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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.

PAARC Field Day – June 25 & 26

Hopewell Fire Tower, French Creek State Park

1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday
Google Maps link to Hopewell Fire Tower:
View the PAARC 2016 Field Day webpage for details (under Special Events)

For Immediate Release – June 21, 2016,  Ed McCoy – N3WXW

Amateur Radio Field Day Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service

ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. All are welcome to visit the PAARC Field Day location and get on the air with us! Our special event call sign is W3T.

Members of the Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 25 – 26 at the French Creek State Park’s Hopewell Fire Tower.  Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2015.

“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved in the Pottstown, PA area. For more information about Field Day, contact Ed McCoy, 610 469 9737 or visit

For a map, go to enter W3T as the call sign to search by name or in the callsign box.

Hopewell Fire Tower

Field Day 2016 logo

ARRL Relieves EPA Section Mgr. of Appointment

From ARRL News on 6/21:
“The Executive Committee of the ARRL Board of Directors has relieved ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager Joe Ames, W3JY, of his appointments in the ARRL Field Organization, including his position as Chairman of the ARRL National Traffic System™ (NTS™) Eastern Area. The vote came as a result of a June 16 recommendation from the ARRL Programs and Services Committee, which oversees NTS. In addition, the Executive Committee voted to declare the Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager position vacant, effective immediately.”  Read the rest of the article…

Mr. Ames’ response can be found here:

July 1st Gathering – Hot Dogs & Hams @ 6 pm

Come out for a fun holiday weekend social on Friday, July 1st at 6:00 pm at St. James Lutheran Church, 93 Kugler Rd., in Limerick.

Try out your fox hunt skills, checkout some boat anchor radios, get your Baofeng HT programmed for the PAARC repeaters, or just catch up with old friends. If you have something ham radio-related that you’d like to show to others, bring it!  We’ll be grilling 1/4 lb. hot dogs and serving them with all the fixins’ along with homemade lemonade. Pre-order your hot dog platter for $4 at the June meeting. Double down on dogs for $5. Feel free to bring a dessert to share. We look forward to seeing you there!

Amateur Radio License Exams

PAARC will offer an Amateur Radio License testing sessions before the first Friday monthly meetings on June 3, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, and Oct. 7, 2016 at 5:00 pm. The location for the test is the same place as the meetings:  St. James Lutheran Church, 93 Kugler Rd., (intersection of Swamp Pike & Kugler Rd.) Limerick, PA 19468. Pre-register for the test by sending an email request to VETesting@PAARC.NET.  Note that dates and times are subject to change.  All test sessions administered by examiners accredited by The American Radio Relay League, Inc.  On July 1, 2016 a new Element 4 Extra class question pool will take effect for examinations.

What to Bring to an Exam Session:
– Two forms of ID, or 1 photo ID
– Test fee of $15.00
– If upgrading, your current license and a copy (we cannot make copies at the session), and any current valid CSCE’s (original and one copy)
– Two or more pencils
– Calculator, if desired

New Extra Class Question Pool on July 1

On July 1, 2016 a new Element 4 Extra class question pool will take effect for examinations. There are 12 graphics required for this pool and 713 questions in this pool, up slightly from 702 in the previous pool. Question E9H03 was deleted from the pool and should not appear on exams. The balance of E9H section was not renumbered, leaving 10 questions. To view all three questions pools, visit the NCVEC web site at

June VHF Contest

Just a reminder that the June Contest is coming up next weekend on the 11th
– 13th. Times are from 2 pm Saturday until 11 pm Sunday night. Details on the
Arrl website


Updated: If you want your contest score to be added to the club’s contest score, be sure to enter the club’s name as: Pottstown Area ARC

Rumor has it that Ed/K3BVQ might be on 50.400 at times to see if he can grab
a few contacts just for fun. I’ll be there Ed! Willie/WF3M can usually be
found cranking out some CW in around 50.090 – 50.099. The only exchange you
need is Call & Grid Square. For me it’s fn-20. I give my call & grid, and
he/she gives theirs. That it! It’s that simple.
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PAARC, PO Box 1485,    

Pottstown, PA 19464