What? The storage room been clean & organized.

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.

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2m System Fusion Test This Weekend

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.


Mosley Antenna Now Open For Use

Karl, WA3VXJ make the first contact with KT1H on our new Mosley antenna,  and with that it is now officially open for use.  Thanks for all those that help getting this antenna off the ground. 

Now Play Nice!

Special thanks to all those that braved the very cold tower raising party.   Without the help of these active members this antenna wold be still sitting on the ground…

  • WA3VXJ, Karl P.
  • WB3AGB, Joe F.
  • N3PSP, Tim B.
  • W3SVJ, Nate F.
  • KA3YNO, Walt A.
  • WA3FWA, Joe M.
  • WA3BKD, Art M.

Also helping with the old tower removal and all the other tower climbing he did.

  • KB3PJW Matt D.

Mosley Tower Raising Photos

On Dec 10, 2018 the Steel City radio club got a new radio antenna and tower. The Mosley  PRO-67-C-3 was install beside the club house and here are the photo from that tower raising.

If you have more pictures please send them to Christine, N3LRG

Mosley Antenna & Usage Policy

As you know by now the tower raising the antenna mount party will be this Monday morning starting at 8:00 AM.  If you are free all club members are encouraged to help out with the raising.  We have several project plan for that day while the crane is in place.

  1.  Raise the new tower next to the building.
  2. Mount the Mosley antenna to the new tower.
  3. Remove the old UHF repeater antenna.
  4. Relocate the antenna mount to the other side of the tower.
  5. Mount the new UHF antenna to the new location.
  6. And if time permits remount the 2m beam antenna to the VHF tower

Just an reminder do to the popularity of this new major antenna lets go over the radio usage policy again:

  1. Local users aways get first choice of any radio and any antenna. – If you want to make sure you get to use a radio or antenna come up to the club house.
  2. All members should share the club equipment – Nobody should hog all the usage.
  3. Members using the remote’s should always check the security camera’s –  On the members only page before turning on the remote.  Just in case there is an local user at the club house using the radio’s.
  4. Local users do have the right to shut down the remote – But please play nice.  If you drive up to the club and there an remote user using the radio. Grab control of the mouse and open up NOTEPAD and write an note to let the remote user finish their contact.
  5. Remote and Local users should always confirm – They are hook up to an antenna before transmitting.  Listen before you talk!

If we all share everyone will get a chance to try out the new antenna…

Frequency, MHz
28, 24, 21, 18, 14, 10, 7
Power Rating, watts CW
Power Rating, watts SSB
Power Rating, AM/FM
Power Rating, RTTY/AMTOR
VSWR at frequency
1.0/1 to 1.6/1
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 10 m
9.3 / 4
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 12 m
8.3 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 15 m
8.3 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 17 m
8.3 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 20 m
8.2 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 30 m
0.0 / 1
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 40 m
6.8 / 3
Boom Length
24 ft / 7.32 m
Maximum Element Length
43.75 ft / 13.34 m
Turning Radius
23.67 ft / 7.21 m
Mast Mount Hardware (equipped)
2 in / 5.08 cm
Assembled Weight
145 lbs / 65.77 kg
Wind Surface Area
12.1 sq ft / 1.12 sq m


Flex Radio Demo

There will be a Flex Radio demo this Wednesday night Oct 24th at the Steel City club house at 7:00 PM promptly. Bob Green, N3RDG will be bringing up his Flex Radio Maestro unit to the club which will be hooked up at his Flex 6400 radio back at his house. The radio which will be live on the air and after the demo members will get a chance to operate it.   Bob will be showing us how it is used and all the unique features of of an SDR radio.  Bob will not only show us the Maestro interface but also the interface that can be brought up on the Laptop or Computer screen.

Mosley Update

Here is the latest update for the Mosley antenna. The technical committee has been busy putting things together.  And finally all the elements have been mounted to the boom.  We steel need to level things up and do the finally element spacing measurements but its together enough to get a good size of the final product.

Click on image for full size.Hmm, it seem we ended up with four extra pieces.  Does anyone know where these go?