Newsletter for May 2019 MCARC
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The Mercer County Amateur Radio Club

 The May 28, 2019 meeting for MCARC brings a 
 Presentation by "Team Exuberance"

I am pleased to announce that Marty Sullaway, NN1C and Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO will present “Team Exuberance” at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, May 28th at BC3.

All radio amateurs are welcome. 
"Old age and treachery will always win over youth and exuberance." But is that true? Team Exuberance was out to prove that statement wrong. They are a team of 6 kids, Violetta (KM4ATT), Bryant (KG5HVO), David (VE7DZO),  Tomi (HA8RT), Levi (K6JO), and Marty (NN1C). Traveling to operate from the K3LR superstation for the CQ WW WPX SSB contest (March 30-31, 2019) in the multi-2 category. Each team member traveled from their home QTH and gathered at the K3LR superstation for a weekend of competitive contesting. The Results are Amazing: We did it! Team Exuberance @ K3LR CQ WPX SSB 2019 M/2 is a smashing success! 
All of the operators have now arrived back home after an amazing weekend of high-frequency radiosport contesting. 
The K3LR team is proud to announce that our claim score is greater than 23.75 million points, and made over 6,000 contacts. The contest certainly exceeded all team member expectations. Our raw claimed score is a new W3 record.
Marty, NN1C and Violetta, KM4ATT
Team Leaders

NEXT MCARC Meeting Tuesday May 28 @ 7:00pm

Regular meeting information

All members and guests are invited to the regular business meeting of the Mercer County Amateur Radio Club. The meeting is held on the fourth Tuesday of each month @ 7pm (December excluded) at Butler Community College, (BC3) Linden Point.

The ELMER Premeeting events begin at 6:00pm

BC3 Linden Point

Hermitage, PA 16148

Confrence Room 121

Talk in on the W3LIF repeater: 145.350-

The May Meeting at Butler Community College

May 28, 2019

MCARC meets at BC3

Our meetings take place at Butler Community College in Hermitage. Just off Rt 18 shown on the left of our map. Turn onto Presidential Blvd and follow it straight back to the building on the Right in the map above. We meet in Rm 121.
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 and not the Mississippi Coast Amateur Radio Association. They are working on adding our club to the site but has not happened yet.


PA Cyber Science Club Balloon Launch

The Top Photo shows the last tracking location somewhere East of Mt Airy.
The Left Photo shows the overall path of the Balloon from Seven Springs.
The Right Photo shows the Search area for the downed Balloon.

After a great launch, we can normally hang out for a bit, but with the tricky wind and predictions we took off immediately after.  There was no way we were keeping up with the balloon this time.  Unfortunately a 3ed time is not a charm and it appears our luck ran out.  The total drive was 715 miles. A long day but great weather and we made an honest effort to retrieve the balloon!  Hopefully someone finds it and is willing to send it back!

After traveling over 130 miles and near 95,000 ft. in altitude, our last packet to the iGate was around 4000 feet. If we had been in the area, we might have been able to get some more but we were about 30 miles out when I got my last packet at 5200 feet, but it just moved too fast this time.  We are guessing that a wire got pulled out in the decent through the trees and it stopped transmitting. This was a pretty wooded and hilly area in the estimated landing zone.

We drove to every high point we could find in the area and waited to see if we could hear a transmission, but no luck.
Thanks to all who helped and the trackers who viewed the event on the APRS websites.
Cory, W3CDG

Amateur Radio Get Together

Join us with all your HAM friends.
April 28th, noon at Rosie’s downtown. If anyone needs any info or has question they can email me at or call or text at 724-456-7068 
Bryan, KA3LUN

Calendar: Click to see Upcoming Events
Here are a few of the many activities 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 - FT8 display. Bring friends, WE need a Food Coordinator 
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

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 Thank You to Anthony Luscre K8ZT,
For a great presentation on the techniques to work any contact.

Click HERE to view the interactive slide presentation by K8ZT or visit

Mercer County ARC supports Radio Scouting. Our Club contact is Bruce, K3BEG.
Want to learn more? Click on the Radio Scouting LOGO.
Saturday April 6th brings the Radio Merit Badge event using 2 Meters and 907DMR. 
Along with the CQ Jamboree, April 6th.

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 

April - ACS meeting was held Wednesday the 10th at 6:30 PM in the EOC, Mercer.

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

Tour de Donut


Online registration is now OPEN for New Wilmington’s 4th annual Tour de Donut Bike Tour on Saturday, June 8th! Check-in and festivities will begin at 8 a.m. at Westminster College’s Memorial Field House.

Pre-registration is $20 per rider and guarantees a limited edition t-shirt and goodie bag.

 Cyclists of all ages and levels may choose from 10-, 30-, or 60-mile tours. Back this year is a hill challenge option, which is 43 miles. In addition to Apple Castle’s famous donuts, water, Gatorade, and fruit will be provided before, during, and after the tour.

