POTTSTOWN AREA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

June Meeting with WX31 - SKYWARN Training

Meeting at St. James Lutheran Church in Limerick, PA with WX3I – SKYWARN Training

We welcome visitors to our monthly meetings on First Fridays at 7:00 pm at St. James Lutheran Church, Kugler Rd. and Swamp Pike in Limerick. Meeting dates and topics are subject to changeAmateur Radio license exams are offered before meetings at 5 pm, except during summer months. See the License Exams page to confirm testing dates. 


Fri., March 2, 2018 

Join us on Fri., Feb. 2, at 7:00 pm.
Presentation: Trip to Bald Knob and the Green Bank Observatory in WV, with Ed Breneiser, WA3WSJ, and friends Walt KB3SBC, and Bill KA3RMM.


Fri., Feb. 2, 2018 

Join us on Fri., Feb. 2, at 7:00 pm.
Presentation: Sailing, with Donna Ferron, KB3ZCB


Fri., Jan. 5, 2018 

Join us on Fri., Dec. 1, at 7:00 pm.
Presentation: Adventures and charters on the Francis L. Suter Rail Car, with Richard “Dick” Stewart, K3ITH.


Fri., Dec. 1, 2017

Join us on Fri., Dec. 1, at 7:00 pm.
Member Night:  Member presentation by KE3KQ on PSK31 on Rasperry Pi along with other topics. Member recognition and election. Holiday refreshments served.


Fri., Nov. 3, 2017

Join us on 11/3 at 7:00 pm.  Are all welcome. Refreshments served.
Presentation: Benjamin Franklin re-enactor with science displays, board nominations
Next up: Dec. 1 Member Night, with presentations, awards and voting for 2018 Board of Directors 


Thurs., Oct. 5, 2017

Join us on Thurs., 10/5, at 7:00 pm.  Are all welcome. Refreshments: pie and coffee. 
Presentation: Digital Voice with Tim Eichelman/N3TPE
Next up: Fri., Nov. 3rd meeting, presenter TBD, board nominations 

Sept 1., 2017

Join us on Friday, 9/1, at 7:00 pm.  Are all welcome. Refreshments served.
Presentation:  Tower Climbing, with Phil Theis/K3TUF
Oct. First THURSDAY meeting on 10/5:  Digital Voice, Tim Eichelman/N3TPE

Summer Events

  • 7/7 at 6:30 pm – Hot Dogs n’ Hams Picnic. $10 per person. Show off your mobile rig! Raffles and more.
  • 8/4 at 7:00 pm – Ice Cream Social “Sundaes on Friday”

June 2, 2017

Lighting and grounding, with Dale Long/N3BNA


May 5, 2017 

Join us on Friday, May 5, at 7:00 pm.  Are all welcome. Refreshments served.
Presentation: DXpedition to Haiti, with Dale Long, N3BNA
Next meeting: 6/2 – Lightning and grounding, with Ron/K3ZKO (rescheduled from March)
Save the date: 7/7 – Hot Dogs & Hams Picnic at 6:30 pm, St. James Lutheran


April 7, 2017 

Join us on Friday, April 7, at 7:00 pm.  Are all welcome. Refreshments served.
Presentation: Antennas in the attic, with Rick/KC3DPB


March 10, 2017  (2nd Friday)

Join us on Friday, March 10, at 7:00 pm. We’ve moved the monthly meeting to the second Friday to accommodate a church event. Presentation: lightning and grounding, with Ron/K3ZKO.  All are welcome to attend.
Next meeting: Friday, April 7: Antennas in the attic, with Rick/KC3DPB 


Feb. 3, 2017

Join us on Friday, Feb. 3, at 7:00 pm. Presentation: the CrankIR Portable Antenna, with Jerry, K3BZ. Members, friends, and prospective hams are invited to join us.
Next meeting: Fri. March 10 (2nd Friday) 


Jan. 6, 2017

Join us on Friday, Jan. 6, at 7:00 pm. Presentation: the history of QSL-ing, with Tom Mills – AF4NC. Besides being an avid ham, accomplished photographer, and a pilot, Tom is also our ARRL EPA Section Traffic Manager. Members, friends, and prospective hams are invited to join us. We meet at St. James Lutheran Church, Kugler Rd. and Swamp Pike in Limerick.
Future meetings: Feb. 5 – CrankIR antenna from SteppIR with Jerry – K3BZ, March 10 (2nd Friday) 


Dec. 2, 2017

Join us for Member Night on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:00 pm. Presentation topics are he CrankIR Antenna with Jerry – K3BZ, and Pedestrian Mobile with Pete – K0BAK. It’s also member recognition night, so join us to celebrate the invaluable services 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 recipes@paarc.net.


