Steel City Business Meeting – April 11th @ 1pm

Status Update: Business Meeting is a go!

Forecast is calling for rain over night ending in the early morning.  By 1:00 PM temps will be 67 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Please bring lawn chair and mask.


Business Meeting

Sunday April 11th @ 1:00 PM

At The Club House


Social Distant is required – This is be an outdoor meeting
Requirements!
Mask & Lawn Chair


Hello all members,

This will be an in person meeting at the club house.  You will only be allow to enter the building for short visits.  No groups of people we be allowed in the building.  Mask are going to be required since there is a lot of people not vaccinated yet.  If it going to rain that day meeting will be moved to Zoom on Tuesday night at 7:30pm. Please keep a eye on the http://w3kwh.com website for the latest detail.  Please check the website before driving to the clubhouse for last minute updates. Park back from the clubhouse by 30 feet so members can sit close to the building.

If your not willing to wear a mask please dont come!

All new members that have not received the access card will get them this day. All members will get their new passwords for the website and VNC access to the remote stations.  DX members will receive this information from an personal email.

It will be great to see you all!

73….
Christine, N3LRG
n3lrg@w3kwh.com

p.s. Rain date will be Tuesday April 13th @ 7:30 PM

VE Testing This Weekend

NOTE ! ! ! – Start planning early the VE Testing sessions are getting busy now more people are taking the testing before the $35 fee is imposed


There will be a Steel City VE Testing session this weekend at our Canonsburg, PA site.  Click on the map for Google directions.  Walk in are OK but please register with Chris, K3PQ to make sure there will be room for you.  There is parking right across the street fro the build at the library.

March 20 * {At the Canonsburg Site} 12:00 Noon

Got question? Feel free to email and to register?
Chris Grimm,VE Examiner  & VE Chairperson
K3PQ {at} W3KWH {dit} COM
(412) 259-3319

Note!!! Feb & Mar will be at our Canonsburg, PA site contact Chris K3PQ for confirmation and directions.  102 W Pike St, Canonsburg, PA 15317

Click on map for directions

Business Meeting – Tuesday 7:30 PM

Steel City Members

Invite emails have been sent out check your email.

There will be an online business meeting via Zoom on Tuesday night at 7:30 PM EDT.  All members should try to attend this meeting as we will be going over several major agenda items for the up coming months.   Invites will go out Monday check your emails for the link to the zoom meetings.  Pending Members you should receive the same invite if you haven’t gotten it by Tuesday morning please email Christine at N3LRG {at} W3KWH {dit} COM.  If you want to join our meeting as a guest please send an email at the above address.

Hex Beam down for repair

Special thanks goes to new members Mich and Bill and their amazing truck at helping us take down the broke Hex Beam on the far tower. It was first quite a task getting it off the tower and a even bigger task of just lowering it down since it was tangle with the tower.   All parts have been separated out and examine we do have 2 broken fiberglass segments.

Also using another one of Mick’s truck to work on the 440 repeater tower.  We had to restrung the wire rope the proper way and mange to get the antenna about 10 ft higher. I seem to be getting out even better now.

March 16th Business Meeting

The March 16th business meeting will be held via Zoom. The survey results have been posted below. It will be helded at 7:30 PM and look for the Zoom invite on morning of the 16th. Note: We are still looking at having business meeting at the club house in April it might need to be helded on a weekend afternoon since it will be outside. 

New members should make sure their applications are into Art, WA3BKD so that you have your readings.  wa3bks [at} gmail [dit] com

Guest that wanted to be invited into the club that havent done so yet should make sure Christine, N3LRG have your email address to get the invite. n3lrg {at} w3kwh {dit} com

Parks on the Air – Presentation

Here is a chance to learn to have some fun outside while operating your ham radio. While also letting your fellow ham operators chase you as you explore our natural resources of our park system.  Curtis Turner, KB3CMT gave this great presentation during our Wednesday night social meeting.

And stay tune for this summer road trip when the Steel City club takes to the Parks operating “Parks on the Air”

Pota-Presentation-v2

Drake TR-4C

The Drake TR-4C is an HF amateur band transceiver covering 80 through 10 meters (some sources say 160-10 m) in seven 600 kHz ranges. Modes include USB, LSB, CW and AM. Input power is 300 watts PEP SSB, 260 watts AM/SSB. The accurate VFO provides 1 kHz analog dial. VOX or PTT may be selected. Other refinements include: CW side tone oscillator, crystal calibrator, VFO indicator light, CW semi break-in, VOX or PTT for AM or SSB, heavy irritated cadmium plated chassis, separate USB and LSB filters and 1.7:1 filter shape factor. The right panel has various jacks including: headphones, mic and key.

 General characteristics

HAM bands
80m  40m  20m  15m  10m
Frequency stability
Overall drift after warm-up: less than 100 Hz

 Receiver

RX-range
80-10 m (no WARC)
Modulations
AM   CW   USB   LSB 
Sensitivity
<0,5 µV (10 dB S+N/N)
Selectivity
2.1 kHz (-6 dB)
3.6 kHz (-60 dB)
Receiver system
IF-frequencies
1st: 9 MHz
Image rejection
> 60 dB

 Transmitter

TX-range
80-10 m (no WARC)
Modulations
AM   CW   USB   LSB 
RF-output
SSB: 300 W PEP, AM: 260 W PEP (both input)

Breezeshooters Groundwave Announced

Save the dates! And warm up those radios…

2021 Breezeshooters Groundwave Contest
CW – Saturday February 13th
Voice – Saturday March 6th
Digital – Saturday March 13th

For more information:
https://breezeshooters.org/ns/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Breezeshooter-Ground-Wave-2021.pdf

Social Meeting Talk – SETI @ Home

In case you missed the talk from last night social meeting here is the recording. We thank Dr David Anderson for giving a great talk about SETI @ Home.


The UC Berkeley SETI team has discovered that there are already thousands of computers that might be available for use. Most of these computers sit around most of the time with toasters flying across their screens accomplishing absolutely nothing and wasting electricity to boot. This is where SETI@home (and you!) come into the picture. The SETI@home project hopes to convince you to allow us to borrow your computer when you aren’t using it and to help us “…search out new life and new civilizations.”