COLORADO CONNECTION NEWS
March 2, 2018: A clarification on the 310 machine, the repair involved using a backup antenna that isn’t as high performing as the primary antenna. Users at extended distances will notice a decrease in transmit signal received. This will likely be the case until we can get back to the site in the spring.
February 9, 2018: 310 Machine is back up! Diagnosis was on target, the main antenna had suffered a mechanical failure. U-bolts holding it in place had been broken.
February 8, 2018: 310 Machine is down. High wind destroyed the antenna. A repair trip will be attempted Feb 9th.
February 1, 2018: A new net! The Colorado Emergency Reporting Net. Meets each evening at 6:30pm local time. Purpose is to gather and coordinate volunteers to be monitoring the Colorado Connection for emergency traffic. Volunteers sign up for a particular hour and are available to handle emergency traffic should it occur.
January 12, 2018: New Website! Upgraded from native HTML to WordPress. Quite different. Pictures and coverage maps for the various repeaters still needs some work, but declared the new version better than the old, so made it live! Thanks to John Maxwell for the help in getting it set up.
January 12, 2018: The Breckenridge machine appears to have weak transmit power. Reception with mobile rigs is fine, but reception with handhelds seems to be intermittent. Receive sensitivity is fine.
January 12, 2018: The Kremling machine is down. Cause unknown, may need to wait until summer to diagnose it.
November 4, 2017: Mount Thoridin back up! It was a power amplifier issue and is now repaired.
November 3, 2017: Mount Thoridin is down! We believe the issue to be a power amplifier. A crew is beiiing assembled for a speedy repair.
October 27, 2017: Akron is back up! Many thanks to Willam AC0KQ.
June 25, 2017: Baldy back up! (link to Western Slope) The link to the western slope is back up! Many thanks to the voluneers who made this possible. The system is whole again.
Mid March, 2017: Baldy down (link to Western Slope) The wind storm most of us experienced in the plains and mountain valleys was even more intense on the mountain tops and our Baldy site fell victim. As best we can tell from some picture we got, there must have been winds in excess of 140MPH. The site was shredded. Solar panels ripped off their bases and the main antenna blown off its mast. The building is still on its base, but snow is getting in. Repairs will need to wait until the end of mud season before we can get equipment and people to the site to repair it, so our link between the front range and mountains will be down for a while.
We have two different plans for how to fix things when we can get up there. Easiest/cheapest is to just re-build the repeater location—maybe a bit stronger, but that is just trying to stack the odds of surviving a similar event just a little bit better. 140MPH+ is pretty tough to survive. Our preferred plan is to start building some redundant digital links between the front range and mountains, so that even if one site goes offline for some reason, we’ll have a backup. While better, clearly costs more too, so budget and donations have as much an impact on what we do as technical ability. Yes, that is a plug for donations!
December 14, 2016: Repeater Usage Guidelines We realized other than some basics on special events, we didn’t have a consolidated Repeater Usage Guidelines listed anywhere. Dave (N0PEO) took the lead and we have these now. The link is on the home page. Hopefully all common sense, but still good to have in writing.
November 23, 2016: Colorado Sprimngs Repeater issues We areh having some issues with the Colorado Springs repeater. It has attention.
November 23, 2016: Craig and Steamboat Springs back, links back, new maps The Eagle hub and all of the radios linking into it are now on the same coordinated frequency, so the western slope is fully re-linked again. The Craig and Steamboard Springs repeaters are also back online and using the new PL tone as well. Finally, added a new (but not quite complete) total coverage map from Doug (K2AD).
August 14, 2016: Link Radio upgrades One of our core link frequencies was set up with an uncoordinated pair many years ago. Being way deep in the mountains, it hasn’t been an issue and still isn’t, but we decided it was time to “Do it right” and use a coordinated pair. This isn’t easy as that frequency is used by a lot of our repeaters and we can’t change them all at exactly the same time. We have started and are updating all the repeater sites as fast as we can. While that is going on, we are clearly breaking/fixing links each weekend as we visit each site Until complete, mountaintop linking is going to be quite unpredictable. Bear with us, we will be done soon.
