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Snow Showers
Friday 12/15/2017 70%
Snow Showers
Snow showers possible. Lows overnight in the low 20s.
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Saturday 12/16/2017 50%
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Variably cloudy with snow showers. High 34F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
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Sunday 12/17/2017 40%
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Mostly cloudy in the morning then periods of showers later in the day. High 39F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
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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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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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The First Ten Years

[From The Parasitic Emission Volume 13, Number 4, April 1985]

The Last Ten Years
by Joe Shupienis, WA3IHK

In early 1975, many hams in the DuBois area were experimenting with the almost-new two meter FM mode of amateur communications. There were as yet no repeaters in the local area, and many nights were spent by local hams at the shack of WA3BUX, listening to various distant repeaters. K3QEQ had done some operating and experimentation with a tube.type repeater, using a Motorola transmitter and a Farnsworth receiver on 146.94/.34 (!) with some success. Much of the communications was on 146.94 simplex, and I recall my many trips to Penn State, trying to see how much farther each week’s new antenna experiment would work.

It was during this time that I had the idea that a local ham radio club would be a nice thing to have. I dug out the Callbook and recorded the names and calls of everyone with a 158 or 168 zip code. When I was finished, the list contained 138 names! These hams all were located in the four-county area surrounding DuBois. I ran down to the keypunch, punched up the information, and ran it through the Penn State computer as a student project. Questionnaires were printed and sent to everyone on the list, inviting them to a meeting at the DuBois High School on Friday, April 17, 1975 at 7:30 pm, for the purpose of seeing if there was enough interest to form a local amateur radio club.

Twenty-three local hams showed up at that meeting, and the Quad County Amateur Radio Club was born. There was a humble schedule prepared for the meeting, tentatively called The Parasitic Emission, which was a take-off on the title of the Penn State ARC newsletter, The Unbiased Emitter. A vote was taken, and the unanimous decree was that a local club should be formed.

At the next meeting, WA3HSE suggested the name “Quad-County Amateur Radio Club”, and for this he received the prize of a life membership. Nobody wanted to rename the newsletter, and so that prize was never awarded. W3GNR became the first president, dues were set at $12.00 per year, and monthly payments were accepted. A raffle, coffee and doughnuts were part of each of the meetings.

Several club members, led by K3TFL had jointly purchased a plot of land on a hill-top overlooking the Clear Run section of DuBois, and plans were made to hold Field Day activities there. The first QCARC Field Day was a fun-filled event, and the slides I took of the festivities were enjoyed for several seasons after.

During the fall, a spate of Novice code & theory classes were offered, and each issue of the Parasitic Emission featured artwork by K3TFL. A popular cartoon series was “Clem and Orvilie”, two hillbilly hams, who never quite got on the air. In 1976, the first QCARC Spring Banquet was held at the Lithuanian Club in DuBois. During the summer, many hamfests were visited by our members—many of whom had never had any reason to go to a hamfest before! Field Day suffered from very sparse attendance, perhaps because the previous one was a tough act to follow. The newsletter had grown considerably, and featured advertising from local and not-so-local ham-type businesses. The big news of 1976 was the K3ZDR repeater. Coordinated on 146.13/.73, and located at the Clear Run hilltop, the repeater provided the QCARC area with reliable two meter coverage for the first time.

In 1977, work was started on the Rockton Mountain to establish a location for the repeater. A plot was leased from the State, and many spring and summer evenings were spent digging the foundation and putting up the cement block building, as well as erecting the 105 foot tower. I remember the thundershower that curtailed the tower raising one day, resulting in 18 hams packed into K3TFL’s van!

Finally, at 11 am, on November 11, 1977, K3PS (ex-ZDR) flipped the switch and put the repeater on the air from its present location. Field Day was held at the farm of Daryl Boucher in the Beechwoods section near Falls Creek.

Joint banquets were held with the Nittany ARC of State College, and Horseshoe ARC of Altoona during this time. A group of members from Jefferson County formed the Punxsutawney ARC. The meeting location moved to Jeff Tech in Reynoldsville, and Field Day was held at WA3GMT’s QTH, south of that town. Under the guidance of W3GNR, the “WIT” VHF Contest team’ became a serious contender in the ARRL VHF contests of that day. Operating from the Clear Run VHF site, they frequently won WPA Section championships, beating arch-rival Nittany ARC teams in both the June and September outings.

For the next several years, the newsletter “came and went”, and club activities tapered off. Many of the “old guard” faded away, and no one else came forth to take their place. Some people seriously questioned the club’s survival. In 1983, a reorganizational meeting was held at the Clear Run VHF site.

A “steering committee” was appointed, and regular, scheduled meetings were again held at the Unilec building in DuBois. The Parasitic Emission has been published monthly since then, and is now created by word processing equipment. Meetings are held monthly at the DuBois Senior High School. and the club membership stands at just under 50 members. Novice and upgrade training classes are being offered on a regular basis by a team of interested hams, and the programs arranged by W3WM rival those in ANY club, Happy birthday, QCARC! And many, MANY happy returns!!!

       

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