QCARC Calendar

September 2015
October 2015


What do you feel the club should focus on in 2015? (Choose up to 3)

  • Hams helping each other with antennas, etc. (60%, 3 Votes)
  • Licensing and upgrade classes and exams (60%, 3 Votes)
  • Infrastructure improvements (repeaters, etc.) (60%, 3 Votes)
  • 40th Anniversary activities (20%, 1 Votes)
  • Public Service (20%, 1 Votes)
  • Field Day, Banquet, Picnic, etc. (20%, 1 Votes)
  • Member Services (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Operating events and/or contests (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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Current Club Announcements

Attention All Club Members!

Monthly Breakfast Arrowhead Restaurant, Clearfield – Saturday September 12, 9:30 AM
Monthly Meeting Hiller Bldg., Penn State DuBois – Friday September 18, 7:30 PM

Nominations for all offices begin

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FCC ULS to Go Offline for Maintenance

fcc-seal_rgb-largeFCC announces that ULS and other databases will be taken offline for scheduled maintenance for a five-day period  beginning Wednesday, September 2 and continuing through the Labor Day weekend. The Commission said that during the ULS outage, it will not be possible to file any Amateur Radio applications.

During the outage, no license applications can be filed, no license modifications will be accepted, and no new licenses will be granted. It is expected that the vanity callsign licensing & renewal fee will be eliminated as part of this action. A search revealed that only two Group A (1×2 and 2×1) callsigns become available during that time period, but since applications may be made early on 9/2 for K4JE, and late on 9/8 for KE9B, careful applicants can successfully apply for those callsigns.

If your license is set to expire during this period, it is recommended that you submit your renewal application now to avoid a lapse in your license.


ARRL Bulletin 25 ARLB025
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT August 25, 2015
To all radio amateursSB QST ARL ARLB025
ARLB025 FCC Universal Licensing System, Other Applications to be
Down for Maintenance

FCC website maintenance in early September will make the Universal
Licensing System (ULS), the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS),
the Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS) and other public
applications unavailable for more than 5 days. The Commission said
the outage will begin at 2200 UTC on Wednesday, September 2, and
continue through the Labor Day weekend. The maintenance work should
be completed by 1200 UTC on Tuesday, September 8. During the ULS
outage, it will not be possible to file any Amateur Radio

"Most Commission resources normally accessible through the
Commission's website, including access to all electronic filing
systems and electronic dockets, will be inaccessible for the same
period, with the exception of the Network Outage Reporting System
(NORS), the Consumer Help Center (CHC), and the Disaster Information
Reporting System (DIRS), which will remain available," an FCC Public
Notice said on August 20. "The Commission's website will remain
available, but with reduced content and limited search
capabilities." According to the Public Notice, the FCC will follow
its normal schedule of operation during the maintenance period, but
voicemail will be offline, and most Commission staffers will not
have access to e-mail. Static content webpages on the fcc.gov
domain, such as the FCC consumer guides, should remain available
during the outage.

The FCC will extend filing deadlines for all regulatory and
enforcement filings that fall during the maintenance period. Filings
due on September 2, 3, 4, or 8 now will be due on Wednesday,
September 9. "Except for the due dates specified herein, we are not
automatically extending the deadlines for any other comment or
filing periods that will be running during this time period, but
requests for extension of time will be considered consistent with
the Commission's normal practice," the FCC Public Notice said. "To
the extent the due dates for filings to which reply or responsive
pleadings are allowed are affected by this Public Notice, the due
dates for reply or responsive pleadings shall be extended by the
same number of days."

In a blog, "Modernizing the FCC's IT," FCC CIO David Bray said that
with the world and the technology we use are changing rapidly, "the
information technology used by the Federal Communications Commission
must change as well." Bray said the FCC has "made significant
progress to upgrade and modernize our infrastructure, and we
continue to work on modernizing the FCC's legacy IT systems with the
resources we have available."

"We understand that this temporary downtime before and during the
Labor Day Weekend may be inconvenient for some FCC stakeholders,"
Bray added.

Quad-County ARC Turns 40!

QCARC Logo TPHAPPY BIRTHDAY QCARC! On April 18, 1975, a group of about 30 local hams gathered at the DuBois High School for the first meeting of what would become The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club. From that auspicious beginning, the club grew in membership and activity. The members of the new club took part in Field Day that very first year from a hilltop in Clear Run. Later, the club placed the WR3AGV repeater at that location, coordinated on 146.13/73 MHz.

Traditions that continue to this day are monthly meetings at 7:30 pm on the third Friday of each month, Club Banquets, Field Day, and a number of Public Service activities, involving multiple served agencies, such as DuBois and Sandy Township Police Departments, the Red Cross, the Boy Scouts, and local schools. Club Founder, Joe Shupienis W3BC (then WA3IHK) conducted dozens of licensing and upgrade classes that continue to this day, in DuBois, Clearfield, St. Marys, Ridgway, Kersey, Punxsutawney and Reynoldsville.

In the 1970s, the club held meetings in several communities throughout the Quad-County Area, such as Sinnemahoning, Punxsutawney and Reynoldsville, but found that it was more convenient to keep the meetings in the more centrally-located DuBois area. In 1991, meetings moved to Clearfield at the County offices, and over the next couple decades the membership, meeting participation and activities declined, as the club became “the Clearfield Club. New clubs formed in Jefferson, Cameron and Elk counties in reaction to the long travel distances the move created.DSC_0581

In 2011, the club decided to conduct Field Day operations in a location accessible to the general Public, and moved operations from a small room in the Clearfield County Emergency Operations Center to a public pavilion at the Clearfield County Fairgrounds. In November, the Club held its final meeting at the EOC, and began holding meetings in DuBois. Currently, we hold our monthly meetings at the Penn State DuBois Campus, which provides plenty of free parking, and outside space for experimenting with antennas and hidden transmitter hunting before the meetings.

