Month: January 2021

Amateur Radio Newsline – Tuesdays

We are now carrying the Amateur Radio Newsline on our Alameda Park repeater (147.300+). The weekly report will be transmitted at 2:00AM and 8:00PM on Tuesdays. We hope you enjoy this public service from our club.

IMPORTANT: If you have emergency traffic to pass during this broadcast send DTMF code *999. This code sequence will cancel the transmission until the following week.

Simplex Drill – January 16

The BCARPSG will be running a VHF simplex drill to test VHF radio-to-radio communications. The drill will take place on Saturday, January 16th at 2:00 PM. All amateur radio stations are welcome to participate in this drill.

BCARPSG Simplex Drill Details

Date/Time:    Saturday, January 16th, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Frequency:    147.57 MHz (simplex)
Frequency:    147.300+ MHz (repeater), PL 131.8


  1. Net Control W3TXG will activate the net and take check-ins on 147.57 MHz starting at 2:00 PM.


  2. If you cannot reach W3TXG then please attempt to relay through a station that has contact with W3TXG.


  3. KA3RNF will monitor the Alameda Park repeater (147.300+/PL 131.8) to assist with any stations that cannot make contact on 147.57

    Please attempt to make contacts on simplex and use relay stations if needed. It will be good practice using relays. If that fails then please check-in with KA3RNF on the repeater frequency and await further instructions.

  4. W3TXG is located in the South-West corner of Butler County so there is a chance you will not be able to make contact without a relay station. As a result, net control may be passed to a centrally located station after the net is underway.

Please keep a log of your contacts and at the conclusion of the drill please forward results to chucklewis at

License Exams – January 24

We are holding an Amateur Radio License Exam session on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 4:00 PM. Testing for all license classes.

Walk-Ins are Welcome!

Location is the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 107 Staley Ave, Butler, PA 16001.


  • Please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to testing. 
  • Please bring two #2 pencils, scratch  paper, and a check for $15 made out to ARRL.
  • Please bring two forms of ID, and a copy of your current license (if you are upgrading) or your FCC Registration Number (FRN) if this will be your first license.
    • New applicants should create an account at the FCC’s Registration Page prior to attending the exam session. You will be issued your new FRN as part of the account creation process. Bring this number with you to the exam. 
  • Please see the ARRL’s What to Bring to an Exam page for a complete list.

  • Please wear a face covering to the exam in accordance with CDC Guidelines for protecting yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.

Please use our Contact Us page for any questions regarding this exam session.