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Items that are available.
None at this time
Items that are available.
None at this time
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:
Wish to submit a paper or give a presentation?
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.
*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
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|
Packrat Talk Group 8804
Search on the WR3IRS website for the latest c-Bridge repeater listings
View the NETWATCH page on the Interstate Network website for a real time listings of active stations on c-Bridge
For more info on Delaware and Maryland view DelmarvaDMR
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.
The Pack Rats maintain a 222MHz Repeater, W3CCX/R:
And a 432MHz Repeater:
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 !