QCARC Calendar

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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

Overcast
Sunday 12/16/2018 0%
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Generally cloudy. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds light and variable.
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Monday 12/17/2018 20%
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Overcast. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday 12/18/2018 10%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High 33F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
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QCARC Events

2019 Club Dues

It’s that time again… Time to renew your Quad-County membership!

If you’re not a member yet, there’s no time like the present to join! We’ll be happy to count you in as a member of our little group!

Click below to get a copy of the 2019 application, which you can fill out on your computer and print a nice, clean, completed copy to send in with your dues.

If you can see your way clear to volunteer to be a “Dime-A-Day Donor” our club would be very grateful to you! This completely optional plan is NOT a requirement, just a suggestion if you are feeling generous.

In any case, click below for the Application, Fill it out and send it in with your check to:

QCARC
PO Box 599
DuBois, PA  15801

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QCARC Meeting

The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club will meet at 7:00 pm at the Penn State DuBois Campus in the Smeal Building Conference Room. Set your GPS to 1 College Place, DuBois, PA 15801, or use the maps to find your way.


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Dime-A-Day Donor Program

TThe Quad-County Amateur Radio Club has instituted a new program for voluntary contributions to fund the club’s Educational and Outreach programs. The leading priority for Amateur Radio clubs nationwide is the recruiting and training of new Amateurs. Without them, we will witness the end of Amateur Radio.

It takes money to make the wheels of the "New Ham Factory" spin, and club treasuries are already overstressed due to inflation and declining membership. This voluntary donation program allows those members who can afford to do so to contribute additional funds above their annual dues to specific programs of the club.
It takes money to make the wheels of the “New Ham Factory” spin, and club treasuries are already overstressed due to inflation and declining membership. The voluntary donation program allows those members who can afford to do so to contribute additional funds above their annual dues to specific programs of the club. When suggesting this program to the Quad-County club, I recommended the monies all be earmarked for our Educational and Outreach efforts.

Educational is self explanatory: Teaching licensing classes and giving license exams. But there is a promotional aspect to that as well. The League has produced many public service spots for radio ans television, but there are some small costs involved in obtaining them and supplying them to media outlets. Additionally, there are printed publications and handouts for the public and schools. These carry a cost as well. Finally, one of the best ways, even in this Internet age, to attract new hams is to place a license manual in school and public libraries. They are not cheap. Our Volunteer Donor program makes this activity possible without bankrupting the club.

Outreach is a fairly new word. Organizations such as ours use the word a lot. It means providing services to people in our communities who are not (yet) members. Some are hams who haven’t become active with their neighbor hams. Some aren’t hams but have an interest in our activities. Finally there are other, non-Amateur Radio organizations whose goals intersect with ours… Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, Public Safety agencies, Red Cross, Salvation Army… It’s a long list. We incur some expenses providing these organizations with printed literature, and providing program materials such as DVDs about Amateur Radio they can show their members.

Besides these activities, there are year-round outreach activities as well. You are reading one of them. Registration for the domain name “qcarc.org” costs us about $12.00 a year. Hosting it costs $4.95 per month. That adds up to about $72.00 per year. If you do the math, it’s about 20 cents a day. From all comments I’ve heard, it’s worth it. The software is free, and I’ve donated my web-design services free of charge. If you were to pay a professional web provider for all the artwork and maintenance, you would be looking at $20 to 30,000 per year. Compare this website to the ARRL website and consider how much that cost the League. (Hint: It’s a deep, six-figure number!)

Taking a cue from the ARRL’s Diamond Club, I came up with the idea of the Dime-A-Day Donor program. For a mere $36.50 per year, you can help support the Outreach and Educational programs that are so important to the future of Amateur Radio and to your club. Our Treasurer collects these funds, and you will receive a certificate in recognition of your selfless contribution to these vital club programs. If you can afford to do more, consider becoming a Double Donor which is a really meaningful way for you to say “$73!”

Consider becoming a Dime-A-Day Donor today. The money will absolutely go to a cause you believe in: Bringing new hams into the hobby.

Dime-A-Day Donors

We thank the following people who have very generously contributed to the future of Amateur Radio:

Joe Shupienis W3BC Double-Donor
Doug Rowles W3DWR
Jeff Rowles KA3FHV
Ed Morrison K3JE
Tom Robinson W3KWT
John Buttner KB3OUG
Al Maddas KB3SVW Double-Donor
Bryan Simanic WA3UFN
Kevin Hoynoski W3PIG

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