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.

Field Day Planning

As Field Day 2019 approaches, we are in the stage of gathering information about participation. The spirit of Field Day 2019 is to showcase Amateur Radio in what it can offer the individual as well as the general public. If you are interested in participating, please send an e-mail to Doug expressing your interest. There is a GOTA (Get On The Air) station as well as a table for introducing the public to the hobby of amateur radio. Food is also being planned.

Stay tuned, more to come!

National Night Out

The club has voted to participate in the annual event known as 'National Night Out'. The date is scheduled for 06-Aug-19 at Leisure Bowling and Golf Center on Columbia Avenue (west of Lancaster). Most likely there will be other locations throughout the county as well. If you are interested in participating, feel free to attend the June and July club meetings.

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. We also accept Echolink check-ins!

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.

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:

  • 20-Jul-19
  • 21-Sep-19
  • 16-Nov-19
  • 18-Jan-20

Furthermore, Red Rose Repeater Association is predisposed to helping those new Technician Class licensees. The talents of its members varies and can be a great benefit to pass along to those new licensees. If you are interested in participating as an elmer to a new licensee, please send an e-mail to Doug expressing your interest. Include notes listing skills and ambitions. What can you do to give back?

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 changes. 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. CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM.

  • YORK: 22-Jun [0800-1600] and 23-Jun [0830-1200], York Township Building, Lower level back of building, 190 Oak Road, Dallastown PA 17313

Ham Radio is Amateur Radio, FCC Part 97. It is a licensed service. The class is targeted to prepare the student to pass the Technician Class License test which is restricted to frequencies above 28 Mhz. There are many hand held and mobile transceivers available for use in these bands for as low as $35 for Handheld and $100 for Mobiles. There are many repeaters in the area that extend the range of these radios. A ham license is a good tool for a family in times of disaster when land lines and cell phones often are not useable.


Firecracker Hamfest

On 06-Jul-19, this is W3UU (Harrisburg) Radio Amateurs’ Club 48th Annual Electronics Expo and Hamfest at the Harrisburg Area Community College Campus. CLICK HERE FOR THE FLYER.

  • Covered indoor Commercial Tables Available
  • Largest Tail Gate / Electronic Flea Market in Central PA
  • Hundreds of tailgate spaces available
  • New and refurbished equipment dealers on site
  • ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest
  • Great Food (Breakfast and Lunch)
  • Meeting room available for clubs and discussions
  • DXCC & WAS cards checked on site until 10:00am


President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Trustee 1st yr Board Members 2nd yr Board Members
Dan Boone KB3ZMB Leon Hess AA3LH Ralph Hess KC3KMT Jean Hess KC3HQZ Mark Vreeland KB3NCJ Doug Rice W3COB
Mark Flanagan KC3IPD
Jason Benedick W3PC
Don Pickel W3DON

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 (northwest), New Danville (south) and near Safe Harbor (southwest), 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 21-May-19 by Dan Boone. If you have comments or questions regarding this site, feel free to send a message.