Welcome to the Red Rose Repeater Association website. We are a Ham Radio Club including licensed amateurs, non-licensed contributors, spouses and friends, all located in scenic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

- Enjoy our Repeaters!
P.O. Box 8316
Lancaster, PA 17604-8316

Click here for a map view of the breakfast site.
Join us for breakfast on the third Saturday of every month, at 9:00am at the Park City Diner (884 Plaza Boulevard). Everyone is welcome! Make your reservations by contacting Ken at 7l7-872-1451.
2m band: 147.015MHz (+), PL 118.8Hz  70cm band: 449.575MHz (-) PL 114.8Hz Click here for a map view of the meeting site.

Field Day 2107

This year's ARRL Field Day is fast approaching. The Red Rose Repeater Association will be participating again at the Discover Lancaster Tourism Resource Center. This has been a traditional location over the years, in that it is easily accessible from the Lancaster bypass and it is also an integral part of Lancaster County activities. CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS.

Join us for our 10m Nets

The club conducts weekly HF nets on 10m. These are nets intended to expand the skillset into the HF SSB area for all amateurs, including licensees of the Technician Class. The 10m net meetings are on Tuesdays at 2000EDT at the frequency 28.400MHz. Get involved! Hone your HF skills!

There has been some discussion lately about the selection of our frequency for this net. We have been given feedback that we may be operating our 10m nets 'on a calling frequency'. There are varying sources discussing the allocation of a 10m calling frequency. After having looked up 10m calling frequencies, most sites mention 28.385MHz as being the SSB calling frequency. Some of those sites also mention 'another is 28.400MHz'. The ARRL 'Considerate Operator's Frequency Guide' suggests the following, verbatim:

Nothing in the rules recognizes a net’s, group’s or any individual’s special privilege to any specific frequency. Section 97.101(b) of the Rules states that “Each station licensee and each control operator must cooperate in selecting transmitting channels and in making the most effective use of the amateur service frequencies. No frequency will be assigned for the exclusive use of any station.” No one “owns” a frequency.
It’s good practice — and plain old common sense — for any operator, regardless of mode, to check to see if the frequency is in use prior to engaging operation. If you are there first, other operators should make an effort to protect you from interference to the extent possible, given that 100% interference-free operation is an unrealistic expectation in today’s congested bands.

Given this level of input, as long as the 10m net is functioning on a clear selection of 28.400MHz, we are not technically operating on a calling frequency. There was one particular net when we did move to 28.405MHz deliberately because there was an ongoing conversation already underway on 28.400MHz.


The Lancaster County ARES conduct regular net meetings, two per month--> voice only and voice/digital:

  • Voice Only - First Tuesday of every month at [2030EST/EDT] and will be on the N3FYI (145.31MHz) repeater. Times may change according to participation, as there is another net meeting (SPARC) at [2100EST/EDT].
  • Voice/Digital - Third Tuesday of every month also at [2030EST/EDT] and will be on the N3FYI (145.31MHz) repeater. Times may change according to participation, as there is another net meeting (SPARC) at [2100EST/EDT]. Check back here for details (including digital mode) as the time approaches.

Sharing our Success Fundraiser

The club participates in a quarterly fundraiser in conjunction with two local diners. Both the Knight and Day Diner and the Park City Diner participate in a 'giving back' program with Red Rose Repeater Association. Download and print this document (click here) and use the coupon (you can cut it out) every time you eat at either diner. 10% of the meal purchase will then be donated to Red Rose Repeater Association to provide for needed equipment and expenses. The coupon is reusable and allows the success of both diners and Red Rose to continue.

Mother's Day Make-a-Wish Foundation Truck Convoy (ARES Support)

'The Convoy', started at Burle Industries (1000 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster), is a collection of trucks from across the United States that converge to help raise awareness and funds for the Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Northern Delaware & Susquehanna Valley. It’s a day filled with fun for the entire family and all of the money raised stays locally and goes directly to the kids we serve. This event needs radio communications support in select remote sites, as well as at Burle Industries parking lot. If you are interested contact N3FMO or W3EO.

VE Testing

The dates below are offered for those who desire to be tested for obtaining or upgrading their Amateur Operator's license. Testing is offered at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center, starting at 7:00pm on the dates below:

  • 15-Jun-17
  • 17-Aug-17
  • 19-Oct-17
  • 21-Dec-17

SkyWarn Training

Lebanon County will be hosting a SkyWarn Training class provided by NOAA out of State College on 1-June at 1800EDT. The class will be held at the Ono Fire Company, 1085 Jonestown Road, Ono, PA 17077. The class is free of charge, ninety minutes long and you receive a Sky Spotter ID number upon completion. This is a good training for anyone spending time outside. For the sake of planning, it is necessary to register. You can either e-mail Carl Wenzler or you can CLICK HERE and register direct. Here is the flyer.

Band Charts Updated!

Remember those color charts handed out at hamfests, showing the amateur band allocations? The ARRL has revised and updated those charts and they are now available for download. You can download the PDF documents, available in color or grayscale presentations, for printing. The revised allocations charts reflect the new 630m and 2,200m bands. However, it is important to note these bands are not yet available for Amateur Radio use. The effective date granting these allocations is to be determined. These charts will be available for purchase in 11x17 and 8.5x11 formats (in packs of 50) from the ARRL Store. Also, both include the ARRL Worked All States (WAS) map on the reverse.

President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Trustee 1st yr Board Members 2nd yr Board Members
Allen Showalter AB3NE Leon Hess KC3DMV Karen Lesmeister K3LPA Jean Hess KC3HQZ Mark Vreeland KB3NCJ Dan Boone KB3ZMB
Jason Benedick N1CYB
Harry DeVerter N3KYR
John Lesmeister W3LPA

The W3RRR Association operates the following assets in service to our immediate community:
  • Transmitters - Our VHF and UHF transmitters are located atop the Lancaster General Hospital in the City of Lancaster
  • Receivers - Our VHF receivers are located at Welsh Mountain (east), Lancaster Regional Hospital and near Safe Harbor (west), providing a large footprint for the county, plus into neighboring counties
  • Echo Link - For those traveling outside the immediate area of Lancaster County, our Echolink server keeps them in touch.
Red Rose Repeater Association also maintains a page on facebook. It is offered for active participation (moderated) pertinent to club members and family for the support of this club.

This page maintained by Dan Boone. If you have comments or questions regarding this site, feel free to send a message.