Estes Valley Amateur Radio Club

Estes Park, CO


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).

Amateur Radio Training for GENERAL CLASS License

The location is at the Estes Park Memorial Observatory, 1500 Manford Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517. It will be held on Saturdays, beginning September 26th and running for 10 weeks until December 5th. Class time will be 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. There will be no class on November 7th. The final FCC Exam will be held on Saturday, December 12th, 9:30 a.m. at the Observatory. Walk-ins are welcome to all classes and testing.


CONGRATULATIONS New Hams - July 23, 2015
Art Hiester-- Technician, KA6WSI
Turner, Nichols-- Technician, KEØFFY
Birchfield, Will-- Technician, KEØFFZ
Paige, James-- General, KG5GHA

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 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, .

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.



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'.


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, March 2014 and July 2015..  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


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 14, 2015:

President                      Douglas B Tabor, N6UA.........
Vice President             David White,
Secretary . . . . . . . . . . William Howell, KDØZIW..........
Treasurer   ...............  David J. O'Farrell, WBØ

Appointed Positions:

Club Station Trustee ...... Larry A Olson, W9INE

Training Director .............David Bowers, KBØ

Resource Director ..........David Batey, KDØ

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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