GGARC Luncheon

The first Garden of the Gods Amateur Radio Club luncheon of 2019 will be held on Monday, January 7th at 11:30 A.M. at Fargo’s Pizza, 2910 E. Platte Avenue (back lower level party room).

We currently do not have a program in place for this luncheon.

Dave, K0IRP and Don, KI0IS.

Joe Quintana, N0ENM Silent Key

Joe Quintana – N0ENM, well known to the Garden of the Gods Amateur Radio Club group, passed away on August 29th at 7:30 P.M. Services will be on Friday, September 14 at 10:00 A.M. at Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, 1318 N. Circle Drive.

Kevin on Quadcopters

Thanks everyone for the opportunity to share my quadcopters with you last week.

Most of my links are from Amazon, they have competitive pricing, deliver to your house, and have a great return policy

I HIGHLY recommend buying one of the small Hubsans FIRST, learn to actually fly before investing hundreds of dollars in a higher end quad

From smallest to largest (and typically lowest to highest in capabilities) are as follows: Continue reading

QRPWorks Presentation 8-1-2016

Shel KF0UR gave us a very informative discussion of QRP Portable. Here are links from his presentation.
Find QRPWorks at http://www.qrpworks.com/
Find the batteries at https://www.bioennopower.com/
Find the KX3 at http://www.elecraft.com/

Here is a message from Shel:

From: “Shel KF0UR” <kf0ur@radins.us>
To: “DAVID L GIVAN” <dlgivan@msn.com>, “Don Yowell KI0IS” <dyowell@centurylink.net>
Sent: Thursday, August 4, 2016 3:26:35 PM
Subject: RE: August Garden of the Gods A.R.C. luncheon

Hi David, Don,

Thanks for inviting me to present at last Monday’s meeting. It was good to see some old friends and meet some new ones. Here are the Web links I promised:

  • My QRPworks products: www.qrpworks.com
  • Bioenno Power batteries: www.bioennopower.com

Since I’m local, there are no shipping charges for our QRPworks products. The Web Store automatically adds it, but I’ll refund them.

Tnx & 73,
Shel KF0UR

Noise From Grow light Ballasts

Noise From Grow light Ballasts

In the last few years we are seeing more Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) caused by grow light ballasts.

Two years ago a fellow Amateur Radio operator had a grow light operation move into his neighborhood. The grow light ballast caused RFI that covered the entire HF Band and was 40db/S9 on 40 meters.

Talking to the grower was futile and the problem continued. Mike Gruber with the Amateur Radio Relay League offered his assistance and contacted the FCC on behalf of the Amateur Radio operator. After the grower received a second letter from the FCC, the grower moved his growing operation to another neighborhood. The process took almost a year to accomplish.

Since then a Marijuana Task Force has been created. Colorado Springs City Councilman Larry Bagley is the lead. Councilman Bagley is interested in hearing about your RFI issues in the Amateur Radio community.

If you are currently having or have had in the past, RFI issues caused by grow light ballasts please email Councilman Bagley with the details. His information is:

Councilman Larry Bagley
Marijuana Task Force
LBagley@springsgov.com

GGARC Support of Colorado Springs Labor Day Balloon Festival

“Splash” over Prospect Lake, Colorado Springs, CO
BalloonOverMemorialLake

For the past several years, the Garden of the Gods Amateur Radio Club’s (GGARC) repeater hosted over 20 local and out of state hams in their use of the repeater for hot air ballooning communications. Two to four balloons, their pilots and crews migrate from Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, New Mexico to Colorado Springs to participate in the annual Colorado Springs Labor Day Balloon Festival. The festival hosts over 60 balloons coming in from all over our country.

Pilots and crews use the GGARCs repeater to communicate with each other in “The Chase”. Navigating a myriad of streets in the Colorado Springs and surround area can prove to be difficult for out-of-towners in their quest to safely recover their pilots, passengers and hot air balloons. Three years ago, the “Splash” balloon drifted towards downtown and was unable to find a safe location to land amid the trees and power lines. Running low on fuel, the pilot was able to communicate with the chase crew on the repeater in order to secure and safely land atop the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Our local club members and area hams enjoy hearing other hams and their adventures every Labor Day balloon festival. The Splash pilot (KC5IPK) took GGARC member Ron Goldsberry’s (WB0BLO) granddaughter Courtney on a balloon ride a couple years ago. It’s really comforting to know the GGARCs repeater was there to aid in their communication needs. We hope our club is able to provide this invaluable service to our ham radio ballooning friends for years to come.

Gerry Dunn (NM0Q)

EchoLink on GGARC 447.35 (-) 151.4

During last week’s net neither Mike KE0BIQ nor I were able to check into the weekly Hammin Sams net via EchoLink. We could hear what was going on, but could not get the node to respond to our requests to transmit. Well after some investigation, I found and fixed a couple of issues. But all of you using the Smart Phone app should check your settings after installing the recent update to the app. In mine it meant changing the source from SPEAKER to HANDSET/HEADSET and increasing the ‘mic’ gain. While this helps, it’s not a fix as the audio via the internet is still much lower and more distorted than it used to be.

So while I continue to investigate why the levels changed; I’ve left the node online. Note I linked the node to both test reflectors and using my HT that audio path did not change so the low/distorted audio is only heard on the repeater when using a smartphone.

Don, WA9WWS

KØHSC Hammin’ Sams RV net Thursday June 11th
GGARC repeater: 447.350, Offset – minus 5MHz. PL 151.4

Repeaters Used for Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run

Pikes Peak ARES support of the Garden of the Gods 10 mile run on 6/13/2015 will use the 447.350 repeater as primary and the 146.910 as backup. The event coordinator will announce, both before and periodically during the event, their use of these repeaters.

Expect event traffic on these repeaters from 0600 to 1100 that day. Feel free to use these repeaters as you normally would, but please be courteous enough to yield to event traffic.