Jamboree-on-the-Air

Steel City Members – Trevor will be up at the club house this Saturday to be showing off our clubhouse with the scouts.  Please come on up to the club house to help out with the DEMO!


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

2 Meter Antenna Disguised as a TV Satellite Dish

John Portune, W6NBC https://w6nbc.com
I’ve long wondered if it would be practical to hide an efficient 2 meter base-station antenna in a TV satellite dish. My homeowners covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&R) committee couldn’t force me take it down.1 But would all the metal in the TV dish compromise a 2 meter antenna? Finally, it struck me: don’t fight the metal, take advantage of it, by cutting a half-wavelength-long slot antenna into the TV dish reflector. A slot antenna is a narrow rectangular opening in a large conductive surface, such
as a TV satellite dish. Slot antennas are familiar in the commercial radio world. They’re common in TV broadcasting, the
skin of aircraft, and in radar, microwave, and cell phone applications. This TV dish (see Figure 1) slot is the complement to a dipole. It is also a great way to learn about slot antennas.

Read the full QST article here:
https://w6nbc.com/articles/2016-03QSTdishslot.pdf

ARES Christmas Party

Allegheny County ARES Christmas Party
Saturday, December 7th @ 7PM
Gianna Via’s Restaurant and Bar
Caste Village
5301 Grove Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Please RSVP to NU3Q
(412) 736-7385
allegheny {at} wpa-arrl {dit} org

Raspberry PI Ham Radio Remote

One problem with ham radio these days is that most hams live where you can’t put a big old antenna up due to city laws and homeowner covenants. If you’re just working local stations on VHF or UHF, that might not be a big problem. But for HF usage, using a low profile antenna is a big deal. However, most modern radios can operate remotely. Well-known ham radio company MFJ now has the RigPi Station Server.

As the name implies, the box contains a Raspberry Pi. There’s also an audio interface. The idea is to consolidate rig control along with other station control (such as rotators) along with feeding audio back and forth to the radio. It also sends Morse code keying to the radio. The idea is that this box will put your radio on the network so that you operate it using a web browser on a PC or a mobile device.

According to MFJ, you can operate voice, Morse code, or digital modes easily and remotely. The box uses open source software that can control over 200 different radios and 30 rotors. Of course, you could build all this yourself and use the same open source software, but it is nicely packaged. [Ham Radio DX] says you don’t need to know much about the Pi or Linux to use the box, although clearly you can get into Linux and use the normal applications if you’re so inclined.

Read The Full Article Here 

BSA – Frontier District Ham-o-Ree

When: October 5, 2019; 1:00 PM – 5:00PM
Where: ??

14.250 MHz
7.220 MHz
147.090 MHz
146.880 MHz (Backup 2m)
REF063 (DSTAR)

The Scouts in attendance will be looking for ~10minute QSOs each. We will be operating under the callsign K2BSA/3 for those that would like to call and request a QSL card after the event, they can email me treed593 {at} gmail {dit} com

We will also be on the air starting at around 6:00 PM on October 4 until around 9:00 AM on the 6th monitoring for contacts.

Steel City Members:  Lets help the scouts out.

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.

Minutes Sept. 17, 2019

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.


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.