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Words from our Communications Committee Chairman:


Whether you are cruising around town or traversing the backcountry, communication is vital.  We all rely on our cell phones when around town if something happens and we need help, but what about when we are nowhere near cell coverage?  This is a question everyone should ask themselves if they frequent the backcountry, especially if they go alone.

For a long time many have relied on citizen band radios (CB’s) for on trail communication.  These can be great for traveling in a group but are limited in the area in which you can contact someone, and depending on the area can be as little as ½ mile.  Along with CB’s people tend to rely on their cell phones while out exploring and often times when needed find themselves in a dead zone for cellular service.  While both of these can be a good form of communication around town or in groups, they should not be considered a good form of communication when traveling in the backcountry or remote areas.


One form of communication that has been around the longest and for some reason is finally catching on in the OHV Community is Ham Radio.  This has been around for a very long time and can be thanked for the inception of all forms of communication.  Ham Radio uses High Frequency (HF), Very High Frequency (VHF) and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radio waves to transmit communication from one device to another.  Depending on which type of radio and equipment you use, your communication distance can range from a couple miles to thousands of miles.  This can be very important in when exploring those remote areas. 


The only real downside to Ham Radio is the need for a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) License or Ham Ticket as users refer to them as.  While this might be an inconvenience to get, as you are required to go to an in person testing session, the basic license is fairly easy to obtain.  There are 3 levels of licenses available; Technician Class, General Class and Amateur Extra.  Each of the classifications has specified privileges, with each step up maintaining the previous class privileges.


With the different types of communication, which would you feel more comfortable relying on when in times of distress?  For me personally, since discovering the capabilities of Ham Radio, it is the one that I will always rely on.  While I still have my cell phone and CB, there purpose is not to communicate when around town or in a group where not everyone has a Ham Radio.  I am not saying everyone needs to run out and get there Ham Ticket right away, but I would recommend looking into it and consider getting a Ham Radio as it can mean the difference between being stranded some day or the ability to call for help.











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CO4x4 RnR Weekly Ham Radio Net



We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a Ham Radio Net every second and fourth Saturday evening of the month at 7:00pm.

The Colorado 4x4 Rescue and Recovery Net is brought to you by the Communications Committee and possible from the courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Radio League. They are allowing the use of their Evergreen repeater, and have been extremely supportive of our mission and goals for this net! We highly encourage you to visit their Website and consider joining as a member to show your support and help with their cause.

Our goals for this net are as follows:

  1. Connect Members, Volunteers, 4x4 Enthusiasts and Members of the Radio Community
  2. Encourage newer Ham Radio operators to get on the air, test their equipment and learn proper radio etiquette in a non intimidating environment.
  3. Test our comms set ups to allow for better communications during recoveries.
  4. Provide updates to our members
  5. Increase Repeater Traffic and use for RMRL.
  6. Encourage non licensed members of Colorado 4x4 Rescue & Recovery to become Ham Operators, become active in the weekly Nets and to help them obtain a good backcountry comms setup.

    You can access the net in the following ways:
Local via RF on the RMRL 145.340 repeater (- offset, 103.5hz PL tone)
IRLP via reflector 9618
Echolink 29618 the *FRIENDS* Conference server for those on PC or IOS devices
AllStar at 27408
 

We hope to hear you on the air,
 
73
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Radio Nets and Activities






Ham Radio Nets around the State

2Meter and 70cm Frequencies


Frequency

Day

Time

Net

PL Tone


146.940-

Daily

6:30am

Colorado Weather Net

103.5


449.225-

Daily

12:15pm

Hazardous Weather Net

141.3


145.310-

Daily

7:00pm

Colorado Traffic Net

88.5


145.460-

Sun

9:00am

Colorado Repeater Association

107.2


146.640-

Sun

9:30am

ARES Region 1 District 2

100.0

146.670-

Sun

7:00pm

Castle Rock Repeater Group

100.0


146.985-

Sun

7:00pm


100


145.460-

Sun

7:00pm

APRS Net

107.2


145.280-

Sun

7:30pm

Intermountain Repeater Group

145.310-

Sun

8:00pm

ARES Statewide Net

88.5


145.460-

Sun

8:00pm

Rocky Mountain Monitoring Net

107.2


145.490-

Sun

8:30pm

Denver Radio Club

100.0


145.340-

Mon

8:00am

The Good Morning Net

103.5


447.275-

Mon

6:30pm

NCARC TechNet

141.3


449.625-

Mon

7:00pm

Society of Broadcast Engineers and ham radio

141.3


147.210+

Mon

7:30pm

Denver Water Amateur Radio Club

100.0


146.760-

Mon

8:00pm

ARES Region 1 District 3

100.0


145.460-

Mon

8:00pm

Colorado QRP Club

107.2


146.940-

Mon

8:30pm

RMRL Weekly On-Air Meeting and Net

103.5


145.340-

Tue

8:00am

The Good Morning Net

103.5


146.940-

Tue

7:00pm

Astronomy Net

103.5


145.145-

Tue

7:00pm

Tech Connect Net

107.2


145.460-

Tue

8:00pm

Edge of Space Sciences

107.2


448.675-

Tue

8:00pm

Parker Radio Association Net

100.0


145.340-

Wed

8:00am

The Good Morning Net

103.5

 

146.985-

Wed

7:00pm

Masonic Fellowship

100.0

145.340-

Wed

7:30pm

ARRL Rocky Mountain Division

103.5


145.490- 448.625- (Linked)

Wed

7:30pm

The Learning Net (open to ALL)

100.0


146.550

Wed

7:30pm

Simplex Net


147.150+

Wed

8:00pm

Aurora Repeater Association

100.0


145.340-

Thu

8:00am

The Good Morning Net

103.5


145.310-

Thu

6:00pm

Red Cross Net

88.5


145.340-

Thu

7:00pm

The Pet Net

103.5


145.475-

Thu

7:30pm

CARBBN Mesh Net

100.0


146.670-

Thu

7:30pm

ARES Region 1 District 6


447.150-

Thu

8:00pm

ARES Region 1 District 4

107.2


145.310-

Thu

8:00pm

Colorado Connection Net

88.5


145.340-

Thu

8:30pm

Outdoor America USA Net

103.5


145.490-

Thu

8:30pm

SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network)

100.0


145.340-

Fri

8:00am

The Good Morning Net

103.5


145.340-

Fri

7:30pm

YL Family Net

103.5


145.490-

Fri

8:00pm

Nostalgia Net

100.0


447.875-

Fri

9:00pm

‘The Original’ San Diego Six Shooters Net

107.2


145.310-

Sat

9:30am

Colorado Preparedness Net

88.5


145.340-

Second Saturday each month

12:00pm

American Legion Net

103.5


145.340-

Sat

7:00pm

Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery Net

103.5


 

If you know of any Nets happening and would like to see them on our list
email them to jim@co4x4rnr.org








   
               
                
             
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