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Information on Packrat Nets, Beacons, and Repeaters

The Pack Rats initiated VHF nets on Monday night the first year the club was formed. The nets are now conducted on Monday and Tuesday nights of each week. The nets are open to all radio amateurs. The purpose of the nets is to promote activity and share information of a common interest to the VHF community. You do not have to be a member of the club to participate in any of the Pack Rat nets!

Day Time (Local) Frequency Control Station Grid or Net




This net will be found on the old repeater 224.580 on the second and fourth Monday of each month 

This net will be found on the new repeater 224.900 on the first, third and the possible 5th Monday of each month See Coverage Map at very bottom of page 

Michelle KB3MTW


Elliott K3JJZ




Packrat Talk Group 8804
on a DMR Network See a complete list at very bottom of page of all repeaters on the Packrat Talk group - 

George KA3WXV

Check out for information and coverage maps 

  7:30PM   50.150 MHz Ray N3RG FM29ki
  8:00PM 144.150 MHz Jerone K3GNC FN20ja
  8:30PM 222.125 MHz Jim KC3BVL FM29jw
  9:00PM 432.110 MHz Mike WB2RVX FM29mt


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The Pack Rats maintain several VHF+ beacons, which serve as propagation indicators and allow operators to test their receivers. Some of our beacons are located in Center City Philadelphia, others are in Mountain Top, Pa and near Pottstown, Pa.


Last Updated 7/15/2022  10 am

  Packrat Beacons


Frequency Power Level Status Grid
 50.300 MHz   0.3 W   Not yet Operational        TBD
144.300 MHz    8 W

  On the AIR 

FN 20 (temp)
222.300 MHz   4 W   Not yet Operational                TBD
432.300 MHz  10 W   On the AIR  FN20TK

903.300 MHz

 10 W

  Not yet Operational   


1296.300 MHz   9 W   On the AIR   FN20DH
2304.300 MHz  1 W   On the AIR   FN20DH
3456.300 MHz   5 W   Not yet Operational         TBD
5760.300 MHz   5 W

 On the AIR 


10368.017 MHz   3 W

 On the AIR 



W3SZ Beacon Frequency Observations
Some of the beacons are in an unheated/uncooled room and are subject to day to day frequency changes. 
  Our FN20DH and FN21BE beacons are GPS disciplined.

Packrat  Repeaters

The Pack Rats maintains two 222MHz Repeaters

Output: 224.580   W3CCX/R
Input: 222.98
CTCSS: 136.5 (when enabled)
Grid Square: FN20ij

We also have a new Repeater 

Output: 224.900
Input: 223.30
CTCSS: 77.0 (currently enabled)
Grid Square: FN20 in Roxboro

And a 432MHz Repeater:

Output: 442.900
Input: 447.900
CTCSS: 123.0


Try the Sprints

They are short and fun!

 Use this link for more details



Friday Night Nets

 As you know many Packrats belong to more then one radio club.

Jim, KC3BVL mentioned he enjoys the following Friday night nets

sponsored by the Delaware Valley Friends RC

7:30pm  144.160   1/2 hour

8pm        50.160    1/2 hour

8:30pm   222.150   15 minutes

8:45      1296.160   15 minutes

9pm       432.160    15 minutes

9:15pm   2304.100  15 minutes 

Stop by and say hi some Friday evening !