Newsletter for March 2020 MCARC
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The Mercer County Amateur Radio Club

 The March 24th, 2020 meeting for MCARC has been canceled.

Please tune in and participate in this weeks Thursday Night Net. Officially starting at 9 PM.  Early 8 PM.  Monitor at any time.

The W3LIF repeater at 145.350 2M. Check in with a brief hello to allow more check ins.  Listen for information about activities listed in this bulletin and concerning the club.

Stay safe

The March Meeting at the Park Inn Radisson
West Middlesex

3377 New Castle Rd, West Middlesex, PA 16159; phone 724- 528-2501
The Elmer session will start at 6PM followed by the regular business meeting at 7PM.
All members and guests are invited.

March 24, 2020 Regular Meeting Canceled 

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.

MCARC member Harry Bloomberg, W3YJ will have his affordable approach to remote operating presented in Steve Ford WB8IMY,S column  Eclectic Technology coming in the March edition of QST.
Join us Saturday at 9:45 in the PARK INN for breakfast.
Calendar: Click to see Upcoming Events
Here are a few of the many activities held & planned for MCARC in 2020. Support your club by becoming a member.
Elmer Sessions - Ideas wanted. Step up show what you know - help others 
Scouting Radio Merit Badge Saturday March 28th  
PA Cyber Hosting a Balloon Launch in Somerset, April 27th / 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. 
July Club picnic - July, 2020 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. 

Balloon Launch and tracking 
NEW -The addition of a 440 repeater at W3LIF its happening.
NEW - The addition of a 2M (146.685) repeater in Grove City at the Grove City Medical Center
Amateur Radio Get together at Rosies in Greenville
Breakfast Saturdays @ Park Inn 9:45am - 10am in West Middlesex
September 2020 Penn State Shenango Jane Williams 5K
November Sharpsville Food Bank 5K on 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 4th, 9AM till Noon

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.

Congratulations to Mike Varga, NR3C on being a 2019 certificate winner for his participation in the 2019 Pennsylvania QSO Party.

FT8 Elmer session

Mahoning Valley Two Meter Contest
Sponsored by the MVARA

The Mahoning Valley Two Meter Contest is Saturday March 21, 2020 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. It wil give Valley hams an opportunity to talk to old friends and make new ones. This is an FM simplex contest and stations will simply exchange grid squares as defined in the contest rules.

For Details Click  HERE
Breezeshooters Hamfest
"A Ham Radio club in Western Pennsylvania that hosts the Largest Hamfest in the Tri-State Area. A hamfest is a flea market for Ham Radio Operators"

March 7th 2020 - Breezesshooters Groundwave Contest (voice)
March 14th 2020 - Breezesshooters Groundwave Contest (Digital)
June 6th - 7th 2020 - Breezesshooters Hamfest
July 26th 2020 - Breezesshooters Picnic

For Details Click HERE
A special thanks to Ron Vereb, KD8FAP for a  presentation of how his many skills from tower climbing to relocating his radio shack have sustained him in amateur radio.  Ron shared his achievements of earning an Extra level license and the economics of only spending $100 on any one piece of equipment. Thanks for the smiles Ron.
Scounting Tech Merit Badge On Air March 28th 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.
April 8th Meeting 6:30 PM 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 

Skywarn Training: April 7 @ 6:30 PM Reservations and confirming if this is canceled phone 724-662-6110

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

Reply via Email:
Mike Varga, NR3C

MCARC Membership and Renewal

Full Membership  - $30
Family Membership - $40
Student Membership - $10
Click HERE to buy
Clicking on the PayPal button will give you the option to use PayPal or your own Credit Card.

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 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
Special Service 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:
Regular testing on the 2nd Saturday of the odd numbered month. May 9, 2020 @ 10:00am.  Testing Location at McGonigles Ambulance 1615 EState St. Hermitage, PA 16148.
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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