On the AIR in Baltimore County Since 1946




AE3RO is also a Club Call for AERO ARC Kenwood High School Radio Club

Welcome to the W3PGA Aero Amateur Radio Club





Middle River, MD

 Established in 1946 in cooperation with the Glen L. Martin Aircraft Plant in Middle River, Maryland, the Aero Amateur Radio Club has been serving the communities of Essex and Middle River for 69 years. Members of the club are active in the Baltimore County Civil Defense network to provide Shelter Area communications in the event of a disaster also we are active in the SKYWARN spotters program. Some of our members are involved in Boy Scouts and Civil Air Patrol.

The club is also associated with Kenwood High School in the Essex area which has the call sign AE3RO. Amateur Radio repeater systems are located at the school using the clubs call W3PGA. The club also provides VE testing for amateur radio operator licenses and upgrades. 

In addition to providing a public service to the community, the club regularly participates in American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsored contests that simulate emergency conditions in the field. These events include Field Day and VHF contests using emergency power while operating in the field. Recently the club ventured to Hart Miller Island and placed it on the IOTA (Islands On The Air) list # MD015S. The AERO Amateur Radio Club has been ARRL affiliated since 1956.

The club participates in the Essex Sky Park Association events such as Wings and Wheels, Fly in Pancake Breakfast and Pumpkin Dunking events through out the year. Essex Sky Park is our meeting facility at the FBO and is our Field Day Site in the Community Hanger.

The club conducts nets on the the AIR the second and fourth/fifth Wednesdays of the month at 8:00 PM EST. The second Wednesday net meets on 28.445 MHz. using USB, the fourth Wednesday net meets on 147.240 MHz. FM Repeater, and the fifth Wednesday net (when applicable) meets on 449.575 MHz FM Repeater. All nets are open to licensed radio amateurs.

We have meetings regularly beginning at 7:30 PM on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Essex Sky-park Association FBO Building at 1401 Diffendal Road Essex, MD 21221. The meetings are informal and open to prospective members.


Club E-mail w3pga.arc@gmail.com

 W3PGA is an ARRL Affiliated Club

ARRL Webpage www.arrl.org

W3PGA Club Announcments

Field Day 2022

W3PGA Aero Anateur Radio Club will be QRV W48 Essex Skypark

The weekend of June 24 to June 26th

Setup will begin on Friday June,24 at Noon

Site Testing by 6PM

All are encourage to come out and watch help in setup and enjoy this wonderfull Hobby of Amateur Radio

We Will Begin Saturday at 12 NOON with the W3PGA VE Team will have a testing session for anyone who wants

to get A new or Upgrade Liscence. Field Day Begins at 2PM Sharp. we will be on the Air nonstop till Sunday at 2PM

We have Phone and CW as well as Digital modes PSK, Rtty, FT8

Our Saturday Dinner will be Catered Bob WA3SWA and his Wife Susan Landis.

A $6.00 Donation is requested to Cover the cost of food. Weather looks good Band Condidtions are improving

Plenty Of parking Camping is Available Come and see how we simulate and emergancy and practice Communications with the United States and Canada and US teritories in the event of a Local or national Emergency. We will be inside the Community Hanger again this year. See what an Emergency Setup looks like Emergency Power for the Transmitters. Antenna's deployed. Follow Us on facebook thru the weekend.


Baltimore Traffic Net

Daily at 6:30 PM 145.330

Repeater No PL

Traffic & Training Net Sam W3NTS Net Manager

MD Slow Net

3.560 LSB/CW Traffic net

Every Tuesday night 7:30 Local

2022 Wings & Wheels Fly In Drive in
Saturday Sept 17,2022 9AM to 4Pm
Essex Skypark 1401 Diffendal Rd
$5.00 Donation Per car

Public Service Events Page

Current & Upcoming Events

AERO and ARRL Afiliated clubs

Public Service page Link

Repeater Update

147.240/147.840 repeater is now both

analog and FUSION Compatable

Please use PL123.0 in FM Mode

If you wish yo not hear Digital enable 123.0 PL in recieve mode

449.575 Has been placed in FM Only  for the forseable future

Join us for our Face to Face Meetings 1st & 3rd Weds ....see nets page for more info

All Are Welcome

Download Membership AERO Club application (pdf File)

It's a New Year... Club Dues are due!!!!!

