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The Denver Radio Club, WØTX

Providing Amateur Radio Services for the Denver Area Since 1917.
Denver Colorado, U.S.A.
E-Mail to: W0TX@w0tx.org
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A Reminder,
the Definition of Amateur Radio is found in the Code of Federal Regulations:

CFR Title 47, Part 97.1,
Basis and purpose.

The rules and regulations in this part are designed to provide an amateur radio service
having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:

  1. Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
  2. Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the
    advancement of the radio art.
  3. Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communication and technical phases of the art.
  4. Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.
  5. Continuation and extension of the amateur's unique ability to enhance international goodwill.



Our next meeting will be on May 17th, at 7 pm.
The presentation topic is:


Working the World, Using JT65 on HF

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Presented by Bill Thomas, WB9KPT

Digital communications modes are becoming more popular for ham radio operators. With HOA CC&R restrictions, many operators are finding that they must use stealth antenna and low power on the HF bands. Using JT65 and related modes, it’s possible to work the world on modest antennas with barefoot rigs.

The JT65 digital protocol was originally developed in 2003 by Joe Taylor, PhD., K1JT,
an astrophysist and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate. He wrote the software package WSJT (Weak Signal Joe Taylor) for his interest in weak signal low-power moon bounce and meteor scatter amateur communications. JT65 has now evolved into a popular mode for working low-power HF.

Bill Thomas' presentation will cover the basic topics that will help you get started using JT65:
how to set up your station, load the necessary software, and make your first contacts.

Specifics will include: what is JT65, computer to rig interfaces, JT65 software, time sync software, proper message sequence for a contact, monitoring your transmissions, a recorded demo of a few contacts and some operating tricks.

A handout will be available that lists websites and download locations for the necessary software.

More information, and Bill's amateur radio bio, is available in the May issue
of the DRC Roundtable Newsletter.

This will be a most interesting and useful presentation...
please mark your calendars now to attend!


We will be meeting at the Jefferson County Administration & Courts Bldg.
100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden CO
in Hearing Room #2
Coordinates: 39.727962N , -105.201500W
Full details are found in the "Club Meetings" link to the left.


 

SPECIAL REQUEST regarding Colds and the Flu:
We always like to see every DRC member at every meeting and activity,
but, if you are sick or suspect you may have the Flu, a Cold or other similar ailment ...

Please DO NOT EXPOSE fellow Club members.

This is the time when you should Not Attend the meeting.
Thanks for your understanding.

 


POSSIBLE DRC MEETING CANCELLATIONS:

As every Coloradoan knows, the winter weather can take a sudden change for the worse.
Should that happen the day of our monthly DRC meeting,
listen for meeting status reports on our 145.49 or 448.625 MHz repeaters
during the afternoon of the meeting day.

 

Fact of the Day

 

Back Issues of The RoundTable Newsletter are now available on this website.

There is now an index to articles.

For more information and access,
Please Click Here


DRC Brandmeister Update

ATTENTION DRC BRANDMEISTER USERS

The DRC BrandMeister repeater's Local Talk Group id is now 310804,
which replaces the original Local Talk Group 2.
This new Talk Group allows connections to the repeater by remote users who either
use a DMR Hotspot or have access to a remote BrandMeister repeater.

Click on the DRC Brandmeister link in the left column to go to the DRC's Brandmeister page
for full information and to download WØTX code plugs.


To read the DRC President's Message from our monthly Club Newsletter, "The RoundTable"...
please click on "President's Message", in the left column.

The complete newsletter, in PDF format, is sent by e-mail to Club members each month.


Are you ready to expand your Amateur Radio horizons?

  • Try the DRC 6 Meter Repeater. 
    Receive it on 53.090 Mhz., transmit to it on 52.090 Mhz., using a 107.2 Hz. access tone.
  • Experiment with the 1.25 Meter Band using our 220 Repeater. 
    Receive on 224.380 MHz., transmit on 222.780 MHz., using a 100.0 Hz access tone.
  • And, if you have packet capability -- 
    Our HF-VHF Packet Gateway will let you work the world on packet through the gateway node WØTX-7.
    Try it at 145.05 Mhz on 2 meters or 14.105 Mhz on 20 meters

These repeaters and the packet gateway (2M side) can be used by 
all hams with Technician class and above licenses.

They are located west of Denver in Lakewood, providing local metropolitan area coverage - 
however, they are not wide area repeaters.

And, remember that our wide area repeater on Squaw Mountain, 449.350,
is also an EchoLink® station, number 4140.
Call your out of town ham friends, or have them call you
by connecting through their local EchoLink® station or their PC.

Please click on our DRC Repeaters Page...in the left column... 
it has photos showing our EchoLink® repeater location.


Ready for your Ham license?    Time to Upgrade?    Need to find a VE Testing Session?

Please Click Here


New WANTED and/or FOR SALE items have been posted.

Check out our Trading Post page.

Please Click Here


 

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - Benjamin Franklin

Michael Vespoli, KEØHFH; and Brennan Pate, ADØUZ;
are our Emergency Communications Coordinators.

For important information regarding Emergency Communications,
Click on "EmComm Info", in the left column.


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Thanks to NØNBH, and John Walker for providing these images.

The DRC is an American Radio Relay League Special Services Club

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The Denver Radio Club

Since 1917

Now in our 100th Year
of Serving Amateur Radio in the Denver area!

Here is a link to view  Some Early QSTs and Amateur Radio History (in PDF file format)

 

This entire website and all its content is ©2017 by The Denver Radio Club, Denver Colorado, U.S.A.
The Denver Radio Club is an I.R.S. registered 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization.  

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