JPARA

See our maps

On the two map pages, just hoover your cursor over the "CACTUS" symbol on the map and click, it will take you to that particular site information page. PS...there is a link to the home page hidden on there too. I'll bet you find it.
Backbone Map
Milt Jensen
Microwave Radio Failure on Heliograph --- System Outage

What is JPARA?

Jacks Peak Amateur Radio Association (JPARA) is an amateur "ham" radio organization. We are an affiliate of the Cactus Intertie System. The club owns and operates an extensive network of linked radios, and remote base stations, most located high on a mountain top. To support this effort, the club has a full T-1 circuit running through six sites along the southern corridor. Also used are traditional UHF full duplex links, and ROIP (Radio Over Internet Protocol) links to reach some of the remote locations.

Our Backbone sites are more that just repeaters. They are actually "REMOTE BASE" stations. They are connected to a very complex controller, usually either a Palomar or Sierra Control Systems device. Unlike some of the other systems where the links are hard connected, our link are totally controllable. By FCC rule, the Remote base designation requires that every operator has to be a control operator of the system. This takes a fair amount of training, and because of this our system is considered a "MEMBERS ONLY" system

The club is comprised of members from throughout the state of New Mexico and far West Texas. Members come from a variety of backgrounds, some directly related to the radio field, and some not. There is a wealth of technical information available for the asking, or just a "good afternoon".

The Club callsign

This club was originally issued the FCC callsign of WB5QHS. Through some "creative licensinng", Milt and the club also had several other vanity calls, such as K5SAN for Sandia Crest, K5BEN for Benson Ridge, and K5CAB for Caballo Peak.

There was a problem with this, though. Over the years, FCC Part97 had changed and clubs were no longer allowed to do this. Existing licenses were grandfatherd in, but with Milt's passing, this was no longer the case. We were forced to comply with the modern standards.

With Milt's untimely passing, the club wanted to honor his memory. After a series of email discussions, the Board agreed to pursue a single call concept. After talking with Millt's family, the club was given permission to obtain his callsign, N5IA in memorial. All of the existing vanity calls had to be cancelled, except the QHS call. Then, working through both the FCC and the ARRL CLUB branch, all of the necessary re-licensing was completed. The FCC issued N5IA back to the club that Milt loved so dearly.

Now, when you hear the ID on the system, you will be forever reminded of Milt's presence.



N5IA

Hear Here

If you would like to listen into one of the networks, we stream audio to the WEB:

Cactus

Aux-Link

Contact the Club Officers:

Rick W5CF - President - w5cf@ymail.com
Martin WB5LJO - Vice-president - wb5ljo@k5wph.org
Pete - KA7VYH - Treasurer - mhamilton1961@gmail.com
Larry - N5BG- Secretary - lgriggs@aznex.net

Webmaster: Pat, NM5C@comcast.net
Asistant: Rick, W5CF@ymail.com