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ARRLThe Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club (PAARC)

PAARC is an ARRL affiliated, amateur radio club that sponsors many types of activities. PAARC operates 4 FM repeaters including C4FM analog and digital, APRS Digi, and a IRLP Node.  Anyone is welcome, and encouraged to attend our meetings as you do not need to be a radio amateur to participate.

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.

Club Meeting & VE Test – March 10

The test session and meeting are moved to the 2nd Friday in March.
Location: St. James Lutheran Church, Kugler Rd. and Swamp Pike, Limerick, PA

VE Test Session – 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.
Club Meeting – 7:00 pm: Presentation: lightning and grounding, with Ron/K3ZKO.  All are welcome to attend.

House Passes Amateur Radio Parity Act

From ARRL News: Just 10 days after being introduced, the 2017 Amateur Radio Parity Act legislation, H.R. 555, passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week on unanimous consent under a suspension of House rules. The bill’s language is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which won House approval late last summer after attracting 126 co-sponsors, but failed to clear the U.S. Senate last fall as the 114th Congress wound down. The new bill, again sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), was introduced on January 13 with initial co-sponsorship by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR). Read more: http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-parity-act-speeds-to-u-s-house-passage-heads-to-u-s-senate

Club Meeting and VE Test – Feb. 3

VE Test Session – 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.

Club Meeting 7:00 pm. Presentation: CrankIR Portable Antenna by SteppIR with Jerry, K3BZ.

Members, friends, and prospective hams are invited to join us at St. James Lutheran Church, Kugler Rd. and Swamp Pike in Limerick.

Club Meeting and VE Test – Jan. 6

Happy New Year! Please join us at our First Friday meeting of 2017.

VE Test Session – at 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.

Club Meeting – 7:00 pm: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at St. James Lutheran Church, Kugler Rd. and Swamp Pike in Limerick.
Presentation: the history of QSLing, with Tom Mills – AF4NC. Besides being an avid ham, accomplished photographer, and a pilotTom is also our ARRL EPA Section Traffic Manager. Members, friends, and prospective hams are invited to join us.

Holiday Happenings

CQ, CQ, CQ…Merry Christmas!
Santa Net – Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 – 8:30 pm on 3.916
MHz
PRE-NET CHECK IN: (Please sign in with your call sign, name, location and names and ages of your children who want to talk to Santa) SANTA NET RELAYS: N5VLF/DAN; W5JMW/JOHN; N1LPE/ROBERT; N2HFO/MICHAEL

Christmas Eve Breakfast
Join Ed – K3BVQ, Dennis – KA3RIX and the 220 Group on Saturday, 12/24, at 9:00 am for breakfast at Michael’s Restaurant in Douglassville, PA (Routes 422 and 662)

Santa Claus at the Arctic Circle
Visit www.qrz.com/db/of9x to learn how to reach Santa on Christmas Eve.

Commemorative Fessenden Christmas Eve 600-Meter Transmissions Set
Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, of Forest, Virginia, will once again put his 600-meter experimental station on the air for a Christmas Eve commemorative transmission. Continue Reading →

Dec. 2 – Member Night Awards

PAARC 2016 Member Night Awards 
Six club members were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club (PAARC) at their Dec. 2nd meeting in Limerick, PA.
– Jim Steiner, W3BWD, was honored 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 has been a contributing member for over four decades.

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PAARC, PO Box 1485,    

Pottstown, PA 19464