At the 1/5/18 meeting we had a delightful presentation by Richard “Dick” Stewart/K3ITH on his private railroad car and some of his charters. Many hams know Dick as a fellow Rooster, and for his work with PARA (Phila. Area Repeater Assoc.). Given that many hams are train buffs we had a strong turnout of members despite the freezing weather. Dick bought the Francis L. Sutter Pennsylvania RR car two years ago and he and his XYL Cathy have been their own custom touches. This Amtrak certified 1914 Pullman heavyweight business car includes a lounge with originally installed working wood burning fire place, bedrooms, dining room, and full kitchen. It may be connected to almost any Amtrak passenger train and travel up to 110 MPH in the U.S. and Canada. Dick and his family have enjoyed trips all over the country. He also offers charter trips! Visit his website to learn more: http://www.privaterailcharters.com
In case you missed the Dec. meeting, we honored the following members for their contributions to the club:
Bob Rex, K3DBD – Chairman of the Technical Committee and longtime supporter of the club and its members. Bob put the club repeaters on the air way back when, so without Bob there would be no club! Bob keeps the club equipment up and running to this day. He’s also given generously of his time to help members solve technical issues.
Ed Leshinskie, K3BVQ – As the founding member of the Pottstown Area Repeater Team and monthly program director, Ed enjoys welcoming new hams to the hobby, especially through his weekly nets.
Ed McCoy, N3WXW – Ed retired this year from being our longtime events and Field Day chairman. Ed has been a tireless promoter of Amateur Radio to youth and adults alike, and he gave PAARC public visibility.
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