Scout Camp on the Air 7/14-20

A SPARC club member, Mike Newman, will be traveling with BSA Troop 44 to Rodney Scout Reservation this week. Troop 44, from Lititz, will be on the air throughout the week on HF SSB, VHF, and UHF . This will be the first-ever activation of Rodney Scout Reservation through the Scout Camps on the Air (SCOTA) program. They’ve registered the special event call sign K3R and hope you’ll be interested in getting them in your log book. Provided that everything works out, Scouts will be operating third-party for QSO. If propagation is favorable, we might even try to check to the weekly K3IR net.

Note, SCOTA is not a contest, The purpose of SCOTA is to increase exposure of amateur radio to the Scouting organization in hopes of fostering interest in the hobby of ham radio, teaching technical skills with regard to radio operating and creating goodwill among fellow Scouts and amateur radio Operators alike. Check it out at


Day Times (EDT) Notes / Bands
Sun 7/14 Evening Setup & Testing on All Bands
including VHF/UHF repeaters
Mon 7/15  10:00 – 11:45 Official Sign-on
Tue 7/16
Fri 7/19
 09:00 – 11:45
14:00 – 16:45
20:00 – 23:00
This is likely when we’ll be on the air. Email or text if you want to set a date/time for QSO.
Thu 7/18   Seeking contact w/ NA1WJ at the World Scout Jamboree
Fri 7/19   Seeking contact w/ NA1WJ at the World Scout Jamboree
Sat 7/20 06:15 – 06:30 Final Signoff


Band Scouting
Suggested Band
Segment for US Stations
80 m 3.940 3.920 – 3.940
40 m 7.190 7.180 – 7.200
7.270 – 7.290
20 m 14.290 ** 14.270 – 14.290
14.320 – 14.340
17 m 18.140 18.140 – 18.150
15 m 21.360 21.360 – 21.400
12 m 24.960 24.960 – 24.980
10 m 28.390 28.350 – 28.400
6 m 50.160 50.160 – 50.200
2 m 147.540 147.450, 147.480, 147.510
70 cm 446.000 445.950, 446.050, 446.100, 446.150

** Since 20 m is somewhat open day/evening, this will be our “HF standby frequency” if someone isn’t actively working the rig.

Mike Newman | K3MJN
BSA Troop 44 – Lititz, PA
(717) 475-7555 (mobile)

Rookie Roundup

The ARRL Rookie Roundup is this coming Sunday from 1:00 to 7:00 PM Eastern Time. (1800 to 2359 UTC).  The SPARC club station will be open for all those who want to get on the air.  A number of experienced operators will be there to guide you.

The Rookie Roundup is intended for those Hams first licensed in 2017, 2018 or 2019 but any ham who has not experienced the fun and challenge of HF is invited to come out.
– Harry, N3FMO

Club Calendar Posted

The club website hasn’t received any updates in many months. We’re back on track and the first new content is an updated club calendar. Click on the “Calendar” link at the top of the page to check it out.

If you have something to add to the calendar, please email the information to k3mjn (at)