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Build a kit. Include enough food, water and medical supplies for your needs in your emergency kit to last for at least 72 hours. Ready.gov/myplan. Brought to you by the Ad Council and Ready.

 

 

FEMA NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS - INDIVIDUAL PREPAREDNESS

During this week, to be prepared, you should: >  Understand actions you can take to be prepared for emergency >   Be aware of specific needs you may have if an emergency strikes like: medication, power needs, eye glasses, devices that you may count on, pet needs, etc. >    Understand safety tips and protective ...

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YOU Can Help: Amateur Radio Parity Act

To The Members of the Atlantic Division,We have an opportunity to positively affect Amateur Radio for years tocome. H.R. 1301, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, has unanimously passedthe House of Representatives and moved on to the Senate forconsideration. All you need to do is spend two minutes of your time ...

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Don't Wait. Communicate. Make a family emergency plan today. September is National Preparedness Month. Learn more at www.ready.gov/September.

 

September is National Preparedness Month

September 11-17    Preparing Through Service There is plenty that can be done to mitigate the adverse effects of a disaster, whether it is a local or a large wide area issue. Please take some time to review the information on the web site. The information can help you, your family and your neighbors. https://www.ready.gov/ This ...

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House Passes Amateur Radio Parity Act

Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes in the US House of Representatives! Washington, DC, 09/14/2016 (from ARRL) “The bill is passed without objection.” With those words, Amateur Radio history was made on September 12, when the US House of Representatives approved the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301 on a voice vote under ...

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Congratulations!! Joe Shupienis W3BC

Congratulations to Joe W3BC are newly appointed Section Manager of the Western Pennsylvania!!!

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US Lightning Fatalities

A surprising statistic in the U.S.A. for 2016, as of August 21 there have been 27 fatalities due to lightning, which is the total for 2015! It is difficult to definitively determine why so many people have been killed by lightning strikes so far this year. It could be that ...

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New Tri-Band Baofeng on the Market

  The Baofeng Tri-Band hand-held hits the market! For those interested in using the 220 MHz band it is now a bit easier with the new UV-5X3, 5 Watt Tri-Band Radio: 130-179.99mhz (VHF), 222-225.99mhz (1.25M), 400-520.99mhz (UHF), it also is reported to have the FM broadcast band receiver.The new hand-held looks ...

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Burn Bans Lifted in Clearfield and Jefferson Counties

The countywide burn ban that was enacted at the the July 19 Clearfield County PA, Commissioners meeting, was lifted as of 8/16/2016. For the entire article relating to the burn ban see the GantDaily.com website http://gantdaily.com/2016/08/16/breaking-clearfield-county-lifts-burn-ban/ Jefferson County PA has also lifted their burn ban.

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Amateur Radio Clubs, They're All Over The Place

  Amateur radio clubs are all over the place, some make their presence known while others seem to hide from the amateur radio world. There are different reasons amateur radio clubs exist. Some appear to be very focused as to their reason for existence, while others try to be the club ...

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Quadruple Your Driving Safety

  Many of us drive regularly and deal with the varied issues associated with driving, how ever small or large, on the highways. I may be able to offer some information that will make your commute four times safer! Whether you are going down the street to the convenience store or ...

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Cellphone Weather Alerts

So, you're motoring down the road to your destination, when you hear an unfamiliar noise from your cell phone. Best thing to do is safely pull off the road then check your phone for the reason for the noise. When you check the cell phone you find out it just ...

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Current Club Announcements

Attention All Club Members! Christmas/Holiday Dinner Du Bois Diner, Du Bois - Saturday, December 10, 6:00 PM Club Picnic Scheduled for October 15, 1:00 - 5:00 at Ed Golla's QTH, 4366 PA Rte. 310, Reynoldsville 15851, (south of Reynoldsville, same location as in past years) QCARC sign at end of driveway. Covered dish appreciated. ...

Don't Turn A Cold Shoulder To Summer Heat

Although we have recent memories of snow, the summer heat really is on the way. All too many times we hear of children or pets left in a vehicle during hot summer days, sometimes with a heartbreaking ending. There are days when the temperature may seem rather low but with ...

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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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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 incl C4FM, where all the ...

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All Club Members!

Christmas/Holiday Dinner Du Bois Diner, Du Bois – Saturday, December 10, 6:00 PM
Club Picnic Scheduled for October 15, 1:00 – 5:00 at Ed Golla’s QTH, 4366 PA Rte. 310, Reynoldsville 15851, (south of Reynoldsville, same location as in past years) QCARC sign at end of driveway. Covered dish appreciated. Club to provide hot dogs and condiments. Talk-in 147.315 repeater.

