WACOM Hamfest – New Location

WACOM 2018 HAMFEST
Washington Amateur Communications Inc.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4th 2018

New location for the WACOM hamfest this upcoming November 4th. Click on the link below to get directions to there new site.  This is one of the most popular hamfest of Western Pennsylvania and well attendant by Steel City Members.

The Printscape Arena at Southpointe
114 Southpointe Blvd
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Exit 48 off Interstate 79
8:00 A.M –3:00 P.M—Admission $5.00

Hamfest Flyer: https://www.wacomarc.org/documents/HamfestFlyer2018.pdf

Google Map Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/5aHes3VEyvE2

ARRL November Sweepstakes

Objective: For stations in the United States and Canada (including territories and possessions) to exchange QSO  information with as many other US and Canadian stations as possible on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 mete rbands.

Operating Guideline: You must include your call sign in the exchange information you transmit to the other station.  This is generally done between your precedence (A/B/Q/M/S/U) and your check (year of first license) as follows:

CQing Station: CQ Sweepstakes from W9JJ
Answering Station: W1AW
CQer: W1AW 123 A W9JJ 79 CT
Ans: 43 M W1AW 31 CT
CQer: Thanks, CQ Sweepstakes from W9JJ

As the answering station, it is not necessary to send the CQing station’s call unless you feel there might be some confusion about what station you are responding to.

Trans-Atlantic S2S QSO Party

Hi all,

I have been in contact with Barry N1EU and Ed DD5LP with respect to options for the next NA – EU S2S QSO Party. We have settled on Saturday 3 November 2018 between 14:00 UTC to 17:00 UTC. This will be the core activity period for the event, with those that wish starting an hour or so earlier and / or finishing later.

This date has been arranged to take advantage of the dates when we change from summer time to winter time in both the USA and Europe. It is a few weeks earlier than in previous years which we hope will help with the extended stay on the summits.

In the light of the widening of SOTA in the Americas, from this point it is proposed that the event will be renamed the Trans-Atlantic S2S QSO Party

Please make a note in your diary.

73 Gerald G4OIG / G8CXK

Flex Radio Demo

There will be a Flex Radio demo this Wednesday night Oct 24th at the Steel City club house at 7:00 PM promptly. Bob Green, N3RDG will be bringing up his Flex Radio Maestro unit to the club which will be hooked up at his Flex 6400 radio back at his house. The radio which will be live on the air and after the demo members will get a chance to operate it.   Bob will be showing us how it is used and all the unique features of of an SDR radio.  Bob will not only show us the Maestro interface but also the interface that can be brought up on the Laptop or Computer screen.

Mosley Update

Here is the latest update for the Mosley antenna. The technical committee has been busy putting things together.  And finally all the elements have been mounted to the boom.  We steel need to level things up and do the finally element spacing measurements but its together enough to get a good size of the final product.

Click on image for full size.Hmm, it seem we ended up with four extra pieces.  Does anyone know where these go?

FALL SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST

W3KWH – Will be participate in this drill. Plan to be at the club house by 9:30 AM. as the technical committee has set up an 60m dipole and confirm the Yaesu FT-991A and Kenwood TS-590 confirm to operate on 60m.  {Both ICOM don’t}


FALL SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST –
WESTERN PA. SECTION A.R.R.L. 

WHEN: SATURDAY OCTOBER 6,2018
TIME: 0930-1200 HRS  (AFTER THE WEEKLY ARES HF NET)

WHERE: ALL W.PA. A.R.R.L. SECTION COUNTIES

OBJECTIVE: PARTICIPATION IN THE SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST
(S.E.T.) FOSTERS THE UNDERSTANDING OF INTEROPERABILITY BETWEEN AMATEUR

RADIO AND SERVED AGENCIES…NOT IN THE SENSE OF “WHEN IT ALL HITS THE FAN” BUT IN THE CONFIDENT PERFORMANCE OF CORE CAPABILITIES TO GET THE MESSAGE THROUGH. TO BEGIN THE S.E.T., PARTICIPATING COUNTIES WILL ACTIVATE THEIR SKYWARN NETS ANNOUNCING SIMULATED WEATHER CONDITIONS WHILE CALLING THEIR RESPECTIVE RADIO OPERATORS TO ACTIVE STATUS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE EXERCISE.

