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About the Club

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

New Meeting Location

Starting in September, the club will be holding our regular meetings at The Bridge Church at Bear Creek, 3101 South Kipling Street, in Lakewood. Please see the meeting_schedule at the bottom of this page.


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.

Notice Regarding Membership

Dues are just $10 a year, however we're suspending the dues requirement until 2022. If you'd like to formally join the club, just show up at a meeting and write your info on the signup sheet. You'll still need to join the mailing list yourself. We don't do that automatically.

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.

2021 Meeting Schedule

We have regular meetings on the 1st Saturday of each month at 10AM, except July and December. Please subscribe to our mailing list for announcements.

Coming up on December 4th, no regular meeting; instead, we'll be holding our annual holiday lunch at J. J. Madwell's, in Conifer, at 11AM.

Our next regular meeting will be on January 8th, 2022, at The Bridge Church at Bear Creek, 3101 S Kipling St, in Lakewood. Note that due to New Year's Day, this is the 2nd Saturday.


From US 285 and Kipling, go North on Kipling 1/2 mile, then turn right (East) on Dartmouth Ave. Take the next right onto Dartmouth Place – you'll see the church on your right. The immediate next right is Kipling St., and from there you can turn into the church parking lot. Please proceed to the West side of the building for parking. The meeting room entrance is on the West side of the building. Satellite view of the Bridge Church from Google Maps.

The meeting is on the 2nd floor - stairs are on the right as you walk into the building. An elevator is available.

We have coffee and doughnuts available prior to the meeting.

  • January 7th:
    • Elections: It's time to elect club officers.
    • Club Remote Station by Mark - WØQL; Our remote station should be officially available to all members. Mark (et. al.) will present on the history, status, and operating guidelines for the station. We will also have live demonstrations from club members.
  • February 4th: Bill - NØCU; When are SWR and Reflected Power Important? Presentation slides: PPT, PDF
  • March 4th: Bill Thomas - WTØDX and Paul Sobon - NOØT; 6m Operations: The Magic Band
  • April 1st: Mark Ehr - KØEHR; Activating SOTA/POTA on QRP
  • May 6th: Club anniversary, pizza party, shown'n'tell – Please join us for our club's 17th anniversary. We'll order in pizza, and talk about ham radio. Bring your radio toys, projects, and/or gear to share with the group.
  • June 3rd: Anthony Montoya - KØMCW, The Magic Behind FT8; and Mark Ehr - KØEHR, live FT8 demo.
  • July 1st: No meeting
  • August 5th: Larry Weinstein - KØNA; Working on older equipment with high voltage power supplies.
  • September 9th: Field trip for POTA Activation
  • October 7th:
    • Bud - NØIA; Radio Recollections
    • Mark - KØEHR; Digital Hotspots
  • November 4th: TechFest
  • December 2nd: Holiday Lunch, 11AM at JJ Madwell's, 26412 Main Street, Conifer, CO. (Map)

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