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Tenth Annual 13 Original Colonies Event In Operation

Remember that the Tenth Annual 13 Original Colonies event is active. The 2018 Event Dates / July 1 (9AM Eastern) to July 7 (Midnight Eastern) (July 1, 2018-1300 UTC to July 8, 2018-0400 UTC) This event a good way to get some activity on your home HF station or even take your mobile ...

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Summer Has Officially Arrived!

With the official arrival of Summer on June 20, I expect most of us feel that considering the high temperatures and severe weather we've experienced, it seems like Summer has been around for awhile already. A couple weather issues that we need to keep in mind are lightning and the effects ...

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On-line Radio Wave Propagation Course

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 the graphics and ...

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Public Service Event: Baker Trail UltraChallenge 2018

Public Service Event: Baker Trail UltraChallenge 2018

he 2018 Baker Trail Ultra-marathon will be held starting at 6:30 AM Saturday August 25, 2018. This year will be on the "central section" of the trail (Summerville to Smicksburg).  Here is a link for information and to sign up:   https://www.rachelcarsontrails.org/events/ultrachallenge/uc18                  Scroll to the bottom of the page.   Map of ...

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Paul Silinsky K3PS - Silent Key

It is with deep sadness we report the passing of Paul Silinsky K3PS. Dr. Paul Stephen Silinsky K3PS of Ashland, Ohio, formerly of DuBois Pennsylvania, died following a brief illness on Saturday, May 5, 2018. He was Lecturer at The Ohio State University -- Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio, and ...

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Public Service Event 2018 Brookville YMCA Adventure Race June 2, 2018

Public Service Event 2018 Brookville YMCA Adventure Race June 2, 2018

he Brookville YMCA Adventure race is set for June 2, 2018. Chuck Shaffer, KC3EAJ has requested amateurs to provide public service communications for this race. His main focus is the orienteering course between Millcreek & Frozen Toe. The actual race covers eighty four miles and there are opportunities for as many ham operators to ...

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SOLD!! ICOM 706 MkII for sale

Selling my ICOM 706 MkII It comes with separation cable, face mounting bracket, and original mike. Everything works as supposed, very good radio, but, time for something new.... Comes from smoke free enviroment. I will not ship! Price $ 475.00   Email: kvantlars@gmail.com  

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Meteorological Spring Has Arrived

The National Weather Service, Spring Safety Campaign is in effect. There are many aspects of Spring weather that can ruin a good day and we have to be aware of such adverse weather. Being aware and recognizing is only part of the equation, we have to follow the advise to ...

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Another Recent NWS Addition

I briefly looked at this site before but today I decided to spend a little more time looking. It was worth the time! I found the GOES-East GEOColor screens, they are really interesting and the resolution is quite good. Be sure to click on the GeoColor Loop, located in the ...

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Expanded National Weather Service Information Web-Page

Expanded National Weather Service Information Web-Page

  The National weather Service has expanded some experimental winter weather informational pages. I believe that you will find these pages interesting and informative. They may assist you in planning for upcoming winter weather events in you locale. Be sure to scroll down the page and also check out the four ...

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NOTA Special Event

Here is another On The Air Special Event that you can get your HF as well as 2 meter and 70 cm rigs warmed up for. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is beginning their year long NASA On The Air Special Event beginning December 11, 2017 and will ...

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This year the official date for the SkyWarn™ Recognition Day event is December 2. The event will be in operation from 0000 UTC – 2400 UTC, December 2, 2017. This is a rather simple event, the purpose is to contact as many National Weather Service stations as possible on 80 ...

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2018 Dues Are Due!

2018 Dues Are Due!

The 2018 membership dues for the Quad County Amateur Radio Club are due. Please note the updated dues structure.   A  .pdf can be downloaded using the following link: 2018 QCARC Membership Application Please make checks payable to: Quad County Amateur Radio Club. You can print the completed application, mail it to Quad County ...

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National Weather Service Hazard Simplification Initiative

The National Weather Service is simplifying their hazardous weather products list. Please click on the below link for what they are doing for winter effective October 1, 2017. Looks like they are narrowing down to three categories. http://www.weather.gov/media/iln/HazSimp.pdf

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Autumn SkyWarn Newsletter Available

Autumn SkyWarn Newsletter Available

The 2017 Autumn SkyWarn newsletter is available on-line at: https://www.weather.gov/media/ctp/Spotter%20Newsletters/Autumn2017.pdf    

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Paul Silinsky K3PS – Silent Key

It is with deep sadness we report the passing of Paul Silinsky K3PS.

