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Attention All Club Members! Spring Dinner Du Bois Diner, Du Bois - Saturday May 14, 6:30 PM Order from the menu, please drop W3BC an email if you are attending. The dinner is scheduled to be on the second floor dining facility. Parking at the rear of the building. Handicapped accessible. Monthly Breakfast Arrowhead Restaurant, Clearfield - ...

Severe Weather Watch-Warning, Know The Difference

Sometimes we peer out the window and the sky looks ominous then the wind picks up and possibly it begins to rain or hail. What may happen next can be a matter of protecting our life and property, a good reason to understand the difference between Watches and Warnings.  Being ...

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Spring Can Bring Some of Our Wildest Weather

Already this Spring has proven that we should be prepared for some of our wildest weather! One of the best aids in keeping abreast of developing weather issues is the NOAA Weather Radio system. Having a radio at home provides an advantage to be aware of upcoming severe weather. Some ...

Read More

Yaesu FT-991 A huge step for mankind….

Yaesu FT-991 A huge step for mankind....

Hello again It was a while ago since I wrote anything here, but now I really have something to write about! As maybe some of you know, I took the step, and bought a new radio, the Yaesu FT-991. It is an all band all mode transceiver, where all the best parts ...

Read More

Are Lifetime Amateur Radio Licenses in the Future?

There is a Petition for Rule Making (RM 11760) that asks the FCC to grant lifetime Amateur Radio Licenses. The FCC is seeking comments on this petition that would revise §97.25 to indicate the license is granted for lifetime as opposed to the current 10 year term. Individuals may submit comments ...

Read More

Powerpole® Crimp Tool Review

For many hams the go-to 12 VDC connector is the Anderson Powerpole®. I feel the same, this connector is the only one that makes sense for convenience and durability of connection among my own radios and if the need arises other power supplies. This form of 12 VDC power connection ...

Read More

WIRES-X , The New Kid on the Block

Just above the horizon – WIRES-X! Recently you may have heard some rather odd noises and unlikely QSOs taking place on the N3QC, 147.315 repeater. The latest update to our repeater was added January 12, 2016 when the Yaesu Wires-X Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) was added. More information will ...

Read More

A New Satellite in 2017

The New Year of 2016 just arrived but there are some amateurs already anticipating 2017. That anticipation for 2017 stems from a recent announcement that researchers at the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology, part of Virginia Tech University are preparing to send an amateur radio ...

Read More

What About Inversions

Lately many of us have heard stations from rather distant areas on the 147.315 repeater. It is interesting to hear those stations that we normally do not hear but often it is just due to a weather phenomenon called and inversion. I expect that some amateurs sit back and wonder ...

Read More

Happy Thanksgiving - We Remember

  Happy Thanksgiving everybody! This is a traditional time to spend with family and friends, and to remember all those who are no longer with us. I remember in the early days of the club, that there was a day-long QSO on the DuBois Repeater with hams far and wide in the ...

Read More

CubeSats - An Interesting Concept

AMSAT recently deployed the FOX-1A amateur radio satellite, also designated AO-85. These tiny satellites are only 4 inches square! Image that little cube flying around the earth and using it to talk to other amateur radio operators around the world. Communications can be established via the FM transponder that has ...

Read More

2016 Dues Are Past Due

Quad County Amateur Radio Club Membership dues are now past due but payable. > Renewal memberships: $25.00 > First Time only memberships: See the pro-rated chart on the form. To download a fillable form, click  2016 Membership Application you can then open that form, fill, then print. Please submit the completed, printed form with ...

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UPDATED TIMES FOR THE MONTHLY BREAKFAST AND MEETING

The November meeting brought about a discussion concerning the times of the breakfast and meetings. After a discussion, the membership voted to change the times for the breakfast to 8:30 AM and the meeting to 6:30 PM. The unanimous vote resulted in the decision to change to what is believed ...

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- IMPORTANT UPDATE - The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R.1301 & S 1685

Recent information from ARRL indicates that those in opposition to this bill are campaigning against the bill with fraudulent information which is shown in a video on the link below "Contacting Your Congressional Representatives". It is also part of the QCARC meeting program on November 20. To counter these false ...

