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10m & 2m Net -
(Today!)Thursday, 13 June 2024
- (28.390MHz SSB at 1900 MDT)
- (147.345+MHz, 107.2ctcss at 2000 MDT)
Board -
Monday, 8 July 2024
General Membership -
Wednesday, 10 July 2024

See the Meetings page for times and locations.

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PPRAA Proposed Updated Bylaws: PPRAA Bylaws. Please review for upcoming membership vote. Current Bylaws are under the About PPRAA tab.


USS Pueblo Memorial for Museum Ships Weekend

– Contacts with USS Pueblo Memorial N0K QSL to:
PPRAA (USS Pueblo)
PO Box 16521
Colorado Springs, CO 80935-6521
– SASE are appreciated but not required, we will send cards to all confirmed contacts.


Major Events


General Membership meeting (12 June) 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.

Field Day
– Saturday, 22 June 2024 1200 to Sunday, 23 June 2024 1200
– See Field Day tab above

Central States VHF Society 2024 Conference
– July 25-28, 2024
– The registration link is: 56th Annual CSVHFS Society Conference-Annual Conference
– Room Reservation link is: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/G9668829
— Note that we have a special conference room rate when you use the link.
– Convention web site at: https://2024.csvhfs.org/

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

PPRAA Picnic and Car Show
– Saturday, August 17, 2024.
– Fountain Creek Regional Park – Pavilion #3
– 1000-1600, food served at 1230.
– Club will provide burgers, brats, chips, drinks.
– Bring a side dish or dessert to share.
– Come early to operate portable from the park.
– Bring your vehicle and show off your mobile installation. Win Prizes!
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Denver Radio Club Ham Fest
– Sunday August 25, 2024 (0900-1300)
– Adams County Fairgrounds
– Brighton, Colorado
– More info here.


On Air Events

Fox River Radio League 100th Anniversary
– Jun 1-Jun 15, 0000Z-2359Z
– W9CEQ
– Batavia, IL. Fox River Radio League. 14.260 14.035 7.260 7.035. Certificate & QSL. FRRL – K9MMS, PO Box 673, Batavia, IL 60510.
– Info here.

WWII D-Day 80th Anniversary
– un 1-Jun 28, 0000Z-2359Z
– GB80DDAY
– Berkshire, ENGLAND. Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society. All bands; all modes. QSL. See website for, QSL, information, ENGLAND. Operating from the Control Tower each Saturday, and Thursday June 6; remote other times. Other activities will occur throughout the event at the Control Tower.
– Info here.

W2D D-Day Commemoration
– Jun 1-Jun 14, 1300Z-2200Z
– W2D
– Hunt Valley, MD. Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum (ARCNEM). 14.244 14.044 7.244 7.044. Certificate & QSL. K3NY, 108 Brent, Arnold, MD 21012. Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum (ARCNEM) will operate W2D in commemoration of the anniversary of D-Day and the role of electronics in WWII. Primary operation will be June 1-June 6 with additional operation possible during June 7-14 as operator availability permits. Operation on 80M (3.544, 3.844), additional bands and digital modes possible during event. Frequencies +/- according to QRM. QSL and Certificate available via SASE;
– 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

(7/22/23)

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!
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).
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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.

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

Museum Ships Weekend Event
– Friday May 31, 1800hrs to Sunday June 2, 2024, 1800hrs
– On Air
– More info here.

PPRAA Proposed Updated Bylaws: PPRAA Bylaws. Please review for upcoming membership vote. Current Bylaws are under the About PPRAA tab.


Pueblo ARC, Pueblo West ARC, and PPRAA will activate USS Pueblo Memorial for Museum Ships Weekend

For information on Museum Ships Weekend event see here. There are now over 100 ships participating in the event.

We will be operating from the USS Pueblo Memorial at the Pueblo Convention Center. We will be in the Bernstein Room and in the parking lot. The plan is to have at least three stations on the air and are looking for station operators / loggers. We will  be operating from 1800MDT Friday 31 May until 1759MDT Sunday 2 June (0000Z 01 Jun 2024 – 2359Z 02 Jun 2024). Talk-In will be on the Baculite Mesa repeater: 146.790- CTCSS 88.5 W0PHC

We have arranged for a discount block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott Pueblo Downtown (connected to the Convention Center). The rate will be $107/night+tax (does not include breakfast). Must book by 21 May. Call 719-542-3200 ext 2 or use the link: Book your group rate for USS Pueblo Museum Ship Weekend Activation.

Friday 31 May – Join us to kick things off with a private movie Screening of Pueblo: A Year of Crises in America – 6:00PM Pueblo Convention Center Bernstein Room. Join us for the event kickoff with a Friday Night Mixer to meet other amateur operators interested in this event. We will then be screening this newly released USS Pueblo documentary to help folks better understand the history of the USS Pueblo what our veterans endured during their captivity in North Korea. (Check out the movie trailer and Learn About this newly released Film by Director – Bill Lowe) If you would like to attend the movie please RSVP at the following link (this helps us provide a count for seating and refreshments):
RSVP

See USS Pueblo for more information on the USS Pueblo history and incident. There may be other activities along the Pueblo Riverwalk when not operating.

Operating shifts will be in one hour blocks. You may sign up for multiple blocks and for consecutive blocks. Due to Convention Center hours our specific operating windows are TBD. Email to and we will email you a link to the sign up schedule. All operators will receive a certificate of participation.

Additional supporting organizations include:
– Pueblo Home of Heroes Association
– The Jenny and Albert Gersick Foundation

If your club would like to contribute to funding this event to help cover expenses (facility rental, QSL card printing and mailing, etc.) please email us.

– QSL to:
PPRAA (USS Pueblo)
PO Box 16521
Colorado Springs, CO 80935-6521
– SASE are appreciated but not required, we will send cards to all confirmed contacts.

Watch this space for updates

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

POTA Spring Support Your Parks Weekend
– 20-21 April 2024 0900-1600
– Club AF0S park activation
– Location: Cheyenne Mountain State Park (near the Falcon Amphitheater at the very top of the park)
– IMPORTANT – In all Colorado State Parks, a daily pass is required on each vehicle (not each person) entering the park. A single day pass is $10.00 and can only be purchased at the park. Beginning in 2023, the State of Colorado introduced an option to purchase an annual vehicle pass for $29 when renewing your vehicles license plates. If you have missed the window on including the pass with your vehicle registration, and would like to avoid the daily fee every time you visit a park, Colorado Parks and Wildlife still offers an annual vehicle pass for $80.00.
– Please view the map under more info link.
– More info here!

AB2SG Foxhunt
– Saturday, March 30, 2024
– More info here.

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

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.

BARCfest
– 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.

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
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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:
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)