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10m & 2m Net -
(Today!)Thursday, 6 October 2022
- (28.390MHz SSB at 1900 MDT)
- (147.345+MHz, 107.2ctcss at 2000 MDT)
Board -
Monday, 10 October 2022
General Membership -
Wednesday, 12 October 2022

See the Meetings page for times and locations.

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PPRAA Home

Major Events

ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention
– 7-9 October 2022
– Archer Event Center, Cheyenne, WY
– More info here

PPRAA General Membership meeting (12 October) will be both in-person and virtual
– Location: King Buffet, 801 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs
The business meeting starts at 7 PM, but get your dinner and beverage of choice and check in any time after 6 PM for a social hour. Club members check your email for info or email to receive the Zoom information.


2022 Megafest
– A big thanks to all attendees and vendors who turned out to support us this year and make it a great event. Boy Scout Troop 8 sold coffee & donuts, burgers, chips, and sodas.
Congratulations to this years raffle winners:

  • Grand Prize: Complete Ham Radio HF Station (with RT Systems programming kit) – Scott Southall, KE0VZK
  • Second Prize: Icom IC-5100 VHF/UHF Dual Band D-Star Transceiver (with RT Systems programming kit) (Donated by CMRG) – Jonathan Cotten, AG5HV
  • Third Prize: Kenwood TM-V71A Dual Band Mobile Transceiver (with RT Systems programming kit) – Chris Azelton, KC8TWL
  • Fourth Prize: Yaesu FTM-100DR C4FM FDMA/FM 144/430 MHz Transceiver (with RT Systems programming kit) – Lawrence Oliver, K2FV
  • Fifth Prize: Yaesu FT-70DR C4FM FDMA/FM 5W Handheld Transceiver (with RT Systems programming kit) – Skip Juhasz, WB2UFV
  • Sixth Prize: Yaesu FT65R VHF/UHF 2 Meter/70cm Dual Band FM Handheld (with RT Systems programming kit) – Daniel Krohn, AB0ZY
  • Seventh Prize: MFJ-226 1-230 MHZ Antenna Expert Times Graphic Analyzer – Kevin Boog,
    KF0IPD
  • Eighth Prize: Tigertronics Signallink USB Sound Card – Radio Interface – Bob Horne, N0RCH
  • Ninth Prize: ARRL 2022 Antenna Handbook – Tom Kocialski,KC2CAG
  • Tenth Prize: ARRL 2022 Handbook – Terryl Tilman, NE0TT
  • Eleventh Prize: Anytone 878UV/BT Dual-Band Digital DMR Handheld – Jim Rader, KD0NQM
  • Twelfth Prize: SDRPlay RSPdx Single-Tuner SDR- Lorin Schroeder, W0LES
  • Thirteenth Prize: CX310 Antenna Switch – Robert Ray , KD0YMC
  • Fourteenth Prize: Ultimate Power Pole Kit – David McDill, KF0IXU
  • Fifteenth Prize: HRO $150 Gift Certificate – Randy Diddel, K5RHD
  • Sixteenth Prize: HRO $100 Gift Certificate – Jim Johnson, W0GTA

(7/16/22)


PPRAA 2022 Field Day
Summary Report


Double Fox Hunt
– On Saturday, Oct. 2, several PPRAA fox hunters used their radio direction-finding skills to track down two fox transmitters nestled in the foothills of northwest Colorado Springs. Kyle, KD0TRD, was the fox, and picked two locations with great views of the city. The weather was warm and sunny, and made this a great fall outdoor activity. Thanks to all participants for making this a fun event!
fox-hunters
– Congratulations to Derek, K0ATV (right), for being the first fox hunter to locate both transmitters. He picked an SDRPlay receiver as his first-place prize, and here he receives the PPRAA fox hunt trophy from the previous champion fox hunter, Derek, N0DCW (left).
foxhunt-trophy


PPRAA World Amateur Radio Day Fox Hunt”
– In celebration of World Amateur Radio Day on April 18, the PPRAA hosted a fox hunt across the north side of Colorado Springs.
– The “fox,” Jason (K0WTF), was soon found transmitting from Fox Run Park. The first team to find him was Derek (N0DCW) and his friend Jerry (soon-to-be-licensed), who found the fox in 19 minutes.
– Many finishers showed off hand-built Yagi antennas, a variety of attenuators, and triangulation techniques. Participants from Colorado Connections and Rocky Mountain Ham provided a display of their radio direction finding van, complete with a doppler tracking station.
– Thanks to Jason (K0WTF) for his work as the fox and net control, and Cheyenne Mountain Repeater Group for the use of their 147.345 repeater for the socializing net.


Postponed to 2025: 2020 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention – Hamcon Colorado 2020
– More info here.

BARCfest
– Sunday, 2 October 2022
– Boulder County Fairgrounds, Longmont, CO
– More info here.

Alamogordo Hamfest
– Saturday September 3, 2022
– Otero County Fairgrounds, Alamogordo, NM
– Free admission
– More info here.

