CARC Two-Meter Net Check-Ins      Sunday January 6, 2019

§  Frank, KB3PQT  Net Control Station

§  Royal, W3ZIF

§  Doug, KC3AB

§  Andy, AF3I


CARC Ten-Meter Net Check-Ins      Wednesday January 9, 2019

§  Garry, K3EYK  Net Control Station

§  Harry, K3EYL 

§  Valli, N8QVT

§  Lance, WB3IOA

§  Jay, KB3UWH

§  Andy, AF3I (listening on the side)

The nets are a good place to share ideas and information.  In the past few days I have learned how to adjust the VOX settings on my transceiver, and how to reduce the power level.  I picked up a few pointers related to web-based Weather Stations.  And I heard CARC Members having a good time chatting with each other on-the-air.  

All of this is going to play into a new competitive activity I plan to introduce at the next Cumberland Amateur Radio Club meeting to be held Wednesday January 16, 2019 at the Hoss’s Restaurant on Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA. 

I think you are going to enjoy what I have in store.  For additional information about the meeting please see our EVENTS page.  

•  Author:  Andrew Forsyth, AF3I


Newly Licensed Hams — Welcome to the CARC Two-Meter Net

A good friend of Ham Radio shared with me a story.  The story involved a newly licensed Amateur Radio Operator who set out to make some radio contacts after receiving his license from the FCC.  His callsign and his on-the-air techniques revealed that he was a newcomer to ham radio.

To make the story short — this newly licensed ham received a somewhat chilly reception to his on-the-air communications attempts and may have been turned-off by the whole experience.  How sad.

The Cumberland Amateur Radio Club would like to warmly welcome newly licensed hams. 

We stand ready to provide assistance enabling you to get on the air and to make contacts with other hams who appreciate the hard-work you put into studying and passing the Licensing Exam.

First, we invite you to attend our Club Meetings.  Details are in the EVENTS page of this website.  We have a special FREE MEMBERSHIP OFFER for newly licensed hams.  How can you beat that?  If you are looking for help selecting and setting up your first radio station this is a good place to begin.

Second, if you already have ham radio equipment we invite you to participate in our weekly Two-Meter Net.  CARC Members and guests gather each Sunday Night at 7 p.m. local time on 146.490 Mhz, FM Simplex in the Two-Meter Band.  No Repeater Offset, No PL Access Tones.  Simply tune your transceiver to 146.490, listen for the Net Control Station to announce the net.   Frank, KB3PQT usually is our Net Control Station.  He is a friendly guy and a great supporter of the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club and ham radio in general.

When it is time, key your microphone, say your call sign, release your mike, and wait to be acknowledged by the NCS.  The Net Control Station will say a few words welcoming the people who checked into the net, and then give each person his or her opportunity to speak by saying that person’s call sign.  Tell us your name, your location, and perhaps let us know if you have questions.  After you have said what is on your mind, simply say “This is [your call sign], Back To Net Control.” and release your mike.  It is that simple.  No worries, No pressure, No cold shoulders.  

If you experience any difficulty when trying to participate in the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club Two-Meter Net please email me your name, call sign, location, and a few words about your radio and antenna.  We will try to perk-up our ears and listen more carefully for you the next week.   eMail:  Andrew Forsyth


• Author:  Andrew Forsyth AF3I



Newly Licensed Amateur Radio Operators

• You studied and you worked hard.
•  You passed the Amateur Radio License Exam. 
•  You received your new Callsign.   


Nathan Smith


Nancy Westfall


David Krotz


Jeremy Heintzelman


James Swartz, Jr.


William Simpers


Kurt Hepschmidt


Ethan Stoops


Richard Pannuty


Christopher Eppig


William Black, Jr.


Victor Yartz

Welcome to Amateur Radio — The World’s Best Hobby

If you have any questions we are here to help.



To Whom It May Concern:

The following list of equipment is available for free, in as-is condition. 

