DMR Webinar

DMR Webinar on Wed., July 29th at 7:30 pm

The ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section will be hosting the next in our series of Webinars, “I’m On (or Almost On) DMR. So Now What?” on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Mark Wheeler, KZ3MW, will be presenting this webinar on Zoom.

If you are interested in learning about Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) and are interested in learning more about this mode before investing in a radio or you’ve been using DMR for a while but would like to get some questions answered, this webinar is for you. Send an email to  W3GWM@arrl.org to register. If you have any specific questions, send those too and we’ll try to get them answered.

Simplex Drill for August 1st

I will be having a quick “on air” meeting after the Wednesday night ARES net on .09 to discuss the simplex test, which will be at 10 am on the .09 with a roll call before we QSY to our assigned simplex frequency of 146.55 around 10:15.
NU3Q Bob
Allegheny County EC

I am planning a Simplex Drill for August 1st, starting at 10:00am on your local county repeater. Have a NCS in place for check ins by 9:45am on the repeater. Have NCS stay on the repeater until 11:15am, then he/she can close the Net. All check ins should stay on the local repeater until 10:15am for any unannounced changes before switching to your county assigned Simplex frequency. I encourage all the EC’s and/or AEC’s to try contacting all their neighboring counties for intercounty interoperability.

At 11:00am, I would like all EC’s/AEC’s to try contacting their neighboring counties local county repeaters for intercounty interoperability. The NCS, still monitoring their local repeaters, will log all the EC’s/AEC’s that contact them. That list is to be forwarded to me after the Nets close. (This test is in prelude for upcoming Skywarn changes.)

All operators are to keep a log of their contacts and send to your county EC.
Terry KA3UTD
DEC SW Dist.

Click on map to find your county simplex frequency

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

August 8 and 9, 2020

Participate in this ground breaking, virtual international amateur radio expo. Packed with world renowned speakers, exhibitors, and special conference rooms built on a virtual reality platform. Attend from the convenience of your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Attendees have the opportunity to:  

  • Listen to and engage with 70+ internationally recognized ham radio luminaries that have committed to lead expo sessions.
  • Walk through our virtual exhibit hall filled with popular amateur radio suppliers. Watch new product demos, interact directly with booth staff using video, audio, or text conferencing.
  • Engage with fellow hams without leaving your home ham shack. And save thousands of dollars since you don’t have to worry about travel, food, and lodging!
  • Return over the next 30 days to re-visit, explore, and re-engage exhibitor offerings.
  • Click here for the speaker list.
Check out their website: https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/

Digital Network Is Growing. Welcome to Keystone-Wide

UPDATE: Join us tonight Sunday July 26th for the first State Wide C4FM net on your local C4FM repeater.

We have a new repeater and club joining from Lebanon County. The Keystone-West will be changing its name to Keystone-Wide since we are now a state wide room. It is hoped that this will further increase System Fusion interest and activity in the EPA section, as well as here in WPA. In spite of COVID-19, we are still looking forward to expansion in the WPA section, as well. — Give the room (60328) a try anytime and be sure to join our Sunday night net at 20:00 EDT.

If you would like to know more about adding your repeater or node to the room, please contact Cory via WA3UVV@ARRL.NET.

Follow along with an Ham Radio Adventure

In my on going quest for SOTA Goat (1000 points accumulated), I have decided to hike the Long Trail in Vermont that is 272 miles from the Massachusetts border to Canada. Along this trail are 38 SOTA summits and with a possible 209 points available.

While I only have a little over two weeks available to hike this trail, the reality is I won’t finish the trail due to time. Being a long distance hike, there is always the possibility of injury (both new and old) occurring or even just loosing interest and motivation while on the trail.

The Long Trail is the oldest long distance trail in the United States and gave inspiration for the Appalachian Trail, another very popular long distance hike. The trail has a total of 67,500 feet of elevation gain and crosses several mountain ranges that include alpine zones, ponds and lots and lots of mud.

Date: Starting date of July 6th, 2020

Blog Posting: https://www.trailjournals.com/journal/entry/628706

Homepage: https://kb1hqs.com/2020/06/20/hiking-the-long-trail/

Minutes July 21, 2020

This information is for Steel City Members only via the web. For public access please go to the club house on any monthly business meetings for access.


Business Meeting Next Week – Online Zoom

Hello Club Members, {Correction it starts at 7:30 PM}

Just a heads up next week the business meeting will be held online using Zoom. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM Tuesday July 21st. A link will be sent out  next Tuesday morning so make sure you check your email for the link.  Also NEW MEMBERS that have pending application with joining the Steel City Club please make sure I have your email address so I can send you the link. {n3lrg@w3kwh.com}

EPA Section DMR Net

EPA Section DMR Net

by EPA Admin

EPA Section DMR Net

We’ve been having a lot of activity on the EPA Section DMR Brandmeister Talkgroup. If you have a Hotspot our Talkgroup is 31426. I try to monitor whenever I can.

We’re going to try holding a net. Most people seem free on Thursday evenings, so we’ll meet at 7:30 PM.

The purpose of the net is to discuss all things DMR. We’ll try to answer questions and provide information about DMR and even other Talkgroups you might find interesting. Everyone is welcome.

If you have a radiogram you’d like to send, we’ll accept messages to be sent via the National Traffic System.

This will be a low-key net stressing good fellowship between Hams active on DMR in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Anyone from anywhere is welcome to join us. Possibly, once we’re established, we could have check ins from virtually anywhere in the world!

Plan on joining us on Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM

Comet in the sky

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Here is a picture that our John Jennings KC3MMC took last week when the comet was only visible in the early morning hours.

Here is the locations where you can find the comet over the next several days.  Basically look for the big dipper then look down to the horizon.

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)
Or Comet NEOWISE is a retrograde comet with a near-parabolic orbit discovered on March 27, 2020, by astronomers using the NEOWISE space telescope. At that time, it was a 10th-magnitude comet, located 2 AU (300 million km; 190 million mi) away from the Sun and 1.7 AU (250 million km; 160 million mi) away from Earth.

By July 2020, it was bright enough to be visible to the naked eye. It is one of the brightest visible to observers in the northern hemisphere since Comet Hale–Bopp in 1997. Under dark skies, it can be clearly seen with the naked eye and might remain visible to the naked eye throughout most of July 2020. Until July 23, as the comet gets further from the Sun it will be getting closer to Earth. As of July 16, the comet is about magnitude 2.

For observers in the northern hemisphere, in the morning, the comet appears low above the north-eastern horizon, below Capella. In the evening, the comet can be seen low in the north-western sky. The comet can be seen in the morning and evening because it is circumpolar from about latitude 45N. The evening view is better. On July 17, Comet NEOWISE will enter the constellation of Ursa Major, below the asterism of the Big Dipper (The Plough). (If Ursa Major was upright, it would be on the right of the Big Dipper, as of July 15th.) 

Click here for full Wikipedia Article

AMSAT-DL Submits Lunar Lander Proposal

Germany’s amateur satellite organization AMSAT-DL has submitted a comprehensive proposal to the European Space Agency (ESA) for its Lunar Amateur Radio Transponder (LunART) lunar lander — a communications platform on the Large European Lander to support communication and payload experiments. AMSAT-DL’s Peter Gülzow, DB2OS, and Matthias Bopp, DD1US, say that a LunART (called “LunaART” in the AMSAT-DL proposal) would support direct communication with Earth via amateur radio, support university and student payloads and offer direct access to their experiments, and expand the reach of radio science. It could also provide backup communication capability and capacity during an emergency, or when the ESA network is busy.

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