2019 Corn Roast


August 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM 

This is open to all Steel City ARC member and pending members.  Bring your YL and kids and enjoy this annual get together with the whole Steel City family.

For More Information See the Corn Roast Website

Please send Carol your RSVP so she can get a good head count
she can be emailed at the follow address. 

RSVP byJuly 16th

Apollo 11 Special Event Stations

Special Event Stations to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing

A number of Amateur Radio special event stations will be (or already are) on the air during July to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.The list includes:

N8A, until July 24, Midwest VHF/UHF Society, West Chester, Ohio;
WB4ICJ, July 14 – 20, Kennedy Space Center;
N1A, July 14 – 28, Milford (Ohio) Amateur Radio Club;
N4A, July 16 – 25, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Amateur Radio Club;
K2M, July 16 – 24, Great South By Amateur Radio Club (honoring those who built the LEM on Long Island);
K2CAM, July 16 – 24, Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club;
N5A, July 18 – 21, Razorback Contest Club,Springdale, Arkansas;
W3A, July 18 – 23, the National Electronics Museum Amateur Radio Club (K3NEM);
W4A, July 19 – 21, Huntsville (Alabama) Amateur Radio Club;
K8QYL, July 20, Reservoir Amateur Radio Association;
K9MOT, July 20 – 21, Motorola Amateur Radio Club;
N0M, July 20 – 22, South East Metro Amateur Radio Club;
K1M, July 20 – 28, Stratford Amateur Radio Club;
GB5EHL, until July 28, Leicester Radio Society “Eagle Has Landed” commemoration,
PA11APOLLO, until August 2, in the Netherlands.

Search for additional Apollo 11 special event stations on the ARRL website.

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: https://youtu.be/BTZ0cb0PFmk

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.

AMSAT 50th Anniversary

AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards ProgramAMSAT

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (as AMSAT is officially known) was formed March 3, 1969 as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered in the District of Columbia.  Since its founding, AMSAT has designed, constructed, and, with the added assistance of international government and commercial agencies, successfully launched, 20 Amateur Radio satellites into Earth orbit.

To help celebrate 50 years of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space, AMSAT is proud to announce the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.  Throughout 2019, your satellite and HF QSOs can help you achieve one of these special awards:

  • 50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award
  • 50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award
  • AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award

Read more about the program at:

Raspberry PI – 4

The folks at Raspberry pi have announced the new RPi 4 model B single board computer, still priced at $35 for the basic board with 1GB of RAM. Models with 2GB and 4GB of RAM are also available at higher price points.

Here’s the official announcement:
And here are the specs:
The processor is now a Broadcom BCM2711 SoC, which has four 1.5GHz Cortex A72 CPU cores. That, along with the additional RAM and higher-level graphics support will make the board more suitable for full desktop and multimedia uses.


DX Engineering Announces DXE Hamfest with Free Flea Market, August 10, 2019

DX Engineering will be holding its first “DXE Hamfest” on Saturday, August 10, featuring a free flea market, giveaways, special discounts, a Go-Kit contest, and satellite operation demonstrations.

The event will take place in DX Engineering’s showroom inside the Summit Racing Retail Super Store in Tallmadge, Ohio near Akron from 9 am to noon. The free flea market will run from 8 am to noon in Summit Racing’s paved North parking lot.

Ham Radio enthusiasts can meet and mingle with colleagues from the region, sample the latest Amateur Radio gear, and get their technical questions answered by DX Engineering’s team of Elmers. Enjoy refreshments and these activities:

* Expert demonstrations on how to contact Amateur Radio satellites. Get your questions answered from an experienced satellite operator.

* Enter to win an ICOM IC-9700 VHF/UHF/1.2 GHz Transceiver.**

* A $100 DX Engineering Gift Card will be awarded to the club or individual who brings in the best functional Emergency Go-Kit. Please bring Go-Kits to the DX Engineering Showroom for judging.

* Big discounts on open-box Amateur Radio equipment.

* Save with Hamfest Specials on Amateur Radio gear from top manufacturers.

Talk with ARRL representatives who will be hosting a booth at the Hamfest.

Amateur operators are encouraged to check in to the N8DXE Repeater at 146.985 MHz—no PL tone required. More details on Hamfest will be announced on DXEngineering.com and on the DX Engineering Facebook page.

Historic Contact

A historic contact was made on Sunday the 16th June 2019 when the Atlantic was spanned for the first time on 144 MHz.

D41CV on Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa managed to work FG8OJ in Guadeloupe on 144.174 MHz using the FT8 digital mode. The distance was an incredible 3,867 kms.

To put that into context, the distance from the west coast of Ireland to Newfoundland is 3,000 kms.

To read the full story: https://ei7gl.blogspot.com

Arduino Microcontroller DIY Projects

Arduino Microcontroller

Projects You Can Build Today!The Arduino has become widely popular among hobbyists and ham radio operators. Hams are exploring these powerful, inexpensive microcontrollers, creating new projects and amateur station gear. With its Open Source model, the Arduino community freely shares software and hardware designs, making projects easier to build and modify.

Arduino for Ham Radio introduces you to the exciting world of microcontrollers and Open Source hardware and software. It starts by building a solid foundation through descriptions of various Arduino boards and add-on components, followed by a collection of ham radio-related practical projects. Beginning with simple designs and concepts and gradually increasing in complexity and functionality, there is something here for everyone. Projects can be built quickly and used as-is, or they can be expanded and enhanced with your own personal touches.

For more information and to order:


Summer Projects – Power

Looking for something to do this summer?  Building a go box or just want a power connection in your car dash mount?   Here are a couple nice power pole panel mounts that you can get.


High output capacity of up to 45A on each Powerpole. Includes (4) 30A contacts. Fits 1-1/8″ dia. hole.  Dual outputs and the company offers many identical accessories to go with it. https://powerwerx.com

$4.00  or $14.00 for 4 units

Panel mount for a pair of Anderson Powerpole connectors, this fits the Anderson (And Clones) PP15-PP45 (15a-45a) #1327 housings. 3D printed has options for other colors. Single power pole connection.  Lower cost version of the above.  https://www.ebay.com or 4x units

USB B Round Panel Mount Extension Cable - 30cm

$4.95 – $9.95

this USB B Round Panel Mount Extension Cable is the easiest and fastest way to panel-ify your project. Use it for power or for data this will make for a nice looking project.

Full Size USB “B”

Micro “B” Size

USB “C” Size