SADRC – San Antonio Digital Radio Club

With the growth of our very own digital network here in western Pennsylvanian I thought it would be good to check what other area of the country are doing for there own digital network.  You can check out the San Antonio Digital Radio Club Sunday nights right here on our very own Keystone-West room #60328 at Sunday nights at 8 pm. They link their network to ours for the net.

Check out their website:

The San Antonio Digital Radio Club is a Yaesu fusion based club with members at the ready to take their experiences and help teach others about the wonderful world of digital voice in ham radio. Digital voice has a lot to offer, but can be daunting and convoluted at first glance for new comers. Worry not, for they have been there too. The good thing is, you have fellow digital Elmers here to help where and when they can. Are you just looking to have a QSO? They are here for that too. 73!

SADRC Repeaters:

The repeaters in the group are owned and operated individually. They coordinate and work together to keep the systems linked and operating under the ideals of the SADRC.

  • N8IQT – Primary SADRC Repeater
    • Frequency: 442.750+
    • Mode: Fusion Digital Only
    • Location: Stone Oak
    • Notes:
  • N8IQT – 2M Repeater
    • Frequency: 147.16+
    • Mode: Fusion
    • Location: Stone Oak
    • Notes:
  • AE5JO – MMDVM Dashboard
    • Frequency: 442.5750+
    • Mode: MMDVM, Fusion, DMR, D-Sar
    • Location: Near 35/410
    • Notes:
  • W5NZK
    • Frequency: 441.8125+
    • Mode: Fusion
    • Location: I-35 near Live Oak
    • Notes:

SADRC Digital Networks:

  • Fusion
    • FCS Network: Server 003 Room 46
    • YSF Network: US – SADRC
    • Wires-X: 40324


On-line Instruction to learn Morse code.

With many youngsters at loose ends as a result of school closings due to COVAD-19 concerns, the Long Island CW Club is offering students free on-line instruction to learn Morse code.

Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, a founding member of the Long Island CW Club explained that learning Morse is a fun and educational activity for children of all ages that can fill part of the gap left by the current unfortunate situation that has closed so many schools across the country.

Therefore the Long Island CW Club will be offering on-line Morse code classes each Monday through Friday starting on Monday, March 23rd specifically for school-agers anywhere across the country or overseas.

Instruction will be conducted via Zoom on-line video conferencing, requiring a computer equipped with a microphone and camera.

Classes for elementary school-aged children will run 30-minutes starting at 12:00 noon EDT (16:00Z) , followed by 45-minute classes for middle and high-school-aged youngsters starting at 12:45 p.m. EDT (16:45Z)

There is no charge for participation, but parental permission is required through advance registration by contacting the class instructor, Robb Zarges, K2MZ, by e-mail at or telephone at 508-8318248.

The Long Island CW Club ( is dedicated to the history and preservation of Morse code communications. Its team of 15 instructors offers 25 on-line video conference classes each week at different skill levels, currently serving more than 300 students in 44 states and ten countries.

Extra Question Pool Update July 1st

Special Bulletin 4 ARLX004
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT March 19, 2020
To all radio amateurs

ARLX004 Errata to 2020-2024 Amateur Extra-Class Question Pool
Released The NCVEC Question Pool Committee has issued errata to the new
(2020-2024) Amateur Extra-class question pool that goes into effect
on July 1.

Most changes are minor, involving typographical or style errors.

VE Testing Next Wednesday

Update:  This testing session has been cancelled…..

Want to join this wonderful hobby or upgrade to the next license class to get more privileges come up the the club house for our next VE testing sessions..

The testing sessions will be held on the Wednesday March 18th, 2020 after the Steel City Business meeting at 7:00 PM at the Steel City club house. {DIRECTIONS HERE}  Preregistration is highly recommend and will have priority, but walk-in’s will be allowed if space is available. Please read the section below “What To Bring”

To make sure we have enough testing materials on hand, and that you don’t have to wait for us to get ready we are highly recommending that people interested taking the exam preregister.