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N3Q Takes First Place in WPA on Field Day!

he rain couldn't damp OR dampen the spirits of the erstwhile Quad-County hams as they slogged through the ankle-deep waters and braved the torrential downpours on Field Day, this June 27 and 28th. This year, the operations were set up at the Punxsutawney Airport at the facilities used by the ...

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Current Club Announcements

Attention

All Club Members!

Spring Dinner
Du Bois Diner, Du Bois – Saturday May 14, 6:30 PM
Order from the menu, please drop W3BC an email if you are attending.
The dinner is scheduled to be on the second floor dining facility.
Parking at the rear of the building. Handicapped accessible.

Monthly Breakfast Arrowhead Restaurant, Clearfield – Saturday May 14, 8:30 AM
>> NOTE THE NEW BREAKFAST TIME OF 8:30 AM <<
Monthly Meeting

SMEAL Bldg, Penn State DuBois – Friday May 20, 6:30 PM

  >>> NOTE: <<<

  • >>> NEW MEETING TIME OF 6:30 PM <<<
  • >>> CHANGED MEETING ROOM: SMEAL BLDG <<<
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Spring Can Bring Some of Our Wildest Weather

Already this Spring has proven that we should be prepared for some of our wildest weather! One of the best aids in keeping abreast of developing weather issues is the NOAA Weather Radio system. Having a radio at home provides an advantage to be aware of upcoming severe weather. Some of the later models of amateur radio transceivers have the NOAA frequencies programed from the factory. For the latest NOAA weather radio operational information that may effect your area and what frequencies cover your area, check out the web site at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/ .

Flood-Safety-Graphic-1Remember that saying, “Turn Around Don’t Drown”. There is more to that than just the rhyming of the saying, it really is life saving information! Ignoring that life saving information not only effects the people who decide to cross a flooded area but also the emergency responders whose lives are needlessly placed in jeopardy when they get involved in a rescue of someone that fails to heed the warning.

“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.”

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.”

Yaesu FT-991 A huge step for mankind….

Hello again

It was a while ago since I wrote anything here, but now I really have something to write about!

As maybe some of you know, I took the step, and bought a new radio, the Yaesu FT-991. It is an all band all mode transceiver, where all the best parts from Yaesu’s more exclusive transceivers come together in a very compact sized box. Already the first day, i was struck by the radios very quite receiver and ease of use, even though it’s the first time I’ve ever used a radio with touch screen. But, if you are used to a smartphone or a tablet, then you feel right at home with the FT-991. Last weekend, I got to test it’s phenomenal ability to pick out stations just above the noise, even though I had 59+ signals right beside, and without earphones, it was easy to hear what the weak station said, and, to work him! This time Yaesu really hit the head on the nail! I dare to say, that nobody in that price range come even close to the FT-991! It is a radio that will fit in any Go-Box, since it’s even got a built in tuner as well as a built in audio board for digital traffic.   Yaesu FT-991FT-991 Rear Panel

I will bring the radio to the next meeting, so you all get a chance to play a little with it. I hope we get a weather like we had today, so we can put up some antennas, and make a few contacts!

See you all at the QCARC meeting!

Lars KB3WBT

Powerpole® Crimp Tool Review

For many hams the go-to 12 VDC connector is the Anderson Powerpole®. I feel the same, this connector is the only one that makes sense forPP crimper convenience and durability of connection among my own radios and if the need arises other power supplies. This form of 12 VDC power connection really makes the issue of interoperability for a power source a non-issue. The connector is recognized across the Country as THE power connector to use for ARES and other public service applications.

Anyway, where this is leading is the issue with installing the connectors on the wire. It really is not difficult but there is a standard, in order to interface with the rest of the world! Amateur radio has adopted the standard that when viewed from the contact side, the mnemonic for remembering the arrangement for the positive connector is: “Red Right — Tongue Top“.   Of red powerpolecourse red is positive while black is negative. Even though there is a standard, I feel it is still a good idea to confirm the connection that your rig may be connected to is verified visually and also electrically using a volt meter or one of the LED connectors that indicate if the connectors are configured to the standard.

