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General Meeting Information

We usually meet at the Hoss's Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike in Mechanicsburg, PA.   The Hoss's Staff will take our food and beverage orders in the meeting room.  Simply say the magic words "Radio Club Meeting" to the Hoss's Host and you will be directed to our Meeting Room.

If you enjoy eating dinner and talking about ham radio before the meeting then arrive about 6 p.m.   If you would like to attend the business meeting then please arrive by 7:30 p.m.  Either way, we try to complete our agenda and head home before 9 p.m.

We begin most meetings with an activity that reminds me of Show and Tell, which you probably remember from your school days.  We select a topic that has some connection to our hobby.  Each person tells a brief story with that theme.  Everyone gets a turn, or you can pass.

October 14, 2017  Saturday and continues on Sunday the 15th.

Pennsylvania QSO Party

Status:  Successfully Completed.

Listen to the Coach.  Play in all the games.  Have Fun.  Those are the guiding principles I learned from Coach Macey at Soccer Shots.  I have started to apply the same principles to Ham Radio.  Work this contest from home if you wish.  Become a Rover or Portable if that is more to your liking.   If my name was Yoda I might say:  Fun you will have.  Use Google.  Search for PA QSO PARTY.  Did I say Have Fun ?

October 14, 2017.  Just Saturday

Ham Radio Safari-Fulton County PA

Status:  Successfully Completed.

Frank Mellott KB3PQT recently got onto the PA Turnpike and drove about 65 miles to the west of Carlisle.  Much to my amazement, he did not fall off the edge of the earth.  Behold -- there is terra firma beyond the horizon.

Frank has big plans for a daylight Club Activity.  If hamburgers, ketchup, mustard, and relish are involved then you know it is going to be extra special.  CARC Members -- Connect with Frank to get all the details.  If you attended our September meeting you would have heard all about this Ham Radio Safari to Fulton County Pennsylvania.

If you made a contact with K3IEC during the PA QSO PARTY contest please see our News page for QSL Information.  Fulton County is one of the most-needed according to some accounts.

October 18, 2017 Wednesday

CARC Monthly Meeting

Status:  Successfully Completed

On the agenda -- If you are a member, bring forward your nominations or self-expression of interest in running for one of the elected positions in our Club. Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President, President are up for grabs.

We will have a recap of the recent Ham Radio Safari to Fulton County.  Frank Mellott KB3PQT gave a nice report, distributed Certificates and other rewards.   Thank you Frank. Thank you Bobbe for designing and creating the certificates.  Andy Forsyth AF3I distributed rewards to the On-Stage and Off-Stage volunteers.

We will have some news regarding the Holiday Brunch.  December 10, 2017 at 11 a.m.  Location is TJ Rockwell in Grantham, MAP .  We are looking for expressions of interest -- e.g. a Head Count.


The Field Day 2018 Volunteer Sign-Up sheet will make its rounds.  There are some time-critical positions just itching to be filled.  At the top of my urgent and important list is the Site Selection Volunteer(s).   Garry K3EYK volunteered to make contact with the Carlisle Parks and Recreation Department to learn more about the recently renovated Shaffer Park Cabin and whether it will soon be made available for event rental as we had done in prior years.  Thank you Garry.

October 21, 2017  Saturday

Farmer's Fair Parade

Status:  Successfully Completed.

Thank you to Harry K3EYL for all your inspiration, planning, and coordination.

CARC Participants who recognized its value and supported this Community Service and Team Building Event are: 

Harry Fasick K3EYL

Valli Hoski N8QVT

Frank Mellott KB3PQT

Dave Hile W3VRE

Doug Good KC3AB

Sherry Morgan N3TMT

Andy Forsyth AF3I


I am so very pleased to have a core group of volunteers who stepped forward and served.   CARC Members provided Public Service Communications between Parade Staging points and the Parade Leadership.  I enjoyed having a back-stage view of the work that goes into bringing together the Community and Visitors for the biggest outdoor event of the year in our quiet town of Dillsburg.

