John W. Springman III



John W. Springman III - KB3AWQ Dot Com

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My former cruiser I had for 5 years...1995 Chevy Caprice (9C1) LT1 Engine Sept. 29, 2005 to May 2010

John Sr.


March 1996-December 2009  Hepburn Twp. Vol. Fire Co.

March 1996 I joined as a Junior Fireman. July 1997 (when I became 18) I was sworn in as a Special Fire Police Officer and less than 3 years later in November 1999 was elected to Fire Police Captain beginning January 2000. I was elected each year for 10 years and I chose not to run again at the end of 2009 and after that I was inactive. I was also a member of the Pennsylvania State Fire Police Association and the Lycoming County Fire Police Association during this time.

(2000-present) A non-resident member (Fire Police Officer) of the Old Lycoming Twp. Vol. Fire Co.

Ralston, Trout Run, Hepburn and Old Lycoming fire companies created the Lycoming Creek Valley Emergency Services Alliance which was mostly to share manpower, training and attempt to better the communities.

(2000-2002) (Fire Police Officer) of the Montgomery Boro Vol. Fire Co.


June 1995 - September 1998  Member of Williamsport Emergency Management Agency and served a period of time as the Communications Officer, Quartermaster, and Liaison. During these years I had the privilege to know and work with many people that share the same interests as myself between EMA, Amateur Radio, Police and Fire.


April 19, 2007 I purchased my General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) License  (WQGU515) and in 2012 I put on a GMRS repeater on the air in Williamsport on 462.675 + PL 141.3 located on Skyline Drive just south of Williamsport on Bald Eagle Mountain where I also have my UHF ham radio repeater on 444.900 PL 173.8 that was also put up in 2012.  I have made several types of coverage maps but this one is an easy link to post to get a general idea of its coverage GMRS Repeater and KB3AWQ UHF Repeater Coverage Map
GMRS Repeater Williamsport 675 (WQGU515.com)

Past member and former Vice President of the West Branch Amateur Radio Association which has the W3AVK 146.730 and 444.000 repeaters.


Current member of the Bald Eagle Repeater Association (KB3HLL) which has the  Montoursville 145.490 and Williamsport 
147.090/443.050 repeaters and is at the same tower site that my GMRS and UHF ham repeater are located.

In 1993 after becoming a ham, I became a member Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) SKYWARN which is a spotter reporting service for the National Weather Service.   The Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Public Safety has been active in the past with Amateur Radio and a good sponsor.  I have also been enrolled as a member and of the Sullivan County RACES/ARES/SKYWARN.

My Amateur "Ham" Radio Callsign is KB3AWQ that I received in June of 1993 when I passed my Novice test with 5 words per minute Morse Code and in August of 1993 I passed my Technician test.  After 22 years, I decided to take my General exam  and 3 weeks later on July 21, 2015, I took the test and passed.

American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Member January 31, 2002 to January 31, 2008


2000-Present Associate Member of the Williamsport Lodge #29 Fraternal Order of Police This is where my grandfather served and protected as a Williamsport Police Officer from 1960-1982.  RIP Pop 2008.

March 1996 to Present - Deputy Emergency Management Agency Coordinator for Hepburn and Lycoming Townships I first became active with EMA through amateur radio (RACES/ARES/SKYWARN) at the county level, a couple years later in June of 1995, I became a member of the Williamsport Emergency Management Agency "AKA Civil Defense".  With becoming a Ham in 1993 I was 12 years old at the time which is when one of the things that got me started in Public Safety.  Starting with EMA with RACES ARES SKYWARN when I became a ham and Williamsport EMA at the same time, I was assigned to the Hepburn Twp VFC in January 1996 to do Ham Radio communications back to Lycoming County EOC/9-1-1 during the 96 flood.  This is when I extended my service to the fire dept as a junior and then Fire Police Officer and a short time later elected as Fire Police Captain for 10 years.

I have been employed by the Williamsport Area School District since September 1998 (3 months after I graduated high school) as a custodian.   For almost 2 years I did Security/School Police after job cuts (which my Grandfather also did from 1982-1994 after he retired as a city police officer).

My ICQ number is 9983874, MSN/hotmail Messenger screen name is KB3AWQ...... AOL's AIM Messenger Screen Name is LTEMA.... Yahoo Messenger Screen Name fpcaptain - Yahoo Messenger even though I am never on any of these anymore.

  Cell: 570.279.0244 

If your a ham radio operator with a Technician Class or higher you can look for me on the 147.300

147.300
Repeater + 600khz offset PL 151.4 The repeater is pretty easy to get into from anywhere in Williamsport area, it overlooks Williamsport from being located at Williamsport Area High School. Also I picked up a UHF repeater (Motorola GR1225) that is located on Skyline Drive (Bald Eagle Mountain) just south of Williamsport on 444.900 + PL 173.8 and sends KB3AWQ as the cw id but you won't hear the id if you have your PL decode on as its setup to strip the PL when it id's.  The 147.300 repeater is linked full-time to the 444.900 to extend the coverage
With both repeaters being linked, that also allows both repeaters to be accessed by echo link by connecting to W3AHS-R or Node Number 277377 on Echolink.   You can connect to me directly through Echolink by connecting  to KB3AWQ or node number 196218 if I am connected via the Echolink Android program that came out in August 2010. I was one of Beta testers for program invited by K1RFD before it released to the market about a week later.

On July 17, 2002 I was appointed to  be the Assistant Northwest Regional Representative for (ARCC) Area Repeater Coordination Council.

ARCC coordinates amateur radio repeaters in Eastern PA and Southern NJ and Sussex County, NJ. The Northwest region is the following counties of Pennsylvania: Sullivan, Bradford, Tioga, Lycoming, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Columbia, Montour, Union, Snyder, Juniata, Perry, Northumberland counties
ARESHTFP Capt Badge
WASD School Police Officer #3
Hepburn Twp Fire Police Badge Patch


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John W. Springman III

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