Amateur Radio Club OH3NE in Tampere, Finland
The first radio amateur club in Tampere was established 1924, so in 2014 we celebrated 90 years of amateur radio in town. Tampere is also the birthplace of radio broadcasting in Finland, and played a major part in the early days of television as well. Tampereen Radioamatöörit was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1955, so we are sort of not-so-recent in our current form either.
Our club has about 200 members and we operate several repeaters and APRS digipeaters around the region.
QSL info for OH3NE/OH3TAM (OF3NE/OF3TAM)
We accept QSL cards via the bureau or direct to TRA, BOX 179, FI-33101 TAMPERE, Finland. However, we’d prefer electronic confirmation with LOTW or eQSL.
Weekly Meetings at our Clubhouse
We have meetings at the clubhouse twice a week. On Mondays we have the more general club meeting around coffee and donuts, and on Thursdays we usually tend more to technical matters. The casual meetings officially start at 1700 local time (5 pm), but usually first visitors start to arrive about an hour earlier. There are mostly no exceptions for summer months, nor for national holidays. Active members visit the clubhouse on other evenings and during weekends as well. Visitors are welcome at any time.
The clubhouse is located a nice walking distance of about a mile from downtown Tampere, at the Pyynikki observation tower. The room was built for the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation in 1930 to house their local MW transmitter. We were given the opportunity to move in to the premises in 1977 after the 1485 kHz station was closed down. You can find the exact location on APRS as well.
You can get to the clubhouse also by bus. Local bus line 31 (get off at Pyynikinharju, stop nr. 2026) will bring you to the top of the ridge. With other lines you’ll have some 100 or 200 steps to ascend. Please see the Tampere Bus Route Planner for details.
If you wish to visit the clubhouse, it’s a good idea to call on the local FM repeater system or the digital DMR network in the Tampere region talkgroup (see below for details). The clubhouse monitors both systems during club activities.
- There is adequate parking space, and a cafeteria in the building.
- Enough space for meetings, a comprehensive station and an electronics/RF laboratory.
- A small separate warehouse for cables, surplus radios and other hardware.
- Nice view over two big lakes.
- Trees for antenna wires.
- Few residents within 500 metres.
- No rodents in a house built of granite.
- In total one of the best places in the world for a radio amateur club (if you don’t count in the almost intolerable interference level on the lower HF bands).
We also have access to another tower Näsinneula near our location where we have some equipment for our repeaters.
Our club station is active on the bands from 3.5 MHz to 1.3 GHz. OH3TAM is our secondary call for special occasions. In 2017 we remembered the Independency of Finland in 1917 with special calls OF3NE and OF3TAM.
The tower and the directional antennas on the on the roof were taken down in April, 2017, for quarterly repairs. We have erected a new tower setup, overhauled all antennas and purchased a new 6m/4m yagi. The new tower setup also introduces a G-1000 rotor with remote control possibilities. We will get back on air sometime in the summer of 2018 with more oomph using the following configuration:
Equipment for HF, 6 and 4 metres
- IC-7300 and FT-450 for traditional modes and digimodes
- FT-897D for mostly digimodes (also remote control)
- OCF dipole 20 m up for 80-6 metres
- A sloping half wave dipole for 60 metres
- A half wave dipole for 80 metres (or a T2FD for general use)
- TH4 4 ele yagi 14 m up for 10/15/20 metres
- 5/6 ele EA5070-OWA11 yagi 16 m up for 6/4 metres
The digimode station can be remote controlled by members. We are mostly active on the JT modes. The station is often left to receive WSPR with band scan when it is not used for other activities.
Equipment for mainly VHF/UHF
- FT-736R with amplifiers
- Transverters for the 23 cm and 13 cm bands
- 15 ele CueDee 18 m up for 2 metres
- 23 ele CueDee 19 m up for 70 cm
- Loop yagis for the 23 cm and 13 cm bands
- FM rigs with vertical antennas for 6 m/4 m/2 m/70 cm/23 cm
- D-STAR rigs with vertical antennas for 2 m and 23 cm
- A P25/FM rig with a vertical antenna for 70 cm
- A DMR rig with a vertical antenna for 70 cm
- Various receivers (both SDR and traditional)
OH3RNE FM Repeaters in Tampere
OH3RNE is our multi-site, multi-band FM repeater system with receiver voting. The 2 m and 70 cm repeaters are linked full-time. Below you can find a table of all TX and RX sites, frequencies and CTCSS tones, along with a rough estimate of coverage areas. Click the links for specific information on each site.
NB. The individual ’roger beep’ CWID’s we did use are disabled for now.
|Näsinneula TX||145,750 MHz||123,0 Hz||Operational||CTCSS also on transmit||247|
|Hervanta RX||-0,6 MHz||123,0 Hz||Under repairs||2 m main RX, North, East, South, Hervanta||212|
|Pyynikki RX||-0,6 MHz||123,0 Hz||Operational||Downtown, Härmälä, Pirkkala||180|
|Tesoma RX||-0,6 MHz||123,0 Hz||Operational||North, West, South||183|
|Elovainio RX||-0,6 MHz||123,0 Hz||Operational||West, Northwest, North, Ylöjärvi||193|
|Näsinneula TX||434,850 MHz||123,0 Hz||Operational||CTCSS also on transmit||247|
|Hervanta RX||-2,0 MHz||123,0 Hz||Under repairs||70 cm main RX, North, East, South, Hervanta||225|
|Pyynikki RX||-2,0 MHz||123,0 Hz||Operational||Downtown (especially indoor coverage)||180|
|Tesoma RX||-2,0 MHz||123,0 Hz||Operational||North, West, South||183|
|Elovainio RX||-2,0 MHz||123,0 Hz||Operational||West, Northwest, North, Ylöjärvi||198|
The coverage information is provisional. The system will vote for the receiver that gives the best signal to noise ratio. Just set your transmitter with a 123,0 Hz subtone. We use SvxLink PC software by SM0SVX for voting and repeater control and a dedicated private microwave IP network for the VOIP links.
More info is available on our repeater pages in Finnish.
You can search for all repeaters in Finland on the SRAL pages.
OH3RNE Digital DMR Repeaters in Tampere
|QTH||Frequency||Offset||Color Code||Status||Remarks||m asl|
|Hervanta||434.525 MHz||-2.0 MHz||1||Operational||Co-sited with the OH3RTR repeaters||225|
|Tesoma||434.550 MHz||-2.0 MHz||1||Operational||183|
You can access the Tampere area DMR repeaters from anywhere in the DMR-MARC network with talkgroup 24431 on timeslot 2. The nation-wide Finnish talkgroup is 244 on timeslot 1. Most DMR users here speak English, so don’t hesitate to call CQ!
See the FinDMR pages for more information.