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Should QCARC continue giving VE Exams before club meetings in even months?

  • Yes, but occasionally on other days and times (67%, 2 Votes)
  • Yes (33%, 1 Votes)
  • No (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Yes, with more months (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Yes, but fewer months (0%, 0 Votes)

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QCARC American Radio Relay League – Certified Volunteer Exam Session

An American Radio Relay League certified Volunteer Exam session will be held June 21 at 6:00 PM, at the Penn State Du Bois Campus in the Smeal Building, for those wishing to take any class of amateur radio license exam. The exam sessions will be immediately prior to the monthly meeting.

An ARRL VE exam is scheduled to be held on even months, 6:00 PM, at the Smeal Building, Penn State Du Bois.

The ARRL VEC Exam Fee for 2022 is $15.00.
That one fee pays for one attempt at each of
the three exam elements.
If a candidate fails
an element at an exam session and wants to
re-test for the same
element, an additional
fee will be required.

Exact amount and Checks made out to ARRL VEC are preferred, if possible.

Please – read the information below on the  new required FRN needed to take exams.

Applicants must use an FCC Registration Number (FRN) for all license transactions with the FCC. Examinees must register in CORES and receive an FRN before exam day. Starting on May 20, electronic batch filed applications that do not include a candidate’s FRN will be rejected. The Social Security/Licensee ID Field will be disabled.

An instructional video provides step-by-step instructions on how to establish a CORES account, which is necessary for licensees to make administrative updates and download electronic license authorizations.

Effective June 29, 2022, all filers must provide an email address on all applications. When an email is provided, applicants will receive an official electronic copy of their licenses once granted (allow incoming email from authorizations@fcc.gov). If no email is provided when filing on or after June 29, 2022, applications will be rejected. ARRL VEC suggests that those without access to email to use the email address of a family member or friend.

Licensees need to log in to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) to download their authorizations. The FCC no longer issues paper copies.

— Information provided by FCC via the A.R.R.L Volunteer Exam Coordinator

 

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QCARC Meeting – June 2022

The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club will meet on Tuesday, June 21st at 7:00 pm at the Penn State DuBois Campus in the Smeal Building Conference Room, following the VE exams. Set your GPS to 1 College Place, DuBois, PA 15801.

This meeting is open to the public.   Face masks are NOT required.  Members and non members alike are welcome.

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January 2022 Meeting CANCELED

Due to the weather, the January 18, 2022 meeting has been canceled. Please spread the word.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm at the Chatterbox Cafe and Social Center, 4902 US-219, Brockway, PA 15824 (2½ miles north of I-80 Exit 97 on US 219.

The Next VE Exam Session will be Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm at the Chatterbox Cafe and Social Center, 4902 US-219, Brockway, PA 15824 (2½ miles north of I-80 Exit 97 on US 219.

The next breakfast get-together will be Saturday, February 12 at 8:30 am at the DuBois Dutch Pantry restaurant, at I-80 Exit 97 on US 219.

 

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QCARC 2022 Dues Are Due

Hi folks, it’s that time of year when your support of the Club by submitting your application and dues is requested. Thank you very much for your support!

Please complete the .pdf that can be downloaded then printed via the following ” QCARC 2022 Application” link below. The updated application and associated  link has the new PO box number and PO. :

QCARC 2022 Membership Appl.

 

 

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SkyWarn Online Training Opportunities

If you are interested in SkyWarn Training, you have a couple opportunities to complete the training online.  Click on the “Want To Become A SkyWarn Spotter?” graphic for information from the State College NWS office site.

Additionally, you can go to: https://www.meted.ucar.edu/education_training/course/23   If you need to enroll, it is a rather quick no charge process. Once enrolled you can take any of the many courses offered on various topics. It is worth checking out their catalog of courses.

 

 

 

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“Significant Rainfall and Flooding” (9/1/2021) – HEED THE NOAA/N.W.S. WARNINGS!

It looks like our general area will be impacted by the remnants of hurricane Ida. It is often easy to discount the weather forecasts but just what if the forecasts are accurate or even worse weather ends up occurring! The saying “Turn around don’t drown.” is not just cliche, it really means what it says.  There is seldom any good reason to place yourself and/or family in harms way.  Additionally there is no reason to ad to the workload of first-responders by instigating a rescue, needlessly placing them in harms way, by negligence in disregarding warnings. Take a little time to review the graphics issued by NOAA, they carry a very valid message! Also be sure your cellphone is setup to receive severe weather advisories. This function receives advisories for the location wherever you are as long as the GPS location is active.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tornado Action Information

Severe weather is a priority topic in weather reports. Our general area does not typically experience the full impact of a hurricane but we do experience the direct effects of tornadoes. Please take a look at the graphics and the important messages that are illustrated.

Check the links associated with the graphics for more in depth information (click on the graphic).

 

 

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Silent Key: Greg Jeffers N3FYD, Emporium

It is with great sadness we share the news that Greg Jeffers N3FYD of Emporium has passed away. Greg was an active radio amateur, and was a participating member with the local clubs. He was a regular check in on our Sunday night nets, and the owner of one of the Emporium repeaters.

More information […]

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Extreme Heat Cautions

The heat we’ve had needs to be taken seriously regardless of a person’s age. Experiencing the heat while outdoors can be debilitating and it poses a serous health concern. Just keeping hydrated is not necessarily the best preventative for heat related issues.

Additionally remember that there are serious ramifications that result from the heat that […]

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Weather Warning – Take Action!

A severe thunderstorm WARNING means TAKE ACTION.

Strong, damaging winds and/or large hail are occurring or will occur shortly. When a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for your area, move inside a sturdy structure immediately and stay away from windows and doors. Acting early helps save lives!

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Weather Watch – Be Prepared!

A severe thunderstorm WATCH means BE PREPARED for the potential of strong, damaging winds and/or large hail typically within the next 3-7 hours of the watch issuance.

When there is a severe thunderstorm watch, pay extra close attention to the weather and be ready to act. Preparing ahead of time helps […]

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Time To Check Those Smoke Alarms

It’s that time of year when you should change the batteries in you smoke detectors. While you are checking things, check the date on the detector. Typically detector lifetimes are 10 years. Remember your CO and combustible gas detectors too. If you happened to have the 10 year versions,that the batteries […]

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