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QC Weather

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Issued:
3:03 PM EDT on August 21, 2018
Expires:
10:00 PM EDT on August 21, 2018
Thunderstorm
Tuesday 08/21/2018 80%
Thunderstorm
Heavy thunderstorms. Lows overnight in the mid 60s.
Chance of Rain
Wednesday 08/22/2018 40%
Chance of Rain
Cloudy with showers. High 72F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Clear
Thursday 08/23/2018 10%
Clear
Mostly sunny skies. High 74F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Special Saturday VE Exam – August 4th, Reynoldsville

August 4, 2018
10:00 amto1:00 pm

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

October 19, 2018
6:00 pmto7:00 pm
December 14, 2018
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

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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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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QCARC Field Day

June 25, 2016 2:00 pmtoJune 26, 2016 2:00 pm

The Quad County Amateur Radio Club will operate Field Day June 25-26, 2016, at the Clearfield County Fairground Community Building, yes we’ve been there before. Operating hours are scheduled to be from 2:00 PM Saturday to 2:00 PM Sunday, antennas have to be installed after the VE exam session. All amateur radio operators are welcome as well as the general public. Since the public as well as a number of Clearfield County officials and TV stations have been invited, as Club secretary, I ask that members please wear their Club shirts if possible. Thank you – in advance.

Volunteer examiners are reminded that the exam session is scheduled for June 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM. VEC Round

Operations are scheduled to start 2:00 PM, Saturday June 25, continuing through the night, with the hopes of taking advantage of any changing propagation characteristics. There is to be a Get On The Air (GOTA) station activated. The GOTA station will give new hams and those not even licensed, the opportunity to experience operating the HF bands under the supervision of a licensed amateur radio operator.

Clf FD Map

Location Coordinate information:        41°01.840 N     78°26.540 W.

Follow the route depicted by orange arrows, on the map, after you turn off Rte. 322.
You can also try the inserted interactive map to zoom and obtain directions. You can use the satellite view on the small map to compare the orange arrow map to the right.

If you operate APRS, there will be an object beacon to help you locate the Field Day site.

Please consider what will make Field Day comfortable for you, like in the real deal you will be responsible for your own comfort and personal operating conveniences such as chairs, clipboards, pens, pencils, paper. flashlights, etc. – remember to mark your property -. The main equipment will be provided, such as transceivers and antennas. I do not recall that the building is handicapped accessible. If you have a spare HF radio or antenna to bring, all the better as a just in case but only 2 will be on the air plus the GOTA station. Additionally if possible, please bring along some type of food to share.

Plans are in motion to have breakfast Sunday morning and some picnic style food for later times.

To help with the items and food for Field Day, please down load the 2 page checklist and email the Club secretary (secretary@qcarc.org) as to the items that you will supply.  I’ll try to keep all the updates current on the download list. If you have anything to add, please email your input to the Club secretary.

Amateurs who are attending the QCARC Field Day, please advise the FD Coordinator by email at secretary@qcarc.org . This info is for overall planning purposes.

Click Here to Download List

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License Exam – June 25

June 25, 2016
11:00 amto1:00 pm

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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N3Q Takes First Place in WPA on Field Day!

The rain couldn’t damp OR dampen the spirits of the erstwhile Quad-County hams as they slogged through the ankle-deep waters and braved the torrential downpours on Field Day, this June 27 and 28th. This year, the operations were ARRL Field Day 2015 logo_3set up at the Punxsutawney Airport at the facilities used by the Punxsutawney Area Amateur Radio Club. The Special Event callsign N3Q was used in honor of the Club’s 40th anniversary. The GOTA station used the Punxsy Club’s K3HWJ callsign.

Our score of  746 points was easily able to take first place in the 2AC category, due to the absence of any other WPA Stations in that category. OK, so it’s a wee bit misleading to say we “won”… but it makes us happy to say it that way!

Realistically speaking, we placed 19th nationally, out of field of 35 entries in the 2AC Category, which put us smack-dab in the middle of the pack in our own category. Looking at the entire collection of entries, we placed #1758 out of 2720 total entries putting us at the 35% point which is still in the middle of the group, albeit at the lower end of the middle. Considering the weather, that’s not a bad showing at all! 

Thanks to everyone who showed up and braved the dismal weather!

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Get Your Ham License – Classes Start September 10th!

September 10, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
September 24, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
October 1, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
October 8, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
October 15, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
October 17, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
October 22, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
October 29, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

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!

February 8, 2013
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
February 22, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
March 1, 2013
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
March 8, 2013
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
March 22, 2013
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
April 5, 2013
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
April 12, 2013
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
April 19, 2013
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

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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Congratulations New Hams

Congratulations to newly licensed and upgraded hams. The following hams earned new licenses and privileges at the recent VE session following 6 weeks of classes held at the Red Cross in DuBois.

Bill Latta, Punxsutawney, KA3MKY – General
Steven Caltagarone, Reynoldsville, KB3ZKI – Technician
Roger McEachron, Treasure Lake, KB3ZKJ – Technician
Paul Murphy, Punxsutawney, AB3RB – Extra

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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

September 13, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
September 20, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
September 27, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
October 4, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
October 18, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

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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VE License Exams – Oct 25, 6 pm

October 25, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

We have scheduled a VE Test Session for Thursday, October 25 at 6:00 pm. Walk-ins are welcome and all classes of exam will be given.

This is an ARRL VEC session, and there will be a $15.00 fee to take as many different exams as you can, including instant upgrades.

Place: American Red Cross PA Heartland Chapter, 209 N. Brady Street, 2nd Floor (above Planet Bike.) Use the rear entrance from the parking lot and take the elevator.

For more information, please contact Joe W3BC at 814-371-3235.

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