The Tour de Donut features a voluntary donut eating challenge at various points throughout the Amish country ride. However, a donut medallion will only be awarded to riders who consume 12 donuts throughout their ride. Riders under the age of 12 will receive a medallion for eating six or more donuts. Gluten-free options are available!

An expanded scavenger hunt will be featured on the 30-mile, Plain Grove ride.

Register online at by May 19. 

Registration after May 19 will continue to be available until event day, although t-shirts and goodie bags will be offered at a first come, first served basis.

Last year, 500 riders participated in the Tour de Donut ride, with riders traveling from California, Oregon, Minnesota, Wyoming, Tennessee and various parts of the United States!

This year’s Tour de Donut sponsors are Apple Castle, Carried Away Outfitters, Bicycles & More, Visit Lawrence County, LIVE New Wilmington, Mugsies Coffee House, Simply Branded,Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, West Penn Financial Service Center and Westminster College.

Register online at or email for more information.

Looking to Register??!?!!

Click HERE to saddle up for the Sweetest Ride in PA!

MCARC / ACS/RACES/ARES personnel to support May Election

Mercer County Amateur Radio Club / Auxiliary Communication Services / Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services / Amateur Radio Emergency Services

Amateur Radio Operators to provide Communications for the May Primary Election, May 21, 2019.
It is official.  The Mercer County ACS/RACES/ARES group, in conjunction with the MCARC membership, will be providing communications for the Primary Election on May 21st at the French Creek Township polls.  Amateur Radio Volunteer Operators have been assigned from 6:30am to 8:30pm.  French Creek is located in northeast Mercer County.

Jeff Greenburg, the Director of Elections in Mercer County, and I have spoken at length concerning the day and the County is very excited about this first for Mercer County.  It's definitely a opportunity  that we can give back to the County and provide a service expected of us by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) for testing and granting us FCC licence to operate amateur radios on our allocated frequencies.

 In addition to the polling location, Amateur Radio Operators will be operateing  from  remote locations where they have phone access to reach the Courthouse.

I will be distributing schedules and other information that may be necessary.  Looking forward to a great service event!

Please contact Mr. Mike Varga, NR3C for additional information.

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
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.

2019 ARRL National Convention May 17 - 19  Xenia, Ohio


Dayton Hamvention® 2019, host of the ARRL National Convention, will mark the debut of a free mobile event app to help attendees navigate the extensive Hamvention program, activities, and exhibits using their smartphones or tablets. Hamvention is May 17 - 19 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio.

A collaborative effort between ARRL and Dayton Hamvention, the app was developed by TripBuilder Media. ARRL Convention and Event Coordinator Eric Casey, KC2ERC, has been readying the app, with content contributions from Dayton Hamvention Committee members, and he has introduced it in a new ARRL YouTube video.

"Our goal is to have all of the printed program content mirrored in the app, organized so that you can schedule the forums you're planning to attend, and find the exhibitors you want to visit," Casey said. In addition to including exhibits and forums, the app will highlight schedules and details for affiliated events, such as dinners and other special gatherings, and a feature to allow attendees to follow the hourly prize drawings from wherever they are.

"Use the app so you don't miss a winning ticket!" Casey suggested. The Dayton Hamvention Prize Committee will populate the app as winners are drawn.

Attendees are also encouraged to tap on the "MyProfile" icon to optionally include their name and call sign, email address, and any other information they'd like to share with other attendees. "One of the neat features of this app is connecting with other Dayton Hamvention guests who choose to share their contact info," says Casey. "The icon labeled 'Scan Badge' will allow users to scan a QR Code displayed on a second device using the 'MyBadge' icon -- instantly connecting your shared contact information with another ham. After all, Dayton Hamvention and the ARRL National Convention is where you meet with other members and friends from this great big world of Amateur Radio."

The free 2019 Dayton Hamvention event app is available for both Apple and Android smart devices. A web-browser version is also available, which is optimized for nearly any browser or other mobile device type. Visit your app store to download the Apple and Android versions (search "Hamvention") or find links on the ARRL National Convention web page. If you are reading this article on a mobile device, click here to be automatically redirected to the appropriate app store to download the app, or to be redirected to the web browser version. Email with any questions about the app.

Contest University 2019

Watch Live

Powered by Icom. Tune in to watch selected sessions LIVE from CTU in Dayton, OH on May 16, 2019 from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. EDT.

Contest University will be held on Thursday May 16, 2019, from 7:00am to 5:00pm, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dayton, Ohio. This is the day before the Dayton Hamvention officially opens. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to gain knowledge that may take you years of practice, trial and error or lost time to learn otherwise. Get the edge to improve your scores and put your station in the winners circle today!

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. July 13, 2019 @ 10:00am.  Testing Location at McGonigle's 1615 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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