About W3LTR

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, Yearly dues are $30.

For More information contact Joe Cieciorka, KA3UBG, President

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

Email: warg.w3ltr@gmail.com

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 “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 Verkitis Farm, 262 Flat Rock Road, (Browndale Mt.) Browndale, Pa. (between Forest City and Waymart).

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 GroupW3LTR meetings are held 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 but 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 meeting 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 meetings 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.

Vice President:      Jim Kettyle, KC2LEB

Secretary:      Darwin Muir, WD4GXT 

                         Treasure:      Dave McDowell, WB3KTW                               (Acting Treasure: Marilynn Daniels N3AGG,  Club Chef)

Technicial Engineer:      Ken Merring, KM3F

     Presentations by: Ken Merring, KM3F     

QSL Manager: Darwin Muir, WD4GXT

Activities Director: Jim Kettyle, KC2LEB

Net Manager: Jack Arnouts, N2KUO

Webmaster: Austin Orthouse, N3ASO


                     So think about attending one of our

                                  Meetings sometime,

                       ….The Group would be Honored

                         to have your Presence & Input.

The Group’s Mailing Address is:

Windmill Amateur Radio Group

P. O. Box 619

Waymart, Pa.   18472

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