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QC Weather

Snow
Saturday 12/16/2017 90%
Snow
Periods of snow. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
Overcast
Sunday 12/17/2017 20%
Overcast
Overcast. High 37F. Winds light and variable.
Snow
Monday 12/18/2017 50%
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Variable clouds with snow showers that will mix with rain showers later. High 38F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip 50%.
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Latest News

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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Hurricane Irma The Latest Severe Weather Threat

Hurricane Irma The Latest Severe Weather Threat

  Even though the hurricanes are well south of Pennsylvania, amateurs in our area may still be able to help pass health and welfare traffic. The hurricane watch net should be active as you read this. The net will be active on 14.325 MHz, then switch to 7.268 as conditions change. Check ...

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Baker Trail Ultra-Marathon — Good Test Of Preparedness

Baker Trail Ultra-Marathon -- Good Test Of Preparedness

  Area amateurs recently had an opportunity to actually test preparedness at the Baker Trail Ultra-Marathon where amateurs provided communications along a 50 mile trail where cellular communication was mostly unavailable. This was the real deal in testing the functionality of equipment and abilities of the operators to set up effective ...

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Amateur Radio Parity Act Moves Into The Senate

Amateur Radio Parity Act Moves Into The Senate

  This important piece of legislation that may very well have an effect on more amateur radio operators than what you may first  expect, has moved into the Senate. The legislation has a history of bi-partisan support but we still need to keep aware of what is occurring with the bill ...

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SKYWARN TRAINING – WORTH YOUR TIME

SKYWARN TRAINING - WORTH YOUR TIME

Sometimes things do not all ways as they appear. SkyWarn training may conjure up ideas of intense detailed training for the likes of those who are meteorologists.  No so! This training is for the everyday person on the street, so to say. The training gives the everyday person the background to ...

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Clearfield County SkyWarn® Training Scheduled

Clearfield County SkyWarn® Training Scheduled

The SkyWarn presentation has been rescheduled for July 19, 2017. This training is open to amateur radio operators as well as the general public. It is not required but if amateur radio operators could, also email me if  you anticipate attending at: “bryan at wa3ufn dot com”. Since I initiated the planning ...

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North Western PA Tornado

Severe Weather Awareness Week started a bit early for folks in North Western PA. April 20, 2017 brought an EF0 tornado to Mathews Run in Warren County, just north west of Youngsville, PA. Fortunately there were no injuries or serious damage from the short lived tornado. Details of the tornado can ...

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Constitution

CONSTITUTION OF THE QUAD COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

(AS AMENDED December 19, 2014)

ARTICLE I – NAME

SECTION 1:

The name of this organization shall be the Quad-County Amateur Radio

Club. The quad-counties shall consist of Cameron, Clearfield, Elk,

Jefferson and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania.

ARTICLE II – ORGANIZATION

SECTION 1:

The registered office of the club shall be P O Box 599, Du Bois, PA 15801 .

SECTION 2:

The club may also have offices at such other places as the Executive

Board may, from time to time, appoint or the business of the club may

require.

SECTION 3: (Deleted 12/19/2014)

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1:

The membership of this club shall consist of full, chapter, associate and

family membership. Membership term shall coincide with the calendar year.

SECTION 2:

The Full (voting) membership shall be any licensed amateur of any class

with a station license in effect for a location in the Quad-Counties.

SECTION 3: Deleted (12/19/2014)

SECTION 4:

The Associate membership shall consist of persons who are ineligible for

Full or Chapter status. Associate members may not vote on QCARC

matters and shall not be counted in determining vote percentages or for

determining quorums.

SECTION 5:

Combined Full-Chapter membership shall be permitted upon payment of

the applicable dues. However, vote counts shall be determined on a “one

person – one vote” basis.

SECTION 6:

The Family members shall consist of persons that are members of the

same household of a Full or Associate member. Family members shall

have the same privileges as the primary club member of the household.

Family membership shall run concurrently with the primary membership.

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS

SECTION 1:

The officers of the club shall be president, vice-president, secretary and

treasurer. These officers shall also be members of the Executive Board, of

which there shall be five additional members. Officers and board

members must be licensed amateurs and current members of the Club for at

least one year.

SECTION 2:

All officers and Board members shall hold their offices for the period of

one year from the date of their election at the annual meeting, and until

their successors are elected and qualified.

SECTION 3:

The President shall preside at all meetings of the membership and of the

Executive Board, preserve order, regulate debate and carry out the

enforcement of this constitution to the best of his ability. He shall sign all

papers and documents of any kind on behalf of the club. He shall have the

power to call special meetings at his discretion or when requested to do so

by five or more Full members’ signatures. He shall appoint committees

from time to time as needed.

SECTION 4:

The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the president in his absence

and shall assist him in such a manner as the President may request.

SECTION 5:

The secretary shall keep all minutes, records, books and papers, and

perform such correspondence as may be necessary and required.

SECTION 6: (Last sentence deleted 9/15/00)

The treasurer shall have custody of all monies of the club. He shall

deposit the same in a bank account in the name of the club and he shall

               pay all bills as directed by the membership by check, said check to be

               signed by the Treasurer, or in his absence by any other club officer.

SECTION 7:

The Executive Board shall manage the affairs of the club and pay current

running expenses of the club as they accrue and may expend sums of

money not to exceed one-hundred dollars ($100) in any one month for

unusual or extraordinary expenses that may arise, without the prior

approval of the membership. They shall have the power to fill any

vacancy in any office until the next annual meeting. Three Board

members, one of whom is either the President or the Vice-President, shall

constitute a quorum for the transaction of business fo the Executive Board.

It shall be the duty of the Executive Board to present at each annual meeting

of the membership a full and complete statement of the business and affairs of

the club for the preceding year, and at such time as the membership shall direct.

SECTION 8:

Any official of the club may be removed from office by a vote of twothirds

of the total membership of the club, provided that charges against

said official are made in writing and are filed with the secretary at least

one month and one day before the vote is taken. A copy of the charges

shall be served on the accused official by the secretary at least two weeks

before any vote shall be taken.

ARTICLE V – FUNDS

SECTION 1:

The monies of the club shall be maintained in a general fund and in such

other funds as the Executive Board determines as necessary.

SECTION 2: (deleted 2/19/93)

SECTION 3:

The general fund of the club shall consist of all monies not designated for

a specific fund, whether from donations, or dues.

SECTION 4:

Dues for all classes of membership shall be set as required from time to

time by a two-thirds vote of members present.

SECTION 5: (deleted 2/19/93)

SECTION 6:

Dues for renewing members shall be the full amount for the calendar year.

Dues for initial membership shall be pro-rated as follows:

Jan – $25.00             Jul – $12.50
Feb – $22.92             Aug – $10.42
Mar – $20.83           Sep – $8.33
Apr – $18.75             Oct – $6.25
May – $16.67            Nov – $4.17
Jun – $14.58             Dec – $2.08

 

ARTICLE VI – MEETINGS

SECTION 1:

The annual meetings of the club shall be held on the third Friday of

October of each year.

SECTION 2:

The regular meetings shall be called on the third Friday of each remaining

month.

ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENTS AND RATIFICATION

SECTION 1:

The constitution of the club may be ratified or amended at any regular or

annual meeting, by a two-thirds vote of the members present. The

amendments must be published in the newsletter prior to that meeting.

ARTICLE VIII – QUAD-COUNTY FM ASSOCIATION (Deleted 9/15/00)

 

       

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