Our History

Early in 1990, the Butler County Amateur Radio Public Service Group, locally referred to as the PSG, was first envisioned by a small group of amateur radio operators, led by Ed Napoletan, WB3LKO, SK – 2018.  These operators, who’s primary interest was public service, took the initiative to form their own organization.  The group started laying the foundation for the new club with several organizational meetings at Caroline’s Restaurant, which was once located in the Point Plaza Shopping Center here in Butler.  Formally chartered on May 4, 1990 as the Butler County Amateur Radio Public Service Group it quickly established a working relationship with the County Emergency Management, the club started meeting and established a small radio area, in the old Emergency Operations Center, located in the basement of the old Sunny View Home.   Three EOC Directors later and part of a new Butler County Emergency Operations Complex, formally dedicated in 2006, the PSG has become a recognized part of Emergency Operations Center, meeting there on the second Wednesday of each month, ever since!

For over 33 years, the BCARPSG has never had annual dues over $10.00 per year and for anyone over 65, the membership dues are waived!  Would you like to become a member?

Simply come to a meeting or log onto k3psg.com website for more information, then download an application.  A link to the website may also be found on Face Book Page, K3PSG.  Perhaps, our Club’s greatest resource for Amateur Radio information is our members, who possess a wide variety of high tech communication knowledge and skills!

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to promote interest and activity in amateur radio and public service, by working in concert with the Butler County Emergency Services/911 Department during ARES and or RACES real world activities or exercises.   Also by providing amateur radio emergency communications as needed, by participation in other public service related activities where reliable radio communication is requested.

We also encourage others to become better educated in the amateur radio arts by sponsoring amateur radio classes, participating in local Special Events and Field Day activities whenever possible.

Emergency Prepardedness

We participate in Simulated Emergency Test drills

Butler County Fall 2020 SET Example

THIS IS THE FALL S.E.T. EXERCISE TEST MESSAGE SCENARIO
 

After a relatively mild Winter, heavy rainfall has inundated all of Western Pa.  After several days of rainfall, Butler County streams and creeks are almost all well above flood stage.  The National Weather Service is currently forecasting moderate to heavy intermittent rainfall for the next 24 to 48 hours.  Many swollen streams and creeks across Western Pa have continued to rise and are not expected  to crest for several days.   Several hundred resident evacuations are currently taking place across the Western Pa Region.  More specifically, here in Butler County, the Connoquenessing Creek has risen to approximately 4 feet above flood stage, effectively inundating numerous homes located along its banks in the Harmony area.

THIS IS THE FALL S.E.T. EXERCISE TEST MESSAGE SCENARIO
Our Radio Room at the EOC

Our radio room is located in the Butler County 9-1-1 emergency operations center so that we can work closely with emergency operations during SET drills.

Officers​

President -Julian Savage KA3RNF

Vice-President – Dale Neely KE3SV

Treasurer – Dan Metrick WA3GDS

Secretary – Jim Schaffner KC3SIZ

Directors

Jerry Cogley W3GWC

Tom Grasso W3TXG

Matt Lutz W3LTZ

Denny Stokes KA3LVG