Newsletter for July 2021 MCARC
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A Look Ahead at MCARC upcoming events

  • Radio Amateur 's and Guests Weekly dinner at the Park Inn. Starting at 6 PM. These are informal rag Chew / Elmer gatherings on any Tuesday that we are not meeting for MESH (first Tuesday)  or MCARC monthly (forth Tuesday) Hope to see you on Tuesday.  73  Tim, K3LR
  • July 27, 2021 MCARC Picnic at Buhl Park starts at 6 PM
  • August 3, 2021 MCARC MESH at the Park Inn starts at 6 PM
  • August 24, 2021 MCARC IN PERSON meeting at the Park Inn starts at 6 PM
  • September 6, 2021 MCARC W3B Special Event at Buhl Park starts at 10 AM
  • Ham Cram September 18, 2021 at the PARK Inn

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The Mercer County Amateur Radio Club

 The July 27, 2021 meeting
Mercer County Amateur Radio Club 
Members Picnic at Buhl Park shelter #4 at 6:00 PM
Just across from the Casino

The Mercer County ARC has voted to adopt W3JTV as their official club callsign. This will take a few weeks to process through the FCC. 
Joe positively influenced so many MCARC members – this is a fitting tribute to Joe – who was a selfless member – who always helped anyone – no matter what.
Very 73
Tim K3LR

In these chaotic times

MCARC salutes club member Laura Gibson, N3BSN
Mother, Wife, Nurse, Ham
Thank you for your service.
Club members celebrated Field Day this year at K3LR and we would like to thank Tim Duffy, club president for such an outstanding effort in making this one of the best years yet. 

To all who worked so hard to make this a great event we Thank You very, very much. MCARC is growing and club members supported Field Day showing that Ham Radio is the greatest hobby in the world because it can reach around the world.

Here now is a montage of Field Day 2021:
Photos Via:  Amy Leggiero, N8AMY  &  John Karian, KB3H

To see the daily updates on Hamgallery, click HERE or go to Tom Roscoe, K8CX.

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors those individuals, whether licensed hams or not, who have made significant contributions to amateur radio; and those amateurs who have made significant contributions either to amateur radio, to their professional careers or to some other aspect of life on our planet. 
Tom Roscoe, K8CX, a champion of amateur radio history who collects and makes available online his "Ham Gallery" of old QSL cards and other historic photos.

MCARC badges with logo are available from / phone: 513-702-4641
This is the White Badge, W/LOGO
Wooden Call sign Badge may be ordered from: 
The URL for the site

PLEASE be sure to include that you are with the Mercer County Amateur Radio Club.

CAP training.
Communication Training.  Introductory Communication User Training ICUT.
Here is a  brief video of ICUT training:
Mercer County Amateur Radio Club targets area libraries with Radio Amateur books for those interested in radio science and Ham Radio.
Contact Alex, W3XH for information about the project at

PiAware SkyAware installed at repeater site. 

Josh K3LH project idea goes live with the Alex, W3XH and Jeff N3JD install team along with Cory, W3CDG and Barney, K3LA programming the link into the internet.
To view the PiWare SkyAwre page use this Link  MCARC PiAware SkyAware
 from the repeater site. The information is received at the repeater site via a Raspberry Pi to be displayed at the link shown above.
To view NEXRAD Weather click on the Gear wheel in the upper right next to "Hide All Tracks" In the window that appears select the box next to the words NEXRAD Weather.

Checkout the PiAware SkyAware view from the K3LH site in Phoenix  Click HERE

Calendar: Click to see Upcoming Events
Here are a few of the many activities held & planned for MCARC in 2020 - 2021. Support your club by becoming a member.
Elmer Sessions - Ideas wanted. Step up show what you know - help others 
Scouting Radio Merit Badge Saturday in March  
PA Cyber Hosting a Balloon Launch APRS tracking.
Monthly Hospital Tests - Check in from home. Your signal report helps.
VE Sessions - Become a VE - Let candidates know where they can test.
Fox Hunt - June Meeting @ Shelter 1 for Fox Hunt Demonstrations. Be the Fox June 30th 1:30pm
W3B Buhl Day - a great way to support the community
W3LIF Field Day - ELMER Classs. Bring friends, Picnic Food. Civil Air Patrol, GOTA
July Club picnic - July, at Buhl Park
W3LIF PA QSO Party - just outstanding radio fun.
Field Trips - Day trips coming your way. Need suggestions for the new year.
ACS Support for Events. 

