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.

Here is some information about me and my background.... I joined the Hepburn Twp. Vol. Fire Co.

in March of 1996 which at that time I started out as a Junior Fireman (since I was under the age of 18) and in 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 as the Fire Police Captain officially in January 2000. After 10 years as a Fire Police Captain (January 2010 it should have been) I am now on inactive list. I was also a member of the Pennsylvania State Fire Police Association as well as the Lycoming County Fire Police Association during my 13 active years as a FPO.

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

Eventually the Ralston, Trout Run, Hepburn, Old Lycoming fire companies had created what is known as the "Lycoming Creek Valley Emergency Services Alliance" which is mostly to share manpower, training and attempt to better the communities we serve.

I am a Past Member (2000-2002) (Fire Police Officer) of the Montgomery Boro Vol. Fire Co.


From June 1995 until September 1998 I also was part of the Williamsport Emergency Management Agency and served a period of time as the Communications Officer, Quartermaster, and Liaison. So I guess you could say from one end of the county to the next I have had the privilege to to get to know and work with several people that share the same interests as myself between EMA, Amateur Radio, Fire, and Police.

On April 19, 2007 I purchased my General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) License which is WQGU515 and was able to put up a GMRS repeater I now have on the air here in Williamsport on 462.675 + PL 141.3 which is 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.  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

Past member 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 which has the KB3HLL Montoursville 145.490 and Williamsport
147.090/443.050 repeaters and is the site of my GMRS and UHF ham repeater.

Also, since 1993 I have been a member of the AKA the Lycoming County Disaster Communications Service (DCS) through the Lycoming County Emergency Mangemant Agency related through Amateur "Ham" Radio and the National Weather Service, also 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 Morse Code and in August of 1993 I passed my Technician test

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


I am also an Associate Member of the Williamsport Lodge #29 Fraternal Order of Police (2000-Present) This is where my grandfather (who also shared the same name as me) served and protected for the 1960-1982 era of his career as a Williamsport Police Officer.  RIP Pop 2008.

I have been the Deputy Emergency Management Agency Coordinator for Hepburn and Lycoming Townships since March 1996. 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.

Born in 1979. I have been employed by the Williamsport Area School District since September 1998 (3 months after I graduated) as a custodian except for 2 years as I did Security/School Police (which my Grandfather also did for 12 years after he retired as a 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.

Contact via the Droid Razr via Verizon @ 570.279.0244 Talk or Text

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 fulltime to the 444.900 to extend the coverage With both repeaters being linked, that also allows both repeaters to be accessed by echolink 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 on my Droid Razr. 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
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