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Club Meeting – Dec. 2

It’s the last meeting of the year and our first-ever “Member Night”, where members will present on interesting things they’d like to share with us.  It’s also member recognition night, so join us to celebrate the invaluable service of some of our PAARC members. Jim Steiner – W3BWD will be honored for his contributions as an original member of the Pottstown Area Repeater Team; the precursor to PAARC.  See a brief history here. Refreshments: bring your favorite holiday cookies. Feel like sharing your recipe? Send it to

Here are the presentation topics for meeting:
Jerry, K3BZ – A New Vertical from SteppIR Antennas…the CrankIR 
Here’s a new lightweight portable antenna that packs in a 2-foot duffel, sets up in just a few minutes, and covers 80M through 6M… 8 HF bands plus 6M.  Like all SteppIRs, the CrankIR can be adjusted quickly to the specific band and frequency desired.  It even has a tunable radial to maximize performance.  Tonight’s 10-minute taste is only the prelude to a complete demonstration of the CrankIR at the February meeting.

Pete, K0BAK – My Pedestrian Mobile Setup
I activated several NPOTA parks in Philly and Manhattan for the first time using a 100w ham station in a backpack and hamstick antennas, that I walked through blocks of Manhattan streets to set up in tiny areas.


VE Test & Meeting – Nov. 4

First Friday PAARC events are held at St. James Lutheran Church, at the intersection of Swamp Pike and Kugler Rd. in Limerick, PA:

VE Test Session – at 5:00 pm: Go for your 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:

Club Meeting – 7:00 pm:  Adventures of Ed – WA3WSJ and Walt – KB3SBC, prolific National Parks on the Air activators. To learn more about upcoming activations, visit Ed’s NPOTA Rabbit Hole webpage: At this meeting we’ll also nominate members for 2017 club officer and board positions.
Future meeting: Dec. 2: Member Night, and officer election

KB3SBC & WA3WSJ in Utah: Sept. 6-12

Update: 8/31/2016 – WA3WSJ

If you take a look at Angels Landing, you’ll see that I really can’t NPOTA icon
pack much radio gear to operate up top. So, my plan is to use my Elecraft KX2 as an HT.
I’ll put a few MFJ Telescopic antennas on 18.089, 14.061 and 10.116
My plan is to hike up to the landing and operate. I hope to start on Wednesday, September 8th, around 1500-1600utc.- maybe earlier. If you work me, please post me.

We will will be at Zion NP starting September
7 and 8. We will operate from numerous parts of the park.
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Club Gathering – Aug. 5th

Our next gathering is Fri., Aug. 5th at 7:00 pm, at St. James Lutheran Church, Kugler Rd. and Swamp Pike in Limerick. This is not a formal meeting, but a summer social gathering. Members, friends, and prospective hams are invited to join us. Enjoy root beer floats generously donated by Bill/W3FRB and Jane/KC3FSR.

Ed, W3WSJ image

Ed/WA3WSJ – Pedestrian Mobile


At the gathering, Ed/WA3WSJ and Walt/KB3SBC will do a show and tell on the equipment they will take on their upcoming National Parks on the Air adventure in Utah. Learn more about pedestrian mobile at WA3WSJ’s website. View books by WA3WSJ on the topic.

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Pottstown, PA 19464