Dr. Paul Stephen Silinsky K3PS of Ashland, Ohio, formerly of DuBois Pennsylvania, died following a brief illness on Saturday, May 5, 2018. He was Lecturer at The Ohio State University — Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio, and served as Adjunct Faculty at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio and North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio. He managed the family business, Keystone Electric Motor Repair Co. in DuBois, before moving to Ohio.

He was born in DuBois May 12, 1948, the son of Stephen A. and Connie I. (Zaykosky) Silinsky. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School in DuBois, Pennsylvania, and graduated Cum Laude from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in Physics. He received Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from West Virginia State University for his work in Solid State Physics.

He retired from the United States Naval Reserve with the rank of Commander, and served in the Civil Air Patrol as a pilot and Squadron Commander, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel.

He was a licensed Radio Amateur beginning in 1962 with the callsign KN3ZDR, and later K3ZDR and K3PS. He was a founding member of the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club in DuBois, and was a long-serving officer, performing the duties of President, Secretary, and Treasurer during the first 20 years of the club’s history.

He was responsible for the Quad-County repeater, WR3AGV (later K3PS) and served as an officer of the Western Pennsylvania Repeater Council.

He is survived by his wife, Tonda Nalle Silinsky, and is remembered by his many students and friends. Private funeral arrangements in Ashland, Ohio are incomplete.


Silent Key: Sylbia S. Kunst KB3HYV, formerly of DuBois

Our deepest condolences to Art Kunst W3WM and his family on their loss. Art is a Charter Member of the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club, and until illness forced them to leave the area, both were members of the club.

1e9bcf73-6afb-4209-a5f3-f5c942d8b63cSylbia Shirley Kunst, 90, South Fayette, formerly of DuBois for more than 60 years, died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.

Beloved wife of Arthur F. Kunst W3WM for 67 ½ years; loving mother of Sylbia (Frank) Katrin of South Fayette, Sharon (Tris) Coffin of McDonald, Arthur (Cindy) of Carlisle, and Donald (Terry) of Lykens; grandmother of William and Ryan Trude, Kaeli, Abby and Jackie Coffin, Michael, Sean and Steven Kunst and Garrison Kunst; also many nieces and nephews.

She was an active member of the Christ Lutheran Church, DuBois, for many years.

Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. 724-941-3211. Friends welcome at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 15317, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Services will be held on 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at the funeral home. Interment in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com


Silent Key: Harold K. Miller WA3NRC, Clearfield

We note with sadness the passing of Harold K. Miller WA3NRC, 92, of Clearfield on September 24, 2015. Harold was a founding member of the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club and returned to the Clearfield Area in 1972 after retiring as a research scientist for the National Institute of Health in Washington, DC. He was an avid Morse Code operator, and enjoyed designing and using his radio equipment. He was well known for his groundbreaking work with receiving systems.

Arrangements are being made through the Chidboy Funeral Home, and more information will be reported as it becomes available.


Silent Key: Doug Rowles W3DWR

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It is with sadness that the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club notes the passing of Douglas A. Rowles W3DWR, 72 of Morrisdale, PA on Friday, January 2, 2015 at UPMC-Shadyside in Pittsburgh, PA. Doug was currently serving the club as a member of the Executive Board, and was an a frequently serving officer of the club, having recently held office as Treasurer and President. Doug was also the Net manager, and a fixture at club activities including public service events, contests, dinners, banquets, breakfasts and meetings.Doug served as Facilities Coordinator for the annual Field Day event held every June.

Doug was an enthusiastic supporter of operation on the VHF and UHF bands, including repeaters, and simplex operations, as well as single sideband operations on Six and two meters. He was part of the “WIT Team” – a group of club members focused on VHF contesting led by Gary Boucher W3GNR, and with the group scored first place an numerous VHF contests through thhe early 1980s.

Doug is survived by his brother, Jeff KA3FHV who resided with Doug at their home in Morrisdale. Funeral arrangements are being provided by the Chidboy Funeral Home in Curwensville. Viewing will be on Tuesday, January 6, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm, and on Wednesday, January 7 from 10-11 am, with services following.


