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Welcome to Philadelphia: WM3PEN Repeater: 146.685 -600 pl 146.2

Pennsylvania Charter Day (March 13, 2016)

On March 13, HARC will celebrate Pennsylvania's birthday by participating in Charter Day events.

Charter Day is the day King Charles of England granted William Penn a charter for land in the New World to make up for a large debt that the king owed to Penn's father.

William Penn had initially decided to name the land "Sylvania," which in Latin means woods. King Charles II added the prefix Penn to the name in honor of William Penn's father, Admiral Sir William Penn, who had served England as a rear admiral.

Pennsylvania state museums are open for free on Charter Day and it's the one day each year that the Charter is put on display at the state museum in Harrisburg.

WM3PEN (William 3 Penn) will be on the air from 1300Z - 2300Z as band conditions permit. A special QSL card will be offered featuring William Penn.

When you work WM3PEN send an SASE or Green Stamp ($1) with your QSL to WM3PEN. You can also QSL via the bureau. SWLs may send a confirmation of reception to request a QSL card. Simply indicate the stations making contact with WM3PEN, time, frequency, and your receiving equipment. SWL stations should follow the same mailing instructions.

Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club, WM3PEN

3341 Sheffield Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19136 USA

Independence Week Special Event
Original 13 Colonies
July 1 - 6, 2016

Sponsored by The U.S. Original 13 Colonies Group
with the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

Members of the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club, Phil-Mont Mobile Radio Club, Drexel University Amateur Radio Club, University of Pennsylvania Amateur Radio Club , the Philadelphia Digital Radio Association and the Pottstown Amateur Radio Club will celebrate our independence from the city where independence was declared, Philadelphia, PA. Club members will be operating a special event station using the Club call WM3PEN. Amateur radio stations operating from the original 13 colonies will also be on the air.

The theme for 2016 is Colonial Soldiers of the Revolution. WM3PEN will offer a special QSL card . The 13 Colony Special Event will be offering a special certificate.

WM3PEN will participate in the event. When you work WM3PEN make a note on the 13 colony log sheet and you will get an endorsement with the WM3PEN call place on the certificate. WM3PEN Does NOT count for Pennsylvania.

Spotting information: Watch for us on http://DXSummit.fi or http://www.cwfun.org/funspots/us13/frames.html

When you work WM3PEN send an SASE or Green Stamp ($1) with your QSL to WM3PEN. Do NOT send IRCs. DX stations need only send $1. You can also QSL via the bureau. SWLs may send a confirmation of reception to request a QSL card. Simply indicate the stations making contact with WM3PEN, time, frequency, and your receiving equipment. SWL stations should follow the same mailing instructions. QSOs will be uploaded to LOTW and EQSL.

Digital Operations. Members of the Philadelphia Digital Radio Association will be operating locally on the K3PDR repeater and connected to Ref 063B from 7 PM - 11 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Operating plans include July 4 from 1 - 5 PM Eastern (1700-2100Z). (2016 op schedule to be posted) Operators should give their call, name, and state. In place of a signal report, operators should send the year they first got on D-STAR. QSLs for digital contacts via DSTAR, Fusion, or DMR will be issued. QSL requests can be sent to the above address with a SASE or via the bureau. However they will not be uploaded to any on-line log service.

Any donations to help with printing costs are always appreciated, and can be sent along with your QSL request.

Some operators will be going to their jobs on the 1st, 5th and 6th so operations may be limited at times.

WM3PEN was first used for an ARRL Convention in Philadelphia in 1976 and now is on the air for HARC events including those honoring Philadelphia's founder, William Penn. HARC has been featured in the ARRL Special Service Club Spotlight, as well as in QST, CQ, and CQ VHF. The Club was awarded a Service Award by the March of Dimes for it's help with the Walk America. Members also help with the Northeast Philadelphia Youth Run. HARC provided communications for the Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade for over 12 years.

HARC operates and maintains the 146.685 repeater which has been on the air since 1978. From the repeater's main site near center city Philadelphia, the service area has been expanded by adding satellite inputs in Cherry Hill, N.J., Northeast Philadelphia, and Abington, PA in eastern Montgomery County. The repeater serves amateurs in the Philadelphia area as well travelers to and from the shore.

For further info on HARC visit the Club web site (www.harcnet.org)

For further information on the WM3PEN operation contact WM3PEN@ARRL.NET


WM3PEN also participates in the Stamps for the Wounded program. Sponsored by The Lions International Stamp Club, Stamps For The Wounded accepts donations of US and foreign stamps. This program helps thousands of patients through clubs and occupational therapy programs in veterans’ hospitals and convalescent centers nationwide.

Stamps for the Wounded accepts any U.S. or foreign stamps that are not torn or damaged. They have also requested each stamp should have at least a quarter-inch margin around the stamp. Do not try to either to peel or steam the stamp off the original envelope. They do not want the common US Forever Flag stamp. 

If you want to participate either place different stamps on your QSL request or if you have other stamps include them with your QSL and the WM3PEN ops will forward them onto the Stamps for the Wounded program.

Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club, WM3PEN

3341 Sheffield Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19136 USA


Pope Francis visits the United States September 22 – 27 and amateur radio will be part of the celebration.

Throughout the 5 day event (September 23 0000Z – September 28 0000Z) 6 special event amateur radio stations will be on the air to commemorate the event.  Call signs from the Washington, DC area will be K3P and N4P.  From New York and New Jersey the call will be K2P.  W3FRC/WMF will be on the air from southeastern Pennsylvania and W3P will be on the air in Philadelphia.  WM3PEN, also of Philadelphia, will join in Thursday morning.

Besides HF, K2P will be on 2M EME and the amateur satellites. K3P will also be on the amateur satellites.

