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November 17, 2016

There was an in depth presentation at the 2016 New England Amateur Radio Festival by Lynn Baxter, W0LTB, who is a CPA, Lynn has graciously allowed the NEARFEST people to make this available to the amateur radio community at their website. Here is a link to the NEARFEST Simpler Non-Profit Status for Amateur Radio Clubs presentaion. This information will help augment the presentation made at the Spring 2014 CCARC meeting. Our thanks to NEARFEST and Lynn Baxter for sharing this information and publicizing it on the ARRL Audio News.

CCARC Fall 2016 Meeting Scheduled!

September 20, 2016

The meeting will be held on October 22nd, 2016, 1:00p – 4:00p in the Timberline Conference Room, Estes Park Medical Center, 555 Prospect Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517.  The Main Entrance is on the East side of the hospital.  Park in the lot East and Northeast of the Main Entrance.  Our linked repeaters, 146.685 MHz and 449.800 MHz.  Refreshments will be provided.  Look for the signage in the hallway and the host club Estes Valley Amateur Radio Club. 

Overdue Coordinations

August 18, 2016

We’ve identified several coordinations (listed below) that are overdue.  Overdue means we’ve not recieved coordination documents from these trustees.  When a repeater coordination status is anything other than “on air” they’re not sent to the ARRL for Repeater Directory listing.  We send annual update forms via US Mail annually to the responsible person listed on each coordination.  If you’re reading this and are responsible for one of these repeaters please contact KØJSC asap.

53.270 W0BFD

145.295 WA0JTB

145.400 KB0UDD

145.415 KA0WUC

145.475 N0JOQ

146.670 KB0UDD

146.670 K0EP

146.685 NX0G

146.700 K0EP

146.790 K0LMD

146.820 NX0G

146.850 W0UPS

146.895 KA0EFF

146.925 K0IKN

146.970 N0PRG

146.970 KB0SRJ

147.015 NX0G

147.060 KD0TOS

147.105 W0DTF (pending)

147.135 AA0L

147.270 N0PRG

147.345 KC0OSG

223.980 KE0JM

224.060 KB0SRJ

224.600 W0RM

224.800 N0AFO

446.8125 W0BFD

446.825 W0DTF (pending)

446.8875 W0TLM

446.9125 KC0CVU

447.350 KC0FNE

447.350 KD0EH

447.475 NX0G

447.675 KA0WUC

448.275 AC0EX

448.300 AA0L

448.500 KB0UDD

448.650 NX0G

448.725 N7EX

448.925 W0LMA

448.950 KD0NDG

449.025 KA0WUC

449.050 WG0N

449.250 K0UPS

449.300 N1UPS

449.375 N7ONI

449.400 N0MOR

449.625 N0PRG

449.650 K0IKN

449.775 W0TX

449.850 K0EP

2017 Spring Meeting Scheduled

Big Sandy Radio Group will be hosting the April 2017 meeting.  It will be held at the Hub City Senior Center for April 29th from 1 to 4PM.  The address is 220 E Avenue, Limon, CO. From the west take I 70 to exit 359.  At the stoplight (business 70 and 24) go east (left) to the stoplight at Main and E Avenue.  Turn south (right) onto E Avenue.  The senior center is on the east side of the street.  There is parking on the street or in the lot behind the buildings. If you want to come in early and eat, Ruby's Cafe is located at 197 E Avenue.  It is American Comfort Food and moderately priced.

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70cm Band Full In Denver

July 21, 2016

As of the middle of July 2016, the both the 2m and now 70cm band in the front range from Wyoming to New Mexico is officially full and there are no more wideband pairs available. Anyone wishing to coordinate analog repeaters in the area will be asked if they wish to be waitlisted for coordination. The wait time for coordinations on 2 meters is likely 5+ years. The UHF waitlist will be similar, but likely shorter as the restrictions for UHF coordinations are easier.

We apologize for the delay in processing coordinations, but it was inevitable that the bands would fill up. Any other band is wide open at this point for coordinations, consider using a different frequency.

Jeff Carrier, K0JSC
Colorado Frequency Coordinator

Fall Meeting Minutes and Narrowband Presentation Online

October 21, 2015

Our Fall Meeting for 2015 is now one for the historybooks.  Special thanks to Royal Gorge Amateur Radio Club for access to the Cañon City EOC.  This meeting saw a giant leap forward for our frequency coordination body as the delegates have allowed us to begin using propagation tools to coordinate more difficult cases.

Please find the presentation at the end of the meeting minutes for more information.

Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Presentation Online

April 30, 2014

At the April 2014 CCARC meeting in Windsor, Wayne Heinen presented a detailed explanation of 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, their requirements as well as do’s-and-donts. The presentation is online here.

I’m sure you’ll find it very handy in understanding the inner workings of a charitable organization and how it affects your club operations.

