Hallicrafters —
SX-110 Receiver and Speaker

Good Day,
A friend of the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club has the Hallicrafters SX-110 Receiver and Speaker shown in the accompanying photo.  The two items are For Sale.

CARC is in a very early stage of working with the seller.  After our due diligence inspection we plan to market this equipment at nearby hamfests including the Harrisburg Firecracker Hamfest on July 6. 

At this time we are accepting expressions of interest for a face-to-face transaction in the Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, Carlisle (PA) area.  If you have an interest, and if you would like to advance to the front of the line, please send me your contact information.  If you are ready to make an offer, by all means, please do so.



Part of the How Do I… Series

It is a Great Day for Ham Radio.  As the Administrator of the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club website I am glad that you found us.  I hope you will enjoy the content that one of our most active members has shared.

Newly added content appears on the RESOURCES page in three parts.  The topics and the titles are:  Clubs, Nets and Social Activities.

I hope you will read and take interest in what we have to say.  Enjoy.


Post written by:  Andrew Forsyth AF3I



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When just about half of all club members show up for the monthly meeting there must be something pretty good taking place at the meeting.  I am not talking about the magician trick where they appear to saw the lady in half and then magically restore the pieces back into a single entity with a wave of the magic wand.  I am talking about 15 people making a strong commitment to their club and spending the evening with other club members conducting our business and social activities.

Thank you for being the life-blood of our organization.  


Part of the “how do i…” series

Field day — carc style

Field Day has its origins in the 1930s.  The idea was to prepare for emergencies by being able to set up ham radio stations away from home and successfully making two-way radio contacts with similar stations in other areas.

Over time Field Day has evolved into THE primary operating event in North American amateur radio.

For many clubs and individual ham radio operators Field Day is a combination social event, preparedness event, operating event, educational event, and just plain fun.

Click the link to read more about the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club and its plans for Field Day.  We welcome visitors.

Field Day CARC Style [PDF]


Cumberland Amateur Radio Club is a 2019 Sponsor

“Event features free pool admission, live music, old-fashioned baseball exhibition, inflatables and games, cotton candy, food trucks, BBQ chicken and much more !”

“Over 1,000 people came out to Community Day last year!”

“Organized in collaboration with Mechanicsburg Area Churches.”

Members of the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club will participate in the 2019 Mechanicsburg Borough Community Day in the Park event on Saturday August 10, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Mark your calendar — it is not too soon.

Amateur Radio Field Day,   June 22 and 23, 2019

Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service to the Community


It is a little less than two months until Amateur Radio Field Day takes place.  Here are some Frequently Asked Questions and the Answers that describe what Ham Radio Operators have in mind when they use the words Field Day.

Field Day

What is Field Day?

ARRL Field Day is the most popular Amateur Radio annual event in the United States and Canada.  In 2018, nearly 3,000 ham radio clubs, groups, and individual ham radio stations tallied their results and submitted log reports.  Over 35,000 individuals attended and participated in a 2018 Field Day Event.

The purpose of Field Day remains the same today as it was in the beginning — back in the 1930s.  Field Day exists as a method of demonstrating the communications ability of the Amateur Radio community under simulated emergency conditions.

Ham Radio Operators take their radio station equipment and antennas to places representative of where they might be asked to set up a communications focal point if an actual emergency had occurred.  The Ham Radio Operators practice their ability to set up their equipment and make it operational in a fairly short time span.  Then, the Ham Radio Operators set out to make two-way radio contacts with as many other similar ham radio stations as possible during the next 24 hours.

Field Day provides an opportunity to practice the types of communication skills that come into play for other, non-emergency, situations such as walk-a-thons, parades, and fairs where some additional two-way communication support can be helpful to the organizers.

Field Day also is a fun time for Ham Radio Operators to renew friendships through face-to-face contacts with other ham radio operators.

Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under just about any conditions, from almost any location, and create an independent communications network.  That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.

In today’s electronic Do-It-Yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines. Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio Operator.  There are more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 9 and as old as 100.  The Cumberland Amateur Radio Club makes it easy for anyone to get involved in Ham Radio.  Read about our club meetings and activities on the Events page of this website.




When is Field Day?

Field Day takes place the 4th full weekend of June, every year.

The 2019 dates are Saturday June 22, and Sunday June 23.


Where is Field Day?

The Cumberland Amateur Radio Club has made plans to set up and operate several Amateur Radio Stations at Shaffer Park in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (North Middleton Township).  We plan to be on-site from 9 a.m. Saturday June 22 through 11 a.m. Sunday June 23, 2019.

The park is located at 1649 Spring Road, Carlisle, PA.  This road is also known as Route 34.  If you can visualize the Carlisle Car Show fairgrounds on the south side of the PA Turnpike you have a frame of reference.  Shaffer Park is located across the PA Turnpike, on the north side.

