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The Denver Radio Club, WØTX

Providing Amateur Radio Services for the Denver Area Since 1917.
Denver Colorado, U.S.A.
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The DRC President's Monthly News Letter

Here is the Newsletter for October, 2017:

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By Gerry Villhauer - WØGV

Hello DRC Members,

Colorado weather is always amazing. We go from the 90’s to the 40’s just about overnight. But I would not trade that for the happenings in Texas, Florida and the Islands; we just need to appreciate what we have.

What a great attendance for our September meeting! We had very few empty chairs; what a good problem to have. I suspended our usual around the room introductions except for new members and visitors in favor of proceeding with our annual election of board members and officers and getting on with our program. I believe we had 6 or 7 visitors and first timers; I know some of them joined, thanks to those who did. As far as the elections, there were no changes. The four board member positions that were up for election were re-elected to another two year term. The officer line remains the same. I thank the membership for the vote of confidence to be your president for another term. I am sure the other officers echo the same thought

Thanks to Bill (W6OAV) for a super informative program on Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) and the Brandmeister DMR which is the format used by DRC. A lot of questions were generated and Bill did a great job addressing them. After the information presented is digested, we may want to have Bill back for another session. DMR and Brandmeister are spreading much like the wild fires that have plagued the Western U.S. There is so much information that it is nearly impossible to absorb it all in one session.

Our October program will be another one not to miss. We have scheduled Marty Griffin (WA0GEH) and Jim Langsted (KC0RPS) to discuss Edge of Space Science (EOSS). EOSS is a Denver based non-profit organization that promotes science and education by exploring frontiers in amateur radio and high altitude balloons. EOSS works with university, high school and middle school educators, offering valuable opportunities to enhance their study of science, technology, education and math (STEM). Since 1990, EOSS has launched and recovered over 260 balloon launches. Marty and Jim will be telling us how all this is accomplished. You will find more on this program in the body of this month’s Round Table. Mark your calendars now….DON’T MISS THIS PROGRAM!

The club is investigating the possibility and feasibility of moving our Yaesu Fusion repeater to a new location (yet to be determined) for better coverage. I am requesting, if you are a Fusion user, please send me an email about your experience with the present location, if you are using a Mobile, HT or both. Moving a repeater is a major undertaking in both time and expense. Your information will be very helpful in decision making. Please send email to

73 for now,

Gerry, WØGV
Denver Radio Club