Construction of the Hallicrafters SCR-299

Interesting find from John N3EQP

In 1944, this short subject film was produced by the Jam Handy Organization and sponsored by the Hallicrafters Company. It shows the construction of the SCR-299 and dramatizes its use during World War II. This is a B&W documentary presenting a look at the manufacturing and use of the (now defunct) Hallicrafters Company’s SCR-299 “mobile communications unit.”

K2BSA Radio Balloon Launch

They have launched and 2nd balloon today July 25th. Watch the video below and you can track this one by following the links for K2BSA-12.  Currently K2BSA-11 is over the Atlantic ocean and we will have to wait until it gets near land to see if it made the ocean crossing.!mt=roadmap&z=11&call=a%2FK2BSA-12&timerange=3600&tail=3600

Balloon Launch — July 25, 2017

Balloon launch followed by successful tracking

Posted by K2BSA on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Also our own AE3JM has some time to do SOTA activation this morning…

Activating Garden Ground Mountain (SOTA WV8/NR-058) on satellite this morning at the National Boy Scout Jamboree.
Jason AE3JM

FROM July 21st….

The K2BSA staff launched an ARHAB balloon from the Summit on July 21.

You can track the balloon at the following links:!mt=roadmap&mz=8&qm=1_day&f=K2BSA-11

National Boy Scout Jamboree

The 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree will be held July 19-28 at the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in southern West Virginia.  This event is held every 4 years and will draw thousands of Scouts from around the country. There will be an Amateur Radio station onsite (WV8BSA) conducting demonstrations and providing instruction for the Radio Merit Badge.  Also scheduled are a balloon launch with APRS tracking, and a contact with the ISS. A large part of our demonstration will be getting Scouts on the air making QSOs.  If you have some spare time during daylight hours, please consider getting on the air and looking for us so that we can help spark some of the magic we all enjoy in this hobby.
You can look for us on the following frequencies:
SSB:  28.390, 24.960, 21.360, 18.140, 14.290, 7.190, 3.940
PSK:  28.120, 24.920, 21.080, 18.100, 14.070, 10.142, 7.080, 3.580
There will also be some limited CW operation as time permits.
You can find more information about what we’re up to at, under the Jamboree tab.
Hope to see you on the air!
Jason Mueller AE3JM
K2BSA Staff, 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree

W3KWH WSPR Results @ 20 Meters

Our very own Colin K0LIN set up the WSPR transmitter at the club last night.  It is putting out 50 mW of power into the HyTower vertical antenna.  As you can see by the map below  even with 50 mW of power station from around the world can here our magical hill top.   For more details check out  click on the map link at the top right hand side.  If you scroll down you can enter a search just for W3KWH on the 20 meter band and see the latest receptions.
Click on the map for a full size version

Here are the 24 Hours results

Call MHz SNR Reporter RGrid km az
 W3KWH  14.097146  -27  VK2XN  QF59ar  15392  268
 W3KWH  14.097125  -27  I1SOP  JN44lm  6937  54
 W3KWH  14.097157  -25  DK6UG/1  JN49dm  6620  49
 W3KWH  14.097141  -27  DK6UG  JN49cm  6615  49
 W3KWH  14.097179  -25  OZ2JBR  JO65di  6558  42
 W3KWH  14.097146  -24  SWLJO43  JO43xh  6528  44
 W3KWH  14.097177  -25  DL0HT  JO43jb  6471  45
 W3KWH  14.097189  -28  DF2JP  JO31hh  6424  48
 W3KWH  14.097163  -27  PI9ESA  JO22fd  6250  47
 W3KWH  14.097167  -25  EA1FAQ  IN71pn  6115  62
 W3KWH  14.097162  -23  EA8BFK  IL38bo  6068  80
 W3KWH  14.097145  -24  G4ZFQ  IO90ir  5944  51
 W3KWH  14.097145  -23  KL7L  BP51ip  5073  322
 W3KWH  14.097147  -27  N6GN  CM88ok  3635  281
 W3KWH  14.097143  -26  WINSWL  CM88on  3631  281
 W3KWH  14.097149  -20  KR6LA  CN90ao  3502  284
 W3KWH  14.097166  -32  K6MCS  CM98  3488  280
 W3KWH  14.097146  -28  VE7PGB  CO83pw  3483  310
 W3KWH  14.097177  -25  K7MHI  CN87wk  3408  297
 W3KWH  14.097147  -28  N6RY  DM13id  3381  268
 W3KWH  14.097151  -27  KK6NON  DM13  3344  269
 W3KWH  14.097145  -28  VE7ENP  DN09gv  3215  302
 W3KWH  14.097151  -27  K7GXB  DM34sn  2909  267
 W3KWH  14.097162  -25  VA6TJ  DO21ql  2901  307
 W3KWH  14.097144  -25  W7REK  DM42lk  2888  262
 W3KWH  14.097074  -26  K7CKW  DM42nh  2880  262
 W3KWH  14.097165  -28  CF6TDG  DO31aa  2845  306
 W3KWH  14.097152  -13  VE6JY  DO33or  2844  312
 W3KWH  14.097168  -27  VE5MMG  DO62qc  2394  312

N3LL Magic Band {6 Meter} Recordings

In honor of Bobby’s visit to his hometown I have recovered his 6 meters recordings from the old site.

SCARC member N3LL, Bob Carnahan, put together a small collection of recordings made of 6-meter skip activities in which DX stations running as little as 30-watts can be heard. Most of the recordings are contacts between the club’s station, W3KWH, and others; however, Bob includes one DX contact made from his home running only 100-watts and using a par omni loop antenna design.

All links provide MP3 streams (compatible w/dial-up)

5T5SN in Mauritania, Italy – received by N3LL in Pittsburgh, PA
N3LL was using a simple par omni loop antenna.

FG1GW – Guadeloupe, France – with W3KWH

FM5AA – Martinique, France – with W3KWH / Bob (N3LL)
K6MYC near Fresno, California, in QSO with NU3A in Newark, Delaware
VE9PLB – Miramich, New Brunswick, Canada – with N3LL – Pittsburgh, PA
VP2V – British Virgin Islands – with N3LL – Pittsburgh, PA
W3HH – Short code segment from W3HH in Ocala, Florida
WA3TTS 6-Meter beacon [SCARC, Pittsburgh] running at 40-milliwatts as copied by K0KP in Duluth, Minnesota
N3LL, while operating from the gulf coast of Florida [25-miles south of Sarasota; grid: EL86], made this recording as he tuned through a rare 6-meter band opening on January 25, 2009.
(CW & SSB)

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