The Tuesday February 19th business meeting of the Steel City Amateur Radio Club will be held at Alexion’s Bar & Grill rain or shine !! Alexion’s is located on 141 Hawthorne Street off of Noblestown road between Carnegie and Greentree. The entrance onto Hawthorne Street off of Noblestown Road is across from Chartiers Cemetry. The meeting will start at 8:00 PM and you can arrive anytime before hand and enjoy a selection from the menu or your favorite beverage. Alexion’s is located by the Rook rail yard of the W&LE railroad. 

Home Page & Menu: http://alexions.com/

Google Map Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/X8sfFkH86S52


The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on Saturday, December 8.  This is the second Saturday in December in order to avoid a scheduling conflict with the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society.  The doors open at Noon and we start shortly thereafter. We will be returning to our previous venue of:

Rocky’s Bar and Grill                   Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/Pmgof9sV9X42
1562 Island Ave.
McKees Rocks, PA

As usual, solicitations are made for presentations with a bribe of a free lunch. Volunteers please contact President Jack Buzon, KA3HPM, ahead of time for agenda sequencing.  So far, our meeting agenda will include the election of nominated officers for 2019, breaking bread, and swapping stories.  Our outrageous five dollar annual dues are due by cash, check, or negotiable securities. Please note the Fleming Park Bridge is out and access to Rocky’s can be had via Route 51 out of Coraopolis or Island Avenue out of McKees Rocks. 

Nate Firestone W3SVJ
Chapter Secretary

Hamshack Hotline

HAMSHACK HOTLINE       https://hamshackhotline.com                                                   This would be a nice addition to our E-Comm station and get other clubs in the area to get involved to have a back up system if the radio system is busy. Faxing and video can be used over the IP phone also.
Karl, WA3VXJ

About Hamshack Hotline

Hamshack Hotline (HH) is a FREE dedicated voip telecom service for the Ham R to radio community. Typically, phones are established in hamshacks, EOCs, Clubs & club members, ARES, and other Ham related areas and functions. It is not the intention of HH to replace traffic carried over radio in an emergency or other tactical operation, but rather to augment it, by offloading managerial tactical operations and providing a full duplex path for such communications when spectrum is occupied, conditions diminished, or otherwise unavailable. HH also supports FAXing of information (with appropriate equipment) which allows tactical offices to share documents & data between tactical locations. In a non-tactical use, HH is an effective resource for off-air troubleshooting when you need to coordinate a troubleshoot of a radio circuit off-air and between multiple SMEs. In addition to all this, conference bridges on the HH network allow large groups of Hams to coordinate & meet in real time anywhere in the world.
Getting on board HH is easy! Just acquire a supported SIP capable phone (our network prefers to register hardware phones first), and open a ticket once you have your phone. If you have one of the phones on our supported hardware list, then also include a picture of the Phone’s MAC address for super easy provisioning.

Steel City Involvement:

Beside members getting a handset Steel City could purchase extra handset for the Allegheny EOC, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, the National Weather Service and we can make them available to local clubs also.   If you look at the map below you can see the country is pretty well covered already except for the Western PA area.   Steel City can lead the way with this build out.  For example last SETI drill Skyview 5 Mhz set up failed and Steel City had to take over net control.  With Hamshack Hotline we could continue having a speakerphone connection with Skyviewv clubhouse  and the person in charge of the drill.  This system would work over an digital mesh network that has been brought up several times. There even examples of being able to tie the phone connection to a club repeater network.
Christine, N3LRG

For more information: https://hamshackhotline.com/

Edmund Fitzgerald

WØJH Special Event November 2-4, 2018

November 10th of this year will be the 43rd anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald with the loss of her entire 29 man crew. We will be operating from the state park grounds of Split Rock Lighthouse in Minnesota (ARLHS USA-783; Grid Square EN47). The Fitz passed Split Rock Lighthouse on her final voyage.

Listen to the Coast Guard Transmission that evening.


2 NOVEMBER an ISS contact to school has been planned with participants at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, Palmer, MA (USA) !
The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:50 UTC.
The contact will be direct between NA1SS and KB1MDS.
The contact should be audible over the state of Massachusetts (USA ) and adjacent areas.
Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink.
The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
73 de IW2BSF – Rudy Parisio