Don KB3LES shows us how happy he was to find the fox!

Don KB3LES shows us how happy he was to find the fox!

Quad-County Special Service Club Renewal Received

The current American Radio Relay League Special Service Club  renewal certificate was received at the August meeting of the QCARC. Members can be proud of the Club’s continuing involvement in Public Service, Training, VE Exams, Mentoring, etc. that enable the Club to continue to maintain the Special Service Club designation.

What is Special Service Club?
To quote the ARRL –

“A club that exists to go above and beyond for their communities and for Amateur Radio is what defines a Special Service Club (SSC).  They are the leaders in their Amateur Radio communities who provide active training classes, publicity programs and actively pursue technical projects and operating activities.”

QC SSC 2015r

Lightning Knows No Vacation!

With vacation time in full swing, regardless of the over abundance of rain, lightning is a very big factor that needs to be considered.  As of August 1, 2015, 22 people have died from lightning strikes in the United States — ALL of these deaths were avoidable.

  • NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
  • Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.
  • Do Not seek shelter under a tree!
  • Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from the storm.



The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club is a WRN Ambassador

The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club is a WRN Ambassador

“Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ and the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ logo are trademarks of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, used with permission.”

– UPDATED – The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — H.R.1301 & S 1685

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 (H.R.1301) & (S 1685)

Attention all amateurs, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 ( H.R. 1301) has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. Now a Senate Bill has been introduced (S 1685). Both bills pertain to amateurs obtaining permission to erect antennas where an HOA, or other covenant prohibits an antenna outside. If passed the FCC would amend part 97 rules to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions and restrictions” (CC&Rs). Even if you do not currently live in such an environment, you may encounter this issue some day. Support for this bill will assist your fellow amateurs who may live with such constraints and even restrictions at your QTH that you may be unaware.

Remember to submit your letter to your representative the quickest, file it through the available ARRL links.

To read all the details and how you can assist in this very important issue to all amateurs, go to the updated web site: http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act

Check this ARRL page for the latest information as of August 25, 2015. : http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-president-expects-parity-act-house-bill-cosponsorships-to-top-100-soon

Get Ready For Field Day!

2015 Field Day Logo Red Design 1Every year, hams around the country start gathering their radios and warming up their grilles to get ready for the annual ARRL Field Day. This year, the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club has joined forces with the Punxsutawney Area Amateur  Radio Club to participate in a very special 40th Anniversary Field Day operation at the Punxsutawney Municipal Airport in Jefferson County.

In honor of the Club’s 40th Anniversary, the Quad-County Club will use the special-event callsign N3Q. The GOTA station will be operating with the Punxs’y Club callsign K3HWJ as in the past.

Of course there will be hotdogs with legendary “BUX” sauce, made from the secret recipe created by Dick Flanders WA3BUX (SK), served at every Field Day since the Club’s origins! Other food will be available, and everyone is encouraged to bring something to share with the group.

Plans are to operate around the clock, and to have a GOTA station set up for new hams, inactive hams and the public to operate. Additionally a VHF station will be set up to operate on 6-meter and 2-meter SSB/CW/Digital modes.

Most  importantly, a good time will be had by all, as we once again demonstrate to public officials and all of our guests how hams are always ready to work together to set up top-notch radio stations away from the comforts of home and communicate with each other across the miles, to serve our communities.


2015 Spring Banquet A Success


T he DuBois Diner was the host for this year’s Quad-County Amateur Radio Club Spring Banquet. This year’s Banquet was special for several reasons. First, this year is the 40th Anniversary of the Club, which was founded in 1975. Second, the food and service was GREAT – Thanks to the staff of the Diner, and to […] […]

America’s PrepareAthon!

“Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ and the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ logo are trademarks of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, used with permission.”

America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring. Please consider taking 5 minutes to view the video, “IT STARTED LIKE ANY OTHER DAY.”, attached to the America’s PrepareAthon! link below. It could have […] […]

Antique Radio Flea Market and Auction – May 3


[ May 3, 2015; 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. ] Tri-State Radio Fest 10th Annual Antique Radio Flea Market and Auction Vintage TV, Amateur Radio, Audio & Phonograph (No Computers.) Open to buyers from 8:30 am – 12:00 noon -Entrance fee $5.00  Check-in for auction items 9:00 am to 11:00 am Auction to begin at 12:00 noon Auctioneer: Richard Estes-www.estesAuctions.com Raffle Prize—restored Atwater-Kent 206 Featured: Contest – Atwater-Kent radios Center Stage Banquet Hall 1495 Old […] […]

The QCARC 443.85 Repeater Is Now Dual Mode, Analog/Digital


As of approximately 2:00 PM, 4/8/2015 the analog only UHF repeater was replaced with a Yaesu System Fusion Analog/Digital repeater. This is the same type repeater as used for the 147.315 repeater. You can still communicate as you have in the past, you will not have to buy a new radio, your radio will not be […] […]

Weather-Ready Nation

It is official, the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club is a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events. You may ask, what does this mean for the Club. Basically the Club […] […]