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:

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:

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: