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.

 

 

Time to start studying

Its Time to start studying Steel City announces 2020 VE Testing sessions.

Steel City ARC – 2020 – VE TESTING SESSIONS  @ 7:00pm

March 18
April 22
May 20
June 17
July 22
August 19
September 16
October 21
November 18

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.

Check our VE TESTING page: http://w3kwh.com/ve-testing/

 

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

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