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CBRA meetings will be held at the Rising Sun Fire Department starting at 7p (19:00) every third (3rd) Tuesday of the month at 300 Joseph Biggs Memorial Highway, Rising Sun, MD 21911, until further notice.
- CBRA Committee
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CBRA meetings will be held at the Rising Sun Fire Department starting at 7p (19:00) every third (3rd) Tuesday of the month at 300 Joseph Biggs Memorial Highway, Rising Sun, MD 21911, until further notice.
- CBRA Committee
Welcome to the

Chesapeake Bay Radio Association

Providing Cecil County and Surrounding areas, Amateur Radio Services for Education, Research, Development, and Alternate Emergency services

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CBRA Mission

To promote interest in Amateur Radio communication and experimentation; to include the establishment of Amateur Radio networks that provide electronic communications in the event of disasters or other emergencies; the advancement of the radio art; the fostering and promotion of noncommercial intercommunication by electronic means throughout the world; spreading education in the field of electronic communication; the promotion and conduct of research and development to further the development of electronic communication; the dissemination of technical, educational and scientific information relating to electronic communication.

Providing Amateur Radio services to the the local counties

Lancaster County, PA
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About us

The Chesapeake Bay Radio Association (CBRA) is a non-profit amateur radio club that was founded in the early 1970's. It is one of the oldest radio clubs in the state of Maryland. The founders of the club were mostly people that had worked with the old "Civil Defense" programs of the 50's and 60's. Many also had a CB license and were members of a local CB club. (CB radio started on the old 11 meter amateur radio band and a license was required just like the other ham radio bands at that time). These groups got together and formed the CBRA and put an amateur radio repeater on the air in Havre de Grace.

In the mid to early 80's they moved the repeater to the Woodlawn fire tower so that the repeater could cover most of Cecil and Harford Counties. As of today, it is the only repeater with this coverage.

Through the years this proved to be a great decision because, during several events, the repeater provided EMCOM communications from Wilmington to Baltimore. Most recently in 1999 and in 2003 the repeater was manned 24 hours a day handling emergency as well as health and welfare traffic between Delaware and Baltimore due to hurricanes passing through the area and interrupting land line communications.

Up until a few years ago, the CBRA provided communications for several charitable groups including the March of Dimes Walkathon that was held in North East.

We also used to participate with local cub scouts and give them tours of the repeater site and introduced them to Morse code. Perhaps as scouts are more and more aware homeland security and Ham radio’s role in homeland security, we can restart this effort.

Upcoming Events

Weekly Net
Talk-in: ..........................................................146.850 (-) PL: 107.2 INTERNET RELAY Echolink ......................Node: 585690 AllStar Node ........................................................ Node: 558300 Hamshack Hotline RF-Link...................................................... Node: 94054
2022 ARRL Field Day
WA3SFJ Chesapeake Bay Radio Association, Inc. 120 Darlington Road Havre De Grace, MD GOTA: YES Talk-in: 146.850 (-) PL: 107.2
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CLUB ActivitieS

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Contact the World

License operators through the FCC and agreements with the ITU, Amateur Radio operations communicate to others around the world

Exam Testing

Hosting testing at the Rising Sun Public Library, see Club calendar or ARRL site for schedule.


Members of the CBRA are known for helping interested parties learn about Amateur Radio Techniques, Antennas, and areas of electronics


Provides and receives training from Members of the CBRA to expand knowledge and experience in Amateur Radio

Amateur Radio Repeater Services

Providing Cecil County and immediate areas 2m, 70cm, and 6m repeater services

Amateur Radio Contests

CBRA members actively participate in multiple contests, for recognition and for pure fun of working crowded bands.


Parks on the Air(POTA), Members of the club are actively pursuing POTA activations as spotters and activators


Summits on the Air (SOTA), Members of the club are actively pursuing SOTA activations as spotters and activators

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