On April 24th promptly at 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.
The technical committee has been dealing with this noise issue on the old Kenwood 2m repeater for about two weeks now. After cleaning up several noise sources up on the hill it has been determine that the receiver on the Kenwood repeater is dying. We currently have the Yaesu system fusion hooked up on the 2m side right now. Since it is using it internal controller we current do not have a connection to the Echolink machine. So for the near future Echolink will be down. Currently the Yaesu is running in FM mode and the club will determine at the next business meeting if it will be switched to dual analog/digital mode.
The South Hills Hamfest
Now in our TWENTY FOURTH big year!
Sponsored by the WIRELESS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH HILLS AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, INC
Sunday, February 24th, 2019
8:00 AM until 3:00 PM Rain or Shine (or Snow!)
Home Economics Building, South Park
3735 Buffalo Drive, South Park Township, PA 15129
Behind the Allegheny County Police Station on Brownsville Road
Talk-In on 146.955(-) and 443.650(+) 131.8 PL
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 2019, the dates are January 26th and 27th for more information go to their web site https://www.winterfieldday.com We will be operating at the Steel City club and meeting at the club abut 1:30 on Saturday. Its a open event for any hams or non hams. Hope to see you there.
Now dont drop dead its not the end of the world. The storage room been clean & organized by your Technical Committee. We haven taken this biggest task in the world on and have conquered it. It has all been cleaned out, mopped, and new shelving installed in the room. We threw out a bunch of stuff and organized the rest. You can now walk in the room.
There is an system fusion test this weekend for our two meter repeater. Currently the Kenwood and Echolink is shut down. We have our spare Fusion repeater hook up to the tower and will be testing it this weekend. Please give it a try on both analog FM and C4FM digital on the 147.030 Mhz machine. The PL tone for FM is the same which is 123.0 please make sure you have your PL on for both TRANSMIT AND RECEIVED. If you have it on only the transmit side you will hear the digital noise coming though your speaker.
Please send feedback here: TC@w3kwh.com
Please send your feedback both good and bad to the Technical Committee email address listed above. Both Karl and Christine will be watch this email list to see how our members and friends like the two meter side being digital. This test will go from now till 7:00 PM Saturday 12-22-2018 when the Kenwood repeater will be hooked up again. Sorry for the short test but the QCWA needs the Echolink system to be working. Also during this time ECHOLINK will be down since that will only though the Kenwood repeater.
If this test is successful the technical committee will be working on making this an permanent set up. We have some work to do on that front to keep Echolink working also. So please send in your feedback.