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 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.


Summer Club Picnic 2017

Our club picnic will be held this year at the Ironville Community Park on Saturday 19-Aug, starting around 11:00am, ending around dusk. Bring food to share, bring drinks, you can even bring games and a radio (any band you desire), but bring yourself and your family and enjoy in the fellowship of the club.

10m Nets

The club conducts weekly HF nets on 10m. 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 at 28.400MHz. If there is existing traffic less than five minutes prior to the net start, the net will move to 28.410MHz. The band has been opening up lately, so 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 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.

ARES/ACS Event

The MS (Multiple Sclerosis) 150 City-to-Shore Ride is September 23rd and 24th and we are in need to fill over 100 positions still available throughout the event. Come by yourself, bring a friend, or bring the whole family, BUT PLEASE COME OUT AND JOIN THE EVENT, one of the largest HAM community service events in the country.

Those who have already volunteered, thank you very much, but again, we ask you reach out to any HAMS. If you have access to a HAM mailing list, please forward to all. If you have volunteered, you will be receiving your confirmation shortly with additional information.

CLICK HERE for the Volunteer form, or you can sign up on line at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/HAMS

Most HAMS in the tri-state area know of someone who has volunteered in the past, or are part of the tried-and-true that come out every year. If you don’t know about the event, please call 6O9.316.822O and they can forward additional information.

ARES/ACS Event

The TCS New York City Marathon is approaching! This annual pinnacle of marathon races has quickly become a standard for public events, with 55,000+ runners in attendance. As you can imagine, this large event, spanning many miles of the Big Apple, needs plenty of Amateur Radio Support. If you are interested in participating, please send an e-mail message to KC2GPV (Deborah) and make yourself known. KC2GPV is the Communications Director for the NYC Marathon and is looking for amateurs to fill some strategic positions in the early miles of the event. How would you like to be part? It's an event that they will never forget. There is a time restraint for registering (30-Jun), so please be in touch with Deb ASAP.

Public Service Event, KTA Trail Challenge

On 09-Sep-2017, 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.

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.

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:

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

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.

W3RRR Hamfest

We hold an annual HAMFEST each first Saturday in October (7-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


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 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.