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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.

Fox Hunt – May 27

The next foxhunt will be on Sat., May 27, (Memorial Day weekend) starting at 10 am. We begin at the Pottsgrove Middle School on 1351 N. Hanover St., Pottstown 19464 N 40 deg., 16.27 min, W 75 deg. 38.15 min. Learn more on the fox hunting webpage.  If anyone needs to borrow equipment contact Jim, k3chj at He has a log periodic antenna, passive & active attenuators, a boat anchor 2m radio with an analog s meter plus a PennDOT map. We’ll also have a 440 mhz “pedestrian” fox to find at the finish.

Read an article by Glenn, AB3TQ on his first PAARC foxhunt here: First PAARC Foxhunt

Bus Trip to ARRL HQ – 9/11



Visit ARRL HQ & W1AW on Sept. 11, 2017

The Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club (PAARC) welcomes area amateur radio operators to join us on a bus trip to W1AW in Newington, CT on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. The bus departs at 5:30 am from St. James Lutheran Church, Swamp Pike and Kugler Rd., in Limerick, PA, retuning about 9:30 pm. The cost is $55 per person. Payment must be received by Aug 15th. Send your check to PAARC, PO Box 1485, Pottstown, PA 19464. Write “bus trip” in the memo field and include your callsign and phone number. You can also pay with PayPal. If you plan to operate, bring a copy of your license. PAARC organizers are Wes/N3HWH and John/KB3KWJ.  For more information, visit the bus trip web page, or write to paarc at

Club Meeting & VE Test – June 2

VE Test Session on 6/2 – 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: Next sessions: 9/1, 10/6, 11/3, 12/1/2017

Club Meeting
– 7:00 pm –  Grounding with Ron, K3ZKO (rescheduled from March.) St. James Lutheran Church, Kugler Rd. and Swamp Pike, Limerick, PA.  The July 7, First Friday event is the Hot Dogs & Hams Picnic at 6:30.  Buffet dinner, beverages and dessert – $10. Get tickets at the June meeting. We’ll also have a Mobile Rig Show.

PAARC Field Day – June 24 & 25

Join us at the 2017 PAARC Field Day – Hopewell Fire Tower, French Creek SP
1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday

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Field Day is June 24 & 25

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.  View our Field Day web page.

Members of the Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 25 – 26 at Hopewell Fire Tower by the French Creek State Park.  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.

ARRL – What is Field Day flyer  Continue Reading →

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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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 →

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.

PAARC, PO Box 1485,    

Pottstown, PA 19464