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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, September 2013


Regular Meeting

September 20, 2013

The regular September meeting of the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club was called to order at 7:30pm, Friday, September 20, 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: 13 members and one guest were in attendance: W3BC, W3DWR, KA3FHV, KB3LES, KB3FPN, W3TM, AB3OG, KA3YCB, W3BEV, N3DIR, KB3WBT, KA3USM, N3HAO, and guest Jeff Smith.


The Minutes of the Regular August meeting were read by Secretary W3BC. On a motion by KA3USM, seconded by KB3LES the August minutes were approved as read.

Letters of appreciation have been received from several local libraries where we have placed ARRL License Manuals in memory of Silent Keys.


Treasurer W3DWR reported that after paying expenses for the picnic, and the annual insurance renewal, the treasury stands at $91.91 On a motion by KA3USM, seconded by W3BC, the treasurer’s report was approved as read.

Committee Reports

Activity Coordinator KB3WBT reported on the the Car Show on August 10, and discussed upcoming events including the Boy Scouts Jamboree On The Air in October. The Club Picnic was held at Ed Golla’s on Saturday, September 7th

Education & Training Coordinator W3BC reported fall classes are taking place for upgrades in Clearfield and new licensees in Reynoldsville. Technician classes began Tuesday, September 10 in Reynoldsville and upgrade classes will begin in Clearfield on Thursdays, starting October 3.

Nets – The Hamshack Net has moved back to the WAN Repeater System. Net Manage W3DWR reports that the Sunday night Quad-County FM net NCS will be WD3D for the month of October.

Programs – September program is Waterfall displays and weak signal reception. October is the Annual Meeting.

Public Information – Officer W3BC reported that an article about the club was published in the DuBois Courier Express.

Public Service – Coordinator KA3YCB discussed the annual Simulated Emergency Test scheduled for October 5th.

RepeatersW3BC announced that antenna problems on the DuBois Repeater are being repaired. KA3USM discussed the possibility of setting up the 6-meter repeater in the village of Rockton. It was discussed that facilities are already available at the Schofield Road site which is 800 feet higher and already coordinated. It was decided to contact N5NWC to pick up the 6-meter Duplexer.

Old Business

New Business

Good of the Order

On a question about the club sponsoring a hamfest, a great deal of pro and con discussion ensued. W3BC moved and KA3USM seconded that a committee be formed to add a “swap meet” component to one of the club’s upcoming social activities in 2014. Motion carried. President W3TM appointed volunteers KA3USM and KB3WBT to the committee.


There being no further business before the club, Secretary W3BC took the floor to open nominations for club officers, to be elected at the October Annual Meeting. The following nominations were recorded:

President: Treasurer:

W3TM (by KA3FHV) W3DWR (by KA3FHV)

AB3OG (by W3TM) Executive Board:

Vice President: KA3FHV (by W3DWR)

KB3WBT (by W3TM) KA3USM (by W3BC)

W3TM (by W3BC) W3BEV (by W3TM)

Secretary: KB3LES (by AB3OG)

W3BC (by W3DWR) KA3YCB (by N3DIR)


With no further nominations to be recorded, in accordance with the Constitution, Secretary W3BC declared that the nominations will remain open until the election at the October Annual Meeting, and returned the floor to President W3TM

On a motion by KA3FHV, seconded by KB3LES, the meeting was adjourned at 8:37 pm for the program on Waterfall Displays and Weak Signals by W3BC. Refreshments were provided by W3BEV.



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