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2018 Mid-Atlantic States
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.
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:
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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
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.
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
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
on the ECFS (electronic comment filing system)
To find you Federal Representative in Congress use Google or
use this link Representatives | 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
use this link U.S. Senate: Senators
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 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!
This section last Updated 3/19/2023 at 12:10 am
|Day||Time (Local)||Frequency||Control Station||Grid or Net|
|This net will be found on the new repeater 224.900 See Coverage Map at very bottom of page||Michelle KB3MTW and Elliott K3JJZ||FN20ji
|Packrat Talk Group 8804
on a DMR Network See a complete list at very bottom of page of all repeaters on the Packrat Talk group -
|Check out delmarvaDMR.com for information and coverage maps|
|7:30PM||50.150 MHz||Ray N3RG||FM29ki|
|8:00PM||144.150 MHz||Dave W2KV||FN20ok|
|8:30PM||222.125 MHz||Jim KC3BVL||FM29jw|
|9:00PM||432.110 MHz||Mike 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 in Mountain Top, Pa and on Fancy Hill near Pottstown, Pa. Some are just south west of New York City. The 10 GHz is in are located in Center City Philadelphia.
The 10 GHz beacon is in an unheated/uncooled room and is subject to frequency changes.
Our FN20DH, FN20TK and FN21BE beacons are GPS disciplined.
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This section last Updated 3/03/2023 at 7:20 am
Packrat Beacons W3CCX/B
We have a new Repeater
Output: 224.900 Very wide coverage used especially for nets
And a 432MHz Repeater:
The original PackRat 222 Repeater
Output: 224.580 W3CCX/R Limited coverage
Try the Sprints They are short and fun!
Use this link for more details
Spring VHF & Up Sprints - 2023 Information (google.com)
This section last Updated 2/13/2023 at 9 pm
Wednesday and Friday Night Nets
As you know many Packrats belong to more than one radio club. Jim, KC3BVL at FM29jw mentioned he enjoys the following nets
UHF Wednesdays: 7:30 PM- 903.100, 8:00 PM- 2304.100, 8:30 PM- 432.160, and 9:00 PM- 1296.100
VHF Fridays: 7:30 PM- 144.160, 8:00 PM- 50.160, 8:30 222.150
Stop by and say hi some evening !