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Greetings from K3CR, the Pennsylvania State Univeristy Amateur Radio Club! We are glad you took the time to stop by today.

K3CR has been in operation since 1909 and has made many contacts since, making it Penn State's oldest club still in operation. That's a lot of QSL cards! (Figure 1)

Figure 1. KB3RRV, Michael Scott Brulo (left) and KC3DRO, Noah Smith (right) on a nice $10 van seat couch.

K3CR has been blest to be under the great leadership of David Zimmerman, KB3YTV since 2011. David has recently graduated and we wish him the best of luck in his future endevours! (Figure 2, 3, 4, and 5).

Figure 2. David the Amateur Radio Operator below our antennas.

Figure 3. David the distinguished graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, class of 2014.

Figure 4. David graduated with a degree in animal science at the Pennsylvania State University.

Figure 5. David is a ham in more ways than one (HI HI HI).

We are under the direction of Dr. James Breakall, WA3FET, who was helped revolutionize the antenna industry (Figure 6).

Figure 6. David outside the office of Dr. James K, Breakall, WA3FET.

Our station welcomes all students (Figure 7).

Figure 7. Student working DX on 14.313.00 MHz USB.


And now on to our ham radio station! We are thankful to have top of the line equipment at our disposal. For instance, we often talk on our Yaesu Ft-1000 Mk-V (200 watts but sometimes 300 watts depending on the coax arrangement). Atop the radio is our Nye Viking antenna tuner. It is an oldie but a goodie. You can't find quality like this anywhere these days. Also, we operate a Yaesu Ft-847d radio (Figure 8).

Figure 8. Unknown op. operating on Ft-847d, circa 1999. Note advanced landline backbone system (albs).

For antennas, we have a skyhawk tribander yagi atop a tower on the 4th floor of the building. However, we have suffered a severe lightning strike that immobilized our rotator. As true amateur radio operators, we go wherever the wind blows us, HI HI HI. All kidding aside, we have a nice dipole as a backup that tunes mediocrely half the time. The other half, we might as well be transmitting from a paper clip, HI HI HI.


Our shack is located in the penthouse of Wagner building on East Campus. We are in a prime location for a 2 meter repeater. In fact, we have a 2 meter repeater in the shack! It operates on 145.45000000 MHz with a PL of 146.2. This repeater has AMAZING coverage and can be heard a few miles from campus. We are running approximately 10 watts. That's the spirit of ham radio, afterall, "An amateur must use the minimum transmitter power necessary to carry out the desired communication." ~ARRL Are you smarter than a technician? Circa 2011. 


Across campus, we operate a low profile UHF repeater for on campus communication.


We also have a D-Star repeater. 


As a club, we enjoy experimenting with stairwell antennas. In fact, we have revolutioned stairwell antenna communication (Figures 9, 10).


Figure 9. High RF exposures with stairwell antennas. Figure 10. Good contact with stairwell.

Alex, KD2HJV (Figure 11), is our resident engineer. He has the knack for soldering just about anything. See those QSL cards on our wall in the shack? Well, solder was involved.

Figure 11. Alex, KD2HJV, in his natural habitat, the laboratory of Electrical Engineering East.

Alex has also revolutionized the direction finding field (Figure 12).

Figure 12. Alex, KD2HJV (right) with Dr. Jim Breakall, WA3FET (left) and President Eric J. Barron (no call but prez of PSU, center) meet up at the creamery to discuss bicycle antenna projects. 

Noah Smith, KC3DRO (Figure 13), operates an outstanding blog about his journey through ham radio. It is appropriately titled, Transmissions: A Journey Through Amateur Radio. The depth Smith goes into amateur radio is outstanding. A short synopsis of Smith:

Smith's journey began in the Fall of 2014, as he entered university as a budding young electrical engineer.  His quest to connect the world originated without his knowledge, as he unknowingly enrolled in a Freshman Seminar about Amateur Radio, under the keen eye and direction of Professor Dr. James Breakall.  This Journey has taken him on quite the trip.  For more information please stop by his blog at the provided, aforementioned link. He looks forward to travelling down the log, as his own log grows greater with every human contact and he begins to truly feel that he is becoming not of himself but of a global man, and more importantly amateur operator.  He also sells T-shirts.  For a full listing of merchandise you'll have to catch him on the log (note that Smith does not make any profit, to adhere with 47 C.F.R Part 97, of FCC regulations.  Smith wishes the best in your DX endevours.  He personally would like to wish you all a 73 and an 88.

Figure 13. Smith gazes upon the atmospheric conditions before enjoying some 20m DX ragchews.

Michael Scott Brulo (Figure 14, 15) is from the sweetest place on earth, Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States of America (FN10oh). Brulo is the proud CEO and founder of Brulo Landscaping, LLC, a multi-yard corporation (HI HI HI). You can find him working 2 meter SSB DX meteor scatter during Aurora propagation on his mower. He uses Heil mics to cut down on the noise (HI HI HI). 

Figure 14.  Brulo just after working Tasmania on 2 meter satellite.

Brulo also enjoys days at the marina, be it inland or oceanic. As an advid sailor, you may hear Brulo check into the maritime mobile net on 14.300.00000 MHz. When deep sea fishing, Brulo enjoys using his Uniden scanner to keep abrest of inland police activity.


Figure 15. Just another day on the surf? Not for KB3RRV! A long day in the sun is not a lazy day, rather, an adventure full of Uniden scanning and deep sea fishing. Those two go hand in hand like peas and carrots. Based on his expression, this is not laughing matter.

We sometimes stumble across videos of contacts made with our station. In this video, Dr. James K. Breakall, WA3FET, contacts a Saudi Arabian mobile station HZ1TT/M. Signals were superb! (Figure 16)

Figure 16. Dr. James K. Breakall, WA3FET, in QSO with HZ1TT/M.

Thank you for stopping by and we hope to catch you later down the log!




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