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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.

ARRL Contest Rule Change for Clubs

The ARRL recently announced they were making changes to the club competition rules, effective with the November CW Sweepstakes and affecting all 9 ARRL HF and VHF contests that offer a club competition category. Basically they’ve set up a new web site where the club rosters can be uploaded, they’ve changed the deadline for updating the rosters to the start time of the contest instead of 30 days after, and they’re going to use member’s grid squares instead of lat/long to determine eligibility. So, if you’re thinking of entering any of the ARRL contests this season, and you’d like to help the PAARC results as well, contact Ed, N3WXW, has your details (name, call, 6 digit grid square) so he can keep the club’s contest roster up to date. Find your 6 digit grid square here: Amateur Radio Ham Radio Maidenhead Grid Square Locator Map 

VE Test & Meeting – Oct. 7

These PAARC events are held at St. James Lutheran Church, at the intersection of Swamp Pike and Kugler Rd. in Limerick, PA:

VE Test Session – at 5:00 pm: Go for your 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. Future session: 11/4.

Club Meeting – 7:00 pmPresentation on batteries by Tim Drager / W3UE.  It’s also pie night. Enjoy pies of the season along with ice cream.

Fly-In Breakfast Recap

Sept. 11, Fly-In Breakfast Recap
PAOP, EAA, Chapter 1250fly in breakfast

We had a good time this year at the PAOP Fly-In Breakfast.  Glen WA3LAB brought his remote radio using a Kenwood TS 480 interfaced with his cell phone. On the table he unpacked his TS 480 control head and wireless interface to his phone. His home set up has a similar interface box to his TS 480 transceiver. He demonstrated this  ability to a few hams who were also pilots about how this actually works – really cool stuff! We could talk from Glen’s home station to our club station. No need for a radio check ever! Our club station is an Icom 718, manual antenna tuner, power supply powered by commercial power (we had a generator but it wasn’t needed this year). The antenna was new for this year, a G5RV mini, 51’ overall length. It was up at about 25 feet. It covers 40 thru 6 meters with a tuner. We made contacts as far away Nebraska, and mobiles and base stations in Texas and as far south as Florida. Continue Reading →

PA QSO Party – Oct. 8 & 9

Join PAARC members in participating in another fun PA QSO Party for 2016!  Pennsylvania Amateurs will try to contact as many other amateurs in Pennsylvania, the United States, Canada and the world in this two day contest. Some forty-five plaques will be awarded for multiple categories of operation. This event is sponsored by the Nittany Amateur Radio Club (NARC).

Operation period: 1600Z October 8 to 0500Z October 9, and 1300Z October 9 to 2200Z October 9, 2016
Learn more at the party webpage: www.nittany-arc.net/PAQSO.html
Click here for Contest Rules pdf.

RF Hill Hamfest – Oct. 16

RF Hill Hamfest
Sunday, October 16, 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sellersville Fire House – 50 North Main Street, Sellersville, PA 18960
Talk-In: 145.31+ (PL 131.8) – GPS Latitude 40.358° N, Longitude 75.309° W

The RF Hill Hamfest features computers, electronics, amateur radio equipment, and more. Food available from the fire house. VE license testing at 10 am sharp at the American Legion Post across the street.  Get the RF Hill Hamfest flyer

Recap: PAARC at 4H Fair

PAARC at the 2016 Montgomery County 4H Fair
On August 12 and 13, the Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club operated and did demos of  amateur radio for the public. This was our third year at the fair. Thanks go to Wes N3HWH who got the club involved back in 2014.  It is a wonderful opportunity to show off to the public what amateur radio has to offer to individuals and to their communities.  Continue Reading →

PAARC, PO Box 1485,    

Pottstown, PA 19464