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QC Weather

Chance of a Thunderstorm
Monday 07/16/2018 60%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High 87F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
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Tuesday 07/17/2018 40%
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Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then partly cloudy late. High 81F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
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Wednesday 07/18/2018 10%
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Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 77F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
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Latest News

Tenth Annual 13 Original Colonies Event In Operation

Remember that the Tenth Annual 13 Original Colonies event is active. The 2018 Event Dates / July 1 (9AM Eastern) to July 7 (Midnight Eastern) (July 1, 2018-1300 UTC to July 8, 2018-0400 UTC) This event a good way to get some activity on your home HF station or even take your mobile ...

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Summer Has Officially Arrived!

With the official arrival of Summer on June 20, I expect most of us feel that considering the high temperatures and severe weather we've experienced, it seems like Summer has been around for awhile already. A couple weather issues that we need to keep in mind are lightning and the effects ...

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On-line Radio Wave Propagation Course

An interesting and informative course is available from Comet/MetEd titled Radio Wave Propagation. The course web-site: https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_module.php?id=1394#.Wylt6Rwnb4Y If you are relatively new to amateur radio do not be concerned with the technical aspect of understanding all of the details and terminology. You may be surprised that many of the graphics and ...

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Public Service Event: Baker Trail UltraChallenge 2018

Public Service Event: Baker Trail UltraChallenge 2018

he 2018 Baker Trail Ultra-marathon will be held starting at 6:30 AM Saturday August 25, 2018. This year will be on the "central section" of the trail (Summerville to Smicksburg).  Here is a link for information and to sign up:   https://www.rachelcarsontrails.org/events/ultrachallenge/uc18                  Scroll to the bottom of the page.   Map of ...

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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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SOLD!! 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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SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY OPERATING EVENT

SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY OPERATING EVENT

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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Welcome to Amateur Radio

Welcome to the world of Amateur Radio. The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club is happy to help you obtain your license and get on the air. We want you to know that you are welcome at all of our meetings and get-togethers. Getting to know other hams is the best way to be introduced to this rich, rewarding hobby.

Amateur Radio is much more than just a hobby — many of us have taken advantage of the opportunity to learn by doing. There is no better way to gain electronics experience and communication skills than by putting your own amateur radio station on the air! Many of today’s successful electronic specialists, technicians and engineers got their start in Amateur Radio and remain active hams today.

The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club gives back to the community, too. We offer our communications skills, equipment and time to the public in times of emergency, and to support other public service activities throughout the year.

There is a long, Quad-County history of offering classes to help people get and upgrade their Amateur Radio licenses. We were the first group in the area to offer license exams under the Volunteer Examiner program in 1985. We still offer regularly scheduled VE sessions and are associated with the ARRL VEC.

Starting Points

There is a lot of good information on amateur radio available for free on the Internet. This is only natural, because the entire field of personal computers was begun by Radio Amateurs! Click on any link to check out the wealth of information listed below.

    Hello Radio!
      Introduction to Amateur Radio, celebrating 100 years of voice over radio. 

      Hello Radio Website

    The American Radio Relay League
      The ARRL is the national organization for Amateur Radio. Founded in 1917 and headquartered in Newington, CT, the ARRL is the premier organization for hams and those who want to become hams. Their website is full of good information and a great place to start your journey to becoming a ham! 

      www.arrl.org

    QRZ.com
      QRZ.com is an online database of amateur callsigns and addresses, but also hosts discussion groups and other features. One of the most popular features is an online exam preparation tool, which uses actual exam questions from the FCC question pools. Once you can pass the exams repeatedly, you’re ready for the real thing! 

      QRZ.com Exam Practice

Local Elmers

An “Elmer” is an experienced radio amateur who helps newcomers get over the rough spots in becoming a ham. Elmers provide advice and guidance, and are always ready to help others. The following amateurs have agreed to be available to help newcomers in their communities get started in Amateur Radio.

       

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