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VHF Conference


2018 Mid-Atlantic States

VHF Conference

Fri-Sat-Sun Sept 28-29-30

On-line registration and payment is now closed.

You may register and pay at the door for the conference. Banquet buffet registration and payment also at the door when you register for the conference on a space available basis.


The UPDATED CONFERENCE PROGRAM can be found >>> here.

  • Friday afternoon special seminar
  • Friday evening hospitality and table-top swap
  • Saturday VHF Conference speakers and topics, Lunch included
  • Saturday evening buffet banquet dinner
  • Door prizes
  • Sunday outdoor VHF flea market mini-hamfest
  • Meet your VHF buddies
  • Buy and sell VHF gear, parts, and accessories
  • Hosted by the Packrats, Mt Airy VHF Radio Club


A printable copy of the flyer is located >>> here.


Holiday Inn Bensalem-Philadelphia
3327 Street Rd, Bensalem PA 19020

Special conference rate $109/nite + tax, mention VHF Conference
Includes Breakfast for 2 room registrants
Conference Early Bird Registration: $40 ($50 after Sept 16)
Includes Fri hospitality, Saturday coffee, snacks, pizza lunch, disc
Banquet Early Bird Reservation $40 ($50 after Sept 20, if space available)
You must be registered and paid for both to be eligible for door prizes

On-line registration and payment at: www.packratvhf.com

Or download and postal mail this PDF Form:


Wish to submit a paper or give a presentation?

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Spectrum Advocacy


Posted 10/26/2020  Current proposed changes 

FCC NPRM MD Docket No. 20-270 changing FCC fee structure, including Amateur Radio. $50 for new licenses and renewals and Vanity License Applications

The proper method of contacting the FCC on this “FEE issue” is to respond with comments to MD Docket 20-270

Here is the link
This information is thanks to Stephanie WX3K
Posted 10/2019

The current band under consideration for elimination to radio amateurs

use is 3.5 GHz      reference  NPRM WT 19-348 when you write


To protect our use of the 3.5 GHz band it would be a good idea to write letters.

It's best to do this within the next week.

We currently have over 25 members with 3.5 GHz capability.


The following  may give you some ideas for your own customized letter


Adding a personal line at the beginning of the letter helps the reader know it’s not just a form letter.


 I am FCC licensed amateur radio operator (insert call sign) and I have been an active radio communicator on 3GHz for X years. “ add your type of license eg Amateur Extra. Perhaps an anecdote about you uW activity.




The members of the Mount Airy VHF Radio Club* are greatly concerned by a current proposal to remove amateur radio privileges from the 3.1-3.55 GHz frequencies and the potential future loss of the 2.0 GHz band.


                                                    Main Body


In the current NPR** from the FCC, numbered FCC-CIRC1912-03, it states: "we propose to remove the existing nonfederal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocations in the 3.3-3.55 GHz band and to relocate incumbent non-federal operations out of the band, in order to prepare the band for possible future shared use between commercial wireless services and federal incumbents."


Members of this club have been pioneers in communication at these frequencies. By building and using radio gear, digital communications software, and antennas for use at these frequencies, we have contributed to the state of the art. Amateur radio operators have used a band allocation centering at 3.456GHz and 2.304 GHz for decades. We have been active amateur operators using these frequencies for maintaining communication with other amateur operators using our FCC issued licenses. We have recently added additional capabilities for use of this frequency.


For terrestrial radio communication, amateurs have been active on a few hundred kilohertz at 3.456 GHz. By international agreement, amateur radio operators have been using a few hundred kilohertz at 3.400 GHz for successful moonbounce communication. We recognize the demands for band allocation to commercial communication. Please have the FCC reserve these slices of frequency for continued amateur radio use as the amateur radio service supports emergency communication in times of disaster. Thank you.

