Well we made it thru 2012 and the world didn’t end. 2013 is looking to be even better. It’s only the first of the year and plans are well underway for Field Day 2013 and the Mon Valley Century which is scheduled for August 11th and promises to be even better than last year.
The 147.225 repeater is up and is sounding great with a new Station Master antenna and controller. But there is still much to be done at the repeater site this year. Still to come are improvements to the controller and a emergency back-up power system, something that’s been need and in the plans for awhile is going to be coming online as soon as the weather improves in the spring.
We have started having a club breakfast, once a month members and nonmembers get together for a informal breakfast at different restaurants around the Mon Valley. Keep an eye on your email or check the events calendar for dates, time and location.
The web site is always a work in progress that we are continually working to update and improve. The members page is still being worked on to make it more user friendly and easier to add and update new and current members.
Don't forget about the Echolink node. It's now available 24/7 and has been getting quite a bit of use. It can be accessed from your home computer or smart phone, just enter the node number 544643 or wb3ccn-r, its that simple to access the 147.225 repeater from anywhere you have an Internet connection. Hopefully in the near future you will be able to link to other repeaters across the country by using a touch-tone pad on your radio or hand held.
The Monessen Amateur Radio Club is located in Monessen, PA. The club currently has over 65 members. If you would like to join, or get information about the club, there is a monthly meeting at the Mon Valley Emergency Medical Services. Monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month beginning at 7:30 PM. You can download and print out a membership application, if needed. Testing is held at 7:00 PM, prior to the monthly meeting, at the Mon Valley Emergency Medical Services. Applicants MUST pre-register before taking a test. See the event page for more information. The M.A.R.C. Net goes on the air every Tuesday evening at 8:00 PM local time on the KA3BFI repeater, VHF setting of 147.225+ MHz. pl 167.9
The Monessen Amateur Radio Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Mon Valley Emergency Medical Services 1001 Donner Ave. Monessen, Pa. 15062 in Their training room, this is an excellent facility right in downtown Monessen. We would like to thank these fine people for the use of their training room.
Directions: Mon Valley Emergency Medical Services (Club Meeting)
Go down 70 West/East toward Belle Vernon Exit - Turn right onto 906N toward Monessen - Keep going on 906 North into Monessen - Turn Left onto 8th Street (Orchard Church) - At stop sign make a Left -Mon Valley Emergency Medical Services is on the Right across from BP station.
Coming from 906 South into Monessen Go straight on Donner Avenue until you see the BP Station Mon Valley Emergency Medical Services is right across the street
If you need or would like more information about this web site or the Monessen Amateur Radio Club, please feel free to contact: Bill Cioccio - W3EMV / John Graham - N3OVO / Monte Costa - WB3CCN. Their email addresses can be found on the members' page.
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