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K3ITH Private Rail Charters

At the 1/5/18 meeting we had a delightful presentation by Richard “Dick” Stewart/K3ITH on his private railroad car and some of his charters. Many hams know Dick as a fellow Rooster, and for his work with PARA (Phila. Area Repeater Assoc.).  Given that many hams are train buffs we had a strong turnout of members despite the freezing weather.  Dick bought the Francis L. Sutter Pennsylvania RR car two years ago and he and his XYL Cathy have been their own custom touches. This Amtrak certified 1914 Pullman heavyweight business car includes a lounge with originally installed working wood burning fire place, bedrooms, dining room, and full kitchen. It may be connected to almost any Amtrak passenger train and travel up to 110 MPH in the U.S. and Canada. Dick  and his family have enjoyed trips all over the country. He also offers charter trips! Visit his website to learn more: http://www.privaterailcharters.com

Francis L. Suter RR Car

Francis L. Suter Car

2017 PAARC Honorees

In case you missed the Dec. meeting, we honored the following members for their contributions to the club:

Bob Rex, K3DBD – Chairman of the Technical Committee and longtime supporter of the club and its members. Bob put the club repeaters on the air way back when, so without Bob there would be no club! Bob keeps the club equipment up and running to this day. He’s also given generously of his time to help members solve technical issues.

Ed Leshinskie, K3BVQ – As the founding member of the Pottstown Area Repeater Team and monthly program director, Ed enjoys welcoming new hams to the hobby, especially through his weekly nets.

Ed McCoy, N3WXW – Ed retired this year from being our longtime events and Field Day chairman. Ed has been a tireless promoter of Amateur Radio to youth and adults alike, and he gave PAARC public visibility.
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Club Meeting & VE Test – Feb. 2

Join us on Friday, Feb. 2nd, 2018 at St. James Lutheran Church, 93 Kugler Rd., Limerick, PA.  

License Exam Session
 – 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: www.arrl.org/what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session. 2018 tests: 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4, 6/1, 9/7, 10/5, 11/2, 12/7.

Club Meeting
– 7:00 pm:  Sailing, with Donna Ferron, KB3ZCB. Refreshments served. All are welcome to attend. 

Club Meeting & VE Test – Jan. 5

Join us on Friday, Dec. 1st, 2018 at St. James Lutheran Church, 93 Kugler Rd., Limerick, PA.  

License Exam Session
 – 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: www.arrl.org/what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session. Next sessions: Jan. 5, Feb. 2, 2018

Club Meeting
– 7:00 pm:  Restoring a railroad car, with Richard Stewart, K3ITH.  Refreshments served. All are welcome to attend. 

Club Meeting & VE Test – Dec. 1

Join us on Friday, Dec. 1st, at St. James Lutheran Church, 93 Kugler Rd., Limerick, PA.  

License Exam Session
 – 12/1, 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: www.arrl.org/what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session. Next sessions: Jan. 5, Feb. 2, 2018

Club Meeting
– 12/1,  7:00 pm  Member Night. Member presentation by Ben, KE3KQ.  Member recognition and election of Board of Directors. Holiday refreshments. Last meeting of 2017! 

Club Meeting & VE Test – Nov. 3

Join us on Friday, Nov. 3rd, at St. James Lutheran Church, 93 Kugler Rd., Limerick, PA.  

License Exam Session
 – 11/3, 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: www.arrl.org/what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session. Next sessions: 11/3, 12/1/2017

Club Meeting
– 11/3,  7:00 pm  Presentation: Mike Kochan, a Benjamin Franklin interpreter, will join us with his science experiment displays. Great presentation for the whole family! Also, nominations for the 2018 Board of Directors. Refreshments served. All are welcome!

Club Meeting & VE Test – Oct. 5th!

THURSDAY MEETING!!
Join us on Thurs., Oct. 5th, at St. James Lutheran Church, 93 Kugler Rd., Limerick, PA.  

License Exam Session
 – 10/5, 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: www.arrl.org/what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session. Next sessions: 11/3, 12/1/2017

Club Meeting
– 10/5,  7:00 pm  Presentation: Digital Voice, with Tim Eichelman/N3TPE
Refreshments served. All are welcome to join us.

PAARC, PO Box 1485,    

Pottstown, PA 19464