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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%
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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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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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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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