Edward R. Syphrit, Jr W3LWN, Silent Key

It is with sadness we report the passing of Edward R. Syphrit, Jr. W3LWN, 99, of Sigel.

He served as a radioman first class in the U.S. Naval Reserve for four years prior to the beginning of World War II.
He worked as a field man for National Fuel Gas and also as a part-time radio and TV repairman.

Ed originally became a ham before WW II and has been licensed continuously since.

We wish him a final “73”.


Founding Member Paul Lanzoni WA3WPR, Silent Key

With deep sadness, we report the passing of Paul Lanzoni WA3WPR, 83, of Brockway on Friday, June 22. Paul was an active member of the Quad-County ARC in the 1970s and ’80s. He was a fixture at Field Day, and helped with the construction of the 147.39 repeater building and tower.

He was a master mould-maker at Brockway Glass, and many of the Avon collectible cologne bottles—especially cars— were his handiwork. He regularly attended Quad-County meetings, and helped shape the club in its early days by providing support and encouragement to hams old and new.

Living up to his nickname of “Meatball,” Paul often cooked delicious Italian treats to share with the club for Field Day, club picnics and many other activities.

Friends will be received from 7-9 Friday at the Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home in Brockway.


Ted Irwin WB3DCZ, Silent Key

It is with sadness we report the passing of Theodore P. “Ted” Irwin WB3DCZ, 78, of Gardner Hill. Ted was active in the early days of the 147.39 K3PS repeater and was a regular fixture on VHF FM and SSB. He was known far and wide as a man of strong opinions, and a regular voice on the repeater.

Long-time members will remember him on the repeater, at club meetings, field day, hamfests and other activities.

He was a retired Navy SeaBee, and built his home atop Gardner Hill in Fox Township. He fell into poor health, and his license expired in 2007. We wish him a final “73”.


Founding Member Ed Zettle W3LQA (WA3AMJ), Silent Key

From Tom “Sparky” Orzetti WB3IGM:

It is with much sadness I am writing this. I received a call at 2:15 today that Ed Zettle W3LQA passed. He had a massive heart attack. He was at the Kane Hospital in Intensive Care.

He passed shortly after being visited by two friends. He will be missed.



Past President Jim Byrne KA3WSX, Silent Key

Jim Byrne KA3WSX at Punxsutawney Groundhog Special Event 2010With great sadness, we report the passng of Jim Byrne KA3WSX of Troutvile, PA on Sunday, July 10, 2011. His wife passed away recently, and he experienced health problems for the past several months.

Jim served as President of the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club in the mid 1990s, and more recently as the Vice President of the Punxsutawney Area Amateur Radio Club. He was an avid VHF operator and also enjoyed building HF antennas, and operating. He was a driving force behind the Punxsutawney Groundhog Day Special Event.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Bernard P. Snyder Funeral Home in Reynoldsville. No visitation or services are planned.

You are invited to share your memories of Jim here.


Founding Member Bernard Masonis WA3UKE,Silent Key

With great sadness we record the passing of Bernie Masonis WA3UKE in Florida on Friday, April 15th. K3QEQ reports Bernie was visiting near Pensacola and was transported to a hospital by Life Flight. Arrangements are being handled by the Baronick Funeral Home in Du Bois. More details will be presented as they become available.

Bernie was one of the original members of the Quad-County ARC, and was instrumental in putting our repeaters on the air. He and Pete Carr WW3O (ex W3BQO) did much of the climbing and assembly of the towers and antennas for the Clear Run repeater in DuBois, and built the 147.39 tower on the Rockton Mountain from the ground up in 1976 and 1977.

Bernie served as editor of the Parasitic Emission in 1977, and was a very active Quad-County member for a number of years. His leadership and good nature helped the club grow into the active and friendly organization it became. Bernie’s career in electronics spanned many decades. For several years he managed the parts sales department at Barron’s and Edwards Electronics, (which later became Clearfield Electronics’ Du Bois store). He then worked for many years in the cable communications industry as Chief Technician of the Du Bois Region, and was highly respected by his peers and fellow amateurs.

In retirement, he and his wife Judy enjoyed motorcycle touring and many other activities. He fell ill about a year ago and was struggling with recovery since. He will be missed by all who knew him.

We offer our most profound condolences to his family.