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PARA - CCAR   Joint Announcement

The Philadelphia Area Repeater Association (PARA) and Chester County ARES/RACES (CCAR) are pleased to announce a memorandum of understanding where the PARA Paoli 146.940 MHz Repeater will now operate from the Chester County Department of Emergency Services (CCDES) in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

PARA and CCAR have enjoyed many years of association where the PARA Paoli Repeater was either primary or backup repeater for CCAR since being organized. The PARA 146.940 MHz Repeater has operated from Paoli for well over 25 years thanks to the superb technical and administrative efforts of Dick K3ECV. With Dick K3ECV’s pending move from the Paoli area it became necessary for PARA to find a new location for the repeater. CCAR came forward and offered the CCDES facilities.

Discussions were held between the two organizations to establish a formal agreement where both organizations could operate together in a mutually beneficial relationship and yet maintain their independence.

Details of the agreement will be made available to members of each organization through their respective newsletters and membership meetings.

PARA encourages members in Chester County to become members of CCAR and participate in their activities. CCAR encourages its members to join and support the PARA organization. Both organizations look forward to a long and productive relationship.

You will also notice new call letters, W3EOC, on the 146.940 MHz frequency. W3EOC are the club call letters of CCAR; "EOC" indicating "Emergency Operations Center".

This announcement was jointly released by...

Gene K3DSM, PARA President,
Mark KA3VTM, Immediate Past PARA President, and
Vern KC3XL, Chester County Emergency Coordinator.


The principal role of Chester County ARES/RACES is to provide backup emergency communications for Chester County Department of Emergency Services when requested. Communications needs arise from both man made and natural disasters that occur within the county at which time CCAR provides independent secondary channels of communications through a network of over 75 trained FCC licensed radio operators and their radio equipment. The PARA 146.940 MHz W3EOC repeater hosted at the Chester County Government Services Center is a vital communications link in the CCAR network.

CCAR also provides public service communications for local civic organizations during events, these events provide an opportunity to train CCAR radio operators for emergency communications.

For more information on Chester County ARES/RACES click the link button at the bottom of this page.

You can also check into the CCAR net on the 146.940 MHz W3EOC/R PARA repeater on Thursday evenings at 1930 hours.

Click below to go to the 146.940 MHz PICTURES page.


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