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QC Weather

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Monday 10/16/2017 10%
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Clear. Lows overnight in the low 30s.
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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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SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK APRIL 24 – 28, 2017

SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK APRIL 24 – 28, 2017

Since the National Weather Service outline for Severe Weather Week encompasses the weather that we encounter in our area, it might just be a great idea to check the State College, NWS website (http://www.weather.gov/ctp/SevereWeatherAwarenessWeek) for some important information. The information on the web pages just happen expand on the April ...

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WIRES-X , The New Kid on the Block

This article was originally posted January 15, 2016 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 ...

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April 2017 Parasitic Emission

In a shocking development, Joe W3BC has finally come to his senses and put out a modest but informative edition of the Parasitic Emission newsletter. You may download it here: Parasitic Emission, Volume 43, Number 1, April 2017

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Pennsylvania Flood Safety Awareness Week

The National Weather Service Flood Safety Awareness Week Begins March 27. Considering we experience flooding in our area rather often, it is likely worth your time to check out the National Weather Service flood safety week web page at http://www.weather.gov/ctp/floodSafetyWeek The week starts out with information on the continuing effort ...

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Please Keep Fire Hydrants Clear

I know this is not directly related to amateur radio but it is directly related to neighborhood safety. It may even be directly related to your safety!

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Contact Us!

    Postal mail
    The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club

              P O Box 599

              Du Bois, PA  15801

    Email contact
    You may send email to

info@qcarc.org

    or use the form below:

 

 

     

      Club Officers
    President:
      Joe Shupienis – W3BC

                 president@qcarc.org

    Vice President:

      TBA

     

                  vp@qcarc.org

    Secretary:

      Bryan Simanic, WA3UFN

                  secretary@qcarc.org

    Treasurer:

      Kevin Snyder, KA3YCB

                 treasurer@qcarc.org

     

    Executive Board:
    Mike Latta –  KB3SGY

    Dave Lingenfelter – WQ1A                                  

    Don Jewell – KB3LES

    Bev Hudsick – W3BEV

    Lars Kvant – KB3WBT

     

    Staff:
    Activities Coordinator:

      Lars Kvant KB3WBT

    Education Coordinator:

    License Trustee:

      Bryan Simanic WA3UFN

    Membership Coordinator:

      TBA

    Net Manager:

      Dave Lingenfelter – !Q1A

     

    Program Coordinator:

    Bryan Simanic – WA3UFN

    Public Service Coordinator:

      Kevin Snyder KA3YCB

    QSL Manager:

    Technology Coordinator:

      Lars Kvant KB3WBT

     

    Members
    Call Name County QTH Status
    On The Air

    Frequencies:

    N3QC 6 Meter Repeater 53.070 -1.000 MHz 173.8 Wide Coverage VHF Repeater at 2700′ AMSL
    N3QC 2 Meter Repeater 147.315 + .600 MHz 173.8 Wide Coverage VHF Repeater at 2700′ AMSL
    K3EDD Repeater 444.625 + 5 MHz 173.8 Ultra-Wide Coverage UHF Repeater at 2600′ AMSL
    N3IZE Repeater 444.900 + 5 MHz 173.8 Clearfield Local UHF Repeater
    N3QC-1 APRS Digipeater 144.39 MHz Hi-Level APRS Digipeater at 2600′ AMSL
    2-meter Simplex 145.65 MHz Local simplex activity
    UHF Calling 446.000 MHz UHF Simplex

    Nets:

    Quad-County FM Net Sunday 1900 147.315 N3QC Repeater
    Quad-County UHF Net
    Clearfield County ARES Net Sunday 1930 147.315 N3QC Repeater
    Elk County Net Sunday 2000 147.000 Ridgway Repeater
    Jefferson County Emergency Net Monday 2000 147.105 Sigel Repeater
    The Hamshack Net
    Meeting Locations

    Since the very first meeting in 1975, The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club holds regular meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the third Friday of every month. Our meetings are held in the Hiller Building on the Penn State DuBois Campus.

    Club Connections - Our Amateur Radio Club Neighbors

    Western Pennsylvania Section
    American Radio Relay League

    The National Organization for Amateur RadioWestern Pennsylvania Repeater Council
    wprc.us

    The Nittany Amateur Radio Club
    State College, PA
    www.nittany-arc.net

    ARRL Affiliated ClubPhilipsburg Amateur Radio Association
    Philipsburg, PA
    www.philipsburg-ara.org

    ARRL Affiliated ClubHeadwaters Amateur Radio Club
    Coudersport, PA
    www.n3pc.com

    ARRL Affiliated Club
    Parasitic EmissionPartnerMcKean County Amateur Radio Club
    Bradford, PA
    http://www.mcarc.net/

    ARRL Affiliated ClubElk County Amateur Radio Association
    Ridgway, PA
    n3nia.com

    Parasitic EmissionPartnerFort Armstrong Wireless Association
    Ford City, PA
    fortarmstrongwireless.org

    ARRL Affiliated ClubIndiana County Amateur Radio Club
    Indiana, PA
    www.qsl.net/w3bmd

    ARRL Affiliated Club
    Parasitic EmissionPartnerPunxsutawney Area Amateur Radio Club
    Punxsutawney, PA
    https://sites.google.com/site/punxyhamclub/

    ARRL Affiliated Club
    Parasitic EmissionPartnerCambria Radio Club
    Johnstown, PA
    www.cambriaradio.com

    ARRL Affiliated Club
    Parasitic EmissionPartnerHorseshoe Amateur Radio Club
    Altoona, PA
    www.harc1.org

    ARRL Affiliated Club
    Parasitic EmissionPartnerYoung Ladies’ Radio League
    An International Organization of Women Amateur Radio Operators
    Altoona, PA
    www.ylrl.org

    ARRL Affiliated Club


           

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