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A message from Joe KA3UBG our President:


Yes, the name has been officially changed from: The 655 Amateur Radio Forum Group to the:

 

"Windmill Amateur Radio Group"

(Now an Official Club)

The Re-Organization Meeting took place on Wednesday evening, February 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Gravity Inn, 40 Gravity Plains  Road, Waymart, Pa.  The club is off to a good start with 30 New Members and several more applications on the way at present.  There was a lot accomplished with a good number of activities discussed that will be taking place. Everyone present was given a Shirt and Hat that had the Groups Logo, Name and Call Sign. The 50/50 Raffle brought in a sizeable amount for the groups treasure.  A Website for the group is being designed at present and should be up and running shortly. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday March 18th at The Gravity Inn.

For more information you can email us at: 655forum@gmail.com or call or text: 570-877-5459.

All new Memberships up to the end of March, 2020 will receive a "Windmill Amateur Radio Group" W3LTR T-Shirt at No Charge.           

Upcoming this Summer, the "Windmill Amateur Radio Group" will be On-The-Air with a SPECIAL EVENT STATION at the Base of the Windmills on top of Browndale Mountain, Browndale, Pa.          Keep a watch on this site for the date and information.

I would also like to mention that John McEwing KC1FWU, President of the Susquehanna County Amateur Radio Club  N3SRC,(a club that I am still affiliated with) and Myself, as President of the Windmill Amateur Radio Group W3LTR, have agreed to join forces at different times inconjunction with some of our events. We are happy to have them as our Sister Club.

 

You are Personally Invited to Attend and Join the:

"Windmill Amateur Radio Group"

W 3 L T R

Serving the Tri-County Areas

(Wayne, Lackawanna & Susquehanna Counties)

    Radios, Antennas, Transmission Lines and much more...

Entirely all about Amateur(Ham) Radio 100%

For the New and the Old Seasoned Ham

  We are a group of Amateur Radio Operators that meet every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at The Gravity Inn, 40 Gravity Plains Road, Waymart, Pa.

The evening consists of having something to eat and discussing basic subjects that pertain to Amateur Radio.  There are also Presentations & Diagrams on different topics such as Electronics, Radios, Antennas, Antenna Building, Transmission Lines, SWR(standing wave ratio), Etc.  Video's(DVD's) on Amateur Radio, Vintage Equipment, D'expeditions, VHF/UHF, Field Day Events, Etc. are also a part of the Group when we meet.

The "Windmill Amateur Radio Group" is all about the hobby of Amateur Radio, everyone is friendly and available to help anyone that is interested in the hobby or just coming into the hobby.   We are all there for one another, we are an Amateur Radio Family. 

So drop by and join us, it would be a pleasure to have you join in with all of us.

        There is a Membership Application to fill out, but NO dues.                                          

  The "Windmill Amateur Radio Group" also has their own Amateur Radio Call Sign:                      

  W 3 L T R

                                                      (Whiskey 3 Lima Tango Romeo)                                                

    (Whiskey 3 LetsTalk Radio)

   For More information contact Joe Cieciorka, KA3UBG, President

               Call: 570-282-5820               Text: 570-877-5459

                                           Email: 655forum@gmail.com                                                                                                   

Our Next Meeting is Wednesday, March 18th 

and there will be a Presentation by:  Ken, KM3F.

The "Windmill Amateur Radio Group" often relates to Companies that played a very important role in Amateur Radio in the past. Companies such as:  Heathkit, Allied Radio Electronics, Lafayette Radio, Knight Kit, Johnson Messenger, etc.

The Group also brings to light the Old Drake's, Collins, Hammerlund, Hallicrafters Radios and many more.

...As it is alway's said

"Everything even today is based on the Tube and the Battery"

Check us out on youtube, this presentation on Linear Amps was given on

March 20, 2019, 14 of the group was present. 

The former name being: The 655 Amateur Radio Forum Group

Below is the youtube link, copy and paste in your browser.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhSkwVYxgYo&feature=youtu.be

The "Windmill Amateur Radio Group" has made its permanent home for FIELD DAY and ARRL VHF Contests on an acre of land that has an elevation of 1940 feet above sea level on the Virkitis Farm, 262 Flat Rock Road, (Browndale Mt.) Browndale, Pa. (between Forest City and Waymart).


In 2020, ARRL FIELD DAY will be held on June 27th & 28th and the Group will be participating in the event at the same place.      

Members of The "Windmill Amateur Radio Group", W3LTR can be found on the WB3KGD Repeater, Frequency 146.655, PL 146.2   (-) Offset.  The Repeater is now up and running and has good coverage.   This Repeater has become our Home Repeater with the permission of Bob Bridges, WB3KGD, the Repeater Owner.  

