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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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“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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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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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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2018 Dues Are Due!

The 2018 membership dues for the Quad County Amateur Radio Club are due. Please note the updated dues structure.  qcpencheck2

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 Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 599, Du Bois, PA  15801 or bring it to a meeting. Hope to see you at the meeting!

 

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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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