Today in History: December 12

1901: First radio transmission is sent across the Atlantic
Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi (L) and his assistant, George Kemp received a message sent from Poldhu, England, at Signal Hill, St. John’s, Canada. The transmission message was the Morse code signal for the letter “s.”

Wires-X – The Network Presentation

On Dec 11th an presentation was given about the Wires-X digital network. What it is and what type of equipment is needed to make it work.  Click on the slide below to view the presentation.Wires-X is how Yaesu  System  Fusion radios and repeaters are network together. We talk about how to can get connected with just a simple HT radio. There a section on how to hook up a node or a portable node link. What is the difference between a room and a node. We finish up with an talk about the Western Pennsylvanian Keystone-West room and the Sunday night net.

 

Wires-X Fusion – The What, How, & Play Demo

Dec 11th  7:30 PM @ Steel City Club House

What is Wires-X and Yaesu System Fusion?

  • What is Wires-X and how does it work.
  • What equipment do you need to make it work?
  • How to access the Wires-X network?
  • See it in a live demo

Come to the club house on Wednesday night social night @ 7:30 PM and learn more about Yaesu System Fusion and how the Wires-X digital network works.  Learn what equipment you need to buy to be able to interconnect to the many Wires-X rooms that are around the world. You will learn what public resources {Digital Repeaters} are out in Western PA that will help you keep the cost down.  You will learn how to connect to the digital repeaters and dial into the many different Wires-X rooms.  We will also cover Nodes and Hotspots during this talk.

 

 

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day

December 7, 2019 from 0000z to 2400z

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN™ volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN™ volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN™ Special Event operators will visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.
For more infomation:
https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition

ISS SSTV Transmission on Dec 4, 5 and 6

This is the schedule for the planned activation of the MAI-75 SSTV activity from the ISS.

Dec 4: On – 12:00 GMT, Off – 16:50 GMT
Dec 5: On – 11:25 GMT, Off – 17:15 GMT
Dec 6: On – 10:20 GMT, Off – 16:40 GMT

Transmissions will be sent on 145.800 MHz FM (5 kHz deviation) in the SSTV mode PD-120. Once received, images can be posted and viewed by the public At http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

ISS SSTV uses a Kenwood TM D710E transceiver which is part of the amateur radio station located in the Russian ISS Service Module.

Read the full story here:
https://amsat-uk.org

QUARTER CENTURY WIRELESS MEETING

The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019. This is the second Saturday in December in order to avoid a scheduling conflict with 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. We will be accepting volunteers and nominations for 2020 Officer positions and voting on them at this meeting. Also, note that dues are payable in cash, check, money orders, or negotiable securities in December.

Please note, too, the Fleming Park Bridge is now open which should make life easier for those coming in from the north and west.

Nate Firestone W3SVJ