Established in 1967, The GRONK Radio Network is a network of Remotely Controlled Base Stations, also known as Remote Stations or Remote Bases, operating primarily in the UHF Amateur Radio band 420-450MHz. Operating continuously for over 50 years, GRONK is the oldest mountaintop Amateur Radio Network of such remote relay stations. The Southwest where GRONK began is a dream come true with its many high mountains affording grand vistas and long radio hauls. With the vision of a handful of friends, their enthusiasm & experimentation, and plenty of hard work, an institution was born. (Be sure to read more of the history in our Background section!)
GRONK endures with the vigor of its members, coming from many walks of life. We share a common love of amateur radio, experimentation, communication, innovation, technical excellence, camaraderie, lending a helpful hand, and contributing to our community. GRONK supports the activities of many other groups, often behind the scenes or with little fanfare. Every group has its own unique character, and we encourage this diversity. Ours is a membership-based organization. We're the "Un-Cola" of the radio scene, and whether we're the flavor for you or not, the best way to know is experience. Learn more about participating on our member info page.
We believe in tried & true technologies. Likewise, we enjoy experimenting! Ours is primarily an analog radio system, however we are amidst the digital age. We began the journey with tubes, giving way to solid state, and now FPGA & DSP! We've long used APCO Project 25 (P25) as our digital flavor of choice & support it within parts of our system. Also in the digital realm, we've integrated AllStar RoIP (Radio over Internet Protocol) into our network. This adds greatly to our flexibility. What a Fine Thing indeed!
If you're a "techie" and like getting hands-on, check us out. While talking is part-in-parcel with radio, any good group needs do-ers. We have many projects and look forward to bringing aboard those enthusiastic about radio in its many facets!
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