$24.00 for 2022

contact Joe WB3FMT or Warren W3JDF



Aero Club Officers & Committee's

Joe Miko WB3FMT

President, Club Nets      

Robert Ballou AE3B


Larry Hill KB3QWC

Recording Secretary       

Pat Stone AC3F

Corresponding Secretary, VE Testing

Warren  Hartman W3JDF Treasurer /Club Equipment   

Ron Distler W3JEH Resources  Manager    

Jerry Cimildora  N3VBJ

Repeater Committee

Facebook & Webmaster

        Repeater Committee


Phil Hock W3VRD

David Brunner AC3EO

Ken Erisman NE3A

Jerry Cimildora N3VBJ

Pat Stone AC3F

VE Testing Commitee

Bob Landis WA3SWA

Public Service , 50/50 Raffels

Georgeann Lynch KB3PGN

Aerial News Letter  Editor

Dave Frederick KB3KRV

W3PGA Trustee

 James Marshalek KC3FBL

AE3RO Trustee

Special Thanks to the Essex Skypark

Association for Hosting AERO ARC

Allowing use of the Grounds and Facilities.

Elections were held and the current slate of incumbants remain in office for 2023

The election trian came thru Middle River

W3PGA'S Club Web Pages

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W3PGA Club Nets


W3PGA Club Net Info

W3PGA Repeater

Site Info & Pics


 W3PGA Club Meetings 

AERO Club Meeting Info Membership Info

Amateur License VE

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W3PGA  Monthly News Letters

2019 Aerial Newsletter

 Past Club Activities

Field Days & IOTA Trip, and more club past Activities

       AERO ARC

 Photos and Videos

Club Pictures & Videos

 ARRL Field Day 2022


Field Day Info 2022


W3PGA Club Roster

Club member Roster & Map

The VE's Corner

VE Resourses

W3PGA Meeting Presentations 

 Presentation Calendar

Ham Radio Links

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HF Radio Net Directory

Ham Radio Net Directory

 Hamfest Calendar

2019 Local Hamfest Calendar

HF Contesting Information

Contesting Resources & Calendar



Fire dispatch feed

City Police


Prepper Resourses

Alpha Survivalist Resourses

Alpha Ham Radio Guide

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Maker Pro Elecrtonics Projects and Education Information


Educational Materials

Basic Repeater Information

Guide to Amateur Repeaters

Radio Programming Resources

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Power Supply's 101

Guide to  Power Supply's

Ham Radio Information for Beginners

Ham Radio Info


Skywarn Info


CTCSS PL tones



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Coax Loss Calculator

Calculate Coax Loss

Radio Wave Propagation

Radio Propagation


Amateur Station Grounding

Arrl Guide to Grounding


Guide to Amateur Satellites

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Mount Essex Observitory

Astronomy Resources

Heavens Above

Locate ISS


National Electronics


Museum Web Page

Ham Radio Frequently Asked Questions


 Radio Frequency


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Ham Radio Charts & Maps

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Lightning Protecting Antenna Grounding

Book Shelf Hobbyist Construction And Expermentor Books

VHF Digital modes

HF Digital Modes

Digital Dongles

D-star, fusion, DMR, P-25


 Ham Related Organizations


MDC Section Website

Baltimore Traffic Net

NTS Traffic Handling System


International Morse Preservation Society

Amsat North America

Amsat North America

Third Region Nets

Frequency & Net Info


American Radio Relay Leauge


Our Community Organziations

 Essex Skypark W48


Essex Skypark Webpage

 Friends of Essex Skypark Facebook

Essex Skypark Facebook

 AERO Club Facebook

AERO on Facebook

Glen L Martin Avaition Museum

Museum Info

Local Organizations

Local Directory

Glen L Martin Airport

Airport Web Page


Emergency & ARES/RACES Resourses

Emergency Managment Resources 

MD Countys

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NHN Program Info

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Baltimore County W3DHS ARES/RACES

Maryland Emergency Managment Agency


Harford County Emergency Services

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Baltimore City Emergency Services

Baltimore City ARES/RACES


Howard County Emergency Services

 Howard Co ARES/Races

  Anne Arundle County

Emergency Services  


American Red Cross

American Red Cross

Home Land Security/FEMA

Home Land Security FEMA

 Public Service Opertunities

Local MD 2022 Events Webpage




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W3PGA is on E-QSL-CC please submit  Club QSL's Requests

AE3RO is on E-QSL-CC please submit Club QSO Requests


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Special Thanks to Kevin Stone N3RXD for Hosting this site

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