Winter Field Day 2023

QUESTION FOR THE CLUB?

Do we want to activate a 2nd station and have a remote “Field” operation?


At the Winter Field Day Association, our mission is to encourage emergency operating preparedness during the winter months when the potential for freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and other hazards may present unique operational challenges.

We sponsor the Winter Field Day Exercise in the form of a contest to encourage you to participate. Although we have a Class for Home stations, we highly encourage setting up remote and outdoor operating positions. Operating out in the field, away from the comforts of home, is the best way to increase your level of preparedness for disasters and improve your operating skills in subpar conditions.

WFD is a learning experience, and we hope at the end of this year’s WFD exercise, you will feel more confident about your ability to adapt and overcome adverse weather conditions. Please read through the rules thoroughly. If you have questions, contact us on our website or social media for clarification.

At the WFDA, we use the term contest very loosely around here, so don’t get too hung up on our rules. At the end of the day, your total points don’t matter. What you learn during WFD and your ability to adapt and overcome sudden obstacles is what will help you during unexpected emergencies. As we continue with another year of the WFD exercise, we want to encourage participants not to chase the contacts or the points but to test their abilities and equipment. If you want to exchange signal reports, please give each other accurate information, so the other station knows how well their station is working.

Finally, have fun with the event, talk about the temperature, meet new friends and make memories as you continue to enhance your skills as an amateur radio operator.

For More Information: https://www.winterfieldday.com/

23rd Annual WASH Two Meter Contest 

Saturday, January 14th , 2023 from 7 to 11 PM EST

Band, Mode & Frequencies: The contest will take place solely on 2 meter band.
♦ FM : FM simplex only, no repeater contacts.
The FM frequencies are all standard 2 Meter simplex frequencies, as per the ARRL 2 Meter Band Plan, every 15 kHz, from 146.505 to 146.595 MHz , and 147.450 to 147.580 MHz.
Use of simplex frequencies in the “FM Experimental Simplex” band of 145.510 to 145.670 are not recommended.
See list of recommended simplex channels at the end of the rules.
♦ CW: 144.05 to 144.1 MHz Only. (See ARRL 2 Meter band plan)
♦ SSB & AM: 144.2 to 144.275 MHz Only. (See ARRL 2 Meter band plan).
♦ Digital (including RTTY): 144.51 to 144.55 MHz. (See ARRL 2 Meter band plan) Multiple digital modes may be used, and participants are free to use any generally accepted Digital mode, but only ONE Digital QSO with a given station regardless of mode

For More Information See the WASH Rag page 6 for more details and Rules:
WASH1222 (n3sh.org)

PA QSO Party Oct 8 & 9th

Steel City ARC will be doing the PA QSO Party once again on Oct 8th & 9th.  We will work all 67 counties of Pennsylvania during this weekend.   We are going to need CW & SSB operators during the event.  On Saturday the event runs from Noon though Midnight and then on Sunday 9 AM – 6PM. And as always food and drinks will be provided for all the operators.

Setup: 11:00 AM Sat Oct 8th
Saturday Contest Starts:  12:00 Noon – Midnight  Saturday
Dinner: 6:00 PM  “Its a Pizza Party” for the Party
Sunday Contest Starts: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Breakfast: “Doughnuts & OJ” for the Operators

ARRL Field Day 2022

This Weekend — Saturday 25th 2:00 PM — Sunday 26th 2:00 PM
Steel City ARC will be hosting our 2022 field day at the Steel City club house.  The public is welcome to attend and to find out what Ham Radio is doing and to look at the equipment we have.  Members are encourage to stop by and operate make sure you check the sign up page below to.  Fellow hams are always welcome to check out the clubhouse and sit down to operate on this very special weekend.

How to find the club house: http://w3kwh.com/find-the-clubhouse/

This year Steel City W3KWH will be operating from 160 meters up into the microwave band 1296 Mhz. We need at least eight people per shift to operate four radio while having four people logging their contacts. So even if you don’t want to talk on the radio you can still help out the club by being a logger.

Steel City Provided Meals:

  • Saturday Evening Meal ~6:00 PM
  • Midnight Rations ~11:30 PM
  • Sunday Morning Breakfast ~8:00 AM
  • Sunday Lunch ~12:00 PM
  • Snacks and drinks are provided for the operators.

If you have any questions please send a email to n3lrg{at} w3kwh {dit} com.

Lewis & Clark On The Air – Ends Sunday

The Steel City ARC is proud to be the eastern terminus of the Lewis & Clark Trail

Look for our members to be making contact on the air as one of the 16 stations on the Special Event trail.  We will be on the air from June 4th though June 19th.  Work all 16 stations along the trail and get the “Expedition Partner Certificate” for a clean sweep.  Work any of the 1-15 stations and you can still get the “Trail Companion Certificate”.