Nov. 4th, 2016

Join us Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:00 pm for a a presentation by Ed – WA3WSJ and Walt – KB3SBC on their National Parks on the Air adventures as park activators. Also, nominate members to be 2017 club officers and board members.
Next meeting: Fri., Dec. 2 – Member Night: presentations by members on their experiences with amateur radio. Election night.    


Oct. 7th, 2016
Join us Friday, Oct. 7, at 7:00 pm for a a presentation by Tim W3UE on on batteries. Pie and ice cream night.


Sept. 2nd, 2016

Join us Friday, Sept. 2, at 7:00 pm for an information presentation on remote operation with Tom/W3EX.
Next meeting: Oct. 7 – Pie Night, presentation TBD


Club Gathering on Aug. 5th, 2016
Join us on Friday, Aug. 5, at 7:00 pm for a demo on Pedestrian Mobile, with Ed/W3WSJ. Also, Bill/W3FRB and Jane/KC3FSR will be serving root beer floats. Location: St. James Lutheran Church, 93 Kugler Rd., Limerick, PA.

Next meeting:
Sept. 2 – Remote Operation with Tom/W3EX


Club Gathering on July 1st, 2016
Hot Dogs & Hams
Friday, July 1st at 6:00 pm at St. James Lutheran Church, 93 Kugler Rd., Limerick, PA

Come out for our hot dog social and try out your fox hunt skills, checkout some boat anchor radios, get your Baofeng HT programmed for the PAARC repeaters, or just catch up with old friends. If you have something ham radio-related that you’d like to show to others, bring it!  We’ll be grilling 1/4 lb. hot dogs and serving them with all the fixins’ along with homemade lemonade. Hot dog platter will be $4. Double down on dogs for $5. Feel free to bring a dessert to share. We look forward to seeing you there!

Next meeting:
Aug. 5th – Pedestrian Mobile, with W3WSJ at 7:00 pm


June 3, 2016
Friday, June 3rd at 7:00 pm: SKYWARN
Presenter: Lou Ruh WX3I


May 6, 2016
Friday, May 6th at 7:00 pm: Green Radios!
Presenters: Walt KB3SBC, and Bill KA3RMM, aka The Green Team, will present on military “green radios”. There will be demos and lots of interesting combinations of equipment you don’t normally see. Also to be discussed: 6 meter “goonie boxes,” that are enjoying a resurgence of popularity in the club; especially on the Wed. night Mini Boat Anchor Net on 50.400 AM at 9 pm.


April 1, 2016

Friday, April 1st: Tom Mills/AF4NC, the Assistant Section Mgr./EPAEPTN Net Mgr., is an avid photographer of bald eagles and he’ll share his favorite photos with us.


March 11, 2016

The 7:00 pm meeting presentation on Friday, March 11th features Pete/K0BAK who will present on getting started on operating mobile in HF and VHF contests.  Location: St. James Lutheran Church, at the intersection of Swamp Pike and Kugler Rd. 

Feb. 5, 2016
The 7:00 pm meeting presentation on Friday, Feb. 5th will feature Jim/KJ3P on the role of the ARRL Official Observer (OO). The meeting location is St. James Lutheran Church, at the intersection of Swamp Pike and Kugler Rd.There will be an Amateur Radio license exam session at 5:00 pm at this same location. Sign up in advance and review what to bring in the post below. Pre-register for the test by sending an email request to VETesting@PAARC.NET.The March meeting will feature member Pete Kobak/K0BAK on getting started on operating mobile in HF and VHF contests.

Jan. 8, 2016


December 4, 2015 
The 7:00 pm meeting presentation is experimental airplanes, with Fred – KB3YAY.
Meeting location: St. James Lutheran Church, at the intersection of Swamp Pike and Kugler Rd.

Sept. 4, 2015

St James Lutheran

St. James Lutheran Church

Tom – AF4NC. Tom is the EPA Assistant Section Mgr., and the Net Manager of the Eastern PA Emergency Phone and Traffic Net. And also, Reg – N3KAS, will be recognized for his longtime service to the ARRL EPA.

LocationSt. James Lutheran Church in Limerick, intersection of Swamp Pike and Kugler Rd.
GPS Coordinates: 40.242388, -75.530144

We thank Lisa, KB3YUB, and her husband Bill – KA3RMM, for arranging this meeting site!


Oct. 2, 2015

Amateur Radio Operator Limerick Drill Radiological Training presented by Jeff Dean from PECO. Refreshments will be served.
LocationSt. James Lutheran Church in Limerick, intersection of Swamp Pike and Kugler Rd.


Nov. 6, 2015

KC3DPB will speak about Wilderness Survival.
LocationSt. James Lutheran Church in Limerick, intersection of Swamp Pike and Kugler Rd.

Meeting topics are subject to change for various reasons. Please check the website and calendar for updates.