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

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

SSB in MHz: 28.390, 24.960, 21.360, 18.140, 14.290, 7.190, 3.940

PSK-31 in MHz: 28.120, 24.920, 21.080, 18.100, 14.070, 10.142, 7.080, 3.580

EchoLink: Conference *JAMBO* (node 832996).
Please plan to connect via *JAMBO* conference for best results.

CW: There will be limited operation on CW as time permits. See Scouting Frequencies.

SATELLITES: We will be active on the FM and SSB satellites.

Wall Street Tries Shortwave Radio

Wall Street Tries Shortwave Radio to Make High-Frequency Trades Across the Atlantic

Editor Note: While this is not an direct amateur related article it is using our technology. Hopefully it doesn’t hurt our small bands.

Read the full article here:  IEEE Spectrum 

Shortwave radio is venerable technology, dating back to the early part of the 20th century. Radio amateurs, often called hams, use it to contact one another around the world with modest equipment. So it’s surprising, really, that high-frequency traders have only lately begun to take advantage of this technique. But that appears to be what is happening.

I say “appears” because there’s only indirect evidence that traders are pursuing this approach. Most comes from Bob Van Valzah, a software engineer and networking specialist who characterizes himself as a “latency buster.” By chance, he stumbled on an odd-looking cell tower in West Chicago, near where he lives, and after much investigation  concluded that the giant antennas sprouting from it were sending signals about goings on at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to trading centers in Europe.

Who exactly is using this link? If you dig through the FCC’s online license database, you can find that although the official license for the West Chicago tower that Van Valzah investigated was awarded to one company, the “real party of interest” is IMC B.V., a technology-driven trading firm that has invested in McKay Brothers [PDF] and thus is no stranger to the value of low-latency radio links.

Read the full article here:  IEEE Spectrum

Here is another more detail post on what is going on here:


NU3Q on TV

Bob NU3Q was  on the K5KUB Amateur Radio Roundtable show on July 9th.  He gave his “Go Box” demonstration on the show, and  below is the link to the show.  If you missed the demo he put on at the club you can catch it here.  Steel City was mention during the presentation.

Click this link to see the whole show:

Or click on the video below to go directly to Bob’s segment.

Our very own Bob, NU3Q will be on the K5KUB.COM Amateur Radio Round Table Program with his Go Box.   So it should be interesting discussion about go boxes.  Watch him Tuesday Night at 9 PM after our 2m net.

Did you know? C4FM Fusion on 10 meters

Did you know that you can do C4FM “System Fusion” on HF?  Well at least on the FM portion of the 10 meter band you can.  So ant one General or higher can move up to the FM portion 29.500 MHz and  higher and give it a try. We just need to get out of this solar minimum. Our little Yause FT-991 can be a fun radio to try out.

Here is a google group for the Yaesu FT-991


Use it or lose it

Use it or lose it – Were starting to lose it

A World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) agenda item proposing to study a range of frequencies, including potentially reassigning 144 – 146 MHz as a primary Aeronautical Mobile Service allocation, drew little opposition at a meeting of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Project Team A. The team is responsible for some aspects of CEPT WRC positions, and the meeting was held June 17 – 21 in Prague, Czech Republic. Introduced by France, the proposal targeting 144 – 146 MHz would be part of a broader consideration of spectrum allocated to the Aeronautical Mobile Service. Another issue addressed during the meeting concerned the sharing of the Amateur Radio 1240 – 1300 MHz band with Europe’s Galileo GPS system.

Read the full article here:


Meet your new antenna – Hex Beam

NA4RR Hex Beam

Steel City members  meet the newest antenna in our family. The NA4RR Hex Beam antenna  has  arrived and has been put together.  The technical committee is current arranging an lift so we will be announcing the antenna party soon.  We still need to do the final check out and tuning which should be done within this next week.

clink image to see the full sizeSo come on up to the club house this next social to get a good look before it goes up on the tower.  Plus learn how it works and how it is put together.  See how it might be good for your station if you have limited space.

How Does it Work


Gain Peak Approx 5.5 dBi
Front/Back Peak > 20dB
VSWR Less than 2:1 across nearly all bands
Turn Radius 10.8 Ft
Diameter of Beam 21.6 Ft
Height of Beam 39″ from base to top of center post
Weight 25 lbs
Wind Load Area < 5 sq ft
Power Handles full legal limit

A hex beam antenna looks like the loops are a continuous loop but they are not.  The driven/forward  elements make an “W” shape dipole  with the feed point on the center post.  The rear element has a insulated Kevlar string separating it from the driven element with a small gap. So you can see it is not an continuous loop  of wire.  The sizes of the loop goes from small { 10m } to the larges loop { 40m } with each loop doing a different band.  Our antenna will cover 10, 12, 15, 17, 20 ,40 meters.


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:

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





* Visitors


SSTV High Altitude Balloon Event

About This ProjectI got started with amateur radio by listening to weather satellites with an SDR and “downloading” images from them (like the one on the home page from Meteor M2). Then I had heard about and participated in the International Space Station Slow Scan TV (SSTV) events! It was exciting to be able to “download” images from the space station as it passed overhead, however I always hoped they would be “live” images and not canned but recently they are canned. Thus this project was born. It is my hope to launch a high altitude balloon with a SSTV transmitter to broadcast “live” images of the Earth while in flight! I hope many people will be able to help out by listening for the signal and uploading any images to this website at the “Post SSTV Image (Click Here to visit)” page!

Preliminary Launch Date June 29, 2019 0930 EST

APRS: 144.39 MHz KD2PYB-7 (Click Here to Track)

SSTV: 145.600 MHz

An Echolink node may be set up also (KD2PYB-L)

More information:

Celebrating 100 years of WWV

WW0WWV – 1919-2019

We’re glad you’ve joined us to help celebrate the World’s oldest continually operating radio station, WWV, as it turns 100 on October 1, 2019 –  less than 5 months!

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC) have reached an agreement and are working together to organize the event.

NIST will focus on the plans for Tuesday, October 1, 2019, when they will host a recognition ceremony and an open house at the radio station north of Fort Collins.

NCARC will operate a special event amateur radio station, call sign WW0WWV, on the WWV property starting September 28 and going 24-hours a day through October 2, 2019.  The goal is to make as many U.S. and world-wide contacts during the 120-hour period as possible, using multiple bands and multiple modes on at least 4 simultaneous transmitters.  The effort will require hundreds of volunteer operators.

For more info on the special event:

For more info on WWV @ 100 years: