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

Changes to the remote’s access

Steel City members please check out the “Members Only” page for the new instructions for access the two remotes up at the club house.  We have switch using VNC programs to access the remotes. The 5 member limit is now gone and we have a direct connection to the remote without having to pay for cloud access.  If you have question plan to go up to the club house on Wednesday and the technical committee will help you access the remotes.

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/

National Weather Service Tour

On Nov 24 that ham radio community got together at the National Weather Service office here in Moon Township {Aka Pittsburgh}.   Shannon from the weather service gave a very nice presentation talking about how the create forecast and advisories.  The tour top off with their daily 6pm balloon launch.

Additional Photography by John, KC3MMC

Here is a better video from John, KC3MMC

National Weather Service Tour

This 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

Please RSVP with Sue,
(412) 243-3061
crakiecz (at) verizon (dit) net


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