Frequencies: Watch the spotting networks such as dxsummit.fi

Four unique qsl cards will be available along with a certificate to mark this special and historic event.  Additional information can be found at Papal Visit Amateur Radio Special Event.

The Washington, DC operations are being coordinated by Jim Nitzberg, WX3B of the Potomac Valley Radio Club.  The southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey operations are under the direction of Ron Sigismonti, N3RS of the Frankford Radio Club .  The New York activity is being coordinated by John Melfi, W2HCB of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club .  W3P efforts on the air are being coordinated by Joe Leone, KA3LKM.  WM3PEN operations are being coordinated by Bob Josuweit, WA3PZO, and the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club.

We are privileged to be able to represent our region of the USA via Amateur Radio.  Every three years there is a World Meeting of Families.  In 2012 amateur radio operators in Italy had the call II2POPE on the air.  This year amateur radio operators in 5 states will be on the air to commemorate the event. This year with the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and the second time a Pope has visited Philadelphia, Ron Sigismonti, says having several special event stations on the air by members of a club that originated in Philadelphia, then expanded to encompass the entire region out to 175 miles of Philadelphia; another club whose members will be on the air in the same section of Philadelphia that the Pope is visiting; and another group of Philadelphia operators who are excited about the World Meeting of Families being held in the City will really make this a special event.  Additionally, operations from the Greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, metropolitan New York City, and parts of New Jersey will encompass the entire region visited by Pope Francis in the United States.  It will allow those who can’t be in the various cities that he is visiting to participate in this event by talking to those who are. In essence this will be a world family meeting of amateur radio operators.

The Pope arrives at Joint Base Andrews on September 22 and begins his visit in Washington, D.C. with a meeting with President Obama on Wednesday, September 23. He delivers a speech to a joint session of Congress on Thursday, September 24.  On Friday he attends a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and participates in a multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center.  On Saturday he gives a speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia and concludes his visit to the U.S. with an outdoor mass in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday, September 27.

Certificate and qsl information: Papal Visit Amateur Radio Special Event

Pope Francis USA Visit Special Event – Certificate Request Log Sheet
W3P - PA
Please send your certificate request to:
Nicholas R Clevenger- KK4ODQ
Name_______________________        Call Sign________________
Address____________________     City_____________________
Zip/Mail Code__________________

A Facebook group has been established for the event.

Four unique QSL cards will be available.

QSL info for W3FRC/WMF. Please send SASE or $1 to Nick Clevenger, KK4ODQ, 3910 Gibbs Street, Alexandria, VA 22309. International cards please enclose $2 if you are able.

QSL info for K2P, K3P and N4P. Please send SASE or $1 to Nick Clevenger, KK4ODQ, 3910 Gibbs Street, Alexandria, VA 22309. International cards please enclose $2 if you are able.

QSL info can be found here for W3P

QSL info for WM3PEN: Send SASE or $1 to WM3PEN.

Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club, WM3PEN

3341 Sheffield Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19136 USA

WM3PEN contacts will be uploaded to LOTW, EQSL, and QRZ.com


Pennsylvania "67" Challenge

HARC sponsors the Pennsylvania "67" Challenge. This county hunter certificate is open to all amateurs. Hams can use any band or mode to make a 'real time' contact with Pennsylvania's 67 counties. Hams may work towards the Challenge by working 20, 40, 60, or 67 counties and receive a certificate at each of the four levels. Endorsements are available for individual bands or modes. All contacts must be made from the same county.

Besides HF contacts, Bob Josuweit, WA3PZO, explains that repeaters, D-STAR, Echolink, and IRLP modes are valid contacts as long as a radio is used by both operators. Modes that store and forward messages are not considered valid contacts.

QSL cards will include paper or electronic. This will open the Challenge to all hams regardless of license class or type of station.

HARC is encouraging all hams to get on the air. Complete rules and information on both events can be found at the Club's website www.harcnet.org. Questions or comments can be directed to the Club call, WM3PEN at ARRL.NET.


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - WM3PEN
Latest Contacts for WM3PEN at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
K4UX 2015-09-29 80M CW FM16un United States Albert P Bianchi
CO6GU 2015-09-28 20M PSK31 Cuba Pedro Guillermo (Guille) Lopez Castro
KI4MZC 2015-09-27 40M CW EM84do United States Donald J Nelligan
NG2D 2015-09-27 40M CW FN31cr United States WILLIAM D WALSH
WE0Q 2015-09-27 40M CW EN26cn United States Paul E Juen
N8GM 2015-09-27 40M CW FM09we United States GODFREY MILLER
NR3P 2015-09-27 40M CW FM28gk United States Paul H Ross
AD6LV 2015-09-27 20M SSB CM94SP United States RAYMOND E RAILEY
KD0GFZ 2015-09-27 20M SSB EN31ur United States SCOTT A SCHABACKER
N9HQW 2015-09-27 20M SSB EM69hl United States James R Stadler
WB6QPG 2015-09-27 20M SSB CN70xu United States ROBERT A ROCHA
KC9LFJ 2015-09-27 20M SSB EN53rl United States Jeffrey R Waldvogel
KA9YTB 2015-09-27 20M SSB EN63ad United States GARY R LOFCHIE
K0STK 2015-09-27 20M SSB EN16nt United States Stephen T Kostecke, III
KC9VYX 2015-09-27 20M SSB EN54tg United States Michael J Vandenelzen

Book Totals: 17154 qso's   8335 confirmed

World Continents Award#4544
Granted: 2015-02-17 17:44:33   (WM3PEN)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
Grid Squared Award#1721
Granted: 2015-01-31 20:52:27   (WM3PEN)

  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 17 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters CW
  • 20 Meters Digital
United States Award#360
Granted: 2015-01-25 01:04:56   (WM3PEN)

  • Mixed Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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