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Amateur Radio License Exam Session

Amateur Radio License Exam Session

EXAM SESSION 09/29/2017 ALL CLASSES OF LICENSE EXAMS WILL BE OFFERED. Sponsor: Quad County ARC Date: Sep 29 2017 Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) Contact: Joe Shupienis (814) 371-3235 Email: w3bc@arrl.net VEC: ARRL/VEC Location: Penn State Dubois Smeal Building Du Bois, PA  15801

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2017 Jamboree On The Air

2017 Jamboree On The Air

This year the QCARC will activating a station from the Hallstrom Building located at the Camp Mountain Run Scout Camp. The station, N3QC, will be operating on HF bands, considering propagation characteristics to a given part of the World that we intend to communicate with. VHF & UHF frequencies may be activated ...

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W3CDG-11 Balloon Launch In The Air From Pittsburgh

The W3CDG-11 balloon launch is in the air. To watch the progress go to: aprs.fi for the current info. Launch was from the Pgh. Zoo.     The Balloon has landed in the Brackenridge. PA area. Congratulations to those affiliated with the successful flight!

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High Altitude Balloons Pass Nearby

High Altitude Balloons Pass Nearby

          Two high altitude balloons with APRS telemetry reporting transmitters passed just west of DuBois on September 13. These balloons were reporting altitudes of just over 45,000' and temperatures around 12 degrees F. I happened to capture a screen shot one of the balloons as it was posted online, via the WA3UFN-1, ...

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Hurricane Irma The Latest Severe Weather Threat

Hurricane Irma The Latest Severe Weather Threat

  Even though the hurricanes are well south of Pennsylvania, amateurs in our area may still be able to help pass health and welfare traffic. The hurricane watch net should be active as you read this. The net will be active on 14.325 MHz, then switch to 7.268 as conditions change. Check ...

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Baker Trail Ultra-Marathon — Good Test Of Preparedness

Baker Trail Ultra-Marathon -- Good Test Of Preparedness

  Area amateurs recently had an opportunity to actually test preparedness at the Baker Trail Ultra-Marathon where amateurs provided communications along a 50 mile trail where cellular communication was mostly unavailable. This was the real deal in testing the functionality of equipment and abilities of the operators to set up effective ...

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Amateur Radio Parity Act Moves Into The Senate

Amateur Radio Parity Act Moves Into The Senate

  This important piece of legislation that may very well have an effect on more amateur radio operators than what you may first  expect, has moved into the Senate. The legislation has a history of bi-partisan support but we still need to keep aware of what is occurring with the bill ...

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SKYWARN TRAINING – WORTH YOUR TIME

SKYWARN TRAINING - WORTH YOUR TIME

Sometimes things do not all ways as they appear. SkyWarn training may conjure up ideas of intense detailed training for the likes of those who are meteorologists.  No so! This training is for the everyday person on the street, so to say. The training gives the everyday person the background to ...

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Clearfield County SkyWarn® Training Scheduled

Clearfield County SkyWarn® Training Scheduled

The SkyWarn presentation has been rescheduled for July 19, 2017. This training is open to amateur radio operators as well as the general public. It is not required but if amateur radio operators could, also email me if  you anticipate attending at: “bryan at wa3ufn dot com”. Since I initiated the planning ...

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North Western PA Tornado

Severe Weather Awareness Week started a bit early for folks in North Western PA. April 20, 2017 brought an EF0 tornado to Mathews Run in Warren County, just north west of Youngsville, PA. Fortunately there were no injuries or serious damage from the short lived tornado. Details of the tornado can ...

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SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK APRIL 24 – 28, 2017

SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK APRIL 24 – 28, 2017

Since the National Weather Service outline for Severe Weather Week encompasses the weather that we encounter in our area, it might just be a great idea to check the State College, NWS website (http://www.weather.gov/ctp/SevereWeatherAwarenessWeek) for some important information. The information on the web pages just happen expand on the April ...

