2019 Corn Roast

STEEL CITY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
ANNUAL CORN ROAST WILL BE HELD

August 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM 

This is open to all Steel City ARC member and pending members.  Bring your YL and kids and enjoy this annual get together with the whole Steel City family.

For More Information See the Corn Roast Website

Please send Carol your RSVP so she can get a good head count
she can be emailed at the follow address. 

N3SBF@COMCAST.NET
RSVP byJuly 16th

Join Us This Weekend

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All are welcome to attend our annual Field Day celebration this weekend.  Both Amateur Radio Operators and the General Public are welcome to climb up our hill to check out this very interesting hobby of ham radio.   Steel City ARC will be be operating on all the bands from 160 meters though 70 cm bands.   Come on up and try out not only FM but SSB, Digital, and even CW operations.

The activities start at 2:00 PM on Saturday 6-22-19 and last for 24 hours.  Talk in to the club site will be on the Steel City Repeater 147.030 Mhz with an PL of 123.  Food and Refreshments will be provided for all that will be operating.   Training will be provided for those wishing to try out HF bands and or Digital Modes.  Learn how to operate our five  beam antennas, vertical antenna’s, and even our special 60 meters and 80 meters NVIS antennas. See how we can operate this whole weekend off of any commercial power.

MEMBERS: All Steel City members should try help out the club this weekend.  Lets try to see all the members come up and operate and have some fun at the same time. We will especial need help during our late evening and over night shifts.

Directions to the Steel City Club house: Here
Field Day 2019 Photo Page: TBA
Live Status Map: TBA


Stay tune for our live updates here!

Historic Contact

A historic contact was made on Sunday the 16th June 2019 when the Atlantic was spanned for the first time on 144 MHz.

D41CV on Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa managed to work FG8OJ in Guadeloupe on 144.174 MHz using the FT8 digital mode. The distance was an incredible 3,867 kms.

To put that into context, the distance from the west coast of Ireland to Newfoundland is 3,000 kms.

To read the full story: https://ei7gl.blogspot.com

Keystone WPA Room – Wires X now active

Update! The Steel City has join Uniontown ARC and Skyview ARC on the WPA Keystone room. When you talk on the UHF repeater {Using the digital mode} your voice will also be repeated on those machines. You can switch to other room but when done it will default back to the WPA room

 


 

KEYSTONE-WEST is live!  Just initiate a WIRES-X connection to “KEYSTONE-WEST” from your displayed room list – or – enter the ID of 60328, to connect.  We look forward to making this a very active digital watering hole for hams in Western Pennsylvania, as well as others who want to join in.  Looking forward to talking with you there!


Exciting Times!  The experimental connection to DWARN has been terminated, as we will soon launch the “KEYSTONE-WEST” WIRES-X room in WPA.  We should have it operational next week.  A new announcement will follow.
Cory Sickles – WA3UVV

Arduino Microcontroller DIY Projects

Arduino Microcontroller

Projects You Can Build Today!The Arduino has become widely popular among hobbyists and ham radio operators. Hams are exploring these powerful, inexpensive microcontrollers, creating new projects and amateur station gear. With its Open Source model, the Arduino community freely shares software and hardware designs, making projects easier to build and modify.

Arduino for Ham Radio introduces you to the exciting world of microcontrollers and Open Source hardware and software. It starts by building a solid foundation through descriptions of various Arduino boards and add-on components, followed by a collection of ham radio-related practical projects. Beginning with simple designs and concepts and gradually increasing in complexity and functionality, there is something here for everyone. Projects can be built quickly and used as-is, or they can be expanded and enhanced with your own personal touches.

For more information and to order:
https://www.arrl.org/shop/Arduino-for-Ham-Radio

 

Summer Projects – Power

Looking for something to do this summer?  Building a go box or just want a power connection in your car dash mount?   Here are a couple nice power pole panel mounts that you can get.


$19.99

High output capacity of up to 45A on each Powerpole. Includes (4) 30A contacts. Fits 1-1/8″ dia. hole.  Dual outputs and the company offers many identical accessories to go with it. https://powerwerx.com


$4.00  or $14.00 for 4 units

Panel mount for a pair of Anderson Powerpole connectors, this fits the Anderson (And Clones) PP15-PP45 (15a-45a) #1327 housings. 3D printed has options for other colors. Single power pole connection.  Lower cost version of the above.  https://www.ebay.com or 4x units


USB B Round Panel Mount Extension Cable - 30cm

$4.95 – $9.95

this USB B Round Panel Mount Extension Cable is the easiest and fastest way to panel-ify your project. Use it for power or for data this will make for a nice looking project.

Full Size USB “B”

Micro “B” Size

USB “C” Size

SSTV High Altitude Balloon Event

About This ProjectI got started with amateur radio by listening to weather satellites with an SDR and “downloading” images from them (like the one on the home page from Meteor M2). Then I had heard about and participated in the International Space Station Slow Scan TV (SSTV) events! It was exciting to be able to “download” images from the space station as it passed overhead, however I always hoped they would be “live” images and not canned but recently they are canned. Thus this project was born. It is my hope to launch a high altitude balloon with a SSTV transmitter to broadcast “live” images of the Earth while in flight! I hope many people will be able to help out by listening for the signal and uploading any images to this website at the “Post SSTV Image (Click Here to visit)” page!

Preliminary Launch Date June 29, 2019 0930 EST

APRS: 144.39 MHz KD2PYB-7 (Click Here to Track)

SSTV: 145.600 MHz

An Echolink node may be set up also (KD2PYB-L)

More information: https://reachfornearspace.com/

Arduino-based rotator interface

This is an Arduino-based rotator interface that interfaces a computer to a rotator or rotator controller, emulating the Yaesu GS-232A/B and Easycom protocols which are supported by a myriad of logging, contest, and control programs.  It can be easily interfaced with commercial rotator control units.  With the addition of a proper capacity power supply and several interface components such as relays, this unit could also serve as a total replacement for a rotator control unit or serve as the basis for a 100% homebrew rotation system.  Several azimuth and elevation position sensors including potentiometers, rotary encoders, and I2C devices are supported.  The code is very flexible, modular, and easy to read allowing intermediate and advanced experimenters.

For more information: https://blog.radioartisan.com/yaesu-rotator-computer-serial-interface/

Celebrating 100 years of WWV

WW0WWV – 1919-2019

We’re glad you’ve joined us to help celebrate the World’s oldest continually operating radio station, WWV, as it turns 100 on October 1, 2019 –  less than 5 months!

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC) have reached an agreement and are working together to organize the event.

NIST will focus on the plans for Tuesday, October 1, 2019, when they will host a recognition ceremony and an open house at the radio station north of Fort Collins.

NCARC will operate a special event amateur radio station, call sign WW0WWV, on the WWV property starting September 28 and going 24-hours a day through October 2, 2019.  The goal is to make as many U.S. and world-wide contacts during the 120-hour period as possible, using multiple bands and multiple modes on at least 4 simultaneous transmitters.  The effort will require hundreds of volunteer operators.

For more info on the special event:
http://wwv100.com/

For more info on WWV @ 100 years:
https://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/2019/10/nist-radio-station-wwv-100-year-anniversary