MRCA Fall Meet - 2021

West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, Pa.
24-25
September 2021

The MRCA Annual Meet will be held this September after a one year moratorium due to the pandemic.  The MRCA Meet occurs in conjunction with the annual Red Ball Military Transport Rally and Swap Meet.   Activities will include equipment displays, remote comm-ops, "show and tell", meals, and the usual eyeball QSOs.

The Site: We have the comfortable Howell Building for our demos and displays.  Please bring your own chairs and display tables.  There is outdoor space for tailgating.  Primitive camping is permitted on site.  Well-kept bathrooms and hot showers are available. You’re welcome to show up early Friday and stay over until Sunday AM.  To keep our tree mounted antenna exposure to the minimum please plan to bring appropriate supports if you intend to erect a vertical or a skywire.

GPS:  Use "Fairground Road, Gilbert, PA."  Coordinates of our building: 40.911045°N  75.430707°W
 
Equipment Displays:  This is the place to show off some of your prize pieces to an understanding public.  Signage identifying your equipment is really helpful and educational.  There will be an opportunity for “show-and-tell” Saturday morning.  Deployment of operating radio stations in and around the Howell Bldg. is encouraged.

Radioactivity: On Friday afternoon our signature radio event will take place as recon teams will deploy to a number of remote sites for a field exercise.  Most of the sites will again be within a five mile radius of beautiful Beltzville Lake, about five miles away, though some teams may choose a more remote site.  Maps and directions to pre-selected sites will be available.  HF activity will be on 5357 kHz (USB), 3885 kHz+/- (AM), 3570 kHz (CW) and 51 mHz (FM).  Many participants bring radios and antennas, but those who don't are welcome to join up with those that do.  Most stations will be in range for 51 mHz intercom ops.   It would be nice to see more low power AM and CW field  and spy sets this year.   Because Beltzville stations are fairly close together very simple antennas work well, but you may want to put up something larger for longer range or experimental reasons.  There will be a Friday evening radio activity period after dinner at the Howell building and an opportunity Saturday morning for ad hoc comm ops, Red Ball flea market discovery, display perusal and show and tell after an early breakfast Saturday morning at the Howell Bldg.  Watch the MRCA reflector for more details.  

 

Field Exercise Details

 

Tailgating:  The MRCA Meet is a great place to buy and sell radio equipment that has been previously arranged by phone or email. There is a limited amount of tailgating that occurs onsite. Those displaying equipment in the Howell Building may offer a few items for sale with their display area. To maximize the demo and display space in the Howell Bldg. attendees who have many items to sell or are exclusively selling are requested to set up immediately outside the building. In inclement weather these sellers can move inside the building. Due to our arrangements with the Red Ball Military transport group we cannot permit any vehicle related parts or items to be sold in our swap meet area.  Radios, military electronics, and accessory items only.

 

Hospitality: There will be a cookout Friday evening and a breakfast Saturday morning at the Howell Building.

 

Red Ball Military Transport: The Annual Rally is the military vehicle version of a hamfest.  Many restored vehicles are on display, and there is an extensive swap meet often including radio items.

 

Fees: $5.00 MRCA Participation fee, $5.00 General Fairgrounds Admission fee and a $5.00 Swap Meet fee (for sellers only).  Children under 12 are free.

 

Parking and Cell Phone Number Display:  If you are arriving for setup on Thursday, 23 Sept., inform the security people at the entry check point that you are with the MRCA group and will be parking at the Howell Bldg and you expect to pay the Red Ball entry fee when you pay the MRCA fee.  They will give you a card and request you print out your cell phone number and post it on your dashboard.

 

 

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