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QC Weather

Overcast
Monday 09/24/2018 20%
Overcast
Generally cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 63F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.
Thunderstorm
Tuesday 09/25/2018 100%
Thunderstorm
Showers and thunderstorms. High 71F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
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Wednesday 09/26/2018 90%
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Thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe. High 71F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
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QCARC Breakfast – DuBois

The Club breakfast is at the DuBois Dutch Pantry, on US-219 just south of I-80 Exit 97 the second Saturday of every odd month at 8:30 am (It’s in the Clearfield Dutch Pantry in even months). Everyone is welcome – bring your friends and family.

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QCARC Breakfast – Clearfield

The Club breakfast is at the Clearfield Dutch Pantry, on PA-879 just south of I-80 Exit 111 the second Saturday of every even month at 8:30 am (It’s in the DuBois Dutch Pantry in odd months). Everyone is welcome – bring your friends and family.

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QCARC Elections and Annual Meeting

The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club will Hold the Annual Meeting and Election of Officers at 7:00 pm at the Penn State DuBois Campus in the Smeal Building Conference Room.  Set your GPS to 1 College Place, DuBois, PA 15801, or use the map to find your way.

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QCARC Meeting

The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club will meet at 7:00 pm at the Penn State DuBois Campus in the Smeal Building Conference Room. Set your GPS to 1 College Place, DuBois, PA 15801, or use the maps to find your way.

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QCARC Fall Picnic – September 15

* * * RESCHEDULED! * * *

QCARC Fall Picnic, 4453 PA-310 (3.5 miles south of Reynoldsville Unimart on PA-310
(Reynoldsville-Punxsutawney Road) at Ed Golla’s QTH. Look for Club sign at driveway. Thanks to the generosity of Ed Golla, Jr. K3AHS, we have been invited to return to the home of so many happy ham radio activities.

Everyone is invited — Club members or not, hams or not. As with all of our activities this is Family Friendly! There will be free hot dogs and burgers, along with chips, soft drinks and condiments provided by the Club. If you wish, you may bring food to share, but it’s not a requirement. This will be a wonderful opportunity to spend some time with your ham radio friends, old and new. Please plan on attending.

Directions

From Reynoldsville: Take PA-310 south for 3.5 miles. Watch for the Quad-County sign on the right at the driveway (1.8 miles beyond the Lakelawn Cemetary entrance). Talk-in on the 147.315 Quad-County repeater.

From Punxsutawney: Take PA 310 north for 9.0 miles. Watch for the Quad-County sign on the left at the driveway (2.1 miles beyond the Amish Restaurant / old PA-952 intersection). Talk-in on the 147.315 Quad-County repeater.

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GPS Coordinates:

  • 41.062992,-78.927251 (driveway)
  • 4366 Pennsylvania 310, Reynoldsville, PA 15851
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Special Saturday VE Exam – August 4th, Reynoldsville

EXAM SESSION

08/04/2018

ALL CLASSES OF LICENSE EXAMS WILL BE OFFERED.

Sponsor: Quad County ARC
Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018
Time: 10:00 am (Walk-ins allowed)
Contact: Joe Shupienis
(814) 771-3804
Email: w3bc@arrl.net
VEC: ARRL/VEC
Location: Sandy Valley Community Church
113 Sandy Valley Road (near PA-950 “Reynoldsville-Falls Creek Road”)
Reynoldsville, PA 15851

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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 station out to see how well it works. This is not a contest but an all mode event to locate and contact as many of the listed Thirteen Original Colonies special event stations. There is also a special event station located in England. They always have a very nice certificate available, if you are interested in such.

See all the details on the event web-site: http://www.13colonies.net/

 

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VE Exams at Penn State DuBois Smeal Building

Where: Smeal Building Conference Room, 1 College Place, DuBois, PA 15801

Time: 6:00 pm

Walk-ins WELCOME

Exams will be given for all classes of license

Bring the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Applicable CSCE forms for exam credit
  • COPY (NOT original) of your current license (if licensed)
  • Non-programmable calculator (phone calculators cannot be used)
  • $15.00 exam fee (payable to “ARRL-VEC”)

 

 

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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 run through December 2018. There will be at least 14 stations operating across the U.S., including the International Space Station (ISS). The On The Air Special Events have been well received and no doubt the NASA event will be well received as well.

Details, rules and other related information can be found at the NASA Special Event web page:

https://nasaontheair.wordpress.com/

Click on the NASA logo, in this post, for their web page for some interesting reading and images. The wildfire photos, some from the ISS, are awesome!

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SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY OPERATING EVENT

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 meter – 70cm bands with repeater contacts accepted as well. The contact exchange includes: your call sign, signal report, QTH, and a very brief description of your weather conditions. You can print your own certificate at the end of the event,  as detailed on the ARRL web site listed below.

The full outline of the operating procedures can be read at:  http://www.arrl.org/skywarn-recognition-day

A graphical depiction of the participating NWS offices can be found at:  http://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition

Clicking on the icon for the NWS office, on the map, will enable you to obtain information such as frequencies and operating times relative that office.
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to keep a log, or use the handy .pdf checklist that can be found under the RESOURCES heading and click on the SKYWARN™ Recognition Checklist line, on the NWS SkyWarn recognition web-page.

 

Just as a personal side note – this is yet another opportunity to help improve your operating skills whether it relates to everyday operating, contesting, and/or emergency preparedness.

 

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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 too. The HF station is scheduled to go on the air October 21 at 9:00AM and will operate into the evening. We anticipate some 100 scouts will have the opportunity to actually talk to other scouts from across the U.S.A. and across the globe. The station will be operating in accordance with published JOTA Guidelines.

Detailed information can be found at:
http://www.scouting.org/jota.aspx   and   http://www.arrl.org/jamboree-on-the-air-jota

 

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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 station to provide needed communications from areas that were really out in the sticks. Setting up in the driveway is easy, it is pretty much a known quantity with few if any surprises that will need to be contended with. When amateurs are out in real conditions all bets are off that it will be easy, there are typically issues that will have to be addressed that are difficult to anticipate and simulate in the driveway.

BakerTrail AS4_20170826BThe only real way to prepare for providing public service communications is to get out and do it. Yes, it is good talk about how to do things and what can be done but those plans can so easily fall apart under actual conditions. Taking advantage of a public service event is a real event where a need is real and adverse conditions, that often need to be overcome, are real.

This year we were a few stations short, even though the event was promoted soon enough to plan to help and learn. The learning process does not stop once a person obtains a call sign, it actually ramps up. With the license folks can actually press the microphone button and learn to communicate. That learning can also be obtained by participating in contest which are to some folks find scary and something they shy away from. Contests also provide a great environment for on the air training due to the variety of signal strengths you encounter and sometimes the varying accents from across the country as well as around the world.

The bottom line is that practice makes perfect, in most activities, in our lives. Actually you can believe that practice makes perfect in our hobbly. Think about practicing at an event or a contest so when the real deal occurs you will more likely be prepared.

 

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