About the Fun Machine

The “Fun Machine” is a system built and deployed for ARES use.  The Fun Machine and it’s affiliates believe in promoting use of the system, first for emcom and second for staying in touch, teaching and learning!  When it’s not being used for ARES it’s a regional system giving amateurs the opportunity to stay in touch and discuss anything from the weather to technical topics.  We can be a bit goofy some times but easily switch to our “serious” face during an incident or event.  We do allow incoming internet connections except when the system is linked to various local ARES nets or other ARES duties as the connects/disconnects are quite disruptive.  I ask for a favor from all fun machine users, please follow KD0MBL’s example and be ambassadors to the hobby and the system.  If you hear a new call sign on the system, don’t hesitate to say “hi” and “welcome”!

Email me your phone number to be added to our groupme group or add yourself to the email reflector so you can stay updated on the system status.

Our system is built from the asterisk/app_rpt software and industrial computers run the nodes.  Almost everything you see on the Fun Link Status is connected via private microwave between Pueblo, Canon City, Pueblo West and Boone.  The longest microwave shot is about 42 miles at 5.8gHz.  Cotopaxi is an RF link until a microwave path can be established.  The system now has about 115 miles of microwave links and about 100 miles from Methodist in the west to Boone in the east.

They’re also aprstt enabled so if you’re traveling and familiar with arpstt you’re in luck.  If you’re not familiar see this website APRStt

Watch Amanda K1DDN for her “HamTails” segment on Ham Nation live on Wednesday nights 7pm local time with Bob Heil, Gordon West and George Thomas.

Mototrbo system Cañon City! Note:  The configuration has recently changed, go to the RMHAM website for up to date programming information.

The MotoTRBO XPR8400 repeater is located on Fremont Peak. This is a $1900 investment to support emcom.  The frequency is 446.7375 Color Code 7.  Click the RMHAM link for more info on MotoTRBO. Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Local Canon City Weather and an image of Fremont Peak/Canon City Area.  You can actually see Pueblo in the distance.

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