Field Day is ham radio’s open house.
Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up
temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s
science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines
public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and
technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event
since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio. You can find out
much more about Field Day 2017 at this web site:

SMRA Club Field Day 2017 Event on Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25
Our Club Field Day event will again be held at the Carlisle Fire Training Center, 132 Army
Heritage Dr., Carlisle, PA. Set-up of antennas and cabling will occur
Saturday morning and the Field Day 2017 Event will start at 2:00 PM EDT
Saturday and end by late morning on Sunday. Please stop by and learn
about this fascinating event and hobby!

Thanks For The Contact! (QRPTTF 2016)

“QRPTTF” stands for “QRP To The Field”. It is a yearly event coordinated through the QRP-L Internet mailing list. The purpose is to encourage as many low-power operators as possible to take their rigs out into the field and operate on the same day nationwide. This year it tied in nicely with the ARRL National Parks On The Air year-long event. I decided to hike to a spot on the Appalachian Trail (NPOTA TR01) which is also a peak in the Summits On The Air (SOTA) program. That way I was a “triple threat” – QRPTTF, NPOTA and SOTA. Operating from that one location I could hand out points in all three events.

I parked my car along Rt. 850 west of Marysville and hiked north on the AT about three miles to the Cove Mountain SOTA. The actual summit is just off the south side of the trail, so I had to do a little bushwhacking to find it. Its not a clear spot, just a pile of boulders at the highest point of the ridge. GPS makes finding it pretty easy.

I started out using my Yaesu HT to announce my presence on some local repeaters, then working about a dozen local stations on 2-meters simplex using 5 watts and a telescopic whip antenna. Next I threw a string up into a tree and put up a three-band vertical ground plane antenna. I started calling CQ near 14.060 on 20 meters and soon had 17 stations in the log, including AZ, NM, Spain and the Czech Republic. I switched to 40 meters later in the afternoon and worked 13 stations before calling it quits and hiking back down the mountain.

Thanks to those of you who helped me out by spotting me on the DX sites and working me on 2 meters and other bands. Its fun to have a bit of a pileup calling you! I’ve uploaded my log file to LoTW and SOTA, so those of you chasing NPOTAs and Summits should have the credits. 73

-Scott N3SW-


APRS Digi Site Visit – July 27

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