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The Mercer County Amateur Radio Club

 The October 27, 2020 meeting
Mercer County Amateur Radio Club 
I am proud to announce that Tom Abernethy, W3TOM our Atlantic Division ARRL Director will be our special guest speaker.




The Zoom Elmer starts at 6 PM fellowed by the business meeting at 7 PM
Join us October 27th at 7:30 PM with Tom Abernethy, W3TOM.


 
MCARC meeting using Zoom meeting.  Download the App for your platform. Practice using Zoom each Thursday prior to the Thursday Net. 

Thursday Net Zoom roundtable 

Topic: Zoom Session
Time: Thursdays 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join the Zoom Thursday Session 
Check your E mail for the practice meeting ID

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MCARC Club Monthly Meeting  (4th Tuesday of the month)


Topic: MCARC Monthly Meeting
Time: 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every month on the Fourth Tuesday

        Oct 27, 2020 06:00 PM

To Join Zoom MONTHLY CLUB Meeting
Check your E mail for the meeting ID

THIS IS THE MONTHLY MEETING 
The October 27, 2020 meeting
Mercer County Amateur Radio Club 
Tom Abernethy, W3TOM our Atlantic Division ARRL Director will be our special guest speaker.

A Tribute to the Passing of Joe Vaccaro, W3JTV.

 

 http://hamgallery.com/Tribute/W3JTV/

 
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
Roy Drake, W3RTY now SK


I am very sad to report that Roy Drake, W3RTY is now a silent key. 
Roy was a close friend and pal of Joe, W3JTV (also SK in June). He was also a big RTTY fan.
He loved quad antennas and working RTTY DX.
 
Rest in peace RTTY Roy.

In these chaotic times


MCARC salutes club member Laura Gibson, N3BSN
Mother, Wife, Nurse, Ham
Thank you for your service.
The 64th Pennsylvania QSO Party - October 10 & 11, 2020  Click HERE

CQ News Release - Announcing: 2020 Inductees, CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame - congrats 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.
New members are also being inducted into the CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame in separate online ceremonies, due to the cancellation of the Dayton Hamvention and related DX and Contest dinners. Contest Hall of Fame inductees were announced on May 14; new members of the DX Hall of Fame will be announced on May 20.

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MCARC badges with logo are available from www.Jerichoprints.com / phone: 513-702-4641
This is the White Badge, W/LOGO
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Wooden Call sign Badge may be ordered from: 
The URL for the site   http://www.gifts4hams.com/badges.htm

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

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 alco141@zoominternet.net

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
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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 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. 

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 in Greenville
Breakfast Saturdays @ Park Inn 9:45am - 10am in West Middlesex TBA
September 2020 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 4th, 9AM till Noon
ZOOM meetings and Zoom speakers

Hamvention QSO Party
Contest University 

 
 
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.  
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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.

 
Special Thanks to Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF

Dr. Frissell demonstrated his passion for radio science and Ham Radio in his knowledge of propagation.


Thanks also to Michael Kalter, W8CL who joined us for the 6PM Elmer Session.  Always glad to have a friend of the club bring news from the ARRL and Hamvention.
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.
 
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: nr3c@yahoo.com
73,
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.

Having been away from it for several months, I hope 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.

73,
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

nr3c@yahoo.com

Antenna Raising, Cookout, and Bonfire at K8KJR, A Tower Party


Dear MCARC friends,
On Saturday, October, 3, 2020, MCARC members helped Josh Reichard, K8KJR, complete the installation and raising of a monopole tower and hexbeam antenna. The tower and antenna previously belonged to silent key Joe Vaccarro, W3JTV. With the help of Tim, K3LR, the tower was transported to Josh's QTH back in early August. Over the past two months, the foundation was dug, concrete was poured, parts were replaced and repaired, and lots of little details were considered in preparation for the big day! The hardest part of the process was the testing of Josh's patience while the concrete adequately cured! Josh would like to especially thank Tim Duffy, Dave Richardson, Alex Cocco, Larry Rodgers, Barney and Carol Scholl, Corey and Laura Gibson, Mike Varga and Linda Yankovich, Bob Watson, Tim Jellison, and of course, his wife Sara and his daughters Maria and Olivia for preparing a wonderful cookout for us after the work was done! We've got some work left to fine tune the antenna's resonant frequencies, but it is in the air and yes, Josh has made some contacts on it! Hopefully putting this tower and antenna back into operation is another way to honor Joe's legacy in MCARC! Thank you to everyone who helped and Josh looks forward to hosting many more MCARC events after the pandemic has subsided!


Thanks again to everyone!
Josh, K8KJR

Photos Courtesy of Alex, W3XH

The hosts of the Tower Party: Sara and Josh K8KJR.

MCARC Membership and Renewal 

NOW MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER
ARE YOU ON THE MEMBER LIST?
Check the members list at W3LIF.org to see if
Your on the members list.  Be a part of YOUR Club.

 
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 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 HAM GALLERY QSL MUSEUM
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

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 mcarc.ve@gmail.com for confirmation and additional information.
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