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OUR CLUB HISTORY

There were amateur radio operators in the Glenwood Springs-Aspen area before 1969 but that was the year of the first attempt at organized activity.  First known as Glenwood Amateur Society (GAS) it consisted of Bob Cutter WN0YED(KI0G), Ken Eigsti W0LSD, Dale Hoveland, Neal Morris K0TIV and Neil Van Gaalen WA0KAP.  The primary emphasis of the group was ARRL Field Day and the first group effort was in June 1970 at a location above Glenwood Springs.

FM repeater activity came to the valley in 1976 when WR0ANT was issued an FCC license.  In those days repeaters had to be individually licensed and involved a rather detailed application for a specific site.  Sunlight Peak was chosen as WA0KAP maintained the Garfield County TV translator system and could obtain access for the machine.  One of the elements of the application was a rather complicated calculation of Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT).  The Sunlight Peak site had an HAAT of 8,815 feet.  The present location, building and tower are the same as used by WR0ANT when it went on the air November 14, 1977 on 146.07/67 MHz.

In 1977 the City of Glenwood Springs donated several Motorola mobile FM transceivers that were surplus to their police department.  The first repeater was assembled from these transceivers after considerable work and modification by Doug Bridges W0FV, KI0G, Walt Smith W0FG(sk) and WA0KAP.  The license for WR0ANT required that control operators be designated and WA0YED(KI0G), Larry Gerbaz WB0LLR(K0CL) and Fred Scully WB0FOR(K0VK) were listed.  One Glenwood police radio remained un-butchered and it was given to then high school student, Robert Burry WB0BWW.

In 1979 FCC rules were modified to allow a General or higher Amateur Radio Licensee to operate a repeater under his own call sign.  The WR0ANT repeater was changed to WA0YED/R on September 30, 1979 and to KI0G/R on 146.28/88 in 1981.  The final change to club call K0RV/R was on December 18, 1996.

The club name was changed to Ski Country Amateur Radio Club, Inc. with incorporation as a Colorado nonprofit corporation in 1983  and to more accurately reflect the regional nature of the club and its members.  The club also filed for and obtained IRS designation as a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

The club has proudly fielded an operation each Field Day since 1970. In addition it has hosted swapfests, hidden transmitter hunts and provided communications for fire emergencies and various public events.  When the FCC initiated the Volunteer Examiner program the club was quick to obtain authorization and has always prided itself in making examination sessions available when needed.

Written by Bob Cutter, KIØG


OUR SILENT KEYS

Eric Rosenquist, NA0AA
Eric passed away on Thursday, May 18th during Post Heart Surgery. His memorial was held on Vail Mountain.


Ted Wetzel, KE0TY
     It is with sadness that we announce that Ted Wetzel, KE0TY, passed away Monday November 23rd. It is hard to find a more competent engineer and supporter of Amateur Radio. Ted was always available to assist our Club freely with his time and expertise when we faced difficult technical communication problems.
     We first met Ted in 1978 when we were installing the first hardline on the Sunlight repeater. His most recent club project was the construction and installation of both the IRLP and Echo Link interface computers for Sunlight.
     Thanks for all the help through the years, my friend. Rest well!


LeRoy Snyder, KB0RCI
     Death always has that element of disbelief. LeRoy Snyder (KB0RCI) passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014. His family was with him at St. Mary's Hospital at the time. Our sympathy is extended to his family Bonnie Lee (mother), son Richard and one brother.
     LeRoy was licensed in February of 1995. He was the most active volunteer with the Ski Country Amateur Radio Club. He participated in most public service communication events from the Owl Creek Chase in the winter (Cross Country Skiing) to the Bike Ride for the Cure each summer. I'm sure that Navy cap he wore built that volunteer spirit!
     LeRoy loved to build antennas and experiment. One of my early memories was LeRoy bringing his son, Richard, to a Ham Radio Field Day when he 12. It was a pleasant surprise to see Richard attend our club's breakfast this morning. He is now working as an electronics technician in Yakima Washington. It gets better. He is studying for his Tech license. He will be using LeRoy's equipment and call in the near future.
    We miss you LeRoy! SK