Chuck Kimball (N0NHJ) Kevin Milner (KD0MA) Eric Grumling (K0JEG)
Tony Ferris (NA0US)
Russell Granger (W0CDE)
IRLP & Allstar Hosting
Kevin Milner (KD0MA)
IRLP & Allstar Support
Pete Buckley (N0ECT)
Ken Rahn (KB0HP)
Kevin Milner (KD0MA)
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CLUB
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.