The Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club (PAARC) is an ARRL affiliated non profit club that offers monthly educational programs of interest to amateur radio operators on the first Friday of the month in Limerick, PA. We also sponsor weekly radio nets, monthly license examinations, classes and operating opportunities to build skills and advance the interest, knowledge, and fraternalism of amateur radio in the community, and to serve the public interest and safety. PAARC operates 4 FM repeaters including C4FM analog and digital, APRS Digi, and a IRLP Node. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend our monthly meetings.
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 arrl.net. 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!
Club members and friends are welcome to join us for our annual ice cream social on Friday, Aug. 4, at 7:00 pm. Enjoy this summer opportunity for a fun eyeball QSO with friends! Bring your trip money for the bus to the ARRL on 9/11. Monthly presentations and VE test sessions resume in Sept.
Visit ARRL & W1AW on Sept. 11, 2017
PAARC member, Ed Breneiser – WA3WSJ, just completed his new book on the Philadelphia Reading & Pottsville Telegraph Company. Get a copy for $8.99, plus shipping.
“While researching a book about the birth of the electro magnetic telegraph in the Unites States of America, I came across this very interesting piece of telegraphic history. I was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, but I have never heard any mention of the Philadelphia Reading and Pottsville Telegraph Company or PR&PT. Continue Reading →
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.
- Learn more and read the rules: https://wwff-kff.com
- FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/parksontheair/
- Download WA3WSJ’s excel file of PA parks: www.paarc.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/WWFF_Database03112017.xls
- Online app: http://wwff.co/smartwwff-app/
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With great sadness we mourn the loss of Jim Steiner, W3BWD. Jim passed passed on to the heavens on May 25, 2017. It was only last December that we honored Jim for his service as a founding member of the Pottstown Area Repeater Team, the precursor to PAARC. Jim housed the 2M repeater at his home for eighteen years, and was a contributing member for over four decades. He will be deeply missed by his amateur radio family.
The 2017 MARC Hamfest will be held on Saturday July 8th at the Kimberton Fire Company grounds, Route 113 (742 Pike Springs Road) south of the intersection with Route 23 in Kimberton, PA. Doors open for sellers at 0700 and for buyers at 0800. Admission is still only $6 which it has been for decades and entitles you to a door prize ticket. The MARC Hamfest announcement can be downloaded by clicking here. Directions to the Hamfest can be downloaded by clicking here. The maps show that Kimberton is northwest of King of Prussia and just west of Phoenixville, PA. Talk-in is available on the MARC linked repeater systems with coverage to the north and west and near Kimberton provided by 145.13 MHz PL 131.8 repeater in Paoli PA and to the south and east by 147.06 MHZ PL 131.8 repeater in Newtown Square PA.