National Weather Service Tour

Save the Date!
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


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

 

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/

Get into digital radio – SALE!

Yaesu FT-70DR FM/C4FM

$30 Mail-In Rebate

You can get into digital radio pretty cheap right now with the Yaesu FM/C4FM handheld radio. It currently has a $30 mail in rebate bring the cost of a digital radio to as low as $144 until Dec 31st. Several of us at the club have this little radio and enjoy it very much.  It will let you connect to the clubs 440 Mhz machine and   by hitting a few keys you can connect to our repeater and start a connection to many System Fusion machines around the world. Once you get one of these little radios join us on the 8 PM Sunday night digital net on any WPA Fusion repeaters.

FROM THE MANUFACTURE: The new FT-70DR is a compact and very attractively priced Yaesu System Fusion transceiver providing both conventional analog FM operation and the advanced C4FM Digital mode. The FT-70DR provides up to 5W of reliable RF power, and its large Front Speaker delivers 700mW of Loud Audio Output. Because C4FM has better BER (Bit Error Rate) characteristics than other digital modulations, the user can expect exceptional audio quality. The new digital FT-70DR includes our unique Automatic Mode Select (AMS) function. AMS detects the operating mode of the received signal as C4FM digital or analog FM, and then automatically and instantly switches the receiver to the appropriate mode. Users do not need to manually change between modes. The multi-colored LED Mode-Indicator displayed on the front allows the operator to easily see what mode the FT-70DR is in at any given moment. LED Mode-Indicator clearly and visibly shows the transmit/ receive mode by changing its color so that the operating mode of the transceiver is easily recognized at a glance.

Additional Info:  Also the FTM-3207DR UHF signal band mobile {Needed for Steel City/ Skyview/ Uniontown repeaters} and the FTM-3200DR VHF Signal band mobile have $50 mail-in rebates bring their pricing down to $114.95.  Thanks Corry..

Check Them Out Here:
https://www.dxengineering.com 
https://www.hamradio.com 
https://www.gigaparts.com

American Legion Special Event

The American Legion’s
National Salute to America’s Veterans
Special Event: N9V

Monday, November 11, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST

The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) headquarters station, K9TAL, will anchor Veterans Day operations for special event N9V on Monday, November 11.

K9TAL will be joined by several TALARC stations around the US for its annual national salute to veterans. The American Legion is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Operation will be from 1800 to 0000 UTC on or about 7.285, 14.285, and 21.285 MHz.

Certificates will be available to all sending a QSL card. More information is on the N9V profile page on QRZ.com. — Thanks to Jim Harris, W0EM, and The National Legion Amateur Radio Club

Special Events Webpage:
https://www.qrz.com/lookup/n9v

About TALARC:
https://www.legion.org/hamradio/about

VE Testing – Nov 5th

LAST VE TESTING SESSION OF THE YEAR 

People interesting in becoming an amateur radio operator or planning to upgrade their license should get in touch with Chris K3PQ at the email/phone below.   The testing sessions will be held on Nov 5th at 7:00 PM at the Steel City club house. {DIRECTIONS HERE}  Preregistration is highly recommend and will have priority, but walk-in’s will be allowed if space is available.

Steel City Testing Page: http://w3kwh.com/ve-testing/

Got question? Feel free to email and to register?
Chris Grimm, VE Examiner
K3PQ {at} W3KWH {dit} COM
(412) 259-3319

SCARC Proposed Constitution Changes

Attention Steel City members! This propose changes to the SCARC constitution have been posted to the members only section of the website. All members should review the proposed changes and attend the next business meeting November 15th at 8:00 PM.

Steel City ARC Constitution – Last Update January 1990
http://w3kwh.com/constitution-and-bylaws/

 

June 2019 Business Meeting that created the Revision Committee
http://w3kwh.com/2019/06/18/june-scarc-meeting-minutes/ 
NOTE! You will need the password for this page

 

100th anniversary of KDKA radio

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of KDKA radio. There are plans in the works for operating special event stations in honor of this occasion. As I am the PA state coordinator for the 13 Colonies special event, Joe –  W3BC asked if I might be interested in heading up this event and I agreed.

Here is where we are at this point:

  • The event will be all month long in November of 2020.
  • The plan is to make this operation available to southwestern PA amateur radio operators.
  • There are plans to have multiple callsigns for the event. Three 1X1 callsigns have already been reserved. Also, the call W8XK will be used as it was the original callsign of KDKA.
  • We had a meeting at the last Breeze Shooters hamfest. The meeting was announced and open to any interested persons.
  • There has been interest from a couple of clubs in utilizing their tower trailers and, as such, there are plans to operate from the old KDKA radio transmitter site in Saxonburg (and perhaps other sites).
  • There are also plans to have KDKA officials involved.

Best 73 all
Bob, WC3O

View The Working Document

If your interested in helping out sign up for the email list here:
https://groups.io/g/kdka100

 

Enjoy FT8 From Almost Anywhere

J. Robert Witmer, W3RW
From Sept 2019 QST

Imagine hunting 6-meter DX at a restaurant while eating breakfast, or making an all-time new DX contact while waiting for a flight. I’ve found myself operating remotely in these types of situations, and many others, using nothing more than my smartphone. If you think this type of operating is complicated and expensive, prepare to be surprised! My approach to remote FT8 operating combines WSJT-X software and a remote computer-control program called TeamViewer. Both WSJT-X and TeamViewer are free for personal, nonbusiness use. WSJT-X is available at Dr. Joe Taylor’s, K1JT, website,  and TeamViewer at
https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html,
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/.
The combination works Enjoy From Almost Anywhere Figure 1 — TeamViewer starting up when installed on the station computer The author relaxes outside while making contacts on 6-meter FT8 via remote control from his Fire HD tablet. FT8 well because, for FT8, audio streaming is not required. We’ll start with a description of a single-band remote operating setup, and then add suggestions for a  multiband approach.


Other Considerations
Be sure your computer is not set, via some type of internal time setting, to shut down or go to sleep to the extent it cannot be awakened via TeamViewer. You may have to experiment to find what settings need adjustment.

A related issue is automatic operating system upgrades. Try to schedule auto updates to occur when you are not operating  remotely. If the computer with WSJT-X restarts, you will lose access via TeamViewer. (When the computer and TeamViewer restart, TeamViewer assigns a new password, which unfortunately you probably won’t have knowledge of when operating remotely!)

Consider adding a Wi-Fi controlled power outlet for your transceiver’s power supply, but be sure it is tolerant of RFI. It is always a good idea to have an alternative means to shut down your radio if necessary.

Keep in mind that the TeamViewer software on your remote laptop or mobile device will log you out after approximately 3 minutes or less if your device goes to sleep, or if you switch to another app. If it does disconnect you, simply re-enter your station computer’s ID and password (if required) to resume access. It’s important that you select KEEP CURRENT for the random password function in the TeamViewer ADVANCED menu tab.

Read the Full Article Here:
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/QST/This%20Month%20in%20QST/September2019/Witmer.pdf


Editor Note:
There are many VNC program that you can use to do this remote connection.  Team Viewer and RealVNC are just a few that have a cloud connection that lets you get though your computer firewall and not to have to set up port forwarding.   But note if you are going to share the computer connection with several other people most of the cloud companies will want your to pay for the non-free version of their software.  This is the problem we are having at the club house.