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The DRC President's Monthly News Letter

Here is the Newsletter for June, 2017:

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By Gerry Villhauer - WØGV

Hello DRC Members,

What crazy weather lately. Since many of our members live in the Lakewood area that was hard hit by the hail storm, I hope you are recovering and had minimal damage. We were lucky in my neighborhood, having only dime size hail and the only damage I sustained, as far as I know, one of the cups was broken on my weather station.

Cathy and I had the pleasure of traveling to Hamvention 2017 at the new venue in Xenia, Ohio. I think the committee did a great job for the first year in a new location. All the inside vendors were spread out in several buildings and tents, which made it a challenge finding particular vendors that you were interested in visiting. It rains a lot in Ohio which made going from building to building a wet experience at times. The flea market was HUGE! The bad thing, with all the rain, it turned into a Giant Mud Hole. All in all, it was good and we would go again if the opportunity should arise.

As I reported last month, our tech team completed the installation of the new antenna for the move of our DMR repeater to Centennial Cone. As planned, on May 13 the repeater was relocated to its new mountain top home. All went well and we are getting good reports from members as far east as Elizabeth for hand held coverage. As the guy on the old TV show, The A Team used to say “It is good when a plan comes together”. Thank You to our Tech Team for a job well done. Finally, we would appreciate reports from our DMR Brandmeister users on your experience using the system at the new location.

Our program last month on JT65 and JT9 digital HF modes was well received and generated a lot of interest and questions. We thank Bill Thomas (WB9KPT) for a well presented and informative program.

Mark your calendars for June 21st which is our next meeting date. We have another interesting program in store on Mesh Networking in the ham bands. Jeremiah Bagula (N0KMO) and Brad Ramsey (K0BJR) will be covering technologies used along with what radios are available. Mesh networking has many applications especially in emergency communications where the mesh network handles traffic on a ham supported network; not dependent on the internet, but internet access can be provided if needed for example through a media like Winlink. This is very interesting technology; please don’t miss the opportunity to learn about it at our next meeting.

Thanks to all of you who recently joined and made the DRC “Your Club”. Please stay active on the air, come to meetings, programs and events. Your name and call will be listed in the body of the Round Table.

73 for now,

Gerry, WØGV
Denver Radio Club