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Plentiful sunshine. High 69F. 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, May 2013


Regular Meeting

May 17, 2013

The regular May meeting of the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club was called to order at 7:33pm, Friday, May 17, 2013 by Vice President AB3OG (by the request of President W3TM who was at the Dayton Hamvention) 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: 9 members and two guests were in attendance: W3BC, KB3LES, W3BEV, KA3FHV, W3DWR, KB3WKD, KB3WBT, KB3VWX, AB3OG, with guests N3FYD and Jo Ann Jewell.


The Minutes of the Regular April meeting were read by Secretary W3BC. On a motion by KA3FHV, seconded by KB3WBT the February minutes were approved as read.

The Secretary reported the receipt of two free tickets to the Breezeshooters Hamfest to be held in Butler, June second. Also, an invitation was received from the American Red Cross PA Heartland Chapter to participate once again in their annual Carnival in the DuBois City Park. Finally, the officially signed and sealed Final Coordination Document update for the N3QC Quad-County Repeater on 147.315 MHz was received from the Western Pennsylvania Repeater Council.


W3DWR reported the Club treasury balance stands at $736.93. On a motion by KB3VWX, second by KB3WBT, the Treasurer’s report was approved as read.

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

Committee Reports

Activity Coordinator KB3WBT reported that upcoming events include Field Day, the Car Show in August, and the Boy Scouts Jamboree On The Air in October.

Education & Training Coordinator W3BC reported on the recent VE Exams which resulted in 2 new licensees and two upgrades. 6 VEs were present, an all-time high.

Nets – W3DWR reported that net check-ins are continuing at above-average levels.

Programs – Next month will be Field Day preparations and final planning.

Public Service – W3BC reported on the Club’s part in the Red Cross drill that took place on Saturday, April 27. W3BC set up a station at the St. Marys office, and W3TM set up at the DuBois Area Middle School. WA3UFN served as liaison to the WPA Digital Traffic Net for the duration of the exercise.

Repeater – WA3UFN sent a report that the N3QC DuBois UHF repeater is on the air for testing on 443.85 MHz with a +5 MHz offset and CTCSS tone of 173.8. Coordination is still pending with the WPRC.

Old Business

There was no old or unfinished business.

New Business

Moved by W3DWR and seconded by KB3WBT to donate $50 to a fund to help the Super 322 Drive-In upgrade to a digital projection system. In the discussion which followed, it was pointed out that the Theater management has been very supportive of our club, and that unless they install a digital projector, they will no longer be able to stay in business, as new movie prints on film will no longer be distributed after the end of 2013. Motion carried.

Good of the Order

W3DWR displayed two 6-meter FM radios he will give to anyone interested. No takers.

With no further business to be brought before the Club, on a motion by KB3LES, second by KB3WBT, the meeting was adjourned at 8:11 pm.

A free drawing was held for the two Breezeshooters Hamfest tickets. The Recently Licensed Ham winner was Peach AB3OG, and the Elmer winner was Greg N3FYD.

KB3WBT had an HF station set up outside and gave a hands-on tutorial in HF operation to those interested.



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