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ARRLThe Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club (PAARC)

The Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club (PAARC) is an ARRL affiliated club that offers monthly educational programs of interest to amateur radio operators on the first Friday of the month in Limerick, PA. We also sponsor weekly radio nets, monthly license examinations, classes and operating opportunities to build skills and advance the interest, knowledge, and 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. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend our monthly meetings.

Parks on the Air (POTA)

If you’re having withdrawal from the fun and excitement of NPOTA, you may enjoy participating in the Parks on the Air (POTA) Program. Ed/WA3WSJ has helped to compile a list of PA parks for you to activate, chase, or to SWL.

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Club Meeting & VE Test – April 7

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: Antennas in the attic, with Rick / KC3DPB.  All are welcome to attend. Location: St. James Lutheran Church, Kugler Rd. and Swamp Pike, Limerick, PA.

13 Colonies Net Control Ops

PAARC Members:  It’s time to plan for the original 13 Colonies Special Event. Bob Josuweit/WA3PZO is asking for net control operators for WM3PEN (Philadelphia Special Event Station).  Any mode is appreciated. Please respond to Bill/W3FRB at w3frb at comcast dot net. Bill will relay the net control information for PAARC.

About the 13 Colonies Special Event
During Independence week July 1 1300Z – July 6 0400Z, 2017. WM3PEN will participate again this year. Details are on the 13 Colonies page. This year’s theme will be “Liberty or Death.” Join us in this exciting celebration of Independence. Each year’s QSL card is different.

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 →

Tuesday Breakfast Moved to 3/21

With the impending nor’easter on Tues., March 14, our Tuesday breakfast gathering at the Pottstown Diner has been moved to Tues., March 21, at 9:00 am. We’ll also gather for a 9:00 am breakfast on Sat., March 18, at Michael’s Diner in Douglasville.

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.

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.

PAARC, PO Box 1485,    

Pottstown, PA 19464