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Estate Sale – W3DWR

The following items are for sale from the estate of Doug Rowles W3DWR. Pricing is based on the average used prices for each item. All items are in good to like-new condition. To purchase an item, please contact Doug’s brother Larry Rowles LJR329 [at] v eri z on [dot] ne t (please remove all spaces and insert the correct punctuation to keep this address from being “harvested”) to arrange for payment and pick-up.

Shipping will be extra.

Please do not delay! All items not sold in the next several days will be listed and sold at public auction (likely for significantly higher prices).

Mfr Model Average Remarks
ADI AT-201 17.25 HT, 2M
ADI AT-401 18.00 HT, 440
Alinco DR-06 167.75 6m Mobile
Alinco DR-06 125.00 6m Mobile
Astron RS-20A 32.33 PS 20A
Astron RS-36M 105.75 PS 35A
Bearcat BC-56 20.00 Scanner
Cushcraft UHF Ringo 20.00 UHF Antenna
GE Transistor radio/TV 5.00 Radio/TV
GSC 6R 10.00 6 amp PS
Icom “Mattel” Mic HM-7 23.72 Hand Mic
Icom IC-211 247.14 2m All Mode
Icom IC-551 169.50 6M All Mode
Icom IC-551D 169.50 6M All Mode
Icom IC-PS20 62.00 PS 20A
Icom IC-V8000 140.14 2M Mobile
Icom IC-V8000 140.14 2M Mobile
Icom SM-30 100.43 Desk mic
Kenwood KPS-7 29.99 PS 7A
Kenwood KPS-7A 29.99 PS 7A
Kenwood MC-60 91.81 Desk Mic
Kenwood TM-241A 66.33 2m All Mode
Kenwood TR-9000, mic, base 222.71 2m All Mode
MFJ Car hump Mount 15.00 Mobile Mount
MFJ MFJ-921 38.00 VHF Antenna Tuner
Motorola “Desk Mic” 20.00 Desk Mic
Motorola HMN-1056D 14.12 Hand Mic
Motorola HSN-8145B 28.00 Speaker
Motorola HT-220 50.00 HT, 2M
Motorola Radius GM-300 49.66 UHF mobile
Motorola Radius GM-300 49.66 UHF mobile
Radio Shack PRO-2052 48.28 Scanner
Radio Shack PRO-2052 48.28 Scanner
Radio Shack Scanner Ant 10.00 V/UHF Antenna
Realistic MPS-5 20.00 PS 5A
Shure/Johnson CM-17K 10.00 Desk Mic
Sony AV-3600 134.95 Pro Videotape
Staco RPS-4 20.00 PS 4A
Tokyo Hy Power HL-66V 55.00 6M Linear Amp
Uniden BC-760XLT 47.64 Scanner
Yaesu FT-2800M 130.00 2M Mobile 75w
Yaesu FT-7800R, mic, antenna 263.84 2M/UHF Mobile
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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.


Current Club Announcements

Attention All Club Members!

Monthly Breakfast Arrowhead Restaurant, Clearfield – Saturday June 13, 9:30 pm
Monthly Meeting Hiller Bldg, Penn State DuBois – Friday June 19, 7:30 pm

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!

National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 24-30

Even though our immediate area is typically not seriously effected by hurricanes, as amateur radio operators we can still offer assistance when a hurricane strikes. Often times there is a need to handle traffic for the effected areas that the hurricane impacts, amateurs can assist by listening to the recognized Hurricane Watch Net frequency of 14.325 MHz for any traffic that they can process.

This year Amateur Radio station WX4NHC stationed at the National Hurricane Center will conduct its station test May 30, 14:00 UTC through 22:00 UTC. This test is to check the station equipment, antennas and other systems prior to the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season that begins June 1 and continues through November 30. Details of the event can be read at http://www.arrl.org/news/view/wx4nhc-at-national-hurricane-center-to-conduct-annual-station-test-on-may-30 WRN_Ambassador_logo

As a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador, the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club encourages everyone to take some time to read up on the hurricane information at:Hurricane Prep Week

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 Brie, our server.  And then there were our guests… Tim Duffy K3LR, the ARRL Western Pennsylvania Section Manager spoke IMGP0007_v2about the value of clubs and the ARRL’s focus on local clubs. Our Featured Speaker was Matt Welsh W3DEC from the Cleveland area. May of us know Matt as a sales agent at Amateur Electronic Supply’s Wickliffe store.

The dinner was served from the Diner’s extensive menu and everyone was pleased with their meal. MC Joe Shupienis W3BC, who is the club’s founder, recounted highlights from the Club’s long history, and made a tribute to the Founding members, many of whom are now Silent Keys.

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America’s PrepareAthon!

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 a dramatic impact on your life, the lives of your family and your friends.

Source: America’s PrepareAthon! – America’s PrepareAthon!


PEMA HQ to participate in Field Day 2015

2015 Field Day Logo Red Design 1

Harrisburg – Staff and volunteers with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s (PEMA) Auxiliary Communications Service will be demonstrating the commonwealth’s amateur radio capabilities during an annual “Field Day” at PEMA headquarters near Harrisburg. The public is invited to observe the activities, which will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 28 and end at 6 p.m. Sunday, […] […]

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 […] […]

Baker Trail Ultra Marathon


[ August 29, 2015; 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. ] The 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 […] […]

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 […] […]