Information on our 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
Monday 7:00PM 224.58 Repeater WR3P FN20ji (repeater)
  7:30PM 50.145 MHz N3RG FM29ki
  8:00PM 144.150 MHz K3GNC FN20ja
  8:30PM 222.125 MHz KB1JEY FN20je
  9:00PM 432.110 MHz WB2RVX FM29mt

The Pack Rats maintain several VHF+ beacons, which serve as propagation indicators and allow operators to test their receivers. The beacons are located on top of a high rise building in Center City Philadelphia, in grid square FM29jw.



Frequency Power Level Antenna
50.080 MHz 0.3 W 3 Elem Halo
144 MHz N/A - Stay Tuned  
222.062 MHz 4 W Single Loop
432.290 MHz 5 W Big Wheel
903.072 5 W Little Wheel
1296.264 5 W Alford Slot
2304 MHz N/A - Stay Tuned  
3456.200 5 W 16 Slot
5760 N/A  
10368.034 0.5 W 32 Slot
W3SZ Beacon Frequency Observations
Warning: Do not use these frequencies to calibrate your pace maker.
The beacons are in an unheated/uncooled room and are subject to day to day frequency changes. Use common sense.


The Pack Rats maintain a 222MHz Repeater, W3CCX/R:

Output: 224.58
Input: 222.98
CTCSS: 136.5 (currently not enabled)
Grid Square: FN20ij

And a 432MHz Repeater:

Output: 442.900
Input: 447.900
CTCSS: 123.0