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Newsletter for February 2020 MCARC
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February

The Mercer County Amateur Radio Club

 The February 25th, 2020 meeting for MCARC brings a presentation by Ron Verb, KD8FAP

Ron is the afternoon drive talk show host on WKBN Radio.
I am thrilled to announce that Ron Verb, KD8FAP will be our meeting speaker for our February 2020 meeting of the MCARC. We will meet at the Park Inn in West Middlesex. 
FT8 Elmer session will start at 6 PM. Meeting at 7 PM. Ron, KD8FAP at 7:30.
 
Ron Verb, KD8FAP has been the afternoon drive talk show host on WKBN Radio - 570 for 35 years. You can hear him during the week from 3 PM to 7 PM. Ron is a fascinating speaker. You do not want to miss this meeting. Invite your friends!
 
73 
Tim K3LR
MCARC President

The February 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.

February 25, 2020 Regular Meeting starts at 7PM


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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.

On the Air, ARRL's new magazine


Designed for the beginner to intermediate ham the magazine really has information all hams will consider valuable. 
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 Denny’s for breakfast.
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 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, 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 @ Denny's 9:45am - 10am in Hermitage
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
 
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.

 
A special thanks to Bob Allison, WB1GCM for a Double / Double presentation of how his many skills relate to what we read in QST.  He opened up new interest in reading the Lab reviews in QST and highlighted his interesting career at the ARRL.

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: nr3c@yahoo.com
73,
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 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
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 mcarc.ve@gmail.com for confirmation and additional information.
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