Winter FD Jan 25&26

Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns.

Purpose: To foster Ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian, and DX Hams. Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house… get out and play some radio!!

When: Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2020 the dates are January 25th and 26th. Station set-up may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on the Friday before. Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total. How & when you schedule/spend those 12 hours is up to you.

For more information:
https://www.winterfieldday.com/

Check Out Our New Radios!

Drake 2C – Receiver

It works so well the inside even glows.   Check out this retro radio receiver and see how the the old time radios work. Click on the image below to check out its specifications. 

 

 

 

 


JRC NRD-535D

Want something a little more modern and with an digital display.  Check out this Japan Radio Company NRD-535D receiver.  It has all the modern functions like bandpass filtering, and notch filtering.  Click on the image below for it specifications. 

Wires-X Fusion – The What, How, & Play Demo

Dec 11th  7:30 PM @ Steel City Club House

What is Wires-X and Yaesu System Fusion?

  • What is Wires-X and how does it work.
  • What equipment do you need to make it work?
  • How to access the Wires-X network?
  • See it in a live demo

Come to the club house on Wednesday night social night @ 7:30 PM and learn more about Yaesu System Fusion and how the Wires-X digital network works.  Learn what equipment you need to buy to be able to interconnect to the many Wires-X rooms that are around the world. You will learn what public resources {Digital Repeaters} are out in Western PA that will help you keep the cost down.  You will learn how to connect to the digital repeaters and dial into the many different Wires-X rooms.  We will also cover Nodes and Hotspots during this talk.

 

 

American Legion Special Event

The American Legion’s
National Salute to America’s Veterans
Special Event: N9V

Monday, November 11, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST

The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) headquarters station, K9TAL, will anchor Veterans Day operations for special event N9V on Monday, November 11.

K9TAL will be joined by several TALARC stations around the US for its annual national salute to veterans. The American Legion is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Operation will be from 1800 to 0000 UTC on or about 7.285, 14.285, and 21.285 MHz.

Certificates will be available to all sending a QSL card. More information is on the N9V profile page on QRZ.com. — Thanks to Jim Harris, W0EM, and The National Legion Amateur Radio Club

Special Events Webpage:
https://www.qrz.com/lookup/n9v

About TALARC:
https://www.legion.org/hamradio/about

BSA – Frontier District Ham-o-Ree

When: October 5, 2019; 1:00 PM – 5:00PM
Where: ??

14.250 MHz
7.220 MHz
147.090 MHz
146.880 MHz (Backup 2m)
REF063 (DSTAR)

The Scouts in attendance will be looking for ~10minute QSOs each. We will be operating under the callsign K2BSA/3 for those that would like to call and request a QSL card after the event, they can email me treed593 {at} gmail {dit} com

We will also be on the air starting at around 6:00 PM on October 4 until around 9:00 AM on the 6th monitoring for contacts.

Steel City Members:  Lets help the scouts out.

Steel City @ Science Center

Steel City ARC was invited down to the Carnegie Science Center for there Adult 21+ night program on Sept 13th 2019.  There was 1500 adults attending that adult only program which we had an estimated 200 of them enter our room to talk about how amateur radio is alive an well in 2019.  We showed them Go Box for how ham radio helps out in emergencies along with a digital station working Europe all night long. We even had them try out an Morse code key while explaining why we still love that form of communication.

SUNDAY NIGHT DIGITAL NET

Try out the area wide digital net on the Keystone-West network. Local users can access it on the W3KWH 444.450 repeater or any of Pittsburgh area C4FM repeaters, we are going to have a area wide digital net on the system fusion KEYSTONE-WEST room.  Room number #60328.  With the Yaesu Fusion getting more popular we thought it would help out operators just getting into the Fusion System somewhere to go to for information.  If your club has an Yaesu System Fusion repeater talk the leadership into connecting it to room #60328 for at least one hour a week.

 

440 Repeater Improve Range

Please try out our 444.45 MHz machine.  The work party Karl Joe, and Matt did some testing why the range didnt improve with the antenna being in a  much higher and they found out some interesting thing. First in an undocumented item is that the repeater has a lot more power when running under AC power vs DC power.  The biggest issue they found was the old grey antenna duplexes was destroying our receive and it hurt our transmit too. They swap to the Chinese Duplexes and wow it immediately improve the range.

The above map is showing the current RELIABLE range circle where it reaches down into the valleys and working inside some homes with a simple HT.  It will reach outside the circle but it seem to work station that are located on top of hills.  Please give Karl or Christine your signal reports let us know your location and power level.  We are planning to get the old grey cans fixed since they can handle a lot more power. The Chinese can are at there max power now.

 

Pennsylvania QSO Party 2019

63rd PA QSO Party – October 12 & 13, 2019

  1. Purpose of the QSO Party 

1.a. Pennsylvania amateurs operating in the State of Pennsylvania, without regard to the amateur’s home address, contact as many other amateurs in Pennsylvania, the United States, Canada, and the world. 

1.b. Non-Pennsylvania Amateurs try to contact as many Pennsylvania Amateurs as possible. 

  1. Operating Periods 

2.a. 1600Z October 12 to 0500Z October 13, and 1300Z October 13 to 2200Z October 13, 2019. 

  1. Bands 

3.a. QSOs are permitted on all ham band allocations authorized by station licensee, including 630m and 2200m and any VHF/UHF/Microwave frequencies, except as noted below in Section 3.b. Primary activity for the PA QSO Party has typically been on 160m, 80/75m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 6m, and 2m. 

3.b. QSOs are not permitted on the WARC bands (12m, 17m, 30m, or 60m). 

3.c. QSOs are not permitted via repeaters, satellites, EchoLink, IRLP, or similar VoIP services. 

August Work Party Pictures

Take a look at the pictures  taken at the work party Aug 2019.  That our Karl, WA3VXJ mounting our new Hex Beam antenna on the far tower. After that he was up the VHF tower remounted the 2m beam antenna. I also got to ride up  70 feet to take some pictures.

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