Hamshack Hotline

HAMSHACK HOTLINE       https://hamshackhotline.com                                                   This would be a nice addition to our E-Comm station and get other clubs in the area to get involved to have a back up system if the radio system is busy. Faxing and video can be used over the IP phone also.
Karl, WA3VXJ

About Hamshack Hotline

Hamshack Hotline (HH) is a FREE dedicated voip telecom service for the Ham R to radio community. Typically, phones are established in hamshacks, EOCs, Clubs & club members, ARES, and other Ham related areas and functions. It is not the intention of HH to replace traffic carried over radio in an emergency or other tactical operation, but rather to augment it, by offloading managerial tactical operations and providing a full duplex path for such communications when spectrum is occupied, conditions diminished, or otherwise unavailable. HH also supports FAXing of information (with appropriate equipment) which allows tactical offices to share documents & data between tactical locations. In a non-tactical use, HH is an effective resource for off-air troubleshooting when you need to coordinate a troubleshoot of a radio circuit off-air and between multiple SMEs. In addition to all this, conference bridges on the HH network allow large groups of Hams to coordinate & meet in real time anywhere in the world.
Getting on board HH is easy! Just acquire a supported SIP capable phone (our network prefers to register hardware phones first), and open a ticket once you have your phone. If you have one of the phones on our supported hardware list, then also include a picture of the Phone’s MAC address for super easy provisioning.


Steel City Involvement:

Beside members getting a handset Steel City could purchase extra handset for the Allegheny EOC, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, the National Weather Service and we can make them available to local clubs also.   If you look at the map below you can see the country is pretty well covered already except for the Western PA area.   Steel City can lead the way with this build out.  For example last SETI drill Skyview 5 Mhz set up failed and Steel City had to take over net control.  With Hamshack Hotline we could continue having a speakerphone connection with Skyviewv clubhouse  and the person in charge of the drill.  This system would work over an digital mesh network that has been brought up several times. There even examples of being able to tie the phone connection to a club repeater network.
Christine, N3LRG

For more information: https://hamshackhotline.com/


Flex Radio Demo

There will be a Flex Radio demo this Wednesday night Oct 24th at the Steel City club house at 7:00 PM promptly. Bob Green, N3RDG will be bringing up his Flex Radio Maestro unit to the club which will be hooked up at his Flex 6400 radio back at his house. The radio which will be live on the air and after the demo members will get a chance to operate it.   Bob will be showing us how it is used and all the unique features of of an SDR radio.  Bob will not only show us the Maestro interface but also the interface that can be brought up on the Laptop or Computer screen.

VE Testing Session – Oct 6th 3PM

Saturday, October 6, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
Dead line for preregistration will be:
Sept 24, 2018

*Please note the ARRL website is wrong The testing session is at 3 PM

 

PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED – NO WALK IN’s ALLOWED
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 requiring that people interested taking the exam preregister. If you have any question about the testing or to preregister please call Art at the phone number below.

Art Mueller  – WA3BKD
Phone: 724-356-7381 

Check out our VE Testing webpage for more information… 

 

Jamboree-on-the-Air

Oct 19-21, 2018
Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. This jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby amateur radio operator’s ham shack. Many times you can find the hams will come to you by setting up a station at your Scout camporee, at the park down the block, or perhaps at a ham shack already set up at your council’s camp.

When Is It?
Jamboree-on-the-Air is held the third weekend in October. There are no official hours, so you have the whole weekend to make JOTA contacts. The event officially starts Friday evening during the JOTA Jump Start and runs through Sunday evening.

For more information: https://www.scouting.org/jota/
Question for the club… Do we want to participate?

 

Technician License Review Class

Technician License Review Class
Two Day Sept 29th & Oct 6th

Steel City Amatuer Radio Club will be hosting a two day Technician License review class on Saturdays Sept 29th and Oct 6th from 9 AM – 3 PM.  With a VE testing session immediately after the Oct 6th class at 3pm.  Since this is a review we will be going over the question pool covering the different sections of of the testing materials to help you understand it better and to help you pass the amature radio Technician license.  You are excepted to have already purchase the training material and have reviewed it before the first class.  Then bring any question you might have about the question pool to the class so it can be gone over.

  • NOTE – The question pool was updated recently please make sure your training material is dated after July 1, 2018.  This will make sure you will have the most recent question pool.

To sign up for these two training sessions the dead line is Sept 24, 2018.  Please contact Art Mueller at (724) 356-7381 to sign up for this class or if you have any question about this review class.

Image result for updateCHECK OUT OUR TECH REVIEW CLASS PAGE
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Click Here

 

What Is A ‘Go kit’?

Special Thank To: http://www.harc.net/ 
Huntsville Amateur Radio Club

Go here for the the original
interesting document:

http://www.harc.net/programs/amateur-radio-go-kit.pdf

A Go-Kit is made up of a portable “Amateur radio” station and assorted personal gear that can quickly be assembled to respond to a “Call To Service”. What the kit will consist of depends on the type of incidents being responded to and potential extent of the events.

  1. The best kit for you may not fit a “canned” list, but should be based upon your operating mode, experience and local conditions.
  2.  A typical “go” kit should sustain a day of continuous operation and be easily supplemented for overnight or weekend trips. The bare essentials are a 2-meter or dual-band radio, some sort of “gain” antenna, auxiliary power source, writing materials, comfort and safety items. You can do a lot with a minimum kit, if you plan its contents carefully. There is risk of not having something you may
    need if you go “too” light, but obvious “bells and whistles” should stay home
  3.  A Go-Kit radio is usually capable of more transmitter power than a HT. It is good practice to use no more transmitter power than required, but it is also necessary to have enough power available to complete the communications. The additional transmit power does not have to be utilized, but if needed, it is there.
  4. The ARRL ARES Field Resources Manual provides excellent guidance on “Go” kits.

