to contact as many of the participating museum ships as possible, learn the history of the ships contacted, and commemorate both the ships and those who served upon them. There are currently 88 ships from 7 countries participating in the event.

The USS Montrose Memorial consisting of the ship’s bell and an interpretative plaque is located adjacent to the Montrose City Hall. The amateur radio station will be located across the street from the memorial and just west of the Montrose Police Department.

While the station will continue to operate during the night, the public is encourage to visit the station during the day Saturday and Sunday. There will be an opportunity to learn about the USS Montrose, its history of service during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and to see amateur radio in operation.

For additional information contact Lew French, 970-417-6142,, visit www.nj2bb.org/museum, or visit the Montrose Amateur Radio Club on Facebook.

Here is a tentative schedule:

Friday June 1 1500 hrs Begin set up of antennas and club camp trailer.
1800 hrs Begin operating
2200 hrs Shut down for the night.

Saturday June 2 0600 hrs Begin operating
0700 hrs Begin set up of awning and display table
1700 hrs Shut down display area
2200 hrs Shut down for the night

Sunday June 3 0600 hrs Begin operating
1000 hrs Set up awning and display area
1600 hrs Tear down awning and display area
1800 hrs Stop operating, complete tear down, leave the site

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Club Member Jim Adams Works New AO-92 Satellite

Club Member Jim Adams AAØCW (Montrose) has worked a new FM satellite AO-92 with a 1 watt Baofeng ht and Arrow handheld antenna in his front yard. Jim made 8 contacts from California to Ohio to Tennessee on the 435.350 MHz uplink and 145.880 MHz downlink. Jim’s activity was recorded by Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, in Arizona, along with other satellite activity.

Amateur Radio satellite information can be found on www.amsat.org. Jim says, “FM satellites are easy and fun to work with a regular HT.”

Here’s the video. Patrick Stoddard writes: “Listening to the AO-92 (Fox-1D) satellite’s 145.880 MHz FM downlink from Scottsdale, Arizona (DM43bl), on Friday 26 January 2018, at 1635-1641 UTC.”

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January, 2018, Meeting Photos

Jim Adams, AAØCW, provides two pictures from last night’s meeting:

January, 2018, business meeting. Ken Herrick Standing. Photo by Jim Adams, AAØCW.


Dave Casler, KEØOG, tunes his new MicroBITX radio using a Chameleon Loop Antenna. Photo by Jim Adams, AAØCW.

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Dates Announced for 2018 VE Testing

Art Phillips, NN7A, our VE Liaison, has announced the 2018 VE testing dates. The sessions will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Cedaredge Masonic Lodge as usual.

2018 Dates:

  • Feb 24th
  • April 14th
  • June 9th
  • Sept 15th
  • Nov 3rd

See the VE Testing Page for more information.

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Archives Page Added

An Archives Page has been added to store older material, such as the print copies of MARC’s newsletter. See here.

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Imogene Run Telluride photos

Bill Bear provides these photos of the MARC station at the finish aid station for the annual Imogene Run, which took place on September 9th.

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Club Members Compete in CO QSO Party

Bill Bear sends these pictures of the operation mounted by Royce Seymour, Steve Schroder, and Bill Bear. The CO QSO party rules allow participants who operate on a county line to give out both counties. The Colorado QSO Party took place on 2 and 3 Sept 2017.

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MARC 2017 Field Day Photos by Larry Braden, W7LEV

Club member Larry Braden, W7LEV, contributed so many great photos that he took at Field Day that I didn’t want to leave any out. So, I set them to music!

The music is courtesy YouTube Audio Library.

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New Digipeater Antenna at Nucla Airport

Chris DePuy, Lew French, and Don took down some unused antennas at the Nucla Airport and put up an antenna for a 2m digipeater. The photo of antennas on the ground show what was removed. Kudos to Chris for what was literally years of effort to get this approved!

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