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Our club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7PM, in the Clover building at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.The address is 9595 Nelson Rd and is near the intersection of Nelson and Hover Roads in Longmont. As you enter the Fairgrounds driving North from the South entrance off Nelson road, the Clover building is the building you will see directly in front of you. It is not the smaller building off to the right, which houses the current Fairground offices.

LARC Repeater Operational at New Location

The LARC VHF and UHF repeaters are now operational at their new Justice Center location.  The move took three days to dissassemble, erect new antennas, and re-assemble the repeaters at the new location.  At this time the same components are in use, but a number of items including the controllers will be upgraded over the next few months.  In addition, we hope that some final tuning should further improve performance.  Please give the repeaters a workout and report any problems.

New Technician License Class Begins Tuesday, May 30th!

A new Technician License Preparation Class begins on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.  This class runs on Mondays and Thursdays through June 22, with the test following on June 24th.  (It starts on a Tuesday for the first week because Monday is a holiday.)    To register, click on the Education link on the left.

LARC Repeater is on the move

Since I am unable to ker-chunk the repeater today, that tells me that the plan for removing the antennas from the Fire Station has occured as planned. 

The current plan is to now move the repeater(s) to the Justice Center and the target for completion is by End of Day tomorrow.

I will posat any further progess update here as I get them..,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Jerry 

 

 

VE Exam Session Sat. May 20

LARC is having a VE Exam Session on Saturday, May 20th at 10:00 am at the Niwot Fire Station at 8500 Niwot Road, Niwot, CO  80503.  It is associated with the General License Preparation Course that is completing on Thursday, May 18th, but it is open for walk-ins from the general public.  To register for this session, please click here.

May 2017 General Meeting - Program Change Announced - How to DMR

Following Joey’s great presentation on DMR, some questions were raised regarding our local variety of DMR networks, talk groups, color codes, time slots, and codeplugs.  Is there a ‘local’ DMR repeater or do we always transmit all over Colorado.  Can we run simplex on DMR?  Can we use our DMR HT to talk around the world.  When contacting others on DMR, why do we have to announce our talk group?  And how do we program all this into the radio.

New General License Preparation Class Starts MONDAY, 4/17!

Upgrade your license from Technician to General by taking our General License Preparation Class. This class runs Monday, April 17th through Thursday, May 18th (on Mondays & Thursdays) from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., with the exam to follow on May 20th.  It is a 30-hour course. The fee for this class is $20, and you can purchase the spiral-bound General Class manual for $25 from the instructors Kat (W0UM) & Bryan (AF0W) Gonderinger. These seats will fill up fast, so register now, and once paid, your seat in this class is guaranteed.

LARC Repeater Problems

After quite a period of reasonable usage of the LARC VHF repeater, the intermod problem has returned with a vengeance in the past few days.

As a result we were unable to participate in a county wide BCARES propogation test this past Monday and also were unable to hold our weekly net tonite.

We did conduct the net tonite on the UHF repeater.  Steps are in progress to get the VHF machine back on the air as soon as possible. Until then, use it if it's working and if not, switch to the UHF machine on 448.800 with a + offset and an 88.5 Hz tone.

April Club Meeting Presentation

This month's presentation will be a discussion of the RMHAM Colorado microwave linked DMR system by Joey Stanford (NV0N).

This months meeting is on April 19, always the third Wednesday of the month, at 7:00PM in the Clover Building at the Boulder Country Fairgrounds in Longmont.  Come early to meet members and get a good seat.

March Club Meeting Presentation

This month's presentation will provide an overview of Digital Voice radio with an emphasis on the worldwide D-STAR system, particularly on using the system with a personal access point device (a.k.a., hotspot). We'll take a look at solutions that can be used in the shack and on the road.  This months meeting is on March 15, always the third Wednesday of the month, at 7:00PM in the Clover Building at the Boulder Country Fairgrounds in Longmont.  Come early to meet members and get a good seat.

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