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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

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

ARR Field Day logo

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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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.

Holiday Happenings

CQ, CQ, CQ…Merry Christmas!
Santa Net – Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 – 8:30 pm on 3.916
PRE-NET CHECK IN: (Please sign in with your call sign, name, location and names and ages of your children who want to talk to Santa) SANTA NET RELAYS: N5VLF/DAN; W5JMW/JOHN; N1LPE/ROBERT; N2HFO/MICHAEL

Christmas Eve Breakfast
Join Ed – K3BVQ, Dennis – KA3RIX and the 220 Group on Saturday, 12/24, at 9:00 am for breakfast at Michael’s Restaurant in Douglassville, PA (Routes 422 and 662)

Santa Claus at the Arctic Circle
Visit to learn how to reach Santa on Christmas Eve.

Commemorative Fessenden Christmas Eve 600-Meter Transmissions Set
Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, of Forest, Virginia, will once again put his 600-meter experimental station on the air for a Christmas Eve commemorative transmission. Continue Reading →

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 →

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