Welcome to the Red Rose Repeater Association website. We are an active Amateur 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 during our 2m net!
2m band: 147.015MHz (+), PL 118.8Hz  70cm band: 449.575MHz (-) PL 114.8Hz Click here for a map view of the meeting site.

Officer/Board Elections

Red Rose Repeater Association will conduct annual officer and board elections at its March meeting (20-Mar-19). The ballot for this election will be formed and presented in the February meeting (20-Feb-19). Members wanting to vote should do so by either absentee ballot or by attending the March meeting.

2m Nets

The club conducts weekly VHF nets on their 2m repeater. These nets are Wednesdays at 2100EDT/EST every week has a different net controller.

10m Nets

The club conducts weekly HF nets on the 10m band. These are nets to expand the skillset in HF SSB area for all amateurs, including Technician Class licensees. The 10m nets are Tuesdays at 2000EDT/EST at 28.435MHz. Every week is a different net controller (see the calendar above and click on the week of interest to see who is net control). The band has been opening up lately, so get involved! Hone your HF skills! NOTE: If there is existing traffic less than five minutes prior to the net start, the net will move to 28.445MHz.


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.

Public Service Event: Lancaster MS Walk

The 2019 Lancaster MS Walk is a charity walk that take place in over 550 locations with more than 330,000 people participating annually. They've been walking since 1988 and to date have raised more than $920 million to drive groundbreaking research, provide life-changing programs and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most.
Amateur radio members are invited to volunteer. When you decide to volunteer, you become part of the MS movement, a group of passionate individuals, moving together to create a world free of MS. Together we support, have fun, and make a difference in the lives of people living with MS.
Start/Finish: Long's Park (1441 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster)
Time:Sunday, 05-May, site opens at 10:00am, walk begins at 11:00am

Public Service Event: Mother's Day Make-a-Wish Foundation Truck Convoy

Join Make-A-Wish® as they celebrate their 30th Anniversary of the Mother's Day Truck Convoy and raise money to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses. This year their chapter expects to grant 365 life-changing wishes, an average of one wish per day. This is only possible because of volunteers like you. Join in as they celebrate the drivers and the wish kids at the carnival-like event on Mother's Day, Sunday May 12.

VE Testing

Red Rose Repeater Association is sponsoring a Laurel VEC associated VE team to offer ham radio tests at no cost to the examinee. Testing is held at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology on Orange 1100 East Orange Street, Lancaster, PA 17602, in room 46 on the 3rd Saturday of the odd numbered months. Registration starts at 11:30am with testing beginning promptly at noon. Pre-registrations preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted. E-mail Jason (W3PC) for pre-registration and questions. Note: A FRN (FCC Registration Number) is required for testing, show up early if assistance is needed in obtaining a FRN. A government issued photo ID is also required for testing. Entrance to testing facility on corner of Clark ST and Parkside AVE. Room 46 right inside door to the right. Parking available on street or in lot behind building across Parkside Avenue. Planned dates are:

  • 16-Mar-19
  • 18-May-19
  • 20-Jul-19
  • 21-Sep-19
  • 16-Nov-19

Technician Class and Testing

Ralph Brandt is offering Technician License Classes and follow-up test sessions. There is no cost for the class. Dates and locations are listed below. Contact: Ralph Brandt (K3HQI) 7l7-885-3O63 or CLICK HERE to e-mail him. Pre-registration helps planning. Please give a phone number where you can be reached in case of bad weather. Upon passing the test an FCC license is usually issued within a week. You will need a government issued photo ID or acceptable alternate for the testing. If you do not have a government photo ID, contact Ralph for alternatives. *The license fee is determined by the testing team. Some teams have no fee and he works with them if possible. Other teams charge $15.

  • ETTERS: 02-Feb [0800-1600] and 03-Feb [0830-1200], details still being worked out with the Newberry team.
  • GENERAL UPGRADE CLASS! Location TBD: 9..10-Feb, with snow dates 16..17-Feb. Attendance is limited to 15 and there are only 6 openings remaining. If interested, please act now!
  • FIVEPOINTVILLE: 23-Feb [0800-1600] and 24-Feb [0830-1200], testing [1230-1500] at the Ambulance Association.


President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Trustee 1st yr Board Members 2nd yr Board Members
Allen Showalter AB3NE Leon Hess AA3LH Karen Lesmeister K3LPA Jean Hess KC3HQZ Mark Vreeland KB3NCJ Dan Boone KB3ZMB
Jason Benedick W3PC
Don Pickel W3LHT
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), SPARC's tower (west) and near Safe Harbor (south), 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 09-Jan-19 by Dan Boone. If you have comments or questions regarding this site, feel free to send a message.