2m System Fusion Test This Weekend

There is an system fusion test this weekend for our two meter repeater.  Currently the Kenwood and Echolink is shut down.  We have our spare Fusion repeater hook up to the tower and will be testing it this weekend.  Please give it a try on both analog FM and C4FM digital on the 147.030 Mhz machine.  The PL tone for FM is the same which is 123.0 please make sure you have your PL on for both TRANSMIT AND RECEIVED.   If you have it on only the transmit side you will hear the digital noise coming though your speaker.

Please send feedback here:   TC@w3kwh.com

Please send your feedback both good and bad to the Technical Committee email address listed above.   Both Karl and Christine will be watch this email list to see how our members and friends like the two meter side being digital.  This test will go from now till 7:00 PM Saturday 12-22-2018 when the Kenwood repeater will be hooked up again.  Sorry for the short test but the QCWA needs the Echolink system to be working. Also during this time ECHOLINK will be down since that will only though the Kenwood repeater.

If this test is successful the technical committee will be working on making this an permanent set up. We have some work to do on that front to keep Echolink working also. So please send in your feedback.


Mosley Antenna Now Open For Use

Karl, WA3VXJ make the first contact with KT1H on our new Mosley antenna,  and with that it is now officially open for use.  Thanks for all those that help getting this antenna off the ground. 

Now Play Nice!

Special thanks to all those that braved the very cold tower raising party.   Without the help of these active members this antenna wold be still sitting on the ground…

  • WA3VXJ, Karl P.
  • WB3AGB, Joe F.
  • N3PSP, Tim B.
  • W3SVJ, Nate F.
  • KA3YNO, Walt A.
  • WA3FWA, Joe M.
  • WA3BKD, Art M.

Also helping with the old tower removal and all the other tower climbing he did.

  • KB3PJW Matt D.

Mosley Tower Raising Photos

On Dec 10, 2018 the Steel City radio club got a new radio antenna and tower. The Mosley  PRO-67-C-3 was install beside the club house and here are the photo from that tower raising.

If you have more pictures please send them to Christine, N3LRG

Mosley Antenna & Usage Policy

As you know by now the tower raising the antenna mount party will be this Monday morning starting at 8:00 AM.  If you are free all club members are encouraged to help out with the raising.  We have several project plan for that day while the crane is in place.

  1.  Raise the new tower next to the building.
  2. Mount the Mosley antenna to the new tower.
  3. Remove the old UHF repeater antenna.
  4. Relocate the antenna mount to the other side of the tower.
  5. Mount the new UHF antenna to the new location.
  6. And if time permits remount the 2m beam antenna to the VHF tower

Just an reminder do to the popularity of this new major antenna lets go over the radio usage policy again:

  1. Local users aways get first choice of any radio and any antenna. – If you want to make sure you get to use a radio or antenna come up to the club house.
  2. All members should share the club equipment – Nobody should hog all the usage.
  3. Members using the remote’s should always check the security camera’s –  On the members only page before turning on the remote.  Just in case there is an local user at the club house using the radio’s.
  4. Local users do have the right to shut down the remote – But please play nice.  If you drive up to the club and there an remote user using the radio. Grab control of the mouse and open up NOTEPAD and write an note to let the remote user finish their contact.
  5. Remote and Local users should always confirm – They are hook up to an antenna before transmitting.  Listen before you talk!

If we all share everyone will get a chance to try out the new antenna…

Frequency, MHz
28, 24, 21, 18, 14, 10, 7
Power Rating, watts CW
Power Rating, watts SSB
Power Rating, AM/FM
Power Rating, RTTY/AMTOR
VSWR at frequency
1.0/1 to 1.6/1
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 10 m
9.3 / 4
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 12 m
8.3 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 15 m
8.3 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 17 m
8.3 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 20 m
8.2 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 30 m
0.0 / 1
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 40 m
6.8 / 3
Boom Length
24 ft / 7.32 m
Maximum Element Length
43.75 ft / 13.34 m
Turning Radius
23.67 ft / 7.21 m
Mast Mount Hardware (equipped)
2 in / 5.08 cm
Assembled Weight
145 lbs / 65.77 kg
Wind Surface Area
12.1 sq ft / 1.12 sq m


Hamshack Hotline – Now on Line

Steel City ARC  is now online with Hamshack Hotline
Feel Free to give the club a call:

Call 4547 for the Club House
Call 4591 for the Repeater Hut

Join Us On the Conference Bridge:

Western PA Area conference bridge at 337 with no pin needed
Steel City Private Bridge: 339 See membership page for pins

Check out the WESTERN PA Conference Bridge on
Tuesday Nights around 7:30 PM

Karl and myself have each purchase an Cisco Voice Over IP phone from Ebay/Amazon.  We then got them sign up for telephone numbers from the Hamshack Hotline group.  Hamshack Hotline {“HH”} is a private telephone network for Hams by Ham Radio Operators.  You must be an ham radio operator to get assign for an HH telephone number.  There is a strictly non-commercial use clause in the operating rules, so you will never get any telemarketers or political call on this phone service.  The best part of all this is that it is total free.  Yes, you have to buy an telephone but there no monthly cost involved in this phone service.  You can call another ham directly leave a voicemail or even join a conference call with others hams.   HH was created with the thinking of ECOMM use.  It make a great back up device for emergency communications.  It works where ever you have Internet all you need is a cable, fiber, or even over an Internet mesh network.  People that have gotten and Cisco wifi adapters for the phone and have them work over their car Internet hot spots. Other people have been hooking up their repeaters to HH to let them talk on the air.

