Last updated June 15, 2015


Philadelphia Area Repeater Association, Inc

P.O. Box 64, Valley Forge, Pa 19481-0064 A non-profit 501C3 Corporation
An ARRL affiliated Club
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Next Meeting: Tuesday May 23, 2017


Bring your favorite "Toy" to show off - Talk-in on 76

also keep this date on your calendar Wednesday, November 8, 2017




Every Tuesday Night at 8 PM on 146.76 Mhz (PL 131.6) restarting in September

Open to all hams - informal discussions on ham equipment, ham activities, computers, computer problems, gadgets, PARA-Normal activities, equipment for sale, and anything else you want to share or hear about.

NEW!!! For Sale, Swap, or Trade on PARA Net



Our Yaesu Digital Repeater on 443.9 is ON THE AIR

Watch this video about Fusion

Latest Paragraphs May 2015 November 2015 (see archives below for more)

The backup 76 repeater at Valley Forge, the Kenwood, is tested & ready to operate

Packet Anyone?

Remember the packet fad back in the 80s & 90s? I had a lot of fun with it and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately the Internet killed it, or so they say. Today we have lots of experimentation with a new digital platform called NBEMS. Its much faster, but the trouble with it, is that there are so many different modes of it and everybody just experiments. Nobody monitors like we used to on packet. I have done alot of searching on the Internet and found that California and Michigan are very heavily invested in packet networks, especially for ARES-RACES. They tried the newer forms and found that, even though packet is slower, it has the capability to be reliably networked and monitored and thats why they use it. I also found that there is a TNC for the Raspberry Pi being used on some of these networks. Its called TNC-Pi and TNC-X. I have a Raspberry Pi and when I can find the funds, I plan on getting one and starting back into packet and most likely the packet BBS again. Anyone else interested? Gene K3DSM

NBEMS: Find out what this is all about - Click here

What is DMR? This is growing very fast and competing with D-Star and Fusion

Amateurs Guide to DMR DMR Activity Monitor


Our History

The Main Line VHF Association was reorganized November 1, 1967 and operated the 34-76 repeater, later 34-94 / The Los Voyagers operated the 28-76 repeater, later 28-88. PARA was born Dec 7, 1970 at the GE Space Center in King of Prussia where both clubs merged. There were over 300 hams at this meeting. The 16-76 repeater with an autopatch was born out of this meeting when Gene K3DSM demonstrated his 446 repeater with autopatch.. PARA continued to operate a 34-94 and 28-88 repeater. Within the next years, a repeater group from Jersey merged adding the 22-82 repeater and then a group merged from the Feasterville area adding the 37-97 repeater. The Quadrant idea was formed to take traffic off the 76 repeater and onto the quadrant repeaters. In 2010, PARA dropped the 88 and 97 repeaters due to lack of interest.


President: Gene K3DSM

Vice President: Robert NX3S

Secretary open (acting: Gene K3DSM)

Treasurer Caterina KB3POA

Board: W3CQC Tom, K3ALV Steve, AB3O Asa

Meetings: May & November

Next Meeting: May 2017730PM

Program : TBA

New Location Map: Lower Providence Township Building, 100 Parklane Drive, Eagleville, Pa 19403 (Norristown in some GPS)


1. From King of Prussia, take Rt. 202 South to Rt. 422 West to the Oaks Exit. Then, at the exit ramp turn Right onto Egypt Road and take the second Left onto Pinetown Road.

2. Go to the second stop sign and turn Left onto Eagleville Road.

3. Go to the traffic light at Ridge Pike and proceed straight into the Lower Providence Township property; bare right and follow the driveway to the township building which is beyond the public library.



Latest membership list - click





Public Service

PARA repeaters are used for ARES-RACES as well as other public service events like the LiveStrong Bike Race, Valley Forge Revolutionary Run (April) to coordinate race communication. PARA is also promoting Ham Radio at the Kimberton Hamfest as well as promoting Ham Radio at service clubs such as Rotary Club Meetings.


