Newsletter for October 2019 MCARC
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The Mercer County Amateur Radio Club

 The October 22, 2019 meeting for MCARC brings a 
 Presentation by Harry Bloomberg, W3YJ On Ham Radio and Using the Raspberry Pi a small single - board computer.

The Raspberry Pi has many uses as you will see when Harry W3YJ presents how it makes for an interesting Ham Radio project.
A Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive and small single board computer developed for education by the Raspberry Pi Foundation in the UK.  Because of it's low cost and ease of use, it has become very popular in the amateur radio community.  I will be talking about two ways I have used a Raspberry Pi.   The first use is a small low-power 7 inch touch-screen tablet computer that works well in portable operations for logging, rig control, digital modes, and generating CW.  I used such a Pi-based tablet at this year's MCARC Field Day to make over 70 QRP CW contacts with solar power.  My second use is to allow me to operate my station in Hermitage remotely from anywhere using the Internet.  Many remote-operation setups are expensive or require significant dedicated hardware.   My concept requires only the addition of a $55 Raspberry Pi 4 with 4GB of RAM to my station.  All software is either Open Source or commercial software that is free for personal use.  I have remotely operated CW, digital modes, and SSB and have worked DX from the Starbucks in Hermitage using my iPad.   I will attempt live contacts during the talk.

Harry, W3YJ, a native of the Hermitage and a charter member of MCARC.  He was first licensed in 1972 as WN3TBL.  Harry is a former Section Emergency Coordinator for  Western PA ARES and has written three QST articles and a book chapter on NBEMS.  He splits time between Hermitage and Pittsburgh.  In addition to belonging to MCARC,  Harry is an alumni member of Panther Amateur Radio Club (PARC) at the University of Pittsburgh and a member of Skyview Radio Society.

The October Meeting at the Sharpsville VFW

215 N Walnut St. Sharpsville, PA 16150
The Elmer session will start at 6 pm fellowed by the regular business meeting at 7 pm and a speaker.
All members and guests are invited.

October 22, 2019 Regular Meeting starts at 7pm

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.

Join us Saturday at 9:45 in Denny’s for breakfast.

October Meeting Special Silent Auction for a Yaesu FTM 3200. 

NEW - In the Box
The new FTM-3200DR is a ruggedly built yet compact C4FM/FM VHF mobile transceiver, providing high output power of up to 65 Watts to ensure stable long-distance communications. One of the distinguishing features of this exciting new mobile transceiver is the Front Panel Speaker delivering 3 Watts of loud and crystal clear audio; designed for stress-free and enjoyable communications - even in noisy environments.
Calendar: Click to see Upcoming Events
Here are a few of the many activities held & planned for MCARC in 2019. Support your club by becoming a member.
Elmer Sessions - Ideas wanted. Step up show what you know - help others 
Scouting Radio Merit Badge Saturday April 6th  / Balloon Launch
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 23, 2019 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 from Somerset, PA on April 27 at 1 PM.
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 @ Denny's 9:45am - 10am in Hermitage
September 28, 2019 Penn State Shenango Jane Williams 5K
November Sharpsville Food Bank 5K on Nov. 9th
September 28th Penn State 5K Downtown Sharon at Penn State Shenango

Club Picnic July 23ed at Shelter #4 in Buhl Park stating at 6:30 PM
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.

Mercer County Simplex Frequency is 146.550

Special Thanks to Chris Hurlbut, KL9A for his talk on the ability to setup and use Remote contesting. 
Chris, KL9A is a Gold Metal winner at WRTC

Mercer County ARC supports Radio Scouting. Our Club contact is Bruce, K3BEG.
Want to learn more? Click on the Radio Scouting LOGO.
The 2019 Scouting Jamboree On The Air will take place October 19, 20 and 21. WPA Section Youth Coordinator Bruce Gibson K3BEG ( is looking to hear from groups and clubs planning to support this event.

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.

Mercer County Simplex Frequence is 

Reply via Email:
Mike Varga, NR3C
2019 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) was held October 5, 2019.

This fall’s Simulated Emergency Test was on Saturday, October 5. Section ARES officials in Eastern and Western PA developed plans for a joint EPA-WPA SET. 

The 2019 SET focused on interoperability and scalability, adding additional served agencies as the SET progresses, and dispatching ARESMAT teams to other locations. Participants practiced interoperability with other ARES teams, and serving several agencies simultaneously as would be done in an actual disaster.

The Simulated Emergency Test (SET) started following the 9am WPA ARES net on 3983kHz. The local Red Cross set up their Shelter at the church next to the Coral on Rt. 18 in Hermitage, PA. We had amateurs deploy to the Shelter and set up an HF station in order to establish contact with the Red Cross main facility in Pittsburgh.  We were also in touch with the Pittsburgh NWS. 

Photos from the Shelter 
courtesy of Mike, 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
MCARC Secretary

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.
The 2019 Pennsylvania QSO Party was held on October 12th and 13th. The bonus station will be K3SMT, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Somerset Amateur Radio Club.
We are looking for any photo submissions from Club Members who operated in the PA QSO Party.
Send to

Please visit
for Party information.
Click HERE to view THIS IS HAM RADIO are you interested in Amateur Radio?
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. November 23, 2019 @ 10:00am.  Testing Location at Denny’s  2079 E State 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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