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Special Event Stations

This year The Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club is celebrating 70 years as a club serving the community. That seemed like a great excuse to get out and show off amateur radio to the public, and to have a good time playing with our toys. All special event stations will use the call W3UU/70 and operate at, or near to the frequencies 7.265, and 14.265. The idea of the events is not only to hand out QSL cards to all of those who apply for one, but to greet the community, offer a bit of education on what amateur radio is today, and to hand out information for the on site visitors to take home, Oh, the added benefit is to get fellow amateurs involved in our chosen past time. Those who come along on these ventures will have the opportunity to learn how to use the HF gear and how to set it up to operate in remote locations on battery power. One will also learn how to handle working an event station, and hopefully a “pile-up”.


If you do come along, here are some simple things to keep in mind. All of the equipment will be provided, and you may take your turn operating on the air. We will have instructions for you that among other things, cover the exchange that you will use, and some information about the site from which we are transmitting. You are discouraged from bringing your own gear to set up for several reasons. On some of these sites our space is limited, and you will interfere with the real operating stations. Please carpool if you can because some of these places have limited parking.


  1. Sunday July 10th, 2016, Arrival time 10am.  Our first special event will be at the top of Peters Mountain, Tr. 225, in Halifax Township, Pa. From Harrisburg travel Rt 22/322 west to Dauphin. Take the exit marked Rt. 225 to Halifax. Follow 225 to the top of the mountain. Just before the hairpin turn there is a “Park Entrance” that exits to your Right. Go slowly on that road to the parking lot at the end of that road. (probably only about 50 ft. We will be setting up in a corner of the lot with a table and an EZ-Up canopy.

We will be offering snacks and cold water to the visitors. We need not only people to operate, but “ambassadors” who are willing to talk with the general public and give a good conversation to the general public about what we do.

Listen for us as soon as we get the antennas up. (We are usually quick at this)


  1. Saturday July16, 2016, Mount Davis. Mount Davis is the highest mountain in the state of Pennsylvania. Located in the 5,685 acres (2,301 ha)Forbes State Forestnear the hamlet of Markleton in Elk Lick TownshipSomerset County, it lies on a gentle crest of a 30-mile (50 km) ridge line extending from central Somerset County southward into Garrett County, Maryland known as Negro Mountain.

Departure from Harrisburg will be 7am. on the 16th. We will be meeting at the Boscov’s parking lot at the Camp Hill Mall. Meet up frequency is 146.52 simplex. The drive is about 2.5 hours. We will find a place to stop before going to the site for a bathroom break, because public restrooms are not very close to our operating location. We expect to be on the air by 10am. Again, frequencies will be 7.265, or close to it, and 14.265, or close to it.

As with all special event stations that we do, you may take your turn operating the stations, and greeting the public as they stop by.


  1. Saturday August 13th, 2016, Sideling Hill Tunnel, along the abandoned Pa Turnpike at Breezwood. We were at another tunnel close to this one last year along the same piece of bypassed turnpike. The 10 mile section along with the two tunnels were bypassed in 1969 because of the tunnels being narrow and could only accommodate one lane of traffic in each direction. The same setup and ideas will be in place at this location as in the above special event station. We will be leaving from the Boscov’s parking lot in Camp Hill at 7am, and expect to be on the air by 10am in front of the big old empty tunnel. This is a great attraction for walkers, and bike riders. Bring a bike, and a powerful flashlight if you want to ride or walk through the tunnels. Sideling Tunnel was the longest tunnel on the ‘pike. From the middle one can only see a slight speck of light at either end. Often the middle is a bit foggy. The stuff Sci-Fy films are made of. Again operating SSB on 7.265, and 14.265 (or close to it)



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2016 Winterfeast

Each February the club holds a “Hamfeast” in lieu of the regularly scheduled business meeting. We had a great turn out again this year and filled the room! Thanks to all who attended!

Each year, in conjunction with the Hamfeast, the Ham of the Year Award Selection Committee (comprised of the three most recent award recipients) selects a member who exemplifies loyalty, faithful attendance, dedicated service and contributes to the success of the club.

This year the award went to Nick (AA3T). Congratulations Nick, well deserved!


Photo: Tim (KB3OZA), Pete (KB3WIH) and Gary (KV3Q) present the 2016 Ham of the Year Award to Nick (AA3T)

There were enough door prizes to go around! The grand prize, a new Tytera DM-380 Digital/Analog DMR HT, went to a randomly selected recipient. Pete (KB3WIH) was selected as the grand prize winner for the second year in a row. Word on the street is that members are considering the possibility of secretly changing the date and conspiring to hold the 2017 Hamfeast a week early, hopeful that “Lucky Pete” doesn’t show up and win the rig again next year!  All joking aside, our congratulations go to Pete!


Photo: Tim (KB3OZA) presents to Pete (KB3WIH) the grand door prize, a Tytera DM-380 Digital/Analog DMR HT


Expedition: To the Tunnels and Back

TunnelTurnpike Abandoned Tunnels Special Event Station

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QSL via Terry Snyder (WB3BKN)
PO Box 355
Halifax, PA USA 17032-0355

SASE for standard QSL card.

On Saturday August 22, 2015 some members of the Harrisburg Radio Amateurs’ Club will be working a special event
station at the Rays Hill Tunnel, near Breezwood, PA.

If you would like to go along with us, we will be meeting at the
parking lot of the Shumaker Public Safety building at Gate 5, on industrial Road, Harrisburg, between 6:30am and
7:00am. Our plan is to be at Breezwood by 9am, and on the air by 10am.

We will be working at least two bands from the location on battery power. If you can’t be with us, join us on the air at,
or close to 7.261mhz, and 14.261mhz. You will also be able to contact us on 2 meters as we travel, on the 147.120
(100hz tone) repeater.

Why the Rays Hill Tunnel? Well, it is a cool place to visit, and on our visits this year we saw about 50 people in a short
period of time. This offers us a great opportunity to introduce people to amateur radio who may have never heard of it.
Since this area has no electricity available, it allows us a chance to hone our adverse conditions operating skills.

How to get there:
Take the turnpike west and exit at Breezwood. You may want to make a quick stop at the Sidling Hill rest stop for a
restroom break, and to get anything you may have forgotten to bring along to eat. It is just before Breezwood. After
exiting at Breezwood, continue to the traffic light, which is Rt. 30. Turn Right, and follow the road up a short hill, and as
you start down the other side, you will see the parking area in front of you at the bottom of the hill.

Park and walk up the bank in front of you. The path is well worn, and you can’t miss it. The path takes you to the old
turnpike at the top of the bank. Turn left at the top and walk about 1.5 miles to the tunnel. (Some of us will have
bicycles) If you bring your bike, you can ride the full section to the second tunnel, 10 miles away, and 10 miles back.
On site, we will have our portable radios on 146.52, for talk-in. You should be able to hit us from the area of the Sidling
hill rest stop. We will also be monitoring 147.210.

I hope to see you there, or on the air.