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)

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Very High Temperatures & UV Indices Continue

Be sure to stay aware of both the temperature and UV index. Additionally – stay hydrated!

The UV Index for Du Bois, PA, continues to be  forecast to be 10 plus. This UV Index number is in the Very High Exposure Category.

The National Weather Service  State College has updated the Heat Advisory  until 8:00 PM Saturday June 22, 2024.

Other NWS Forecast Offices have posted similar advisories, be sure to check your local NWS Forecast Office webpage for current updates.

For the detailed information about the UV Index Scale go to: https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety/uv-index-scale-0


Southwestern Pennsylvania Amateur Radio
SKYWARN Exercise.

For Pittsburgh (PBZ) and State College (CTP) Areas

Saturday April 20th, 2024

10:00 AM To 1:00 PM

(No further information at the time of posting.)


QCARC January 2024 Meeting – CANCELLED

Considering the adverse weather conditions and information that the Campus might close, we decided  to CANCEL the January 2024 meeting, see you  February.

Remember exams will be offered in February, be sure to have your  FCC FRN and call ahead to register as there are no walking-ins.


Items Avaiable

The following list of items are for sale by a former local amateur radio operator.

No Club member has information on the items in this list. Please call Fred Wesdock (814) 371-3675 for any information.

Heath 10-12 oscilloscope

Heath RF signal generator IG-102

Eico Resistance, capacitance checker 950B

B&K 700 tube tester

Heath1/2 amp 1-15

+10V to -10V 2,00 ma power supply

Sabtronics 8100 frequency counter

Heath HO1250 grid dip meter

Circuit breadboard

Books with hundreds of circuits

BeckmanDM20 digital multimeter

Micronta logic probe


All kinds of capacitors and resistors

Integrated circuits

Transistors, LEDs & relays

Potentiometeres, tube sockets

Switches, coils, transformers

Manuals & solid state replacement guides

1979 Radio Amateur Handbook

GR91 shortwave receiver with HD-1424 active antenna

Heath HD-11 Q multiplier




Summer Weather Safety

Summer SafetyWith Summer is typically a time for fun but keep in mind adverse weather can threaten that fun and possibly turn things seriously opposite of fun! Stay weather aware, regardless if it is everyday sun and heat and especially National Weather Service reports pf possible or occurring severe weather. We have a lot of possibilities for flooding in our area, be aware of the hazards associated with floods. Please do not please yourself and/or family in harms way if you come upon a flooded roadway – TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN. Along with keeping you and your family safe, that is one less incident that first-responders have to place themselves in harms way to rescue those who disregard the warnings!



Lost and Found handheld

Information was received that a Baofeng  dual-band was recovered by the Clearfield State Police in southern Clearfield County on May 18, 2023.

If you or know of anyone who might have lost a handheld and are able properly identify the radio, contact Cleafield PSP at 814-857-3800.

This is all the information we have.


SkyWarn – Pittsburgh Weather Forecast Office

For our members in Jefferson County and other counties in the Pittsburgh National Weather Service Office area,  please check out this link  ” https://www.weather.gov/pbz/skywarn ”    for SkyWarn information  relating  to training schedules and other information.


SkyWarn – State College Weather Forecast Office

Check out the linkwww.weather.gov/ctp/SpotterTalks   for the dates and times available for the, in person, training talks.


Take A Little Extra Time When Adverse Weather Conditions Exist

Did you know? Each year in the United States, there are over 1,000 deaths and 100,000 injuries due to vehicle crashes during winter weather. Clean off your vehicle before driving. Flying snow from cars causes accidents. Keep it slow, and don’t use cruise control. Roads can be slick even if they just look wet. Leave extra distance between vehicles. Stay especially far from snow plows.Even with the squall like weather behind us, for now, we still need to be cautious when driving in winter conditions, as well as all other seasons.

Check out the National Weather Service Winter Resources web-page;   https://www.weather.gov/safety/winter   for more information on other Winter related issues.





NWS Snow Squall Awareness Week

Surprisingly Snow Squall Awareness Week was scheduled at an appropriate time.

Please check the website –   https://www.weather.gov/ctp/SnowSquall  – or click the  Snow Squalls  graphic for some very interesting  information about this hazardous weather phenomenon.






November 2022 Meeting Cancelled Due To Adverse Weather Conditions

Due to adverse winter weather conditions, the November 2022 QCARC meeting at Penn State Du Bois is CANCELLED.

An ARRL VE Exam session is scheduled, at PSU Du Bois Campus –  Smeal Building, for December 20 at 6:00 PM with the regular meeting to follow at 7:00 PM.


Advanced SkyWarn Virtual Training Available

The National Weather Service, State College, announced a Virtual Advanced SkyWarn Spotter training opportunity.

Link to the NWS web-site for registration and other pertinent information about the virtual training, click the Advanced Skywarn graphic or this link:  https://www.weather.gov/ctp/SpotterTalks