SOTA – Summits On The Air

Summits on the Air

SOTA has been carefully designed to make participation possible for all Radio Amateurs and Shortwave Listeners – this is not just for mountaineers! There are awards for activators (those who ascend to the summits) and chasers (who either operate from home, a local hilltop or are even Activators on other summits).

SOTA is fully operational in nearly a hundred countries across the world. Each country has its own Association which defines the recognized SOTA summits within that Association. Each summit earns the activators and chasers a score which is related to the height of the summit. Certificates are available for various scores, leading to the prestigious “Mountain Goat” and “Shack Sloth” trophies. An Honor Roll for Activators and Chasers is maintained at the SOTA online database

How do I start?

Summits on the Air is an amateur radio awards scheme. To participate in this scheme you do not become a “member”, there are no dues to be paid or membership cards to be issued. You can join in straight away! You will find it helpful to register accounts our online services, namely SOTAwatch, the SOTA Database and the SOTA Reflector. There is no charge for these accounts, but once registered you can use SOTAwatch to see what is happening right now in SOTA and, join in discussions on the Reflector and log your activity in the Database.

You can then Chase or Activate when you feel like it – SOTA is global, activations can take place throughout the 24 hours of the day. Once you transfer your log to the database there is a permanent record and you can check your entries against those of the stations that you contacted, and keep track of your progress towards awards. Later you might wish to purchase awards, trophies or goods from our on-line shop. These purchases and the occasional donation are the means of financing the SOTA facilities.

For more information: https://www.sota.org.uk/Joining-In

SOTA Watch: http://sotawatch.org/

SOTA Handout: https://sotastore.blob.core.windows.net/docs/SOTA-leaflet-2016.pdf

FT8CALL – Rag Chew on FT-8?

FT8 has taken over the airwaves as the digital communication mode for making QSOs over HF/VHF/UHF. The mode has been widely popular as the latest offering in K1JT’s WSJT-X application. FT8 stands on the shoulders of JT65, JT9, and WSPR modes for weak signal communication, but transmits much faster with only slightly reduced sensitivity.

While FT8 is an incredibly robust weak signal mode, it is designed heavily to take advantage of short band openings on HF/VHF/UHF and only offers a minimal QSO framework. However, many operators are using these weak signal qualities to make successful QSOs on the HF bands where other modes fail.

The idea with FT8Call is to take the robustness of FT8 mode and layer on a messaging and network protocol for weak signal communication on HF, similar to FSQ and Fldigi with a keyboard-to-keyboard interface.

READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE – Pre-Released Documentation

2018 Hurricane Season: Some Nets to Know

Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net – Meets daily at 1030Z and 2230Z on 3815 kHz. The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net was established in 1958 by Colonel Henry Frew, KV4BZ, for the purpose of having a general calling frequency for the Caribbean Islands and their North and South American friends. The net’s original name was the Antilles Emergency Net.
Hurricane Watch Net — 14.325 MHz (day)/7.268 MHz (night). Activated whenever a hurricane is within 300 statute miles of expected land-fall. Disseminates storm information and relays meteorological data to National Hurricane Center via embedded NHC station WX4NHC. Also relays post-storm damage reports and other relevant information.
Intercontinental Net — 7 AM to noon US Eastern Time – 14.300 MHz. Provides a means of emergency communications to any location where the normal means are disrupted by local disaster such as fire, earthquake, storms, floods and terrorist activity.
Maritime Mobile Service Net — 12 PM to 9 PM US EST or 12 PM to 10 PM EDT – 14.300 MHz – The network acts as a weather beacon for ships during periods of severe weather and regularly repeats high seas and tropical weather warnings and bulletins from the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center.
14.300 MHz Net Information – More information about nets on 14.300 MHz.
Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) – 14.265 MHz – The purpose of the SATERN net is to support the Salvation Army operations in local, regional and international disaster situations, as well as other functions.
VOiP SKYWARN/Hurricane Net — A weekly Prep Net is held on Sundays at 0000 UTC, which is Saturday evenings for most of North America. Join by connecting to the EchoLink WX-TALK conference server, IRLP Reflector 9219 or if necessary to one of the backup systems. Monitor the net during hurricanes and other major severe weather events.
From: Lloyd KA3MSE

System Fusion Podcast – HamRadioLive

This Thursday (7/5) on Ham Talk Live!, Cory Sickles, WA3UVV will take your questions about System Fusion! We’ll talk about how it works, and how it compares to other digital voice modes.

Tune into Ham Talk Live! Thursday night at 9 pm Eastern time (0100Z) by going to hamtalklive.com. When the audio player indicates LIVE, just hit the play button!

If you miss the show live, you can listen on demand anytime also at hamtalklive.com; or a podcast version is on nearly all podcast sites a few minutes after the live show is over. Some sites include Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, SoundCloud, and iHeart Podcasts; and it’s also available on YouTube.

Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 812-NET-HAM-1 live during the call-in segment of the show, or by Skype. Our username is hamtalklive. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.

Listen to the recording here:

Listen to “Ham Talk Live!” on Spreaker.