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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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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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Q.C.A.R.C. VE Exams Scheduled

The Quad County Amateur Radio Club (QCARC), has scheduled an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) amateur radio Volunteer Examination session for August 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM. All license class exams will be available.

You must register and advise the exams that you intend to take, as there are limited spaces available.  –  No walk-ins can be accepted.

To register, or for additional information contact: bryan@wa3ufn.com or (814) 371-3836

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Q.C.A.R.C. Breakfasts Suspended

In the interest of maintaining a healthy environment for activities for you, our members and guests, we feel that it is best to suspend the breakfast gatherings given today’s circumstances. We look forward to initiating the breakfast gatherings as soon as possible.

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August Meeting Announcement

The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club will hold an online meeting August 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM. In the interest of maintaining a healthy environment for you, our members and guests, we feel the remote webinar is the optimal method to conduct meetings given today’s circumstances.

An available email list of members has been sent a notice which has all of the needed information to join the meeting by computer only. (Cell phone connection is no longer available.)

It may be advantageous to use voice only instead of both voice and video to eliminate drop-outs due to bandwidth limitations. Video is not required to participate.

If you have not received the email notice, email Bryan at: wa3ufn@arrl.net to advise so the information can be emailed.

Due to the 50 minute limitation, imposed by the webinar service provider, no program can be presented.

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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 save lives!

Understand Severe Weather Alerts
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N3QC Announcement System Back On The Air

Due to technical issues, the time and information announcement system that was operating on the 147.315 repeater is operating on the 442.95 repeater as of February 20. With the increasing popularity of UHF, we feel that the move will benefit just as many amateurs in our area. Additionally, handheld coverage is often better on UHF.

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News Release – Amendment to HB-37

Forwarded From: WT Jones WN3LIF EPA SEC

DATE: January 30, 2020 
MEMO TO: Pennsylvania Amateur Radio Operators 
FROM: Your Pennsylvania ARRL Leadership Team (includes the Eastern and Western PA Sections!) 

During a conference this morning with the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee, we learned that partly as a result of our efforts, Senator Farnese of Philadelphia will be introducing an amendment to this bill that will exempt Amateur Radio Operators from its prohibition on the use of Amateur Radio equipment while mobile. 

The committee’s executive director is unsure of the timing for a future vote on this bill but feels certain that if Amateur Radio Operators in Pennsylvania communicate their support for the amendment, it will contribute to a successful outcome. 

Senator Farnese’s staff is currently preparing the language of the amendment following input from your ARRL team. Once the Senate includes this exemption and passes the bill, it will go to a conference committee where the differences in the House and Senate versions must be ironed out. So, your support for this amendment is crucial. Contact your State Representative and State Senator and ask them to support the amendment to HB37 exempting Amateur Radio Operators. 

Use this link https://www.legis.state.pa.us/ to find out who represents you in the Senate and House. Contact them and simply ask them to support the exemption amendment. 

We’ll post more updates as the bill progresses.
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2020 QCARC Membership Application

The 2020 ,pdf application is available. Click “Download” to obtain the application form to print and complete.

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Hurricane Dorian – Possible Traffic

Even though the hurricane will likely have little to no effect on the WPA area, remember that there is a possibility that people in the effected area may be trying to contact family or friends relative their well-being. Consider monitoring the hurricane net frequencies of 14.325 MHz & 7.268 MHz. I have not heard any traffic so far but they may pass the messages using the ARRL Radiogram message form or the ICS 213 message form. These are the same forms we covered in the training programs at the Club meetings.

Message form downloads:
ARRL Radiogram .pdf link http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Public%20Service/RADIOGRAM-2011.pdf

ICS 213 .pdf link https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1922-25045-5379/ics_forms_213.pdf

For additional information check the web-site:   http://www.arrl.org/2019-Hurricanes .

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2019 QCARC Survey

Please click the following link for the 2019 survey.

In order to properly print the document select landscape when printing.
Please submit the completed survey at the meeting. If you want, mail the completed survey to the QCARC, PO Box 599, Du Bois, PA 15801

Q.C.A.R.C. 2019 Survey Landscape mode printing

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QCARC Meeting Change

The regular meeting of the Quad County Amateur Radio Club has been rescheduled for APRIL 12 at 7:00 PM. Due to PSU schedule.

The ARRL VE exam session will be April 12 at 6:00 PM just prior the regular meeting. Both functions are in the normal location, the Smeal Building.

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