QCARC Calendar

July 2015
August 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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State College NWS Office Tour Info

The tour is scheduled for August 9 beginning at 11:30 AM.

The address is 328 Innovation Blvd, Suite 330, State College, PA 16803.  Upon arrival in Innovation Park, turn left and the building is the last one on the left hand side before the construction (look for the building with all the satellites on the roof).  There is visitor parking right by the entrance, the office is on the 3rd floor.  Since it is a weekend, the mail door may be locked, but just use the call box near the door to let them know you are there. Google maps plots the location very well and a GPS with current maps should get you there easily too.

Please email me, WA3UFN at comcast dot net, to advise that you will be attending as I need to give an approximate attendance to the National Weather Service just for planning purposes. This is open to members, family and friends. If you would like to car-pool also advise in the email, I’ll try to coordinate that aspect. We can try 146.49 simplex, as a talk around frequency while enroute or if you need assistance otherwise use the State College repeater, 146.76, access tone 146.2 Hz.

Any questions use my email as well.

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Current Club Announcements

Attention All Club Members!

Monthly Breakfast Arrowhead Restaurant, Clearfield – Saturday August 8, 9:30 AM
Monthly Meeting Hiller Bldg, Penn State DuBois – Friday August 21, 7:30 PM
 NWS  –  State College Tour  The tour begins August 9, 11:30 AM at the NWS office.

Baker Trail Ultra Marathon

imagesThe 2016 Baker Trail Ultra-marathon will be held starting at 6:30 AM Saturday August 29, 2015. This year will be on the “central section” of the trail (Summerville to Smicksburg).  here is a link for information:   http://www.rachelcarsontrails.org/bt/ultrachallenge/uc15

Please mark your calendars, and plan to help provide amateur radio public service communications for a fun event. More details to follow.

Kevin Snyder, KA3YCB


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!

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 July 8, 2015, 17 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.

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

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 […] […]

Amateur Radio assistance is requested for Millcreek Adventure Race, June 6, 2015


[ June 6, 2015; 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. ] The Millcreek Adventure Race, sponsored by the Brookville YMCA, is set for June 6, 2015. Chuck Shaffer, KC3EAJ has requested amateurs to provide public service communications for this race. His main focus is the orienteering course between Millcreek & Frozen Toe. The actual race covers eighty four miles and there are opportunities for as many ham operators to […] […]

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 […] […]