*Mt. Airy VHF Radio Club website: www.packratvhf.com

**Facilitating Shared Use in the 3.1-3.55 GHz Band

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - WT Docket No. 19-348


              Thanks to Rick, k1DS for the previous text suggestions 




General useful information

Addresses for the ARRL, the FCC, and your elected Federal Congress


ARRL Headquarters

Dan Henderson N1ND

225 Main Street

Newington. CT 06111


Federal Communications Commission

Marlene H Dortch

Office of the Secretary, Room TW-B204

445 12th Street SW

Washington, DC 20554


If you rather use the FCC Web site to file your comments

on the ECFS (electronic comment filing system)

use  https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings



To find you Federal Representative in Congress use Google or

go to     house.gov

You may have to give your ZIP code or even your full address to get the right representative




To find you Federal Senator in Congress use Google or

go to     senate.gov

You will have to enter your state



If you feel the NTIA ( the FCC equivalent for Government spectrum users)

needs to hear from you. Since they share several of their frequencies with radio amateurs

( we are secondary users) they sometimes make good allies.

This contact must be used with care - do not contact them unless you have a strong reason to believe 

They have a vested interest in agreeing with our continued usage.









Roll to the bottom of the page for some additional local nets


Information on Packrat Nets, Beacons, and Repeaters

The Pack Rats initiated VHF nets on Monday night the first year the club was formed. The nets are now conducted on Monday and Tuesday nights of each week. The nets are open to all radio amateurs. The purpose of the nets is to promote activity and share information of a common interest to the VHF community. You do not have to be a member of the club to participate in any of the Pack Rat nets!

Day Time (Local) Frequency Control Station Grid or Net



224.58 Repeater
Crosslinked to
442.900+ 123.0
441.150+ 88.5
443.950+ 131.8

WR3P FN20ji



Packrat Talk Group 8804
on a DMR Network

Search on the WR3IRS website for the latest c-Bridge repeater listings

For more info on Delaware and Maryland  view DelmarvaDMR


Interstate  Roxboro
Interstate Wilmington
Interstate-2 Frederica
Interstate-2 Eagle
Interstate-2 Perkasie


  7:30PM   50.150 MHz N3RG FM29ki
  8:00PM 144.150 MHz K3GNC FN20ja
  8:30PM 222.125 MHz KB1JEY FN20je
  9:00PM 432.110 MHz WB2RVX FM29mt



The Pack Rats maintain several VHF+ beacons, which serve as propagation indicators and allow operators to test their receivers. Some of our beacons are located in Center City Philadelphia, others are in Mountain Top, Pa and near Pottstown, Pa.

  Packrat Beacons


Frequency Power Level Status Grid
 50.300 MHz   0.3 W   Not yet Operational        TBD
144.300 MHz    8 W

  On the AIR 

222.300 MHz   4 W   Not yet Operational                TBD
432.300 MHz   5 W   Not yet Operational  TBD

903.300 MHz

 10 W

  On the AIR      


1296.300 MHz   9 W   On the AIR   FN20DH
2304.300 MHz  10 W   On the AIR   FN20DH
3456.300 MHz   5 W   Not yet Operational         TBD
5760.300 MHz   5 W

 On the AIR 


10368.017 MHz   3 W

 On the AIR 



W3SZ Beacon Frequency Observations
Some of the beacons are in an unheated/uncooled room and are subject to day to day frequency changes. 
  Our FN20DH and FN21BE beacons are GPS disciplined.

Packrat  Repeaters

The Pack Rats maintain a 222MHz Repeater, W3CCX/R:

Output: 224.58
Input: 222.98
CTCSS: 136.5 (when enabled)
Grid Square: FN20ij

New Repeater currently in test

Output: 224.90
Input: 223.30
CTCSS: 77.0 (currently enabled)
Grid Square: FN20

And a 432MHz Repeater:

Output: 442.900
Input: 447.900
CTCSS: 123.0


Try the Sprints

They are short and fun!

 Use this link for more details





Friday Night Nets

 As you know many Packrats belong to more then one radio club.

Jim, KC3BVL mentioned he enjoys the following Friday night nets

sponsored by the Delaware Valley Friends RC


7:30pm  144.160   1/2 hour

8pm        50.160     1 hour

9pm       432.160    1/2 hour

Stop by and say hi some Friday evening !