ARRL Field Day 2022

This Weekend — Saturday 25th 2:00 PM — Sunday 26th 2:00 PM
Steel City ARC will be hosting our 2022 field day at the Steel City club house.  The public is welcome to attend and to find out what Ham Radio is doing and to look at the equipment we have.  Members are encourage to stop by and operate make sure you check the sign up page below to.  Fellow hams are always welcome to check out the clubhouse and sit down to operate on this very special weekend.

How to find the club house: http://w3kwh.com/find-the-clubhouse/

This year Steel City W3KWH will be operating from 160 meters up into the microwave band 1296 Mhz. We need at least eight people per shift to operate four radio while having four people logging their contacts. So even if you don’t want to talk on the radio you can still help out the club by being a logger.

Steel City Provided Meals:

  • Saturday Evening Meal ~6:00 PM
  • Midnight Rations ~11:30 PM
  • Sunday Morning Breakfast ~8:00 AM
  • Sunday Lunch ~12:00 PM
  • Snacks and drinks are provided for the operators.

If you have any questions please send a email to n3lrg{at} w3kwh {dit} com.

Trip Around The Curve To The Game

Attention one and all!  We are planning a train trip to Altoona on July 13th to see the Altoona Curve baseball team game. Stay tuned for more info on departure from Pittsburgh on Amtrak to Altoona. The game starts at 1:00 pm then back to the Altoona train station after the game. If WX turns bad we could visit the Pennsylvania Railroaders Museum right near the Altoona station. The Pennsylvanian train departs PGH at 7:30 am arrives in ALT 9:57 price for coach is $46 and Business class $76 round trip. The train has internet service so you can run remotes and Echolink or bring your handheld and work train mobile. Also bring a camera and take pictures going around one of the railroads engineering marvels the WORLD FAMOUS HORSESHOE CURVE.

Book Your Tickets Here: AMTRAK
Baseball Information: Altoona Curve Baseball
To RSVP/Questions contact Karl WA3VXJ at:  wa3vxj {at} hotmail {dit} com

 

Steel City ARC @ Community Days

Saturday July 23 TIMES   ~4:00 PM – Till The End Of The Fireworks.
Steel City ARC is planning to have a educational booth at this event.  This is a good public event to attend to educate to the public that Ham Radio is alive and well in 2022.  We are look for some people to help man the booth and would be will to talk with the public about ham Radio

Location:
Ohio Township Community Park | 325 Nicholson Road | Sewickley, PA 15143

Enjoy a fun-filled evening at the park!  The parade will kick off festivities at 5pm, and a dazzling firework display at dusk will close out the night.  There will also be plenty of activities and entertainment for all ages including demonstrations by the fire department, a Touch-A-Truck event, Food Trucks, kids activities, local vendors, live music, and more!

Boy Scout Merit Badge @ SCARC

On August 5-6, 2022 the Steel City ARC will be doing the Boy Scout of America Radio Merit Badge at the Steel City club house.  Steel City ARC will be needing operators to help the scouts make contact so that they can finish their education and earn the Radio Merit badge. Members are encourage to let there local troop know of this event and they can be invite.  More details to follow

For Merit Badge Information: Radio Merit Badge PDF

 

Business Meeting – Tuesday June 21 @ 7pm

Business Meeting – 7:00 PM – Tuesday June 22
Please note the the earlier start time of 7:00 PM.

Steel City will be conducting their monthly business meeting at the club house this Tuesday.

Hear the final wrap up for the 1st ever Lewis & Clark event.  And we are going to cover the upcoming Field Day activities.

Lewis & Clark On The Air – Ends Sunday

The Steel City ARC is proud to be the eastern terminus of the Lewis & Clark Trail

Look for our members to be making contact on the air as one of the 16 stations on the Special Event trail.  We will be on the air from June 4th though June 19th.  Work all 16 stations along the trail and get the “Expedition Partner Certificate” for a clean sweep.  Work any of the 1-15 stations and you can still get the “Trail Companion Certificate”.

All sixteen station will be on the follow bands: 2m, 6m, 10m, 15m, 20m, 40m, 80m.  To find when any of the stations will be on the air check out the Lewis & Clark On The Air  “LCTOTA” webpage at the link below.

