Author Archives: KB3VAX

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.

Communication back-up with Trump visit at CV Campus

Good day SMRA members; Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump will be at a rally at the Cumberland Valley campus (6746 Carlisle Pike), Mechanicsburg, on August 1st  at 7PM. The Cumberland County Emergency Operation center has requested the service of licensed … Continue reading

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Middle School Club at Harrisburg Academy Seeks 3-4 Volunteers

Harrisburg Academy Amateur Radio Club, N3HAC Trustee Sean Barnes, N3JQ teaches Physics and Math at Harrisburg Academy Sean, N3JQ, is a member of SMRA. Recent Middle School Amateur Radio Club was added in early April 2016. We have three more … Continue reading

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A new episode of ARRL The Doctor is In podcast is available now:

You Have An Appointment with the Doctor! A new episode of ARRL The Doctor is In podcast is available now: Does CW Really Get Through When Nothing Else Can? QST’s popular “The Doctor is In” column is now an audio … Continue reading

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Soldering Tips for Beginners

Tech Tips: Soldering Tips for Beginners1. Use a good soldering iron, preferably a cordless one, or a temperature-controlled soldering station2. Use the correct type of vise or third hand3. Use the thinnest solder appropriate for your project4. 60/40 solder is recommended … Continue reading

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New Hams Question and Answers Session; Thursday March 3rd

New Hams Questions and Answers Session on 3 Mar 2016 SMRA (South Mountain Radio Amateurs) is pleased to announce an evening session devoted entirely to the interest and needs of amateur radio operators in getting on the air. This is … Continue reading

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Why does SMRA have a Mission Statement?

Several years ago, the South Mountain Radio Amateurs Executive Board decided we needed a mission statement.  The club was growing in numbers, There were several nets, projects teams and meetings happening several times weekly, and interest in the club and … Continue reading

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New Hams Questions and Answers Session on 3 Mar 2016

SMRA (South Mountain Radio Amateurs) is pleased to announce an evening session devoted entirely to the interest and needs of new amateur radio operators in getting on the air. We will convene at 1830 on Thursday 3 Mar 16 in … Continue reading

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Thanks to everyone who participated in SMRA’s “Snow Net”

Thanks to all who participated in SMRA’s Snow Net!  We had nearly 30 unique call signs who called in during the three nets we had.  I was surprised with the variety of rigs used by the amateurs and ECHO link … Continue reading

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SMRA “snow” net 9 PM tonight – 145.43 repeater

Good evening everybody, SMRA will be having a “snow net” tonight at 9 PM.  (Saturday, January 23rd) I want to encourage everyone who has the opportunity, to call in.  The protocol will be similar as with the others, however please note … Continue reading

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SMRA “snow net” Saturday at 9 AM – 145.43 repeater

Thanks to all who participated in our Friday evening snow net; including NCS we had 20 who checked in. Our next “snow net” will be Saturday morning at 9 AM.  As part of the SMRA’s Mission statement, “To provide amateur radio … Continue reading

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