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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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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 to work. It had an orbit that made it show up every 90 minutes, and covered Europe, northern Africa, and also the US East Coast. To work US East Coast stations, you had about 5 minutes before it went down under the horizon again, so you had to be quick!

Now to the more technical part, the radio you see here at the right, is an Icom 402, it was the state of the art in late 70’s if you wanted to do some SSB on 70cm. It has 3w out-put, and that is not very much, but then again, your average 2m FM radio had a high-power setting of 10w. I used an Icom 402 on the uplink, 435 Mhz LSB, and then the signal from the satellite came back on 145 Mhz USB. The 402 was hooked up to a 46 element J-beam, and the antenna for down-link was a simple 4 element yagi. Right at the 2m yagi, I had a low-noise preamp, to help my Kenwood TS-700 hear the weak signals coming back from the satellite. I would say, that I worked a few hundred  stations via OSCAR satellites.

Now to complete this little story. At the hamfest, I paid $10 for this radio in close to mint condition! Needless to say, it made my day! Of course, there aren’t many 70 cm stations around Clearfield — much less SSB ones — but late last night before I went to bed, I went into my shack, and for some reason I tuned around the band and heard somebody! It was Joe W3BC, and he was operating from W3SO in Altoona, so that was my first QSO on my new “old” rig, Joe also gave me the frequencies for 2m and 6m, since what I stumbled into was the VHF contest, lucky them!

Hope this little essay was worth reading  :)

PS: For all you who are interested, there is a 2m version of this radio and a 6m version, Icom 202 and Icom 502, there is also a fm 2m, Icom 215.


PS2: This is a 70cm Halo antenna I built for the radio, it’s horizontally polarized and it is Omni directional (same radiation all directions)

Update on Halo, just worked W3SO, Altoona, made op laugh! Will listen for other stations also….



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3 comments to Found at Butler Hamfest

  • Lars —

    That radio sounded as good as any I heard during the contest. Your 3 watts was S-9 +10dB at W3SO’s QTH high atop Wopsononock Mountain near Altoona. If you compare that to an IC-7000 with 35 watts or a 706 with 25 watts, you’re only 10dB less, so you still would have been S-9!!!

    Of course if you compare that to the 1000 watts of W3SO… well that’s a whole other story!

    On behalf of the W3SO operators, thanks to you (and to Doug W3DWR) for the QSOs!

  • Lars

    Thanks for the comment Joe :)
    Well, you can’t even imagine how surprised I was, when I heard somebody being on 70cm ssb :)

  • emmitt clark

    hi lars, my call is wb3ccw just to let you know i have the icom 502 6 meter rig. bought it back in 1977
    5watts ssb and cw. still works great and have a lot fun with it. i have worked dx and 41 states from
    different fire towers around the area using the built in antenna and using c cell batterys internally.
    what a great portable rig!!! have fun. emmitt clark, brockway, pa.

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