Long Range Recon Comm Ops

 We are again going to focus our Friday afternoon, Sept 24 "Recon Comm Ops" in the Beltzville Lake area.  There are almost a dozen possible sites to set up.  For many this is the highlight event of the MRCA Meet.  A schedule of  activity times and frequencies to organize this activity will be sent out via the MRCA reflector.  It's up to participants to choose what segments of the schedule they wold like to take part in.  Coordination throughout the event will be on 51 mHz FM or 60 meters channel 3 USB. 


 Target Frequencies and Modes

 5357 kHz USB*

 3875/3885 kHz USB**

 3875/3885 kHz AM**

 3570 kHz CW

 51 mHz FM

* 5371.5 kHz USB alternate if 5357 kHz busy with a QSO or digital signals.

 **The target frequency listing for 75 meter AM and LSB is the same because some of our equipment is crystal controlled.  Please keep AM and SSB on separate frequencies and if you have VFO control please QSY when necessary to  get along with those stations with crystal control.  Use of USB insures that military and commercial rigs with only USB can be used.

 Some of these locations are ideal for setting up large antennas and some will require carrying in your radio gear to take advantage of the scenery.   Most locations are spread out over seven miles with some within two miles of each other.  A few along the lake shore and across the lake are just thousands of feet apart for use with lower power gear and small antennas.  Team up with others and erect more than one antenna and do some antenna comparison, directivity, polarization and NVIS experiments.  The Beltzville sites are close enough so operators may choose to move and set up at several locations during the afternoon. 

 Not everyone who would like to participate has equipment with them and some may be new to our the MRCA Meet.  If you have room, or can use help, invite someone to go with you.

 From the longer range recon sites, e.g. Big Pocono, Penns Peak, Jacobsburg, Blue Mountain Resort it should be interesting to see what equipment and antenna configurations at Beltzville can be heard at more remote stations. 

 The brief information below about locations is for your advance planning. You may want to try a new location this year, or if you are traveling to the MRCA Meet on Friday afternoon you may want to head directly to one of these sites before checking in at the fairgrounds to set up for a specific target activity time.

 Clicking on a link below will take you to a Google aerial view, and in some cases a ground level view of the site.  Cut and paste the URL info into your browser.   Directions and additional info will be available at the Howell Bldg before deployment.  If you will be traveling directly to one of these sites Friday afternoon and need directions or if you have any questions email kw1i@earthlink.net.


10 miles 16 minutes

12 miles 20 minutes

12 miles 20 minutes

12 miles 20 minutes
12 miles 20 minutes

Gas & Pizza


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17 miles 27 minutes

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18 miles 24 minutes

29 miles 34 minutes

Blue Mountain Resort
14 miles, 24 minutes

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