Cumberland Amateur Radio Club -- News

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An Afternoon of Learning at the Littlestown Library.

Thursday July 12, 2018
3:30 p.m.

On Thursday afternoon July 12, 2018 I plan to give a presentation involving Secret Codes, Spy Work, and Morse Code to all kinds of enthusiastic young people at the Littlestown Library.  We might even use Invisible Ink.  Sometimes I treat our volunteers to dinner at Bella's Restaurant following the presentation.  Put me to the test.

Fun Fest 2018

Friday June 8, 2018
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Come a bit earlier for setup.

Stay later for takedown.

The Adams County Library System invited Cumberland Amateur Radio Club to participate in their Community Outreach event last year.  We have been invited back for the 2018 event.  We must have done something right.  Harry Fasick, Valli Hoski, and Andy Forsyth presented the 2017 program including a hands-on introduction to Morse Code sending and receiving, and Special Event Station K3L On-The-Air from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Please come join us for an afternoon in the park.  Sometimes I treat our volunteers to a social event following the event.  Details will be part of the April Meeting agenda.  
Field Day 2018

Saturday and Sunday

June 23 & 24, 2018

With great thanks to Ed LeTersky for reaching out to the Carlisle Parks and Recreation Department and making the reservation we will be conducting our Field Day 2018 operations at the newly renovated Shaffer Park Cabin in Carlisle, PA.  Planning is underway.  Volunteers are sought for the many activities that make Field Day a fun and rewarding event.  Club Secretary Ed LeTersky has a list of important functions and a sign-up sheet.  Flash News -- The list has been rendered as a PDF and posted in the Files area of this website so that you can easily see which activities can benefit from your Leadership.  Volunteer now -- the lines are short -- no waiting.

I learned these words of inspiration from The Lego Movie (2014) theme song:

“Everything is awesome, everything is cool when you’re part of a Team.
Everything is awesome, when we’re living our dream.”

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Current and Future News Above.  Old News Below

Facebook page

We have joined the world of social media. or use the magnifying glass SEARCH tool to look for Cumberland Amateur Radio Club.  If you get the Cumberland Valley Amateur Radio Club located in Chambersburg, PA scroll up or down until you find our page.  The page is in its infancy.  I welcome input from Club Members.

Fulton County Activation

Status:  Successfully Completed

Saturday October 14, 2017 CARC operated K3IEC Portable from Fulton County Pennsylvania.  This operation celebrated the heritage of Fulton County and coincided with the PA QSO Party.

Our operation began at 1600 UTC and ended about 2100 UTC.  For the Local Time Enthusiasts, that was Noon to 5 p.m. Eastern.

We had goals of operating Multi-Multi Portable with as many as four signals on the air -- Phone, CW, and perhaps RTTY on whatever bands we found open that day.  80/75, 40, 20, 15, 10, and 6 meters were all likely candidates.

FLASH -- I interrupt this paragraph for an important bulletin.

Dateline: January 2018,  State College Pennsylvania.

To all stations.  For immediate release.

The Nittany Amateur Radio Club today announced the winners of the 2017 Pennsylvania QSO Party.  

K3IEC, the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club, took FIRST PLACE in the Multi-Operator Category for Fulton County.  The five-person CARC team included KB3PQT, KC3AB, W3VRE, KC3CPT, and AF3I.  

Congratulations for your outstanding performance in this competition..


We now return to our regular programming.  


K3IEC QSL Mailing Address:





We support the following QSL process:

USA contacts -- your card and your SASE sent to Frank Mellott (see above) will trigger our return card.

VE and DX contacts -- your card sent to Frank Mellott is one option.  Or send an email request for a QSL card with our QSO info and your return address included.

Address your e-Mail to:

AF3I will cover return postage to VE/DX operators outside the USA if our QSO and QSL card is helpful to your award objectives.


Our Club is fortunate to have volunteers step forward and provide their services.  For that I am thankful and wish to recognize the Volunteers.

Frank Mellott KB3PQT -- Location Scout, Advocate, Event Organizer, Set Up, Take Down, Photographer, Provider of Food and Beverages, and Phone Operator.

Dave Hile W3VRE -- QSL Manager, Set Up, Take Down, and highly dedicated Operator.

Doug Stenger KC3CPT -- Record Breaking Field Day VHF Operator, Cargo Logistics Specialist, Set Up, Take Down, and our talented, highly-skilled Grill Chef.  Doug prepared burgers and hot dogs that could go head-to-head against Bobby Flay, and win.

Doug Good KC3AB -- Set Up, Take Down, Enthusiastic 6 Meter Operator, and Canopy Expert.  Doug is responsible for every bit of RF energy that we pumped out on 50 Mhz.

Andy Forsyth AF3I -- Quartermaster, Set Up, Take Down, Network Administrator, PC Support Technician, and CW Operator.

Bobbe Rothermel WA3BKK -- Graphic Artist, Certificate Designer, QSL Card Designer.

