Butler County Amateur Radio Public Service Group

Dedicated to working with Butler County 9-1-1 Emergency Services

Upcoming Events

FAWA Tech-in-a-Day Class – March 23

Our friends at the Fort Armstrong Wireless Association (FAWA) are offering a “Tech-in-a-Day” license class & exam on March 23. The full day class will give you the knowledge and skills to pass the entry-level license exam.

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Spring S.E.T. Drill – April 6

The Spring Simulated Emergency Test (SET) exercise will be Saturday, April 6.  BCARPSG, along with clubs and amateurs across Western Pennsylvania, will be participating in this

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News

2/15/2024Good meeting yesterday!!!  Certainly, the highlight of the meeting, was your VE Team bringing yet another a new Ham, into this challenging hobby, as well as the club!  Please join me in congratulating Bryan Delong in passing his Technician Class License Exam after the meeting last night!  Welcome to the hobby and the PSG Bryan and Thank-you, for allowing us the honor of bringing you into the hobby!  

1/28/2024 – The N3HWW/MRG 224.24 repeater is back on the air.  Many thanks to Ed (N3SDO) for helping fix a couple issues.  It is only 30 ft off of the ground and putting out 25 Watts for now.  It is an open repeater so no tones are required.  I expect it to work good locally and especially to the South since it is clear that direction.  If you can get into it then give me a report.  N3HWW. Ron F   (Posted on behalf of Ron Flinner, Julian/ KA3RNF)

12/22/2023 – Hey Folks, I just noticed the other evening on the Butler County Net (BCN), that one of our members is sporting a new Call!   Andy Plummer, formally KC3VRP is now WA3AEP!  Andy recently became a Net Control for the BCN, upgraded to a General Class Operator in November and now finishes the year with a new Call Sign.  Nice going Andy!!!    Hummmm, I wonder why he picked AEP as his suffix??

11/30/2023 – Congratulations Ron, KC3RHQ for activating Moraine State Park, K-1387 101 times!  Definately an awesome  POTA achievement for Ron’s HQ’s here in Western PA and an inspiration for both POTA Chasers, as well as Activators.  I know of at least one other operator down in Allegheny County you were neck and neck with, as you sprinted toward the 100 activations bar!  You reflect credit upon yourself, as well as the entire PSG.  Thank-you Ron!   

11/10/2023 –  What a GREAT way to start out a month!  Two of our members earned their General Class operating tickets, after the PSG Meeting last Wednesday evening.  Crystal Cornwell, KC3WFY and Andy Plummer, KC3VRP are now both proud General Class Operators!  I’m certain they’re both ecstatic and looking forward to the enhanced operating privileges!  Thanks also goes out to the PSG VE Team and it’s leader Mike Mullas, N3DRM, whose been there each and every time a testing session has been requested.  To the best of my knowledge, we’ve never cancelled a scheduled test session!

11/4/2023 –  Just found out Ron Flinner was able to get his previous Call back!  AC3KU is now N3HWW once again!  Great news Ron and once again, welcome back!

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Club Net Dates

ACS net at 7:45 PM.  Digital training net to follow at 8:00 PM.  Dates & net control ops:

  • 21 February – W3TXG
  • 28 February – KC3VKP
  • 6 March – W3TXG
  • 13 March – Monthly Meeting, No Net
  • 20 March – N3TFX
  • 27 March – KC3VKP
  • 3 April – W3TXG

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Repeater: Primary – 147.300+ 131.8pl; Backup – 443.900+ 131.8pl

March 13 - Next Club Meeting

Our next monthly meeting will be at the Butler County Emergency Operations Center, 120 McCune Road, Butler, PA.  Meeting will start at 7:30 PM.

Remote access options will be available for those who prefer to participate from home.

License Exams

Ham radio license exams, led by the club’s volunteer examiners, are available after the monthly meeting and other times during each month.

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