                  "The Windmill Amateur Radio Group"

            Is a Group that is all about Amateur Radio

To all my Fellow Amateur Radio Colleagues, 

The “Windmill Amateur Radio Group” W3LTR gets together at the Gravity Inn 40 Gravity Planes Road, Waymart, Pa. every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 P.M. in the Dining Room. Everyone attending must pay for their own order of food and beverage(s). There is no meeting room rental fee.

A little about “The Windmill Amateur Radio Group” W3LTR. We are a Group that meet just like a regular club would meet. We do not use Robert's Rules or any Type of Parlimentary Procedures instead we follow some simple guidelines. There is a Membership Application but no Membership Dues. The Group is funded by Donations and a 50/50 Raffle. It is not a Club Type Atmosphere with Pros, Cons, Clicks or Politics either. It's entirely a different type of Get-Together than meetings that most Amateur Radio Clubs conduct. Originally the Group was formed as: The 655 Amateur Radio Forum Group after the 146.655 Repeater, The Group has recently been re-organized and re-named the “Windmill Amateur Radio Group” W3LTR being that our VHF Contests and Field Day Events are held on lands that are very close to the Windmill Farm on Browndale Mountain, Browndale, Pa.(between Forest City and Waymart)

To make it simple, we are just a Group of Amateur Radio Operators that meet once a month for several hours at The Gravity Inn, have something to eat and discuss subjects that pertain to Amateur Radio.

It is enjoyable to listen to some of the Presentations that are offered by different ones that encompass Radios, Antennas, Transmission Lines, Electronics, Etc. which is of a basic or technical nature, a lot can be learned from them. At times DVD's are shown on D'expeditions, VHF/UHF/HF Operations, Etc.

The Group also participates in certain events that take place in the hobby of Amateur Radio. Some of the events are held outdoors in a Field on FlatRock Road atop Browndale Mountain, Browndale, Pa, (between Forest City and Waymart). They are normally weekend events, some members of the Group and their guests tent overnight and sit around a bonefire at night, relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Some of the Events include the following:

The ARRL Spring VHF/UHF Contest, The ARRL Fall VHF/UHF Contest,The ARRL Winter VHF/UHF Contest, June Summer Field Day Event and January Winter Field Day Event. Events during the winter months are held indoors in other places other than Browndale Mountain.

The Group is also available to assist anyone who may be experiencing some type of problems with their equipment or new hams that need help in acquiring a license and getting their station set up and started, etc.

You are personally invited by “The Windmill Amateur Radio Group” W3LTR to their Get-Togethers and to become part of the group, you can also bring a friend if you wish that may or may not have interest in Amateur Radio also. The Group is open to all, both the licensed and non-licensed amateur radio operator and everyone is always welcome.

We are an Amateur Radio Family, we all Get Along, Get a Lot Accomplished, Play Radio and have FUN !

“The Windmill Amateur Radio Group” W3LTR uses the WB3KGD 146.655,(PL: 146.2) Repeater for their VHF Communications and was given permission for its use by the Repeater Owner, Bob Bridges, WB3KGD.

The Group is very gratefull and thanks Bob for his generosity.

"The Windmill Amateur Radio Group"also has its own Amateur Radio Call Sign:

                        W 3 L T R

                          Whiskey 3 Lets Talk Radio                       

                          Joe Cieciorka KA3UBG, President  

            Phone or Text: 570-877-5459            Email: 655forum@gmail.com

Vice President:      Jim Kettyle, KC2LEB

Secretary:      Darwin Muir, WD4GXT 

Treasurer:      Dave McDowell, WB3KTW

Technician:      Ken Merring, KM3F

 

     Presentations by: Ken Merring, KM3F     

QSL Manager: Darwin Muir, WD4GXT

Activities Director: Jim Kettyle, KC2LEB

Net Manager: Jack Arnouts, N2KUO

Webmaster: Jim Kettyle: KC2LEB

                    

                     So think about attending one of our meetings sometime,

                       ....The Group would be honored to have your presence & input.

 

At this time, I would like to mention that Lee Parsons, N3LPJ, President of the Susquehanna County Amateur Radio Club, N3SRC, a good friend of mine and one that has contributed a lot to Amateur Radio has become a Silent Key as of June 14, 2019.  Lee was fatally injured in a tower accident on his own QTH.

Lee, "Rest in Peace" my friend, 73' from "The Windmill Amateur Radio Group", W3LTR

 

Keep in touch with this site for further updates.