South Mountain Radio Amateur Club (SMRA) Executive Board elections were held during the January 21, 2020 monthly membership meeting at the Public Safety Building in Carlisle, PA.

Standing: Mike K3ESQ Treasurer, Gary K3MGB Director, Andrew W3AND Membership Secretary, Don K3ZR Director.

Seated: Todd KB3FGZ Recording Secretary, Jack NC3O President, Rick KC3DRU Director

Not pictured: Ed W3SMF Vice President

Andrew, Todd and Jack were re-elected for a two-year term. Don was elected for a two-year term.

The SMRA Radio Club meets monthly at 7:00 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Public Safety Building, 1 Public Safety Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013. Anyone wanting to learn more about Amateur Radio may attend any meeting as a guest. SMRA operates several local VHF & UHF repeaters under its N3TWT call sign.

For more information please visit the SMRA web page at

In September 2019 ARRL designated SMRA as a Special Service Club!

Ralph K3HQI, ARRL EPA Affiliated Clubs Coordinator, presented the SSC Banner and Plaque to SMRA President Jack NC3O and SMRA Membership Secretary Andrew W3AND during the September SMRA monthly meeting.

A club that exists to go above and beyond for their communities and for Amateur Radio is what defines a Special Service Club (SSC).  They are the leaders in their Amateur Radio communities who provide active training classes, publicity programs and actively pursue technical projects and operating activities:

  • New Ham Development and Training
  • Public Relations
  • Emergency Communications
  • Technical Advancement
  • Operating Activities
  • Miscellaneous Activities

Emergency Management radio information

The Eastern Area office of Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is monitoring 3.9875 LSB.

Skywarn is on the Harrisburg repeater at 145.110,  pl code of 131.8.

Information from this morning’s net is as follows:

We had 22 participants, of whom 11 were on HTs,  two were using the SMRA EchoLink node, and ten were using other rigs.

There will be another net at 9 p.m. local time on the 145.43 SMRA repeater.

As an editorial side comment, events like this give us the opportunity to get into the public service side of ham radio. By collecting data from all over the repeater coverage area, we can give county, state, and federal emergency management agencies information they need to provide services such as snowplowing; police, fire, and medical services; and whether nonessential services should be shut down for the duration of the event.

Finally, ham radio is a way to call for help if you should need it. Cell service and power may fail, but a battery-operated HT or mobile rig is always available should you need it.

Stay safe and enjoy the time off!

-Robin, KC3CEK