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WIRES-X , The New Kid on the Block

This article was originally posted January 15, 2016 Just above the horizon – WIRES-X! Recently you may have heard some rather odd noises and unlikely QSOs taking place on the N3QC, 147.315 repeater. The latest update to our repeater was added January 12, 2016 when the Yaesu Wires-X Voice Over Internet ...

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April 2017 Parasitic Emission

In a shocking development, Joe W3BC has finally come to his senses and put out a modest but informative edition of the Parasitic Emission newsletter. You may download it here: Parasitic Emission, Volume 43, Number 1, April 2017

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Pennsylvania Flood Safety Awareness Week

The National Weather Service Flood Safety Awareness Week Begins March 27. Considering we experience flooding in our area rather often, it is likely worth your time to check out the National Weather Service flood safety week web page at http://www.weather.gov/ctp/floodSafetyWeek The week starts out with information on the continuing effort ...

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Please Keep Fire Hydrants Clear

I know this is not directly related to amateur radio but it is directly related to neighborhood safety. It may even be directly related to your safety!

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Amateur Radio License Exam Session

EXAM SESSION

09/29/2017

ALL CLASSES OF LICENSE EXAMS WILL BE OFFERED.

Sponsor: Quad County ARC
Date: Sep 29 2017
Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
Contact: Joe Shupienis
(814) 371-3235
Email: w3bc@arrl.net
VEC: ARRL/VEC
Location: Penn State Dubois
Smeal Building
Du Bois, PA  15801

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CQ – Field Day QCARC

This year the QCARC Field Day site will be at the Sandy Valley Community Church, located just off Rte. 950, between Falls Creek and Reynoldsville.

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ATTENTION – QCARC Officers & Exec Board Members

As an Exec Board member I am requesting an Exec Board meeting, prior to the regular Club meeting June 16 if at all possible.

Please advise me ASAP what may be the best date and time, if any in particular, for you to attend an Exec Board meeting before the next regular meeting. I anticipate the meeting to be at a location to be determined in Du Bois.

Please email me ASAP with the date and time you anticipate that you could attend at: “bryan at wa3ufn dot com”

Please excuse the late notice!

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North Western PA Tornado

tornadoSevere Weather Awareness Week started a bit early for folks in North Western PA. April 20, 2017 brought an EF0 tornado to Mathews Run in Warren County, just north west of Youngsville, PA. Fortunately there were no injuries or serious damage from the short lived tornado.

Details of the tornado can be found at the State College NWS website:  http://www.weather.gov/ctp/MatthewsRunTornado

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Basic SKYWARN in Punxsutawney

National Weather Service Pittsburgh will be conducting a BASIC SKYWARN course at the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center 201 N Findley St on Thursday April 27, 2017 starting at 6PM.

To register, email marlene@weatherdiscovery.org

This course is open to ANYONE interested in Weather. Hams are encouraged to attend. If you are a current SKYWARN observer for Pittsburgh NWS, they request observers attend a course every 5 years to remain current.

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Get Weather Ready Before A Tornado

NWS SPRINGSpring really is not too far away and with the change of seasons some rather interesting but destructive weather can occur. One of the more serious weather phenomenons we have to occasionally deal with is the tornado. While not a frequent issue, it is one that we need to be prepared for. Understand the Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning Alerts. Be sure your cell phone has the emergency alerts function turned on. There are numerous weather advisory apps for Smartphones that are very helpful.

Check out a two-minute N.W.S. video on preparing for a tornado at: https://youtu.be/uE66ganofF0

Another weather issue we have to deal with is the severe thunderstorm. It was only in 2016, that the Clearfield area was hit with thunderstorms that materialized and stalled over the area. These storms produced flooding unseen by many in some fifty-plus years.

Following is the synopsis of the 2016 Clearfield severe weather from the National Weather Service.

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A small, but potent thunderstorm developed over Clearfield County just north of the town of Clearfield just before 22:00Z Thursday June 2nd, 2016. The storm moved ittle and intensified, and by 23Z was producing very heavy rain. The storm sat over the Clearfield-Lawrence County Airport (KFIG) where 5.16 of rain fell essentially 3 hours.

