Digital Network Is Growing. Welcome to Keystone-Wide

UPDATE: Join us tonight Sunday July 26th for the first State Wide C4FM net on your local C4FM repeater.

We have a new repeater and club joining from Lebanon County. The Keystone-West will be changing its name to Keystone-Wide since we are now a state wide room. It is hoped that this will further increase System Fusion interest and activity in the EPA section, as well as here in WPA. In spite of COVID-19, we are still looking forward to expansion in the WPA section, as well. — Give the room (60328) a try anytime and be sure to join our Sunday night net at 20:00 EDT.

If you would like to know more about adding your repeater or node to the room, please contact Cory via WA3UVV@ARRL.NET.

Business Meeting Next Week – Online Zoom

Hello Club Members, {Correction it starts at 7:30 PM}

Just a heads up next week the business meeting will be held online using Zoom. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM Tuesday July 21st. A link will be sent out  next Tuesday morning so make sure you check your email for the link.  Also NEW MEMBERS that have pending application with joining the Steel City Club please make sure I have your email address so I can send you the link. {n3lrg@w3kwh.com}

Can you work DX on two meters?

Can you work DX on two meters?  Yes you can and Bobbie N3LL just proved it again.  From our club house above the county with the huge beams we have on not only 2 meter but 70 cm also you can really get out.  Here is Bobby, N3LL  comment on contact he made today July 5th.

“I was on today and we had a 2 meter E skip opening finally worked into EM25,EM26 and EM04…….OK and TX. Here is just what one of the guys said on the VHF blog page ..many other comments on hearing the W3KWH station on the air again.”  N3LL

21:47:21 – WA3EOQ, Howard – (W3KWH) great to hear the club stn on the air de FM09

Business Meeting @ Club House

The business meeting will be held at the club house this Tuesday at 7:30 PM.  Bring your lawn chair do to the meeting being held outside in the parking lot.  Please wear a mask to protect yourself and your fellow members.  There will be no food served at this meeting so eat before you come.

Club House Is Now Open

As of Friday June 5th The Steel City Clubhouse is reopen to all members.  Your key cards have be reactivated and all members that have their dues paid up will be able to access the club house with their key cards.

It is recommend for now to have only single members to go up to the club house for now.  Groups are not recommend at this time. It is recommend to have a mask when you come up.   We do have a big bottle of hand sanitizer but we are looking for a donation of some Clorox wipes.  If you have a spare container please consider donating it to the club.

As for the first meeting it might be possible to have the June Business meeting at the club house out in the driveway.   So get out your lawn chairs.  This will all depend on the state keeping Allegheny County in the GREEN STATUS.   If it cant be held at the club it will most likely be held via Zoom Meetings. 

Question or Concerns please email N3SBF@comcast.net

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