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10m & 2m Net -
(Today!)Thursday, 29 February 2024
- (28.390MHz SSB at 1900 MST)
- (147.345+MHz, 107.2ctcss at 2000 MST)
Board -
Monday, 11 March 2024
General Membership -
Wednesday, 13 March 2024

See the Meetings page for times and locations.

Solar Forecast


Major Events

General Membership meeting (13 March) will be both in-person and virtual
– Location: Golden Corral, 1970 Waynoka Rd, 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.

LARCFest 2024
– Saturday, April 6, 2024 (0800-1300)
– Boulder County Fairgrounds
– Longmont, Colorado
– More info here.

World Amateur Radio Day
– Thursday, April 18, 2024
– 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

Dayton Hamvention
– 17-19 May 2024
– Greene County Fairgrounds, Xenia, OH
– More info here

PPRAA Megafest
– Saturday, 27 July 2024 0800 to 1300
– See Megafest tab above

On Air Events

75th Anniversary of Merci Train Boxcar
– Feb 10-Feb 29, 0000Z-0000Z
– Las Vegas, NV. American Legion Paradise Post 149 and 40&8 Voiture 306. 7.074 7.250 14.074 14.250. QSL. Robert Bencsko, 2548 Fort Lauderdale Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89156. This special event station is set up to raise awareness of the 75th Anniversary of 40&8 “MERCI Train Boxcar” Please check out the QRZ page. The 24th and 25th may be operating on location of the Nevada boxcar in Boulder City, NV Watch for us on DX Summit QSL with SASE to AD7J
– Info here.

Dry Tortugas & The Florida Keys 2024
– Feb 19-Feb 29, 0000Z-0000Z
– N4T
– Mount Joy, PA. Molly & Friends. 14.336; SSB, CW, FT8/FT4, and satellites. QSL. Molly Sauder, 1509 Pinkerton Rd, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Here’s your chance for a rare grid as well as ARLHS, IOTA, POTA, USI and WLOTA. We plan to be on air using SSB, CW, FT8/FT4 and satellites. Spot via POTA & DX Summit.
– Info here.

American Legion 105th Birthday
– Mar 8-Mar 10, 1500Z-0300Z
– K4L
– Sevierville, TN. American Legion Post 104 Amateur Radio Club – AL4US. 20 Meter – 7.250 MHz 40 Meter – 14.250 MHz. Certificate. AL4US, 403 W.Main Street, Sevierville, TN 37864-4242. All Contacts can request an E-Certificate with a valid email address.
– Info here.

International Women’s Day YL POTA Party
– Mar 8, 0000Z-2359Z
– Your call
– Any POTA Park (or hunt POTA from home!). Young Ladies Radio League. All modes, any frequency within your license class. QSL. QSL to operator, contacted to receive, QSL. This is a world-wide event. Submit POTA activations to the POTA database.
– Info here.

120th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Current Maryland Flag
– Mar 9-Mar 10, 1800Z-0300Z
– Orinda, CA. Expatriate Marylanders Radio Club. 28.440 21.440 14.320. QSL. M.G. Vurek, P.O. Box 617, Orinda, CA 94563.
– Info here.

Commemorating launching of USS Midway on 20MAR45
– Mar 9, 1700Z-2359Z
– San Diego, CA. USS Midway Museum . 7.250 14.320 14.070 PSK31 DSTAR on PAPA system repeaters. QSL. USS Midway Museum CONEDTRA, 910 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.
– Info here.

Commemorating Buckingham Army Airfield
– Mar 12-Mar 14, 1421Z-1421Z
– W4LX
– Fort Myers, FL. Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club. 14.240 21.350 28.340. Certificate & QSL. FMARC, PO Box 061183, Fort Myers, FL 33906. Please send a SASE to handle a certificate.
– Info here.

PI Day
– Mar 14, 0000Z-2359Z
– N3P
– Burlington, NJ. David Sarnoff Radio Club. 14.031 MHz 14.314 MHz 7.031 MHz 7.227 MHz. QSL. Donald Corrington, 7 Pinewald Lane, Burlington, NJ 08016-3421.
– Info here.

Celebrating the 105th Birthday of the American Legion
– Mar 15, 1600Z-2200Z
– Cartersville, GA. Carl Boyd Post 42 American Legion Amateur Radio Club. 7.242 SSB 14.342 SSB 7.074 FT8 14.074 FT8. QSL. Joel Myers, 513 Cassville Rd., Cartersville, GA 30120.
– Info here.