Monthly Breakfast Dutch Pantry Clearfield – Saturday, October 8, 8:30
Dutch Pantry Du Bois – Saturday, November 12 , 8:30
Please note our new locations and alternating location schedule
Monthly Meeting

Smeal Bldg, Penn State DuBois – Friday, October 21, 6:30 PM

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FEMA NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS – INDIVIDUAL PREPAREDNESS

During this week, to be prepared, you should:

>  Understand actions you can take to be prepared for emergency
>   Be aware of specific needs you may have if an emergency strikes like: medication, power needs, eye glasses,
devices that you may count on, pet needs, etc.
>    Understand safety tips and protective actions you can take before or during a disaster.
>    Download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips

Build a kit. Include enough food, water and medical supplies for your needs in your emergency kit to last for at least 72 hours. Ready.gov/myplan. Brought to you by the Ad Council and Ready.    

Build a kit. Include enough food, water and medical supplies for your needs in your emergency kit to last for at least 72 hours. Ready.gov/myplan. Brought to you by the Ad Council and Ready.

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YOU Can Help: Amateur Radio Parity Act

To The Members of the Atlantic Division,

We have an opportunity to positively affect Amateur Radio for years to
come. H.R. 1301, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, has unanimously passed
the House of Representatives and moved on to the Senate for
consideration. All you need to do is spend two minutes of your time to
send an email to your two Senators supporting the Bill. By doing so,
you will have helped the future of Amateur Radio by guaranteeing our
ability to have an effective outdoor antenna in a deed-restricted
community.

The number of people living in such communities grows exponentially
each year. Often, a ham homeowner has no choice but to live in a
community restricted by covenants. There are nearly 3/4 of a million
licensed hams in the United States, more than ever before. But that
may change if we are forced to live in a community that refuses to
allow an antenna.

Help yourself and help your fellow hams. Go to this link:

https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-senate-to-support-amateur-radio-parity-act

Enter your zip code and follow the prompts. The letters are there.

All you need to do is fill in the blanks, hit save, then send.

That’s it. Less than 2 minutes and you’re finished.

If you haven’t yet done so, please do so today.

Your voice counts!

Thank you.

73, Tom, W3TOM

ARRL Director – Atlantic Division
(301) 257-6225
Serving all of ARRL members in the Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania,
Maryland/DC, Northern New York, Southern New Jersey, Western New York
and Western Pennsylvania ARRL Sections.
ARRL – The National Association for Amateur Radio™

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ARRL Atlantic Division
Director: Thomas J Abernethy, W3TOM
w3tom@arrl.org
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September is National Preparedness Month

Don't Wait. Communicate. Make a family emergency plan today. September is National Preparedness Month. Learn more at www.ready.gov/September.  

Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make a family emergency plan today. September is National Preparedness Month. Learn more at www.ready.gov/September.

September 11-17    Preparing Through Service

There is plenty that can be done to mitigate the adverse effects of a disaster,
whether it is a local or a large wide area issue.
Please take some time to review the information on the web site.
The information can help you, your family and your neighbors.

https://www.ready.gov/

This information provided in cooperation with America’s PrepareAthon!
America’s PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community
preparedness and resilience. Join others around the country to practice your preparedness!

House Passes Amateur Radio Parity Act

Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes in the US House of Representatives!
Washington, DC, 09/14/2016 (from ARRL)
“The bill is passed without objection.” With those words, Amateur Radio history was made on September 12, when the US House of Representatives approved the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301 on a voice vote under a suspension of the rules. The focus of the campaign to enact the legislation into law now shifts to the US Senate. Amateur Radio Parity Act Logo_11The House victory culminated many years of effort on ARRL’s part to gain legislation that would enable radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities to erect antennas that support Amateur Radio communication. The measure calls on the FCC to amend its Part 97 rules “to prohibit the application to amateur stations of certain private land-use restrictions, and for other purposes.” While similar bills in past years gained some traction on Capitol Hill, it was not until the overwhelming grassroots support from the Amateur Radio community for H.R. 1301 shepherded by ARRL that a bill made it this far. The legislation faces significant obstacles to passage in the US Senate, however.

“This is huge step in our effort to enact legislation that will allow radio amateurs who live in deed-restricted communities the ability to construct an effective outdoor antenna,” ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said. “Thanks to everyone for their help in this effort thus far. Now we must turn our full attention to getting the bill passed in the Senate.”

ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, who chairs the ARRL Board’s Legislative Advocacy Committee, has been heavily involved in efforts to move H.R. 1301 forward. “This has been a multiyear effort that is finally seeing some light,” he said. “The passage of the bill in the House is a major accomplishment, due to the hard work of so many — from the rank-and-file member to the officers and directors.”

Lisenco said it’s not a time to rest on our laurels. “We are only halfway there. The focus now shifts to our effort in the Senate,” he said. “We are beginning a massive e-mail campaign in which we need every member to write their two Senators using our simplified process. You will be hearing from President Roderick and from your Directors, asking you to go to our ‘Rally Congress’ page. Using your ZIP code, e-mails will be generated much like our recent letter campaign. You’ll fill in your name and address and press Enter. The e-mails will be sent directly to your Senators without you having to search through their websites.”

Lisenco said getting these e-mails to members’ Senators is a critical part of the process. “Those numbers matter! Please help us help you by participating in this effort,” he said.

