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Field Day


Horseshoe Amateur Radio Club

Cambria Radio Club

“Field Day” EmComm Training Exercise

Open to visitors during daylight hours on:

Saturday, June 27, 2015 1:00 PM till 9:00 PM

Sunday, June 28, 2015 8:00 AM till Noon

Directions to Blue Knob State Park, Chappells Field, Imler PA:

Head South out of Altoona, on 6th Avenue, Rt. 764 South

Pick up route 164 at East Freedom, head west for 7 miles

Turn left onto SR3003, Blue Knob Run Road, head south for 6.5 miles

Continue south past Mt. Hope Church

SR3003 Becomes SR4035, continue south

SR4035 Becomes State Forest Road, continue south

Shortly after entering the park, there is a Y in the road. Stay to the RIGHT! (Veering left onto Pavia Road will take

you to the ski resort)

Head toward the main camp ground / Chappell Field area of the park.

Directly across from the main camp ground entrance is the sign for Chappell Field, (on your left)


Thomas D. Cooney, Jr., Secretary     4006 Cortland Avenue

Altoona, PA 16601

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:

Tom Cooney, Jr. W3SF  Horseshoe ARC (814) 931-0060

Tom Brew K3WS Cambria Radio Club (814) 242-3227

Members of the Horseshoe Amateur Radio Club in Blair County, and the Cambria Radio Club (Cambria County) plan to participate in ARRL Field Day, a national emergency communications training exercise, on June 27 and 28, 2015. Locally our event will be held at Blue Knob State Park, in Chappell Field, across from the entrance to the camp ground. Hours of operation will be 1 PM Saturday, thru 1 PM Sunday. The exercise is open to the public during daylight hours on Saturday and Sunday. From its beginning back in the 1930’s as an event to test the field preparedness and emergency communications abilities of the burgeoning amateur radio community, Field Day has evolved into the largest on-the-air operation during the year. In 2014, contest logs were submitted by 2,687 clubs, groups and individuals across the US and Canada to the ARRL Contest Branch. These logs showed participation by 37,452 individuals and over 1.28 million radio contacts (QSOs) were reported during the brief 24-hours of the event.

Ham radio operators across North America establish temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day weekend to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — allows people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. “It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.” Mark Taylor, Director of Blair County Emergency Management, commented: “Amateur Radio Operators are a key component of our volunteer support team here in Blair County. This is a great exercise for practicing emergency communications skills. I encourage everybody to visit the Field Day site, and see these communicators in action!”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. The local clubs in Blair and Cambria invite everybody to

get involved!





The Cambria Radio Club and the Horseshoe Amateur Radio Club will be testing emergency communications, Open to the public!, at New Germany Grove Hall June 22nd and 23rd!!!

Fireworks Sat. after 9pm

Cambria Radio Club and Horseshoe Amateur Radio Club

Multi-Club Field day 2013.

Swap & Shop Mini Ham Fest All Weekend

"bring your ham gear to sell or trade"


New Germany Grove Hall
1635 New Germany Road
Summerhill, PA 15958

Call Signs



Add yours here***

K3F – Special Event all weekend


Using this station the general public can get an on air taste of live hands on radio operations.  Come join the fun and Get On The Air with or without a license.  You will be assisted by a licensed GOTA station operator.


New Germany Grove Hall
1635 New Germany Road
Summerhill, PA 15958

Map at the bottom of this page...

  A special thank you to the 2012 field day team that made all of this possible.  You are the best and the reason we are going to have a very fun event in 2013.  Thank you!!!  Tom - K3WS

Cambria Radio Club .940 and .775 Repeater Nodes and our
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The Cambria Radio Club and the Horseshoe Amateur Radio Club tested emergency communications June 22nd - June 24th, 2012. With Ham’s, their RV’s, and Tents arriving as early at 2pm Friday, the event was open to the public at with a free Hot Dog lunch from Noon – 1pm Saturday, and a fireworks show Saturday night. Mike, Cambria Radio Club Member N3SSD, was the Lead Fireworks Shooter for this event provided by Pyrotechnic Artists, Inc. and Howard Fry President PAI and CRC Club Member http://www.pyroartists.com/About.aspx

We received very nice media coverage from The Tribune Democrat and FOX8 Television News that can be seen on our Facebook page.

Click Here for Complete Field Day 2012 Report including log.

Field Day 2012 Photographs posted June 25th

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Page Revised June 25, 2015 by K3WS

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