Save the Date – Field Day

June 22 – 23

Make plan now to join us at the club house as the Steel City ARC take on Field Day 2019.  This will be the first year that we will be using Mosley antenna to blast our way onto the 40 meter band. Please let Chris Grimm, N3PQ know your coming and what you would like to try to operate.  We will be operating all the bands from 160 meters up though 70 cm bands.  We are especially looking for people to cover the over night shifts.  The club will be providing food and drinks during the contest.

The ICOM IC-7610 Review

The customers and experts have spoken! The ICOM-7610 HF/50MHz All Mode Transceiver, featuring advanced dynamic range performance, true dual receivers and a host of other
next-level benefits, has been well worth the wait.

From the Experts’ Perspective

In his User Evaluation and Test Report, Icom maven Adam Farson, AB4OJ/VA7OJ, analyzed the unit’s physical feel, architecture, touch-screen, receiver front-end management, filters, noise reduction, noise blanker, AGC system, menus, metering, CW, RTTY decoder and memory keyer, VFO/memory management, on-air experience and more.

He concluded: “Although the IC-7610 is in a higher price category than the IC-7300, I nonetheless feel that the 7610 provides excellent value and capability for its price.” Read the entire report here.

In an interview on Ham Talk, Rob Sherwood of Sherwood Engineering, NC0B, offered ample praise for both the IC-7300 and IC-7610. The Ham Radio guru and highly respected gear-tester lauded many features of the IC-7610, including its dual receivers for working split and the unit’s solid TR switching and audio peak filter—major upgrades for serious CW operators. Listen to the entire interview here. To see the numbers crunched, check out Sherwood’s technical breakdown of the IC-7610.

Read the full article here: https://dxengineering.wordpress.com

Parachute Mobile Mission 35 Set For May 25


Make a QSO with a Skydiver and get a one-of-a-kind QSL card.

Mission 35 will happen May 25 from Byron, California.
2 meter QSOs on 146.430 MHz simplex and 20 meter QSOs on 14.250 MHz. AllStar and EchoLink nodes available.

That’s not all! Watch all the excitement live on streaming video and follow us on APRS.

Go to parachutemobile.org for all the details and fallow us in FaceBook.

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2019/may/parachute-mobile-mission.htm

There an app for that

Mobile Event App will Help Dayton Hamvention Visitors to Navigate the Show

Dayton Hamvention® 2019, host of the ARRL National Convention, will mark the debut of a free mobile event app to help attendees navigate the extensive Hamvention program, activities, and exhibits using their smartphones or tablets. A collaborative effort between ARRL and Dayton Hamvention, the app was developed by TripBuilder Media™. ARRL Convention and Event Coordinator Eric Casey, KC2ERC, has been readying the app, with content contributions from Dayton Hamvention Committee members, and he just introduced it in a new ARRL YouTube video.

“Our goal is to have all of the printed program content mirrored in the app, organized so that you can schedule the forums you’re planning to attend, and find the exhibitors you want to visit,” Casey said. In addition to including exhibits and forums, the app will highlight schedules and details for affiliated events, such as dinners and other special gatherings, and a feature to allow attendees to follow the hourly prize drawings from wherever they are.

“Use the app so you don’t miss a winning ticket!” Casey suggested. The Dayton Hamvention Prize Committee will populate the app as winners are drawn.

Continue Reading On the ARRL Site

World Scout Jamboree — NA1WJ Station

World Scout Jamboree — NA1WJ Station

You can work the World Scout Jamboree station July 22 to August 1.

We will be posting our operating frequencies in real time on Facebook and Twitter. You can also join our email group at https://groups.io/g/na1wj.

See Amateur Radio Live from the Jamboree for detailed information on frequencies.


Steel City Members:  Please keep an eye on this the scout will be looking for some contact and they will need our help

ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSS-BAND TEST

ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSS-BAND TEST
 
(11 May 2019)
 
The Army Military Auxiliary Radio System will host this year’s Armed Forces Day (AFD) Crossband Test on Saturday May 11, 2019. This annual event is open to all licensed amateur radio operators, and will not impact any public or private communications. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this event, which is only an exercise scenario, designed to include hobbyist and government radio operators alike.
 
The AFD Cross-band Test is a unique opportunity to test two-way communications between military communicators and radio stations in the Amateur Radio Service (ARS), as authorized in 47 CFR 97.111. These tests provide opportunities and challenges for radio operators to demonstrate individual technical skills in a tightly-controlled exercise scenario that does not impact any public or private communications.

Military stations will transmit on selected military frequencies and will announce the specific ARS frequencies monitored. All times are ZULU (Z), and all frequencies are Upper Side Band (USB) unless otherwise noted. The frequencies used for the test will not impact any public or private communications, and will not stray outside the confines of the exercise.
For more information about MARS: http://www.usarmymars.org/
More details about the cross band test: 20190424-AFDCT-final.pdf

NU3Q Go Box Demo

On May 8, 2019 Wednesday night Bob Mente,NU3Q will be doing a Go Box demo at the Steel City club house at 7:00 PM.  Come on up to the club house to see what all this talk of Go Boxes are about and how to make one yourself.

 

 

 

Where is the world is WA3VXJ?

New to APRS? Try tracking Karl, WA3VXJ  as he go and visits his family in Harrisburg.  Click on the link below to see where Karl is at right now he will be leaving at Friday around  5:30pm 4/26/2019 and the trip will take 3~4 hours….

For more information on APRS click here.

He made it! Below is his track along  the turnpike and some of the nodes that relay his packets around until they reach those black diamonds with the letter “I” in them.  Those nodes are special since there the I-Gateways that put the packets on the internet so we can watch him travel down the road.

Where in the world is WA3VXJ

SKYWARN® – Presentation

On April 24th promptly at 7:00 PM updated  8 pm the Steel City ARC will be hosting a presentation about SKYWARN.  This presentation is a talk about what is SKYWARN organization and how ham radio is importance to the National Weather Service.  This will be a good meeting to learn about the service and and if you want to take the next step and become a train weather spotter.

 


SKYWARN® is a National Weather Service (NWS) program developed in the 1960s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make life-saving warning decisions. Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their community.

SKYWARN® spotter reports provide vital “ground truth” to the NWS. They act as our eyes and ears in the field. Spotter reports help our meteorologists issue timely, accurate, and detailed warnings by confirming hazardous weather detected by NWS radar. Spotters also provide critical verification information that helps improve future warning services. SKYWARN® Spotters serve their local communities by acting as a vital source of information when dangerous storms approach. Without spotters, NWS would be less able to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.

Check out there website:
https://www.skywarn.org/