Uniontown ARC- Digital

UARCLogoThe Uniontown ARC, W3PIE, is hosting an event that is focused on 2 aspects of digital voice radio – Saturday, June 8th at the club property – 433 Old Pittsburgh Road in Uniontown, PA. We will start off with a System Fusion WIRES-X networking seminar, which will cover ways to connect to WIRES-X rooms. We will also cover detailed instructions on adding area club repeaters and individual nodes to an “intercom” room throughout Western Pennsylvania – that is also being hosted by the UARC as another way to further serve our amateur radio community. This session will be led by Cory Sickles, WA3UVV and will take place in the new club annex building – starting at 10:00.

Later, we will have a DMR programming workshop, where attendees will learn the skills needed to set up and change the codeplugs of Baofeng, TYT, Anytone, etc. radios, when needed. Use of the radios with repeaters and network points of presence (Openspot, Zumspot, etc.) will also be covered. This session will be led by Dylan Beatty, KC3DMR and will take place in the main clubhouse – starting at 13:00.
For this session, you should bring your fully-charged radio, programming cable, and laptop with software installed. If you do not already have a DMR subscriber ID number, you will need to obtain one in advance.

During the noon hour, we will take a break for lunch and give everyone the opportunity to know each other better. We will have freshly grilled hamburgers and hot dogs – prepared by our grill masters – with chips and pop. In order to take advantage of this offer, you must register in advance, as seating is limited.

If you wish to attend, you need to do it today. Send an email to WA3UVV@ARRL.NET – including your name, call, telephone number, and which event you wish to attend (you may sign up for both). If you are signing up for the DMR workshop, please let us know what model of radio you have, as well. Any additional information that may be of value will be appreciated, too.
We look forward to seeing you!

The ICOM IC-7610 Review

The customers and experts have spoken! The ICOM-7610 HF/50MHz All Mode Transceiver, featuring advanced dynamic range performance, true dual receivers and a host of other
next-level benefits, has been well worth the wait.

From the Experts’ Perspective

In his User Evaluation and Test Report, Icom maven Adam Farson, AB4OJ/VA7OJ, analyzed the unit’s physical feel, architecture, touch-screen, receiver front-end management, filters, noise reduction, noise blanker, AGC system, menus, metering, CW, RTTY decoder and memory keyer, VFO/memory management, on-air experience and more.

He concluded: “Although the IC-7610 is in a higher price category than the IC-7300, I nonetheless feel that the 7610 provides excellent value and capability for its price.” Read the entire report here.

In an interview on Ham Talk, Rob Sherwood of Sherwood Engineering, NC0B, offered ample praise for both the IC-7300 and IC-7610. The Ham Radio guru and highly respected gear-tester lauded many features of the IC-7610, including its dual receivers for working split and the unit’s solid TR switching and audio peak filter—major upgrades for serious CW operators. Listen to the entire interview here. To see the numbers crunched, check out Sherwood’s technical breakdown of the IC-7610.

Read the full article here: https://dxengineering.wordpress.com

World Scout Jamboree — NA1WJ Station

World Scout Jamboree — NA1WJ Station

You can work the World Scout Jamboree station July 22 to August 1.

We will be posting our operating frequencies in real time on Facebook and Twitter. You can also join our email group at https://groups.io/g/na1wj.

See Amateur Radio Live from the Jamboree for detailed information on frequencies.

Steel City Members:  Please keep an eye on this the scout will be looking for some contact and they will need our help

NU3Q Go Box Demo

On May 8, 2019 Wednesday night Bob Mente,NU3Q will be doing a Go Box demo at the Steel City club house at 7:00 PM.  Come on up to the club house to see what all this talk of Go Boxes are about and how to make one yourself.




SKYWARN® – Presentation

On April 24th promptly at 7:00 PM updated  8 pm the Steel City ARC will be hosting a presentation about SKYWARN.  This presentation is a talk about what is SKYWARN organization and how ham radio is importance to the National Weather Service.  This will be a good meeting to learn about the service and and if you want to take the next step and become a train weather spotter.


SKYWARN® is a National Weather Service (NWS) program developed in the 1960s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make life-saving warning decisions. Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their community.

