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Pack Rats VHF Conf. – Oct. 6-8

Hosted by The Mt. Airy VHF Radio Club (Pack Rats)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 6-7-8, 2017 – Holiday Inn Bensalem-Philadelphia
Special conference hotel rate $99/night + tax (mention VHF Conference)
– Conference Early Bird Registration: $40.00 until 9/20/17
After 9/20/17 ….. $50.00

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6M Nets on the Hill – Aug. 30

This week, Wednesday, August 30th the Magician’s will be heading over to Spring Mount Ski Lodge located in Schwenksville for the yearly “Net on a Hill” Adventure.  Equipment used for the Magician’s Net will be my trusty Yaesu ft-991 running 100 watts into a pair of “STACKED” OA-50’s.  Power for the electronics will be provided by Honda which was generously donated by Dr. Bill/W3FRB who also supplied the OA-50’s that Bill/KA3RMM meticulously crafted together to make a stacked array.  Logging for the nets will be handled by none other than Lee/K3SFX who does a fantastic job of getting all those calls, into the log.  Backup power if needed will be provided by the now famous “Monocacy Hill” Deep Cycle Marine Battery.  I’ll also have some inverters to convert 12VDC to 110VAC if we need them?  Also on the “MOUNTAIN?” will be Mr. Steve/K3ALV (Admiral of Little Vessels) who will meet the challenge of running the Mini Boat Anchor Net AM style.

Times:  Magician’s Net – *8:00pm* local time.  The Mini Boat Anchor Net will follow IMMEDIATELY after Net Control takes the last check-in for the Magician’s Net.


  • Magician’s Net – 50.130 Mhz.  (SSB – Mode)
  • Mini Boat Anchor Net:  50.400 Mhz (AM – Mode)

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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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Fox Hunt – July 22

fox with antenna

The next fox (transmitter) hunt will be on Saturday, July 22, 2017 starting at 10:00 am. We’ll start at the Pottsgrove MiddleSchool 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. Glenn, AB3TQ & Ron, K3RJW will be the foxes. Foot foxes to find too, plus a 220 MHz fox. If anyone needs to borrow equipment contact Jim: k3chj at He has a log periodic antenna, passive & active attenuators, a “boat anchor” 2 meter radio with an analog s-meter plus a PennDOT map.  Join us for the fun of the hunt!

PAARC Picnic – July 7, 6:30 pm

Hot Dogs & Hams Summer Social

On Friday, July 7th, 2017 at 6:30 pm, instead of the usual monthly meeting presentation, come hungry to the annual club picnic! We’ll dine in the air-conditioned comfort of our large meetinghot dog antenna room at St. James Lutheran Church in Limerick, PA. Outdoor seating available, weather permitting.  Enjoy a buffet style feast with hot dogs and other entrees,  Ed/K3BVQ’s beans, baked potato bar, salads, watermelon, desserts, prize drawings, and as always, outstanding company!

$10 per person – Dinner with beverages and desserts
Mobile Rig Showcase ♦ Door Prizes ♦ Special Raffle

*Used Hustler Antenna System, Courtesy of Ed, WA3WSJ, home or portable operation. Tickets $5, for vehicle. All monies go to PAARC.

PAARC Field Day – June 24 & 25

PAARC Field Day – Hopewell Fire Tower, French Creek SP
June 24-25, 2017   2:00 p.m. Saturday through 2:00 p.m. Sunday

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Field Day is June 24 & 25

Join PAARC at Field Day location and get on the air with us! Our special event call sign is W3T.  View our Field Day web page.

Amateur Radio Field Day Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service
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. More than 35,000 radio amateurs will gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

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ARRL – What is Field Day flyer

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