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Welcome to PAARC

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.

Amateur Radio License Exam – June 3

PAARC will offer an Amateur Radio License testing session before the monthly meeting on Friday, June 3, at 5:00 pm. The location for the test is the same place as the meeting:  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. Check the website for the latest information. All test sessions administered by examiners accredited by The American Radio Relay League, Inc.

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

Future exam dates: Aug. 5, Sept. 2 & Oct. 7, 2016 at 5:00 pm.  On July 1, 2016 a new Element 4 Extra class question pool will take effect for examinations.

Club Meeting: SKYWARN – June 3

Our June meeting will be on Friday, June 3rd at 7:00 pm at St. James Lutheran Church, Kugler Rd. and Swamp Pike in Limerick.
Members, friends, and prospective hams are invited to join us.

There will be a presentation on SKYWARN by Lou / WX3I

Future meetings:

– July 1st:  Hotdogs & Hams at 6:00 pm
– Aug. 5th: Pedestrian Mobile with Ed / W3WSJ

Icom in the Delaware Valley – June 6

The Philadelphia Digital Radio  Association (K3PDR) proudly presents: Icom Amateur Radio in the Delaware Valley.
When:  June 6, 2016 –– 7:00pm until 9:00pm
Where:  College Hall Room: 144/148 Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike  Blue Bell, Pa. 19422

Icom Special Guests: Hiro Nakaoka, JK3UZC (Icom America President) Nick Pennance, N1CKP (Icom America Vice President) Naomichi  Sawada, NC5W (Icom Senior Engineer)

Prizes from Icom and COMMPATHS LLC • Light refreshments will be provided • Please ask our Icom guests questions about their products and future plans, as well as to say hello.  A great evening for Amateur Radio, come out and show your support! Check for updates,
*Montgomery County Community College is not affiliated with this event and the college should  not be contacted regarding the program

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

Fox Hunt – May 14

Our next PAARC fox hunt will be on May 14th at 10:00 am.

The Fox

The Fox

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.

If anyone needs to borrow equipment contact Jim, I have a log periodic antenna, passive & active attenuators, a boat anchor 2m radio with an analog s meter plus a PennDOT map. Bob, K3DBD will be the fox. Visit the Fox Hunting page for additional information.  – Jim, K3CHJ Huntmaster

Scout Aviation Camporee Merit Badge Days May 13-15

W3W : Continental District Aviation Camporee Radio Merit Badge Day

Starting Friday, 5/13, at 4:00 pm through Sunday, 5/15, at 12:00 pm, look for calls W3W and K3ZMC. W3W is the primary station. W3W is being used for all Scouts to earn a radio merit badge at our local Limerick Twp. Heritage Field Airport. It is a three day event. W3W is the most important station to spot for contacts. Please be available to help these scouts earn their radio merit badge.

BSA Radio Merit Badge

BSA Radio Merit Badge

K3ZMC will be a demo station for people to operate at this event. It is very helpful if our members spot us on the DX cluster.
I’ll be using WWW.DXWATCH.COM; you must sign in to spot us. It’s free to use and I use it exclusively – it’s a wonderful service. If you have logging programs many of them will add a spot if you enable them to do so. Either way it goes out to the same places. We have found that this works really well for our public demo of Amateur Radio Operations to keep non-local contacts going.

If you can, monitor the repeater 147.210 on Saturday. If we need to make a local contact, hopefully we can coordinate with you wherever we might be HF,VHF or UHF. 

Walt – KB3SBC and Bill – KA3RMM will have a set of questions that the kids need to ask for every contact – please be patient with the kids. It often takes some coaching to get them through the contacts. Click here to download the script they’ll use.

Thanks for your support.   – Ed – N3WXW

PAARC, PO Box 1485,    

Pottstown, PA 19464