Newsletter for January 2020 MCARC
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The Mercer County Amateur Radio Club

 The January 28th, 2020 meeting for MCARC brings a presentation by Bob Allison, WB1GCM.

Bob is from the ARRL headquarters lab team.
I hold the position of Laboratory Assistant Manager, though I'm happy to be known as simply, "a test engineer". I have tested most of the equipment that has come out since 2008. I have investigated and found many issues that the manufacturer didn't know of and have helped them with providing accurate test data, with recommendations. I do this long before any review article goes to print. In the end, everyone wins. I was first to point out the problems of inexpensive handheld transceivers, epsecially in regard to their spectral purity. These days, I'm pleased to see Amateur Radio clubs reproduce the same tests as the ARRL Lab with measuring harmonic content of handheld VHF transceivers. 

I must mention I am quite honored to work with Product Review Editor, Mark Wilson, K1RO, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, and Steve Ford, WB8IMY. They all took me under their wing to get me established at HQ. They are the best in the business.

Bob, will present two topics at the Mercer County Amateur Radio Club January 2020 meeting on January 28th starting at 6 PM at the Park Inn Radisson West Middlesex. Come to the January MCARC meeting and learn how ARRL reviews and tests new equipment -  from the guy that writes the articles you see in QST magazine. This is a meeting you do not want to miss.

Tim K3LR
MCARC President

The January 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 fellowed by the regular business meeting at 7PM.
All members and guests are invited.

January 28, 2020 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.

"foxhole radio"

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

We wish to thank Laura, N3BSN and Cory, W3CDG for organizing a grand Christmas party at the Sharpsville VFW.  Thanks also goes out to Guy Gibbs for a wonderful Buffet and to Tim, K3LR for being a most gracious Santa.
To all who attended we hope your holidays in 2019 were merry and bright.

Mercer County ARC supports Radio Scouting. Our Club contact is Bruce, K3BEG.
Want to learn more? Click on the Radio Scouting LOGO.

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
National Weather Service
To All Amateur Radio Operators,
As some of you may not know, the NWS field offices launch weather balloons with data recorders to obtain weather information as needed. They are designed to go raise to a predetermined altitude, then return to the ground. If you find one of these recorders, they are to be taken the United States Postal Service office to be sent back to where it came from. Note that there is NO cost to you. 
These data recorders ARE United States Government Property and are NOT to be tampered with in anyway. They are not "Finders Keepers", so do not try to play with, open, attempt to retrieve (hack into) the recorders. You can take a Selfie of you and the recorder if you want, but then take to a Post Office.
Thank You All,
Terry Nemitz
ARES Pa Southwest DEC.

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. January 11, 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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