Hex Beam down for repair

Special thanks goes to new members Mich and Bill and their amazing truck at helping us take down the broke Hex Beam on the far tower. It was first quite a task getting it off the tower and a even bigger task of just lowering it down since it was tangle with the tower.   All parts have been separated out and examine we do have 2 broken fiberglass segments.

Also using another one of Mick’s truck to work on the 440 repeater tower.  We had to restrung the wire rope the proper way and mange to get the antenna about 10 ft higher. I seem to be getting out even better now.

An Evening with SDRPlay {British Time}

Ham Radio Network is a UK club and are hosting an evening with Andy Carpenter from SDRPlay.  Andy has a close affiliation with Ham Radio Network and his previous talks always attract large audience numbers which engage with him as he explains the range of SDRPlay devices, SDRUno software developments and plugins to enhance the user experience.  The evening will end with a direct Q & A with Andy so users can ask specific questions they may have.

FYI The SCARC has an SDRplay 2 which we want to find a good use for

Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 2 PM EST – 4 PM EST
Price: Free · Duration: 2 hr

Access to the Zoom online meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/5249312563
Zoom ID: 524 931 2563

March 16th Business Meeting

The March 16th business meeting will be held via Zoom. The survey results have been posted below. It will be helded at 7:30 PM and look for the Zoom invite on morning of the 16th. Note: We are still looking at having business meeting at the club house in April it might need to be helded on a weekend afternoon since it will be outside. 

New members should make sure their applications are into Art, WA3BKD so that you have your readings.  wa3bks [at} gmail [dit] com

Guest that wanted to be invited into the club that havent done so yet should make sure Christine, N3LRG have your email address to get the invite. n3lrg {at} w3kwh {dit} com

HamSCI Workshop 2021: Midlatitude Science

Come join HamSCI at its fourth annual workshop! Due to restrictions caused by COVID-19, this year’s workshop will he held as a free virtual workshop.  The meeting will take place March 19-20, 2021 using Zoom hosted by The University of Scranton in Scranton, PA  and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The primary objective of the HamSCI workshop is to bring together the amateur radio community and professional scientists. The theme of the 2021 HamSCI Workshop is midlatitude ionospheric science. Invited speakers include Dr. J. Michael Ruohoniemi, Virginia Tech Professor and Principal Investigator of the Virginia Tech SuperDARN Initiative, and Joe Dzekevich K1YOW, an amateur radio citizen scientist who recently published his work in CQ Magazine. Dr. Elizabeth Bruton of the Science Museum of London will be the Keynote Speaker.

This workshop will also serve as a team meeting for the HamSCI Personal Space Weather Station project, an NSF-funded project to develop a citizen science instrument for studying space weather from your backyard. The PSWS is led by the University of Scranton, and includes participation from TAPR, Case Western Reserve University/W8EDU, the University of Alabama, the New Jersey Institute of Technology CSTR, MIT Haystack Observatory, Dartmouth College, and the amateur radio community at large.

For more information on the event: https://hamsci.org/hamsci2021

Preservation of 250 kW VOA Transmitter

From the ARRL Website

With the former Voice of America Delano relay site in Central California scheduled for eventual demolition for resale, the Collins Collectors Association (CCA), in association with the Antique Wireless Association (AWA), came up with a plan in 2014 (working, among others, with past ARRL Midwestern Division Director Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, a former Collins engineer), to retrieve one of the Collins 821A-1 250 kW HF transmitters from the site and put it on display at the AWA museum in Bloomfield, New York.

The Delano site, known as DL-8, went on the air in 1944 with a 170-foot rhombic antenna. The Collins 821 A-1 transmitter was autotuned and could shift frequencies between 3.95 and 26.5 MHz in 20 seconds. The transmitter and its associated components represent serious heavy metal. The Delano site, now owned by the General Services Administration (GSA), remains with antennas still standing and buildings in place and demolition on hold, because it was discovered to be the habitat for an endangered species of shrew.

video presentation featuring Dennis Kidder, W6DQ, describes and illustrates the entire removal and relocation effort and offers some background on the VOA. On the continental US, the only remaining VOA site is the Edward R. Murrow Greenville Transmitting Site in North Carolina.

Parks on the Air – Presentation

Here is a chance to learn to have some fun outside while operating your ham radio. While also letting your fellow ham operators chase you as you explore our natural resources of our park system.  Curtis Turner, KB3CMT gave this great presentation during our Wednesday night social meeting.

And stay tune for this summer road trip when the Steel City club takes to the Parks operating “Parks on the Air”

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Steel City Winter Wonderland

February 2021

Skywarn Training Sessions

The United States is the most severe weather prone country in the world. Each year, people in this country cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,200 tornadoes, and two land falling hurricanes. Approximately 90% of all presidential declared disasters are weather-related, causing around 500 deaths each year and nearly $14 billion in damage.

 


There will be two Basic Skywarn webinars on March 1st and March 17 at 6:30 pm. Pre-registration is required:

March 1sthttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/305572286314185487

March 17th https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6124954180087632651

Also, there is an Advanced Skywarn class on Zoom from the State College NWS office: https://youtu.be/13n_P6LVg68. After you take the class, please let me know and I will forward your attendance to the Pittsburgh NWS for proper credit. The Pittsburgh and State College NWS offices reciprocate with regard to Skywarn training.

To aid you in your studies, I recommend downloading the Skywarn Spotter Field guide: https://www.weather.gov/media/owlie/SGJune6-11(1).pdf

There is a River Ice Observer class as well. Please contact Eddie, KB3YRU, Fayette County EC for the link to take the class: fayette@wpa-arrl.org.


The bi-weekly Skywarn meeting will take place via
Zoom this Saturday 2/20 at 10 am:

Topic: SKYWARN Emergency Management Meeting
Time: Feb 20, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting  <<– Click here to launch the Zoom Apt 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84664922570?pwd=Z2FRdkpnVnB4RnAxcnUwWTkra1AwUT09

Meeting ID: 846 6492 2570
Passcode: 106194

Dial by your location
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Meeting ID: 846 6492 2570
Passcode: 106194
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kciaCx7T3v

Field Day 2021 – Rules Update

Steel City Members – Save The Date – June 26-27

The COVID-19 pandemic-modified ARRL Field Day rules from 2020 will continue this June with the addition of a power limit imposed on Class D (Home Stations) and Class E (Home Stations-Emergency Power) participants. The news from the ARRL Board’s Programs and Services Committee comes as many clubs and groups are starting preparations for Field Day in earnest. Field Day 2021 will take place June 26 – 27.

“This early decision should alleviate any hesitancy that radio clubs and individual Field Day participants may have with their planning for the event,” said ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE.

For Field Day 2021:

  • Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points. This year, however, Class D and Class E stations will be limited to 150 W PEP output.
  • An aggregate club score will be published — just as it was done last year. The aggregate score will be a sum of all individual entries that attributed their score to that of a specific club.

ARRL Field Day is one of the biggest events on the amateur radio calendar. Last summer, a record 10,213 entries were received.

“With the greater flexibility afforded by the rules waivers, individuals and groups will still be able to participate in Field Day, while still staying within any public health recommendations and/or requirements,” Bourque said.

The preferred method of submitting entries after Field Day is via the web applet. The ARRL Field Day rules include instructions on how to submit entries, which must be submitted or postmarked by Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

The ARRL Field Day web page contains for complete rules and entry forms, as well as any updated information as it becomes available. Join the ARRL Field Day Facebook page.