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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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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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Licensing Classes

GGET YOUR LICENSE! The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club schedules free classes on an as needed basis, that will help you prepare for the FCC Technician exams and get your license! The classes are taught under the supervision of an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Certified Instructor by qualified, active hams who will be on hand to help every student over the rough spots. Additionally, our local mentors will be available between classes to answer any questions which may come up while students are studying at home.

These classes typically continue for 6 weeks, and will end with a Certified Volunteer Exam session locally. The material is appropriate for all ages from 10 to 110, however parents of those under 13 are especially encouraged to sit in with their children to provide any needed support. The course consists of the material you will need to know in order to take and pass the FCC license exams, and will follow the material in the ARRL License Manual Second Edition, which although not required is available from the American Radio Relay League or other vendors for the list price of $29.95 or through the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club at a substantial discount.

Topics to be covered include every group of questions on the FCC Technician Exam Element 2:


    – FCC Rules, descriptions and definitions for the amateur radio service, operator and station license responsibilities


    – Operating Procedure


    – Radio wave characteristics, radio and electromagnetic properties, propagation modes


    – Amateur radio practices and station set up


    – Electrical principles, math for electronics, electronic principles, Ohm’s Law


    – Electrical components, semiconductors, circuit diagrams, component functions


    – Station equipment; common transmitter and receiver problems, antenna measurements and troubleshooting, basic repair and testing


    – Modulation modes; amateur satellite operation, operating activities, non-voice communication


    – Antennas, feedlines


    – AC power circuits, antenna installation, RF hazards

Enrollment is open to everyone. To ensure we are prepared, we ask that you please send a note to enroll@qcarc.org to let us know you plan to take part in the class.




6 comments to Licensing Classes

  • Michael Barnes

    Please let me know the next time you are having classes. I am interested in getting a Ham Radio license. Thanks for your reply.

    Mike Barnes
    Ringgold, PA

    • Hello Mike,

      Plans for the next licensing class are underway, but not finalized. Most likely the class will be in DuBois in the spring. Are there any days of the week you cannot attend (for example Tuesday and Thrusday)?

      In the meantime, you are welcome and encouraged to attend any and all of our club meetings and social functions. Our Christmas dinner is on Friday, December 16 at 6:30 pm at the Fort Worth Hotel, West Long Avenue, DuBois. Out regular Breakfast is on Saturday, December 10 at 9:30 am at Sid’s Super Subs on Old Town Road near Hyde in Clearfield.

      Why not plan on attending, so you can meet some of the local hams and become part of our group?

      Joe W3BC
      President, Quad-County Amateur Radio Club

  • Richard Brubaker

    I’m interested in taking classes. Thank you, Dick………

    • Thank you for your interest in Licensing Classes. We are planning a 6-week Technician class to begin later this month. Please send an email to: class@qcarc.org and indicate which evening would be best for you, or any evenings that you simply cannot attend. For example if you would like Tuesday evenings and absolutely can’t make it on Wednesday, you could say, “Tuesday YES, Wednesday no.”

      I would like to personally invite you to visit our January breakfast in Clearfield at Sid’s Super Subs at 9:30 am Saturday, January 14, and our January meeting in DuBois at Eat ‘N Park at 7:30 on Friday, January 20. If you’d like to eat before the meeting, food service will be at 6:30. We will be in the back meeting room.

      I look forward to seeing you, both at our meetings and at the upcoming classes.

      Joe SHupienis W3BC
      President, Quad-County Amateur Radio Club

  • Jim Wicker

    Hi Joe. I’m currently attending your class and it was very helpful to see the radio you brought in last night. Thank you for that. I mentioned a radio that I was watching online but wasn’t even close to the actual name of it. Anyway, I’ve included a link to it and was hoping you could look it over and let me know what you think. Thanks


  • Andy

    Hi Joe,
    Thanks for putting me in touch with your club and the class schedule. My wife and I are both planning to attend the classes and take the Technician Exam. We’re looking forward to joining the Ham community!

    Andy Sutton

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