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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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QCARC 2023 Annual Dues Time

Hi folks, it’s that time of year when your support of the Club by submitting your application and dues is requested. Thank you very much for your support!

Please complete the .pdf that can be downloaded  via the following link: ” QCARC 2023 Application ” . Please take it to the meeting or mail it to the Club Post Office box address on the application.

Remember, the meetings are held at the Du Bois Campus of Penn State University, in the Smeal Building, on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. ARRL VE Exams are held on the even numbered months at 6:00 PM, prior to the regular meeting.

 

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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.

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NWS SNOW SQUALL AWARENESS WEEK

With the arrival of Winter weather, at times we have to contend with snow squalls while driving. The best action is to stay off the roads, if at all possible.

Snow Squall Awareness Week has come to be with the First-of-its-kind collaboration between NWS CTP, PA Turnpike, PennDOT, PEMA, and PA State Police. The information available includes a variety of digital content educating the public about the science, communication, and safety of snow squalls.

Please avail yourself of this information that may bring to your attention some of the issues relating to this hazardous winter weather condition. at:  https://www.weather.gov/ctp/snowsquall 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Significant Rainfall and Flooding” (9/1/2021) – HEED THE NOAA/N.W.S. WARNINGS!

It looks like our general area will be impacted by the remnants of hurricane Ida. It is often easy to discount the weather forecasts but just what if the forecasts are accurate or even worse weather ends up occurring! The saying “Turn around don’t drown.” is not just cliche, it really means what it says.  There is seldom any good reason to place yourself and/or family in harms way.  Additionally there is no reason to ad to the workload of first-responders by instigating a rescue, needlessly placing them in harms way, by negligence in disregarding warnings. Take a little time to review the graphics issued by NOAA, they carry a very valid message! Also be sure your cellphone is setup to receive severe weather advisories. This function receives advisories for the location wherever you are as long as the GPS location is active.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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National Emergency Alert – TEST

The Federal Emergency Management Agency along with the Federal Communications Commission will transmit test messages August 11, 2021 Between 14:20 – 14:50 EDT. The test messages will be sent via television and radio stations, as well as  cellular systems. You will only receive the test message via cellular if the phone is set to receive this form of message.

For the latest information and several other links, check the web-site:  https://www.fema.gov/event/ipaws-national-test

 

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Tornado Action Information

Severe weather is a priority topic in weather reports. Our general area does not typically experience the full impact of a hurricane but we do experience the direct effects of tornadoes. Please take a look at the graphics and the important messages that are illustrated.

Check the links associated with the graphics for more in depth information (click on the graphic).

 

 

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QCARC Monthly Breakfast Resumes -UPDATED-

It was decide at the June meeting to resume the monthly Club breakfast at Dutch Pantry. Initially June 12, 8:30 AM will be the restart at Du Bois Dutch Pantry. We will pick up the existing breakfast schedule in July at Du Bois,  with Clearfield, in August, etc. in order to maintain the second Saturday @ 8:30 AM schedule as it was.

Unfortunately due to lack of attendance in Clearfield, a vote was taken at the last meeting to suspend breakfasts at Clearfield until further notice. We look forward to re-initiating the Clearfield breakfast schedule as soon as interest is expressed.

 

 

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Extreme Heat Cautions

The heat we’ve had needs to be taken seriously regardless of a person’s age. Experiencing the heat while outdoors can be debilitating and it poses a serous health concern. Just keeping hydrated is not necessarily the best preventative for heat related issues.

Additionally remember that there are serious ramifications that result from the heat that builds in our vehicles. Remember to take children with you regardless of how quick you think you’ll be back. Also remember to lock the vehicle to prevent children entering the vehicle and unable to exit.

Our pets are effected just as adversely with high temperatures when left in a vehicle. Leaving a window open part-way is not the answer, your pet needs to go with you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hurricane Dorian – Possible Traffic

Even though the hurricane will likely have little to no effect on the WPA area, remember that there is a possibility that people in the effected area may be trying to contact family or friends relative their well-being. Consider monitoring the hurricane net frequencies of 14.325 MHz & 7.268 MHz. I have not heard any traffic so far but they may pass the messages using the ARRL Radiogram message form or the ICS 213 message form. These are the same forms we covered in the training programs at the Club meetings.

Message form downloads:
ARRL Radiogram .pdf link http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Public%20Service/RADIOGRAM-2011.pdf

ICS 213 .pdf link https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1922-25045-5379/ics_forms_213.pdf

For additional information check the web-site:   http://www.arrl.org/2019-Hurricanes .

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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 high temperatures. Often lightning concerns  take a back seat relative to our activities but the saying “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors” really should be followed.

Along with lightning concerns we need to take into consideration the high temperatures that can effect people of all ages. Parents and grand-parents need to be especially aware of the high temperatures when they have children in the vehicle. In our hectic world it is too easy to get caught up in thinking ahead of ourselves. Try to keep in the current moment to avoid any tragedies! Also remember folks who might need extra attention during high temperatures and severe weather.

Try to be aware of your location to be able to articulate where you are in the event a 911 call is made. Many 911 centers don’t have the cell phone location ability.

 

 

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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 remain safe. One that this area is familiar with is flooding. The catch phrase of “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” is so appropriate to safety but too often is not followed. Driving into high water places not only the driver and passengers but then involves the responders who have to jeopardize their lives.

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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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