NARC Picnic

NARC Picnic

The Nittany Amateur Radio club will be holding our annual summer picnic at the Holmes Foster Park, in State College PA, on August 12, 2013.

The Picnic starts as soon after 5:00 p.m. as you can get there.

We'll be serving Hot dogs, corn on the cob, and refreshments. Bring a covered dish to share, and your eating utensils.

To get to the Holmes Foster Park, take South Atherton Street (route 322) to Westerly Parkway, Turn on to Westerly Parkway, drive past the shopping center and High School. You will see a large Church on your left. At that point, you will turn to the right into the Holmes Foster Parking lot. You have arrived. Here's a map.



Field Day!

ARRL Field Day is held June 22 and 23 this year, and as usual, the Nittany ARC will be participating.

We'll be making our effort from the mountaintop this year, and will be running either 3 or 4 stations at high power as the participation permits.

Mountaintop station

We'll meet at 12 noon on Saturday at the mountaintop, and there will be a pre Field Day Breakfast at the North Atherton Street Eat n' Park, at the usual 9 A.M. time, so as to be sure to have enough strength to get us through.

We're always looking for Operators, loggers, and interested others to show up and enjoy the fun. We'll have refreshments, and my XYL promises some of her Venison Chili, as well as pulled pork sammiches.

Field Day 2012

Here are some of our Operators from last year's Field day.

So come up to the Mountaintop station Saturday and Sunday, we'll keep a seat open for ya.


Now How would I get there, you might ask?

It's pretty simple. The Site is across the road from the Jo Hayes VIsta on Route 26, on top of the mountain south of Pine Grove Mills.

Coming from State college, you would get on Route 26, College Avenue East, and travel to Pine Grove Mills.

In Pin Grove Mills, at the Gas Station in the middle of the VIllage, you Take a left to stay on Route 26, and go up the mountain. At the very top of the mountain, on the right is the Jo Hays Vista. On the left is a turn-off lane for trucks. You'll want to go left, but be extremely careful of traffic coming the other way. There will be an iron Gate to the left of the turnoff. Continue through the gate, and you'll find us near the end of the gravel road on the left, the brown building with a lot of antennas in the air.

FD Map

We have a pdf of the map here

Mountaintop Open House

On Saturday, May 11,we dedicated the David Harris W3ZX Memorial Radio station with equipment generously donated by Dave and his estate.

Dave Harris photo

Dave Harris was a Charter member of the Nittany Amateur Radio Club.

Members of Dave's family attended the Ceremony, and Woody Bren, K3YV, gave them an introduction to the equipment that they so thoughtfully enabled us to obtain, as well as an amplifier that Dave generously donated to the club a few years ago.

Dave's family enjoy looking at the station

After the station dedication, we all gathered to eat, with cooking provided by Tina Hibbert, KT3INA and daughters.

Let's Eat!

Our Repeaters

W3YA – 146.85/25 – PL 146.2

W3GA – 146.76/16 – PL 146.2

Two-meter net is held every Sunday 9:00 PM local time on the W3YA repeater.

Nittany Amateur Radio Club - NARC

The NARC is based in State College, Centre County, and serves the central Pennsylvania region. Our club operates two VHF repeaters that cover all of central Pennsylvania from New York to Maryland. In addition, NARC operates an APRS digipeater, a remote reporting weather station, and has a mountaintop HF/VHF equipped clubhouse. Formed in 1956, NARC has been affiliated with the American Radio Relay League, ARRL, from our beginning. Our members are active in ARES and RACES and participate in public service events throughout the year.

A note on Amateur Radio Tests:

The Nittany Amateur Radio club holds Ham radio testing at many of our meetings. However, there are several meetings each year that are off site, held at places other than the South Hills Business School. Reservations are required, when you call or email for a reservation, we will let you know the dates available.

Nittany Amateur Radio Club

P.O. Box 614

State College, PA 16801

A 501 (C) (3) organization. For more info, email us at: