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 Bob Evans (3000 Hempland Road). 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.


Club Picnic

The club will be having a picnic Sunday 18-Sep in Ironville Park, beginning around 1400EDT. Please bring a hot and cold dish to share. Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be provided by the club. There will be an HF radio to work DX and quite possibly a QRP CW station for the challenge.

Future 10m Net?

The club conducts weekly VHF nets Wednesday nights at 2100EDT, however, there is the possibility of adding another net, this time on HF at 10m. This is a net intended to expand the skillset into the HF SSB area for all amateurs, including licensees of the Technician Class. At this time, we are simply asking for input from those also interested. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send us an e-mail describing a date and time and possibly a frequency on which you believe the net would best be served. Remember, this is an upper sideband frequency, so we're looking at 28.300-28.497MHz. Get involved! Hone your HF skills!

ARES Nets

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

  • Voice Only - First Tuesday of every month, beginning 3-Nov, at [2030EST] and will be on the N3FYI (145.31MHz) repeater. Times may change according to participation, as there is another net meeting (SPARC) at [2100EST].
  • Voice/Digital - Third Tuesday of every month, beginning 17-Nov, also at [2030EST] and will be on the N3FYI (145.31MHz) repeater. Times may change according to participation, as there is another net meeting (SPARC) at [2100EST]. Check back here for details (including digital mode) as the time approaches.

Public Service Event, KTA Trail Challenge

On 10-Sep-2016, the Keystone Trails Association will sponsor the eighth annual KTA Trail Challenge, an "ultra" trail challenge event for adventurous hikers and trail runners on the wild river hills of the lower Susquehanna Gorge. They need your help! This year, they're offering a 50k hike starting from Pequea Creek Campground, and a 25k hike from Susquehannock State Park (instead of Holtwood Picnic Area).

WE DO NEED VOLUNTEERS!! While there are amateur radio operators assigned to the posts, this is also an opportunity for those inexperienced at public events to also participate. The next generation of volunteers learns by being a part and using their already known skills. If you are interested in getting involved, please sign up on their website HERE.

All volunteers will be rewarded with a limited edition VOLUNTEER T-shirt, in addition to the great memories of a day of work and fun! They rely on volunteers, so please bring your talents to support the event. At the end is a picnic at Otter Creek Campground, catered by Legends Catering of York, free of charge.

ARES Event

Lancaster County ARES has been asked to take part in an emergency preparedness drill at Wellspan Community Hospital, Ephrata on Tuesday 13-Sep-2016 from 0800-1400EDT. Operators may be asked to staff the amateur station at the hospital and the county EOC. More information will be available soon, so check back. If interested, contact Harry Bauder (WA3FFK).

Public Service Event, MS Society Bicycle Ride

This is an opportunity for public service for all interested amateur radio operators. There will be an MS Society bicycle ride, dubbed as 'BikeMS: City to Shore 150'. The two day event (24-25 Sep-2016) starts and finishes in Ocean City, NJ. If you are interested, contact Joe DiBartolo (KC2SFB) at 609-316-8220. He is reaching out to clubs in the tri-state area to help in recruitment efforts to support the event. This event is one of, if not the largest, Amateur Radio supported events in the country. Last year the volunteer roster totaled 103 Amateur Operators, all working in the communications effort of the event. For 2016 their goal to cover the event is a minimum of 125 Amateur Operators. The need is great.

Click here for event forms/applications or click here to download the form.

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:

  • 20-Oct-16
  • 15-Dec-16

W3RRR Hamfest

We hold an annual HAMFEST each first Saturday in October (1-Oct this year) at the Brownstown Community Park in Talmadge, PA (outskirts of Brownstown, PA). The talk-in is on 147.015(+)MHz, PL 118.8Hz. The Hamfest opens to vendors at 6:00am for them to set up and is open to the public at 7:00am.

  • Public $5.00
  • Tailgaters $7.00
  • Indoor Table Sales $10.00 (buy two get two free)
  • Children under 12 are free

Contact: Allen Showalter by e-mail or call at 397-3429.CLICK HERE FOR THE FLYER.

Please check back here for more details closer to the date!


President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Trustee 1st yr Board Members 2nd yr Board Members
Ken Wiggins N2DYK John Lesmeister W3LPA Karen Lesmeister K3LPA Paul Hilton N3BCZ Mark Vreeland KB3NCJ Allen Showalter AB3NE
Leon Hess KC3DMV
Harry DeVerter N3KYR
Dan Boone KB3ZMB
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), New Danville and near Safe Harbor (west), providing impressive coverage of the entire 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.