The parade marched forward at 7:30 p.m. and ended about 9:30 p.m.  Weather was perfect with mild temperatures in the mid-70s, clear and dry skies, and lots of festival food.  My favorites include the tasty products prepared by local business men and business women Road Hawg Barbeque and Kona Ice.

November 15, 2017 Wednesday

CARC Monthly Meeting

Status:  Successfully Completed

This was the earliest possible date for our Club Meeting which is scheduled on the Third Wednesday of the month.  By the grace of the 2017 calendar our meeting date is far ahead of Thanksgiving. You probably will have no surge of last-moment holiday responsibilities competing for your time. 

I was glad to see you at the November 15 CARC Meeting at our usual place -- Hoss's, 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg (Upper Allen Twp).

Agenda items: 

We would like to get a head-start on 2018 by reaching out and soliciting your membership renewal and dues payment (only $10 for the year.)  Your early participation helps ensure a smooth and orderly transition as we implement a new concept of managing the membership roster.  Bobbe WA3BKK served as our 2017 Membership Secretary and Frank KB3PQT has offered to serve as our 2018 Membership Secretary.  

Election of Officers for 2018.  The offices of Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President, and President each have a single club member who has offered to serve.  The uncontested offices will be filled by the 2017 incumbents who have agreed to continue in their roles. The slate will be declared elected by acclamation as part of our November meeting.

I am looking to Harry K3EYL to provide his recap of the Farmer's Fair Parade.

Likewise, I am looking to Garry K3EYK to provide his recap of his fact-finding mission with the Carlisle Parks and Recreation Department.

Valli N8QVT may have some news involving our Holiday Brunch.  Sunday December 10.  I bet she wants a committment and a headcount.  

Frank KB3PQT may have additional news related to our Fulton County Safari. 

I keep dingling the idea of participating in the Winter Field Day as a Club Activity.

December 10, 2017  Sunday

Holiday Brunch

Status: Successfully Completed

Our All Volunteer staff planned and executed this annual event.

Thank you to Valli N8QVT for taking a Lead Role in scheduling and reserving the venue for our Holiday Brunch activity.

We had 18 members and guests in attendance at TJ Rockwells in Grantham.  Six lucky people won door prizes. They selected from among the following premium items:

  • Whistleberry Farms Raw Honey -- Quart and Pint Sized
  • Hauser Estate Wines -- several varieties including Chardonnay
  • Matangos Candies -- Assorted Chocolates and Venetian Mints
  • Family Favorites Recipies cookbook featuring Savory Chuck Roast by Shirley Halliday.  
  • Hoss's Gift Card
  • Journal Book

Everyone took home a Goodie Bag containing tasty snack items such as Fig Newtons, Keebler Cheese and Crackers, Lance Salted Peanuts, Nutella Spread, Hershey and York candies, Tom Sturgis Pretzels, and a Peppermint Candy Cane.

December 20, 2017  Wednesday

No Monthly Meeting in Demember

Status: Pay close attention to detail.

Please note -- We do not conduct a traditional meeting on the third Wednesday of December. 

If you come to Hoss's on December 20, 2017 you might end up eating alone

Enjoying a nice meal at Hoss's is still a pretty good way to spend a Wednesday evening.  

See you on January 17, 2018 when we will meet on the Third Wednesday of the month.

January 17, 2018 Wednesday

CARC Monthly Meeting

Status:  Upcoming

We will be at Hoss's, 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg for our first meeting of the new year.  The eating and conversation aspect of our gathering begins at 6 p.m. The "down to business" aspect of our gathering begins at 7:30 p.m.  

Between now and then I will work on the agenda.  I plan to have some type of Ham Radio Activity, which may involve Digital Modes.  If you have a burning desire to renew your membership and pay 2018 Dues please spend a couple of minutes with 2018 Membership Secretary Frank Mellott KB3PQT.  Ten dollars will get you a full year of every Membership Benefit we offer.

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