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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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Minutes, November 2013

Minutes

Regular Meeting

November 15, 2013

The regular November meeting of the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club was called to order at 7:30pm, Friday, November 15, 2013 by President AB3OG in the Hller Building on the Penn State Du Bois 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: 12 members and two guests were in attendance: W3BC, AB3OG, W3DWR, KA3FHV, KA3YCB, WA3UFN, KB3FPN, KB3LES, W3BEV, N3HAO, KC3AOV, AA3AZ, and guests KA3MKY and Jo Ann Jewell.

Secretary

The Minutes of the October Annual Meeting were read by Secretary W3BC. On a motion by KA3FHV, seconded by KB3LES, the Annual Meeting minutes were approved as read.

Treasurer

Treasurer W3DWR presented the full balance sheet for the 2013 Fiscal year. After paying the electric bill, which has been showing a notable increase beginning in July, the balance brought forward to the 2014 Fiscal year is 191.77, including $30 on hand for making change at meetings. Moved by W3BC and seconded by KA3YCB to accept the report and to direct the President to form a committee to investigate electric use at the Schofield Road site, and report their findings to the Executive Board. Motion carried and Report accepted as read.

Committee Reports

Activity Coordinator KB3WBT and event participants reported on recent activities, including the Jamboree On The Air, the CQ World Wide DX Contest, the Pennsylvania QSO Party and the November Sweepstakes activities.

Education & Training Coordinator W3BC reported that fall classes are completed for upgrades in Clearfield and new licnesees in Reynoldsville. VE sessions will take place in DuBois on November 23, and December 5th in Clearfield.

Nets – Net Manager W3DWR is accepting volunteers for Net Control for the Sunday Evening Quad-County FM net. By acclamation, the group expressed appreciation to W3DWR for his many years of service to the Club as Net Manager.

Programs – W3BC asked for a volunteer to assist in setting up programs.

Public Service – Coordinator KA3YCB informed the group that no new activities are planned to take place during the next month.

RepeatersW3BC reported that N3HAO has transferred the 6 Meter repeater equipment to the club, and that the Duplexer is once again in our posession. KB3FPN donated a brand new DB 201 low band VHF antenna to the club for use with the 6 meter repeater.

Old Business

There was no old or unfinished business.

New Business

There was no new business

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 KA3YCB and seconded by KB3LES, the meeting was adjourned at 8:28 pm. Refreshments were served by W3BEV and the members present enjoyed a social hour after the meeting.

       

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