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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.

WV3P Tips for Learning Morse Code

We enjoyed another great Wednesday night on the Magicians Net (50.130 MHz @ 8:30 pm). With all the talk going on about operating 160 meters, QRP, vertical antennas vs. horizontal, and other topics too numerous to mention, I’d like to mention another topic that seems to be gaining attention…CW.  Yes, that old mode of communication that just won’t die.  I personally know of at least six people that have expressed interest in learning the somewhat black art of CW.  Just kidding… it’s really not that hard to do.  Actually, driving your car is much more difficult.  Devoting the time needed seems to be a major stumbling block for many.

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Dues are Due

It’s time to renew your club membership for 2016. Please see Nate (N2ADD) at the next club meeting to pay your club dues: $25 for individuals, $5 for additional family members, $10 for students, $5 for associate members. Dues are also accepted by mail at PAARC, PO Box 1485, Pottstown, PA 19464.

We now accept PayPal. Note that PayPal charges a nominal fee which is reflected in the pricing.


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Club Meeting on Feb. 5th

The 7:00 pm meeting presentation on Friday, Feb. 5th will feature Jim/KJ3P on the role of the ARRL Official Observer (OO). The meeting location is St. James Lutheran Church, at the intersection of Swamp Pike and Kugler Rd.

There will be an Amateur Radio license exam session at 5:00 pm at this same location. Sign up in advance and review what to bring in the post below. Pre-register for the test by sending an email request to VETesting@PAARC.NET.

The March meeting will feature member Pete Kobak/K0BAK on getting started on operating mobile in HF and VHF contests.

PAARC Name Badges – Order by Feb. 5th

PAARCE Members: we have special pricing on bulk order printed, clip-on club name badges with your name and callsign. Place your order by Friday, Feb. 5th. There are three ways to order:

  1. Give $6.00 to PAARC treasurer Nate – N2ADD at the next meeting.
  2. Send your $6.00 check made out to “PAARC” along with your name and call sign to: PAARC, PO Box 1485, Pottsown, PA 19464.
    Be sure to include 2 first-class stamps with your order for return shipping.
  3. Order via Paypal using the form below – $7.00 covers their fee.

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Amateur Radio License Exam on Feb 5th

PAARC will offer an Amateur Radio License testing session on Friday, February 5th, 2015 at 5:00 pm, before our regular First Friday meeting at St. James Lutheran Church, 93 Kugler Rd., (intersection of Swamp Pike & Kugler Rd.) Limerick, PA 19468.
Go for your license or try for an upgrade.

You can pre-register for the test by sending an email request to VETesting@PAARC.NET.

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

All test sessions administered by examiners accredited by The American Radio Relay League, Inc.

Club Meeting on January 8th @ 7:00 pm

The club thanks PAARC member Ed – W3WSJ, for presenting on digital radio and answering our many questions at the Jan. 8 meeting.

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Ed Breneiser – W3WSJ

To learn more about Yaesu Fusion digital radio, and the many other interesting things Ed does with amateur radio including his QRP adventures, visit his websites:

PAARC, PO Box 1485,    

Pottstown, PA 19464