Zoom Meeting – Greenbank Telescope Tour

Steel City, Skyview, North Hills, Unv. of Pittsburgh, WACOM
Will all receive their invites via there club email reflectors

We will be hosting another joint club zoom meeting on May 27th at 8:00 PM.  The tour will be provided by Richard Bradley,W4DZC who works at the telescope and develop some of the receivers at the telescope.  To see how sensitive those receivers are there is a sign in the visitor center that ask you to turn off your cell phone since they could still detect it on the planet Saturn even it was in airplane mode.  Members of Steel City, Skyview, and the North Hill amature radio club will receive the invite on Wednesday morning via their club reflectors.  If other clubs in the tristate area which to participate please let N3LRG {at} W3KWH {dit} COM know.

More Information to follow…..

Website: https://greenbankobservatory.org/

Links:

http://www.radio-astronomy.org/

https://public.nrao.edu/telescopes/gbt/

https://dss.gb.nrao.edu/schedule/public

https://greenbankobservatory.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/GB_SciCen_Brochure_2020.red_.pdf

Presenter:
Richard F. Bradley, Ph.D. — W4DZC
—Scientist / Senior Research Engineer (NRAO)
—Research Professor of Astronomy (U. Virginia)
—Visiting Assistant Professor of EE (U. Virginia)
—Radio Science:  Associate Editor

Business Zoom Meeting – This Tuesday 8PM

Attention Members

There will be a business meeting this Tuesday at 8PM via our Zoom Meeting channel.  Check out your email Tuesday morning for the Zoom Invite. The business meeting will be hosted by Richie N3SBF and listed below are the items that will be discussed.

  1. Porch concrete work on hold
  2. New membership committee head
  3. How and When the club house will reopen
  4. How to handle new members

Again the meeting will be held Tuesday at 8PM via Zoom
This will be a members only meeting

WTWW Tour This Wednesday Zoom Meeting


Welcome Skyview Members & Steel City Members & North Hills Members

To the first Joint Zoom Meeting between our clubs. This week meeting is another special tour this time it is the Shortwave Radio Station  WTWW located in Lebanon, Tennessee. This shortwave radio station is run my Ham Radio operators and they several radio related programs that they broadcast like: QSO Radio Show & Ham Nation Live, and Amateur Radio Newsline. They transmit on 5,085 Mhz & 9,475 Mhz.

See Their Website: http://wtww.us/

When:  May 13th at 8:00 PM
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
Meeting Links: SCARC & Skyview emails will be sent via your email reflectors.
                          Other clubs look for the email from your leaders
Programing: WTWW Tour

Not a member of these clubs:  Send a email to N3LRG (AT) W3KWH (DIT) COM
Other WPA clubs wanting to participate let N3LRG know your club reflector.

 


Hello are you missing all your friends up at the club house? Well This Wednesday night at 8:00 PM sharp we will try out our first virtual social meeting. Like our normal social meeting there is no set format  for the meeting just friends getting together to jabber the night away.

This past weekend the technical committee tried out the software and what was suppose to be just a short test but it work so well we used the software for two hours. Doug W3HH show us his shack and how his person SDR radio worked.  Karl WA3VXJ show us some of his old antique radios. The the stories flowed the whole night.  I was able to show off RemoteHams software to the whole group while they were all able to ask questions about how to use it.

This is what the invite will look like – Just click on the link in the message

So you now wondering how to join in on the fun.  First of all there is nothing to install on your computer. All you will have to do is to check your email for the Zoom Meeting Invite which I will be sending out around 7:45 PM Wednesday.  Once you open the email you will just have to click on the link inside the email. This will install a very small program in your browser once that little program is install the Zoom Window will open up and ask for your name.  I would recommend using your First Name and Call Sign. Now the meeting will open up and you should be able to see what is going on.   You will most like need to click on the MICROPHONE icon at the bottom of the screen to turn your microphone on.  The first part of the meeting I will be going over how to use the software.

So what equipment do you need to make this work.  You will need either a Desktop Computer, Laptop, I-Phone, Android Phone, Window or Mac are ok.  The second thing you will need is some sort of microphone plug into your computer. If you have a headset for the remotes that would be perfect for the Zoom Meeting.  Now your computer should have a Webcam {While its not required it is nice to see your face other wise the screen will just show your name} If you have a desktop computer make sure the webcam is plug in. {Dont bother looking to buy one the $40 ones are going for $100 and they are still out of stock.}   Now most laptops have webcams built into them along with a microphone. The webcam is a small hole above the computer screen.  And all I-Phones and Android phone have camera now a day.

Now if you what you show us your shack pictures, an interesting webpage, or your favorite FT-8 program make sure you have those open before you start the Zoom Window.  That way you can click on SHARE THE SCREEN icon at the bottom of your window to select which ever Windows screen you want to share out to the group.  This program has been very interesting in how it lets many people join in on the fun.

MEMBERS: Please make sure your on the [W3KWH Group] email reflector.  The invite will be sent out only via the email reflector from my N3LRG gmail account.

 

No April VE Testing

Let everyone know we will not have a April VE test session. As soon as things start to open up I will need VE people to help out.  It will be a very busy year with a lot of people that want to take their ham radio test.

