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Monday 10/16/2017 10%
Clear. Lows overnight in the low 30s.
Tuesday 10/17/2017 10%
Sunny skies. High around 60F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 10/18/2017 10%
A mainly sunny sky. High 68F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
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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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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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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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Minutes, July 2013


Regular Meeting

July 19, 2013

The regular July meeting of the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club was called to order at 7:30pm, Friday, July 19, 2013 by President W3TM in the Hiller Building on the Penn State DuBois Campus. Following the salute to the Flag, the members observed a moment of silence in remembrance of silent keys. A round of introductions followed

Attendance: 10 members were in attendance: W3TM, W3BC, KB3LES, KC3AOV, N3HAO, KA3FHV, W3DWR, AB3OG, KB3KTE and KB3KTD.


The Minutes of the Regular June meeting were read by Secretary W3BC. On a motion by KB3LES, seconded by W3DWR the June minutes were approved as read.

Correspondence: Norm Fusaro at ARRL HQ informed us that our Special Service Club renewal sent to the WPA Section management for approval.

On a motion by KA3FHV, seconded by KC3AOV, the Secretary’s report was accepted.


W3DWR reported that following routine bill payments the Club treasury balance stands at $297.15. On a motion by KB3KTE, second by AB3OG, the Treasurer’s report was approved as read.

Treasurer W3DWR reported that paid membership continues at 43, with 23 ARRL members reported.

Committee Reports

Activity Coordinator K3WBT reported that upcoming events include the Car Show on August 10, and the Boy Scouts Jamboree On The Air in October. W3BC reported that Ed Golla K3AHS has once again invited the Club to have a fall picnic at his Dad’s (WA3GMT) QTH. It was moved by W3BC and seconded by W3DWR to confirm with Ed that the Club will hold the Picnic when he is in town in September. Motion carried.

Education & Training Coordinator W3BC reported fall classes are proposed for upgrades in Clearfield and new licensees in Reynoldsville. Dates to be announced.

Nets – The Hamshack Net has moved back to the 147.315 repeater..

Programs – August program will be about Contesting, and guest speakers are tentatively lined up for future meetings.

Repeater – KB3LES reported that the KG4ZXC repeater in Chestnut Grove has improved coverage with a new antenna. Programming for his 70 cm repeater is continuing.

Old Business

  • Field Day summary was presented by W3BC.
  • Power Line noise in Falls Creek: Direction-finding team will meet at 11:00 am, Saturday, July 27th to locate the sources.

New Business

Moved by W3BC, seconded by KA3FHV to contact our Red Cross Liaison KB3WKD to see if he wishes to continue in that capacity. Motion Carried.

Moved by KB3LES, seconded by AB3OG that the Club pay for all picnic expenses. Motion Carried.

The members present discussed the plans for 2014 Field Day. It was pointed out that the PA Trappers Association would once again be the primary users of the Clearfield Fairgrounds that weekend. The pros and cons of holding Field Day at Ed Golla’s location alternate years were discussed. Moved by W3DWR and seconded by KA3FHV to look into the possibility and report back at the October meeting. Motion Carried.

Good of the Order

A member asked a question regarding recent Emergency Communication activities during the floods in DuBois and other communities. W3BC replied that since electrical power to the hilltop Public Safety communications facilities was not disrupted, Amateur Radio was not contacted for assistance.

On a motion by AB3OG, seconded by W3TM, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 followed by a review of Field Day activities.



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