 

The installation of the connector contacts can be problematic if the proper crimp procedure is not used. I’ve used the crimping pliers type PP crimper diescrimp tool, until now. I finally invested in a crimp tool made for the Powerpole® connector contacts. I have to say that I should have done it sooner, no exaggeration! There are are several styles of crimpers available with the special dies for the crimp, study their operation and style then decide for yourself which one suites your needs. The version that I settled on has a feature in the tool that helps maintain the alignment of the contact while the crimp in done (see photo). My opinion is that the crimp done with the pictured tool is far superior than the crimping pliers style. Along with the quality of the crimp, there is no distortion to the contact. With no distortion there is no reforming the contact which results in a much easier insertion into the Powerpole® shell and much better contact surface for maximum conductivity.

2016 Dues Are Past Due

_green_dollar_sign_calendar_print (1)Quad County Amateur Radio Club Membership dues are now past due but payable.
> Renewal memberships: $25.00
> First Time only memberships: See the pro-rated chart on the form.

To download a fillable form, click  2016 Membership Application you can then open that form, fill, then print. Please submit the completed, printed form with your dues. Checks are made payable to Quad County Amateur Radio Club and submitted to the treasurer at the meeting or mailed to:
QCARC
P O Box 599
Du Bois, PA  15801

 

Severe Weather Watch-Warning, Know The Difference

Sometimes we peer out the window and the sky looks ominous then the wind picks up and possibly it begins to rain or hail. What may happen next can be a matter of protecting our life and property, a good reason to understand the difference between Watches and Warnings.  Being prepared is a relatively simple matter, there are several good methods to personally become involved that will help yourself, your family and friends. The National Weather Service SkyWarn Spotter program is a great way to become actively involved and you do not have to be a weather background! A more passive manner may be purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio that  will sound an alert when various forms of weather effect your locale. Cell phone are also a good method as many have an alert function built in as well as the availability of weather apps that can be configured to match your needs.

If you are having a problem setting up your system whether it is a NOAA Weather Radio radio or cell phone app, you can obtain help through the Quad County Amateur Radio Club, A Weather Ready Nation Ambassador. Check the announcement panel at the top of the home page for meeting  dates and times.
Tornado Watch Warn WRNWatch Warning Difference WRN

 

 

 

 

 

“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.”

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.”

Are Lifetime Amateur Radio Licenses in the Future?

There is a Petition for Rule Making (RM 11760) that asks the FCC to grant lifetimeFCC logo Amateur Radio Licenses. The FCC is seeking comments on this petition that would revise §97.25 to indicate the license is granted for lifetime as opposed to the current 10 year term.

Individuals may submit comments through the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System.

Additionally, the complete article on this petition can be read at the ARRL web site.

WIRES-X , The New Kid on the Block

Just above the horizon – WIRES-X! Recently you may have heard some rather odd noises and unlikely QSOs taking place on the N3QC, 147.315 repeater. The latest update to our repeater was added January 12, 2016 when the Yaesu Wires-X Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) was added. More information will follow as we decipher some […] […]

A New Satellite in 2017

The New Year of 2016 just arrived but there are some amateurs already anticipating 2017. That anticipation for 2017 stems from a recent announcement that researchers at the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology, part of Virginia Tech University are preparing to send an amateur radio transponder into a geosynchronous orbit […] […]

What About Inversions

Lately many of us have heard stations from rather distant areas on the 147.315 repeater. It is interesting to hear those stations that we normally do not hear but often it is just due to a weather phenomenon called and inversion. I expect that some amateurs sit back and wonder just what is this inversion […] […]

Happy Thanksgiving – We Remember

Thanksgiving-Turkey-Dinner-Table2

  Happy Thanksgiving everybody! This is a traditional time to spend with family and friends, and to remember all those who are no longer with us. I remember in the early days of the club, that there was a day-long QSO on the DuBois Repeater with hams far and wide in the Quad-County area checking in and […] […]

CubeSats – An Interesting Concept

AMSAT recently deployed the FOX-1A amateur radio satellite, also designated AO-85. These tiny satellites are only 4 inches square! Image that little cube flying around the earth and using it to talk to other amateur radio operators around the world. Communications can be established via the FM transponder that has an uplink of 435.180 MHz […] […]