Jan Business Meeting – Jan 18th

Steel City ARC
January Business Meeting
Jan 18th 8:00 PM
VIA ZOOM ONLY

Hello Members and pending members this January meeting will take place via zoom only.  It will begin at 8:00 PM Tuesday evening.  Nothing will be done at the club house {if you could even get up the hill} A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out Tuesday morning.  If there a new member or someone that not on the email list please send me their email and I will include them in the link broadcast. If your sponsoring a new member please make sure they get these emails… If a member is requesting funds for a project please send them to me before the meeting.  We will be going over what we have plan for 2022.  If you would like to request another event please let me know before the meeting.

Some of the agenda items to be covered:
Winter Field Day: Jan 29&30
Raccoon 100 mile race & 4 checkpoints: March 19-20
Lewis & Clark Special Event:  June 4-19
Field Day: June 25
Picnic? Aug?

Look for the link to the meeting Tuesday Morning…

Business Meeting Tuesday Dec 21


Steel City

Business Meeting

TUESDAY DECEMBER 21 @ 8:00 PM
CHECK YOUR EMAIL THE LINK HAS BEEN SENT
Hello Members & New Members:
Just a friendly reminder that this coming Tuesday December 21st at 8:00 PM the Steel City Amateur Radio Club will be holding their business meeting via Zoom. The official link to the Zoom meeting will be sent via this email on Tuesday morning. So please check your email to make sure you got the link. If you have not received the email by Noon that day please email at n3lrg {at} w3kwh {dit} com.
So plug in your webcam’s and microphone’s and get ready for the meeting. If you have never use Zoom before just click on the link in the email and that link will check to see if you have the program installed if not it will install it for you. Just follow the links that pop up. If you haven’t use Zoom in a while you might want to click on the link a little early since they do updates on the software and your copy might be old. I will try to start the feed around 7:45 PM.
If you know of a new members that didn’t get this email or wants to join the club please give them my email n3lrg {at} w3kwh {dit} com so I can make sure they get the link too.
Thank you,
Christine N3LRG
President SCARC
If a new members didnt get my email on Friday night please sent me a email at the above address to be included. NO links will be sent via Facebook. If you thinking of joining the Steel City ARC club again just send me a email.

SKYWARN Recognition Day

SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY

SKYWARN Recognition Day – acknowledges the contributions of public service volunteers who provide essential weather information as it’s happening. Each year on the first Saturday in December, the day honors those volunteers who pay attention when the wind picks up, or the sky turns dark. Their efforts keep their communities safer by communication warnings to the National Weather Service.

The observance recognizes the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations. It also strengthens the bond between Amateur Radio operators and the local National Weather Service.

Around the country, nearly 290,000 Skywarn® weather spotters volunteer their time. They identify severe weather that could potentially affect life and property. Spotters warn the National Weather Service of the threat of thunderstorms, tornados, and floods.


12-2 PM    December 4th

W3KWH Operations At The Club

12:00 to 2:00 PM on Saturday is our assigned time slot to operate HF from the clubhouse.  We will be needing operators during that time slot to operate!  Members and pending members are invited to attend. Techs will be allowed to operate on HF due to control ops being present.

NU3Q plans to be at the club for the event on Friday night 12/3 for about two hours and Saturday morning 12/4. We need operators to cover the afternoon and evening shifts on Saturday and to assist NU3Q while he is at the club. We will use the following: “This is W3KWH for WX3PIT Skywarn Recognition Day”. Please keep a log of your W3KWH QSO’s – NU3Q will submit the W3KWH QSO’s to the NWS.

More Information:
https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition
https://www.weather.gov/pbz/skywarn


SKYWARN Recognition Day Operating Instructions

1. Object SKYWARNTM Recognition Day serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators Skywarn Spotters during threatening weather.

  • Amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.
  • Non-Amateur Radio Spotters to exchange weather information as often as possible via Social Media with NWS Offices.

2. Date NWS stations may operate at any time during December 5, 2020 from 0000 – 2400 UTC.

3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two word description of the weather occurring at your site (“sunny”, “partly cloudy”, “windy”, etc.).

4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event stations will append “NWS” to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS). NWS offices may also participate via Social Media platforms throughout the 24 hour period.

5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.

6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion of SRD.

