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The Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club is offering Technician Class preparation instruction. This will be a two day session Jan 9, and Jan 16,  2016 meeting in the Poudre Valley REA Building at 7649 Rea Pkwy, Fort Collins, CO. This is a free session and study material will be provided upon registration.  For information please send an email to secretary@ncarc.net Hope to see you there

On Saturday January 23, 2016, NCARC will once again offer the first hamfest of the year. Read all about here. Vendor tables are available now. The Hamfest is bigger and better than last year. We hope to see everyone there.

Golden Corral

The next general club will be on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Club meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month at the Golden Corral, 1360 SCULPTOR DRIVE, LOVELAND, CO It is located off E. Eisenhower (US Hwy 34) with an adjoined Kohl's parking lot. Join us at 8 am for breakfast, then the meeting starts at 9 where the last order of business is a presentation about some aspect of ham radio. Meeting agendas are published before the meeting on the member's area alongside the other meetings minutes.

The 448.025 repeater on the Budweiser Event Center is having a problem right now and is only 'whispering".  The measurements taken show the repeater is hearing just fine, but is transmitting less than 100mW. (yes, that's milliwatts!)    The finals on the repeater are dead.

We are in the process or ordering a replacement repeater.  This will take a several weeks to get in, configure, and get installed.  The new repeater will be a Yaesu DR-1X C4FM on the same frequency.  It will initially be configured in 'auto' mode which means if it hears an analog signal, it transmits analog, and if it hears digital, it will transmit digital.  This is going to give our club members an interesting new mode in northern Colorado.

Additional details about the installation will be posted as they are available.

At Saturday's club meeting, a major new upgrade to our club repeater system was approved.  This is a big project that we feel brings a great many things to this club.

Please view the proposal here:

We'd like to solicit some help from folks to assemble into teams at the various sites to install this gear. If you'd like to help out, or have questions, feel free to contact the Technical Committee Chair; James at  techchair@ncarc.net. Come be a part of YOUR club!

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 continues to progress though our countries lawmakers.  This measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions.


We encourage every ham radio operator to become familiar with this act and to contact their representatives.  


There is enumarable information about this act on the ARRL web site.

This is a reminder that the FCC is no longer sending paper licenses.  This is a change that started in February, 2015.  

For some information from the ARRL on this change and how to get a paper license, go to "obtain-licnese-copy".

To get a copy of your license, get your FCC Registration Number (FRN) and password and go to the FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS), or call the FCC at 877-480-3201.

The next NCARC Board of Directors meeting will be Tuesday November 10,  2015 at the Golden Corral in Loveland (the same one as the general club meetings).  We'll start meeting there around 5 or 5:30 for dinner and informal conversation.  The formal meeting will start at 6:00pm.

The FCC has recently stopped charging for amateur radio operators for vanity call signs.  They realized that is was costing them more to process them than the charges.  The details can be found in the news release from the ARRL.

Gary KE0AAZ and Greg AD0JP, are interested in getting some activity going on 6 meters.  Right now they both have vertically polarized omnidirectional antennas up, and are primarily working and monitoring on 50.130 MHz USB.  Greg can be contacted for signal reports, antenna questions etc at gregella53@gmail.com

The club holds a net each Wednesday at 6:30 pm on the 447.275 repeater (100 Hz tone).  This net starts as a formal net with check-ins and an opportunity to ask questions of the board and members.  Then switches to an informal net where participants can chat about anything on their mind.


The club holds a technical net on Monday at 7:00 p.m. on the 447.275 (100 Hz tone)  This is a great chance for you to ask any question you might have about radios, antenna, or just how to get on with that project. No questions is to simple come join us.

All Meeting Notes, Agendas and Financial Reports are posted on the Members Only page.


Want to have access to the Members Only page, be on the members only mail distribution list and other details related to the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club?  After  joining the club, members are sent information on how to access these areas by logging in.  If you are already a member and have not been given access please contact the Webmaster.

 If you find any broken links while using these pages, please contact the Webmaster and tell us what you found.


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