If you are interested in the Hamshack Hotline reach out to Karl, WA3VXJ or Christine, N3LRG to find where to purchase the refurbished Cisco IP Phone.   We have purchase them from Amazon and Ebay and both have worked and they have cost from $20 to $30. Please make sure you reach out to the sellers to make sure the phones are unlocked.   Since most home internet routers are not “Power over Ethernet” you will need to pick up an AC adapter or an “Power over Ethernet” injector.  The current acceptable phone models are Cisco SPA-303, SPA-504, SPA-525.  You can also get the Cisco IP Adapter SPA-112 which is an adapter that lets you use any current touch tone phone on the HH network.

Give us a call at the Steel City club house on the Hamshack Hotline phone number # 4547

For more information:

Ham Shack Hotline Homepage:

Here is an video where they are talking about the Hamshack Hotline.

10-Meter Contest – Dec 8-9th

Objective: For Amateurs worldwide to exchange QSO information with as many stations as possible on the 10 meter band.

Dates: Second full weekend of December. Starts 0000 UTC Saturday; runs through 2359 UTC Sunday (December 8-9, 2018)

Bands and Modes: 10 meters only. SSB and CW only.

Contest Exchange:
W/VE stations (including Hawaii and Alaska) send RS(T) and state or province (District of Columbia stations send signal report and DC).

DX stations (including KH2, KP4, etc) send RS(T) & sequential serial number starting with 001.

Mexican stations transmit RS(T) and their state.

Maritime mobile stations send RS(T) and ITU Region (R1, R2 or R3).

Scoring: QSO points:
Two points for each complete two-way phone QSO.
Four points for each two-way CW QSO.

Edmund Fitzgerald – QSL certificate


View Cert – Click Here: http://w3kwh.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/W3KWH.pdf

Dear Amateur Radio Operator,
TNX for being part of the WØJH “Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” Split Rock Lighthouse Special Event! Attached is the QSL certificate you requested for our November 2-4, 2018 event.
TNX again for your contact with WØJH Special Event Station; we hope you can join us again!
Dave Glas (WØOXB)
Special Events Chair & Past President
Stillwater Amateur Radio Association (SARA)
P.S. February 16-18, 2019, we’ll be operating another special event; this time from one of Minnesota’s frozen lakes! Look for SARA’s “Ice Station WØJH” Special Event. Times and frequencies will be posted onQRZ.com (under WØJH), the SARA and ARRL web sites under Special Events and in the Feb. issue of “QST”. 

Spaceflight’s SSO-A…An Amateur Radio Satellite Bonanza

SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base has no fewer than seventeen Amateur Radio satellite payloads.  A list of the known Amateur Radio missions, websites and their downlink frequencies is as  follows. Which is currently scheduled for Dec 2, 2018.

From the SSO-A Website

We’re launching our first fully dedicated rideshare mission, dubbed SSO-A SmallSat Express, later this year aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 out of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Not only does it represent the company’s first purchase of an entire Falcon 9 to accommodate the growing number of customers seeking affordable rideshare options to launch their spacecraft into orbit, it’s also an historic launch:

It’s the largest single rideshare mission from a US-based launch vehicle to date.

Spaceflight has contracted with 64 spacecraft from 34 different organizations for the mission to a Sun-Synchronous Low Earth Orbit. It includes 15 microsats and 49 cubesats from both commercial and government entities, of which more than 25 are from international organizations from 17 countries, including United States, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Poland, Canada, Brazil, and India.

Downlink 437.250 MHz


Downlink on 437.00MHz and a transponder Uplink on 1263.500MHz
have been coordinated. A revised downlink frequency of 145.895 MHz has been coordinated for FM voice and 1k2/4k8 BPSK telemetry. The ESA has released a video of the satellite’s development:


Downlink 145.900 MHz for FM repeater 67 Hz and digipeater downlink and for telemetry and 435.340 MHz for repeater and digipeater uplink

Fox 1C (Fox 1Cliff)

Downlink 145.920 MHz for FM voice and  DUV data and Uplinks on 435.300 and 1267.300 MHz


Downlink 145.840 MHz and transponder downlink passband on 145.855-145.875 MHz with an inverting uplink on 435.100 – 435.120 MHz


Downlink TLM beacon 435.835 MHz, FM Repeater 436.225 MHz Data 2404.000 MHz. FM Repeater Uplink 145.980 MHz


Downlink 435.635 MHz


Downlink 437.450 MHz


Downlink 145.860 MHz and 2400.150 MHz


Downlink 437.250 MHz


To avoid a frequency clash with another mission, a revised downlink
frequency of 145.950 MHz has been coordinated for 9k6 BPSK


Downlink 435.275 MHz


Downlink 437.150 MHz (A) and 437.475 MHz (B)


Downlink 437.275 MHz has been coordinated


Downlink 437.625 MHz and 2402 MHz


Downlink 437.775 MHz and 2410 MHz


Downlink 437.425 MHz

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information.]

ATV – Fast-Scan Amateur Television

ATV base station block diagram

From the ARRL website….


Amateur Television is a great way to combine ham radio with other hobbies, such as RC model airplanes and model rocketry.  Amateur Radio can be used to send video from a remote camera back to the operator over long distances, provided the path is line of sight. For information on other ways to work with images over radio, check the Image Modes page.


 Amateur Television from Model Planes and Rockets 
Joe Bottiglieri, AA1GW, QST Sept. 2000, pp. 41-44

 An Introduction to Amateur Television – Part 1
QST April 1993, pp. 19-23

 An Introduction to Amateur Television – Part 2 
QST May 1993, pp. 43-47
The basic ATV Station

An Introduction to Amateur Television – Part 3
QST June 1993, pp. 35-41

DVB-T A Solution for ARES Television Operations
QST June 2015 pp. 42-44