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ARRLThe Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club (PAARC)

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.

Fox Hunt – July 22

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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!

Ice Cream Social – Aug. 4

ice cream social signClub 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.

Bus Trip to ARRL HQ – 9/11



Visit ARRL & W1AW on Sept. 11, 2017

The Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club (PAARC) welcomes area amateur radio operators to take a bus trip to the ARRL 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.  Pay the the Aug. 4th ice cream social, or 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

New Book – Local History of Telegraphy

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 →

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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Longtime member Jim Steiner, W3BWD SK

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Jim Steiner, W3BWD

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.

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MARC Kimberton Hamfest – July 8


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.  

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PAARC, PO Box 1485,    

Pottstown, PA 19464