  1. Kenwood TM 731A 2m/440 mobile radio
  2. Pyramid PS-14KX Power Supply
  3. Drake TR-4C Sideband Transceiver and RV-4C Remote VFO
  4. Viking Phone Patch
  5. KE Electronics SQ-Auto Keyer

Anyone who is interested in any and/or all of these pieces of equipment may email an indication of interest to: .


WB3CNJ (Cynthia) & N3XWM (Alex)



Authors, Photographers, Story Tellers Invited. 
Reward Potential.

Everything is awesome.

Everything is cool
when you’re part of a Team.

Earlier today CARC Vice President Frank Mellott KB3PQT sent an email and invited Club Members to submit content for the CARC Web Page.  In particular Frank mentioned his desire for additional material as part of the HOW DO I… series of articles.  But this could just as easily involve photos, anecdotes, or news clippings of interesting topics you have come across.  If you have something interesting to show or tell, I bet there are other interested Hams out there who would enjoy seeing or hearing about you.

Let me toss an additional incentive on the table.  Each month I plan to enter the names and callsigns of those who contribute content into a prize raffle.  We will draw a winning name and that person will be rewarded handsomely. 

The content contributor prize raffle will begin as part of our January 2019 meeting.

•  Author:  Andrew Forsyth  AF3I


Cutting Dacron/Polyester rope

This posting was contributed by CARC Club Member Glenn Kurzenknabe, K3SWZ.   

I just raised my 80 Meter vertical project for the first time with the help of Dave, W3SOX.  I decided to put a set of (3) guy ropes on it, just to be safe. I selected the standard Dacron/Polyester rope sold by DX Engineering, The RF Connection and others.  The biggest problem [when working with Dacron/Polyester rope] I have found  is, how do you cut it, without making a mess of the cut ends?  They seem to fray instantly upon cutting, making it difficult to seal them with a flame.

Dave is a member of the National Ski Patrol and is trained in mountain rescue, etc.  He knows all things knots and rope.  He said that he cuts it with a standard Propane torch, normally used for soldering plumbing connections, that we all have in our shops.  I tried it and it works super well and seals both ends in the process.

CAUTION: Do not let the drippings from the cut, drip on your hand!  Speaking from first-hand experience, they are very HOT and do not mix well with skin!

•  Andy Forsyth AF3i speaking — Thank you, Glenn.


  • Annual CARC Membership Dues are $10
  • Richard Johnson is our well-respected and professional 2019 Membership Secretary
  • He will receive your payment, and…
  • Issue you a personalized membership card.
  • Who could ask for anything more?

Membership Renewal for 2019

  1. We are so close to the beginning of a new year.  Happy 2019!
  2. Your CARC Membership runs on an annual calendar-year basis.
  3. In exchange for the many benefits we furnish as part of your Cumberland Amateur Radio Club Membership, each year we ask that you separate yourself from a Ten-Dollar Bill, US Currency.  This is the one featuring the portrait of Alexander Hamilton.
  4. Club Membership Secretary Richard Johnson is a great person to have on the Club Leadership Team.  He will receive your Dues Payment and issue a Club Membership Card in exchange.
  5. See Richard at our January or February 2019 Meetings.
  6. If it is not not convenient for you to attend one of the early-2019 CARC Meetings we will be pleased to receive your Dues Payment by mail.  Address:  Andrew Forsyth, 5 Northern Dancer Drive, Dillsburg, PA  17019-9300
  7. Thank You For Your Support !  

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We Will Lead The Way

100 Years  of Heroes

In honor of Veterans Day 2018 the Patriot News dedicated an entire section of the Sunday November 11, 2018 edition of the newspaper to the stories and photos of veterans who served our country.

CARC Member Royal Kramer, W3ZIF, is one of the featured veterans.  Royal served in the US Army from 1957 to 1959.

