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About KB3VAX

I became a novice in 1967 as WN9IHI, transmitting CW at a blistering speed of 5 WPM; however with no local club or Elmer for motivation, my interest in radio soon waned and my license expired. After rearing four incredible children and having several career changes I settled down in Carlisle, PA with the wife of my youth, and amongst other things re-pursued ham radio. I passed the General exam in 2010 and became KB3VAX and eventually, got my Extra ticket. Praise God! I am sure glad that is over. Currently I am the president of South Mountain Radio Amateurs, (n3twt.org) and their CVE administering examinations for W5YI. SMRA is a dynamic and growing club with over 100 members, many who participate in the monthly meetings, nets and activities. Ham radio is just plain fun, interesting and an excellent way to spend quality time with good people. The diverse interests and skills of most Hams in this group are remarkable. What an enjoyable way to spend an evening when it is just you, your radio and the ionosphere! Life, sure is good, I am blessed.

Here are a few reasons why I am a member of ARRL.

QST for “Contest Corral”.  Each month I note in my planner QSO contests that I want to participate in. ARRL archives is a great way to look for past articles, technical advice and product reviews. The QST index of Advertisers … Continue reading

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Come join us; South Mountain Radio Amateurs

South Mountain Radio Amateurs, December 2016 meeting We meet every third Tuesday of the month at 7 PM at the Cumberland County Department of Public Safety; 1 Public Safety Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013

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A Merry Christmas from 48 years ago

Merry Christmas from  South Mountain Radio Amateurs!  Do you remember what you were doing 48 years ago while the Apollo 8 astronauts were circling the moon? Earthrise at Christmas Forty-eight years ago this Christmas, a turbulent world looked to the … Continue reading

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ARRL Calls on Members to Press for US Senate Passage of Amateur Radio Parity Act

ARRL Calls on Members to Press for US Senate Passage of Amateur Radio Parity Act 11/15/2016 ARRL once again is calling on its members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) when it … Continue reading

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W0BR receives Presidential Appreciation Award

From time to time our members exemplify true dedication to Amateur Radio here at SMRA and its mission statment.  On behalf of SMRA’s excutive board, we want to express our sincere thanks to Bob Raker W0BR. Be it known to … Continue reading

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Gary Hammaker (KB3EJZ) goes above and beyond during JOTA

SMRA Executive Board received this letter of thanks for Gary Hammaker (KB3EJZ) for his time and patience, and making the Cub Scout Pack 190 JOTA event a success.   On behalf of SMRA-EB a very hearty “Thank you Gary!!” To Whom … Continue reading

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N3TWT – Pennsylvania QSO Party

N3TWT competed in the Pennsylvania QSO Party on October 8th and 9th.  The event was hosted by and held at Bob Raker’s (W0BR) shack.  The goal, to “make contact with every county in PA” was was achieved. 61 CW and … Continue reading

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Bike Race prizes Gold, Silver, and Bronze

At SMRA’s Septembers general meeting, a drawing was held for members who provided radio communication support at the last three bike races of the year; ·      Michaux Dual Sport ·      South Penn Enduro Riders ·      Terror of Teaberry Throughout the … Continue reading

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So, What is SMRA?

South Mountain Radio Amateurs (SMRA) is a non-profit group of amateur radio operators dedicated to promoting amateur radio through education and assistance.  SMRA has provided community service and emergency communications throughout Cumberland County and the surrounding area in central Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Amateur Radio Volunteers Respond to Louisiana Flooding Catastrophe

Amateur Radio volunteers this week responded to help, after flooding of historic proportions struck parts of Louisiana and Mississippi over the weekend in the wake of torrential rainfall. States of emergency were declared in both states, the federal government has … Continue reading

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