As the amended bill provides, “Community associations should fairly administer private land-use regulations in the interest of their communities, while nevertheless permitting the installation and maintenance of effective outdoor Amateur Radio antennas. There exist antenna designs and installations that can be consistent with the aesthetics and physical characteristics of land and structures in community associations while accommodating communications in the Amateur Radio services.”

During this week’s limited debate, the House bill’s sponsor, Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), thanked ARRL and the Community Associations Institute (CAI) for reaching an agreement to move the bill forward “in a bipartisan and very positive manner.” He pointed out to his colleagues that Amateur Radio antennas are prohibited outright in some areas.

“For some this is merely a nuisance,” Kinzinger said, “but for others — those that use their Amateur Radio license for life-saving emergency communications — a dangerous situation can be created by limiting their ability to establish effective communication for those in need.”

Kinzinger said that in emergencies, hams can provide “a vital and life-saving function” when conventional communication systems are down. He also praised the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS), a US Department of Defense-sponsored program, comprised largely of Amateur Radio volunteers, that also supports communication during emergencies and disasters.

Cosponsor US Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT) also urged the bill’s passage. “This is not just a feel-good bill,” Courtney said, recounting how Hurricane Sandy brought down the power grid, and “we saw all the advanced communications we take for granted…completely fall by the wayside.” Ham radio volunteers provided real-time communication in the storm’s wake, he said, saying the legislation was a way “to rebalance things” for radio amateurs who choose to live in deed-restricted neighborhoods by enabling them to install “non-intrusive antennas.”

Courtney noted that he spoke recently with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and said that Wheeler “strongly supports this legislation.”

Leading up to the vote, Rep Paul Tonko (D-NY) also spoke in support of the legislation, calling it a commonsense approach that would build “fairness into the equation for Amateur Radio operators” in dealing with homeowners associations.

The earlier U.S. Senate version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act, S. 1685, no longer is in play, and the Senate is expected to vote by unanimous consent on the version of H.R. 1301 that was adopted by the House on September 12.

Congratulations!! Joe Shupienis W3BC

Congratulations to Joe W3BC are newly appointed Section Manager of the Western Pennsylvania!!!

US Lightning Fatalities

A surprising statistic in the U.S.A. for 2016, as of August 21 there have been 27 fatalities due to lightning, which is the total for 2015! It is difficult to definitively determine why so many people have been killed by lightning strikes so far this year. It could be that the word is not getting out. It could be that people are not hearing the information about the seriousness of lightning. It could be that people are just plain ignoring the fact that lightning is a major factor in deaths, especially during outdoor activities. Personally I believe it is the last possibility.

Lightning strikes the Empire State Building and other buildings

Please heed the warnings especially about moving indoors when you first hear lightning. I have first-hand experience when it comes to seeing the “bolt out the blue”. When the “bolt out of the blue” struck, I believe the storm was about 10 miles away. By the way, myself nor the other fellow who I was talking to heard thunder! Fortunately we were in his house but only about eighty feet from the tree that was struck. That was one lesson learned but everyone does not have the luck of a safe experience of a close strike to talk about.

Click on the photo of lightning striking the building for and interesting list of “Lightning Myths and Facts”.

Check out the National weather Service web site about the lightning strike statistics at:
http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/fatalities.shtml

Also check out the web site on ways lightning strikes people at:
http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/struck.shtml

 

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are trademarks of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, used with permission.”

 

 

 

New Tri-Band Baofeng on the Market

  The Baofeng Tri-Band hand-held hits the market! For those interested in using the 220 MHz band it is now a bit easier with the new UV-5X3, 5 Watt Tri-Band Radio: 130-179.99mhz (VHF), 222-225.99mhz (1.25M), 400-520.99mhz (UHF), it also is reported to have the FM broadcast band receiver.The new hand-held looks a lot like a UV-5 […] […]

Burn Bans Lifted in Clearfield and Jefferson Counties

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The countywide burn ban that was enacted at the the July 19 Clearfield County PA, Commissioners meeting, was lifted as of 8/16/2016. For the entire article relating to the burn ban see the GantDaily.com website http://gantdaily.com/2016/08/16/breaking-clearfield-county-lifts-burn-ban/ Jefferson County PA has also lifted their burn ban. […]

Amateur Radio Clubs, They’re All Over The Place

  Amateur radio clubs are all over the place, some make their presence known while others seem to hide from the amateur radio world. There are different reasons amateur radio clubs exist. Some appear to be very focused as to their reason for existence, while others try to be the club for all reasons. Some clubs […] […]

Quadruple Your Driving Safety

  Many of us drive regularly and deal with the varied issues associated with driving, how ever small or large, on the highways. I may be able to offer some information that will make your commute four times safer! Whether you are going down the street to the convenience store or several states away to visit […] […]

Cellphone Weather Alerts

So, you’re motoring down the road to your destination, when you hear an unfamiliar noise from your cell phone. Best thing to do is safely pull off the road then check your phone for the reason for the noise. When you check the cell phone you find out it just received an alert for a […] […]