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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 eQSL or LOTW.

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 used by the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation for operating their local MW transmitter before we moved in. You can find the exact location with APRS as well.

You can get to the clubhouse also by bus. Local bus line 15 (get off at Pyynikinharju, 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 opening hours.

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  • 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 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.

OH3NE/OH3TAM (OF3NE/OF3TAM) Station

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 will remember 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 purchased 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 September/October with more oomph with 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 (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
  • 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 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
  • 15 ele CueDee 18 m up for 2 metres
  • 23 ele CueDee 19 m up for 70 cm
  • 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 vertical antenna for 70 cm
  • A DMR rig with vertical antenna for 70 cm
  • Various receivers (both SDR and traditional)

OH3RNE FM Repeaters in Tampere

OH3RNE is our multi-site, multi-band repeater system that is permanently linked. This means you can use any receiver to reach the repeater system and any transmitter to listen to all activity. The 2 m and 70 cm repeaters are linked full-time. Below is a table of all TX and RX sites, frequencies and CTCSS tones, along with a rough estimate of coverage areas and locators for all sites.

NB. The individual ’roger beep’ CWID’s we did use are disabled for now. Please note that the Elovainio 2m RX site in Ylöjärvi is using CTCSS 151,4 Hz because it is temporarily RF linked to the system on 70 cm.

QTH Frequency Offset CTCSS Status Coverage m asl
Näsinneula TX 145,750 MHz 123,0 Hz Operational CTCSS also on transmit 247
Hervanta RX -0,6 MHz 123,0 Hz Operational 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 151,4 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 Operational 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 Planned  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 (151,4 Hz termporarily for the Elovaino RX). We use SvxLink by SM0SVX 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

We operate two digital DMR repeaters in Tampere, both of which are connected to the Finnish FinDMR network (which in turn is connected to the worldwide DMR-MARC network).

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 in timeslot 2. When visiting Tampere, you can also use talkgroup 8 (regional) in timeslot 2. The Finnish talkgroup is 244, also in timeslot 2. Most DMR users here speak English, so don’t hesitate to call CQ!

Clubhouse Webcam

Live online camera at the clubhouse

APRS Tracking in Tampere

APRS traffic in Tampere

Club News in Finnish

OH3NE news in Finnish