Author:  Andrew Forsyth


Patriot News

Introduction to the story

Royal Kramer

Amateur Radio Operator

W3ZIF, and CARC Member


Preparations for Holiday Brunch are Underway

The date of our event is Sunday December 9, 2018.

The time of our event is 11 a.m.

The location of our event is T J Rockwell’s Restaurant at 897 West Grantham Road in Mechanicsburg, PA.  This location is next-door to the Ashcombe Garden Center

The photo to the upper-right has been updated to show the main entrance to T J Rockwell’s in Mechanicsburg.  

I am delighted to report that a Duo of Volunteers stepped forward and will provide a wealth of creative flare to this core element of our Brunch.  I will recognize this duo by name if I first request and obtain their permission.  

I am equally pleased to report that Pete Matangos and I struck a deal that will place several of the fine products he makes and sells at Matangos Candies in Harrisburg into the Door Prize pool.  Assorted Chocolates in a 1 lb. box and his iconic Venetian Mints in a 1 lb. box.  I need to perform some Quality Assurance Testing prior to the brunch.  Not because there is any concern with the quality or consistency of Matangos’ fine chocolates.  Instead, the reason for this testing is so that I can savor the true meaning of Quality and Consistency.  If any candy remains unopened after this testing it will be offered as a Door Prize.

Valli Hoski will want to know the head-count of those CARC Members, Friends, and Guests who will attend the brunch.  You could take this cue and send me your intentions which I will tally and share with Valli.

• Author:  Andrew Forsyth



The Story Behind Our Wooden Nickel TUIT

This story begins with my wife, who has a long list of household chores that I am expected to complete in order to qualify for prepared meals, laundry services, and companionship.

Many times I am guilty of responding to her chore requests by saying
“I will do that chore as soon as I get a Round TUIT.”

Darling Wife made sure that I would have whatever it takes to get the jobs done.  She outfitted me with a lifetime supply of Round TUITs.  A fresh shipment of 500 Round TUITs arrived this week.

I have so many Round TUITs that I would like to share them with my Ham Radio friends and anyone else whose interest in Ham Radio is developing.  If you would like to have your own Round TUIT please attend one of our CARC Meetings and let me know.  

•  Author:  Andrew Forsyth



News About the CARC Website

Welcome to our Blog Posting page.  My goal is to have something interesting and worthwhile to say in this space from time to time.  

In many ways this website has become my second hobby.  I have been a Ham Radio Operator for over 51 years and Ham Radio will be my first hobby for as long as I can fog a mirror.

I’ve created several Categories for these Postings.  Initially I will be using Community, Contests, DX, Hamfests, News, Technology, Food and perhaps Uncategorized.   BoldGrid and WordPress make it easy for me to add or subtract from that list of categories.

I am an advocate of Continual Improvement.  If I see something that piques my curiosity I strive to incorporate the best features into my work.  Likewise, if you have suggestions please pass them along to me for consideration.  Send eMail to Andrew Forsyth.Until I have more fully developed my Blog Posting skills the Leave Comments feature is disabled.  

•  Author:  Andrew Forsyth




News About Ham Radio Technology

Digital Communications is very popular these days.  The features and functionality of the WSJT-X FT8 mode continues to evolve and expand.

Some of the digital modes are very demanding of the time settings and synchronization between communicating stations.  When stations have easy access to the Internet they can make use of Time Synchronization services such as the US Naval Observatory Time Server.

As the use of digital communications moves away from the comforts of home and out into the field, the availability of an Internet connection is less certain.  One way of mitigating the lack of Internet service is to use a GPS Receiver device and PC software.  The GPS Receiver picks up the accurate time signals from the satellites and passes that information to the PC.  Andy Forsyth, Dave Hile, and Frank Mellott are exploring these tools. 

And, we have one of these USB GPS Receivers in the CARC Monthly Meeting Door Prize pool waiting for a lucky winner to claim their bounty.  Can’t wait to win the door prize drawing?  West Mountain Radio sells these on their website.

• Author:  Andy Forsyth