There is a green and gold “Shaffer Park” sign-board at the entrance.  The park cabin and a gravel parking area are located up a narrow, paved driveway.  Visitors to the Carlisle Dog Park share the same parking lot.



What can a Field Day Visitor Do?

Saturday Morning June 22, 2019, beginning about 9 a.m., there will be 15 +/- members of the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club setting up their amateur radio station equipment and antennas.  They will gladly describe what goes into making a workable ham radio station.

As each of our stations becomes operational there is time to make some radio contacts with other ham radio stations who are setting up their stations.  Visitors are invited to talk on the radio under the direction of a licensed ham operator.  We will help you with some things you might talk about with the other radio operators.

This is a casual part of the day when there is time to have an actual conversation with another ham operator, perhaps located far away.

Our goal is to have our Field Day radio stations fully operational by 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.  At that time the participating ham radio stations in the United States and Canada begin to make two-way radio contacts with each other.  If you would like to “sit in the chair” and make some radio contacts we will show you how and what to say.  Ham Operators have a special name for these contacts — GOTA which stands for Get On The Air.  It is our pleasure to show you, and let you talk on our Ham Radio stations as part of this GOTA activity.

This is a focused part of the day when the radio conversations are brief and to the point.  The two stations that are in radio contact with each other take turns transmitting a Radio Call Sign, a number and letter code that describes the type of radio station in use, and a location code that tells where the station is located.  The other station — the one on the receiving end of the radio contact — captures that information as it comes across the airwaves, and enters the details into a computerized logging and scoring application.  You will see our scores grow after each radio contact has been completed.

We usually have maps of the United States and Canada on display showing the states and provinces where we have successfully communicated. This blends a little bit of geography into the mix in case we have students who wish to remain sharp during their summer vacation.


We stay on-the-air Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening, continuing through the early hours Sunday morning.

Our activity winds down about 10 a.m..Sunday morning.  At that time we shift into our “Packing Up and Moving Out” mode.  Our goal is to have all the radio equipment and antennas dismantled and loaded into cars and trucks by Noon Sunday for the trip back home.


FYI — The number code represents the total number of ham radio transmitters in use at a particular location.

FYI — There can be up to six types of radio stations in use on Field Day represented by Letter Codes A through F.
A — a portable radio station operated by three or more people at a location where a ham radio station does not normally exist.
B — a portable radio station operated by one or two people at a location where a ham radio station does not normally exist.
C — a radio station installed in a car, truck, or other vehicle in a way that could be used while the vehicle is in motion..
D — a radio station located at a person’s home
E — a radio station located at a person’s home, and which is being operated using electricity from a source other than the commercial power lines.
F — a radio station that is being operated as part of an Emergency Operations Center such as a 911 facility.




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Updated:  May 05, 2019

Membership Secretary Richard Johnson N3EPY provided an update on CARC Membership Renewal activity for 2019.  We have reached our destination and achieved our objective.

If you were able to attend our March meeting you were treated to Member Appreciation Night.  Every day is Member Appreciation Day at CARC.  Your renewal sustains the activities that make CARC one of the best radio clubs you are likely to find.

Thank you to each and every member who contributed toward the objective.

73,   Andrew Forsyth  AF3I



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Thank you CARC Members for making our April meeting a great success.  We had the largest turnout in recent memory with 18 CARC Members in attendance.

Additional thanks to all those who sent their Best Wishes on my recent retirement.  There was a special surprise presentation with Retirement, Ham Radio, and Farming as the theme.   When the photos come back from the Lab I hope to post something here.  (I am kidding.  When was the last time that photos needed to be sent to a Lab for processing?)


CARC Net Check-ins

Two-Meter Net ** Sunday March 31, 2019

KB3PQT, Frank     AND    W3ZIF, Royal     Co-Net Control Stations.

W3ZIF, Royal

KC3CPT, Doug

N3FWE, Steve

AF3I, Andy

KC3JVG, Keith

Various problems plagued our net tonight.  Frank’s station was giving the Operator a hard time.  Frank went out to his vehicle and operated from the Driver’s Seat.  During that relocation Royal Kramer W3ZIF took control of the net.  Thank you Royal.  We had a good check-in from Doug Stenger KC3CPT who operated portable from the Monroe Township Park on Route 174 — across the street from our 2017 Field Day site at the Fire Company.  Andy tried operating mobile using a Yaesu FT-5100 and an M2 Square Halo antenna.  The transceiver had low audio.  Andy surfed the web afterwards and learned there is an electrolytic capacitor in the microphone which has some chronic problems.  When the capacitor fails it takes most of the audio along with it.  It is possible to replace that electrolytic capacitor and it is possible to use a different radio next time.  I propose the second option is a whole lot easier to accomplish.  It was good to hear Keith KC3JVG tonight.  Steve Hancock N3FWE heard Keith better than the rest of us were able to hear.


