Protect out 2m Meter Band

The 2 Meter Amateur Radio Band (144-146MHz) is under Threat due to a proposal from France during the World Radio Conference 2019 meeting that the 2 Meter band should be allocated as a Aeronautical Band.

We, the Radio Amateurs find this totally unacceptable that a harmonized worldwide primary user band for Radio Amateurs is being proposed to be used as a Aeronautical Band as it is meant to be a ‘protected’ band for Radio Amateurs.

We want the CEPT to reconsider the proposal from France.

Amateur Radio is still a strong and ongoing hobby for 100 years and we must preserve and protect our hobby

Sign the petition here:

AMSAT 50th Anniversary

AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards ProgramAMSAT

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (as AMSAT is officially known) was formed March 3, 1969 as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered in the District of Columbia.  Since its founding, AMSAT has designed, constructed, and, with the added assistance of international government and commercial agencies, successfully launched, 20 Amateur Radio satellites into Earth orbit.

To help celebrate 50 years of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space, AMSAT is proud to announce the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.  Throughout 2019, your satellite and HF QSOs can help you achieve one of these special awards:

  • 50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award
  • 50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award
  • AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award

Read more about the program at:

Use it or lose it

Use it or lose it – Were starting to lose it

A World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) agenda item proposing to study a range of frequencies, including potentially reassigning 144 – 146 MHz as a primary Aeronautical Mobile Service allocation, drew little opposition at a meeting of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Project Team A. The team is responsible for some aspects of CEPT WRC positions, and the meeting was held June 17 – 21 in Prague, Czech Republic. Introduced by France, the proposal targeting 144 – 146 MHz would be part of a broader consideration of spectrum allocated to the Aeronautical Mobile Service. Another issue addressed during the meeting concerned the sharing of the Amateur Radio 1240 – 1300 MHz band with Europe’s Galileo GPS system.

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Meet your new antenna – Hex Beam

NA4RR Hex Beam

Steel City members  meet the newest antenna in our family. The NA4RR Hex Beam antenna  has  arrived and has been put together.  The technical committee is current arranging an lift so we will be announcing the antenna party soon.  We still need to do the final check out and tuning which should be done within this next week.

clink image to see the full sizeSo come on up to the club house this next social to get a good look before it goes up on the tower.  Plus learn how it works and how it is put together.  See how it might be good for your station if you have limited space.

How Does it Work


Gain Peak Approx 5.5 dBi
Front/Back Peak > 20dB
VSWR Less than 2:1 across nearly all bands
Turn Radius 10.8 Ft
Diameter of Beam 21.6 Ft
Height of Beam 39″ from base to top of center post
Weight 25 lbs
Wind Load Area < 5 sq ft
Power Handles full legal limit

A hex beam antenna looks like the loops are a continuous loop but they are not.  The driven/forward  elements make an “W” shape dipole  with the feed point on the center post.  The rear element has a insulated Kevlar string separating it from the driven element with a small gap. So you can see it is not an continuous loop  of wire.  The sizes of the loop goes from small { 10m } to the larges loop { 40m } with each loop doing a different band.  Our antenna will cover 10, 12, 15, 17, 20 ,40 meters.


Raspberry PI – 4

The folks at Raspberry pi have announced the new RPi 4 model B single board computer, still priced at $35 for the basic board with 1GB of RAM. Models with 2GB and 4GB of RAM are also available at higher price points.

Here’s the official announcement:
And here are the specs:
The processor is now a Broadcom BCM2711 SoC, which has four 1.5GHz Cortex A72 CPU cores. That, along with the additional RAM and higher-level graphics support will make the board more suitable for full desktop and multimedia uses.

Field Day 2019 – Photos

Join Us This Weekend

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: Photos
Live Status Map:

The second day has arrived and slowly the contact are coming in. Stop on up to the club and join in the fun!  The map is filling in now and we are off to a great start! 

Final Map

Special Thanks to our Operators and Visitors





* Visitors


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.

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