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Sunny skies. High 83F. Winds light and variable.
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Paul Silinsky K3PS - Silent Key

It is with deep sadness we report the passing of Paul Silinsky K3PS. Dr. Paul Stephen Silinsky K3PS of Ashland, Ohio, formerly of DuBois Pennsylvania, died following a brief illness on Saturday, May 5, 2018. He was Lecturer at The Ohio State University -- Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio, and ...

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Public Service Event 2018 Brookville YMCA Adventure Race June 2, 2018

Public Service Event 2018 Brookville YMCA Adventure Race June 2, 2018

he Brookville YMCA Adventure race is set for June 2, 2018. Chuck Shaffer, KC3EAJ has requested amateurs to provide public service communications for this race. His main focus is the orienteering course between Millcreek & Frozen Toe. The actual race covers eighty four miles and there are opportunities for as many ham operators to ...

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ICOM 706 MkII for sale

Selling my ICOM 706 MkII It comes with separation cable, face mounting bracket, and original mike. Everything works as supposed, very good radio, but, time for something new.... Comes from smoke free enviroment. I will not ship! Price $ 475.00   Email: kvantlars@gmail.com  

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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 ...

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Another Recent NWS Addition

I briefly looked at this site before but today I decided to spend a little more time looking. It was worth the time! I found the GOES-East GEOColor screens, they are really interesting and the resolution is quite good. Be sure to click on the GeoColor Loop, located in the ...

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Expanded National Weather Service Information Web-Page

Expanded National Weather Service Information Web-Page

  The National weather Service has expanded some experimental winter weather informational pages. I believe that you will find these pages interesting and informative. They may assist you in planning for upcoming winter weather events in you locale. Be sure to scroll down the page and also check out the four ...

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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 ...

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SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY OPERATING EVENT

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 ...

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2018 Dues Are Due!

2018 Dues Are Due!

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

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National Weather Service Hazard Simplification Initiative

The National Weather Service is simplifying their hazardous weather products list. Please click on the below link for what they are doing for winter effective October 1, 2017. Looks like they are narrowing down to three categories. http://www.weather.gov/media/iln/HazSimp.pdf

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Autumn SkyWarn Newsletter Available

Autumn SkyWarn Newsletter Available

The 2017 Autumn SkyWarn newsletter is available on-line at: https://www.weather.gov/media/ctp/Spotter%20Newsletters/Autumn2017.pdf    

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Amateur Radio License Exam Session

Amateur Radio License Exam Session

EXAM SESSION 09/29/2017 ALL CLASSES OF LICENSE EXAMS WILL BE OFFERED. Sponsor: Quad County ARC Date: Sep 29 2017 Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) Contact: Joe Shupienis (814) 371-3235 Email: w3bc@arrl.net VEC: ARRL/VEC Location: Penn State Dubois Smeal Building Du Bois, PA  15801

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2017 Jamboree On The Air

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 ...

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W3CDG-11 Balloon Launch In The Air From Pittsburgh

The W3CDG-11 balloon launch is in the air. To watch the progress go to: aprs.fi for the current info. Launch was from the Pgh. Zoo.     The Balloon has landed in the Brackenridge. PA area. Congratulations to those affiliated with the successful flight!

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High Altitude Balloons Pass Nearby

High Altitude Balloons Pass Nearby

          Two high altitude balloons with APRS telemetry reporting transmitters passed just west of DuBois on September 13. These balloons were reporting altitudes of just over 45,000' and temperatures around 12 degrees F. I happened to capture a screen shot one of the balloons as it was posted online, via the WA3UFN-1, ...

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We Are Quad-County

WWE ARE The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club, an ARRL Special Service Club serving Radio Amateurs in Clearfield, Jefferson, Elk and Cameron Counties, and communities in the eleven immediately surrounding counties in central Pennsylvania since 1975. We are proud of our rich history; we are active today, and we are ready to face the challenges of the future.

The overarching concepts of our club are Service and Fraternity. We welcome all Radio Amateurs, and everyone interested in Amateur Radio, Public Service, communications and electronics throughout our four-county area. In the vision of our founder, Joe Shupienis (W3BC), the best way to maintain a healthy club is maintaining a large enough membership to ensure worthwhile activities, and in our rural area the way to achieve sufficient numbers is to incorporate a large geographic area. This is why we serve four counties. In spite of the large distances, we’ve made it work. We note with satisfaction our experience that people will drive 50 miles and more to a club activity… if it’s worth the trip!