K4KDJ (Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association) 100 Year Anniversary
– Mar 15-Mar 16, 2100Z-2100Z
– Blacksburg, VA. K4KDJ Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association. 14.256 7.220 14.340 7.150. QSL. Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association, 290 College Ave, Blacksburg, VA 24060.

16th Anniversary Solivita Car Show
– Mar 16, 1400Z-2000Z
– Kissimmee, FL. Solivita Radio Club. 14.255 28.435. QSL. Solivita Radio Club, 307 Bell Tower Crossing West, Kissimmee, FL 34759. This is a non-commercial event held by our community for car enthusiasts and open to the public free of charge.
– Info here.

Cherry Blossom Special Event Station
– Mar 16, 1400Z-2000Z
– Macon, GA. Macon Amateur Radio Club. 14.240 7.225. Certificate. Macon Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 4862, Macon, GA 31208-4862.
– Info here.

– Mar 17-Mar 23, 0100Z-2359Z
– W1G
– Wheelwright, MA. Geratol WAS Net. 3.668 SSB 40 Meter SSB. QSL. Kevin Lynch, POB 124, Wheelwright, MA 01094. The GERATOL (Greetings Extra Radio Amateurs Tired of Operating Lately) WAS Net, will operate special event call sign W1G to commemorate 50 years as a Worked All States Net
– Info here.

Baker to Vegas Relay Race for Law Enforcement
– Mar 23-Mar 24, 1600Z-0000Z
– N6A
– Amargosa Valley, NV. Ham Radio Outlet Anaheim. 7.225 14.225. QSL. Glenn Arrant, 14723 Puma Trail, Valley Center, CA 92082.

Celebrating 50 Years as a Club
– Mar 23-Mar 24, 1700Z-0100Z
– OwenSound, On. Georgian Bay Amateur Radio Club. 14.263. QSL. Georgian Bay Amateur Radio Club, 142 Paradise Bay, Annan, ON N0H1B0, CANADA.
– Info here.

Total Solar Eclipse in Hunt county Texas
– Mar 30-Apr 10, 0000Z-2359Z
– W5E
– Greenville, TX. Sabine Valley Amateur Radio Association. 7.235 14.280 21.400 28.450. QSL. K5GVL Sabine Valley Amateur Radio Association, PO Box 843, Greenville, TX 75403-0843. The Sabine Valley Amateur Radio Association will be celebrating a once in a lifetime solar event. On April 8th 2024 our favorite star the sun will be totally eclipsed for over 4 minutes! This will allow direct observation of the suns corona in real time. The SVARA will be operating W5E “Whiskey 5 Eclipse” from March 30th until April 10th to celebrate this unique and magical event!
– Info here.

2023 Megafest
– A big thanks to all attendees and vendors who turned out to support us this year and make it a great event at a new location. Thanks to PARC for co-sponsoring the event.
Congratulations to this years raffle winners:

  • Grand Prize: Yaesu FT-710 HF Transceiver (with RT Systems programming kit) – Randy Diddel, K5RHD
  • Second Prize: Icom IC-52A VHF/UHF Dual Band D-Star Transceiver (with RT Systems programming kit) (Donated by CMRG) – Eric Jones, K9EAJ
  • Third Prize: Xiegu G90 HF Transceiver – Jay Burnham, KB0MPF
  • Fourth Prize: Anytone AT-D578UV-PRO Dual Band Mobile Transceiver (with RT Systems programming kit) – , Harry Tuttle, KE0YIC
  • Fifth Prize: Yaesu FT-5DR Handheld Transceiver (with RT Systems programming kit) – Craig Carnahan, N7LB
  • Sixth Prize: Anytone AT-D878UVII-Plus DMR Handheld (with RT Systems programming kit) – Jonathan Cotten, AG5HV
  • Seventh Prize: Samlex SEC-1235M Power Supply – Malachi Foster, KD0LEG
  • Eighth Prize: LDG AT-PRO-II Automatic Antenna Tuner – Dennis Major, N0ABC
  • Ninth Prize: SDRPlay RSP1A SDR Receiver – Daniel Thomson, KB7DRT
  • Tenth Prize: ZUM Radio Mini UHF Hotspot – Alexander C Hardy, KB9WYX
  • Eleventh Prize: MFJ-849 Digital Wattmeter – William Miller, KC0FHN
  • Twelfth Prize: Delta 4B Coax Switch- Michael F Nagel, Sr, W5KME


Winter Workshop 2022
– On Thursday, Dec. 29, PPRAA conducted a hands-on workshop to build tape measure yagi antennas.
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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!
– 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).