The addition of a 440 repeater at W3LIF its happening.
The addition of a 2M (146.685) repeater in Grove City at the Grove City Medical Center
Amateur Radio Get together in Greenville
Breakfast Saturdays @ Park Inn or Globe 9:45am - 10am in West Middlesex TBA
September 2020 / 2021 Penn State Shenango Jane Williams 5K
November Sharpsville Food Bank 5K on or about Nov. 9th
September  Penn State 5K Downtown Sharon at Penn State Shenango

Club Picnic July at Shelter #4 in Buhl Park stating at 6:30 PM
SET Simulated Emergency Test April  9AM till Noon, Look for update in Club Mail.
ZOOM meetings and Zoom speakers

Hamvention QSO Party
Contest University 

Sharing the Zoom bridge so families and Groups can stay connected.
MESH networking Meeting First Tuesday of the month @ the PARKInn 6 PM. Look for update in Club Mail.

Weekly dinners at the Park Inn. Starting at 6 PM. These are informal rag Chew / Elmer gatherings on any Tuesday that we are not meeting for MESH (first Tuesday)  or  MCARC monthly (forth Tuesday)
Your Dues support expanding repeater operation and maintenance. Support your Club.
Thursday's at 9pm it's the W3LIF Soap Box Net 145.350. A friendly way to say hello. Early Check in for those on the go starts after 8pm ish.  
W3LIF expands coverage 145.350 and 442.675 repeaters are now linked full time. Thanks to KB3GRF, Jerry L Koewacich for his donation of the 442.675 repeater.
For Mercer County Amateur Radio Club Local Nets Click the photo.

Thanks to Rol Anders, K3RA a leader at the W3AO Field Day Operations of the Potomac Valley Radio Club

Thanks Rol for an exciting Warm up for Field Day

The Rol Anders, K3RA presentation of the W3AO Field Day Operations. 

Here is the You Tube presentation:

Thanks DX Engineering 
Thanks to Josh, K8KJR  and Tommy, N5DUX who joined us for the 6 PM Elmer Session. A great review of the STEM Camp at Valley Christian School. 

Amateur Radio Newsline 

Coverage of our STEM camp involving MCARC.  
Our story starts around the 5 minute mark! Nice coverage!
Josh, K8KJR
Director of MCARC and Co Organizer (with Dave, .K3KDR) of the STEM camp.
Scounting Tech Merit Badge On Air March 20th in the morning AM
Mercer County ARC supports Radio Scouting. Our Club contact is Bruce, K3BEG.
Want to learn more? Click on the Radio Scouting LOGO.
Health and Welfare Nets
>Lawrence Co. Health & Welfare on 444.750MHz at 5pm daily
>Butler Co. Health & Welfare on 147.300MHz at 7pm Monday - Friday
>Health & Wellness Net Monday Through Friday 3983kHz
Time 9:00 am
Activities to be announced at the EOC 911 center in Mercer
Monthly Test of Hospital Radios:
Dear MCARC members:
ACS/RACES/ARES conducts the monthly hospital tests on the last Friday the month, around 6:45pm.  

Monthly, we need volunteers to go to the EOC for the test and at least one at each site committed to UPMC Horizon - Greenville, Grove City Medical Center, Sharon Regional and UMC Horizon - Farrell.  It is good to have one better to have two available to go to a specific site. Then each month visit a different site so the operators know the location and operation of each radio at any of the hospitals.
ACS/RACES/ARES applications to be turned in ASAP 

ARES Community Support of the Sharpsville Food Pantry November 9th - 5K Run/Walk.

Reply via Email:
Mike Varga, NR3C

ACS/RACES/ARES personnel:

We will be resuming the monthly hospital tests.  On the last Friday of the month, we will conduct the test as usual.  You should arrive at your facility between 6pm and 6:30pm.  We will begin the net at 6:45pm.