73
Chris K3PQ

Field Day 2020 — A Time to Adapt

Many individuals and groups organizing events for Field Day 2020 have been contacting ARRL for guidance on how to adapt their planned activities in this unprecedented time of social distancing and uncertainty.

“Due to the unique situation presented this year, this can be an opportunity for you, your club, and/or group to try something new,” ARRL Contest Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, said. “Field Day isn’t about doing things the same way year after year. Use this year to develop and employ a new approach that is in line with the current circumstances.”

Social distancing and state and local requirements very likely will impact just how — and even whether — you are able to participate in Field Day this year. ARRL continues monitoring the coronavirus situation, paying close attention to information and guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If social distancing means that Class A with a 30-member team set up in a city park won’t work this year, then it’s time for a Plan B. Part of the Field Day concept has always been adapting your operation to the situation at hand. At its heart, Field Day is an emergency communication demonstration. Field Day rules are flexible enough to allow individuals and groups to adjust their participation and strategies in a way that still addresses their needs while being fun. Some possibilities:

  • Encourage club members to operate from their home stations on emergency power (Class E).
  • Use the club’s repeater as a means for individual participants to keep in touch during the event.
  • Family members interested in operating Field Day and unable to participate as part of a larger group may want to consider setting up a portable station in the backyard with a temporary antenna.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE:
http://www.arrl.org/news/field-day-2020-a-time-to-adapt

SADRC – San Antonio Digital Radio Club

With the growth of our very own digital network here in western Pennsylvanian I thought it would be good to check what other area of the country are doing for there own digital network.  You can check out the San Antonio Digital Radio Club Sunday nights right here on our very own Keystone-West room #60328 at Sunday nights at 8 pm. They link their network to ours for the net.

Check out their website: https://sadigitalradio.com/sadrc/


The San Antonio Digital Radio Club is a Yaesu fusion based club with members at the ready to take their experiences and help teach others about the wonderful world of digital voice in ham radio. Digital voice has a lot to offer, but can be daunting and convoluted at first glance for new comers. Worry not, for they have been there too. The good thing is, you have fellow digital Elmers here to help where and when they can. Are you just looking to have a QSO? They are here for that too. 73!

SADRC Repeaters:

The repeaters in the group are owned and operated individually. They coordinate and work together to keep the systems linked and operating under the ideals of the SADRC.

  • N8IQT – Primary SADRC Repeater
    • Frequency: 442.750+
    • Mode: Fusion Digital Only
    • Location: Stone Oak
    • Notes:
  • N8IQT – 2M Repeater
    • Frequency: 147.16+
    • Mode: Fusion
    • Location: Stone Oak
    • Notes:
  • AE5JO – MMDVM Dashboard
    • Frequency: 442.5750+
    • Mode: MMDVM, Fusion, DMR, D-Sar
    • Location: Near 35/410
    • Notes:
  • W5NZK
    • Frequency: 441.8125+
    • Mode: Fusion
    • Location: I-35 near Live Oak
    • Notes:

SADRC Digital Networks:

  • Fusion
    • FCS Network: Server 003 Room 46
    • YSF Network: US – SADRC
    • Wires-X: 40324

 

VE Testing Next Wednesday

Update:  This testing session has been cancelled…..

Want to join this wonderful hobby or upgrade to the next license class to get more privileges come up the the club house for our next VE testing sessions..

The testing sessions will be held on the Wednesday March 18th, 2020 after the Steel City Business meeting at 7:00 PM at the Steel City club house. {DIRECTIONS HERE}  Preregistration is highly recommend and will have priority, but walk-in’s will be allowed if space is available. Please read the section below “What To Bring”

PREREGISTRATION STRONG RECOMMEND – WALK-IN’S ALLOWED
To make sure we have enough testing materials on hand, and that you don’t have to wait for us to get ready we are highly recommending that people interested taking the exam preregister.

Got question? Feel free to email and to register?
Chris Grimm,
VE Examiner
K3PQ {at} W3KWH {dit} COM
(412) 259-3319

Members FYI RemoteHams


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Attention members RemoteHams is getting pretty popular with our membership but we need to take some common courtesy when multiple users are using the remotes.   On the bottom left side of the screen there are a series of TABS if you click on the CHAT tab it will show you this remote chat room.  You can type in a message here and it will show up on all the others user screen. You should alway keep the chat screen up when there are multiple users on the radio.

Over on the center right side of the screen you will see the user users that are log into the radio at the current time.  Always use the chat screen to ask permission to change frequencies and/or turn the radio off.  Nothing is worst than trying to work a station and have someone else change the bands or turn the radio off.

On the bottom left side of the BLACK WINDOW is the current control operator. {It is usually the last person to hit PTT}  Please use the chat to talk with this operator to see if it is ok to change anything on the radio.  If given a OK you will now become the control operator.

Other courtesy is the last user will be the one responsible for turning the radio off.  DO NOT turn the radio off if there are other users are still login to the remote. Again use the chat screen to say good by and you are leaving the remote on for them.

Again if everyone uses common courtesy  then everyone get to enjoy the remotes. We have had as many of 5 users at one time using the remote for checking into the nets.