The Phil-Mont Mobile Radio ClubPublic Service since 1949
P.O. Box 88, Abington, PA 19001
The main repeater site is located at Ridge & Port Royal Avenues in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia. Several offsite receivers extend the repeater's coverage area. When control operators are available, Echolink node 507410, W3QV-R, is on the repeater. Backup link is KB3IV-L.
W3QV was originally the call sign of Walter Bradley Martin, for many years ARRL Atlantic Division Director, and a Naval Reserve Captain who was Admiral Halsey's communications officer in the South Pacific. Brad believed in and espoused amateur radio's role in providing public service, especially in emergencies. As W3QV, Brad monitored the Phil-Mont club frequency of 29.493 MHz day and night, and always responded immediately to any mobile amateur radio operator--at any hour--with a friendly greeting and offer of assistance. Appropriately, our repeater system continues to sign his call today as a memorial to the significant role he played in Phil-Mont's early development and direction.
Please participate in our Sunday Morning Nets...Schedule:(all times Eastern)
Net Control Schedule
General Meetings of the club membership are held on the second non-holiday Wednesday of every month (except during July & August ) at 7:30 PM at the Giant Supermarket (315 York Rd. Willow Grove, PA 19090) in the Community Room. Parking is available at no cost in the store parking lot.
Since 1985, Amateur Radio License Examinations have been held monthly by Phil-Mont on the fourth non-holiday Thursday of every month. Exams are given at Community Ambulance Association, Ambler, 1414 E. Butler Pike in Ambler, PA. Doors will open at 7:00 pm and testing will begin at 7:15 pm; please arrive no later than 7:30 pm.
All applicants (including minors) must bring two means of positive identification. Licensed applicants must bring the original, and one photocopy, of their license. You should also bring the original and a copy of any Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) needed to prove current status. A fee of $15 will be charged for all tests.
Applicants should contact Jim McCloskey NS3K at 215-275-2979 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the latest information.Maps and directions from Google Maps
Every Single Minute...
In 1955, Phil-Mont provided emergency communications during the devastating flooding along the Delaware River and in the Pocono Mountains following Hurricane Diane, the sixth costliest U.S. hurricane of the 20th century...fifty years before Hurricane Katrina.
In 1959, the club produced this short film to explain amateur radio, and especially mobile communications as practiced by the club.
(The main film begins after a three minute interview with Jim Spencer, W3BBB, produced by a local cable channel many years later)
PMRC Officers for 2014President: Alfred Tribble, W3STW
Vice President: Alfred Tribble, W3STW
Secretary: Greg Malone, WA3GM
Treasurer: Jim McCloskey, NS3K
Board of Directors:
is our monthly newsletter.
Blurb Editor: Rick DeVirgiliis ND3B
Articles from past issues:Satellites and Space in Amateur Radio
W3QV Repeater technical description
(You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.)
Upcoming Public Service Activities
Amateur radio station W3AA (originally W3TKQ) was located from 1952 through 2002 at The Franklin Institute Science Museum. Unfortunately, after 50 years of service in that location, museum reconstruction forced relocation of the station, which had been sponsored by PMRC since 1960.
Read about W3AA/W3TKQ History here.
On the fourth full weekend each June, radio amateurs from all over the US and Canada, and in other parts of the world as well, take their equipment into the great outdoors to operate away from power mains. The idea is to practice setting up and operating under emergency conditions. Participants set up efficient temporary stations and contact as many other Field Day participants as possible. Although it is a practice effort for future emergency operations, Field Day is, above all, fun; you can't help but enjoy the challenge of working cooperatively with your group to compete against perhaps 100,000 other hams who are also braving the elements to attain the same goal.
Phil-Mont participates in Field Day every year from Fort Washington State Park in Fort Washington, PA. For more information about Phil-Mont Field Day, visit the Field Day Page here.PMRC Field Day 2012 photo album
PMRC Field Day 2011 photo album
PMRC Field Day 2010 photo album
PMRC Field Day 2005 photo album
PMRC Field Day 2003 photo album
PMRC Field Day 2000 photo album