Denver Radio Club Ham Fest
– Sunday August 28, 2022 (0900-1300)
– Adams County Fairgrounds
– Brighton, Colorado
– More info here.

Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure
– July 14-19, 2022
– On the Air from Curacao
– Sponsored by PPRAA
– More info here.

PPRAA MegaFest
– Saturday, 16 July 2022 0800-1300
– See MegaFest tab above

Field Day
– Saturday, 25 June 2022 1200 to Sunday, 26 June 2022 1200
– See Field Day tab above

Family Science Day
– Saturday, 11 June 2022 1000-1500
– Western Museum of Mining and Industry (Near North Gate and Bass Pro)
– PPRAA table and display
– More info here.

Museum Ships Weekend Event
– Friday June 3, 1800hrs to Sunday June 5, 2022, 1800hrs
– On Air
– More info here.

Dayton Hamvention
– 20-22 May 2022
– Greene County Fairgrounds, Xenia, OH
– More info here

Rocky Mountain Ham University
– Course: Applications of Software Defined Radio – 14 May 2022 0830
– More info here

Armed Forces Day (AFD) Crossband Test
– 14 May 2022
– Hosted by Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS)
– On the air
– More info here

PPRAA Fox Hunt
– Sunday, 15 May 2022 0900-1300
– Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Colorado Springs
– 3550 W High St, Colorado Springs CO 80904
– Two transmitters — Two levels of hiking difficulty — Prizes awarded for each:
– “The Scenic Stroll” and “The Rocky Ridges”
– Check in at the north parking lot any time between 9 am – 12 pm
– Prizes awarded at 1 pm
– Prizes include a new Yaesu HT, Arrow handheld yagi antennas, and more!
– Email for more details
– Download Flyer here.

World Amateur Radio Day
– Monday, April 18, 2022
– Radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris
– More info here

PPRAA Work Party
– Sunday, 24 April 2022
– Work party to move building materials from KE0QCC’s home to Ellicott Club Station

LARC Fest
– Saturday, April 2, 2022 (0800-1300)
– Boulder County Fairgrounds
– Longmont, Colorado
– More info here.

New Mexico TechFest
– Saturday March 5, 2022 (0800-1600)
– Virtual Event – Online
– More info here

The Swapfest
– Sunday February 20, 2022 (0900-1300)
– Adams County Fairgrounds
– Brighton, Colorado
– More info here.

Winter 2022 Hamfest
– Saturday January 15, 2025 (0800-1300)
– Thomas M. McKee 4H Building at The Ranch
– Loveland, Colorado
– More info here.

ARRL 2021 Field Day
– June 26-27, 2021
V7ARC event: Natural Park, 3805 S Midsummer Ln, Colorado Springs 80917
– More info here.

PPRAA World Amateur Radio Day Fox Hunt
– In celebration of World Amateur Radio Day, the PPRAA is hosting another fox
hunt! On April 18th, starting at 10:00am and running until approximately
1:00pm (though we might wrap up early!)
– There will be a social net on the Cheyenne Mountain Repeater Group repeater
(147.345+ 107.2hz) starting at about 9:45am.
– Lessons learned from the last fox hunt that W0XLD hosted: ATTENUATORS ARE
YOUR FRIEND! Also, switchable attenuators are preferred as they’re much
quicker to manage than the stackable inline style.
– If you don’t currently have a 2 meter yagi, you have plenty of time to
build one! Here are directions to a tape measure antenna that is reported
to work quite well! Tape Measure Antenna
– If you have any questions, please contact Jason Taylor K0WTF

Cancelled: PPRAA Megafest
– may consider a later date Saturday July 11, 2020
– Lewis-Palmer High School, Monument, CO
– More info under Megafest tab above

Field Day
– Saturday/Sunday June 27-28, 2020
– Work from home as Class D or E stations. Very limited operations from Club Station in Ellicott, CO
– More info under Field Day tab above

PPRAA Holiday Party
– Wednesday December 11 (normal monthly meeting night)
– 1900-2130
– Traditional Turkey Dinner
– Black Forest Community Center
– 12530 Black Forest Road
– Optional: Bring a Christmas theme dessert to share.
– Optional: BYOB
– $8 per member, family member, guest

RSVP by 1 December to or pay in advance on-line:
Dinner $8.00

JOTA-JOTI – Jamboree-on-the-Air/Internet
– 18-20 October 2019
– More info here.

Colorado QSO Party
– Saturday August 31, 2019

Happy 150! The Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration!
– Begins 0000 UTC August 31 and runs until 2359 UTC September 8, 2019
– More info here.

PPRAA Annual Picnic
– Saturday, 24 August 2019
– 1000-1500 MDT
– Food served around 1230
– Pot Luck (Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert)
– Club provides burgers, brats, drinks
– Location: Pavilion 2 Black Forest Regional Park

2019 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention
– Friday August 8 thru Sunday August 10, 2019
– Weber State University Union Building
– West Campus Drive, Ogden, UT 84201
– More info here.

Date and Location Change!


