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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.

September Update

The most recent PAARC Update newsletter was sent to members on 8/30/2015. It’s a look back at a very busy summer and includes all the events coming soon. Get it here: Sept. Update

Club Meetings Now First Friday @ New Location

St James Lutheran

All are welcome to join us at our post-summer meetings…

September MeetingFriday, Sept. 4th @ 7:00 pm

Tom – AF4NC. Tom is the EPA Assistant Section Mgr., and the Net Manager of the Eastern PA Emergency Phone and Traffic Net. And also, Reg – N3KAS, will be recognized for his longtime service to the ARRL EPA.

New meeting locationSt. James Lutheran Church in Limerick – at the intersection of Swamp Pike and Kugler Rd.
GPS Coordinates: 40.242388, -75.530144

We thank Lisa, KB3YUB, and her husband Bill – KA3RMM for arranging this meeting site. We’ll meet here for the foreseeable future.

October Meeting: Friday, Oct. 2nd @ 7:00 pm 

Amateur Radio Operator Limerick Drill Radiological Training presented by Jeff Dean from PECO. Refreshments will be served. Location:  St. James Lutheran Church in Limerick – at the intersection of Swamp Pike.

Meeting topics are subject to change. Check the Meetings page or calendar for updates. 

9/6 Radio License Exam

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PAARC License Exam

Come test for your radio license exam with PAARC Volunteer Examiners.

Sunday, Sept. 6th, 2015 11:00 am
Upper Pottsgrove Administration Bldg., 
1409 Farmington Ave., Pottstown, PA 19464
GPS Coordinates: 40.279828, -75.642635

Testing is by pre-registration only. 
To pre-register, send an email by 9/1/2015 to to VETesting@PAARC.NET

Review what you need to bring to the exam session:

9/12 PAARC Picnic

PAARC Picnic at Ironstone Park

September 12, 2015
 141 Grist Mill Rd., Boyertown, PA
GPS Coordinates: 40.290836, -75.681098

Join us for a fun-filled day of great food, fellowship and loads of fun! This event is catered by Moyer’s of Boyertown, and features barbecue chicken, pulled pork, hamburgers and hot dogs, Ed’s Beans, potato salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad, corn, beverages and dessert. FIronstone PARKeel free to bring a dish to share. Sorry, but alcoholic beverages are not allowed at this family event. We will have a pavilion, so this event will take place rain or shine. Plus we’ll also have a transmitter hunt, a swap table, and door prizes!


  • Members and their families – $15
  • Children 17 and under – $10
  • Non-members – $18.00

    Picnic mail-in form with directions

Repeater Shed Repair Fund

Repeater Shed Update

Ed – N3WXW, and Tom – K3TWL, have determined what materials are need to repair the repeater shed which has suffered from years of water incursion and wood rot. shed needs a new roof and much more so that it can continue to shelter the expensive radio equipment inside. A work crew is being put together and will tackle the shed repairs as a labor of love. The materials for the repairs are estimated at approximately $1,000.00.

We need the financial support of our members to cover this expense. Please donate to the Repeater Shed Repair Fund today. Repairs will begin soon.

Send your donation to PAARC, PO Box 1485, Pottstown, PA 19464

Note that donations are not tax deductible. 

6 Meter Net from French Creek Fire Tower

FiretowerThe Wed., 8/12, 6 meter net was a great time.  I thank everyone for their participation.  I arrived at the Fire Tower around 3pm to start setting things up, and the next thing I know here comes Ed/N3WXW to the rescue with Citronella candles in tow.  Tom/K3TWL was on standby for directions via 144.360 in case anyone needed them.  The one thing that has impressed me about this club is the amazing support from its members. After almost being carried off the mountain by certain flying (and biting) insects the next person to arrive on the “mountain” is Bill Hewitt carrying of all things a spray can of insect repellant and pizza!

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8/22 Fox Hunt

Our next PAARC foxhunt will be on Saturday August 22 at 10 am.  The start will be at the Pottsgrove Middle School on 1351 N. Hanover St., Pottstown 19464,  N 40 deg., 16.27 min, W 75 deg. 38.15 min.  Al, AG3T and Dori, K3TES will be the foxes.  If anyone needs to borrow equipment, contact Jim – K3CHJ.

PAARC, PO Box 1485,    

Pottstown, PA 19464