THE S.E.T. WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THREE COMPONENTS:
A- AMERICAN RED CROSS COMPONENT
B- 60M COMMUNICATIONS COMPONENT
C- INDIVIDUAL COUNTY OPERATIONS COMPONENT

COMPONENT A:
THIS COMPONENT INVOLVES AN AMERICAN RED CROSS SHELTER VISIT BETWEEN 1000 AND 1100 HRS. THE COUNTY SHELTER CHOSEN IN THE RED CROSS CHAPTER WILL BE VISITED BY AN ARES FIELD TEAM FOR A VISIT/MEET AND GREET WITH THE SHELTER MANAGER TO EXPLAIN HOW AMATEUR RADIO CAN SERVE THE RED CROSS SHELTER IN TIME OF ACTIVATION. DURING THE VISIT, CALL YOUR COUNTY NET CONTROL WITH LOCATION, TIME AND STATUS OF THE RED CROSS SHELTER…THEN COUNTY NET CONTROL RESPONDS WITH CONFIRMATION OF SHELTER TRAFFIC. AFTERWARDS, EXPLAIN THE MESSAGE HANDLING PROCESS TO THE SHELTER MANAGER. ONCE THE SHELTER VISIT
OBJECTIVES HAVE BEEN MET, FIELD OPERATOR MAY SECURE AND RETURN TO COUNTY

COMPONENT B:
THIS COMPONENT INVOLVES THE ABILITY OF EACH COUNTY NET CONTROL TO OPERATE ON 60M. SKYVIEW RADIO SOCIETY, K3MJW, WILL BE HANDLING THE SECTION 60M TRAFFIC ON CH.4 (5371.5khz) AND CH.5 (5403.5khz) AS BACK UP FREQUENCY SHOULD THE NEED ARISE.  ONCE THE EXERCISE BEGINS AT 0930 HRS, EACH COUNTY NET CONTROL STATION WILL CHECK IN WITH K3MJW TO BE ON THE EXERCISE PARTICIPATION ROSTER.HOURLY, K3MJW WILL CALL EACH PARTICIPATING COUNTY WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO CONTACT ANOTHER COUNTY WITHIN THE W.PA. SECTION AND HAVE THAT COUNTY CALL K3MJW WITH CONFORMATION OF CONTACT. IT IS REQUESTED THAT ALL COUNTIES KEEP A LOG OF STATIONS HEARD ON THE 60M FREQUENCIES. THIS DATA WILL BE COMPILED FOR THE W.PA. SECTION 60M DATABASE.

COMPONENT C:
THIS COMPONENT GIVES PARTICIPATING COUNTIES THE ABILITY TO TAILOR THIS PORTION OF THE EXERCISE TO WHICHEVER OBJECTIVE THEY WISH TO ACCOMPLISH

DURING THE S.E.T. EXAMPLES-
-EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT OPERATING MODES (DIGITAL,SATELLITE,CW,ETC) .

-DEVELOP A SOLUTION TO A PARTICULAR COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEM WITHIN THEIR RESPECTIVE OPERATING AREA. -BUILD AND TEST DIFFERENT ANTENNAS.

-ACCESS COMMUNICATIONS FROM KNOWN WEATHER RELATED IMPACT AREAS WITHIN THEIR COUNTY.

-PLAN AND EXECUTE A RESPONSE TO A LOCAL EMERGENCY.

-SET UP AND OPERATE FROM A REMOTE LOCATION.
IN OTHER WORDS…PUSH THE COMFORT ZONES! MAKE THIS COMPONENT CHALLENGING YET ENJOYABLE FOR ALL WHO PARTICIPATE. PLEASE PROVIDE A SUMMARY OF COMPONENT C WITH THE S.E.T. REPORT AND ICS FORMS.
SO, THERE YOU HAVE IT.ALL W.PA. SECTION COUNTIES ARE BEING REQUESTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FALL SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST. UNDERSTANDABLY, THERE MAY BE SCHEDULE CONFLICTS IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER…IN LIGHT OF SUCH CONFLICTS, PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SEVERAL OPERATORS TO TAKE SOME PART IN THE EXERCISE.(SUGGESTION- IT MAY PROVE BENEFICIAL TO HAVE COUNTY EMA IN THE LOOP FOR THE EXERCISE. IT’S BEEN PROVEN TO HELP BUILD STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN AMATEUR RADIO AND SERVED AGENCIES IN THE COUNTY) THE W.PA. SECTION STAFF WISHES THAT ALL WHO PARTICIPATE HAVE A SUCCESSFUL AND ENJOYABLE FALL EXERCISE. REMEMBER- WE’RE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM WHEN IT COMES
TO GETTING THE MESSAGE THROUGH!

73 AND PRESS ON!
STEVE FAZEKAS, W.PA. ASEC
K3FAZ {a} ARRL.NET

VE Testing Session – Oct 6th 3PM

Saturday, October 6, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
Dead line for preregistration will be:
Sept 24, 2018

*Please note the ARRL website is wrong The testing session is at 3 PM

 

PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED – NO WALK IN’s ALLOWED
To make sure we have enough testing materials on hand, and that you don’t have to wait for us to get ready we are requiring that people interested taking the exam preregister. If you have any question about the testing or to preregister please call Art at the phone number below.

Art Mueller  – WA3BKD
Phone: 724-356-7381 

Check out our VE Testing webpage for more information… 

 

Jamboree-on-the-Air

Oct 19-21, 2018
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.

When Is It?
Jamboree-on-the-Air is held the third weekend in October. There are no official hours, so you have the whole weekend to make JOTA contacts. The event officially starts Friday evening during the JOTA Jump Start and runs through Sunday evening.

For more information: https://www.scouting.org/jota/
Question for the club… Do we want to participate?