Welcome all who support this effort and that there will be ample resources to have someone at each location (four hospitals and the EOC).  Everything is as usual with one exception on the door to enter at the EOC.  If you plan to cover that site, please let me know and I will give you more details.

Thanks in advance to all who will be able to assist in this month's test.  The hospitals really do want us to maintain the equipment should an emergency arise.

Mike Varga, NR3C

Michael S. Varga, NR3C
Mercer Co. ACS/RACES Radio Officer
Mercer Co. ARES Emergency Coordinator
WPA Public Information Officer
MCARC-sponsored VE Team Liaison
ARRL Registered Instructor
MCARC Secretary

Michael S. Varga, MA, MS, DABR
Medical Physicist

724-813-9412  cell

ARES Connect
Mercer Co ARES:


Please use ARES Connect at to sign up for the Monthly Hospital Testing.

Thank you!



Mike Varga, NR3C

Mercer Co. ARES EC


MCARC Membership and Renewal 

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Your Membership makes possible the operation and maintenance of the W3LIF repeater sites. - The Loan of Amateur Equipment - Voice and vote at meetings  - Field Day Lunch and Sunday Breakfast. - The W3LIF Annual Picnic - Helps to off set the W3LIF Christmas Party Venu. Support Your Club.
Click HERE to view the Zoom tour of W1AW hosted by Joe, NJ1Q station manager
Click HERE to view Vintage Computing and Amateur Radio presented by Josh Reichard, KE8MVV
Click HERE to view THIS IS HAM RADIO are you interested in Amateur Radio?
Click HERE to view The Raspberry Pi and Ham Radio presented by Harry Bloomberg, W3YJ
Click HERE to view Techniques to WAS & DXCC presented by Anthony Luscre, K8ZT
Click HERE to view the PDF presentation from Tim, K3LR entitled Radio Wave Propagation
Click HERE to view the PDF presentation from Mike, NR3C entitled ARES, RACES, ACS
Click HERE to view the PDF presentation from Cory Gibson, W3CDG entitled NVIS, Near Vertical Incident Skywave antennas

WPA Section News - 11 July 2021


I just got back from the Northwest Pennsylvania Hamfest in Erie County.
It was a nice event, with plenty of flea market activity, and a parking
lot full of hams, enjoying the opportunity for catching up on the past
year with their friends. I know I was delighted to visit in person with
many ham radio friends from all over, and I was happy to meet a number
of recently licensed hams who were taking part in their first amateur
radio activities. A successful VE Exam session was held as well.

ASM Dave Wellman WX3E and I answered many questions about ARRL and
amateur radio in general, and were encouraged to see so many hams
getting out and enjoying ham radio again after all the cancellations of
the past year and a half. So far this year, I visited four hamfests and
5 Field Day sites, and at every one there were large numbers of
enthusiastic hams, happy to be out and about and enjoying each others'
company at these events following the "Long Winter of COVID." 

The members of our WPA Section Staff also made the rounds to local Field
Day sites and Hamfests. Their reports confirm large turnouts at all of
these events, and a sense that things are getting back to normal in a
big way, following the restrictions imposed by COVID. This is the true
amateur radio spirit—ALL of us working together to make Amateur Radio


Now that many clubs are resuming in-person meetings, it's the perfect
time—and a good idea—to update your club's information on the website to make sure the information listed for your club is
correct. Any club officer can make corrections and updates. Important
items to update include the date, time and street address for your
meetings, and a live telephone number for people to call when in need of
directions to your location, or have questions about your club. (This is
doubly important if your meeting information has changed due to COVID!)

Keeping your ARRL Affiliated club's records up-to-date has many
benefits. Of course it makes it a lot easier for prospective members and
new hams to find you; but it also extends your club's active ARRL
affiliation, as clubs that do not update for two years are subject to
being relisted as an INACTIVE affiliated club. Special Service Clubs can
verify their status, and if the two-year expiration date is approaching,
they can begin the process of re-qualifying to remain an SSC. Affiliated
clubs get a discounted rate for ARRL Club Liability insurance, and can
retain a defined portion of ARRL dues collected by the club.


