Somerset County Amateur Radio Club
P O Box 1241
Somerset, PA 15501-1241

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Activities

Psychedelic Electrons

On April 20, 2017
Dan (WB3FBI) and Deb (KB3GYD) Mishler
participated in Conemaugh Township Elementary School’s Reading Night. The title of their presentation was "The Psychedelic Electrons.” Dan and Deb demonstrated how a radio transmission works (modulation, radio communication). The kids got to work the equipment. They also got to see a Raspberry Pi3. The students were very excited to be operating the equipment!

Demo1 DanAndDeb Demo2

National Parks On The Air

NPOTA

The Somerset County Amateur Radio Club, K3SMT,
activated the
Flight 93 National Memorial, NM07,
September 24, 2016 as
W9T
Working Ninety Three
Operation was all SSB on 20 and 40 meters

  W9T-NM07-NPORA
operators from L to R
K3VL, K3YVS, KC3HEO,
N3LZV, NJ3T, NZ3Q AK3J
not in this picuture
KB3OUX and K3APD
 
W9T-deAB3MT-2 594 QSOs
were logged and uploaded
to LoTW 9/30/2016.
THANKS - Chasers!
W9T-deAB3MT-2
W9T-MoveInside W9T-Location W9T-20mInside

Also THANKS to the National Park Service,
our club members,
the Somerset County Dept. of Emergency Services and
the North Star High School ARC, NS3HS

Summary of the operation
We worked:
49 States
1 US Territory
12 Other Parks
9 Countries
W9T

2013 Dusty Trail Duathlon


For this even the club requested the use of the KQ3M repeater owned by the Allegheny Highlands Repeater Association. The KQ3M repeater provided reliable coverage of the entire race course.

2013 Mt. Davis Challenge


For this event the club relied on 2 meter simplex operations with a relay station positioned near the summit of Mt. Davis. This approach provided reliable communication between all points on the course and the race officials located at the start and finish lines. During the 2013 race, the club utilized APRS technology to trace the lead cars positioned in front of the lead riders.

http://youtu.be/UTSUQQ7pZSI
(click above to view a video of the 2013 race)

2011 PA QSO PARTY

The purpose of the Pennsylvania QSO Party is to contact other Amateur stations in each of the 67 counties in PA. During 2011 the club operated as the Bonus Station. Plans were to operate up to 6 stations at the same time using the K3SMT call sign. Contacts with K3SMT were worth 200 bonus points in the contest.

     
     

Butler Hamfest 2015

Butler2 Butler1 Butler3
Dreaming about
the bargins
It's hard work Apparently
contagious

Somerset Hamfest 2004

Our first hamfest was held in 2004 at the Georgian Place.
We moved in 2005 to the Somerset County Technology Center.
2014 will be our eleventh year. See the Hamfest page for more details.

2002 Flight 93 Memorial

Many hams from the surrounding counties helped with event communications

N3VFG and N3JGZ
  <Click on the cover for an article by NJ3T
     

Special Events

 Stoystown Tractor Festival 2007  
  Stoystown Tractor Festival 2006
Father's Day Fly-In Breakfast
2003
 
Mt Davis 1981

Field Day

Field Day is an annual event sponsored by the American Radio Relay League - ARRL. The purpose is to test emergency communication equipment under adverse conditions. Amatures across the United States are encouraged to set up stations in the "field" using generator or other energy sources. The goal is to contact a large number of other stations set up in similar locations. The event is held during the last full weekend of June. During 2014 the club will operate from a field on Camp Allegheny property. The public is invited to attend and see Amateur Radio in operation.

Field Day 2014
Field Day 2012
Field Day 2008  

 

Silent Keys

In the early days of Amateur Radio the primary mode of communication was Morse Code sent with a telegraph key. The tradition continues today to refer to deceased operators as Silent Keys. The following is an incomplete list of club members now Silent Keys.
  N3BSA   N3SQH  
WB3FBC   KB3NSY   N3FOZ
WB3HGL NI3D WA3MYA N8BFO N3LZX
K3UMB   N3GTO   WB3LUP
  W3WGX W3VWA KQ3M  
NI3Z   W3CTR   W3TZM
  NN3T N3ARB N3LIG  
         

At the beginning of each monthly business meeting we have a moment of silence to remember the club's Silent Keys.

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