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QC Weather

Snow Showers
Friday 12/15/2017 70%
Snow Showers
Snow showers possible. Lows overnight in the low 20s.
Snow Showers
Saturday 12/16/2017 50%
Snow Showers
Variably cloudy with snow showers. High 34F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
Chance of Rain
Sunday 12/17/2017 40%
Chance of Rain
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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Latest News

NOTA Special Event

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SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY OPERATING EVENT

SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY OPERATING EVENT

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2018 Dues Are Due!

2018 Dues Are Due!

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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

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  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

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Amateur Radio Parity Act Moves Into The Senate

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SKYWARN TRAINING – WORTH YOUR TIME

SKYWARN TRAINING - WORTH YOUR TIME

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Clearfield County SkyWarn® Training Scheduled

Clearfield County SkyWarn® Training Scheduled

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North Western PA Tornado

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Minutes, December 2013

Minutes

Regular Meeting

December 20, 2013

The regular December meeting of the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club was called to order at 7:34pm, Friday, December 20, 2013 by President AB3OG in the Coca-Cola Room of the Du Bois Diner (since the Penn State Campus was closed for intersession.) Following the salute to the Flag, the members observed a moment of silence in remembrance of silent keys. A round of introductions followed

Attendance: 11 members and one guest were in attendance: KB3VWX, W3BC, KB3LES, KC3AOV, KB3WBT, N3WWT, KB3ZTN, KA3DEO, W3BEV, KB3FPN, AB3OG and guest KA3MKY.

Secretary

The Minutes of the Regular November meeting were read by Secretary W3BC. On a motion by KB3LES, seconded by KB3FPN the August minutes were approved as read.

Treasurer

Treasurer W3DWR was unable to attend.

Committee Reports

Activity Coordinator KB3WBT reported that 15 members and guests attended the Christmas Dinner in Clearfield, and a good time was had by all. Punxsutawney Area Amateur Radio Club President KB3FPN invited interested hams to help out at the PARC Groundhog Day Special Event Station K3HWJ on Saturday, February 1st. President and Scouting Liaison AB3OG reported he will contact the Bucktail Council office regarding once again putting on a demonstration for the Cub Scout Klondike derby at Camp Mountain Run on February 8th.

Education & Training Coordinator W3BC reported that Spring classes for new licensees and upgrades will be scheduled for after the first of the year.

Nets – A message from Net Manager W3DWR was relayed requesting volunteers to be Net Control for the Sunday Evening Quad-County FM net.

Programs – The January program will be on learning how to solder. Program coordinator W3BC asked for a volunteer to assist in setting up programs.

Public Information – PIO W3BC informed the group that the renewal for the qcarc.org domain and 12 months of website hosting is due. The amount is $74.00. Moved by W3BC and seconded by KB3LES to pay the bill. Motion carried.

Technology – Coordinator KB3WBT discussed upcoming technology activities, including VHF and UHF beacons.

Old Business

There was no old or unfinished business.

New Business

W3BC announced that he has been working on a new initiative for The Parasitic Emission titled “Project Launch Assist.” This project will address ways that local clubs can better include and involve newly licensed hams in club activities, and help them start out “on the right foot” in Amateur Radio.

Good of the Order

There were no additional business items or announcements.

Adjournment

There being no further business before the club, on a motion by KB3WBT and seconded by KC3AOV, the meeting was adjourned at 8:29 pm. Refreshments were served by W3BEV and the members present enjoyed a social hour after the meeting.

       

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