Due to weather the Club Meeting for 10 April 2019 will be held on 17 April at: (not the normal iHop location)
Golden Corral 1970 Waynoka Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80915
(Powers Blvd and Palmer Park Blvd)
This is currently a one-time location change.

CMRG Annual Meeting
– 27 October 2018, meet and great 0930; meeting 1000-1130
– El Paso County Emergency Communications Center
– Colorado Springs, CO
– More info here.

Central States VHF Society Conference
– Thursday – Sunday July 26-29, 2018
– Wichita, Kansas
– More info here.

Two-Day License Class
– Saturday February 24 & March 3, 2015
– Black Forest Fire Station
– More info here.

Montrose ARC Tailgate
– Saturday June 3, 2017 0900
– Confluence Park, Delta, CO
– More info here.

ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention
– Saturday May 27 thru Sunday May 28, 2017
– Buffalo Bill Village Resort, Cody, Wyoming
– Info here.

ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention
– Friday July 31 thru Sunday August 2, 2015
– Ruby’s Inn, Bryce Canyon City
– More info here.

Socorro Hamfest
– Saturday October 15, 2016
– Socorro, New Mexico
– More info here.

WØTLM Amateur Radio Tech Field Day Event
– Saturday June 24, 8am – 5pm, open to the public
– Hands-on ham radio demos, educational forums, emergency communications info, Q&A with radio experts, and more
– Food service on-site 11 – 1.
– Black Forest Fire Station, 11445 Teachout Road
– Sponsored by WØTLM Radio Association
– More info here.



PPRAA 75 years Special Event Station
PPRAA Veterans’ Day Special Event Station
PPRAA Pearl Harbor Day Special Event Station
– QSL to:
PPRAA
PO Box 16521
Colorado Springs, CO 80935-6521
– No need to send a SASE, we will send cards to all confirmed contacts.


2019 Megafest
– A big thanks to all attendees and vendors who turned out to support us this year and make it a great event. Boy Scout Troop 8 sold coffee & donuts, burgers & brats, chips, and sodas. The weather was great and the rains held off until the event had ended. Everyone seemed to have a great time.
Congratulations to this years raffle winners:

  • Grand Prize: Complete Ham Radio HF Station (with RT Systems programming kit) – Levi Young, KE0TLO
  • Second Prize: Icom IC-2730A VHF/UHF Dual Band Transceiver (with RT Systems programming kit) – Gerald Nixon, N0AD
  • Third Prize: Yaesu FT65R VHF/UHF 2 Meter/70cm Dual Band FM Handheld (with RT Systems programming kit) – Jackie Donnell, W0JED
  • Fourth Prize: MFJ-929 200W Auto Tuner – Gerald Nixon, N0AD
  • Fifth Prize: MFJ-269C Analyzer – Jason Foster, KB5TPT
  • Sixth Prize: LaCrosse C83100 Weather Station – Benjamin Jolly, KE0NRZ
  • Seventh Prize: Heil Pro Set Media Pro Headset – Jim Escue, KB0UDV
  • Eighth Prize: 2019 ARRL Handbook – David Riese, WB0SDW
  • Ninth Prize: Yaesu VX6R Ultra-Rugged Handheld (Donated by CMRG) – James Burnett, WB0GMR
  • Tenth Prize: DX Engineering $100 Gift Certificate – Earl R Watkins, II, AE2RW

(7/27/19)


2018 Megafest
Congratulations to last years raffle winners:

  • Grand Prize: Icom IC-7300 HF/50MHz Transceiver (with RT Systems programming kit) – Rob Roller, N7LV (7461)
  • Second Prize: Icom ID-4100A VHF/UHF Dual Band D-STAR Transceiver (with RT Systems programming kit) – Sam Witte, KE0QMJ (500)
  • Third Prize: Alinco DJ-500T Dual Band Handheld (with RT Systems programming kit) – David Kline, K0IID (5765)
  • Fourth Prize: MFJ-226 Graphical Antenna Analyzer – Ryan Eastlake, KE0MIH (5262)
  • Fifth Prize: Yaesu FT70DR C4FM FDMA FM Dual Band 5W HT (with RT Systems programming kit) – Brian Wilborn, N0QQQ (764)
  • Sixth Prize: Yaesu FT60R 144/430 MHz 5W FM HT (with RT Systems programming kit) – Mike Anderson, WV7T (297)
  • Seventh Prize: MFJ-993BRT Remote Antenna Tuner 1.8-30MHz 300W – Brian Wilborn, N0QQQ (5536)
  • Eighth Prize: Hy-gain AV-6160 HF Vertical 160-6m 1500W 43ft Antenna – Christopher Schroeder, WX0CAS (3717)
  • Ninth Prize: DX Enginering $100 Card – Don Decker, KA0GWS (5964)
  • Tenth Prize: 2018 ARRL Handbook – Skip Juhasz, WB2UFV (2530)

(07/07/18)


DRT Says “Thank You!” to PPRAA
– The DRT thank you letter to PPRAA can be read here.
(11/21/05)