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Flash Flood Watch, Areal Flood Advisory

10:20 AM EDT on October 21, 2016
12:45 PM EDT on October 21, 2016
Friday 10/21/2016 100%
Rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 53F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch. Flooding is possible in flood prone areas.
Chance of Rain
Saturday 10/22/2016 40%
Chance of Rain
Becoming windy with showers in the afternoon. High 48F. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Sunday 10/23/2016 20%
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. Slight chance of a rain shower. High around 60F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.
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12 VDC Power Control

  Many amateur radio operators have equipment operating on 12 VDC power supplies. There are times that the equipment needs to quickly switch to a 12 volt battery back-up. There is a very easy way to accomplish this without any intervention needed to switch back and forth from the AC operated ...

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Hurricane - Frequency Advisory

With hurricane Matthew’s track that effected Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba, it is probable there will also be issues in the Bahamas, Florida and points north along the coast as well as inland from the coast. The following frequencies have been posted, by Sean Kutzo of the ARRL, as frequencies that ...

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ARRL CEO Scheduled To Speak In WPA

American Radio Relay League, Chief Executive Officer, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF is scheduled to speak at the Penn State Shenango Campus, 147 Shenango Ave., Sharon, PA  16146. The presentation is scheduled for November 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM. All amateur radio operators are welcome. More information will be added as released.      

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Build a kit. Include enough food, water and medical supplies for your needs in your emergency kit to last for at least 72 hours. Ready.gov/myplan. Brought to you by the Ad Council and Ready.




During this week, to be prepared, you should: >  Understand actions you can take to be prepared for emergency >   Be aware of specific needs you may have if an emergency strikes like: medication, power needs, eye glasses, devices that you may count on, pet needs, etc. >    Understand safety tips and protective ...

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YOU Can Help: Amateur Radio Parity Act

To The Members of the Atlantic Division,We have an opportunity to positively affect Amateur Radio for years tocome. H.R. 1301, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, has unanimously passedthe House of Representatives and moved on to the Senate forconsideration. All you need to do is spend two minutes of your time ...

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Don't Wait. Communicate. Make a family emergency plan today. September is National Preparedness Month. Learn more at www.ready.gov/September.


September is National Preparedness Month

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 ...

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House Passes Amateur Radio Parity Act

Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes in the US House of Representatives! Washington, DC, 09/14/2016 (from ARRL) “The bill is passed without objection.” With those words, Amateur Radio history was made on September 12, when the US House of Representatives approved the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301 on a voice vote under ...

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Congratulations!! Joe Shupienis W3BC

Congratulations to Joe W3BC are newly appointed Section Manager of the Western Pennsylvania!!!

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Lightning strikes the Empire State Building and other buildings causing debris to fall off during a severe thunderstorm in a sweltering NYC...Lightning strikes the Empire State Building and other buildings causing debris to fall off during a severe thunderstorm in a sweltering NYC

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US Lightning Fatalities

A surprising statistic in the U.S.A. for 2016, as of August 21 there have been 27 fatalities due to lightning, which is the total for 2015! It is difficult to definitively determine why so many people have been killed by lightning strikes so far this year. It could be that ...

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New Tri-Band Baofeng on the Market

  The Baofeng Tri-Band hand-held hits the market! For those interested in using the 220 MHz band it is now a bit easier with the new UV-5X3, 5 Watt Tri-Band Radio: 130-179.99mhz (VHF), 222-225.99mhz (1.25M), 400-520.99mhz (UHF), it also is reported to have the FM broadcast band receiver.The new hand-held looks ...

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Burn Bans Lifted in Clearfield and Jefferson Counties

The countywide burn ban that was enacted at the the July 19 Clearfield County PA, Commissioners meeting, was lifted as of 8/16/2016. For the entire article relating to the burn ban see the GantDaily.com website http://gantdaily.com/2016/08/16/breaking-clearfield-county-lifts-burn-ban/ Jefferson County PA has also lifted their burn ban.

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Amateur Radio Clubs, They're All Over The Place

  Amateur radio clubs are all over the place, some make their presence known while others seem to hide from the amateur radio world. There are different reasons amateur radio clubs exist. Some appear to be very focused as to their reason for existence, while others try to be the club ...

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Quadruple Your Driving Safety

  Many of us drive regularly and deal with the varied issues associated with driving, how ever small or large, on the highways. I may be able to offer some information that will make your commute four times safer! Whether you are going down the street to the convenience store or ...

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Cellphone Weather Alerts

So, you're motoring down the road to your destination, when you hear an unfamiliar noise from your cell phone. Best thing to do is safely pull off the road then check your phone for the reason for the noise. When you check the cell phone you find out it just ...

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Current Club Announcements

Attention All Club Members!   Christmas/Holiday Dinner Du Bois Diner, Du Bois - Saturday, December 10, 6:00 PM Monthly Breakfast Dutch Pantry Clearfield - Saturday, December 10, 8:30 Dutch Pantry Du Bois - Saturday, November 12 , 8:30 Please note our new locations and alternating location schedule Monthly Meeting Smeal Bldg, Penn State DuBois - Friday, October 21, 6:30 ...

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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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