Tri-County Radio Association - W2LI
The Tri-County Radio Association, located in Union, NJ, is an Affiliate Club of the American Radio Relay League, and is a member of the Hudson Amateur Radio Division, and the Northern New Jersey Section. We are a club compromised of approximately 50 individuals, with member interests including local VHF/UHF repeaters, VHF DXing, HF activity (including phone, CW, and digital), and amateur satellite activity. Our self-owned and maintained VHF repeater boasts one of the biggest signals in northern NJ, located high atop the Watchung mountains.
The TCRA was founded by a number of amateur radio operators in the fall of 1934. During it's early years, TCRA was active on the contest circuit, going so far as to wrest the No. 1 position in an ARRL DX contest from the formidable Frankford Radio Club - one of the top contest clubs in the world. The early club repeaters were built from scratch, and even the 2-meter duplexer used into the '80s was homemade. The late George Deihl, W2IHA, built and maintained most of this equipment, and was the prime mover in our obtaining the site our machines now occupy. Members of TCRA have published articles in QST and other amateur radio magazines, have won Elmer-of-the-Year awards and have distinguished themselves in the worlds of technical and operating skills. George Deihl, W2IHA, was Director of the Hudson Division of the ARRL for many years. The TCRA has always been dedicated to education, and encourages its members to learn through participation and experience.