BUM OF THE MONTH

The BUM luncheon will be Monday 9/14/2020 at noon at the usual venue Jabby Joes Island Ave Mckees Rocks. I called Jabby Joe’s regarding the Bum o’ the Month luncheon and Sue says they’re open with limited capacity.   The max she can put in one group with tables put together is eight.   More than that would have to be at separate tables or outside.

For the  Chapter 6 QCWA members, the Fall quarterly meeting has been canceled, and the scheduling of the Winter meeting will be determined later in the year.

 

BUM OF THE MONTH

The BUM OF THE MONTH will continue tomorrow June 7 at noon at Jabby Joe’s Bar & grill in Mckees Rocks. You will need a mask to enter and the entrance will be on the street side instead of the usual rear entrance.

Hamvention QSO Party

The Dayton Hamvention for 2020 has been cancelled. WWROF, in cooperation with the Hamvention organizers, wanted to create a fun way for people to celebrate the Hamvention experience over the air – the Hamvention QSO Party.

In memory of Ron, W8ILC, who became a silent key just two days after the Hamvention 2020 cancellation announcement. Ron had attended every Hamvention since the beginning.

This is a 12 hour fun event on Saturday of Hamvention May 16, 2020.

Object: To celebrate the Dayton Hamvention by working as many Amateur stations as possible during the QSO Party period.

Contest period: 8 AM to 8 PM EDST (1200 to 2400 UTC), May 16, 2020

Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters CW and SSB – You can work the same station once per band mode (12 QSOs possible with same station).

Exchange: Signal report and first year you attended Hamvention. If you have never attended Hamvention send “2020”.

Entry Categories: Only single operator entries – you may use assistance such as the cluster and the reverse beacon network (RBN). No self-spotting.

There are three power levels:

  • QRP – no more than 5 watts
  • Low Power – No more than 100 watts
  • High Power – no more than 1500 watts.

Scoring: Score is number of QSOs + bonus points = final score. There are no multipliers.

Special bonus points:

W8BI, the club call of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA is the host of Hamvention), will be activated by DARA members from their home stations. You can add 10 points for each band/mode QSO with W8BI (12 available). You can earn up to 120 bonus points (this is like having 120 additional QSOs).

To Enter: Post your score at 3830scores.com within 5 days of the event (May 21, 2020). No logs are required.

Awards: An electronic participation certificate will be available to all stations that post a score before the deadline. Send an email to k3lr@k3lr.com to request your certificate.

WLS RADIO 890 KC

The Sears & Roebuck Co. founded WLS ( WORLDS LARGEST STORE) on April 12,1924. In 1938, the station’s transmitter was moved to Tinley Park, Illinois In 1931 and the station’s power was increased from 5,000 watts to 50,000 watts using a RCA 50 kw transmitter.

The 50F even had a door that you could walk through to get into the transmitter from the front. Here, the door to the power supply section is open.

Transmitter site Tinley Park, Illinois

Ralph Beaudin was the station’s president and general manager, and oversaw the station’s transformation into a rock and roll / top 40 station.Sam Holman was the station’s program director and an afternoon DJ. Beaudin and Holman were both brought in from KQV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Could of been our own Joe WB3AGB !

The station also experimented successfully in many forms of news broadcasting, including weather and crop reports. Its most famous news broadcast was the eyewitness report of the Hindenburg disaster by Herbert Morrison. Morrison and engineer Charles Nehlsen had been sent to New Jersey by WLS to cover the arrival of the Hindenburg for delayed broadcast. Their recordings aired the next day on May 7, 1937, the first time that recordings of a news event were ever broadcast.

Herbert Morrison born May 14th, Connellsville, Pa. In 1905 best known for his dramatic report of the Hindenburg disaster, a catastrophic fire that destroyed the LZ 129 Hindenburg zeppelin on May 6, 1937, killing 36 people.Morrison served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and became a radio reporter and the first news director at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. He ran for Congress three times as a Pennsylvania Republican during  the 1950s.

 

1190 AM WOWO Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Fred Zieg had been searching for a way to promote the sale of Dayfan radios, one of the product lines sold at his store, Main Auto Supply. When Ross convinced him that for a mere $150 he could build a radio station above his store, WOWO was born.”

YOU CAN BE SURE!!!

1954:
WOWO’s licensed power is increased to 50,000 watts (as powerful at any station in U.S.) on February 1, 1954. Transmitter site on U.S. 24 near Roanoke, Indiana with new Westinghouse HG50 transmitter. It beamed its signal north, south and east at night to avoid interfering with stations in the western United States .

WWVA WHEELING, WVA

It was 2 am on a cold and wintry 13th of December in 1926 when electronics wizard John Stroebel threw the switch that sent power surging through the tiny, home-built 50 watt transmitter set up in the basement of his Wheeling, West Virginia home. Upstairs, from the Stroebel parlor, that first WWVA broadcast crackled triumphantly over the air waves, while crystal set owners patiently endured noisy static to listen to that initial history-making radio transmission.

WWVA launched the new year and the new decade of 1950 with a significant change in programming. On January 2nd, the station began 24 hour operation, its strong nighttime signal now carrying all through the night to the millions of WWVA listeners throughout the Northeast and Canada.

 

The Green Bank Telescope

UPDATE – Currently closed to the public.

Scientists come from around the world to use the Green Bank Telescope, because it is the most accurate, versatile, large dish radio telescope in the world. Its suite of receivers covers 100 MHz to 100 GHz in frequencies, its processors can spot nanosecond timing differences in data, and it observes under radio-quiet skies. The Green Bank Telescope can be used to do chemistry, physics, radar receiving, and astronomy and has no equal in the world.

With spring and summer around the corner it would be a good time to visit Greenbank and nearby is Cass Railroad. The Snowshoe resort offers very reasonable rates in the summer after the skiing season plus there are motels and B & B’s in the area. Greenbank is an easy and scenic drive from Pittsburgh approximately 4 hours.

AREDN

Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network

AREDN (Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network) was an outgrowth of the ARRL working group on High-Speed Multimedia (HSMM). It has evolved over the past 10-12 years from its first implementation by Broadband Hamnet (BBHN). Over the years the AREDN Project has developed software support for nearly 70 commercial wireless routers—moving them from their Part 15 allocation into adjacent Part 97 allocations in the .9, 2, 3, and 5 GHz bands—providing an inexpensive and easy way for hams to implement high-speed (up to 144 Mbps) data networks in support of Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs), Non-governmental Agencies (NGOs) and first responders. The project has twice been recognized by the league for the significance of its achievements by awarding the Project the ARRL Microwave Development Award in 2014 and 2018.

With are hilltop location this could be a viable system for emergency communications if the internet went down. There are 2 hams in the area now using it in the North Hills but other parts of the country have some very extensive systems in place. AREDN can also be used for controlling off site repeaters and remote stations with out relying on the internet. For more info checkout…www.arednmesh.org/

The primary goal of the AREDN® project is to empower licensed amateur radio operators to quickly and easily deploy high-speed data networks when and where they might be needed, as a service both to the hobby and the community. This is especially important in cases when traditional “utility” services (electricity, phone lines, or Internet services) become unavailable. In those cases an off-grid amateur radio emergency data network may be a lifeline for communities impacted by a local disaster.

Costs of devices range from $50 to several hundred dollars for a complete node, so there are many options even for the budget-conscious operator.

It would be nice for are club to implement this in the Pittsburgh area.