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. 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 2015!

Here it comes, ARRL's Field Day! For those who have never seen it, Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN! The objective is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn how to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2 (which means basically 'the Americas'). Red Rose Repeater Association (W3RRR) will be conducting Field Day operations at the Discover Lancaster Center, 501 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Take a moment and remember the recent earthquakes in Nepal. Consider the nearly total collapse of infrastructure (lost power, disabled cellular service, impassable roads, water supply crippled, etc.) and what it takes to convey the need for support from outside the area. In the event of a national disaster, amateur radio steps up and fills that void. Necessary services, matériel can be brought in, while messages of personal welfare can be sent out. Field Day 2015 is that event, in which licensed amateur operators can set up their equipment, practice their skills, work out the kinks, share the technology and bring in the public for a show-and-tell. Come out, visit, say 'hi', learn about what happens behind the scenes and quite possibly get bitten by the bug.

Fox Hunt!

The Red Rose Repeater Association and SPARC (Southern Pennsylvania Amateur Radio Club) got together recently and are planning a Fox Hunt. As of this writing, the date has not specifically been set, but is targeted for November 2015. There will be four events related to this Fox Hunt:

  1. Antenna Design Shop - Radio direction finding antenna designs will be presented, including a hands-on assembly workshop for the sake of creating one or more of the designs
  2. Antenna Design Shop, conclusion
  3. On-Foot Fox Hunt - This is a rudimentary fox hunt conducted in a tight space in order to test the antennas in a group forum
  4. Actual Fox Hunt - This is the actual Fox Hunt, conducted in a pre-defined space

As of this writing, no dates have been set. In the meantime, you can review these resources:

Keystone Trails Association Super Hike

On 12-Sep-15, the Keystone Trails Association will sponsor the seventh annual Susquehanna Super Hike & Ultra Trail Run, a trail challenge event for adventurous trail runners and hikers on the wild river hills of the lower Susquehanna Gorge. Red Rose Repeater Association (W3RRR) will be supporting the Super Hike, providing communications throughout the course. That being said, volunteers are needed. If you are interested in helping this event, click here to register.

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 following dates:

  • 18-Jun-15
  • 20-Aug-15
  • 15-Oct-15
  • 17-Dec-15

We hold an annual HAMFEST each first Saturday in October (3-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. Cost:
  • Public $5.00
  • Tailgaters $7.00
  • Indoor Table Sales $10.00 (buy two get two free)
  • Children under 12 are free

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 Harry DeVerter N3KYR
Dan Boone KB3ZMB
Allen Showalter AB3NE
Dave Phillips W3CWE
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.

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