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Happy Thanksgiving - We Remember

  Happy Thanksgiving everybody! This is a traditional time to spend with family and friends, and to remember all those who are no longer with us. I remember in the early days of the club, that there was a day-long QSO on the DuBois Repeater with hams far and wide in the ...

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CubeSats - An Interesting Concept

AMSAT recently deployed the FOX-1A amateur radio satellite, also designated AO-85. These tiny satellites are only 4 inches square! Image that little cube flying around the earth and using it to talk to other amateur radio operators around the world. Communications can be established via the FM transponder that has ...

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2016 Dues Are Due

Quad County Amateur Radio Club Membership dues are due and payable. > Renewal memberships: $25.00 > First Time only memberships: See the pro-rated chart on the form. Click  2016 Membership Application to proceed to a form that you can fill then print. Please submit the completed, printed form with your dues. Checks are made ...

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The November meeting brought about a discussion concerning the times of the breakfast and meetings. After a discussion, the membership voted to change the times for the breakfast to 8:30 AM and the meeting to 6:30 PM. The unanimous vote resulted in the decision to change to what is believed ...

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Current Club Announcements

Attention All Club Members!   Christmas Dinner Arrowhead Restaurant, Clearfield - Saturday December 19, 6:00 PM   No Reservations Required Monthly Breakfast Arrowhead Restaurant, Clearfield - Saturday December 12, 8:30 AM >> NOTE THE NEW BREAKFAST TIME OF 8:30 AM << Monthly Meeting Hiller Bldg, Penn State DuBois - Friday December 18, 6:30 PM >>> NOTE THE NEW MEETING TIME ...

SkyWarn™ Recognition Day 2015

This year the SkyWarn™ Recognition Day will be Sunday December 5. This special event started in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League to recognize the contributions of amateur radio operators during SkyWarn™ events. Operations are December 5 from 0000Z – 2400Z. This is not a ...

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- IMPORTANT UPDATE - The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R.1301 & S 1685

Recent information from ARRL indicates that those in opposition to this bill are campaigning against the bill with fraudulent information which is shown in a video on the link below "Contacting Your Congressional Representatives". It is also part of the QCARC meeting program on November 20. To counter these false ...

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N3Q Takes First Place in WPA on Field Day!

he rain couldn't damp OR dampen the spirits of the erstwhile Quad-County hams as they slogged through the ankle-deep waters and braved the torrential downpours on Field Day, this June 27 and 28th. This year, the operations were set up at the Punxsutawney Airport at the facilities used by the ...

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Fall Has Weather Hazards Too

Even with the bright colors and cool temperatures, Fall can also hold some rather hazardous weather too. Be prepared for the hazards that can occur during this time of year as many of us are winding down from a hectic summer.   “Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ and the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ logo are ...

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Quad-County Special Service Club Renewal Received

The current American Radio Relay League Special Service Club  renewal certificate was received at the August meeting of the QCARC. Members can be proud of the Club's continuing involvement in Public Service, Training, VE Exams, Mentoring, etc. that enable the Club to continue to maintain the Special Service Club designation. What ...

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Quad-County ARC Turns 40!

Quad-County ARC Turns 40!

APPY 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 ...

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The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club is a WRN Ambassador

Weather-Ready Nation

It 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 ...

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Website Update

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 ...

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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 ...

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

Contest Results - Fall 2013

OW! 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 ...

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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 to ditch that if someone has an idea that will go 160-6. I really don’t have a lot of room for a ground radial system; 30 feet in any direction is probably about the max. My QTH is at the top of a hill so it is a good location. Budget is also a consideration. What I’d really like and what I can afford are in separate zip codes. I’m sure this is fairly common!

My transceiver is a Yaesu FT-847 with 100 watts of output and I’ve got the companion FC-20 tuner. I currently don’t have any additional amplifiers. I’d like to see how far the 100 watts can take things by getting clever with antennas rather than just running up my electric bill with an amp  ;–]

I’ve got some ideas of my own, but want don’t want to predispose anyone to making certain suggestions. Any and all input is greatly appreciated!


Andy – KB3AWS  (formerly KB3ZVG)

5/1/2013 – Thank you to all who have given feedback so far. At this point I’m leaning towards a G5RV. Getting it high in the sky is going to be fun ;–]

5/22/13 – An update… I did go with the G5RV and using a one pound weight and some light rope was able to get it about 30 feet in the air. Worked a station from CT (K2GAV) on 40 Meters about 5 minutes after hooking everything up and turning the rig on. Still have some work to do to make the install more ‘permanent’, but I wanted to thank those who took the time to send me their feedback and ideas. This is still a ‘work in progress’ so if anyone has G5RV’s and wants to share any quirks, etc I’m sure everyone would be interested in hearing; I know I am!


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3 comments to Antenna Ideas..

  • Hi Andy!

    Congrats on the new call — your initials, I take it?

    As to antennas, while it’s convenient to have one for everything, the laws of physics make for better results with several antennas. Most hams end up with more than one.

    If you can only have one, there are several good choices, as long as you can get them high enough… right above 40 feet is generally a good height to shoot for. At that height, you will get good multiband performance from a trap dipole, a properly fed Windom or a G5RV.

    I win contests with a G5RV at 45 feet up, that runs true North and South. Any of the aforementioned antennas would also provide similar success. If you wanted to go old school, you could use a “doublet” which is a half-wave on 160 meters, center-fed with open wire pair, and is resonant on every HF band from there on up (including the WARC bands). However, as it becomes longitudinally directional on the higher bands, it needs to be oriented in a useful direction, like NE-SW, or your DX band signals will only warm up a spot in the ocean otherwise.

    You’ll get lots of other advice, so thanks for generating the interest here!

  • AA3AZ

    Hi Andy
    Here is a URL to a site of an interesting antenna

    Hope it is useful in your search for an antenna

  • Lars

    Hi Andy
    After reading your question, I see that you don’t have that much room for antennas, however, I would say that a G5RV would be a good choice, but it needs to sit high, to really “deliver”.
    I think Joe had some good results with his on 160m even….
    hope this helped in your antenna decision.
    Good Luck!

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