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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)

Total Voters: 3

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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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QCARC Monthly Breakfast Resumes

It was decide at the June meeting to resume the monthly Club breakfast at Dutch Pantry. Initially June 12, 8:30 AM will be the restart at Du Bois Dutch Pantry. We will pick up the existing breakfast schedule in July at Du Bois,  with Clearfield, in August, etc. in order to maintain the second Saturday @ 8:30 AM schedule as it was.

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New QCARC Meeting and VE Exam Location

We are please to announce an interim monthly meeting location for the Quad County Amateur Radio Club, as well as the ARRL VE Exams. The meeting location is the Chatterbox along Rte. 219 south of Brockway. Please keep in mind the change of day/date as we had to make the change to make the accommodation to have the meeting. The 7:00 PM meeting time remains. Beginning July, our  meetings at the Chatterbox, will be held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM.

There is a large easy to read sign for the Chatterbox along Rte. 219 in front the building and on the front of the building. It is just north of Highway Equipment, on the right side of 219. Parking is available on the right side of the building with limited parking along the front. Entrance is at the front of the building.

The 911 address and Coordinates for the Chatterbox are:

4902 Route 219, Brockway, PA  15824

41.17904, -78.77871

Some folks have found that it is best to use thee  GPS coordinates instead of the 911 address.

 

An ARRL VE exam is scheduled to be held June 15, 7:00 PM, at the Chatterbox location..

The ARRL VEC Exam Fee for 2021 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.

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.

After June 29, 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, 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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Severe Weather Awareness Week April 19 – 23 2021

During Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 19 – 23, information to help with awareness and preparedness will be presented by the State College NWS office with different weather hazards highlighted daily.

For expanded information and details be sure to check : https://www.weather.gov/ctp/SevereWeatherAwarenessWeek

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QCARC 2021 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 “2021 QCARC Application” link. Please note that due to the ongoing (2 year) issue with the PO box being closed for reasons the USPS could not determine, the decision to move to another location had to be made immediately. The updated application and associated  link has the new PO box number and PO. :

2021 QCARC Application v2

 

 

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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 will be published as details become available.

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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 builds in our vehicles. Remember to take children with you regardless of how quick you think you’ll be back. Also remember to lock the vehicle to prevent children entering the vehicle and unable to exit.

Our pets are effected just as adversely with high temperatures when left in a vehicle. Leaving a window open part-way is not the answer, your pet needs to go with you.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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 […]

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On-line Radio Wave Propagation Course

Sky, space, and surface waves

An interesting and informative course is available from Comet/MetEd titled Radio Wave Propagation. The course web-site: https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_module.php?id=1394#.Wylt6Rwnb4Y

If you are relatively new to amateur radio do not be concerned with the technical aspect of understanding all of the details and terminology. You may be surprised that many of […]

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