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Sunny skies. High 82F. Winds light and variable.
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Paul Silinsky K3PS - Silent Key

It is with deep sadness we report the passing of Paul Silinsky K3PS. Dr. Paul Stephen Silinsky K3PS of Ashland, Ohio, formerly of DuBois Pennsylvania, died following a brief illness on Saturday, May 5, 2018. He was Lecturer at The Ohio State University -- Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio, and ...

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Public Service Event 2018 Brookville YMCA Adventure Race June 2, 2018

Public Service Event 2018 Brookville YMCA Adventure Race June 2, 2018

he Brookville YMCA Adventure race is set for June 2, 2018. Chuck Shaffer, KC3EAJ has requested amateurs to provide public service communications for this race. His main focus is the orienteering course between Millcreek & Frozen Toe. The actual race covers eighty four miles and there are opportunities for as many ham operators to ...

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ICOM 706 MkII for sale

Selling my ICOM 706 MkII It comes with separation cable, face mounting bracket, and original mike. Everything works as supposed, very good radio, but, time for something new.... Comes from smoke free enviroment. I will not ship! Price $ 475.00   Email: kvantlars@gmail.com  

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Meteorological Spring Has Arrived

The National Weather Service, Spring Safety Campaign is in effect. There are many aspects of Spring weather that can ruin a good day and we have to be aware of such adverse weather. Being aware and recognizing is only part of the equation, we have to follow the advise to ...

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Another Recent NWS Addition

I briefly looked at this site before but today I decided to spend a little more time looking. It was worth the time! I found the GOES-East GEOColor screens, they are really interesting and the resolution is quite good. Be sure to click on the GeoColor Loop, located in the ...

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Expanded National Weather Service Information Web-Page

Expanded National Weather Service Information Web-Page

  The National weather Service has expanded some experimental winter weather informational pages. I believe that you will find these pages interesting and informative. They may assist you in planning for upcoming winter weather events in you locale. Be sure to scroll down the page and also check out the four ...

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NOTA Special Event

Here is another On The Air Special Event that you can get your HF as well as 2 meter and 70 cm rigs warmed up for. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is beginning their year long NASA On The Air Special Event beginning December 11, 2017 and will ...

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This year the official date for the SkyWarn™ Recognition Day event is December 2. The event will be in operation from 0000 UTC – 2400 UTC, December 2, 2017. This is a rather simple event, the purpose is to contact as many National Weather Service stations as possible on 80 ...

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2018 Dues Are Due!

2018 Dues Are Due!

The 2018 membership dues for the Quad County Amateur Radio Club are due. Please note the updated dues structure.   A  .pdf can be downloaded using the following link: 2018 QCARC Membership Application Please make checks payable to: Quad County Amateur Radio Club. You can print the completed application, mail it to Quad County ...

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National Weather Service Hazard Simplification Initiative

The National Weather Service is simplifying their hazardous weather products list. Please click on the below link for what they are doing for winter effective October 1, 2017. Looks like they are narrowing down to three categories. http://www.weather.gov/media/iln/HazSimp.pdf

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Autumn SkyWarn Newsletter Available

Autumn SkyWarn Newsletter Available

The 2017 Autumn SkyWarn newsletter is available on-line at: https://www.weather.gov/media/ctp/Spotter%20Newsletters/Autumn2017.pdf    

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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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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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