August 14, 2016: Lots of fixes!!! Summer repeater maintenence is in full swing! Colorado Springs is now back up and fully functioning as well as Grand Junction is now fully back online. Grand Junction is now on 88.5Hz PL as well, so all repeaters are on the new tone finally.
July 28, 2016: PL Tone updates: We are down to only one repeater left on the old 88.5Hz tone. Our last holdout is Grand Junction.
July 28, 2016: Winer Park Update: For Winter Park, we have upgraded from a simplex repeater to a full repeater. Frequency is is 147.285+ / 88.5hz.
June 12, 2016: Durango Repeater: We have it and and it is online!!! We are using the same frequency as the Vail repeater. If you are in the neighborhood, give it a try.
April 7, 2016: Colorado Springs Repeater: After our primary repeater failed (PA down) a couple weeks ago, our backup repeater failed too! For now Colorado Springs is down.
February 27, 2016: CTCSS Tones: Emphasized CTCSS tones listed are input tones. We are still using 123Hz for output tones on most repeaters. Should not matter for most folk.
February 27, 2016: Coverage maps: Thanks to Tim (KB0RBH) again, fixed a broken link for the Colorado Springs coverage map.
February 27, 2016: Link map: Thanks to Tim (KB0RBH) realized the link map was quite old and out of date. It has been removed temporarily as it isn’t editable and need to be re-created from scratch.
February 27, 2016: Colorado Springs: The Colorado Springs repeater has been having PA problems. We believe it to be OK now, but isn’t the permanent fix yet.
November 19, 2015: Kremling back Online: The Kremling repeater is back online and using an 88.5Hz PL tone.
November 19, 2015: Web Links Update: Thanks to Olivia for noting some outdated links on our web links page. The links for Colorado State Patrol and National Forest Service have been refreshed.
November 19, 2015: Colorado Springs down: The snow storm of Nov 17th took out the Colorado Springs repeater temporarily. It should be back up again stoon.
November 19, 2015: Akron Repeater back Online: We have a new home for the Akron repeater and it is back online. With the move and update the PL tone has been updated to 88.5Hz as well. Eastern coverage has returned!
September 9, 2015: Walden Repeater PL tone Change: The Walden repeater is now using an 88.5Hz PL tone.
September 3, 2015: Red Cross Net: This has been going a while now, just catching up on announcements. They meet on this repeater the first Thursday of the month at 6pm local time.
September 3, 2015: Colorado Traffic Net new time: The traffic net has a new time, 7:00. It is also extended to 25 minutes, ending 7:25. They have an update website too, noted on the Scheduled Nets page.
September 3, 2015: Preparedness Net Returns at a new time: The preparedness net is back! The new time is 9:30am and still on Saturdays.
September 3, 2015: 145.310 Transition: The transition period where we have a mix of PL tone support for the voting 145.310 machines is about to end. The last voting receiver supporting 123Hz will transition to 88.5Hz this weekend.
August 31, 2015: New Pictures! As part of an effor to refresh the website, new pictures too! From the work parties going on this summer, we’re getting some new repeater site pictures. No mystery that most of the repeater site pictures are about 20 years old, so updates are way overdue. New pictures for the Salida (Methodist Mountain) and Leadville repeater sites have been posted. Views are always fantastic, main differnece is new equipment.
August 29, 2015:PL TONE CHANGES HIT THE FRONT RANGE!! The ongoing changeover from 123Hz to 88.5Hz has hit the front range. The voting repeaters in Denver are a mix of 12Hz and 88.5Hz. It is strongly recommended to change your radios to 88.5Hz during this transition period. The Colorado Springs repeater changed PL tone to 88.5Hz today. Repeater lists on the website will keep up with the changes. Best bet: if the repeater isn’t hearing you and you are still using 123Hz, it maybe that the repater changed input PL tones!
August 29, 2015:Kremling temporarily down. The motor boat noise heard over the past week was isolated to a failing controller on the Kremling repeater. The repeater was taken offline today to repair the controller. Hopefully will be back soon.
August 29, 2015:Website getting updates! After quite a long haitus, the website is getting a few updates. Right now it is taking care of communicating system changes. Hopefully soon will get a more significant refresh.