The ATV Group intercom 144.34mhz

Supporting 7 Amateur Radio Repeaters and 5 Links
serving the entire Philadelphia Area
for Hobby and Emergency Communications
PARA's "Flag-Ship" Repeater System: 146.76 Mhz W3PHL
with transmitters at Valley Forge Mountain and Worcester, PA
Remote Receivers: Valley Forge, Eagleville, Worcester, Sellersville, Bacton Hill, Newtown Square, & Camden, NJ
(those in yellow may be temporily off)
Section Repeaters:
Phila West: Delaware County, Pa 146.94 Mhz
Phila East: Camden, NJ 146.82 Mhz
VHF Repeater: 52.41-53.41Mhz
VVHF Repeaters: 223.86 Mhz, 224.94 Mhz
UHF Repeater: 443.9 Mhz
all repeaters PL 131
ATV Repeater: 439.25 Mhz (off temporily)
PARA is looking for Private and/or Public Grants to maintain, update, and expand this system.
Corporate membership sponsors wanted - Certificate


General Membership Meeting Information:
see above for dates and program
      * All members encouraged to attend
      * Non Members (guests) encouraged to attend
      * Members of other clubs encouraged to attend
* Talk-in on 146.760 Mhz
* New Member Incentives
* Meeting starts at 730PM

PARAGraphs is PARA's membership bulletin
Editor/Publisher: Dick Stewart K3ITH
archives: Spring 2012 October 2012 Spring 2013
April 03 * July 03* October 03 * January 04 * April 04 * July 04 * Oct 04 Apr 05 July 05 October 2005 Jan 06 April 09 Nov 2010 May 2011 November 2011
Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Fall 2014
(Paid advertising is accepted)

October 2005 Last Paragraphs that was mailed to all paid members, supported by advertisers - Normally delivered by email

Click below for Information

  • How to Join - Application
  • PARA Quadrants (membership)
  • Directions to Meeting Location - above
  • Map - to Meeting
  • Board of Directors & Officers  
  • Technical Committee 5 Year Plan 
  • PARA-Link Proposal
  • President's Agenda
  • "From the President" 
  • About Your New President 
  • Tech Committee Page
  • PARA Autopatches
  • Joint Announcement:PARA/CCARS
  • ATV Article by K3ZKO
  • Main Line VHF Page
  • PARA's History
  • PARA is looking for a Grant
  • Past Presidents
  • PARA's Repeaters
  • Paragraphs Advertising
  • PARA.Buxcom
  • PARA Main System Block Diagram
  • Block Diagram Worcester Site
  • Block Diagram Typical Quadrant Site
  • Block Diagram Typical Remote Sites
  • Block Diagram Valley Forge Mountain
  • Block Diagram Proposed PARALink
  • PARA By-Laws
  • Mandatory PL Policy
  • Repeater Co-ordinating Group: ARCC
  • Hamfests (List by VARA)
  • Hamfest Search
  • PA Repeaters
  • ARRL
  • Eastern PA News
  • Call Lookup (may be temporairly unavailable)
  • FCC
  • FCC E-File
  • Roosters
  • Weather or NOAA

  • Board Meetings: (as necessary)

    PARA's Board is made up of 5 directors at large, plus Officers: President, Vice President, Rec Secretary, Treasurer, elected from/by members at large

    The PARA Constitution and By-Laws were amended in 2010. Board members are now elected from membership at large rather than quadrants. There are now only 5 board members plus officers. Specific changes are on page 16 of the document, half way down. Click for Revised Edition

    More Interesting Links
    ICOM | Kenwood | Yaesu | HRO |

    [ Original Para Site at Berwyn ]

    PARA at Berwyn Roller Rink ( 1969-70)

    One of PARA's first locations serviced the entire Phila area

    Note the duplexers on top of the rack and the mechanical code ID wheel in the upper right.

    Tribute to W3PHL Fred

    WWW.W3PHL.ORG is hosted on (Chester County, Pa) within the website of Gene's Computer Outlet
    Domain Forwarding is used to re-direct the domain