Field Day 9:45 PM Update

This is your 9:45PM Field Day report for the Steel City ARC.   We had a good group show up at the club house and we are having some fun at the same time.  We were able to keep all of out 3 stations man and operating  the whole time.  Thing are winding down but contact are still being made.  Field day continues Matt will be up here at the club house to cover for me since I have to work tomorrow 🙁  The Field day will continue till 2 pm and at that time the power switch will be switched back to mains power.  Below is the map of the US showing all the ARRL sections that we have worked from the club house.
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Christine, N3LRG

Field Day is a GO!

The day is finally here! The 2018 ARRL Field Day is a go, come on up to the club house to see amateur radio in action. Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

Starts at 2:00 PM EDT  {Members should try to get there by 1:00 PM}

Directions to the Club House:

208 McMichael Road
Carnegie, Pa, 15106 U.S.A

Follow what contacts are we making:

Steel City Contact Log Live!  {beta}

ARRL Field Day 2018

Come and visit us during our ARRL Field Day 2018 contest run

Saturday June 23 at 2:00 PM EDT the contest starts. Members should try to be up at the club house at 1:00 for set up and tuning up the radios.  The public is very welcome to attend this event and even operate a radio.  Think you want to know more about becoming a ham radio operator or your already are an amauture radio operator come on up and join the fun while learning something new.   The club will be providing food and drink for everyone that will attend, and will provide a helping hand to anyone wanting to operate.

 

2018 Infrastructure Improvements

The major infrastructure improvements schedule for this summer 2018 project has been approved at this month business meeting. A special technical committee was set up to review our antenna infrastructure. Knowing that we were going to need a bucket truck to put up the 440 antenna that was purchase last year the membership wanted to know what other work was going to be need while we had the truck on site. The far tower down by the cell tower has been empty for quite a while. Plus there has alway been a need for additional HF antennas with WARC capabilities. Also the 70 foot tower to the right of the club house is getting close to its end of life. Before it fails it was decided to replace it with the Rohn tower sections that we already had with only a new base and top section needed to be purchase. Also already purchased is two new VHF and UHF yagi antennas. With the recent Red Cross and ARRL ECOMM sessions at the club house a need for a VHF and UHF vertical beam antenna to work surrounding repeater was needed This was needed due to our current VHF & UHF beam antennas were all being horizontal polarized. The final antenna is a discone antenna  that will be run to the work bench area.  This will not only let us receive VHF & UHF on this wide band antenna but transmit to.  Below is the complete list of improvements scheduled to be done this year, and the work starts this next week!

  1.  Mount the new 440 antenna on the repeater tower
  2. Take down the old 70 foot tower and replace it with the Rohn tower
  3. Move the 6 meter yagi to the VHF tower
  4. Mount the new Mosley_PRO-67-C antenna on the Rohn tower
  5. Mount a new DX Engineering HEXX Beam on the far tower by the cell tower.
  6. Mount new VHF & UHF vertical beam antennas to the club house building
  7. Mount a Discone antenna to he new Rohn tower

So by the end of the summer we should have six new antennas at the Steel City club house grounds.  The work starts this next week on Wednesday June 27th with weather permitting the 70 foot tower is going to be lowered.  This needs to be done first so that a new base can be fabricated for the new Rohn tower.

 

ARRL Field Day is June 23-24

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

What will you be doing?

Our Other Bands – 12 meter

The 12 meter band is one of the three WARC bands. The 12 meters (24.890–24.990 MHz) were named after the World Administrative Radio Conference, which in 1979 created a worldwide allocation of these bands for amateur use. The bands were opened for use in the early 1980s. Due to their relatively small bandwidth of 100 kHz or less, there is a gentlemen’s agreement that the WARC bands may not be used for general contesting.

Very heavily influenced by the sunspot cycle. At the bottom of the cycle it is suitable only for very short distance groundwave communications only, for long periods of time. At the peak of the cycle it is capable of communications over thousands of miles with a minimum of equipment. Another nice mobile band when conditions are right.

12 Meters – US Band Plan
General, Advanced, Amateur Extra classes:
24.890-24.930 MHz: CW, RTTY/Data
24.930-24.990 MHz: CW, Phone, Image

Support our Steel City proposed antenna 2018 upgrade plan which includes a HF antenna that will work the WARC bands

Pictures of Scout Demo

 

Here was our setup at the event.  From the left to the right we had Karls remote set up decoding morse code. My IC820 VHF/UHF radio. The clubs IC-756Pro and finally Nates Kenwood 8330

The Scouts were have their district meeting and awards night and us “vendors” were at the other end of the pavilion picnicThat our very own Nate tuning up his good old rig using the ladder as a antennaHere is Christine having some club scout working the VHF radio and talk to Chris, Art, and Joe via the radio. Showing off the club banner