Newsletter for September 2019 MCARC
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The Mercer County Amateur Radio Club

 The September 24, 2019 meeting for MCARC brings a 
 Presentation by Chris Hurlbut, KL9A Gold Metal winner at WRTC

Team Winner : Gold

Christopher Hurlbut, KL9A

Country: USA
Age (WRTC 2018): 35
Previous WRTC experience: Competitor: 2006, 2010, 2014
Occupation: Grocery Store Manager
Licensed in 1993 at age 10 as WL7KY. Elmered by my father, KL7FH, and grandfather, KE7MP. There is nothing better than high level competitive contesting, and I have been fortunate enough to operate at some amazing stations with some of the best operators. Looking forward to the intensity that will be WRTC 2018! Professionally I am a grocery store manager in Bozeman, MT.

The September Meeting at BC3

BC3 Linden Point, Hermitage, PA  16148
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. We meet in Room 121, first floor.

September 24, 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.

8th annual Jane Williams Memorial 5K run/1.5 mile walk slated for Sept. 28

 Penn State Shenango will hold its eighth annual Dr. Jane A. Williams Memorial 5K run/1.5 mile walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Shenango campus located in downtown Sharon.

Mercer County Amateur Radio Club members and Radio operators from Mercer and Lawerance County will provide Radio Communication to Race Control Center. 
Greg Singer - K3VLR
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 Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH (above Left) for his talk on the ARRL's new Volunteer Monitors and sharing his FCC experiences. 
Hal Turley, W8HC (above Right) Gave us insight into a DXpedition and a sense of adventure as he sets out for Pitcairn Island.


ARRL, Director - Atlantic Division:  heralds congratulations to the Mercer County Amateur Radio Club - W3LIF for outstanding support of Amateur Radio on Buhl Day.

The MCARC members had a very busy day Labor Day ( Buhl Day) with the half marathon and the W3B HF station. It was great you got to see everything in action!
Thanks for everything you do to look out for our hobby!
Very 73
Tim K3LR
MCARC President
The pleasure was mine to spend time with such an awesome club that really has its act together… Truly Amateur Radio in action!
And thank you for all you do in support of Amateur Radio, keeping it alive and healthy. It is great that we can pay back our dues by applying our talents and skills to make the hobby relevant. 
73, Tom Abernethy, W3TOM
ARRL Director – Atlantic Division
Serving all of the ARRL members in the Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland/DC, 
Northern New York, Southern New Jersey, Western New York and Western Pennsylvania ARRL Sections



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 

2019 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) October 5, 2019

Preparations are currently underway for this fall’s Simulated Emergency Test. This year the SET is on Saturday, October 5. Section ARES officials in Eastern and Western PA are working together to finalize plans for a joint EPA-WPA SET. 

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

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

Mercer County Simplex Frequence is 146.550

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.
The 2019 Pennsylvania QSO Party will be held on October 12th and 13th. The bonus station will be K3SMT, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Somerset Amateur Radio Club.

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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