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ARRLThe Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club (PAARC)

PAARC is an ARRL affiliated non profit club with educational programs of interest to amateur radio operators on the first Friday of the month in Limerick, PA. We offer weekly radio nets, license examinations, classes and operating opportunities to build skills and advance the interest, knowledge, fraternalism of amateur radio in the community, and to serve the public interest and safety.  PAARC operates 4 FM repeaters including C4FM analog and digital, APRS Digi, and a IRLP Node.

Changes to Club Schedule

Please make a note of these changes for October:

  • 9:00 am Wednesday Breakfast – Potts & Penn Diner
    Temporary change to monthly breakfast. while Pottstown Diner undergoes renovation.
    Potts & Penn, 80 E High St., Pottstown, PA
  • 11:00 Saturday Lunch at Michael’s’ Restaurant, 1st and 3rd Sats.  
    All are welcome. Changed from b-fast to accommodate people’s schedules.
    Michael’s Restaurant, 1211 W Ben Franklin Hwy, Dougasville, PA

Fox Hunt – Oct. 21

fox with antennaThe next fox hunt will be on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 starting at 10:00 am. We’ll start at the Pottsgrove Middle School on 1351 N. Hanover St., Pottstown 19464 N 40 deg., 16.27 min, W 75 deg. 38.15 min. Learn more on the fox hunting webpage. Ron and Glenn will be the foxes. If anyone needs to borrow equipment contact Jim: k3chj at arrl.net. He has a log periodic antenna, passive & active attenuators, a boat anchor 2m radio with an analog s meter plus a PennDOT map. Join us for this fun challenge! Read an article by Glenn, AB3TQ about his first fox hunt:  First PAARC Foxhunt

Club Meeting & VE Test – Nov. 3

Join us on Friday, Nov. 3rd, at St. James Lutheran Church, 93 Kugler Rd., Limerick, PA.  

License Exam Session
 – 11/3, 5:00 pm – Go for your Amateur Radio license or try for an upgrade. Pre-register by sending a request to VETesting@PAARC.NET. Test sessions are administered by examiners accredited by the ARRL. See what to bring to exam session here: www.arrl.org/what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session. Next sessions: 11/3, 12/1/2017

Club Meeting
– 11/3,  7:00 pm  Presentation: a Benjamin Franklin re-enactor will join us with science experiment displays. Great presentation for the whole family! Also, nominations for the 2018 Board of Directors. Refreshments served. All are welcome.

New Digital Net on Sundays @ 8 pm

All are welcome to join in on the new PAARC digital net for Yaesu System Fusion operators on Sundays at 8:00 pm local time on 443.550. Net Control is RC, KC3HRV. This net follows the 70 cm Club Net at 7:30 pm on 443.550 with Ed, K3BVQ. See these and the other PAARC nets listed on our Google Calendar.

New Book – Local History of Telegraphy

PAARC member, Ed Breneiser – WA3WSJ, just completed his new book on the Philadelphia Reading & Pottsville Telegraph Company. Get a copy for $8.99, plus shipping.

“While researching a book about the birth of the electro magnetic telegraph in the Unites States of America, I came across this very interesting piece of telegraphic history. I was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, but I have never heard any mention of the Philadelphia Reading and Pottsville Telegraph Company or PR&PT. Continue Reading →

Longtime member Jim Steiner, W3BWD SK

jim Steiner

Jim Steiner, W3BWD

With great sadness we mourn the loss of Jim Steiner, W3BWD. Jim passed passed on to the heavens on May 25, 2017. It was only last December that we honored Jim for his service as a founding member of the Pottstown Area Repeater Team, the precursor to PAARC. Jim housed the 2M repeater at his home for eighteen years, and was a contributing member for over four decades. He will be deeply missed by his amateur radio family.

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Pack Rats VHF Conf. – Oct. 6-8

Hosted by The Mt. Airy VHF Radio Club (Pack Rats)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 6-7-8, 2017 – Holiday Inn Bensalem-Philadelphia
Special conference hotel rate $99/night + tax (mention VHF Conference)
– Conference Early Bird Registration: $40.00 until 9/20/17
After 9/20/17 ….. $50.00

Learn more: www.packratvhf.com/Conference/vhf%20conf%202017.html
Register: dataandwireless.com/packrat/2017_vhf_registration.php

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PAARC, PO Box 1485,    

Pottstown, PA 19464