Jamboree-on-the-Air

Steel City Members – Trevor will be up at the club house this Saturday to be showing off our clubhouse with the scouts.  Please come on up to the club house to help out with the DEMO!


62nd JOTA: October 18-20, 2019

Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. This jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby amateur radio operator’s ham shack. Many times you can find the hams will come to you by setting up a station at your Scout camporee, at the park down the block, or perhaps at a ham shack already set up at your council’s camp.

Tell Me More

When Scouts want to meet young people from another country, they usually think of attending a World Jamboree. But few people realize that each year more than a million Scouts and Guides “get together” over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA). During the 2014 event, worldwide Scouting participation included 1.1 million Boy Scouts and 200,000 Girl Guides/Gils Scouts, for a total participation of over 1.3 million–the largest Scouting event in the world.

JOTA Rules

Stations should call “CQ Jamboree,” or answer stations doing so. Any authorized frequency may be used. It is recommended that stations use the agreed World Scout Frequencies, listed in the guidelines. To avoid congestion, use close-by frequencies.

JOTA is not a contest. The idea is not to contact as many stations as possible during the weekend.

Scout website: https://www.scouting.org/jota/

ARRL website: http://www.arrl.org/jamboree-on-the-air-jota

2 Meter Antenna Disguised as a TV Satellite Dish

John Portune, W6NBC https://w6nbc.com
I’ve long wondered if it would be practical to hide an efficient 2 meter base-station antenna in a TV satellite dish. My homeowners covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&R) committee couldn’t force me take it down.1 But would all the metal in the TV dish compromise a 2 meter antenna? Finally, it struck me: don’t fight the metal, take advantage of it, by cutting a half-wavelength-long slot antenna into the TV dish reflector. A slot antenna is a narrow rectangular opening in a large conductive surface, such
as a TV satellite dish. Slot antennas are familiar in the commercial radio world. They’re common in TV broadcasting, the
skin of aircraft, and in radar, microwave, and cell phone applications. This TV dish (see Figure 1) slot is the complement to a dipole. It is also a great way to learn about slot antennas.

Read the full QST article here:
https://w6nbc.com/articles/2016-03QSTdishslot.pdf

ARES Christmas Party

Allegheny County ARES Christmas Party
Saturday, December 7th @ 7PM
Gianna Via’s Restaurant and Bar
Caste Village
5301 Grove Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Please RSVP to NU3Q
(412) 736-7385
allegheny {at} wpa-arrl {dit} org

BUM O’ MONTH

October 14th Monday at noon stop by to break bread at Rockies Bar and Grill on 1562 Island Ave, McKees Rocks, PA 15136.  Plenty of good conversation from aircraft, military and maybe even amateur radio. HI HI  Also join us on our weekly Net on 147.03 Sundays at 8:30 am.  Part of the QCWA Chapter6 group everyone welcome!!

 

Raspberry PI Ham Radio Remote

One problem with ham radio these days is that most hams live where you can’t put a big old antenna up due to city laws and homeowner covenants. If you’re just working local stations on VHF or UHF, that might not be a big problem. But for HF usage, using a low profile antenna is a big deal. However, most modern radios can operate remotely. Well-known ham radio company MFJ now has the RigPi Station Server.

As the name implies, the box contains a Raspberry Pi. There’s also an audio interface. The idea is to consolidate rig control along with other station control (such as rotators) along with feeding audio back and forth to the radio. It also sends Morse code keying to the radio. The idea is that this box will put your radio on the network so that you operate it using a web browser on a PC or a mobile device.

According to MFJ, you can operate voice, Morse code, or digital modes easily and remotely. The box uses open source software that can control over 200 different radios and 30 rotors. Of course, you could build all this yourself and use the same open source software, but it is nicely packaged. [Ham Radio DX] says you don’t need to know much about the Pi or Linux to use the box, although clearly you can get into Linux and use the normal applications if you’re so inclined.

Read The Full Article Here