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  • Yes, but occasionally on other days and times (67%, 2 Votes)
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New QCARC Meeting and VE Exam Location

We are please to announce an interim monthly meeting location for the Quad County Amateur Radio Club, as well as the ARRL VE Exams. The meeting location is the Chatterbox along Rte. 219 south of Brockway. Please keep in mind the change of day/date as we had to make the change to make the accommodation to have the meeting. The 7:00 PM meeting time remains. Beginning July, our  meetings at the Chatterbox, will be held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM.

There is a large easy to read sign for the Chatterbox along Rte. 219 in front the building and on the front of the building. It is just north of Highway Equipment, on the right side of 219. Parking is available on the right side of the building with limited parking along the front. Entrance is at the front of the building.

The 911 address and Coordinates for the Chatterbox are:

4902 Route 219, Brockway, PA  15824

41.17904, -78.77871

Some folks have found that it is best to use thee  GPS coordinates instead of the 911 address.

 

An ARRL VE exam is scheduled to be held June 15, 7:00 PM, at the Chatterbox location..

The ARRL VEC Exam Fee for 2021 is $15.00.
That one fee pays for one attempt at each of
the three exam elements.
If a candidate fails
an element at an exam session and wants to
re-test for the same
element, an additional
fee will be required.

Exact amount and Checks made out to ARRL VEC are preferred, if possible.

Please – read the information below on the  new required FRN.

Applicants must use an FCC Registration Number (FRN) for all license transactions with the FCC. Examinees must register in CORES and receive an FRN before exam day. Starting on May 20, electronic batch filed applications that do not include a candidate’s FRN will be rejected. The Social Security/Licensee ID Field will be disabled.

An instructional video provides step-by-step instructions on how to establish a CORES account, which is necessary for licensees to make administrative updates and download electronic license authorizations.

After June 29, all filers must provide an email address on all applications. When an email is provided, applicants will receive an official electronic copy of their licenses once granted (allow incoming email from authorizations@fcc.gov). If no email is provided when filing on or after June 29, applications will be rejected. ARRL VEC suggests that those without access to email to use the email address of a family member or friend.

Licensees need to log in to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) to download their authorizations. The FCC no longer issues paper copies.

— Information provided by FCC via the A.R.R.L Volunteer Exam Coordinator

 

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Silent Key: Greg Jeffers N3FYD, Emporium

It is with great sadness we share the news that Greg Jeffers N3FYD of Emporium has passed away. Greg was an active radio amateur, and was a participating member with the local clubs. He was a regular check in on our Sunday night nets, and the owner of one of the Emporium repeaters.

More information will be published as details become available.

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May Meeting ONLINE!

QCARC May Meeting
Hosted by Quad-County Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 7:00 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Meeting number: 621 559 561
Password: QCARC (72272 from phones and video systems)
https://meetingsamer10.webex.com/meetingsamer10/j.php?MTID=m3dd0484acd7c3dfa8fa962730da51c10

Join by phone
+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Access code: 621 559 561

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December 2018 Parasitic Emission

The latest edition of the Parasitic Emission QCARC newsletter is now available for your reading pleasure. Continue reading below, or click on the link to download the PDF file.

If you would like to receive the Parasitic Emission each month delivered to your inbox, please send an email to: subscribe@qcarc.org

 
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November 2018 Parasitic Emission

The latest edition of the Parasitic Emission QCARC newsletter is now available for your reading pleasure. Continue reading below, or click on the link to download the PDF file.

If you would like to receive the Parasitic Emission each month delivered to your inbox, please send an email to: subscribe@qcarc.org

 
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October 2018 Parasitic Emission

The latest edition of the Parasitic Emission QCARC newsletter is now available for your reading pleasure. Continue reading below, or click on the link to download the PDF file.

If you would like to receive the Parasitic Emission each month delivered to your inbox, please send an email to: subscribe@qcarc.org

 

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September 2018 Parasitic Emission

The latest edition of the Parasitic Emission QCARC newsletter is now available for your reading pleasure. Continue reading below, or click on the link to download the PDF file.

If you would like to receive the Parasitic Emission each month delivered to your inbox, please send an email to: subscribe@qcarc.org

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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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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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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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Contact Your US Senators AGAIN! Important!!!

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ARRL once again is calling on its members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) when it comes up in the Senate during the “lame duck” session of Congress that adjourns in mid-December. The House of Representatives approved the bill in September, but if the Senate does not follow suit, the bill will die, and the entire process will have to be repeated. ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, who chairs the ARRL Board’s Legislative Advocacy Committee and has been heavily involved in efforts to move H.R. 1301 forward, said today, “The clock is ticking!”

“We begin the e-mail campaign once again, as the US Senate returns to work this week after a month-long hiatus,” Lisenco said. “We were just beginning to build momentum in the Senate following the unanimous passage of the Parity Act in the House when Congress shut down for the 4 weeks prior to Election Day.”

The task is simple: Go to our Rally Congress page, enter your ZIP code, fill in your name and address, press enter, and e-mails will go directly to your Senators. Members may do this, even if they have already contacted their US Senators for support.

“We have to remind our legislators that we are still here and that we need the Amateur Radio Parity Act to become law,” Lisenco stressed. “We must to do this now as we have, at most, only 4 weeks left in the session to get the bill passed this year. Otherwise, we will have to begin the entire process in 2017 with a new 115th Congress.”

There are no guarantees, Lisenco said, and we are subject to the political bickering that goes on daily between the parties, despite the fact that the bill is truly a bipartisan effort. “In order to have a chance at overcoming political obstacles that have little or nothing to do with the legislation, we need our voices to be heard,” he said. “And we need that input today!”

September’s victory in the US House was the culmination of many years of effort on ARRL’s part to gain legislation that would enable radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities to erect efficient outdoor antennas that support Amateur Radio communication. The measure calls on the FCC to amend its Part 97 rules “to prohibit the application to amateur stations of certain private land-use restrictions, and for other purposes.” While similar bills in past years gained some traction on Capitol Hill, it was not until the overwhelming grassroots support from the Amateur Radio community for H.R. 1301, and ARRL’s relentless and strident efforts on Capitol Hill that this bill made it this far.

As the amended bill provides, “Community associations should fairly administer private land-use regulations in the interest of their communities, while nevertheless permitting the installation and maintenance of effective outdoor Amateur Radio antennas. There exist antenna designs and installations that can be consistent with the aesthetics and physical characteristics of land and structures in community associations while accommodating communications in the Amateur Radio services.”

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ARRL CEO Presentation at PSU Shenango

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ARRL Logo, 600dpiAmerican Radio Relay League, Chief Executive Officer, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF  spoke  at the Penn State Shenango Campus, Sharon, PA. The presentation was attended by approximately 80 amateur radio operators from clubs across the WPA section, Ohio and others. QCARC had two representatives at the event.
After Mr. Gallagher’s presentation, he opened the floor for questions and comments.  An interesting challenge was presented to the attendees. The challenge was, while enjoying the coffee and donuts, folks were encouraged to introduce themselves to someone they didn’t know. This would serve both parties in expanding their amateur radio acquaintances.

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