Byrd Antarctic Expedition Morse Key

ARRL has received from Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO, the donation of a Kilbourne & Clark Morse key that the late Howard Mason (1ID, 7BU, and K7QB) used to let the world know that Rear Admiral Richard Byrd and his crew had overflown the South Pole for the first time during Byrd’s 1928 – 1930 Antarctic expedition. Mason and his 80 colleagues were awarded Congressional Gold Medals for their efforts in establishing the Antarctic outpost “Little America,” the first of a series of bases bearing that name.

Read the full article at the ARRL website

Geostationary “Phase 4” Satellite

Es’HailSat-2 with two geostationary “Phase 4” amateur radio transponders The Qatar Amateur Radio Society has presented to Es’ Hailsat, the Qatar Satellite Company, a concept and specification for an amateur radio payload on the new geostationary communication satellite Es’HailSat- 2 presented. Based on this specification, Es’ Hailsat announced that amateur radio transponders will be on board.

Es’HailSat-2 will have a 250 kHz wide linear transponder for conventional analogue operation as well as an 8 MHz transponder for experimental digital modulation modes and DVB-ATV.

The exact uplink and downlink frequencies are not yet finalized. However, it is clear that the uplink in the range 2.400 to 2.450 GHz and the downlink in the range 10.450 to 10.500 GHz will be within the respective amateur radio assignments. The antennas of both transponders will have large aperture angles, so that the maximum possible area, ie about one third of the earth’s surface, is covered.

Exact technical parameters will be set within the next few months. It is expected that only a relatively simple station equipment is required for operation over this satellite.

This groundbreaking project will trigger a phase of new, exciting amateur radio activity. The technical expertise is provided by a team of radio amateurs led by Peter Gülzow (DB2OS, AMSAT-DL President).

For More Information Click Here for the AMSAT-DL website

“Sorry guys it will be station over Europe” “
“Also sorry for the English it was translated from German”

KQV-AM radio back on air

A month after Pittsburgh’s oldest all-news radio station went dark, KQV-AM has been snapped up by a new owner, pending approval by federal regulators.

Broadcast Communications Inc. — which owns several AM and FM stations in Western Pennsylvania — has agreed to buy the dormant station from Calvary Inc. for $55,000, free and clear of debt, Federal Communication Commission records show.

The final transaction hinges on the FCC’s approval.
KQV, whose roots dated to 1919, went off the air Jan. 1.

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Introducing Remote 3 – SDR Play

UPDATE: Today the Remote 3 computer was move out to the communication hut.  A separate dipole antenna that was donated by Karl WA3VXJ that was add to the repeater tower which is on antenna “A” input, and for antenna “B” input we have it hooked to the old Diamond repeater antenna.  The remote is now separated from any of the club house antennas. 

Since we replace the computer that was hooked up to the Remote 1 station that free up the old computer. While we were having issues with the ports on that old computer the computer itself had not died yet.  So the IT group decided to keep in functioning until it dies completely.  We have move the SDRPlay to the old computer and rename the computer to Remote 3.  It is using the same Teamviewer ID for the old remote 1 station and the only thing you need to do is click on “Communicate” and make sure “Computer Sounds” is checked.  Like you can see in the below picture.

Skywarn Class for Allegheny County.

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.

Here is a link to the NWS page to register for the Skywarn class for Allegheny County.
Lloyd KA3MSE

Remote 1 – Update’s Done

Hello Members,

The computer for Remote 1 has been update and now open for members use.  The Skype name stayed the same but the Teamviewer ID did change.  Operations is the same as before we still need to add some programs to the computer like FT-8 & SSTV.  If you didn’t make it up to the club house this past Wednesday and need the new Teamviewer sooner please email Karl or Christine.