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Amateur Radio License Exam Session

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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2017 Jamboree On The Air

2017 Jamboree On The Air

This year the QCARC will activating a station from the Hallstrom Building located at the Camp Mountain Run Scout Camp. The station, N3QC, will be operating on HF bands, considering propagation characteristics to a given part of the World that we intend to communicate with. VHF & UHF frequencies may be activated ...

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W3CDG-11 Balloon Launch In The Air From Pittsburgh

The W3CDG-11 balloon launch is in the air. To watch the progress go to: aprs.fi for the current info. Launch was from the Pgh. Zoo.     The Balloon has landed in the Brackenridge. PA area. Congratulations to those affiliated with the successful flight!

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High Altitude Balloons Pass Nearby

High Altitude Balloons Pass Nearby

          Two high altitude balloons with APRS telemetry reporting transmitters passed just west of DuBois on September 13. These balloons were reporting altitudes of just over 45,000' and temperatures around 12 degrees F. I happened to capture a screen shot one of the balloons as it was posted online, via the WA3UFN-1, ...

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Hurricane Irma The Latest Severe Weather Threat

Hurricane Irma The Latest Severe Weather Threat

  Even though the hurricanes are well south of Pennsylvania, amateurs in our area may still be able to help pass health and welfare traffic. The hurricane watch net should be active as you read this. The net will be active on 14.325 MHz, then switch to 7.268 as conditions change. Check ...

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Baker Trail Ultra-Marathon — Good Test Of Preparedness

Baker Trail Ultra-Marathon -- Good Test Of Preparedness

  Area amateurs recently had an opportunity to actually test preparedness at the Baker Trail Ultra-Marathon where amateurs provided communications along a 50 mile trail where cellular communication was mostly unavailable. This was the real deal in testing the functionality of equipment and abilities of the operators to set up effective ...

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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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SKYWARN TRAINING – WORTH YOUR TIME

SKYWARN TRAINING - WORTH YOUR TIME

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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SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK APRIL 24 – 28, 2017

SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK APRIL 24 – 28, 2017

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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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:

SUBELEMENT T1

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

SUBELEMENT T2

    – Operating Procedure

SUBELEMENT T3

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

SUBELEMENT T4

    – Amateur radio practices and station set up

SUBELEMENT T5

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

SUBELEMENT T6

    – Electrical components, semiconductors, circuit diagrams, component functions

SUBELEMENT T7

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

SUBELEMENT T8

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

SUBELEMENT T9

    – Antennas, feedlines

SUBELEMENT T0

    – 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?

      73!
      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.

      73!
      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

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/370515326226?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

  • 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!

    Regards,
    Andy Sutton

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