Estes Valley Amateur Radio Club
Estes Park, CO
The Estes Valley Radio Club (EVARC) meets every Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. It is held at the Egg & I Restaurant, 393 E. Elkhorn, Estes Park, CO. Breakfast and ragchewing -- Everyone is Welcome (Visitors, Locals, Hams, Prospective Hams).
On Saturday, November 16, 2019, please join us for a presentation given by Loren Shriver. This will be a short introduction to Apollo Project communications with focus on "Hams in Space". The place will be Estes Park Memorial Observatory, 1600 Manford Ave, Estes Park, CO. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Program begins at 7:30 p.m.
National Parks ON THE AIR
This activity finished on December 31, 2016. Our club made 612 QSOs and received 403 QSLs. See link for details.
Hospital Radio Room Opened, July 15, 2014
See details at this link, EVARC Ribbon Cutting.pdf.
Programming VHF/UHF Transceiver Memories
The club has adopted a standard set of 63 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 (2-11-16). You may wish to program other frequencies in other parts of your transceiver memories. See FREQ.
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.
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, 145.030 MHz (1200 Baud). The call sign is N0FH-10. We added another E-Mail System in September 2017. This is a RMS server on UHF, 431.025 MHz (9600 Baud). For more information see, http://winlink.org .
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. Update (6/11/19) the batteries were replaced. They had served us for 8 years; 4 months. With new low power circuits & computers we now expect about 48 hours of power to the 50% level of battery energy remaining.
Our IRLP connection is "on air" as of March 14, 2010. The node is 7268. Our 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 (Back on the AIR!)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 ' # '. On June 8, 2019 the node has returned to "on air" status after about 3 years of inactivity. The computer has been replaced and a new router installed.
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.
EVARC Field Operating Guide
Use this Link.
Amateur Radio License Class
Our club held classes on obtaining an Amateur Radio License which concluded in December 2011, March 2014, July 2015, December 2015, October 2016, and June 2018. 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).
Two presentations prepared by David O'Farrell on CW are Morse 101 PDF or PowerPoint and Morse 201 PDF or PowerPoint. These were presented at Colorado Hamcon 2016 and again at DRC in October 2016.
See our member (Doug, N6UA) set up his portable operation. Link
Visiting Our City:
If you are planning a visit, please see our Visit Estes Park website. See http://visitestespark.com .
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 (70 cm)
o = open system
l = linked system [two repeaters]
123 = sub-audible tone
Election of Officers:
The election of officers was held on March 23, 2019:
President .....................David White, K6OG..................President@evarc.org
Vice President.............Bob Leavitt, KEØSDV..............VP@evarc.org
Secretary . . . . . . . . . . William Howell, KDØZIW.......... Sec@evarc.org
Treasurer ................ David J. O'Farrell, WBØIXV......Treas@evarc.org
Member-at-Large...... Robert Ernst, WØRMP...............Member-at-Large@evarc.org
Club Station Trustee ...... Larry A Olson, W9INE .......Trustee@evarc.org
Training Director .............David Bowers, WØDAB.....Training@evarc.org
Resource Director ..........Art Hiester, KA6WSI...........Resource@evarc.org
Director ARES (R3D2)...Art Mutschler, NØAFM........AEC@evarc.org
The Estes Valley Amateur Radio Club, Inc. is a non-Profit Corporation (501c3). See link to Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation (PDF Format).
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