SKYWARN® spotter reports provide vital “ground truth” to the NWS. They act as our eyes and ears in the field. Spotter reports help our meteorologists issue timely, accurate, and detailed warnings by confirming hazardous weather detected by NWS radar. Spotters also provide critical verification information that helps improve future warning services. SKYWARN® Spotters serve their local communities by acting as a vital source of information when dangerous storms approach. Without spotters, NWS would be less able to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.

Check out there website:

Steel City – 2019 VE Testing Sessions

Chris Grimm K3PQ is now our new VE Testing examiner contact person.  People interesting in becoming an amature radio operator or planning to up grade there license should get in touch with Chris at the link below.   The testing sessions will be on the Wednesday after the Steel City Business meeting at 7:00 PM at our club house. {DIRECTIONS HERE} Preregistration is highly recommend and will have priority, but walk-in’s will be allowed if space is available.  Check out our VE webpage for more information and the latest updates and Chris’s contact information.

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Ham Radio & Raspberry PI

Don, N3BMT sent me an email and I thought it would make a good posting for the site since he ask alot of good questions.  So below is what Don sent me and my reply about Raspberry PI micro computer.  How to program it and some software for Ham Radio.


Hi Christine, 
 I have loved playing with “electrical stuff” since I was a kid and still do. As old as I am I still want to learn. Therefore the reason for this email .  I got a Raspberry pi to play with and maybe learn something. I haven’t got into it very much yet but looking on the net it appears it can be programmed in different languages??? 
My questions to you are: 
Which language do you use? 
Is it an easy language to use?

Are there any good web sites that share their programs? 
I have been using Arduino for my stuff – code reader, antenna
switching, frequency generator and freq readout for old Kenwoods. 
I know your busy so I apologize for bothering you with this but you
are the only person I know that uses the pi. 
Thanks in advance for any help. 

Don Link, N3BMT

Hello Don,
Good for you, your never too old to learn at least that is the way I feel. You ask some very good question.  First the Raspberry PI computer is a real computer you can run anything you want on it.  I did a little quick looking around the web and found sites that will tell you how to install Basic, Fortran, and even Cobol on the PI.   But to answer your question the most popular programing language for the PI is Python by far.  You can find a lot of examples on the web for Python usage for the PI.  Most the the PI projects I have done has been written in Python.  Below I have a couple of example on my quick search.
Then second most popular programing language is “C” which you got a good start with the Arduino projects that you have worked on. You cant go wrong with C and since C compiles to machine code it run fast also. But like I said the Raspberry PI is a real computer that you can down load any programing language with.
I have also included some links to Ham radio related software and since the PI was built for hooking things up to it I have also included a link to Adafruit hardware site which does a very good job at creating software that will work with their hardware.  I hope this helps you get started..
The Raspberry PI Foundation: 

Championship Radio Foxhunting News

2019 championships logoThe Nineteenth USA National ARDF Championships
Near Raleigh, North Carolina, July 28 – August 4, 2019

Plans are well under way for 2019’s USA Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships.  Members of the Backwoods Orienteering Klub (BOK) have been laying out courses, verifying maps and making other plans for a full week of radio-orienteering fun.  The 2019 USA Championships are being combined with the biennial championships of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (North and South America).  Radio-orienteers from all parts of the country plus visitors from abroad are expected to attending.

For more information check out the website

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”

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 K1JTSteve K9AN, and Bill G4WJS

Building the Dummy Load

By Ken, K4EAA

This is a take-off on a Dummy load that I’ve built in many different forms over the years.   It uses a number of non-inductive resistors in parallel to achieve 50 Ohms over a wide frequency range.  It is submerged in oil to allow somewhat extended operation during tuning or repair procedures.   The advantages are:  (1) It’s cheap,  (2) It provides a very pure 50 Ohm resistive load through 30MHz and beyond,  (3) You can easily add power measurement and rig testing capability.

This one is conservatively designed for rigs that have power output levels up to 130W, such as the Kenwood hybrid lineup.  I built it into a one-quart paint can, readily available at Ace Hardware for about 89 cents.  I’ve used it for about a year now.  A few hundred of your service rigs that you have sent to me have been loaded up into this dummy, and it is still like the day it was built.   I know, because I had to take it apart to take these photos!   It still measures 49.9 Ohms, even after all those rigs, all that power!

Read about the full project on his website: