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We are the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club
Our Club Call Sign is K3IEC

South-Central Pennsylvania communities served by CARC include:

  • Boiling Springs
  • Camp Hill
  • Carlisle
  • Dillsburg
  • Elizabethtown
  • Enola
  • Harrisburg
  • Lewisberry
  • Mechanicsburg
  • Mount Holly Springs
  • New Cumberland
  • Newville
  • Shippensburg
  • Walnut Bottom
  • York Springs


Our primary focus involves Cumberland County, Pennsylvania as well as the nearby parts of Adams, York, Perry, and Dauphin counties.  If you live somewhere else don’t let that stop you from participating.  We will be pleased to welcome you into our club and add your location to this list.

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Cumberland Amateur Radio Club

Photo Montage
Field Day 2014

Competitive Activities

Enter a Radio Sport Competition. 
Make some contacts.
Earn some points.  Build up your score. 
Give the other contestants some points. 
Have Fun. 
Earn a Certificate. 
Get Bragging Rights.


As a group, CARC Members participate in these on-the-air activities:

  • ARRL Field Day
  • Pennsylvania QSO Party
  • Winter Field Day

Individually, Club Members participate in many popular contests including:

  • ARRL DX — CW and Phone
  • CQ Worldwide DX — CW and Phone
  • ARRL Sweepstakes — CW and Phone
  • CQ Worldwide VHF
  • CQ WPX — CW, Phone, RTTY
  • ARRL RTTY Roundup
  • and More.

Development Programs

Be an important part of what we do.

Learn something from fellow Club Members

Teach something to fellow Club Members

Recent topics include:

  • EME Moonbounce
  • FT8 Digital Mode
  • WinLink 2000
  • Antenna Analyzer Operation
  • Introduction to Arduino
  • Pennsylvania QSO Party Readiness
  • Ken Burns, Empire of the Air
  • International Space Station SSTV

First Time Membership and Membership Renewals

A full calendar year of CARC Membership Benefits can be yours for $10 or less. 

We have a special offer for First Time Newly Licensed Amateur Radio Operators — Free First Year Membership.  Come see us within six months of your first-license effective date and the next 12 months of Membership are on us.

We have a special offer for Super-Senior Amateur Radio Operators.  If you have achieved the milestone event of Age 90 or greater your CARC Membership will be completely free.


Cumberland Amateur Radio Club  • •  What we do…

Men and Women enjoying the many aspects of Ham Radio

Cumberland Amateur Radio Club members are active in many aspects of the Ham Radio hobby. 

At CARC you will find someone who will share what she or he knows about…

  • Digital Modes, PSK31, FT8, JT65, JT9, WSPR, Olivia, SSTV
  • Radio Teletype (RTTY)
  • Repeaters
  • Morse Code, CW transmissions
  • Phone (Voice Communications)
  • Public Service Communications
  • Radio Sport Competition (contests)
  • DX (long distance communications)
  • DXpeditions (travel and radio operation from distant locations)
  • QRP (low power communications)
  • QRO (high power communications, amplifiers)
  • Low Frequency, High Freq, Very High Freq, Ultra High Freq
  • Operating Awards, Worked All States, DX Century Club, Worked All Continents, VHF/UHF Century Club
  • Summits On The Air Award
  • Islands On The Air Award
  • Special Event Stations
  • Radio Signal Propagation, D-Layer, E-Layer, F-Layer
  • Meteor Scatter Communications
  • Friendly On-The-Air Conversation
  • Pedestrian Mobile Operation
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Satellite Communications
  • Slow-Scan TV,  Fast-Scan TV
  • Software Defined Radio
  • ARRL QSL Card Checking
  • ARRL Incoming QSL Card Bureaus
  • Logbook of the World (LOTW)
  • eQSL
  • and probably more !


CARC Members pose for a group photo after practicing their Emergency Communication skills as part of the annual ARRL Field Day Operating Event held each year in June



  • ARRL Field Day each year in June.


  • Pennsylvania QSO Party each year in October.


  • CARC Two Meter Net each week at 7 p.m. Sunday Evening.


  • CARC Ten Meter Net each week ¹ at 8 p.m. Wednesday Evening.
    ¹ Except Club Meeting Night

Public Service

  • Dillsburg Farmers Fair Fantastic Parade support each year in October

Community Outreach

  • Adams County Library System Fun Fest each year in June.


  • Trail Life Conference, when conducted, in May.


  • Littlestown Library S.T.E.A.M. programs


  • Mechanicsburg Boro Community Day in the Park 

Getting Started

Prospective Hams, or newly licensed Amateur Radio Operators might appreciate a helping-hand exploring what the ham radio hobby offers, putting together a working ham station or getting on-the-air.  

If you are in that situation and if you would like someone you can bounce questions off, or to show you the ropes, then please accept our invitation.

Our meeting schedule, location, and agenda appears on the Events page.

Additional information that prospective or newly licensed Ham Radio Operators may find helpful appears in the Resources page. 
Look for the How Do I… topics.