Winter 2020 Classic Exchange

Winter 2020 Classic Exchange (CX) Rules
CW Sunday Jan 12 1400Z to Jan 13 0800Z Tuesday Jan 14 1400Z to Jan 15 0800Z
Phone Sunday Feb 9 1400Z to Feb 10 0800Z Tuesday Feb 11 1400Z to Feb 12 0800Z
Bands 160-80-40-20-15-10-6-2
Modes CW, AM, SSB
Power Keep it legal…..
The CX is a no-pressure contest celebrating the older commercial and Home Brew equipment that was the pride and joy of ham shacks many decades ago. The object is to encourage restoration, operation and enjoyment of this older Classic equipment.
You need not operate a Classic rig to participate in the CX. You may use any rig in the contest although new gear is a distinct scoring disadvantage as your multipliers are directly related to the age of the equipment you use! However, you can still work the “great ones” with modern equipment.
There are two (2) entry categories per mode: ►Three or fewer receiver-transmitter pairs ►Four or more receiver-transmitter pairs.
Each CX event has bonus points. Details in the Bonus section!
There will be CX recognition for high scores in AM, SSB, and CW as well as overall.

RemoteHams now on TS-2000

The TS-2000 remote station is now on RemoteHams but still can be operated using TightVnc. With RemoteHams there is no need to use Skype for the audio link and RemoteHams can be downloaded on your Android phone or tablet. The service is free for computer use but there is a one time fee of $10.00 for the phone App. There will be a demo at the club in the beginning of January 2020 but in the mean time you can download RemoteHams Client on your computer to give it a try. We have to install a new hard drive in the TS-2000 computer between the holidays but the Greene County remote is still running under WA3VXJ call sign. Once you get the Client software running and search W3KWH or WA3VXJ and ask permission to use remote comes on your screen we will go into the software and give you permission. No need to take your laptop with you on a trip because the cell phone APP works great.

 

Today in History: December 12

1901: First radio transmission is sent across the Atlantic
Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi (L) and his assistant, George Kemp received a message sent from Poldhu, England, at Signal Hill, St. John’s, Canada. The transmission message was the Morse code signal for the letter “s.”

QUARTER CENTURY WIRELESS MEETING

The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019. This is the second Saturday in December in order to avoid a scheduling conflict with the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society. The doors will be open at Noon and we start shortly thereafter. We will be returning to our previous venue of:

Rocky’s Bar and Grill
1562 Island Ave.
McKees Rocks, PA

As usual, solicitations are made for presentations with a bribe of a free lunch. Volunteers can contact President Jack Buzon, KA3HPM, ahead of time for agenda sequencing. We will be accepting volunteers and nominations for 2020 Officer positions and voting on them at this meeting. Also, note that dues are payable in cash, check, money orders, or negotiable securities in December.

Please note, too, the Fleming Park Bridge is now open which should make life easier for those coming in from the north and west.

Nate Firestone W3SVJ

BLAW-KNOX ANTENNAS

On March 12, 1906 Blaw Collapsible Steel Centering Company was formed in New Jersey to manufacture and market re-usable steel forms for molding concrete in heavy construction. The initial product line of the Blaw company was based on the patented invention of Jacob B. Blaw of Philadelphia. This invention was for a better way to set the concrete for the sewers than by means of the wooden forms normally used for such work.
In 1909 Luther Knox and Irvin F. Lehman became associated in the establishment of the Knox Pressed and Welded Steel Co. Luther Knox pioneered the use of pressed and welded steel, in place of previously used non-ferrous castings, for the manufacture of water-cooled equipment for open hearth furnaces and for other high temperature applications.
The Blaw-Knox Company name was adopted July 6, 1917, marking the merger of Blaw Steel Construction Company with the Knox Pressed and Welded Steel Company. This merger introduced the company to the steel industry and also brought together the three Lehman brothers into one business firm.
In 1927 the company added radio towers to its products.
During its growth years Blaw-Knox acquired a number of companies. In 1929 A.W. French & Company became part of Blaw-Knox. This was a factor in eventually establishing a complete package of road-building equipment. Blaw-Knox is now a brand name of this equipment and is now part of Ingersoll-Rand.
Blaw-Knox experienced less growth during the years of the Great Depression, but stayed in the black. The company was also involved in the manufacture of many products to support the efforts in WWII, such as: cast armor for naval vessels, turrets for tanks, anti-aircraft Bofors* gun mounts, Naval gun slides and mounts, rockets, projectiles, torpedo launching equipment and the operation of a 16-inch shell line, to name only a few. For it’s excellence in the war effort, Blaw-Knox won seven Army-Navy “E” awards with 16 stars.
The company served four basic market categories: (1) the metallurgical industries; (2) chemical process and nuclear industries; (3) public service industries; and (4) public works and highway construction industries. —
*Bofors is a Swedish company.
One more note of interest is that Blaw-Knox built one of its early manufacturing facilities in Hoboken, PA. The town was renamed Blawnox, PA and is located next to Pittsburgh. (I was born in Hoboken, NJ)

The above information was obtained from a 28 page booklet, published in 1957 entitled: “Blaw-Knox Growth Through Invention And Enterprise,” which is the text of an address, given by W. Cordes Snyder, Jr., who was president of the Blaw-Knox company of Pittsburgh, PA. at the time.

In early 1933, WLW began construction of a new 500,000 watt superpower facility at Mason, Ohio after approval of the Federal Radio Commission. RCA supplied the 500KW transmitter. A new 831 foot, half wave, end-fed, Blaw-Knox double diamond-shaped vertical antenna weighing 136 tons was erected for the small sum (in today’s dollars) of $46,000. The wider, middle of the tower structure is 35 ft. square. A concrete lined pond was built in front of the transmitter building for transmitter cooling. Water was pumped through specially designed water cooled tubes, and was then sprayed into the air by fountains, returning back into the pond.

BUM O’ MONTH

October 14th Monday at noon stop by to break bread at Rockies Bar and Grill on 1562 Island Ave, McKees Rocks, PA 15136.  Plenty of good conversation from aircraft, military and maybe even amateur radio. HI HI  Also join us on our weekly Net on 147.03 Sundays at 8:30 am.  Part of the QCWA Chapter6 group everyone welcome!!