Garry Fasick K3EYK -- Keeper of various Club Equipment and Antennae.

Henry Mellott -- Equipment Storage, Delivery, and Take Down.

Alice S. Malone -- Photographer First Class

I. E. Coleman -- Location Finder.

We had genuine expressions of interest from two additional CARC Members but matters beyond their control interfered with their plans.  Ed Dyer KB3IRF and Steve Hancock N3FWE really wanted to be with us in the rarified atmosphere at the top of Sideline Hill in Fulton County.  We were together in spirit.



Field Day Food Sources

I get a lot of requests related to the food sources we used for FD 2017.  I really believe the requests are in response to the great quality and freshness of the food, and indicate a desire to return to those shops after Field Day for another delicious meal.

Lunchtime Submarine Sandwiches and Pizza were purchased from Nonno's OIP (Original Italian Pizza) located next to the Dairy Queen on Route 15 southbound in Dillsburg, PA.  They also provided the home-style, freshly made potato chips and two big bottles of Soda Pop.  Teleohone 717.432.3030.  These are good people.

Suppertime Lasagna, Chicken Parmesan, Chef Salad, and Bread were purchased from Anile's Restaurant in Boiling Springs, PA.  They make a really nice meal.  If you are hiking the Appalachian Trail you will pass within a few yards of this shop.

Both shops do a great job with Eat-In and Take-Out service.  Julia Child would have said Bon Appetit.  Lydia Bastianiach would say Buon Appetito. Ted Allen would NEVER say "You've Been Chopped" to either of these fine operations.

WinLink 2000
Steve Hancock N3FWE introduced Andy Forsyth AF3I to WinLink.  We are preparing to use this RF-based e-Mail Client as our gateway to 100 or greater Field Day Bonus Points for Message Handling.  A few practice messages have been flying around 40 meters.  Update -- we actually accomplished our objective of earning 200 Field Day Bonus Points.  A very big THANK YOU to Steve for advocating this technology and helping the Club achieve Victory.
What were they thinking?
The Crayola Company of Easton, PA has announced the elimination of one of our favorite colors.  Dandelion Yellow has met its demise.  As some of you may know, CARC Members participate in Radio Contest events.  The Teams are named for the official crayon colors I found in the big Crayola 64 box.  Jay Vogel KB3UWH and his Team Members are the Dandelion Yellow Team. What will become of them?  I think I saw a bigger box of crayons on the shelf at my favorite office supply store.  Perhaps we can find a new color for Jay's team among the many colors in the bigger box.

Community Outreach 1

Royal Kramer W3ZIF and Andy Forsyth AF3I presented Ham Radio to ten enthusiastic members of the Kids Summer Reading Program.  I was at the Library with my ICOM IC-7000 transceiver.  Royal was at his home.  We had 10 school-aged participants and a member of the nearby community who stopped in when he heard the familiar sound of Morse Code coming from the Conference Room.  Each participant talked with Royal for a few minutes describing his or her Age, Grade, School, Favorite Subjects, Favorite Sports, and Career Ambitions.

Lillian asked Royal about his most memorable ham radio experience.  Royal described his very important Public Service role during the 1955 floods on the Delaware River near Stroudsburg, PA.  Royal introduced us to the book Devastation on the Delaware written by Mary A. Shafer.  One of the chapters in this book includes a description of the assistance provided by Royal Kramer and his ham radio friends from the Allentown, PA area.  You can visit Mary Shafer's web sites at and

Thank you to Youth Service Program Leader Gina Staton for enabling us to share this introductory ham radio experience with the young people our community.

Community Outreach 2






The Littlestown Public Library (Adams County, PA) offered CARC a great opportunity to meet with their STEAM 'n' Summer group Wednesday July 12, 2017.  We talked about radio, electronics and built Short Wave Radio Receiver kits that cover the 6-8 Mhz shortwave broadcast band.  Harry Fasick, Valli Hoski, and Ed LeTersky are important contributors to our Club success and I thank them for volunteering.  It was a big crowd of young people -- I counted 21, plus some of their parents and family members.  I brought along my ICOM 7000 transceiver in case we needed a little extra listening technology.

Field Day 2017

Saturday and Sunday

June 24 & 25, 2017

Field Day 2017 took place at a different location than in prior years.  Construction work taking place at the Shaffer Park Cabin put our traditional location in jeopardy.  This yeaer we exercised our emergency preparedness procedures from the Monroe Township Fire Company in Churchtown.  I invited CARC members to join with me in planning our biggest event of the ham radio year.  Our Social Media Champion Valli Hoski N3QVT did a great job and put 100 Bonus Points on our Scoring bottom line.  Thank you to Dave Hile W3VRE for volunteering to be our Safety Officer.  We stayed safe all weekend AND earned 100 Bonus Points. Our Education Activity was conducted by Steve Hancock N3FWE.  The weather was sunny warm, and nice.  We met indoors anyway because the air conditioning and seating made that the preferred location.  Another 100 Bonus Points are in the bank.  

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