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Tuesday 05/24/2016 0%
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Mainly clear. Lows overnight in the upper 40s.
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Attention All Club Members! License Exams Clearfield County Fairgrounds Community Building June 25, 2016 at 11:00 am Field Day Clearfield County Fairgrounds Community Building June 25-26, 2016 Monthly Breakfast Arrowhead Restaurant, Clearfield - Saturday June 11, 8:30 AM >> NOTE THE BREAKFAST TIME is now 8:30 AM << Monthly Meeting SMEAL Bldg, Penn State DuBois - Friday June 17, 6:30 PM   >>> NOTE: <<< ...

QCARC Field Day

The Quad County Amateur Radio Club will operate Field Day June 25-26, 2016, at the Clearfield County Fairground Community Building, yes we've been there before. Operating hours are scheduled to be from 2:00 PM Saturday to 2:00 PM Sunday. All amateur radio operators are welcome as well as the ...

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Millcreek Adventure Race

he Millcreek Adventure Race, sponsored by the Brookville YMCA, is set for June 4, 2016. 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 ...

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The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club is a WRN Ambassador

Don't Turn A Cold Shoulder To Summer Heat

lthough we have recent memories of snow, the summer heat really is on the way. All too many times we hear of children or pets left in a vehicle during hot summer days, sometimes with a heartbreaking ending. There are days when the temperature may seem rather low but with ...

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Special June Meeting - New Ham Radio Operator Event

The Quad County Amateur Radio Club will hold a “New Ham Radio Operator Event” at the regular meeting on June 17, 2016. The meeting will be held at the Penn State Du Bois Campus, Smeal Building at 6:30 PM. This event is open to those who recently obtained their amateur ...

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Severe Weather Watch-Warning, Know The Difference

Sometimes we peer out the window and the sky looks ominous then the wind picks up and possibly it begins to rain or hail. What may happen next can be a matter of protecting our life and property, a good reason to understand the difference between Watches and Warnings.  Being ...

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Spring Can Bring Some of Our Wildest Weather

Already this Spring has proven that we should be prepared for some of our wildest weather! One of the best aids in keeping abreast of developing weather issues is the NOAA Weather Radio system. Having a radio at home provides an advantage to be aware of upcoming severe weather. Some ...

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Yaesu FT-991 A huge step for mankind….

Yaesu FT-991 A huge step for mankind....

Hello again It was a while ago since I wrote anything here, but now I really have something to write about! As maybe some of you know, I took the step, and bought a new radio, the Yaesu FT-991. It is an all band all mode transceiver, where all the best parts ...

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Are Lifetime Amateur Radio Licenses in the Future?

There is a Petition for Rule Making (RM 11760) that asks the FCC to grant lifetime Amateur Radio Licenses. The FCC is seeking comments on this petition that would revise §97.25 to indicate the license is granted for lifetime as opposed to the current 10 year term. Individuals may submit comments ...

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Powerpole® Crimp Tool Review

For many hams the go-to 12 VDC connector is the Anderson Powerpole®. I feel the same, this connector is the only one that makes sense for convenience and durability of connection among my own radios and if the need arises other power supplies. This form of 12 VDC power connection ...

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WIRES-X , The New Kid on the Block

Just above the horizon – WIRES-X! Recently you may have heard some rather odd noises and unlikely QSOs taking place on the N3QC, 147.315 repeater. The latest update to our repeater was added January 12, 2016 when the Yaesu Wires-X Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) was added. More information will ...

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A New Satellite in 2017

The New Year of 2016 just arrived but there are some amateurs already anticipating 2017. That anticipation for 2017 stems from a recent announcement that researchers at the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology, part of Virginia Tech University are preparing to send an amateur radio ...

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What About Inversions

Lately many of us have heard stations from rather distant areas on the 147.315 repeater. It is interesting to hear those stations that we normally do not hear but often it is just due to a weather phenomenon called and inversion. I expect that some amateurs sit back and wonder ...

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Happy Thanksgiving - We Remember

  Happy Thanksgiving everybody! This is a traditional time to spend with family and friends, and to remember all those who are no longer with us. I remember in the early days of the club, that there was a day-long QSO on the DuBois Repeater with hams far and wide in the ...

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CubeSats - An Interesting Concept

AMSAT recently deployed the FOX-1A amateur radio satellite, also designated AO-85. These tiny satellites are only 4 inches square! Image that little cube flying around the earth and using it to talk to other amateur radio operators around the world. Communications can be established via the FM transponder that has ...

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About Quad-County ARC

THE Quad-County Amateur Radio Club is an organization of Radio Amateurs in the Pennsylvania counties of Clearfield, Jefferson, Elk, and Cameron, and the 11 immediately adjacent counties. Founded in 1975, the club serves Radio Amateurs and the public in its 15-county area of the Western Pennsylvana Section of the American Radio Relay League, by supporting Amateur Radio operating and educational activities, social gatherings, emergency preparedness drills and communications, and regular meetings and publications.

The Quad-County ARC became an ARRL Affiliated Club in 1978, and actively supports the mission and goals of the ARRL. In September 1985, the club earned the ARRL Special Service Club designation by sponsoring and supporting a number of Amateur Radio activities that benefited local amateur radio operators and the public in general. These activities included providing communications support for local government activities, conducting training, licensing and upgrading classes, holding regular Volunteer Examiner test sessions, recruiting new amateurs, providing Amateur Radio speakers and presentations to schools and civic organizations, and preparing for and participating in public service activities. The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club continues to lead the way as one of only three Special Service Clubs currently active in Western Pennsylvania.

Since 1975, the official newsletter of the Quad-County ARC has been The Parasitic Emission. Although newsletter publication dropped off between 1990 and 2009, Club Founder Joe Shupienis, W3BC has resumed publication of The Parasitic Emission. It is distributed every month as a full-color, PDF e-zine which is emailed free of charge to all Quad-County Amateurs, seven participating clubs, and all other known amateurs in the 15-county area served by the QCARC. More information, as well as current and past issues are available at parasiticemission.com.

Quad-County Amateur Radio Club meetings are held on the third Friday of each month at 7:30 pm. The club makes every effort to provide an interesting Amateur Radio program after each meeting, and refreshments are served as well. The Officers and Executive Board recognize the importance of Amateur Radio oriented activities for our club, and are working to provide these activities to keep the Quad-County ARC a thriving, active club. With your help, it will happen! Won’t you please join us at our meetings and activities?

       

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