Happy Birthday

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the League’s first president and cofounder, Hiram Percy Maxim (HPM), W1AW.  HPM was born on September 2, 1869.

As we have done with earlier birthday milestones, ARRL is again holding an operating event to celebrate HPM’s legacy.


Objective: This operating event is open to all amateurs, and the goal is straightforward:  Find stations operating in the event, many adding “/150” to their call signs, and contact as many as possible during the 9-day celebration on each of the event bands (using any/all of the 3 event modes on each band).

Time Period: The 9-day event begins 0000 UTC August 31 and runs until 2359 UTC September 8, 2019.

Eligibility: All amateur stations may participate.

Who is eligible to use their “callsign/150”?   W1AW and ALL ARRL members are eligible and will append /150 to their call sign during this event (this includes DX Stations who are ARRL members, who may operate as callsign/150 if permitted by the regulations of their country of license).

For more information:  http://www.arrl.org/hpm150-birthday-celebration

Pennsylvania QSO Party 2019

63rd PA QSO Party – October 12 & 13, 2019

  1. Purpose of the QSO Party 

1.a. Pennsylvania amateurs operating in the State of Pennsylvania, without regard to the amateur’s home address, contact as many other amateurs in Pennsylvania, the United States, Canada, and the world. 

1.b. Non-Pennsylvania Amateurs try to contact as many Pennsylvania Amateurs as possible. 

  1. Operating Periods 

2.a. 1600Z October 12 to 0500Z October 13, and 1300Z October 13 to 2200Z October 13, 2019. 

  1. Bands 

3.a. QSOs are permitted on all ham band allocations authorized by station licensee, including 630m and 2200m and any VHF/UHF/Microwave frequencies, except as noted below in Section 3.b. Primary activity for the PA QSO Party has typically been on 160m, 80/75m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 6m, and 2m. 

3.b. QSOs are not permitted on the WARC bands (12m, 17m, 30m, or 60m). 

3.c. QSOs are not permitted via repeaters, satellites, EchoLink, IRLP, or similar VoIP services. 

Join Us This Weekend

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.

Directions to the Steel City Club house: Here
Field Day 2019 Photo Page: Photos
Live Status Map: http://w3kwh.com/log/


The second day has arrived and slowly the contact are coming in. Stop on up to the club and join in the fun!  The map is filling in now and we are off to a great start! 

Final Map

Special Thanks to our Operators and Visitors

KB3PJW  KC3MRA  N3LRG  WB3AGB  WA3FWA

K3PQ  WQ3T  N3TIR  AB3KD  WC3P*  K9SOK*

WA2YEZ  KC3MMB  KC3MMC  W3RVD KA3SZO

K0LIN

* Visitors

 

Save the Date – Field Day

June 22 – 23

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.

Video of FT4 talk

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’ll soon be ready for testing by a larger group. If you might be interested in participating and offering your considered feedback, please read the descriptive document “The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting”
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT4_Protocol.pdf

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
conditions
– Schedule for upcoming test sessions

Please consider helping us to make FT4 a successful mode for digital contesting

With best wishes and 73,
— Joe K1JTSteve K9AN, and Bill G4WJS

2019 Winter Field Day Final Results

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!

Total Contacts by Operator:

Operator          Total 
——–                  —– 
K3PQ……………90 
WA3PYU……….65 
KC3MRA……….30 
KB3PJW……….17 
N3LRG…………08 
KC3LYS……….06 
K0LIN………….05 

Winter Field Day Coming

Link

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.