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Techfest Canceled

We regret that due to the continued risks and restrictions associated with the coronavirus, the 2020 Techfest has been canceled.

September 2020 meeting has been cancelled: We regret to announce that due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, we are cancelling the meeting for September, 2020. It is likely that we will cancel the remainder of our regular meetings for 2020. If you wish to get e-mail announcements from the club, please subscribe to our mailing list.

About the Club

The 285 TechConnect Radio Club - NAØTC was formed in 2006 by Steve - AIØW, Jim - KAØNZZ, and Nancy - KØNCC to provide a forum for technical discussions, presentations, and projects. We are an ARRL Special Service Club.

We want to provide a wide-range of learning for people interested in the technical and operating areas of ham radio to increase knowledge and license levels and provide a forum for technical learning and sharing of information. Everyone is welcome!

We are scheduled to be at Intercanyon Fire Protection District station #3, 8445 South Highway 285, for our 2020 regular meetings. Exceptions will be posted here.


Please join us every Tuesday evening on the 145.145 repeater for the TechNet at 7PM.

Mailing List

Notices go to our e-mail list. To subscribe or unsubscribe, please click here.

Ways to Support Us

The 285 TechConnect Radio Club is a participant in the Amazon Smile program. To participate, click on that link, login with your Amazon account, search for “TechConnect”, and choose our club. Then, check the box for the disclaimer:

Yes, I understand that I must always start at to support 285 Techconnect Radio Club Inc.

I've noticed that if I've not already registered a Smile program preference, Amazon will prompt when adding an item to my cart, so that would be a method for using the program on a per-purchase basis, for those who don't wish to make the club a permanent preference.

We are also registered with the King Soopers Community Rewards program. You will need to be a SooperCard participant to enroll in this program and choose our club as beneficiary. Search for the club name, or use our id number, KN433.

New Officers for 2020

The club elected new officers for 2020, for the positions of President and Vice-President. Our new club President is Jim – NØCOT, and Frank – KØFEI has moved to the position of Vice-President. Jim – KCØRPS continues as Secretary and Treasurer.

In appointed / volunteer positions, Jed – KDØYMG continues as Web Manager and Club PR, with Robb – KCØZGK continuing as TechNet Director. Bob – KDØBRA will be serving as the Director of the Techfest Committee. Larry – KØMHO will keep the coffee and doughnuts coming.

Notice Regarding Membership

In prior years, we have always included TechFest attendees in our membership rolls. Beginning in 2019, membership in the club will be seperated from TechFest attendance. We would like to invite and encourage all interested amateur radio operators to support the club and become a dues-paying member. Dues are just $10 a year.

Call For Speakers

The club is always looking for speakers for our meetings. If you would like to share your knowledge of amateur radio operation or a related technical topic, or know of someone who can speak at one of our meetings, please contact our speaker coordinator.

Proposal for a club-sponsored remote station

The club is working on the development and installation of a remote station for club member use. As always, we welcome offers of assistance for this effort. Please see the Remote Club Station page for more information.

2020 Meeting Schedule

At present, we are not scheduling any further meetings for the year 2020, unless the coronavirus situation improves. Please subscribe to our mailing list for announcements.

  • January 4th:
    • Annual Elections
  • February 1st: Chris - NØNDF talked about, and demonstrated, radio test equipment; the service monitor, Sinadder, and Bird wattmeter
  • March 7th: Mike - KØNGA presented on DMR; radio programming and operating. For a taste of DMR radio programming, see Mike's introductory video, but be aware that your radio software might look a little different, and that DMR-MARC is somewhat different from Brandmeister. DMR Operating Basics & Best Practices
  • April 4th: Canceled
  • May 2nd: Canceled
  • June 6th: Canceled
  • July - No Meeting, due to Field Day
  • August 1st: Canceled
  • September 5th: Canceled
  • October 3rd: Canceled
  • November 7th: TechFest: Canceled
  • December 5th: Holiday Lunch, 11AM at JJ Madwell's, 26412 Main Street, Conifer, CO. (Map)

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