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Polls

Should QCARC continue giving VE Exams before club meetings in even months?

  • Yes, but occasionally on other days and times (67%, 2 Votes)
  • Yes (33%, 1 Votes)
  • No (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Yes, with more months (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Yes, but fewer months (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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QC Weather

Special Statement

Issued:
1:13 AM EDT on October 21, 2018
Expires:
2:15 AM EDT on October 21, 2018
Mostly Cloudy
Sunday 10/21/2018 20%
Mostly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 43F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Monday 10/22/2018 10%
Partly Cloudy
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 52F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Chance of Rain
Tuesday 10/23/2018 50%
Chance of Rain
Overcast with rain showers at times. High near 50F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Quad-County Weather Page

Special Saturday VE Exam – August 4th, Reynoldsville

EXAM SESSION

08/04/2018

ALL CLASSES OF LICENSE EXAMS WILL BE OFFERED.

Sponsor: Quad County ARC
Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018
Time: 10:00 am (Walk-ins allowed)
Contact: Joe Shupienis
(814) 771-3804
Email: w3bc@arrl.net
VEC: ARRL/VEC
Location: Sandy Valley Community Church
113 Sandy Valley Road (near PA-950 “Reynoldsville-Falls Creek Road”)
Reynoldsville, PA 15851

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VE Exams at Penn State DuBois Smeal Building

Where: Smeal Building Conference Room, 1 College Place, DuBois, PA 15801

Time: 6:00 pm

Walk-ins WELCOME

Exams will be given for all classes of license

Bring the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Applicable CSCE forms for exam credit
  • COPY (NOT original) of your current license (if licensed)
  • Non-programmable calculator (phone calculators cannot be used)
  • $15.00 exam fee (payable to “ARRL-VEC”)

 

 

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License Exam – June 25

VEC_patchLicense exams for all license classes will be given at the Field Day site on Saturday, June 25th at 11:00 am. The location is the Community House on the Clearfield County Fairgrounds. The address is North Weaver Street and Stadium Drive, Clearfield, PA 16830.

There is a $15.00 fee, payable to ARRL for as many exams as you can pass. Retests at the same session incur an additional fee. Those taking tests must present a photo-ID, a copy of their existing license (if licensed) and any CSCE forms.

 

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Special June Meeting – “New Ham Radio Operator Event”

Recently Licensed Radio Amateurs (l-r) James Withers KB3YJF, Ian Gerard KB3YJM, Joel Best N3UOA, Wayne Kocher KB3YJE, Jay Lorance KB3YJL, Bob Thunberg N3DIR, Nick Lorance KB3YJJ, Devon Lorance KB3YJK, Bev Hudsick KB3YJI, Jim WickerKB3YJG, Greg Donahue KB3WKD, Larry Whitten KB3YJH, Ed Stewart KB3WRX

The Quad County Amateur Radio Club will hold a “New Ham Radio Operator Event” at the regular meeting on June 17, 2016. The meeting will be held at the Penn State Du Bois Campus, Smeal Building at 6:30 PM. This event is open to those who recently obtained their amateur radio license and who have been licensed but inactive for some time. The meeting is also open to the public who may be interested about amateur radio.

The Quad County Amateur Radio Club, which serves amateur radio operators in; Clearfield, Jefferson, Elk and Cameron Counties, was founded in 1975. Regular meetings are held monthly on the third Friday, 6:30 PM at the Penn State Du Bois Campus. For more information visit the Club website at www.qcarc.org

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Get Ready For Field Day!

2015 Field Day Logo Red Design 1Every year, hams around the country start gathering their radios and warming up their grilles to get ready for the annual ARRL Field Day. This year, the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club has joined forces with the Punxsutawney Area Amateur  Radio Club to participate in a very special 40th Anniversary Field Day operation at the Punxsutawney Municipal Airport in Jefferson County.

In honor of the Club’s 40th Anniversary, the Quad-County Club will use the special-event callsign N3Q. The GOTA station will be operating with the Punxs’y Club callsign K3HWJ as in the past.

Of course there will be hotdogs with legendary “BUX” sauce, made from the secret recipe created by Dick Flanders WA3BUX (SK), served at every Field Day since the Club’s origins! Other food will be available, and everyone is encouraged to bring something to share with the group.

Plans are to operate around the clock, and to have a GOTA station set up for new hams, inactive hams and the public to operate. Additionally a VHF station will be set up to operate on 6-meter and 2-meter SSB/CW/Digital modes.

Most  importantly, a good time will be had by all, as we once again demonstrate to public officials and all of our guests how hams are always ready to work together to set up top-notch radio stations away from the comforts of home and communicate with each other across the miles, to serve our communities.

 

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Get Your Ham License – Classes Start September 10th!

CLASSES COMPLETED. ARCHIVE COPY.


The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club is pleased to offer free entry-level license classes for those wishing to prepare for the Technician Class exams. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings at the Reynoldsville Ambulance building, on Main Street in Reynoldsville. Classes will begin at 6:00 pm, and will be held every Tuesday beginning September 10th, for 10 weeks.