More hamfests are being announced. Here is the rest of the list, so
- Saturday July 31, Chambersburg Hamfest at Cumberland Valley Antique
Engine Showgrounds
- Saturday August 14, 72nd Uniontown Annual Gabfest at W3PIE Clubhouse
- Sunday August 29, Skyview Hamfest at K3MJW Clubhouse
- Sunday September 12, Butler County Swapfest
- Sunday November 7, WACOM Hamfest at Washington County Fairgrounds

Our WPA Section Staff is planning to hold a WPA Section Convention at
one of these hamfests. Watch for an upcoming announcement when plans are


WPA Section Nets

* Western Pennsylvania Health and Wellness Net meets every weekday at
9:00 am on 3983 KHz. All hams are welcome and encouraged to
* The WPA ARES Voice net takes place every Saturday morning at 9:00 am
on 3983 KHz. All hams are welcome and encouraged to participate.
* The WPA Phone Traffic Net has QSY-ed to 3918 KHz, where it runs every
day at 6:00 pm for the present time. All stations are welcome to
participate, and sharpen their traffic skills.
* The Pennsylvania Traffic Net meets daily on 3583 KHz CW at 7:00 pm
local time. All stations are welcome to participate, and sharpen their
CW and Traffic skills.
* The WPA Digital Voice Net meets every Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm
local time on the #31422 DMR talk group. Some repeaters carry the WPA
DMR channel (#31422) on talk group 2, full time. All stations are
welcome and encouraged to participate and to use TG 31422 (WPA) any


All club newsletters, bulletins, net announcement stations and everyone
reading this are hereby granted permission to quote any and all
information in the WPA Section News items. I would ask that you are
careful to quote anything I have said or written EXACTLY AS I PROVIDED
IT, and to refrain from repeating someone else's paraphrasing or
summarizing (or even speculation) of my words. On several occasions
recently I have been misquoted, or reported to have said things I didn't
say, or inaccurately quoted in ways that seriously distorted my meaning.
This has led to confusion and in some cases caused a number of hams to
become extremely upset by my misrepresented comments. If you are
concerned by what someone has claimed that I said, please contact me any
time to clear things up. My goal from day one has been to be open and
accessible to all, and to work diligently to avoid misunderstandings and
misrepresentations. My door is always open, and I am here to serve you,
the 11,000+ radio amateurs in our Western Pennsylvania Section
(regardless of ARRL membership), and the communities we all serve.


On a personal note, many of you may have heard that I have undergone a
number of serious health issues over the past year, including a
near-fatal pulmonary embolism a week before Thanksgiving. The truth of
the matter is that I am getting old, and my systems are not functioning
as well as they did when I was a youngster. I have also been diagnosed
with primary polycythemia vera, which has no cure, but can be
successfully treated. My plan is to press on and maintain a very active
and healthy lifestyle, to live out my remaining decades as energetically
as ever, and to continue to take on all of life's challenges with
enthusiasm and vigor.


If your club or group has an upcoming event that you would like to have
publicized, just send the details in an email to, and
I'll do my best to include it, or even put out a special edition if
needed. If you would like me or a member of our WPA Section Staff to be
there, I'll be delighted to do everything possible to accommodate your


Thank you for everything you are doing to make Amateur Radio the
greatest hobby in the world, and to make it so much more than JUST a

73 and Press ON!
Joe Shupienis W3BC
Western Pennsylvania Section Manager

ARRL Western Pennsylvania Section
Section Manager: Joe Shupienis, W3BC

ARRL Special Service Club and ARRL Affiliated Club

Amateur Radio has so much to offer and as a MCARC member we want you to "own-it" as an ARRL Special Service Club (SSC). MCARC is recognized as a positive force to improve the visibility of Amateur Radio in the community, to assist in emergencies, to encourage training and to provide activities for the betterment of the membership and the Amateur Radio Service. The Club thanks all its members and what you do to become a ARRL Special Service Club. Lets keep moving forward in making Amateur Radio a positive force in our community.

Amateur Radio Exam: To Be Announced 

Walk-ins are welcome. There is a $15.00 testing fee due the day of the examination.

Anyone seeking a modification in testing procedures must contact VE Liaison Mike Varga, NR3C, prior to the exam session and provide him with a written doctor's excuse explaining the need for the modification requested.

Contact for confirmation and additional information.
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