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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – OCTOBER 12, 2020

Sunday Nov 8th  from 10 am to 5 pm  –  We Will Be “K3D”
Please consider working this special event station and support the SCARC club. So let Bob know if you want to work an hour or two and when on Nov 8th
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RSVP to Bob NU3Q  —>  nu3q {at} nu3q {dit} us

Our remote operating location – Click on Address for Google directions
Note on Sunday Nov 8th you do not need to feed the parking meters
You will most like bring a folding chair if you want to hang out.

Click Here For Directions To Site

102 West Pike Street
Cannonsburg, PA, 15317

Read The Latest Press Release Here

Thanks to John Rakoczky KA3SZO, a member of the Steel City club, for letting us use his commercial retail space in downtown Canonsburg to operate the KDKA special event station. He informed me the “COVID safe capacity” of his large retail space is fifty (50). In keeping with Governor Wolf’s 20% mandate, I recommend we keep it to no more than ten (10) people at his QTH and that we socially distance appropriately and use masks as conditions warrant.

The location of his building is 102 West Pike Street – Canonsburg 15317. It is located across the street from the Frank Sarris Public Library. There is limited parking in the lot across the street, otherwise you will have to park on the street. He has a bathroom in the rear of the space. I loaned John my 40 meter and 80 meter dipoles and my two 100 foot coax jumpers. He will mount the 40 meter dipole on the roof of his building and stretch the 80 meter dipole inside the attic. His building is 3 stories high and I have used my 40 meter dipole on his roof successfully before. John will get the PR out for us as well.

Please join the KDKA 100 groups.io mail list to stake your place on the calendar. Please note the calendar is filling up fast and keep in mind there are four (4) special event call signs available for use on any given day.


Zoom Meeting @ Wed Night 7:30 PM

Zoom Meeting

Wednesday Night 7:30 PM

Attention Steel City Members there will be a social zoom meeting with a quick discussion about Ham Shack Hotline.  What is it, how to buy the phone, and how to get it set up.  We will also talk to see if people are interested in a group buy.  Where as the club will buy and provision the phone and the members pay for them.   Will also offer a live demo on how to call someone and some of the special features of Ham Shack Hotline.

After the demo with will spend the rest of the night have a social night!  Watch for the invite tomorrow morning from the club email reflector.  New members send an email to N3LRG (at) W3KWH (dit) COM to be included.

Business Meeting 7 PM Sharp!

Business Meeting 7:00 PM Shart

To  Members
      There will be a meeting  on Tues. the 15th  at 7 pm sharp. It will be in the parking lot so bring a chair to sit on. Don”t  forget to where a MASK. This meeting will quick because it gets dark early.  If it changes I will let you know.
Richie

Steel City – PA QSO Planning

Okay folks as we discussed at the last meeting I am working on planning operations for the PA QSO Party from the club house this year. Due to covid I am trying to limit the crowd but insure everyone that wants to, gets an opportunity to come up and operate.

My current thought process is that we should be able to support 2-3 simultaneous operators and to keep inline with the social distancing recommendations we should limit the number of people inside the building to 6 – 10 at any one time. Depending on the weather we can have more folks than we can fit in the building come up and hang around outside for camaraderie and welcome any such spur of the moment visitation.

If we have any folks that are not able to or that are uncomfortable with operating in person from the club we may be able to work out some remote participation, please send me an e-mail directly to discuss.

Here is what I am currently thinking for operating slots pending any feedback from the club directors.

Time Slots
Saturday 10 October 2020
12:00 – 15:00  A
15:00 – 18:00  B
18:00 – 21:00  C
21:00 – 01:00  D

Sunday 11 October 2020
09:00 – 12:00  E
12:00 – 15:00  F
15:00 – 18:00  G

I plan to arrive at the club house ~10am on saturday for any setup and prep if there is any. If anyone wishes to assist or wants to sign up for an operating slot please reply here.    kb3cmt {at} gmail {dit} com

Example for slot choice replies:
Operator – KB3CMT
Mode – SSB
TimeSlots – A,D,G

I am always open for advice or suggestions, so if you have some please reach out!
Curtis – KB3CMT

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