Please Join Us for the 2017 Firecracker Hamfest!
* July 1, 2017 at the Harrisburg Area Community College *
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.
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)
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.
If you have further questions contact me at:
"To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. " --ARRL