CPR & AED Class

The Steel City ARC will be hosting a CPR & AED course on Saturday February 15th starting at 12:00pm. The course is free to attend and anyone who wishes to become certified at the end of class may do so for a fee of $10. Below is a brief overview of what the course covers.

ASHI: CPR and AED

An extremely flexible CPR and AED certification program that teaches how to recognize cardiac arrest, activate emergency medical services, and respond appropriately until additional assistance arrives. Also covers how to respond to urgent choking situations.

You may register for class ahead of time by Clicking Here and use the credit code “SCARC” at sign up, or sign up on the sheet at the club located by the door.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Matt (KB3PJW) at: KB3PJW@gmail.com.

RemoteHams now on TS-2000

The TS-2000 remote station is now on RemoteHams but still can be operated using TightVnc. With RemoteHams there is no need to use Skype for the audio link and RemoteHams can be downloaded on your Android phone or tablet. The service is free for computer use but there is a one time fee of $10.00 for the phone App. There will be a demo at the club in the beginning of January 2020 but in the mean time you can download RemoteHams Client on your computer to give it a try. We have to install a new hard drive in the TS-2000 computer between the holidays but the Greene County remote is still running under WA3VXJ call sign. Once you get the Client software running and search W3KWH or WA3VXJ and ask permission to use remote comes on your screen we will go into the software and give you permission. No need to take your laptop with you on a trip because the cell phone APP works great.

 

Today in History: December 12

1901: First radio transmission is sent across the Atlantic
Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi (L) and his assistant, George Kemp received a message sent from Poldhu, England, at Signal Hill, St. John’s, Canada. The transmission message was the Morse code signal for the letter “s.”

Wires-X – The Network Presentation

On Dec 11th an presentation was given about the Wires-X digital network. What it is and what type of equipment is needed to make it work.  Click on the slide below to view the presentation.Wires-X is how Yaesu  System  Fusion radios and repeaters are network together. We talk about how to can get connected with just a simple HT radio. There a section on how to hook up a node or a portable node link. What is the difference between a room and a node. We finish up with an talk about the Western Pennsylvanian Keystone-West room and the Sunday night net.

 

Wires-X Fusion – The What, How, & Play Demo

Dec 11th  7:30 PM @ Steel City Club House

What is Wires-X and Yaesu System Fusion?

  • What is Wires-X and how does it work.
  • What equipment do you need to make it work?
  • How to access the Wires-X network?
  • See it in a live demo

Come to the club house on Wednesday night social night @ 7:30 PM and learn more about Yaesu System Fusion and how the Wires-X digital network works.  Learn what equipment you need to buy to be able to interconnect to the many Wires-X rooms that are around the world. You will learn what public resources {Digital Repeaters} are out in Western PA that will help you keep the cost down.  You will learn how to connect to the digital repeaters and dial into the many different Wires-X rooms.  We will also cover Nodes and Hotspots during this talk.

 

 

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day

December 7, 2019 from 0000z to 2400z

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN™ volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN™ volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN™ Special Event operators will visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.
For more infomation:
https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition

ISS SSTV Transmission on Dec 4, 5 and 6

This is the schedule for the planned activation of the MAI-75 SSTV activity from the ISS.

Dec 4: On – 12:00 GMT, Off – 16:50 GMT
Dec 5: On – 11:25 GMT, Off – 17:15 GMT
Dec 6: On – 10:20 GMT, Off – 16:40 GMT

Transmissions will be sent on 145.800 MHz FM (5 kHz deviation) in the SSTV mode PD-120. Once received, images can be posted and viewed by the public At http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

ISS SSTV uses a Kenwood TM D710E transceiver which is part of the amateur radio station located in the Russian ISS Service Module.

Read the full story here:
https://amsat-uk.org

Changes to the remote’s access

Steel City members please check out the “Members Only” page for the new instructions for access the two remotes up at the club house.  We have switch using VNC programs to access the remotes. The 5 member limit is now gone and we have a direct connection to the remote without having to pay for cloud access.  If you have question plan to go up to the club house on Wednesday and the technical committee will help you access the remotes.

Red Cross Presentation

Red Cross Presentation
Wed. Dec 4th – 7:30 PM

Dave, KC3KAG

Will be giving a short overview of the Red Cross responding to national and local disasters and the importance of emergency communication capabilities amateur radio operators and specifically ARES can provide to the Red Cross during times of disasters.

Dave will highlight some of the roles amateur radio operators can fill for the Red Cross during a disaster.


Links:
Red Cross South Western  PA
https://www.redcross.org/local/pennsylvania

Western PA ARRL ARES
https://wpa-arrl.org/ares/

BLAW-KNOX ANTENNAS

On March 12, 1906 Blaw Collapsible Steel Centering Company was formed in New Jersey to manufacture and market re-usable steel forms for molding concrete in heavy construction. The initial product line of the Blaw company was based on the patented invention of Jacob B. Blaw of Philadelphia. This invention was for a better way to set the concrete for the sewers than by means of the wooden forms normally used for such work.
In 1909 Luther Knox and Irvin F. Lehman became associated in the establishment of the Knox Pressed and Welded Steel Co. Luther Knox pioneered the use of pressed and welded steel, in place of previously used non-ferrous castings, for the manufacture of water-cooled equipment for open hearth furnaces and for other high temperature applications.
The Blaw-Knox Company name was adopted July 6, 1917, marking the merger of Blaw Steel Construction Company with the Knox Pressed and Welded Steel Company. This merger introduced the company to the steel industry and also brought together the three Lehman brothers into one business firm.
In 1927 the company added radio towers to its products.
During its growth years Blaw-Knox acquired a number of companies. In 1929 A.W. French & Company became part of Blaw-Knox. This was a factor in eventually establishing a complete package of road-building equipment. Blaw-Knox is now a brand name of this equipment and is now part of Ingersoll-Rand.
Blaw-Knox experienced less growth during the years of the Great Depression, but stayed in the black. The company was also involved in the manufacture of many products to support the efforts in WWII, such as: cast armor for naval vessels, turrets for tanks, anti-aircraft Bofors* gun mounts, Naval gun slides and mounts, rockets, projectiles, torpedo launching equipment and the operation of a 16-inch shell line, to name only a few. For it’s excellence in the war effort, Blaw-Knox won seven Army-Navy “E” awards with 16 stars.
The company served four basic market categories: (1) the metallurgical industries; (2) chemical process and nuclear industries; (3) public service industries; and (4) public works and highway construction industries. —
*Bofors is a Swedish company.
One more note of interest is that Blaw-Knox built one of its early manufacturing facilities in Hoboken, PA. The town was renamed Blawnox, PA and is located next to Pittsburgh. (I was born in Hoboken, NJ)

The above information was obtained from a 28 page booklet, published in 1957 entitled: “Blaw-Knox Growth Through Invention And Enterprise,” which is the text of an address, given by W. Cordes Snyder, Jr., who was president of the Blaw-Knox company of Pittsburgh, PA. at the time.

In early 1933, WLW began construction of a new 500,000 watt superpower facility at Mason, Ohio after approval of the Federal Radio Commission. RCA supplied the 500KW transmitter. A new 831 foot, half wave, end-fed, Blaw-Knox double diamond-shaped vertical antenna weighing 136 tons was erected for the small sum (in today’s dollars) of $46,000. The wider, middle of the tower structure is 35 ft. square. A concrete lined pond was built in front of the transmitter building for transmitter cooling. Water was pumped through specially designed water cooled tubes, and was then sprayed into the air by fountains, returning back into the pond.