Cumberland Amateur Radio Club -- About Us

Cumberland Amateur Radio Club (CARC) is located in Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Communities served by CARC include Carlisle, Boiling Springs, Mount Holly Springs, Newville, Shippensburg, New Cumberland, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Enola, Lewisberry, Dillsburg, Elizabethtown and York Springs.

CARC traces its ham radio heritage to 1964.  We welcome you to be part of our Club as we continue onward for our second 50 years.  Contact information appears in Our People.


CARC members get together On-The-Air each week. 
Sundays at 7 p.m. local time.  Two-Meter FM Simplex.  146.490 Mhz. 
Wednesdays (except the third Wednesday - monthly meeting night) at 8 p.m. local time.  Ten-Meter USB.  28.400 Mhz.

We welcome interested people -- members or guests -- to participate.

Monthly Meetings

Members, Friends, and Guests gather on the third Wednesday of the month for a face-to-face meeting.  See the Events page for upcoming meeting information.

ARRL Field Day
Operating Event

We love Field Day.  The fourth full weekend of June.  For a club of our size we go out pretty BIG with elaborate antennas and top-notch rigs.  K3IEC is our Field Day callsign.  In 2016 you may have seen that we placed second nationwide in Category 4A commercial power.  In 2017 we had a big turnout and lots of participation.  According to my notes, we broke our previous record.  The December 2017 issue of QST Magazine shows how we did.  Look for K3IEC, Class 4A, Commercial Power.  FLASH / NEWS UPDATE:  You will find our 2017 results SECOND NATIONWIDE in the 4A Commercial Power Category.

Public Service Activity

CARC supports the Dillsburg Farmer's Fair Fantastic Parade by providing communications support for the Parade Committee.  The next big event will be Saturday October 20, 2018 -- always the third weekend of October.   We report for duty Saturday afternoon and serve as needed until the last of the Divisions are in the home stretch.  Participating can be a rewarding experience.  


CARC demonstrates ham radio and its related themes to interested members of our community.   The Adams County Library System Fun Fest is one of the public events we support.  We were there for the second year in a row June 8, 2018.  CARC has conducted youth programs at the Dillsburg Area Public Library, the Simpson Library S.T.E.M Club in Mechanicsburg, and the Littlestown Library where we conducted a workshop and built Shortwave Receivers from kits. 

Newly Licensed Hams
Getting Started

In the October 2017 QST magazine former ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher speaks about newly licensed Amateur Radio Operators who might appreciate a helping-hand putting a ham station together and getting on-the-air.  If you are in that situation and if you would like someone to bounce questions off, or to show you the ropes, then please accept my invitation.  Please contact me, and/or come to our meeting.  e-Mail Club President Andy Forsyth  or see the meeting information on the Events page.

General Interests

CARC members are active in many aspects of the Ham Radio hobby.  At CARC you will find someone who knows about Digital Modes, PSK31, JT65, JT9, WSPR, RTTY, Morse Code CW, Phone, DX (long distance communications), Public Service, Repeaters, Radio Sport Competition (contests), QRP low power, 160 Meters, HF, VHF, UHF, Summits On The Air, Islands On The Air, Meteor Scatter Propagation, Special Events, Awards and Certificates, Electronics Experimentation, Friendly Conversation, Pedestrian Mobile, Emergency Preparedness, Satellite Communications, Slow-Scan TV, and probably more !



Here is a download link to our Membership Application.  The form is one that we have used for many years and probably is due for a refresh. The primary purpose of the form is to capture your name and contact information.  If you will share with us a little bit about your ham radio interests and/or experiences that will help the Club President introduce you to the Club Members .  If you are able to attend a meeting please do so.  If you are not able to attend a meeting please let me know what I can do to accommodate your needs.  e-mail   

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