DMR Webinar

DMR Webinar on Wed., July 29th at 7:30 pm

The ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section will be hosting the next in our series of Webinars, “I’m On (or Almost On) DMR. So Now What?” on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Mark Wheeler, KZ3MW, will be presenting this webinar on Zoom.

If you are interested in learning about Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) and are interested in learning more about this mode before investing in a radio or you’ve been using DMR for a while but would like to get some questions answered, this webinar is for you. Send an email to  W3GWM@arrl.org to register. If you have any specific questions, send those too and we’ll try to get them answered.

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

August 8 and 9, 2020

Participate in this ground breaking, virtual international amateur radio expo. Packed with world renowned speakers, exhibitors, and special conference rooms built on a virtual reality platform. Attend from the convenience of your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Attendees have the opportunity to:  

  • Listen to and engage with 70+ internationally recognized ham radio luminaries that have committed to lead expo sessions.
  • Walk through our virtual exhibit hall filled with popular amateur radio suppliers. Watch new product demos, interact directly with booth staff using video, audio, or text conferencing.
  • Engage with fellow hams without leaving your home ham shack. And save thousands of dollars since you don’t have to worry about travel, food, and lodging!
  • Return over the next 30 days to re-visit, explore, and re-engage exhibitor offerings.
  • Click here for the speaker list.
Check out their website: https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/

EPA Section DMR Net

EPA Section DMR Net

by EPA Admin

EPA Section DMR Net

We’ve been having a lot of activity on the EPA Section DMR Brandmeister Talkgroup. If you have a Hotspot our Talkgroup is 31426. I try to monitor whenever I can.

We’re going to try holding a net. Most people seem free on Thursday evenings, so we’ll meet at 7:30 PM.

The purpose of the net is to discuss all things DMR. We’ll try to answer questions and provide information about DMR and even other Talkgroups you might find interesting. Everyone is welcome.

If you have a radiogram you’d like to send, we’ll accept messages to be sent via the National Traffic System.

This will be a low-key net stressing good fellowship between Hams active on DMR in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Anyone from anywhere is welcome to join us. Possibly, once we’re established, we could have check ins from virtually anywhere in the world!

Plan on joining us on Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM

Can you work DX on two meters?

Can you work DX on two meters?  Yes you can and Bobbie N3LL just proved it again.  From our club house above the county with the huge beams we have on not only 2 meter but 70 cm also you can really get out.  Here is Bobby, N3LL  comment on contact he made today July 5th.

“I was on today and we had a 2 meter E skip opening finally worked into EM25,EM26 and EM04…….OK and TX. Here is just what one of the guys said on the VHF blog page ..many other comments on hearing the W3KWH station on the air again.”  N3LL

21:47:21 – WA3EOQ, Howard – (W3KWH) great to hear the club stn on the air de FM09

Youth on the Air Summer Activities

Since Youth on the Air camp was postponed until 2021, we’ve added some BONUS events that you can do from home for 2020!

Virtual YOTA Day – Wednesday, June 24, 2020 2-8 pm EDT

Join us for a series of youth-led forums and some fun competitions that you can do from home, even if you don’t have a radio! Youth who were selected to attend YOTA camp 2020 will be able to meet on Zoom for a day of learning and fun, and have a chance to win prizes! You’re not one of those selected to attend the 2020 camp? NO PROBLEM. We will also stream the Zoom meeting on our YouTube channel so you can watch and follow along at home. Learn how to track down the location of a transmitter without leaving your chair, sharpen your contesting skills, and more!

Competition prizes are graciously donated by Heil Sound.
The grand prize is donated by R&L Electronics.

Special Event Station W8Y

During the week of June 21-26, when the camp was supposed to take place, we will have a special event station on the air! Youth who were selected to attend YOTA camp 2020 will take turns operating as W8Y throughout the week from the station of their choosing. Campers should sign up at YouthOnTheAir.org to be added to the schedule. Contact Marty, NN1C at special@youthontheair.org with questions. If you were not selected as a camper for 2020, be sure to work W8Y on the air!

Field Day W8Y Remote

We will operate Field Day from a remote station. Logging will be done by remote desktop. Youth who were selected to attend YOTA camp 2020 can sign up for a time slot on the remote station provided by Jay, K4ZLE. Sign up for times at YouthOnTheAir.org. If you have questions, contact Chris KD8YVJ, at fieldday@youthontheair.org.

Field Day Club Entry

If you choose to operate Field Day from your home station, you can add your score to a club for this year only. Enter “Youth on the Air” as the club name on your Field Day score entry. This is for ALL hams who are age 25 and younger.

Venerable AO-7 Satellite

The nearly 46-year-old AO-7 amateur satellite made a remarkable contact possible on May 4 between Diego Feil, LW2DAF, in Buenos Aires, Argentina (GF05rk), and Tom Ambrose, ZS1TA, in Cape Town, South Africa (JF95fx). The contact spanned 4,329 miles across the South Atlantic, with both stations aiming at only 2 or 3 degrees above the horizon.

Both stations had been watching orbital predictions for several weeks, and times when both stations could “see” AO-7 at the same time occurred only occasionally. Electrical noise, particularly in Cape Town, had hampered earlier efforts, but on the morning of May 4, noise levels were low, and a perfect contact was possible with full call signs and reports exchanged.

In 2016, Dave Swanson, KG5CCI, in Arkansas, and Eduardo Erlemann, PY2RN, in Brazil, achieved a distance milestone on AO-7, completing a scheduled contact that covered a calculated distance of approximately 4,979.2 miles, which Swanson said was “way beyond the theoretical range of AO-7” and a feat that “the math said shouldn’t be possible.” — Thanks to AMSAT News Service

Zoom Meeting – Greenbank Telescope Tour

Steel City, Skyview, North Hills, Unv. of Pittsburgh, WACOM
Will all receive their invites via there club email reflectors

We will be hosting another joint club zoom meeting on May 27th at 8:00 PM.  The tour will be provided by Richard Bradley,W4DZC who works at the telescope and develop some of the receivers at the telescope.  To see how sensitive those receivers are there is a sign in the visitor center that ask you to turn off your cell phone since they could still detect it on the planet Saturn even it was in airplane mode.  Members of Steel City, Skyview, and the North Hill amature radio club will receive the invite on Wednesday morning via their club reflectors.  If other clubs in the tristate area which to participate please let N3LRG {at} W3KWH {dit} COM know.

More Information to follow…..

Website: https://greenbankobservatory.org/

Links:

http://www.radio-astronomy.org/

https://public.nrao.edu/telescopes/gbt/

https://dss.gb.nrao.edu/schedule/public

https://greenbankobservatory.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/GB_SciCen_Brochure_2020.red_.pdf

Presenter:
Richard F. Bradley, Ph.D. — W4DZC
—Scientist / Senior Research Engineer (NRAO)
—Research Professor of Astronomy (U. Virginia)
—Visiting Assistant Professor of EE (U. Virginia)
—Radio Science:  Associate Editor

Hot Spot on Keystone West Room

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We are currently working on adding a link to the Keystone-West Room.  This will let users using a MMDVM Hot Spot or any other model to get access to the Keystone-West network. Stay tune to this website when it goes active.  Temporary we will be linked to “FCS00315” Pittsburgh-Pa-Digital-Group but hopefully will be moved to its own reflector. So if you are not close to any of the Pittsburgh you could pick up an Hot Spot {Example here} and create your own like to the Western Pennsylvania C4FM System Fusion network.