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.

The Swapfest
– Sunday February 18, 2024 (0900-1300)
– Adams County Fairgrounds
– Brighton, Colorado
– More info here.

Soldering Workshop
– Saturday February 24, 2024 @ 10:00am
– Rick & Kathy Wildman’s Shop
– 6225 McCandlish Road, Falcon CO 80831 (use Peyton for city if using a gps)
– Limit 10

Winter Field Day 2024
– January 27-28, 2024
– Setup Friday afternoon
– Operating: Saturday noon to Sunday noon
– PPRAA location: Cheyenne Mountain State Park
– See Winter Field Day Tab
– More info here.

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

Winter 2024 Hamfest
– Saturday January 20, 2024 (0800-1300)
– Thomas M. McKee 4H Building at The Ranch
– Loveland, Colorado
– More info here.

Cheyenne Mountain Repeater Group (CMRG) – Annual Meeting
– Saturday, 28 October 2023
– 1100, Zoom meeting
– Email or for meeting link and passcode.

PPRAA Ham Radio Go Kit Show and Competition
– Saturday, October 28, 2022
– 1200-1500 (12:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
– Library 21c, “Venue” room, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs CO 80920
– Prizes for:

  • Smallest/lightest go-kit with greatest capability
  • Least expensive go-kit with greatest capability (please bring a component list with prices listed to compete)
  • Fun prize: greatest power draw from your batteries
  • Fun prize: heaviest go-kit you can carry at a run

– More info here.

– Sunday, 8 October 2023
– 0900-1300
– Boulder County Fairgrounds, Longmont, CO
– More info here.

105th Anniversary of the Colorado Peak to Peak Byway
– Saturday, 30 September 2023
– 0800-1600
– On Air
– More info here.

PPRAA Picnic
– Sunday, October 1, 2023.
– Fox Run Regional Park – Pavilion #4
– 1100-1600, food served at 1400.
– Club will provide burgers, brats, chips, drinks.
– Bring a side dish or dessert to share.
– Come early to operate portable from the park.

Field Day
– Saturday, 24 June 2023 1200 to Sunday, 25 June 2023 1200
– See Field Day tab above

Museum Ships Weekend Event
– Friday June 2, 1800hrs to Sunday June 4, 2023, 1800hrs
– On Air
– More info here.

The WWV Frequency Celebration
– 2-4 March 2023
– 2 March (1700-1900) – Museum of Discovery Evening Lecture
— Seating is limited. Register here.
– 3 March (0900-1100 and 1500-1700) – Tours of the NIST Boulder Lab as well as WWV and WWVB
— Registration Required. Register here.
– 4 March (1000 – 1500) – Tune In: the WWV Frequency Celebration
– More info here.

PPRAA Winter Workshop
– December 29, 2022
– 1700-1930 hrs
– Library 21C CreateSpace
– Build a tape measure yagi
– materials provided for a fee
– limited seats, sign up info coming soon

PPRAA Fox Hunt
– Sunday, 15 Jan 2023
– Mobile Fox Hunt, Colorado Springs
– 3 foxes will be hidden
– 09:00 net will begin with hunt starting shortly after (147.345 CMRG repeater)
– 13:00 we’ll close up the net and all meet at one of the fox locations to award the prizes – Location will be given over the net
– Please check into the net to register before you start hunting so we can keep track of your time
– Call into the net when you have found a fox. Tell net control you have found fox A, B, or C.

– Prizes:
— Grand prize: fastest to find all 3 foxes
— Second place winner
— “workshop winner” the fastest to find foxes with the tape measure yagi you built in the last PPRAA workshop
— Newest licensed to find the most / fastest
— Youngest to find the most / fastest

– Frequencies:
— Net: GMRG repeater 147.345, + offset, CTCSS 107.2
— Fox A: 147.420
— Fox B: 147.480
— Fox C: 147.540

Fox Hunt Area: click on map for zoom-able version

CMRG Annual Meeting
– 29 October 2022, zoom meeting 1000-1200
– More info here.

Boy Scouts Jamboree on the Air!
– 15 October 2022
– Palmer Park, parking lot 1 and adjacent field
– 0900-1600 (9 am – 4 pm)
– PPRAA is providing an HF/VHF station
– Mentor scouts as they make contacts
– When scouts are not using our local station, reach out to other scouts at other locations
– Mentor other members of the public in getting on the air

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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:
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


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)


DRT Says “Thank You!” to PPRAA
– The DRT thank you letter to PPRAA can be read here.