VE Testing This Sept 18th

Chris Grimm K3PQ is now our VE Testing examiner contact person.  People interesting in becoming an amature radio operator or planning to upgrade their license should get in touch with Chris at the email below.   The testing sessions will be held on the Wednesday after the Steel City Business meeting at 7:00 PM – Sept 18th at the Steel City club house. Preregistration is highly recommend and will have priority, but walk-in’s will be allowed if space is available.

Chris K3PQ can be reached at INFO {at} W3KWH {dit} COM
Steel City VE Testing Website: http://w3kwh.com/ve-testing/

Hurricane Watch Net

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced tentative plans to activate on 14.325 MHz on Wednesday, September 18, at 1800 UTC. The net will switch to 7.268 MHz at 2100 UTC on Wednesday.

“Today has been a busy day in the tropics,” Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. “Since 1500 UTC, four new systems have been identified — two already named. At present, the storm we are most interested in is Hurricane Humberto.” The Category 2 Atlantic storm is forecast to affect Bermuda late Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning, with the eye forecast to remain north of Bermuda. Graves said any deviation to the right of the forecast track could bring the eye closer or even onshore.

The Hurricane Watch Net will remain active on 14.325 MHz for as long as propagation allows, switching to 7.268.00 MHz at 2100 UTC and remaining in operation until Humberto is no longer a threat.

“This activation plan is subject to change,” Graves advised. “As with any net activation, we request observed ground-truth data from those in the affected area (wind speed, wind gust, wind direction, barometric pressure — if available, rainfall, damage, and storm surge). Measured weather data is always appreciated but we do accept estimates.”

Graves said other Atlantic storms include Tropical Depression (TD) 10 and Tropical Storm (TS) Imelda, while on the Eastern Pacific side are TD 14-E, TS Lorena, and the Category 1 Hurricane Kiko.

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

Steel City @ Science Center

Steel City ARC was invited down to the Carnegie Science Center for there Adult 21+ night program on Sept 13th 2019.  There was 1500 adults attending that adult only program which we had an estimated 200 of them enter our room to talk about how amateur radio is alive an well in 2019.  We showed them Go Box for how ham radio helps out in emergencies along with a digital station working Europe all night long. We even had them try out an Morse code key while explaining why we still love that form of communication.

Dont think you can go far on 2m?

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Don’t think you go far working 2m.  Well Bobby reporting it is too hot to go out in Florida so he might as well try some two meters at the club.  He just worked N4JQQ at 645 miles using FT-8.  Look how far people are getting out on 2m, and this is all in the past two hours.  Remember from the club you can work from 160m up to 70cm.  Why don’t you come up and try out one of our radios! The Steel City club house is really on top of a magical hill.

440 Repeater on the Keystone Room

FYI: The Keystone Room #60328 came back on today and we have moved the 440  repeater over that room.   The Keystone Room is a Yaesu System Fusion digital link that links Uniontown, Skyview, and our own repeaters together. Plus there several node station linked in also.

Note: Feel free to switch to any room you want. When done and you disco it will auto reconnect to the Keystone Room #60328

440 Repeater Improve Range

Please try out our 444.45 MHz machine.  The work party Karl Joe, and Matt did some testing why the range didnt improve with the antenna being in a  much higher and they found out some interesting thing. First in an undocumented item is that the repeater has a lot more power when running under AC power vs DC power.  The biggest issue they found was the old grey antenna duplexes was destroying our receive and it hurt our transmit too. They swap to the Chinese Duplexes and wow it immediately improve the range.

The above map is showing the current RELIABLE range circle where it reaches down into the valleys and working inside some homes with a simple HT.  It will reach outside the circle but it seem to work station that are located on top of hills.  Please give Karl or Christine your signal reports let us know your location and power level.  We are planning to get the old grey cans fixed since they can handle a lot more power. The Chinese can are at there max power now.

 

Jamboree-on-the-Air

62nd JOTA: October 18-20, 2019

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.

Tell Me More

When Scouts want to meet young people from another country, they usually think of attending a World Jamboree. But few people realize that each year more than a million Scouts and Guides “get together” over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA). During the 2014 event, worldwide Scouting participation included 1.1 million Boy Scouts and 200,000 Girl Guides/Gils Scouts, for a total participation of over 1.3 million–the largest Scouting event in the world.

JOTA Rules

Stations should call “CQ Jamboree,” or answer stations doing so. Any authorized frequency may be used. It is recommended that stations use the agreed World Scout Frequencies, listed in the guidelines. To avoid congestion, use close-by frequencies.

JOTA is not a contest. The idea is not to contact as many stations as possible during the weekend.

Scout website: https://www.scouting.org/jota/

ARRL website: http://www.arrl.org/jamboree-on-the-air-jota

Happy Birthday

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the League’s first president and cofounder, Hiram Percy Maxim (HPM), W1AW.  HPM was born on September 2, 1869.

As we have done with earlier birthday milestones, ARRL is again holding an operating event to celebrate HPM’s legacy.


Objective: This operating event is open to all amateurs, and the goal is straightforward:  Find stations operating in the event, many adding “/150” to their call signs, and contact as many as possible during the 9-day celebration on each of the event bands (using any/all of the 3 event modes on each band).

Time Period: The 9-day event begins 0000 UTC August 31 and runs until 2359 UTC September 8, 2019.

Eligibility: All amateur stations may participate.

Who is eligible to use their “callsign/150”?   W1AW and ALL ARRL members are eligible and will append /150 to their call sign during this event (this includes DX Stations who are ARRL members, who may operate as callsign/150 if permitted by the regulations of their country of license).

For more information:  http://www.arrl.org/hpm150-birthday-celebration

Pennsylvania QSO Party 2019

63rd PA QSO Party – October 12 & 13, 2019

  1. Purpose of the QSO Party 

1.a. Pennsylvania amateurs operating in the State of Pennsylvania, without regard to the amateur’s home address, contact as many other amateurs in Pennsylvania, the United States, Canada, and the world. 

1.b. Non-Pennsylvania Amateurs try to contact as many Pennsylvania Amateurs as possible. 

  1. Operating Periods 

2.a. 1600Z October 12 to 0500Z October 13, and 1300Z October 13 to 2200Z October 13, 2019. 

  1. Bands 

3.a. QSOs are permitted on all ham band allocations authorized by station licensee, including 630m and 2200m and any VHF/UHF/Microwave frequencies, except as noted below in Section 3.b. Primary activity for the PA QSO Party has typically been on 160m, 80/75m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 6m, and 2m. 

3.b. QSOs are not permitted on the WARC bands (12m, 17m, 30m, or 60m). 

3.c. QSOs are not permitted via repeaters, satellites, EchoLink, IRLP, or similar VoIP services.