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Chance of a Thunderstorm
Saturday 08/19/2017 80%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Cloudy early, then thunderstorms developing this afternoon. Gusty winds and small hail are possible. High 78F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
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Sunday 08/20/2017 10%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High 82F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday 08/21/2017 10%
Mostly sunny skies. High around 85F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Latest News

he 2016 Baker Trail Ultra-marathon will be held starting at 6:30 AM Saturday August 26, 2017. This year will be on the "northern section" of the trail (Cook Forest to Brookville).  Here is a link for information and to sign up: http://www.rachelcarsontrails.org/bt/ultrachallenge/uc17    Scroll to the bottom of the page. Please mark your ...

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Amateur Radio Parity Act Moves Into The Senate

Amateur Radio Parity Act Moves Into The Senate

  This important piece of legislation that may very well have an effect on more amateur radio operators than what you may first  expect, has moved into the Senate. The legislation has a history of bi-partisan support but we still need to keep aware of what is occurring with the bill ...

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Sometimes things do not all ways as they appear. SkyWarn training may conjure up ideas of intense detailed training for the likes of those who are meteorologists.  No so! This training is for the everyday person on the street, so to say. The training gives the everyday person the background to ...

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Clearfield County SkyWarn® Training Scheduled

Clearfield County SkyWarn® Training Scheduled

The SkyWarn presentation has been rescheduled for July 19, 2017. This training is open to amateur radio operators as well as the general public. It is not required but if amateur radio operators could, also email me if  you anticipate attending at: “bryan at wa3ufn dot com”. Since I initiated the planning ...

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North Western PA Tornado

Severe Weather Awareness Week started a bit early for folks in North Western PA. April 20, 2017 brought an EF0 tornado to Mathews Run in Warren County, just north west of Youngsville, PA. Fortunately there were no injuries or serious damage from the short lived tornado. Details of the tornado can ...

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Since the National Weather Service outline for Severe Weather Week encompasses the weather that we encounter in our area, it might just be a great idea to check the State College, NWS website (http://www.weather.gov/ctp/SevereWeatherAwarenessWeek) for some important information. The information on the web pages just happen expand on the April ...

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WIRES-X , The New Kid on the Block

This article was originally posted January 15, 2016 Just above the horizon – WIRES-X! Recently you may have heard some rather odd noises and unlikely QSOs taking place on the N3QC, 147.315 repeater. The latest update to our repeater was added January 12, 2016 when the Yaesu Wires-X Voice Over Internet ...

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April 2017 Parasitic Emission

In a shocking development, Joe W3BC has finally come to his senses and put out a modest but informative edition of the Parasitic Emission newsletter. You may download it here: Parasitic Emission, Volume 43, Number 1, April 2017

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Pennsylvania Flood Safety Awareness Week

The National Weather Service Flood Safety Awareness Week Begins March 27. Considering we experience flooding in our area rather often, it is likely worth your time to check out the National Weather Service flood safety week web page at http://www.weather.gov/ctp/floodSafetyWeek The week starts out with information on the continuing effort ...

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Please Keep Fire Hydrants Clear

I know this is not directly related to amateur radio but it is directly related to neighborhood safety. It may even be directly related to your safety!

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Basic SKYWARN in Punxsutawney

National Weather Service Pittsburgh will be conducting a BASIC SKYWARN course at the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center 201 N Findley St on Thursday April 27, 2017 starting at 6PM. To register, email marlene@weatherdiscovery.org This course is open to ANYONE interested in Weather. Hams are encouraged to attend. If you are a current ...

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I Have My Amateur Radio Operator License – Now What

This question often occurs with newly licensed radio amateurs, and may occur from time to time with those who have been licensed for a few years. One of your first avenues to find out an answer to a question may be your local amateur radio club. Often times there are ...

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Get Weather Ready Before A Tornado

Spring really is not too far away and with the change of seasons some rather interesting but destructive weather can occur. One of the more serious weather phenomenons we have to occasionally deal with is the tornado. While not a frequent issue, it is one that we need to be ...

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NOAA’s  National Weather Service Pages Are Changing

NOAA's National Weather Service Pages Are Changing

If there is anything true about our world it is change! The changes on the NWS pages has been moved to April, as the information states.: "Effective April 4, 2017, NWS will implement the next version of the forecast pages. Highlights will include a standardized look and feel, a mobile-ready landing ...

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Updated QCARC Net Format

Hi folks, by clicking on the Club logo below, you will find the current net format to be used for the VHF and UHF nets. This format was first used for the February 19, 2017 VHF and UHF nets and is available for download so that anyone can run the net. Running ...

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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.



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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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