All sixteen station will be on the follow bands: 2m, 6m, 10m, 15m, 20m, 40m, 80m.  To find when any of the stations will be on the air check out the Lewis & Clark On The Air  “LCTOTA” webpage at the link below.

Find an Activator:  https://lctota.org/hunter/find_an_activator
Event Homepage: https://lctota.org/

Breezeshooter Contest This Weekend

Breezeshooter Fun Event

This Saturday March 5th

Steel City Club House

This Saturday at 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM Steel City ARC will be hosting a FUN PARTY along with the Breezeshooters Ground Wave contest.  We will have Pizza and Snack so make your way up to the club house and have some fun while making some 10 meter contacts.  This should be a good contest this year since the 10 meter band is opening up again. The mode of operation will be phone for the March 5th event.


Going to work the contest from home make sure you enter “W3KWH” under “Club Affiliation”

Winter Field Day – Going to work it?

Hello Members,

Are you planning to work Winter Field Day?  This is a good contest to do as your first contest since it tends to be pretty laid back. Give a listen then try working a couple of people.  This will help you get ready for the big field day this June!

January 29/30, 2022
Starts at 2:00 PM on Saturday and the Pizza Party is at 6:00 PM
Prep Time Starts at 1:00 PM

Come on up to the club house and join in on the fun.  NEW hams this is a great opportunity to see what the Summer Field Day is all about. Since its a nice contest to operate. We also need logger to help the operators log all these contacts we are going make.


Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns.

 We believe as do those entities of ARRL Organizations like ARES & RACES that maintaining your operational skills should not be limited to fair weather scenarios. The addition of Winter Field Day will enhance those already important skills of those that who generously volunteer their time and equipment to these organizations. This is why WFD is open to all licensed amateur radio operators worldwide.

Home Page: https://www.winterfieldday.com/

Official Rules: Click Here

 

WASH Two Meter Contest – Jan 8th

This January will mark the Twenty-Second Annual WASH Two Meter Contest. We’re looking forward to a chance to stretch our legs, our wheels, and our antennas once again! Unfortunately, there’s no way to know if we’re having WASHfest at this time, so we can’t guarantee the typical door-prize ticket awards, but you can still expect a fun operating event where you can hear some old friends, and maybe make some new ones!

Date & Times: Saturday, January 8th , 2021 from 7 to 11 PM EST. (That’s
January 9th 0000-0400 UTC to the purists!)

Objectives:
♦ To make as many contacts as possible
♦ To have fun!
Band, Mode & Frequencies: The contest will take place solely on 2 meter
band.
FM : FM simplex only, no repeater contacts. See list of recommended
simplex channels at the end of the rules.
CW: 144.05 to 144.1 MHz Only.
SSB & AM: 144.2 to 144.275 MHz Only.
Digital (including RTTY): 144.51 to 144.55 MHz.
→ Note: Listen for CW QSO’s around 144.1 MHZ 15 minutes after the hour
→ Listen for SSB & AM QSO’s around 144.2 MHz 30 minutes after the hour
→ Listen for Digital QSO’s around 144.51 MHZ 45 minutes after the hour
Power Limit: Maximum 100 watts output.
Exchange : Callsign, contact number, ZIP Code.

Check Out The Complete Rules & More Information Here
http://n3sh.org/WASHRAG/2021/WASH1221.pdf
See page 10 of Newsletter


Steel City is asking for a small group of operators to help operate this contest at the SCARC club house.  I know in the past Bobbie would operate this contest for us and do very well. Let light up the VHF band this year in Bobby memory!

ARRL November Sweepstakes

Contest Objective: To support amateur self-training in radiocommunications, including improving amateur operating skills, conducting technical investigations, and intercommunicating with other amateurs. Stations in the United States and Canada (including territories and possessions) exchange information with as many other US and Canadian stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands.

Dates:
CW: First full weekend in November (November 6-8, 2021).
Phone: Third full weekend in November (November 20-22, 2021).
Contest Period: Begins 2100 UTC Saturday and runs through 0259 UTC Monday.

Click here for information on the Affiliated Club Competion program
Contest rules are now maintained as a single downloadable document
For contest information contact contests@arrl.org or (860) 594-0232

PA QSO PARTY

Hey its an party!

Saturday Oct 9th – Noon till Midnight
Sunday Oct 10th – 9:00 AM till 6:00 PM

Save The Date!

Join us on Oct 9th & 10th for the annual PA QSO Party.  Your heard me correctly!  there is an HUGE CASH REWARD for the Steel City Member that works the W3RRR bonus station.  Come on up to the club house and join the team was we have a lot of fun making contacts across the state.   There will be an Ice Cream Social at 2:00 PM on Saturday, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs at 6:00 PM, then on Sunday there will be donuts in the morning.   All the radio’s and antenna’s are reserve for this event the remotes will be shut down during contest times.

So Make Plans To Join the Posse!

We will need operators & loggers

CW & Phone Operators