Got question? Feel free to email and to register?
Chris Grimm,
VE Examiner
K3PQ {at} W3KWH {dit} COM
(412) 259-3319

Members FYI RemoteHams

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Attention members RemoteHams is getting pretty popular with our membership but we need to take some common courtesy when multiple users are using the remotes.   On the bottom left side of the screen there are a series of TABS if you click on the CHAT tab it will show you this remote chat room.  You can type in a message here and it will show up on all the others user screen. You should alway keep the chat screen up when there are multiple users on the radio.

Over on the center right side of the screen you will see the user users that are log into the radio at the current time.  Always use the chat screen to ask permission to change frequencies and/or turn the radio off.  Nothing is worst than trying to work a station and have someone else change the bands or turn the radio off.

On the bottom left side of the BLACK WINDOW is the current control operator. {It is usually the last person to hit PTT}  Please use the chat to talk with this operator to see if it is ok to change anything on the radio.  If given a OK you will now become the control operator.

Other courtesy is the last user will be the one responsible for turning the radio off.  DO NOT turn the radio off if there are other users are still login to the remote. Again use the chat screen to say good by and you are leaving the remote on for them.

Again if everyone uses common courtesy  then everyone get to enjoy the remotes. We have had as many of 5 users at one time using the remote for checking into the nets.



ARES Meeting Saturday 3/28


Allegheny County ARES meeting Saturday March 28 at 8:30 am. The meeting will be held in the Community Room at WPXI studios located at 4145 Evergreen Road 15214. The meeting starts at 8:30 am. After the meeting, we will have an informal class on portable operations outside of our shacks.

Please let Bob, NU3Q, Allegheny County EC know if you will be attending. He will bring donuts. His phone number is 412-736-7385 and e-mail address is


Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network

AREDN (Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network) was an outgrowth of the ARRL working group on High-Speed Multimedia (HSMM). It has evolved over the past 10-12 years from its first implementation by Broadband Hamnet (BBHN). Over the years the AREDN Project has developed software support for nearly 70 commercial wireless routers—moving them from their Part 15 allocation into adjacent Part 97 allocations in the .9, 2, 3, and 5 GHz bands—providing an inexpensive and easy way for hams to implement high-speed (up to 144 Mbps) data networks in support of Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs), Non-governmental Agencies (NGOs) and first responders. The project has twice been recognized by the league for the significance of its achievements by awarding the Project the ARRL Microwave Development Award in 2014 and 2018.

With are hilltop location this could be a viable system for emergency communications if the internet went down. There are 2 hams in the area now using it in the North Hills but other parts of the country have some very extensive systems in place. AREDN can also be used for controlling off site repeaters and remote stations with out relying on the internet. For more info checkout…

The primary goal of the AREDN® project is to empower licensed amateur radio operators to quickly and easily deploy high-speed data networks when and where they might be needed, as a service both to the hobby and the community. This is especially important in cases when traditional “utility” services (electricity, phone lines, or Internet services) become unavailable. In those cases an off-grid amateur radio emergency data network may be a lifeline for communities impacted by a local disaster.

Costs of devices range from $50 to several hundred dollars for a complete node, so there are many options even for the budget-conscious operator.

It would be nice for are club to implement this in the Pittsburgh area.

What is a Radiogram

What is a Radiogram (DEFINED)

radiogram is a formal written message transmitted by radio. Also known as a radio telegram or radio telegraphic message, radiograms use a standardized message format, form and radiotelephone and/or radiotelegraph transmission procedures. These procedures typically provide a means of transmitting the content of the messages without including the names of the various headers and message sections, so as to minimize the time needed to transmit messages over limited and/or congested radio channels. Various formats have been used historically by maritime radio services, military organizations, and Amateur Radio organizations.

Radiograms are typically employed for conducting Record communications, which provides a message transmission and delivery audit trail. Sometimes these records are kept for proprietary purposes internal to the organization sending them, but are also sometimes legally defined as public records. For example, maritime Mayday/SOS messages transmitted by radio are defined by international agreements as public records.

From The: Union City Wireless Association