440 Antenna Work Party Pictures

Click here to see the pictures from our latest work party at the club house while we clean up the Mosley antenna area and raised the 440 antenna off the ground level finally, and started the work on the Hex Beam.

Click on any of the images to go into the full gallery

2019 Corn Roast


August 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM 

This is open to all Steel City ARC member and pending members.  Bring your YL and kids and enjoy this annual get together with the whole Steel City family.

For More Information See the Corn Roast Website

Please send Carol your RSVP so she can get a good head count
she can be emailed at the follow address. 

RSVP byJuly 16th

Work Party – July 13th

Work Party – Saturday – July 13 – 8:00 AM

Attentions all Steel City members there is going to be an antenna work party at the club house on Saturday July 13th starting at 8:00 AM.  We have several projects plan and can use your help. More information will be given out on the 2m net and social night.

  • Raise the 440 antenna to the top of the tower
  • Mount the new Hex Beam to the far tower
  • Move the 2m beam to the VHF Tower

Remember how cold the last antenna party was…
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Dont wear you winter coat tomorrow


Meet your new antenna – Hex Beam

NA4RR Hex Beam

Steel City members  meet the newest antenna in our family. The NA4RR Hex Beam antenna  has  arrived and has been put together.  The technical committee is current arranging an lift so we will be announcing the antenna party soon.  We still need to do the final check out and tuning which should be done within this next week.

clink image to see the full sizeSo come on up to the club house this next social to get a good look before it goes up on the tower.  Plus learn how it works and how it is put together.  See how it might be good for your station if you have limited space.

How Does it Work


Gain Peak Approx 5.5 dBi
Front/Back Peak > 20dB
VSWR Less than 2:1 across nearly all bands
Turn Radius 10.8 Ft
Diameter of Beam 21.6 Ft
Height of Beam 39″ from base to top of center post
Weight 25 lbs
Wind Load Area < 5 sq ft
Power Handles full legal limit

A hex beam antenna looks like the loops are a continuous loop but they are not.  The driven/forward  elements make an “W” shape dipole  with the feed point on the center post.  The rear element has a insulated Kevlar string separating it from the driven element with a small gap. So you can see it is not an continuous loop  of wire.  The sizes of the loop goes from small { 10m } to the larges loop { 40m } with each loop doing a different band.  Our antenna will cover 10, 12, 15, 17, 20 ,40 meters.


Join Us This Weekend

All are welcome to attend our annual Field Day celebration this weekend.  Both Amateur Radio Operators and the General Public are welcome to climb up our hill to check out this very interesting hobby of ham radio.   Steel City ARC will be be operating on all the bands from 160 meters though 70 cm bands.   Come on up and try out not only FM but SSB, Digital, and even CW operations.

The activities start at 2:00 PM on Saturday 6-22-19 and last for 24 hours.  Talk in to the club site will be on the Steel City Repeater 147.030 Mhz with an PL of 123.  Food and Refreshments will be provided for all that will be operating.   Training will be provided for those wishing to try out HF bands and or Digital Modes.  Learn how to operate our five  beam antennas, vertical antenna’s, and even our special 60 meters and 80 meters NVIS antennas. See how we can operate this whole weekend off of any commercial power.

MEMBERS: All Steel City members should try help out the club this weekend.  Lets try to see all the members come up and operate and have some fun at the same time. We will especial need help during our late evening and over night shifts.

Directions to the Steel City Club house: Here
Field Day 2019 Photo Page: Photos
Live Status Map: http://w3kwh.com/log/

The second day has arrived and slowly the contact are coming in. Stop on up to the club and join in the fun!  The map is filling in now and we are off to a great start! 

Final Map

Special Thanks to our Operators and Visitors





* Visitors


NU3Q Go Box Demo

On May 8, 2019 Wednesday night Bob Mente,NU3Q will be doing a Go Box demo at the Steel City club house at 7:00 PM.  Come on up to the club house to see what all this talk of Go Boxes are about and how to make one yourself.




SKYWARN® – Presentation

On April 24th promptly at 7:00 PM updated  8 pm the Steel City ARC will be hosting a presentation about SKYWARN.  This presentation is a talk about what is SKYWARN organization and how ham radio is importance to the National Weather Service.  This will be a good meeting to learn about the service and and if you want to take the next step and become a train weather spotter.


SKYWARN® is a National Weather Service (NWS) program developed in the 1960s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make life-saving warning decisions. Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their community.

SKYWARN® spotter reports provide vital “ground truth” to the NWS. They act as our eyes and ears in the field. Spotter reports help our meteorologists issue timely, accurate, and detailed warnings by confirming hazardous weather detected by NWS radar. Spotters also provide critical verification information that helps improve future warning services. SKYWARN® Spotters serve their local communities by acting as a vital source of information when dangerous storms approach. Without spotters, NWS would be less able to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.

Check out there website:

Steel City – 2019 VE Testing Sessions

Chris Grimm K3PQ is now our new VE Testing examiner contact person.  People interesting in becoming an amature radio operator or planning to up grade there license should get in touch with Chris at the link below.   The testing sessions will be on the Wednesday after the Steel City Business meeting at 7:00 PM at our club house. {DIRECTIONS HERE} Preregistration is highly recommend and will have priority, but walk-in’s will be allowed if space is available.  Check out our VE webpage for more information and the latest updates and Chris’s contact information.

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Attention Members – Access Changes

Hello Members:

This is to inform you that the 2019 password updates have taken place for the “Members Only” & “Minutes” web pages.   Also both remote’s passwords have also changed.   Please used the new passwords that were given out at the last social meeting.  If you have not received the new passwords please make sure you stop up at the next social meeting to pick them up.  Finally all key cards have been updated for the 2019 membership.

The Technical Committee