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Saturday 12/16/2017 90%
Snow
Periods of snow. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
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Sunday 12/17/2017 20%
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Overcast. High 37F. Winds light and variable.
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Monday 12/18/2017 50%
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Variable clouds with snow showers that will mix with rain showers later. High 38F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip 50%.
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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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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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So You Want To Be A Ham

Somehow, somewhere, you have heard about Amateur Radio, and now, you find yourself looking for more information. Good for you! You have come to a good place. People get involved in Amateur Radio for many different reasons. It’s a big activity and has something to offer almost everybody.

Some of us want to learn how to use radio to help communicate during emergencies. Others have a strong interest in electronics, and want to take their expertise to the next level. There are many who enjoy communicating with citizens of far-away countries all over the world. It is easy to make friends with someone in a foreign land who can barely speak your language when both of you have a common interest, and Amateur Radio really measures up in this regard.

The "Youth" team representing Russia: 20 year old Yury Khmelenko and 23 year old Anton Navnychko RX9TL

Thousands of hams worldwide engage in “Radiosport” or “Contesting” and frequently compete against tens of thousands of others in marathon, on-the-air competitions that go around the clock and around the world for several days straight. The winners are those teams and individuals who endure and contact the most other contestants in the most locations, and log the details of each contact with unerring precision.

There are hams who enjoy combining hiking adventure with Amateur Radio by packing portable amateur radio stations to remote mountaintops or wilderness areas to set up camp and communicate around the world with only the equipment they can carry, survival-style. Others plan ham radio vacations (called DXpeditions) to deserted islands, thousands of miles from the nearest humans, and use their radios to put the islands on the air. Thousands of hams around the world try to contact them at their rare location, to collect a “QSL Card” verifying the accomplisment.

Doug Wheelock uses ham radio in the ISS service module

Perhaps the ultimate exotic location to operate Amateur Radio is the International Space Station. There is a fully equipped VHF/UHF Amateur Radio station aboard the ISS, and a popular recreational activity for astronauts and technicians is to make contacts with hams all over the world from their lofty position in space. Duties permitting, the staion is on the air almost continuously, and during each orbit the astronauts, scientists and technicians all take turns making contact with their fellow hams on earth. NASA encourages every astronaut to obtain an amateur radio license, and many of the other ISS occupants are licensed hams as well. 1, 2, 3, 4

Radio Amateurs have always been at the forefront of Science and Technology. Hams have launched over 60 orbital satellites exclusively for use by all licensed hams around the world. Personal computers were invented and made popular by hams. The TCP/IP communications protocol which makes the Internet possible was originally implemented by Amateur Radio Packet Radio using the ax.25 protocol, proving the robustness and efficiency of digital communications.

From the recovery efforts for Hurricane Katrina, to the earthquakes in Haiti and everywhere else there is massive destruction of commercial communications infrastructure, Radio Amateurs are recognized for their unique ability to set up a working radio station in minutes, and establish reliable communications without electricity, telephone or cellular coverage. Amateur Radio continues to be recognized by Federal, State and Local authorities as a valuable asset in time of need.

So you want to be a ham… The first step is to find other hams to help you get started. One of the best ways to meet friendly hams is at your local Amateur Radio Club. The Quad County Amateur Radio Club will be happy to help you to help you get your license and guide you in putting your first station on the air. We have monthly meetings, which are a great way to meet other hams. At each meeting we try to have an interesting, Amateur Radio related program, presented by an expert. We hold organized training classes for getting an amateur license, and we offer regularly-scheduled examination sessions, close to home.

This is our website, and you are welcome to look around and see what catches your interest. We have lists of hams in all our communities, and we encourage you to make contact with someone in your town. Make a plan to come to our next meeting—you will be more than welcome! If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to ask. We’ll do our best to answer your questions and make you feel right at home!

       

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