Chapter Six of the QCWA meeting

The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019.
This is the third Saturday in June in order to avoid scheduling conflicts with the Breezeshooters’ Hamfest
and the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society.
The doors will be open at Noon and we start shortly thereafter.
We will be returning to our previous venue of: Rocky’s Bar and Grill
1562 Island Ave.
McKees Rocks, PA

As usual, solicitations are made for presentations with a bribe of a free lunch.
Volunteers can contact President Jack Buzon, KA3HPM, ahead of time for agenda sequencing.
Please note the Fleming Park Bridge remains closed, and access to Rocky’s can be had via
Route 51 out of Coraopolis or Island Avenue out of McKees Rocks. –

Uniontown ARC- Digital

UARCLogoThe Uniontown ARC, W3PIE, is hosting an event that is focused on 2 aspects of digital voice radio – Saturday, June 8th at the club property – 433 Old Pittsburgh Road in Uniontown, PA. We will start off with a System Fusion WIRES-X networking seminar, which will cover ways to connect to WIRES-X rooms. We will also cover detailed instructions on adding area club repeaters and individual nodes to an “intercom” room throughout Western Pennsylvania – that is also being hosted by the UARC as another way to further serve our amateur radio community. This session will be led by Cory Sickles, WA3UVV and will take place in the new club annex building – starting at 10:00.

Later, we will have a DMR programming workshop, where attendees will learn the skills needed to set up and change the codeplugs of Baofeng, TYT, Anytone, etc. radios, when needed. Use of the radios with repeaters and network points of presence (Openspot, Zumspot, etc.) will also be covered. This session will be led by Dylan Beatty, KC3DMR and will take place in the main clubhouse – starting at 13:00.
For this session, you should bring your fully-charged radio, programming cable, and laptop with software installed. If you do not already have a DMR subscriber ID number, you will need to obtain one in advance.

During the noon hour, we will take a break for lunch and give everyone the opportunity to know each other better. We will have freshly grilled hamburgers and hot dogs – prepared by our grill masters – with chips and pop. In order to take advantage of this offer, you must register in advance, as seating is limited.

If you wish to attend, you need to do it today. Send an email to WA3UVV@ARRL.NET – including your name, call, telephone number, and which event you wish to attend (you may sign up for both). If you are signing up for the DMR workshop, please let us know what model of radio you have, as well. Any additional information that may be of value will be appreciated, too.
We look forward to seeing you!

Save the Date – Field Day

June 22 – 23

Make plan now to join us at the club house as the Steel City ARC take on Field Day 2019.  This will be the first year that we will be using Mosley antenna to blast our way onto the 40 meter band. Please let Chris Grimm, N3PQ know your coming and what you would like to try to operate.  We will be operating all the bands from 160 meters up though 70 cm bands.  We are especially looking for people to cover the over night shifts.  The club will be providing food and drinks during the contest.

The ICOM IC-7610 Review

The customers and experts have spoken! The ICOM-7610 HF/50MHz All Mode Transceiver, featuring advanced dynamic range performance, true dual receivers and a host of other
next-level benefits, has been well worth the wait.

From the Experts’ Perspective

In his User Evaluation and Test Report, Icom maven Adam Farson, AB4OJ/VA7OJ, analyzed the unit’s physical feel, architecture, touch-screen, receiver front-end management, filters, noise reduction, noise blanker, AGC system, menus, metering, CW, RTTY decoder and memory keyer, VFO/memory management, on-air experience and more.

He concluded: “Although the IC-7610 is in a higher price category than the IC-7300, I nonetheless feel that the 7610 provides excellent value and capability for its price.” Read the entire report here.

In an interview on Ham Talk, Rob Sherwood of Sherwood Engineering, NC0B, offered ample praise for both the IC-7300 and IC-7610. The Ham Radio guru and highly respected gear-tester lauded many features of the IC-7610, including its dual receivers for working split and the unit’s solid TR switching and audio peak filter—major upgrades for serious CW operators. Listen to the entire interview here. To see the numbers crunched, check out Sherwood’s technical breakdown of the IC-7610.

Read the full article here:

Parachute Mobile Mission 35 Set For May 25

Make a QSO with a Skydiver and get a one-of-a-kind QSL card.

Mission 35 will happen May 25 from Byron, California.
2 meter QSOs on 146.430 MHz simplex and 20 meter QSOs on 14.250 MHz. AllStar and EchoLink nodes available.

That’s not all! Watch all the excitement live on streaming video and follow us on APRS.

Go to for all the details and fallow us in FaceBook.

There an app for that

Mobile Event App will Help Dayton Hamvention Visitors to Navigate the Show

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. 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 just 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.

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World Scout Jamboree — NA1WJ Station

World Scout Jamboree — NA1WJ Station

You can work the World Scout Jamboree station July 22 to August 1.

We will be posting our operating frequencies in real time on Facebook and Twitter. You can also join our email group at

See Amateur Radio Live from the Jamboree for detailed information on frequencies.

Steel City Members:  Please keep an eye on this the scout will be looking for some contact and they will need our help