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Hurricane Awareness, Yes – Even For Our Area

Even though hurricanes typically do not significantly impact our area, there are times when they do and it may be worthwhile to keep aware of hurricane developments.

The 10/3/2015, 05:00 forecast cone, see the last link mentioned in this article, shows the anticipated track continuing eastward, away from the coastline by a significant margin which is good news for many folks. It appears the threat for rain from Joaquin is low to nonexistent. The shield of precipitation  continues moving up from the south influencing our week-end weather. Keep an eye on the forecasts, you never know when things may change.

The hurricane does not appear that it will have a direct effect on our area, amateur radio is one way to keep aware with the Hurricane Watch Net on 14.325 MHz. There is also a Hurricane Watch Net web site that has quite a bit of information available. Along with keeping informed, be ready with fully charged hand-helds, a full tank of fuel for your vehicle, if you’re lucky to be high enough where flooding risk is minimal consider the possibility that you may be out of electric service for a while.

There is also more information to avail yourself at the National Weather Service/NOAA websites to be able to keep updated with the latest conditions and forecasts for the hurricane. The following sites will help you stay informed:TADD barrier

Another very interesting site to keep informed of the anticipated track of the hurricane is:
If you have Google Earth there is a link just above the graphic on the preceding website that will start Google Earth and give you a color graphic of the cone of prediction. You can then move and  zoom to where you want for more detail. Very interesting!

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The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club is a WRN Ambassador

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Hurricane Watch Net Activating for Hurricane Joaquin

From ARRL:

[UPDATED 2015-09-30 @ 1940 UTC] The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has made it official: It’s Hurricane Joaquin, a Category 1 storm. But the NHC said that Joaquin is gaining strength and “could become a major hurricane during the next couple of days.” The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated at 1500 UTC today (September 30) on 14.325 MHz (after nightfall, the net will convene on 7.268 MHz) to gather observer reports. WX4NHC at the NHC is not active at this time. Currently packing maximum sustained winds of 85 MPH, Hurricane Joaquin was about 190 miles east-northeast of the central Bahamas as of 1800 UTC. A hurricane warning is in effect for the central Bahamas, including Cat Island, the Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador.

“Due to the close proximity to land, whether or not this storm makes landfall in the Bahamas, the Hurricane Watch Net will be active until the storm is no longer a threat in this region,” said HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV. “Everyone along the US East Coast should keep a close eye on this system. The current forecast brings Joaquin near the New England area by late Sunday or early Monday.”

During HWN activation, the net control station will request measured/observed ground-truth data from stations in the affected area. The HWN also remains available to provide back-up communication to official agencies, such as emergency operations centers and Red Cross officials in the affected area. The net also will gather and report to FEMA officials in the NHC any information on significant damage. Stations should not check into the net unless specifically requested to do so.

The NHC reported at 1800 UTC that Joaquin was moving toward the southwest at nearly 6 MPH. “A general motion toward the west-southwest or southwest is expected to continue through tonight,” the NHC said. “A turn toward the northwest and a decrease in forward speed are forecast on Thursday or Thursday night.The center of Joaquin is expected to move near or over portions of the central Bahamas tonight and Thursday.”

According to the NHC, Hurricane conditions are expected to reach portions of the Central Bahamas by Thursday morning. “Winds are expected to reach tropical storm strength in the warning area tonight, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” the NHC said.

Dangerous storm surges are possible, and Joaquin is expected to produce 5 to 10 inches of rain, with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches possible over San Salvador and Rum Cay through Friday morning.

The NHC said swells generated by Joaquin will affect portions of the Bahamas over the next few days and will start affecting portions of Florida’s eastern coast and the US southeast coast by Friday. “These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the NHC predicted.

“We’re monitoring the situation and the forecasts regularly. Like most, we’re waiting to see which way the storm will go,” ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, told the ARRL Field Organization leadership in the areas that could be affected by Joaquin. “ARRL Headquarters will be in touch with our National VOAD partners, FEMA, and NHC as things develop.”

Visit the HWNwebsite for the latest information on this storm and HWN activation plans.

Current Club Announcements

Attention All Club Members!

Monthly Breakfast Arrowhead Restaurant, Clearfield – Saturday October 10, 9:30 AM
Monthly Meeting Hiller Bldg., Penn State DuBois – Friday October 16, 7:30 PM

Please submit items for the agenda to Secretary, WA3UFN

Nominations for all offices closing and elections follow

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!

Silent Key: Sylbia S. Kunst KB3HYV, formerly of DuBois

Our deepest condolences to Art Kunst W3WM and his family on their loss. Art is a Charter Member of the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club, and until illness forced them to leave the area, both were members of the club.

1e9bcf73-6afb-4209-a5f3-f5c942d8b63cSylbia Shirley Kunst, 90, South Fayette, formerly of DuBois for more than 60 years, died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.

Beloved wife of Arthur F. Kunst W3WM for 67 ½ years; loving mother of Sylbia (Frank) Katrin of South Fayette, Sharon (Tris) Coffin of McDonald, Arthur (Cindy) of Carlisle, and Donald (Terry) of Lykens; grandmother of William and Ryan Trude, Kaeli, Abby and Jackie Coffin, Michael, Sean and Steven Kunst and Garrison Kunst; also many nieces and nephews.

She was an active member of the Christ Lutheran Church, DuBois, for many years.

Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. 724-941-3211. Friends welcome at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 15317, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Services will be held on 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at the funeral home. Interment in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com

Silent Key: Harold K. Miller WA3NRC, Clearfield

We note with sadness the passing of Harold K. Miller WA3NRC, 92, of Clearfield on September 24, 2015. Harold was a founding member of the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club and returned to the Clearfield Area in 1972 after retiring as a research scientist for the National Institute of Health in Washington, DC. He was an avid Morse Code operator, and enjoyed designing and using his radio equipment. He was well known for his groundbreaking work with receiving systems.

Arrangements are being made through the Chidboy Funeral Home, and more information will be reported as it becomes available.

Fall Has Weather Hazards Too

Even with the bright colors and cool temperatures, Fall can also hold some rather hazardous weather too. Be prepared for the hazards that can occur during this time of year as many of us are winding down from a hectic summer.

Click for detailed information on what various Fall weather hazards can occur and how you can prepare for a safe Fall.

Click for detailed information on what various Fall weather hazards can occur and how you can prepare for a safe Fall.


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.”

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 […] […]

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 […] […]

Website Update

I did some very much-needed maintenance on this website today. All necessary software updates were completed, configured and debugged. One or two small issues remain, but I think you will all enjoy the improvements! Please visit the poll section on the left often to make your voice heard. Polls are once again working and will be […] […]

Cross-Band Operation for the Yaesu FTM-400

Entering Cross-band mode Turn the APRS modem off. Set a UHF frequency in either the upper or lower display, using either the VFO or memory. Set a VHF frequency in the other display, using either the VFO or […] […]

Contest Results – Fall 2013

This was taken 10/26/13 around 7:30pm shortly before the half million point threshold...CONGRATULATIONS JOE AND PEACH!!! [KA3MKY Photo]

WOW! THE DAUNTLESS QCARC contest team warmed up the ionospere during several on-air operating events in October and November. Thanks to the generosity of Club President Peach Caltagarone AB3OG, we were able to string up some pretty impressive antennas at Hummingbird Speedway and rack up some pretty impressive scores, operating from the really nice cabin […] […]