Find an Activator:  https://lctota.org/hunter/find_an_activator
Event Homepage: https://lctota.org/

Youth on the Air Camp 2022

YOTA campers will be operating special event station W8Y from both the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township (North Cincinnati), Ohio, as well as the camp hotel.

Activation of the W8Y callsign will begin the evening of Sunday, June 12 and conclude at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 17. Youth will operate the station as they finish projects, between sessions, and during free time.

In addition, dedicated HF station operating times will be: Monday, June 13 from 1800Z to 0300Z (2 pm to 11 pm EDT). Dedicated satellite station operating times will be: Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 from 1400Z to 1700Z (10 am to 1 pm EDT). And, EME will be in operation on Tuesday, June 14 from 0100 to 0300Z (Monday, June 13 from 9 to 11 pm EDT)

The opening and closing ceremonies will be streamed live on the Youth on the Air YouTube channel. The opening ceremony is Sunday, June 12 from 2100Z to 2230Z, and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, the founder of HamSCI. The closing ceremony is Friday, June 17 from 1700Z to 1800Z. The channel will also feature a daily highlight video spotlighting the activities of the previous day.

They Invented the Future

From the article: Xerox Parc’s Engineers on How They Invented the Future
Read the full article here: https://spectrum.ieee.org/xerox-parc

“I’ve always thought the fact that [David] Boggs was a ham radio operator was important…. [He] knew that you could communicate reliably through an unreliable medium. I’ve often wondered what would have happened if he hadn’t had that background.”
—Bert Sutherland

“I’ve always thought the fact that Boggs was a ham radio operator was important,” Sutherland said. “It had a great impact on the way the Ethernet was designed, because the Ethernet fundamentally doesn’t work reliably. It’s like citizens’ band radio, or any of the other kinds of radio communication, which are fundamentally not reliable in the way that we think of the telephone. Because you know it basically doesn’t work, you do all the defensive programming—the ‘say again, you were garbled’ protocols that were worked out for radio communication. And that makes the resulting network function extremely reliably.”

“Boggs was a ham and knew that you could communicate reliably through an unreliable medium. I’ve often wondered what would have happened if he hadn’t had that background,” Sutherland added.

Once the Ethernet was built, using it was fairly simple: a computer that wanted to send a message would wait and see whether the cable was clear. If it was, the machine would send the information in a packet prefaced with the address of its recipient. If two messages collided, the machines that sent them would each wait for a random interval before trying again.

One innovative use for the network had nothing to do with people sending messages to one another; it involved communication solely between machines. Because the dynamic memory chips were so unreliable in those days, the Alto also ran a memory check when it wasn’t doing anything else. Its response to finding a bad chip was remarkable: “It would send a message telling which Alto was bad, which slot had the bad board, and which row and column had the bad chips,” Thornburg said. “The reason I found out about this was that one day the repairman showed up and said, ‘Any time you’re ready to power down, I need to fix your Alto,’ and I didn’t even know anything was wrong.”

Steel City Members @ Dayton 2022

I am posting pictures as I get them.  So check back frequently for more and new photos.

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Rachel Carson Trail Challenge – Ham Volunteers


The Twenty-Fifth Annual Rachel Carson Trail Challenge will take place on June 18, 2022, the Saturday nearest the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The Challenge is a 35-mile long, one-day, sunrise to sunset endurance hike on nearly the entire rugged Rachel Carson Trail. Unlike a footrace, the “challenge” is not to win, but to endure, to finish the hike in one day. This time, the Challenge starts in North Park at sunrise and ends 35 miles later in Harrison Hills Park. The deadline for finishing is sunset, 8:54 PM or 15 hours 4 minutes, whichever comes first.

Volunteers

They are going to need ham radio volunteers at many of the check point along the trail.  There are many different shift from morning to late afternoon shift.  Check out the signup form below to see where and at what times the shift are at. If you’d like to help out, review the Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities and sign up!

NOTE: It will require to sign in use “rctc” for both user-id and password.
Rachel Carson Trails Volunteer Signup