VE Test sessions are scheduled for Saturday, November 23 and Thursday, December 5th, in DuBois and Clearield, respectively.

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Upgrade Your License!

The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club is pleased to offer free upgrade classes for those wishing to prepare for the General and Extra Class exams. Classes will be held on Friday evenings at the Reynoldsville Ambulance building, on Main Street in Reynoldsville. Classes will begin at 6:30 pm, and will be held every Friday beginning February 8th, with three exceptions: Feb. 15th and Mar. 15th, which are the QCARC meeting nights, and Mar. 29th which is Good Friday.

Back by popular demand, as an added bonus we will offer optional Morse Code training beginning at 6:00 pm for those who are interested. Even though code is no longer required for any license, there is quite a bit of CW activity on the bands, and this unique skill is very useful to round out your abilities. Completely optional, this training will enable Technicians to operate legally on the 80, 40, 20 and 15 meter HF bands using CW. If you have any musical ability at all, the method we will use is guaranteed to get you up to speed or double your tuition back!

A VE Test session will be scheduled for a date following the completion of the class at a date, time and place to be announced.

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Torn rotator cuff, so what to do till it’s healed?

Hello all Lars here.

Looks like I will have about 6 months, before I’m healed and so I have been thinking of a little something to do in the meantime.

You see the rig at the right here, it’s my beautiful Kenwood TS-520 and its a so called “hybrid rig” it means that the radio have both old time tubes and transistors, the tubes are just used in the transmitter “PA”, but easily delivers a nice and clean 100w out.

Now to my crazy idea, if you guys know of anybody who wants to get rid of his old non working TS-520, 520s or 520se, even TS-820, 830 or even TS-530 would work fine, I would be happy to buy for around $90- 100, just as something to do….  As you might have figured out, cheaper is better, since trying to get back to shape, (torn rotator cuff) so I can get back to work again, isn’t cheap…

Mind You, I’m not a repair pro, but hoping to learn “how to”

Thank you for taking time to read this…

Lars KB3WBT

PS: E-mail me at sm7fyw at hotmail.com

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2012 Annual Report

THE QUAD-COUNTY Amateur Radio Club, Inc. proudly presents our 2012 Annual Report, detailing the activities of the past 12 months in this, our 38th year. You may view or download it here:

2012 Annual Report

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License Classes, Fall 2012

Want to become a ham? Here’s some good news!

The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club will conduct free, entry-level licensing classes for those wishing to obtain Amateur Radio licenses, beginning September 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the American Red Cross PA Heartland Chapter offices at 209 N. Brady Street, DuBois. Classes will continue on the following Thursday evenings: Sep. 10, Sep. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, and a test session on Oct. 25. Please note there will not be a class on October 11!

Classes are suitable for all ages. We suggest parents accompany children under 14. A study manual is recommended (under $20) and students should make every effort to attend each class.

For more information, contact Joe Shupienis W3BC at 371-3235.

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Demo Station at Cub Scout Klondike Derby

The winter air was filled with the happy shouting of nearly 400 Cub Scouts at Camp Mountain Run on Saturday, February 11th, as they gathered for their annual Klondike Derby. “It’s a great way for them to enjoy winter activities in the great outdoors,” explained District Director Carl Hall.

This year, there was a new activity that captured the interest of the Cub Scouts from the north-central Pennsylvania region served by the Bucktail Council. That activity was an Amateur Radio station and exhibit set up by members of the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club.

Nearly 400 Cub Scouts got on the air to experience Amateur Radio first hand, as Quad-County hams volunteered to help.

Club President Joe Shupienis W3BC led the hams in greeting each 50-60 Scout unit as they entered the room. Quad-County members Don Jewell KB3LES and Lars Kvant KB3WBT/SM7FYW demonstrated VHF antennas they built, and answered questions from the Scouts and their parents. Jesse Tucker KG4ZXC and President Shupienis W3BC discussed how Amateur Radio is a lifelong activity which can lead to careers in engineering, science and technology.

Club Member Kevin Hoynoski W3PIG showed the Scouts his “Go Box”–a portable amateur radio station in an easily carried container.

Next, the Go-Box was put into action on the Quad-County 147.315 repeater, and each and every Cub Scout got to speak on the air with Phil K3PJ at his home in Clymer. They learned from talking with him that he is a Scoutmaster for a unit in Indiana County.

After putting 381 Cub Scouts on the air, both groups were very happy with the operation and look forward to working together again!

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New Hat Needed – Please Help

Please help this fellow buy a new hat!

Generous donors are requested to dig deep and send this fellow a dollar to help defray the cost of a new hat. The one he is wearing has the wrong callsign, W3KWT, while according to FCC records, his current callsign is K3VFW! When a fellow ham is in need we must all pitch in and help him out of the fix he’s in. Reports are that on October 21, 2011, the FCC canceled his old callsign, W3KWT, and issued in its place a new one, K3VFW. The FCC claims that he requested the change, but we all know how the Government works! Please do your part to help this unfortunate victim of Government efficiency.

Congrats, Tom on the shiny new callsign!

p.s.: Chip in another 50 cents to buy him a new QSL card or two, as well!

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