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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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Monthly Breakfast Arrowhead Restaurant, Clearfield – Saturday April 11, 9:30 A.M.
Monthly Meeting Hiller Bldg, Penn State DuBois – Friday April 17, 7:30 P.M.
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Clearfield County Basic SkyWarn® Class

A Basic SkyWarn® class is scheduled at the Clearfield 911 Center, April 9, 19:00. This class is being administered by the State College NWS Office.

You MUST PRE-REGISTER for this course on this web page: www.clearfieldcountyarc.org/wordpress/clearfield-skywarn-training-class/

Classes are free and open to the public
Attendees under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
Classes typically last about 90 minutes
Bring a pen/pencil to the class, current spotters bring your card/spotter number

If possible, bring the Latitude and Longitude of your home (see instructions on this page to obtain your coordinates): http://www.latlong.net/convert-address-to-lat-long.html

 

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — H.R.1301

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 (H.R.1301)

Attention all amateurs, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 ( H.R. 1301) has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. This bill pertains 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 this web site: http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301

WRN_Ambassador_logoIt is official, the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club is a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events.

You may ask, what does this mean for the Club. Basically the Club provides outreach services relative to creating a Weather-Ready Nation to communities and organizations. Also within our own organization such as, disseminating severe weather information on APRS and the Club repeaters, where we are already active. As well as the continuation of training for our members.

The Club has been involved in the SkyWarn® program for a number of years, this is just part of the next step in taking what we know and have experienced in weather preparedness to the next level of sharing that knowledge and experience.

There will be more information and a Q&A session at the March 20 meeting.

For additional information you can access the Weather-Ready Nation web site at:  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/

Website Update

I did some very much-needed maintenance on this website today. All necessary software updates were completed, configured and debugged. One or two small issues remain, but I think you will all enjoy the improvements!

Please visit the poll section on the left often to make your voice heard. Polls are once again working and will be changed weekly. you can click the link at the bottom of the poll box to see the results or participate in past polls. Have fun!

Cross-Band Operation for the Yaesu FTM-400

Entering Cross-band mode

Turn the APRS modem off.
Set a UHF frequency in either the upper or lower display, using either the VFO or memory.
Set a VHF frequency in the other display, using either the VFO or memory.
Turn the FTM-400 off.
Press and hold the lower 3 buttons to the right of the display then press the power button. “X-BAND Repeater” will be displayed between the upper and lower frequency displays, if the FTM-400 transferred into cross-band repeater mode.

Exiting Cross-band mode

Turn the FTM-400 off.
Press and hold the lower 3 buttons to the right of the display then press the power button. “X-BAND Repeater” will not be displayed between the upper and lower frequency displays, if the FTM-400 transferred out of cross-band repeater mode.
Return the frequencies to your preferences.
Turn the APRS modem on, if you run APRS.

Thanks to N3FYD, Greg for the link to the YouTube video.

For the YouTube video on this procedure:

Using the Digital Repeater

(From the handout at the March 21, 2014 Club program)

You can still communicate as you have in the past, you will not have to buy a new radio, your radio will not be obsolete. The main difference is that at various times you may hear a noise similar to buzzing or a static like noise, this is likely a digital conversation. The digital conversation noise can be eliminated by setting up your radio’s receiver with a tone squelch of 173.8 Hz. The digital side of the repeater does not transmit the 173.8 Hz tone, therefore your radio will stay quiet until another analog FM radio transmits into the repeater. If you want to use the repeater, just talk as you have in the past. The repeater has the capability to detect what type of signal it is receiving and switch to the proper mode to enable you to talk to anyone whether they have a digital radio or the traditional analog FM. Also if you happen to hear or know there is a digital conversation on the repeater you can join the conversation just as you have in the past. When the repeater “hears” your analog FM signal it will switch to your mode and the folks who are using the digital mode will be switched to your analog FM mode. Everyone on the repeater will be able to talk, all automatically!
If you need help setting up your radio with tone squelch, check with one of the officers in the Club, they will be able to direct you to the right ham to help you.

Contest Results – Fall 2013

This was taken 10/26/13 around 7:30pm shortly before the half million point threshold...CONGRATULATIONS JOE AND PEACH!!! [KA3MKY Photo]

WOW! THE DAUNTLESS QCARC contest team warmed up the ionospere during several on-air operating events in October and November. Thanks to the generosity of Club President Peach Caltagarone AB3OG, we were able to string up some pretty impressive antennas at Hummingbird Speedway and rack up some pretty impressive scores, operating from the really nice cabin […] […]

LED’s vs grain of wheat bulbs

Everybody who has had burnt out bulbs in a radio, knows how hard it can be to replace them, so why not try to convert them to LED’s instead? That’s exactly what I did in my old Kenwood TS-700A. Now, if you look at the picture below, you can see that the S-meter has a very dim […] […]

Found at Butler Hamfest

Hi everybody Since I was just sitting here, I thought that I could show you all what I found at the ham-fest in Butler last Sunday. Well, lets go back to the beginning in this story. In 1978, I became interested in ham-radio satellites, so called OSCAR satellites. Way back then, the AMSAT OSCAR 7 was the satellite […] […]

For all you new hams!

Hello everybody, now we are going to have some fun! As some of you new hams might remember, at the last meeting I promised that you were going to play with some of my rigs at upcoming meetings, and I thought you should get acquainted with the easiest rigs first, so, take a look at the […] […]

Antenna Ideas..

Hi All, Here’s the project I’m looking to undertake and I’m wondering if anyone has any particular suggestions about what might work best in this area? I’m looking to put up an antenna(s) for 160-20 meter use. I already have a 10 meter dipole, which also seems to work ok on 6 meters, but am willing […] […]