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Press Releases and Public Announcements / Ham radio lessons
« on: January 11, 2019, 03:47:48 PM »
My apologies I forgot to post this earlier but there is a ham radio class tomorrow starting at 9am for those interested.

Amateur Radio License Class


Date: Saturday January 12, 2019 9:00am – 1:00pm (Just one week away!)


Place: Rocky Mountain College Library Building, 1511 Poly Drive Billings, MT 59102
(Enter from17th Street, drive east on Permit Park till it dead-ends in parking lot, Enter building directly adjacent to parking lot, with Trojan Horse Sculpture at doorway.)


This is the highly-successful class that will lead you to your first Amateur Radio license.


Costs: The license class is FREE.

The FCC Exam fee is $15.


Here’s the process:

Attend the license class at the RMC Library on the date and time above
Study at home the next week (we recommend one hour/day)
Take the FCC Exam here in Billings on Saturday, January 19, 2019, 10:00 am at Rocky Mountain College (same location of class on January 12!)
Attend “New Ham Night” on Wednesday, Wednesday January 30, 2019, 6:00-9:00 pm at the United Way of Yellowstone County at 2173 Overland Avenue in Billings and enjoy your Ham Radio License the rest of your life!

Added Bonus: when you obtain your Ham Radio License, the Yellowstone Radio Club grants you free membership for one year in the local club! (a $25 Value!)


What can you do with your Ham Radio License?


Operate a base station, mobile radio, or handheld radio
Communicate with other ham radio operators around the world
Communicate through satellites, including talking directly with the astronauts on the International Space Station
Conduct computer-to-computer Live Chat conversations with other hams – with no wires, no cellphones, no WiFi, and no internet between you
Provide Health and Safety radio communications for local community events like Peaks-to-Prairie, Montana Marathon, and several others
Provide emergency radio communications in times of disaster to help your family and neighbors

Plus, if you are currently a student:

Volunteer Activities look very good on college applications (required for many schools and scholarships)
Obtaining an FCC Ham Radio License looks really good on a job application
The activities and technology of Ham Radio can lead to a career in electronics or communications

Questions, please contact Charlie Hanson/N7ERG at (406) 696-2039, or email him at

YRC Club Website:

For this weekends ride to Cody WY we will be riding McCullough Peak on Saturday and Red Lake on Sunday.
Both days we will meet at the Irma for breakfast at approximately 8AM and leave there between 9 and 930. The Irma is located at 1192 Sheridan Ave, Cody, WY 82414 and they have a great breakfast buffet for those interested.
I (Chet) will be your ride leader unless someone else with more experience in these areas volunteers.

I am sorry I did not see your message until just now :( I was already on the road by this point please forgive me.

For this weekends ride we will be having a photo scavenger hunt with prizes from Honda, Hanson Motorsports and B & B Tire. The rules will be announced at the ride starting Saturday morning and there is no cost to club members. We will also have a prize for the best potluck dish on Saturday night of $25 in lottery scratch tickets. I hope we will see you all of you there this weekend for some great fun and fellowship.


I am afraid that circumstances kept me from this ride and I have not heard from anyone as yet on how it was but hopefully at the next meeting we will hear a report on the ride.

We are taking a poll to determine who is riding this weekend at Wicked Creek and Big Timber and would appreciate your input. If you are riding this weekend  please let us know by responding to this message or send a reply to

McCullough Peaks
A day ride that is a short distance from Cody, Wy and is a new ride area for the club. This will be a first time ride for most and is listed as having roughly 150 miles of trails. We are combining this with a return ride to Red Lake the next day on Sunday for those who want to make it an overnight ride. There are several campgrounds and motels in the area with affordable rates.

Red Lake
This can be a single day ride or be combined with the previous day at McCullough peaks. This is a scrub brush plains area with a lot of little play areas. There is lots of local camping areas or hotels for those staying the weekend.

There is no set date for the start of this ride. Some will be there on the Tuesday or Wednesday before but officially we will meet at the Merry Widow Campground for rides starting Friday the 31st at 9am approximately. Friday night we usually meet in Boulder for a buffet dinner at Boulder River Pizza and Subs. Saturday night we have a potluck dinner at the Merry Widow social hall and Sunday we get together for a Ice Cream social. You can call for reservations at the campground at 406-225-3220 US-212 Billings, MT 59101
Follow I-90 W to MT-2 W in Cardwell.
Take exit 256 from I-90 W 2 h 46 min (190 mi)
Continue to I-15 S 35 min (33.8 mi)
Follow I-15 S to Basin.
Take exit 156 from I-15 S 8 min (7.6 mi) Drive to I-15 Frontage Rd 56 s (0.3 mi)
29 I-15 Frontage Rd Boulder, MT 59632

This is not a club sanctioned ride but is still a lot of fun.

Press Releases and Public Announcements / June board meeting the 18th
« on: June 15, 2018, 01:38:45 PM »
There will be a meeting of the board on June 18th at the 4b's restaurant at 6pm.

