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Should QCARC continue giving VE Exams before club meetings in even months?

  • Yes, but occasionally on other days and times (67%, 2 Votes)
  • Yes (33%, 1 Votes)
  • No (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Yes, with more months (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Yes, but fewer months (0%, 0 Votes)

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Wind Chill Watch & Warning, Understand The Difference!

   As with all WATCHES and WARNINGS it is helpful to understand

the meaning behind the issue! Be sure to check the NWS Winter Safety web-site,

https://www.weather.gov/wrn/winter_safety .

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NWS SNOW SQUALL AWARENESS WEEK

With the arrival of Winter weather, at times we have to contend with snow squalls while driving. The best action is to stay off the roads, if at all possible.

Snow Squall Awareness Week has come to be with the First-of-its-kind collaboration between NWS CTP, PA Turnpike, PennDOT, PEMA, and PA State Police. The information available includes a variety of digital content educating the public about the science, communication, and safety of snow squalls.

Please avail yourself of this information that may bring to your attention some of the issues relating to this hazardous winter weather condition. at:  https://www.weather.gov/ctp/snowsquall 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NWS Virtual SkyWarn Spotter Training

The National Weather Service, State College will be offering Basic SkyWarn Spotter training  in November.
Monday November 8, Thursday November 18 and Monday November  29  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Registration is required prior to the dates for the class.  Information about the virtual presentation and to register, check out the web-site:  https://www.weather.gov/ctp/SpotterTalks

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“Significant Rainfall and Flooding” (9/1/2021) – HEED THE NOAA/N.W.S. WARNINGS!

It looks like our general area will be impacted by the remnants of hurricane Ida. It is often easy to discount the weather forecasts but just what if the forecasts are accurate or even worse weather ends up occurring! The saying “Turn around don’t drown.” is not just cliche, it really means what it says.  There is seldom any good reason to place yourself and/or family in harms way.  Additionally there is no reason to ad to the workload of first-responders by instigating a rescue, needlessly placing them in harms way, by negligence in disregarding warnings. Take a little time to review the graphics issued by NOAA, they carry a very valid message! Also be sure your cellphone is setup to receive severe weather advisories. This function receives advisories for the location wherever you are as long as the GPS location is active.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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National Emergency Alert – TEST

The Federal Emergency Management Agency along with the Federal Communications Commission will transmit test messages August 11, 2021 Between 14:20 – 14:50 EDT. The test messages will be sent via television and radio stations, as well as  cellular systems. You will only receive the test message via cellular if the phone is set to receive this form of message.

For the latest information and several other links, check the web-site:  https://www.fema.gov/event/ipaws-national-test

 

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Tornado Action Information

Severe weather is a priority topic in weather reports. Our general area does not typically experience the full impact of a hurricane but we do experience the direct effects of tornadoes. Please take a look at the graphics and the important messages that are illustrated.

Check the links associated with the graphics for more in depth information (click on the graphic).

 

 

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New QCARC Meeting and VE Exam Location

We are please to announce an interim monthly meeting location for the Quad County Amateur Radio Club, as well as the ARRL VE Exams. The meeting location is the Chatterbox along Rte. 219 south of Brockway. Please keep in mind the change of day/date as we had to make the change to make the accommodation to have the meeting. The 7:00 PM meeting time remains. Beginning July, our  meetings at the Chatterbox, will be held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM.

There is a large easy to read sign for the Chatterbox along Rte. 219 in front the building and on the front of the building. It is just north of Highway Equipment, on the right side of 219. Parking is available on the right side of the building with limited parking along the front. Entrance is at the front of the building.

The 911 address and Coordinates for the Chatterbox are:

4902 Route 219, Brockway, PA  15824

41.17904, -78.77871

Some folks have found that it is best to use thee  GPS coordinates instead of the 911 address.

 

An ARRL VE exam is scheduled to be held June 15, 7:00 PM, at the Chatterbox location..

The ARRL VEC Exam Fee for 2021 is $15.00.
That one fee pays for one attempt at each of
the three exam elements.
If a candidate fails
an element at an exam session and wants to
re-test for the same
element, an additional
fee will be required.

Exact amount and Checks made out to ARRL VEC are preferred, if possible.

Please – read the information below on the  new required FRN.

Applicants must use an FCC Registration Number (FRN) for all license transactions with the FCC. Examinees must register in CORES and receive an FRN before exam day. Starting on May 20, electronic batch filed applications that do not include a candidate’s FRN will be rejected. The Social Security/Licensee ID Field will be disabled.

An instructional video provides step-by-step instructions on how to establish a CORES account, which is necessary for licensees to make administrative updates and download electronic license authorizations.

After June 29, all filers must provide an email address on all applications. When an email is provided, applicants will receive an official electronic copy of their licenses once granted (allow incoming email from authorizations@fcc.gov). If no email is provided when filing on or after June 29, applications will be rejected. ARRL VEC suggests that those without access to email to use the email address of a family member or friend.

Licensees need to log in to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) to download their authorizations. The FCC no longer issues paper copies.

— Information provided by FCC via the A.R.R.L Volunteer Exam Coordinator

 

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Severe Weather Awareness Week April 19 – 23 2021

During Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 19 – 23, information to help with awareness and preparedness will be presented by the State College NWS office with different weather hazards highlighted daily.

For expanded information and details be sure to check : https://www.weather.gov/ctp/SevereWeatherAwarenessWeek

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National Weather Service – State College / Weather Ready Nation Virtual Lecture

The National Weather Service, Sate College will be offering a virtual lecture, in connection with Flood Awareness Week on Flood Safety.

The same lecture will be held on 2 separate days, registration is required (click on the links below):

Monday, March 22, at 7PM: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register /6920019834983037710

Wednesday, March 24, at 11AM: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7633099305084184078

 

 

 

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October SkyWarn Spotter Online Training from NWS State College

The National Weather Service, State College has posted the Basic SkyWarn Spotter training schedule for October. All of the training sessions will be online.  

For the schedule, registration details  and other pertinent information go to:  https://www.weather.gov/ctp/SpotterTalks 

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Extreme Heat Cautions

The heat we’ve had needs to be taken seriously regardless of a person’s age. Experiencing the heat while outdoors can be debilitating and it poses a serous health concern. Just keeping hydrated is not necessarily the best preventative for heat related issues.

Additionally remember that there are serious ramifications that result from the heat that builds in our vehicles. Remember to take children with you regardless of how quick you think you’ll be back. Also remember to lock the vehicle to prevent children entering the vehicle and unable to exit.

Our pets are effected just as adversely with high temperatures when left in a vehicle. Leaving a window open part-way is not the answer, your pet needs to go with you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Q.C.A.R.C. VE Exams Scheduled

The Quad County Amateur Radio Club (QCARC), has scheduled an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) amateur radio Volunteer Examination session for August 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM. All license class exams will be available.

You must register and advise the exams that you intend to take, as there are limited spaces available.  –  No walk-ins can be accepted.

To register, or for additional information contact: bryan@wa3ufn.com or (814) 371-3836   — (8/26/20  7:12) —  REGISTRATION CLOSED  —

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