York County is offering a Technician License Class. This class will start Tuesday September 15 and will run through the second week of December. They usually have 2 classes per week, except for the first week of the month. The classes are held in the evening at York County OEM, at 120 Davies Dr, York, PA. This is an excellent class with a lot of detail. I’ve heard some students taking this class can even pass the General License test.
To register, contact Nate Kirschman, WN3I, email him at WN3I at comcast.net.
Gary WA3CPO and Scott N3SW went up to the Lamb’s Gap site to work on the APRS digipeater system that is now located there. Scott got some configuration information from the current Terminal Node Controller in preparation for replacing it with a newer TNC. When the new TNC is configured we will go back up the mountain to swap it out. Come out to our next SMRA meeting for updates on this project. Look for the photos in this gallery: APRS Digi at Lamb’s Gap
This Sunday, July 18, SMRA will once again be providing radio communication for the Curse of Dark Hollow bike race in Michaux State Forest. Here is some information you may find helpful:
- We generally use the 145.43 repeater out of Mount Holly Springs, but this may change depending on conditions and other technical factors. Here is some additional information about the frequencies we may use (Thanks to W0BR):
Main: 145.43, -600kHz offset, 67.0 Hz tone – Mount Holly Springs repeater
Secondary: 146.46, +1MHz offset, 67.0 Hz tone – Three Square Hollow repeater
Simplex: 146.58, no offset, no tone
Simplex (UHF): 446.00 no offset, no tone
If you are unable to come out to work the race, you can still listen in to see how it’s done. Bike races are a great way to learn how to do emergency communications (EMCOMM).
- We will be meeting for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel off Exit 47, I-81 in Carlisle between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. I will have paper copies of the roster available.
- I need to emphasize this point: We are only there to provide communications support. We are not to direct traffic; bring water; or do anything other than communicate necessary information. Basically, what you do is to inform the net control station (NCS) if a rider needs assistance, either due to an injury or a mechanical breakdown. NCS then informs the race organizers that assistance is needed, and where. The race organizers have volunteers at each checkpoint who actually provide the water and other services. If you are asked to do anything that doesn’t involve a radio, let NCS know.
- In addition to your radio equipment, make sure you bring water, food, snacks, and something to do.
- If you have any questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
In spite of the weather we will still having our SMRA Field Day. The forecast calls for rain, heavy at times, (with an eastern wind 10 to 15 Mph) which is not in the best interest of our electronics, so we will be using the trailer. Space will be limited and we will do our best to accommodate all our stations and goals.
We will begin at 9:30 AM Saturday with set-up. VE Testing at noon and the contest officially begins at 2 PM.
Bring your enthusiasm, interest and rain gear!
Stay tuned to this web site for updates; or call N3TWT at 145.430 MHz for talk in or questions beginning Saturday 9:30 AM.
Our address is
Emergency Services Training Academy
180 Army Heritage Drive, Carlisle PA, 17013
South Mountain Radio Amateurs Field Day
“Ever been Curious about Ham Radio?”
Beginning 8 AM Saturday the 27th through Sunday 2 PM at the
Emergency Services Training Academy
180 Army Heritage Drive Carlisle, 17013
also we will be monitoring 145.43 repeater for a talk in
The 145.430 repeater is down. We tried to access it via our phone line – got a busy signal. Cumberland County comm says their systems at the site are working.
Sounds like a trip to the mountain is needed.
In the mean time please use our 146.460 repeater.
146.460 – Plus offset (1 Mhz), tone 67.0Hz
Located at on Blue Mountain at Three Square Hollow in PA.
- Toboyne Township, Perry County
- 40.221409, -77.532336
- Backup to Cumberland County emergency communications with direct link to Cumberland County Office of Emergency Preparedness
- Programming instructions
- EchoLink node: N3TWT-R 743026