Initially Flood Advisories were issued (2316Z), but as the storm sat in one spot, the advisory was upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning at 0038Z.

Significant flooding was reported near the town of Clearfield, with three homes flooded, and according to Clearfield County EMA, 21 people were rescued from their homes and taken to a shelter.

Shortly after midnight a house on West Front Street exploded when the owners tried to turn their power back on. Four residents of the home suffered unknown injuries.

Hardest hit areas were near Route 879 and Industrial Road (see fig 2), and multiple streets in downtown Clearfield including Turnpike, Nichols and Merrill Street.

A small, but potent thunderstorm developed over Clearfield County just north of the town of Clearfield just before 22:00Z Thursday June 2nd, 2016. The storm moved little and by 23Z was producing very heavy rain. The storm sat over the Clearfield -Lawrence County Airport (KFIG) where 5.16 of rain fell essentially 3 hours. Initially Flood Advisories were issued (2316Z), but as the storm sat in one spot, the advisory was upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning at 0038Z.

Significant flooding was reported near the town of Clearfield, with three homes flooded, and according to Clearfield County EMA 21 people were rescued from their homes and taken to a shelter. Fortunately there were no reports of serious injuries. Hardest hit areas were near Route 879 and Industrial Road, and multiple streets in downtown Clearfield including Turnpike, Nichols and Merrill Street.

 

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Updated QCARC Net Format

Hi folks, by clicking on the Club logo below, you will find the current net format to be used for the VHF and UHF nets.

This format was first used for the February 19, 2017 VHF and UHF nets and is available for download so that anyone can run the net.

Running the net may not flow easily if it is your first time but after a couple times, running the net will likely be second nature. Thank You and Good Luck.

Click the NET FORMAT icon to download the file.

Corrected version: 3/26/2017

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HY GAIN AV-620 HF multiband Vertical

Hi all!

Selling my AV-620 vertical.

This is 6 band vertical antenna, with 6-20m coverage, it’s 23 feet tall, and weight is 12 lbs.

It’s got short ground plane, and only need coax hooked up, and you are on the air.

Bandwidht 2:1 VSWR

20m 500khz

17m 500khz

15m 500khz

12m 500khz

10m 1500khz

6m 6000khz

Thinking $150 is a fair price, since it’s in very good condition.

Needs to be picked up in Clearfield though.

Can deliver localy

more info,

http://www.hy-gain.com/Product.php?productid=AV-620

73, Lars

KB3WBT

 

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2017 DUES ARE DUE

The 2017 membership dues for the Quad County Amateur Radio Club are due. Please note the updated dues structure.  qcpencheck2

A fillable .pdf can be downloaded using the following link: 2017 QCARC Membership Application

Please make checks payable to: Quad County Amateur Radio Club.
You can print the completed application, mail it to Quad County Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 599, Du Bois, PA  15801 or bring it to a meeting. Hope to see you at the meeting!

 

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SkyWarn News

skywarn-wtmJust a note that the State College NWS, Fall 2016 edition of the SKYWARNNEWS is available.

The .pdf is available to download at:  http://www.weather.gov/ctp/SkyWarn 

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NWS Winter Weather Awareness Week

The week of November 7 – 11, 2016 is the National Weather Service Winter Weather Awareness Week in Pennsylvania. Currently it sure does not seem like winter is coming but rest assured it is! Some of the indicators seem to predict a harsh winter. I have a boatload of acorns on the ground which is supposed to be indicative of a bad winter but I recall at least once before when there was a plentiful crop of acorns and the winter was rather mild.

To keep up on the information that the National Weather Service will be posting during the week, be sure to visit the web page daily at
http://www.weather.gov/ctp/WinterWeatherAwarenessWeek

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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.  

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 to review the information on the web site.
The information can help you, your family and your neighbors.

https://www.ready.gov/

This information provided in cooperation with America’s PrepareAthon!
America’s PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community
preparedness and resilience. Join others around the country to practice your preparedness!

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