I know that it was surely an eye opener for many folks in the room!


April 2014 Meeting

April 21, 2014

April 19, 2014, the CCARC held it’s Spring meeting at the Poudre Valley REA main office in Windsor, CO sponsored by the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club.  At this meeting, elections were held for new officers in the positions of Secretary, Frequency Coordinator and Chairman.  The only position running challenged was the Secretary position.  The Chairman is now Doug Sharp, K2AD, Frequency Coordinator, K0JSC, Jeff Carrier, and Secretary, Emit Hurdelbrink, W0UAW.  There were several items of note that happened during the meeting.  If you would like to read the minutes, they are online above under Meetings, Meeting Minutes.

CCARC Elects a New Frequency Coordinator

October 17, 2013

October 12, 2013, Colorado Springs, Colorado, the CCARC held it’s Fall 2013 meeting sponsored by CMRG, PPFMA and PPRAA at the Falcon Substation of the Colorado Springs Police Department.  The event was a housekeeping meeting where the Frequency Coordinator was elected by as the only person running for the position.  It has been filled by Paul Deeth, WA2YZT who is considered an excellent choice as he’s been a commercial broadcast engineer for 35+ years and is very familiar with commercial coordination in the broadcast arena.   Please take a moment if you see Paul to congratulate him on taking over the remaining months of a vacated position.

Next Spring meeting will be elections for Frequency Coordinator, Secretary and Chairman and a nomination committee has been stood up with Wayne Heinen as the lead.  If you’re interested in any of these positions, please get your qualifications to Wayne Heinen with an indication that you’d like to run for office!

Thanks to everyone that attended the meeting and look forward to seeing you at the next one!

Doug Sharp, Chairman
Colorado Council of Amateur Radio Clubs, Inc.


New Frequency Coordination Policy Document

December 23, 2012

The CCARC has posted the newly revised and approved Frequency Coordination Policy Document that governs all frequency coordinations in the State of Colorado. If you’re trying to apply for a new coordination in the state, please review this document first. It’s available under Frequency Coordination in the menu above.

Frequency Coordinator Update

September 4, 2012

Dear Delegates of the CCARC,

I am writing to keep you informed regarding CCARC Frequency Coordination Services and the status of the Frequency Coordinator.   As stated in my August 28 electronic communication, our elected Frequency Coordinator, Randy Long, K7AVV has been unable to serve as CCARC Frequency Coordinator.   As approved by the Executive Committee, I am now acting as Frequency Coordinator Pro Tem.  I am pleased to report that the Frequency Coordination Committee is again active, and Frequency Coordination services have resumed.  At this time approximately half of the backlog has been cleared.  The remaining requests will be processed as quickly as possible while maintaining quality of coordination.   My hope is to have all requests on file cleared within an additional two weeks.

Approximately two months ago I began to receive escalation inquiries regarding unanswered frequency coordination requests.    These inquiries were forwarded to our Frequency Coordinator, Randy Long for a response.  I was informed that due to a number of personal factors, these requests had not yet been processed.   Randy informed me he was resolving the personal issues, and was ready to assume the role of Frequency Coordinator.  He asked for some time (a week or two) in order to start working these requests.  I decided to provide support and encouragement rather than micromanagement.

A few weeks later I still had not seen coordination services resume.  The escalation e-mail messages continued.  I tried to reach Randy to discuss the situation without success.  Over the following month I sent dozens of e-mail messages, left dozens of phone voice mail messages, and sent several letters using US Mail.   To date none of these communications have been answered.  I notified the Executive Committee and provided a full briefing of the situation.

I twice convened the Executive Committee into formal session using an electronic meeting format to discuss the status of the Frequency Coordinator.   Minutes of these meetings are being posted to the CCARC web site.  After informal discussion, a motion was made to declare that Randy Long, K7AVV, had vacated the position of CCARC Frequency Coordinator.  The motion passed unanimously with the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer voting.  As per our Bylaws, the vacancy will be filled by election at the next regular meeting of the CCARC.   I will call for nominations approximately one month prior to the meeting.  Nominations will also be taken from the meeting floor.  This meeting will be held on October 20, 2012 in Glenwood Springs, CO.  (complete meeting details to follow in a few weeks.   In the interim, Doug Sharp, K2AD, will serve as Frequency Coordinator Pro Tem until the position is permanently filled at the October meeting.  The Vice Frequency Coordinator, Jim Reimer, AC0SO, remains in his current position.  Jim has offered to step up and serve as needed.   I plan to involve Jim, as well as the entire CCARC Frequency Coordination Committee, in training on the CCARC database and frequency coordination process.

Please feel free to e-mail or call if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Meeting minutes for the two e-board meetings are listed under Meeting, Minutes above.

Doug Sharp, K2AD
CCARC Chairman