Ten-Meter Net ** Wednesday April 03, 2019

Coming Soon…







The BINGO game we are playing is based on the callsigns of those who check-in to the net.  For added excitement we draw a CARC Member callsign from the Pickled Okra Jar each time the net discussion passes to the next participant.

We play the traditional Horizontal, Vertical, and Diagonal 5-box straight lines.  In addition, we play the Four Corners, Small Diamond (four squares around the FREE space), Large Diamond (4 squares a little farther out from the FREE space) , and any of the Postage Stamps (4 in a square with one of them being the corner square).

If you attended our January 16, 2019 meeting you had the opportunity to pickup a CARC NET BINGO card.  If you were unable to attend that meeting, of if at that time you did not realize how much fun this activity was going to be, please contact Andy Forsyth to request a CARC BINGO NET card (two on one sheet of paper).  

If you check into the net and would like to participate in the BINGO game but you do not yet have a BINGO Card, Andy Forsyth will play a card for you.



Ham Radio Operators who are long-standing members of the American Radio Relay League have grown accustomed to finding an April Fools article in the April issue of QST Magazine.

Sometimes the articles jump off the page as being the one you were looking for.  Other times it can be quite a challenge to differentiate the genuine technical content from the April Fools joke.

This year I am stumped.  I need your help.   Please read the magazine cover-to-cover.  Then answer the question below.

Thank you and 73,
Andrew Forsyth   AF3I



If you found the QST April Fools article please share your discovery with us. Page Number, Title, or some other relevant information will secure your claim

World Amateur Radio Day — Thursday April 18, 2019

Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.

Just two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained the allocations still recognized today — 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters.  Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and expand the frequency allocations for Amateur Radio. Thanks to the support of enlightened administrations in every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to experiment and communicate in frequency bands strategically located throughout the radio spectrum.  From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies in three regions. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Region 2 covers the Americas, and Region 3 is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and most of Asia. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of Amateur Radio.

Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with more than 3,000,000 licensed operators!

World Amateur Radio Day is the day when IARU Member-Societies can show our capabilities to the public and enjoy global friendship with other Amateurs worldwide.


A Ham Radio Training Class is scheduled to take place Saturday April 13, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continuing Sunday April 14, 2019 from 8 a.m. to Noon.   

The two-day Class prepares the participant for taking the Amateur Radio Technician License Exam.


The Training Class will be followed by a FCC License Exam session on Sunday April 14, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

There is no charge for the Training Class.   The FCC License Exam carries a $14 fee.

The events take place at the South Middleton Township Building, 520 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA

Instructor for the class is Mr. Ralph Brandt, K3HQI

To sign-up please contact:     Jack.Himes@verizon.net     or call 717 329 3793

Additional information will be sent via email to those who sign-up.

The Class and Exam Session are sponsored by the South Mountain Radio Amateur Club.  Additional information may be found at their website:   www.N3TWT.org


While standing in the checkout line at my favorite grocery store I spent a brief moment reading the scholarly publications offered at the checkout counter.  They had run out of the Harvard Business Review, Barrons, and The Wall Street Journal.  However, something called The National Enquirer caught my eye.  I decided to model our Cumberland Amateur Radio Club News Page after what I saw.  Their headline sounded so good that I wanted it to be my headline too.

Photos and other content that CARC Members send to me are very much appreciated.  I did receive some materials from one of our active members and I will be posting those contributions this evening.  

I invite additional activity.  This is where you can make a difference.

I offered Selfie-Sticks to all those who attended our most recent meeting.  Much the same as the main character in the Clement Moore poem, visions of sugar plums danced through my head as I envisioned all the photographic material and web page content that soon would grace my email inbox.  I went home Wednesday night with as many Selfie-Sticks as I had on my in-bound voyage.

Perhaps you were simply overwhelmed with the outpouring of Member Appreciation Night goodies.  That’s okay.  Here comes a fresh opportunity.  Forget the Selfie-Sticks.  Any photo will do the job.  Your best anecdote will rival anything that Jack Benny or Milton Berle ever put on the AM radio.  

I will be waiting.  

73,   Andrew Forsyth  AF3I


CARC Net Check-ins

Two-Meter Net ** Sunday March 03, 2019

KB3PQT, Frank     Net Control Station

W3ZIF, Royal

N3FWE, Steve       I did not make a note, but I recall that Steve was tonight’s BINGO winner.

AF3I, Andy

KC3CPT, Doug      First time check-in for Doug.  I am glad you made it.


Ten-Meter Net ** Wednesday March 06, 2019

K3EYK, Garry           Net Control Station

WA3BKK, Bobbe     Bobbe was the CARC NET BINGO Winner Tonight.

K3EYL, Harry

AF3I, Andy

N8QVT, Valli


If you check into the net and would like to participate in the BINGO game but you do not yet have a BINGO Card, Andy Forsyth will play a card for you.