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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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145.43 Repeater Net on 2016-08-01 Canceled

As Cumberland County EOC has asked SMRA to provide EMCOMM for tomorrow night’s political rally. I am cancelling the regular Monday night net on the 145.43 repeater so as to keep the frequency clear. The 146.46 repeater is available in … Continue reading

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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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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 … 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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