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 it May Concern,

This past Sunday (October 16,2016) I set up a portable HF operation from my SUV located in Sheppardstown, PA for the 2016 Jamboree-On-The- Air (JOTA) event.  My purpose was to help get my grandson’s Cub Scout Pack 190 get on the air and make contacts with other HF radio stations during the JOTA event.  Well, things didn’t work out the way I intended. My HF radio speaker stopped working and I was unable to hear other stations.  In a panic mode I set up my 10 meter radio with a 102 inch whip but was unable to make any contacts.  As a last resort I set up my VHF radio and whip antenna and called for any station on 146.520. I didn’t want to use a repeater if I didn’t have to.  Fortunately, I received a call from KB3EJZ, Gary Hammaker, who was kind enough to talk to each cub scout, giving signal reports, name and location.  The cub scouts were very excited about talking on ham radio and I am sure the experience may get some of them interested in the hobby.

Please extend my sincere thanks to Gary Hammaker (KB3EJZ) for his time and patience, and making the Cub Scout Pack 190 JOTA event a success.  While some of the scouts were talking on the radio the other scouts were learning about the Morse code using my grandson’s MFJ Morse code keyer. They each sent one Morse code letter spelling out “Thank You” to me in Morse code.  That “Thank You” also goes out to Gary Hammaker, KB3EJZ.  This experience reminds me why I enjoy amateur radio as much as I do.

Best Regards,

WIlliam S. Lyter N3YQA

MSGT Pennsylvania Air National Guard (Ret)

Gary Hammaker KB3EJZ Field Day 2016

Gary Hammaker KB3EJZ Field Day 2016

This entry was posted in Uncategorized by K3ZR. Bookmark the permalink.

About K3ZR

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 then K3VAX finally K3ZR and eventually, got my Extra ticket. Praise God! I am sure glad that is over. Currently I am the past president of South Mountain Radio Amateurs, ( 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.