Long Range Recon Comm Ops

 We are again going to focus our Friday afternoon, Sept 27 "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.  Rather than set up activity times for each mode and frequency, this year we will look for each other on target frequencies on the half hour.  Give about five minutes to wait for stations to show up. This will better distribute the radio activity across multiple frequencies.   Those with 51 mHz capability can use that frequency for additional coordination.  

 Target Frequencies and Modes

 5357 kHz USB

 3875/3885 kHz LSB*

 3875/3885 kHz AM*

 3570 kHz CW

 51 mHz FM

 *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 slide off those calling frequencies to make room for those with crystal control.

 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.  The locations are spread out over seven miles with most 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 long range recon sites, e.g. Big Pocono, Penns Peak, Jacobsburg it should be interesting to see what equipment and antenna configurations at Beltzville can be heard approximately 10 miles away. 

 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.


 Jerusalem  Lutheran Church Cemetary
6 miles - 11 minutes

Trachsvill Hill Rd.
6.6 miles - 11 minutes

Wild Creek Falls Trail Head
7.5 miles - 13 minutes
10 miles 16 minutes

Carbon County Fair Grounds
11 Miles - 17 Minutes

12 miles 20 minutes

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12 miles 20 minutes
12 miles 20 minutes

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