High Frequency Help
Part of the appeal of amateur, or Ham, radio is the opportunity
to connect with friends and strangers across the country and even
the world. Even though most people may never meet "the voices"
they hear, using a Ham radio builds a unique relationship based on a
For Bro. Joe Shuey (NE3H), Eureka Lodge No. 302,
Mechanicsburg, the connections he made over the airwaves came in
handy when he needed some mechanical assistance with the mast of
his Ham radio antenna. After his antenna tower sustained damage
from a wind storm this past spring, he sent out a call for help. Five
friends quickly responded. Although the call was sent to many
individuals, when they met to work on the repairs on April 28, they
discovered themselves in the middle of another example of Masons
"It's always good to get together with other Ham radio enthusiasts, as we spend most of our time communicating over the air," Bro. Glenn Kurzenknabe (K3SWZ), Robert Burns Lodge No. 464, Harrisburg, said. "This particular time, we were coincidentally all Masons."
In addition to Bro. Glenn, the fellow operators were Bro. Steve Cutshall (K3TZV), Lewistown Lodge No. 203; and Bros. Dusty Chapman (K3WC), Chuck Greiner (N3WL) and Dave Smith (W3SOX), all of Robert Burns Lodge No. 464.
"It's a complex system and there's no way you can fix it by yourself," Bro. Joe said. "We've known each other for years and help each other with this sort of thing whenever we can."
The repair was no easy task, requiring the better part of a day to complete. Removing a 20' mast, located 70' in the air, requires several people on the roof and on the ground. After the repairs were made, everything had to be put back up on the roof. The weight of the mast made things difficult and the tall trees surrounding Bro. Joe's house did not facilitate the process, either.
Despite its challenges, the effort was a success and Bro. Shuey is back on the air talking to fellow brothers and the world.
*The alpha-numeric codes after each brother's name are their Ham radio call letters, used on the air to legally identify themselves during communications.
Officers Show Support for Masonic Unity
Royal Arch Masons from Susquehanna Chapter No. 276,
Eureka Chapter No. 179, Warren Chapter No. 180 and a Grand
Representative from the Grand Chapter of New York, met in the
Susquehanna Masonic Hall for an "official visit" of John P. Zickler,
District Deputy Grand High Priest. Nine blue lodges, from four
Masonic districts, were also represented. Companion Robert
Whitney, of Susquehanna Chapter No. 276, was awarded his 25-
year chapter emblem that evening as well.
Front row, left to right: Benjamin Beynon, KYCH, MEHP No. 179 Eureka,
Waymart; Maurice Sweitzer, KYCH, Grand Rep. to Oklahoma for the
Grand Chapter of NY and member of Windsor NY Chapter; Dieter Dauber,
P.D.D.G.M. for District 15; John Zickler, KYCH, DDGHP 7th Capitular
District; Jared Horn, MEHP No. 180 Warren, Montrose; F. Dean Lewis,
KYCH, P.D.D.G.M. 6th Cryptic District; and W. Meredith Golden III,
KYCH, MPPGM, Grand Council
Middle row, left to right: Barney Wilkins, MEHP No. 276, Susquehanna;
Keith Foster; Erwin Herman, PHP; Richard Klem Sr., Scribe No. 276; William
Hand, PHP; Eugene R. Graves, KYCH; Gary Baker; Edward F. Collins,
PHP; Richard Allen, KYCH; Robert H. Benson, KYCH; and Howard Gray
Back row, left to right: Robert Whitney; David Lewis, PHP, PGS for Grand
Council; Daniel Rupakus, PHP; Robert Page, PHP; Gerald Parks, PHP; Fred
Baker, KYCH; Jeff Burman; Robert DiPalma; and Anthony S. Gerchman,