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Monday 06/26/2017 60%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. High 71F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
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Tuesday 06/27/2017 20%
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Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 67F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday 06/28/2017 10%
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 76F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
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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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