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.
Make plan now to join us at the club house as the Steel City ARC take on Field Day 2019. This will be the first year that we will be using Mosley antenna to blast our way onto the 40 meter band. Please let Chris Grimm, N3PQ know your coming and what you would like to try to operate. We will be operating all the bands from 160 meters up though 70 cm bands. We are especially looking for people to cover the over night shifts. The club will be providing food and drinks during the contest.
On March 15, Joe Taylor K1JT gave a talk on the new digital mode FT4 to the Fair Lawn amateur radio club
“Soon after the “FT8 Roundup” held on December 1-2, 2018, we started serious work on a faster, more contest-friendly digital mode that can compete with RTTY-contesting QSO rates while preserving many of the benefits of FT8. The result is FT4 — a new digital mode specifically designed for radio contesting.
Over the past month a small group of volunteers have been conducting on-the-air tests of FT4. The early tests were very successful and helped us to make a number of important design decisions. We believe FT4 has considerable promise for its intended purpose.
We plan to post downloadable installation packages for WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5
on April 29. The document linked above includes
– Instructions for installing WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5 and FT4 configuration
– Operating instructions for FT4
– Basic description of the FT4 protocol, modulation, and waveform
– Detailed sensitivity measurements for FT4 under a wide variety of simulated propagation
– Schedule for upcoming test sessions
Please consider helping us to make FT4 a successful mode for digital contesting
With best wishes and 73,
— Joe K1JT, Steve K9AN, and Bill G4WJS“
Here is our final results from the 2019 Winter Field Day Contest! A huge thank you to everyone who came out to help with the success of our participation, along with a special thank you to Chris – K3PQ for heading up this years contest on behalf of the club!
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.
The first Breezeshooters Ground Wave CW Contest is Feb 16th from 8pm to midnight ET. . The Breezeshooters Ground Wave Contests usually fall on the 3rd Saturday evening of the months of February is CW, and March is SSB.
This year they are:
February 16 CW mode. CW portion of the Ten Meter band.
March 16 SSB mode in the phone mode portions of the Ten Meter Band.
Time: 8 pm to midnight ET for all contests.
Where: Ten Meter Band within specific portions of the ten meter band, depending on operating mode.The communications exchange between stations is: CALL SIGN and GRID Square Number. The GRID Square is based on a specific local geographic area location. The participant can determine their Grid Square number from the enclosed map in the attachment. As an example if you are in Allegheny County the Grid Square is most likely 25. Please note this contest Grid Square is not the same as used in various VHF/UHF contest, such as falls in the format FN00xx. It is a two digit number numbered from 1 to 49.
Date and Contest Period: The date will be announced annually by the ARRL but will generally be the third or fourth weekend in January. Begins 1900 UTC Saturday, ends 0359 UTC Monday (January 19-21, 2019).
Objective: For amateurs in the US and Canada (and their possessions) to work as many amateur stations in as many different 2 degrees x 1 degree Maidenhead grid squares as possible using authorized frequencies above 50 MHz. Stations outside the US & Canada (and their possessions) may only work stations in the US (and its possessions) and Canada.
All legal modes are permitted (while CW and SSB/Phone are most common, MSK144, FT8 and FM-Only are gaining popularity – other popular modes include PSK31, FSK441 and JT65). For Cabrillo file mode definitions, Digital modes should be represented as “DG” (for all things digital) or “PH” or “RY” can also be used as digital modes are transmitted via Phone audio.
Stations in KH0-9, KL7 & KP1-KP5, CY9 and CY0 count as W/VE stations and can be worked by DX stations for contest credit.