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Expires:
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Sunday 12/11/2016 80%
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Periods of snow. High around 30F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 80%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.
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Monday 12/12/2016 40%
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Mostly cloudy skies with afternoon snow showers. High 34F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 40%.
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2017 DUES ARE DUE

The 2017 membership dues for the Quad County Amateur Radio Club are due. Please note the updated dues structure.   A fillable .pdf can be downloaded using the following link: 2017 QCARC Membership Application Please make checks payable to: Quad County Amateur Radio Club. You can print the completed application, mail it to Quad ...

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Contact Your US Senators AGAIN! Important!!!

11/15/2016 ARRL once again is calling on its members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) when it comes up in the Senate during the “lame duck” session of Congress that adjourns in mid-December. The House of Representatives approved the bill in September, but ...

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ARRL CEO Presentation at PSU Shenango

American Radio Relay League, Chief Executive Officer, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF  spoke  at the Penn State Shenango Campus, Sharon, PA. The presentation was attended by approximately 80 amateur radio operators from clubs across the WPA section, Ohio and others. QCARC had two representatives at the event. After Mr. Gallagher's presentation, he opened ...

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SkyWarn News

Just a note that the State College NWS, Fall 2016 edition of the SKYWARNNEWS is available. The .pdf is available to download at:  http://www.weather.gov/ctp/SkyWarn 

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NWS Winter Weather Awareness Week

The week of November 7 – 11, 2016 is the National Weather Service Winter Weather Awareness Week in Pennsylvania. Currently it sure does not seem like winter is coming but rest assured it is! Some of the indicators seem to predict a harsh winter. I have a boatload of acorns ...

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Time 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 ...

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12 VDC Power Control

  Many amateur radio operators have equipment operating on 12 VDC power supplies. There are times that the equipment needs to quickly switch to a 12 volt battery back-up. There is a very easy way to accomplish this without any intervention needed to switch back and forth from the AC operated ...

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Hurricane - Frequency Advisory

With hurricane Matthew’s track that effected Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba, it is probable there will also be issues in the Bahamas, Florida and points north along the coast as well as inland from the coast. The following frequencies have been posted, by Sean Kutzo of the ARRL, as frequencies that ...

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ARRL CEO Scheduled To Speak In WPA

American Radio Relay League, Chief Executive Officer, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF is scheduled to speak at the Penn State Shenango Campus, 147 Shenango Ave., Sharon, PA  16146. The presentation, to be held in the auditorium, is scheduled for November 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM. All amateur radio operators are welcome. For more ...

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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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Contact Your US Senators AGAIN! Important!!!

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ARRL once again is calling on its members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) when it comes up in the Senate during the “lame duck” session of Congress that adjourns in mid-December. The House of Representatives approved the bill in September, but if the Senate does not follow suit, the bill will die, and the entire process will have to be repeated. ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, who chairs the ARRL Board’s Legislative Advocacy Committee and has been heavily involved in efforts to move H.R. 1301 forward, said today, “The clock is ticking!”

“We begin the e-mail campaign once again, as the US Senate returns to work this week after a month-long hiatus,” Lisenco said. “We were just beginning to build momentum in the Senate following the unanimous passage of the Parity Act in the House when Congress shut down for the 4 weeks prior to Election Day.”

The task is simple: Go to our Rally Congress page, enter your ZIP code, fill in your name and address, press enter, and e-mails will go directly to your Senators. Members may do this, even if they have already contacted their US Senators for support.

“We have to remind our legislators that we are still here and that we need the Amateur Radio Parity Act to become law,” Lisenco stressed. “We must to do this now as we have, at most, only 4 weeks left in the session to get the bill passed this year. Otherwise, we will have to begin the entire process in 2017 with a new 115th Congress.”

There are no guarantees, Lisenco said, and we are subject to the political bickering that goes on daily between the parties, despite the fact that the bill is truly a bipartisan effort. “In order to have a chance at overcoming political obstacles that have little or nothing to do with the legislation, we need our voices to be heard,” he said. “And we need that input today!”

September’s victory in the US House was the culmination of many years of effort on ARRL’s part to gain legislation that would enable radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities to erect efficient outdoor 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, and ARRL’s relentless and strident efforts on Capitol Hill that this bill made it this far.

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.”

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Club Members

             

Monthly Breakfast Dutch Pantry Clearfield – Saturday, February 11, 8:30
Dutch Pantry Du Bois – Saturday, January 14, 8:30
Please note our new locations and alternating location schedule
Monthly Meeting

Smeal Building, Penn State Du Bois – Friday, December 16, 6:30 PM

2017 DUES ARE DUE

The 2017 membership dues for the Quad County Amateur Radio Club are due. Please note the updated dues structure.  qcpencheck2

A fillable .pdf can be downloaded using the following link: 2017 QCARC Membership Application

Please make checks payable to: Quad County Amateur Radio Club.
You can print the completed application, mail it to Quad County Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 599, Du Bois, PA  15801 or bring it to a meeting. Hope to see you at the meeting!

 

ARRL CEO Presentation at PSU Shenango

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ARRL Logo, 600dpiAmerican Radio Relay League, Chief Executive Officer, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF  spoke  at the Penn State Shenango Campus, Sharon, PA. The presentation was attended by approximately 80 amateur radio operators from clubs across the WPA section, Ohio and others. QCARC had two representatives at the event.
After Mr. Gallagher’s presentation, he opened the floor for questions and comments.  An interesting challenge was presented to the attendees. The challenge was, while enjoying the coffee and donuts, folks were encouraged to introduce themselves to someone they didn’t know. This would serve both parties in expanding their amateur radio acquaintances.

SkyWarn News

skywarn-wtmJust a note that the State College NWS, Fall 2016 edition of the SKYWARNNEWS is available.

The .pdf is available to download at:  http://www.weather.gov/ctp/SkyWarn 

NWS Winter Weather Awareness Week

The week of November 7 – 11, 2016 is the National Weather Service Winter Weather Awareness Week in Pennsylvania. Currently it sure does not seem like winter is coming but rest assured it is! Some of the indicators seem to predict a harsh winter. I have a boatload of acorns on the ground which is supposed to be indicative of a bad winter but I recall at least once before when there was a plentiful crop of acorns and the winter was rather mild.

To keep up on the information that the National Weather Service will be posting during the week, be sure to visit the web page daily at
http://www.weather.gov/ctp/WinterWeatherAwarenessWeek

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Time 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 are not replaceable, infographic_2016_fpw-800x1035at least press the test button.

Here are some statistics from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.
  • More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
  • The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

12 VDC Power Control

  Many amateur radio operators have equipment operating on 12 VDC power supplies. There are times that the equipment needs to quickly switch to a 12 volt battery back-up. There is a very easy way to accomplish this without any intervention needed to switch back and forth from the AC operated power supply and the battery […] […]

Hurricane – Frequency Advisory

With hurricane Matthew’s track that effected Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba, it is probable there will also be issues in the Bahamas, Florida and points north along the coast as well as inland from the coast. The following frequencies have been posted, by Sean Kutzo of the ARRL, as frequencies that may be used by relief […] […]

ARRL CEO Scheduled To Speak In WPA

American Radio Relay League, Chief Executive Officer, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF is scheduled to speak at the Penn State Shenango Campus, 147 Shenango Ave., Sharon, PA  16146. The presentation, to be held in the auditorium, is scheduled for November 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM. All amateur radio operators are welcome. For more information on directions to Sharon […] […]

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 […] […]

YOU Can Help: Amateur Radio Parity Act

Amateur Radio Parity Act Logo_11

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 tosend an email to your […] […]

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. 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 […] […]