We can meet at Bear Lodge Resort at 8am for breakfast and leave from there at 9am to begin the ride. Our ride leader will be Terry Hanson. Any further instructions will be updated here when they are forwarded to us.
Billings, MT 59101
Take I-90 E to US-14 W in Sheridan County. Take exit 9 from I-90 E
1 h 46 min (119 mi)
Follow US-14 W to your destination
45 min (32.1 mi)
5600 US-14 ALT
Dayton, WY 82836

This is a two day camping ride for those who wish to camp for the night.  There are several strructured campgrounds in the area and some rough campgrounds. There is a street dance Saturday night as a benefit to help fight breast cancer. We will announce meet areas and ride leaders at a later time.
Billings, MT 59101
Head west on I-90 W
12.8 mi
Take exit 434 for US-212/US-310 toward Laurel/Red Lodge
0.3 mi
Turn left onto US-212 W/US-310 E
11.6 mi
Continue straight to stay on US-212 W/US-310 E
Continue to follow US-212 W
31.6 mi
At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto US-212 W/Broadway Ave N
Continue to follow US-212 W
Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
Passing through Wyoming
Entering Montana

We will be riding this Sunday from The Natural Bridge Falls picnic area to Independence lake. We will meet at the Country Skillet at 8am for breakfast in Big Timber off exit 367. We will leave there at approximately 9am and head to Natural Bridge to unload and begin our ride. These are the directions for the restaurant and park area:

WARNING: Rattlesnakes have been seen in this parking lot in the past but we have never had an incident. Please be aware of your surroundings.

For those interested in breakfast we can meet at Chico Hot Springs where they serve a breakfast buffet at 8am. We will meet at the snowbank Campground at approximately 9AM and leave from there at approximately 930AM.
This trail is only rated for machines that are 50" wide. This is a new trail that is a 21 mile loop so we will be exploring this trail together for the first time.
These are the directions to the restaurant and campground:
Snowbank Campground

Mill Creek Rd, Livingston, MT 59047

For those who are interested in a little relaxation after the ride Chico Hot Springs is only 13 miles away from the campground.

This is a two day ride starting from the Jellison campground. It can be ran as a two day or one day ride. Directions are here: Ride will start at approximately 930AM. Anyone interested in leading this ride please let us know at the meeting.

We will meet Saturday morning at the unload site and leave from there at approximately 930AM. Directions from Billings are here: This a two day ride or you can come for just the day on Sat or Sun. Anyone who would like to volunteer to be a ride leader would be appreciated. Riders have decided they would like to meet for breakfast at the Rosebud cafe in Absarokee at 8am and anybody who would like to join them is invited. Woody Has volunteered to be the ride leader on Sunday.

Rosebud cafe
18 S Woodard Ave
Absarokee, MT 59001

We will meet at the Brandin Iron Cafe at 483 Shoshone Ave for those of you who would like to meet for breakfast at 8AM on Sunday June 10th. For those of you who would like to go straight to the unload site the directions from Billings can be found here: We will leave from the unload site at approximately 930AM. We do need a ride leader for this trail or we can just go exploring if we don't have a volunteer.

I (Pastor Fred Rodda) am willing to lead the Pryor Ride, although I do not know the Sykes road portion coming in from the WY side. I would prefer to come in on the Mt side, meeting at Rock Creek Restaurant at 8 and then meeting at the Warren stone plant turning off Route 310 at the Quarry Rd. at 915. We could then go back to Stockman Trail 2850 for a start and stop point. This way we would not have to drive as far from Billings in the morning and from at the end of the day. We should be able to cover most of the trails possibly including Sykes rd this way.

If you were planning on going on this Sunday ride, please let me know and also if this change would be OK with you.
Pastor Fred Rodda
cell 406.670.7975 cell

We have two sanctioned rides this weekend one for Basin and one for the Little Belts. The Basin ride is just south of Boulder, MT and we usually stay together at the Merry Widow Health Mine and Campground.
Make reservations at:
Merry Widow Health Mine and Campground.
29 I-15 Frontage Rd
Basin, MT 59631
(406) 225-3220

More information forthcoming on the Little Belts

** OFFICIAL ** Current Club-Sanctioned Rides / Red Lake May 19-20
« on: April 25, 2018, 09:46:37 PM »
We have a planned ride for the weekend at Red Lake which is a new riding area for the club so we can explore a new area together

From South Billings Blvd head west on I-90 to the second Laurel exit
Turn left onto US 212 to Fort Rockvale then turn left onto US 310
Follow US 310 to MT 72/WYO 120 just south of Bridger and turn right
Follow HWY 72/ WYO 120 to Cody
In Cody Turn right onto River View Dr Turn left onto 12th St
Turn right onto Salsbury Ave Salsbury Ave turns slightly left and becomes 11th St
Continue onto S Fork Ave Continue onto Skyline Dr Continue onto Rd 6Wxe
The parking area is on the left.
The Ponderosa Campground has reservations available and looks like a very nice park for those who want to stay the weekend. There is also a KOA that has spots available.

Ponderosa Campground
1815 8th St
Cody, WY 82414
(307) 587-9203

Cody KOA
5561 Greybull Hwy
 Cody, WY 82414
(307) 587-2369

Just a reminder to get your invitation acknowledgement returned to us by April 23rd to reserve your spot at the Dinner. You can also bring your invite to the meeting on April 19th. Hope to see you all there.

Attached is a copy of the dinner invite to print if you need another copy.

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