VE Testing Session

VE Testing Session
Wednesday Nov 17h @ 7:00 PM

Last session before the snow fly’s! People interested in getting your Ham Ticket or Upgrading your ticket should check out our VE testing page https://w3kwh.com/ve-testing/ While walk in are allowed it is highly recommended to contact of VE Chairperson Chris, K3PQ to let him know your coming. That way your guarantee there will be testing material for you. Chris can be reached at K3PQ {at} W3KWH {dit} COM – (412) 259-3319

Business Meeting Tue Nov 16th @ 8:00PM

Business Meeting
Tuesday Nov 16th @ 8:00 PM

This will be an indoor meeting at the club house.  No food will be supplied if you want to bring a snack for everyone that is acceptable. If you want an item added to the agenda please email the request to N3LRG.

Social Meeting starts at 7:00 PM  – Topic for this social meeting is portable antenna’s for Parks on the Air, Summit on the Air.  Bring in your portable setups and let see how you can operate in the portable modes.

Business Meeting will start promptly at 8:00 PM

 

{{  If the weather changes for the worst the meeting will be moved to an Zoom Meeting.  Please check the website/email before traveling up to the club.  }}

Slides from ATV Workshop

Thanks for all that attended the workshop.  The input was much appreciated and I think we have a plan to go forward.  A request for funding will be made at our next business meeting.   Below are the slides from the presentation there are a lot of links in the presentation that you can click on to learn more.  You will have to download the PDF to click on the links.  The video will take some time to clean up.

Click here to download PDF with Links

ATV Workshop

Video of the Workshop

 

Amateur Television – Workshop Nov 6th

Amateur Television Workshop – Analog or Digital?
Saturday Nov 6th @ 1:00 PM
At the Steel City Club House

On Nov 6th at 1:00PM the Steel City ARC will be hosting a workshop where we are going to ask for your input on setting up a video beacon here at our club house.  The purpose behind this is to see if there is still enough interest in ATV and to bring it back on the air.  If it turns out there is enough interest this could lead to an ATV repeater being put back on the air.

Back in ~2000? the Steel City Club house hosted an popular ATV repeater. While that repeater is no longer on the air, interest in ATV never really went away, which bring us back to today. At our last business meeting Karl, WA3VXJ brought up an ideal for bring back ATV by starting with an beacon transmitter. It turns out there a good number of ham interested still in ATV and eager to give it a try.

Bringing back ATV brings up a lot of new questions now.  Television has changed a lot now that it has gone digital. So the first question is which video mode do we transmit in good old fashion analog NTSC, or one of the two digital video modes  DVB-T or ATSC.   For Ham Radio the DVB-T equipment is out there and seem to be the most popular.  DVB-T is the commercial television format that is used around the world where as ATSC is the American format that is used in our country.  The problem with ATSC is the equipment is harder to find for transmitting where DVB-T can use USB dongles found on Ebay. To receive the DVB-T signal the ham would need to use a simple USB SDR dongle.

Click on Image for Wikipedia Article

While researching for this article I was able to find an ATSC modulator on Ebay but so far I have not found any ham using one of these to modulate a video signal. So doing ATSC would be possible but might be harder to do for the average ham radio operator to set up and transmitter.  Receiving an ATSC signal should be a lot easier do to television made for the USA are build to receive ATSC.  Using either one of these devices still would require an purchase of an amplifier.

So on November 6th come up to the Steel City club house and learn more about ATV. Plus let us hear your opinion about bring back ATV to the ham radio community. We want to hear about which modes to use or since this is going to be a beacon maybe transmit in more than one mode.  This is open for all ham radio operators you do not need to be a member of SCARC to attend.

Literally “see” you on the air

Need help find the SCARC Club House? Click Here!


Recommended Reading: Check back often for updates

https://kh6htv.files.wordpress.com/2021/02/an-55a-atv-handbook-1.pdf

Got something to share sent it to me n3lrg {at} w3kwh {dit} com

Talk – WA3TFS Designs for Amateur Radio

WA3TFS Designs for Amateur Radio
Talk & Demo Oct 6th @ 7:00 PM

Jim Forkin, WA3TFS will be giving a talk about kit building and his kit that he has for sale at our Oct 6th, Wednesday night social meeting.  The talk will begin at 7:00 PM.

Jim will be talking about some of his kits like, Simple FM SFR transceiver for 10 or 6 meters {See picture}, An simple SDR receiver for 1 kHz to 1.7 GHz, Using Arduino’s microprocessors for ham radio applications. He will also talk about the advantages of software control radios.

Check out his website: http://wa3tfs.com