National Weather Service Tour

Save the Date!
Sunday November 24th ~ 5:30 PM

Sue KA3JKS has set up a tour of the National Weather Service center here in Moon Twp for members of the Steel City ARC club. including a weather balloon launch demo (weather permitting).  The address is: 192 Shafer Rd, Coraopolis PA, 15108


Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/MySjJxDrb2MNs9zG8

Directions to National Weather Service
Take I-376 west to exit 57 (Business/Moon/Cargo)
Go towards the Cargo Terminal
Turn right onto University Blvd (Former Beer School Rd)
Turn left onto Broadhead Rd (Opposite Beaver Gade Rd)
There is a BP and a Walgreens on the corner
Turn right at the second traffic light onto Shafer Rd
PASS:  Wessex Hills Dr and Allard Elementary School – both on the right
Turn into the drive way of the NWS on the right just past the elementary school (sign not visible from the road)
If you go as far as Madison Dr on the left you’ve gone too far
Come inside the front door and ring the bell

This is a follow up of the April Skywarn presentation: http://w3kwh.com/2019/04/18/skywarn-presentation/

Oh there will be a balloon launch too!
Image result for nws balloon launch sites

 

Is your station ready?

Is your station ready for the next outage?   With more storms and section of the country having rolling blackouts make me wonder if the power goes out could you still get on the air.  Below is a link to a presentation take give a good talk about getting your station for the next black out.  How much does it cost and what equipment might be good for you to get.

The next HF or VHF net you check in try working the net on your backup power supply.  Do you have a mobile radio in your car?  Do you know how to call for help if your outside cellular phone range?  When you travel do you lookup the frequencies and PL for the repeater’s near where your traveling.  Do you have a battery eliminator cord and/or spare battery for your HT?

Presentation:
Emergency Power for Amateur Radio Stations

 

Red Cross Presentation

Red Cross Presentation
Wed. Dec 4th – 7:30 PM

Dave, KC3KAG

Will be giving a short overview of the Red Cross responding to national and local disasters and the importance of emergency communication capabilities amateur radio operators and specifically ARES can provide to the Red Cross during times of disasters.

Dave will highlight some of the roles amateur radio operators can fill for the Red Cross during a disaster.


Links:
Red Cross South Western  PA
https://www.redcross.org/local/pennsylvania

Western PA ARRL ARES
https://wpa-arrl.org/ares/

Get into digital radio – SALE!

Yaesu FT-70DR FM/C4FM

$30 Mail-In Rebate

You can get into digital radio pretty cheap right now with the Yaesu FM/C4FM handheld radio. It currently has a $30 mail in rebate bring the cost of a digital radio to as low as $144 until Dec 31st. Several of us at the club have this little radio and enjoy it very much.  It will let you connect to the clubs 440 Mhz machine and   by hitting a few keys you can connect to our repeater and start a connection to many System Fusion machines around the world. Once you get one of these little radios join us on the 8 PM Sunday night digital net on any WPA Fusion repeaters.

FROM THE MANUFACTURE: The new FT-70DR is a compact and very attractively priced Yaesu System Fusion transceiver providing both conventional analog FM operation and the advanced C4FM Digital mode. The FT-70DR provides up to 5W of reliable RF power, and its large Front Speaker delivers 700mW of Loud Audio Output. Because C4FM has better BER (Bit Error Rate) characteristics than other digital modulations, the user can expect exceptional audio quality. The new digital FT-70DR includes our unique Automatic Mode Select (AMS) function. AMS detects the operating mode of the received signal as C4FM digital or analog FM, and then automatically and instantly switches the receiver to the appropriate mode. Users do not need to manually change between modes. The multi-colored LED Mode-Indicator displayed on the front allows the operator to easily see what mode the FT-70DR is in at any given moment. LED Mode-Indicator clearly and visibly shows the transmit/ receive mode by changing its color so that the operating mode of the transceiver is easily recognized at a glance.

Additional Info:  Also the FTM-3207DR UHF signal band mobile {Needed for Steel City/ Skyview/ Uniontown repeaters} and the FTM-3200DR VHF Signal band mobile have $50 mail-in rebates bring their pricing down to $114.95.  Thanks Corry..

Check Them Out Here:
https://www.dxengineering.com 
https://www.hamradio.com 
https://www.gigaparts.com

American Legion Special Event

The American Legion’s
National Salute to America’s Veterans
Special Event: N9V

Monday, November 11, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST

The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) headquarters station, K9TAL, will anchor Veterans Day operations for special event N9V on Monday, November 11.

K9TAL will be joined by several TALARC stations around the US for its annual national salute to veterans. The American Legion is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Operation will be from 1800 to 0000 UTC on or about 7.285, 14.285, and 21.285 MHz.

Certificates will be available to all sending a QSL card. More information is on the N9V profile page on QRZ.com. — Thanks to Jim Harris, W0EM, and The National Legion Amateur Radio Club

Special Events Webpage:
https://www.qrz.com/lookup/n9v

About TALARC:
https://www.legion.org/hamradio/about

VE Testing – Nov 5th

LAST VE TESTING SESSION OF THE YEAR 

People interesting in becoming an amateur radio operator or planning to upgrade their license should get in touch with Chris K3PQ at the email/phone below.   The testing sessions will be held on Nov 5th at 7:00 PM at the Steel City club house. {DIRECTIONS HERE}  Preregistration is highly recommend and will have priority, but walk-in’s will be allowed if space is available.

Steel City Testing Page: http://w3kwh.com/ve-testing/

Got question? Feel free to email and to register?
Chris Grimm, VE Examiner
K3PQ {at} W3KWH {dit} COM
(412) 259-3319