Services Offered

As a Special Service Club, we actively seek to present amateur radio in a favorable public light, and welcome new amateurs to the hobby by teaching licensing classes and conducting regular Volunteer Exam sessions. We are establishing a Local Mentor program to bring new and experienced hams in each of our communities together for the good of everyone involved. During floods, blizzards, tornadoes and transportation accidents, we are there, offering our communications skills, equipment and effort to help those in need. We routinely offer communications support at such functions as parades, races and other public gatherings.

We sponsor several wide-coverage repeaters from atop the backbone of the Allegheny Mountains, linking Amateur communities on both eastern and western sides of the Eastern Continental Divide. Our legendary Sunday Evening Quad-County FM Net has been on the air weekly since 1975, making it the oldest net in continuous existence in the area we serve.

From the first issue distributed at our very first meeting in 1975, we continue to publish the award-winning newsletter, The Parasitic Emission every month. Keeping up with the times, it is now a high-quality, graphic-intense, full-color PDF electronic magazine. It is emailed to all known hams in our area free of charge, and includes news, meeting information, and directories of club officers, nets and repeaters for seven clubs from Potter to Cambria County. Our editorial policy is to publish only original material, and not to copy syndicated content the reader has already seen everywhere else. Featured content includes original technical, operating, opinion and entertaining articles from a number of authors throughout our area, including published QST and CQ Magazine authors. All recent issues are available for download, and all available back issues are being scanned and made available as searchable PDF files. This is an ongoing project, and is important because we are preserving a good deal of our rich history for posterity.

National Affiliation

We became an Affiliated Club of the American Radio Relay League in 1978, and support the ARRL, The National Association For Amateur Radio™. Our Volunteer Examiner team is coordinated by the ARRL VEC. In 1985 we became an ARRL Special Service Club, and we renewed our SSC status in 2011. The ARRL defines Special Service Clubs in these words: “Truly special Amateur Radio clubs are well balanced in their programs for serving the community, developing club members’ Amateur Radio skills and social activities, striving each year to build on their successes to improve their effectiveness… Being an SSC should mean that members have certain skills, that the club as a group has the ability to improve service inside and outside the Amateur Radio community, and that it does so when needed.”

Current Activities

We operate amateur radio station, N3QC with HF, VHF and UHF capability. We participate in ARRL Field Day from public locations, and set up a special station to permit visitors to experience Amateur Radio for themselves, and talk over the air with distant stations. We hold monthly meetings, and we do our best to provide an interesting Amateur Radio program for our members at each meeting. Refreshments are served, and there is time to socialize after each meeting. We also have an informal Saturday Breakfast session each month. To round out our social calendar, we host an annual Picnic and a Christmas Dinner.

We re-instituted our traditional Spring Banquet, as a regular event, and arrange for high-level featured speakers. We sponsored a popular annual Swap Meet in the past, and we are considering how we can continue this popular event. At other times throughout the year, we set up special event stations at public events, and invite the public to experience today’s amateur radio.

We are currently offering a Technician license preparation class, and are in the planning stages for offering upgrade classes to General and Extra Class licenses. We have appointed Public Service, Public Information, Technology, Program, Activity and Membership Officers, several of whom have also been officially appointed by the WPA ARRL Section Manager to extend their services to other local clubs. We are in search of an Official Emergency Station, a Traffic Manager and a Youth Activities Coordinator.

Community Involvement

The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club actively takes part in community affairs. We partner with other community organizations to further our mutual public service activities, and to expand our service role in the various communities we serve. We have signed a Statement of Cooperation with the PA Heartland Chapter of The American Red Cross, in joint support of each other’s Public Service activities. We are developing cooperative educational projects with the DuBois Campus of Penn State, and are exploring more ways to be of service to our communities.

We believe we can attain our goal of providing the level of service to the amateur community commonly found only in “Big-City Clubs” right here in our own neck of the woods! With the help of every active amateur in our 15-county extended service area, we can reach—and exceed—that goal!

We are The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club. We are an active, service-oriented club serving the communities and Radio Amateurs in a 15-county area. Our goal is to make every Quad-County activity worth your trip, every time! We invite you to join us.

       

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