440 Repeater Now Wide Coverage

Steel City 440 Repeater Is Now Wide Coverage
444.450 Mhz PL 103.5 – FM and C4FM Modes

Hello Members,

With the pre-amp install at the site the SCARC 440 machine is now a wide coverage repeater covering most of Pittsburgh Market.  Please give it a try and report your finding to the tech committee at tech@w3kwh.com.  For FM mode please set your PL tone to 103.5 and if you do try C4FM your traffic will be put on the state wide Keystone Wide network.  Besides monitoring our 147.03 machine please try out an listen and or call out on the 444.45 machine too.

This repeater is open for public events.  Please send a email to the above address if you need the repeater forced into FM mode only.

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13 Colonies Special Event

The 13 Colonies have started today this is one of the most fun events of the year, and for a change Steel City doesnt have to do anything with the event except to have some fun!

So here the plan, get on the radio and make some contacts with the 16 stations that are running this events. Once you make a contact first make sure you give out your call so you can get some personal credit, but also ask them to log in “W3KWH” as another contact.  They will let you do that since they get credit for getting two stations on one contact.   {note! This is for phone & CW contacts only. FT-8 contacts will have to be made at the club using W3KWH}

If you do use W3KWH to make a contact please send me the following information to me at n3lrg@w3kwh.com  “CALLSIGN – UTC DATE – UTC TIME – FREQ – RS(T) – MODE”  if you the first one to send me that  state I will record your call on the website. {Note! based on email time}   If we get all 16 callsigns for the club  then the club will submit it to get the club some very nice wallpaper…

The main purpose of this event is just have some fun on the radio this next week.  The event just goes to the 7th and maybe this Wednesday we can have some fun operating this event while having some FD leftovers!

Send me: n3lrg@w3kwh.com

YOUR CALLSIGN THEIR CALLSIGN UTC DATE UTC TIME FREQUENCY RST MODE

Log Sheets: https://13colonies.us/logsheet
Instructions: https://13colonies.us/
DX Spotting Page:  http://www.dxsummit.fi/#/

STEEL CITY MEMBERS MAKE CONTACTS
K2A KA3JKS – SSB
N1BZ – CW
KR3DX – FT8
K2F – KA3JKS – SSB
KR3DX – FT8
N1BZ – CW
K2I KC3SZH – SSB
N1BZ – CW
KR3DX – FT8
K2B KC3SZH – SSB
WA3VXJ – FT8
N1BZ – CW
K2G – KR3DX – SSB
N3GHO – FT8
N1BZ – CW
K2J KA3JKS – SSB
N1BZ – CW
KR3DX – FT8
K2C KA3JKS – SSB
KR3DX – FT8
N1BZ – CW
K2H – K3WPL – SSB
N3GHO – FT8
N1BZ – CW
K2K KR3DX – SSB
N3GHO – FT8
N1BZ – CW
K2D – N3KAC – SSB
N1BZ – CW
KR3DX – FT8
GB13COL KR3DX – SSB
KR3DX – FT8
K2L KC3SZH – SSB
N3GHO – FT8
N1BZ – CW
K2E K3WPL – SSB
KR3DX – FT8
N1BZ – CW
TM13COL KR3DX – SSB
N1BZ – CW
KR3DX – FT8
K2M WA3VXJ – FT8
N1BZ – CW
N3LRG – SSB
WM3PEN KA3JKS – SSB
N1BZ – CW
FT-8 GREEN SSB BLUE CW RED

The first member that works each station using W3KWH and reports it to the webmaster will get credit for that state.

Field Day 2024 @ Club House

Join the Steel City Amateur Radio Club On June 22-23

For out biggest event of the year. Field Day 2024 will take place this Saturday June 22 from 2:00 PM though 2:00 PM on Sunday the 23rd.  The club house will be in full operations during this time.  We will have CW, Phone, and Digital operators on the air.  The public is welcome to attend to check out our operations and join in on the fun.  See our operators work every state in the country in 24 hours.  Food will be served for Saturday Dinner, Midnight Rations, Sunday Breakfast, and Sunday Lunch. Not only will we be on the air at our station we will be showing off our portable setup also while we try out some of our new POTA antenna’s at the club house.

 

Breeze Shooter Hamfest

HAMFEST IS BACK!
Sunday – June 9th @ 8AM
Back at the original Butler Farm Grounds

LISTEN FOR US OPERATING FROM THE FAIR GROUNDS
FOR THE LEWIS & CLARK ON THE AIR
CHECK IN ON TWO METERSM

This is starting to look like the event of the summer.  Many clubs are going to the hamfest to show off their clubs.  Steel City is also planning to do this too… The difference we are going to be showing our fellow operators that Steel City is an active club.  Members should plan to stop by our tables and rest your feet and grab a mic to make some contacts for the Lewis & Clark Special Event.  We will be on the HF band and also on the VHF bands.  Attendees will be able to contact our table on 2m to get a official Lewis and Clark contact.  Also Steel City is planning to have a big  informational setup at the show.  We are getting three tables at the hamfest with plans to use them this way

  • Table 1 – Information for the club
  • Table 2 – Special Event station for the Lewis & Clark remote operation

Directions to the Butler Farm Show Grounds

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Our New Transmitter Site

Here is the view from our new transmitter site on Mt Washington.  Our UHF C4FM & FM repeater is now located 400 feet about the top of Mt Washington. Please send signal reports to the club.  Click on the images to see a full size picture.

SCARC POTA PICNIC

Save The Date
July 13, 2024

Steel City Picnic At Raccoon State Park
And POTA Event

Steel City will be hosting a club picnic out at Raccoon State Park the Saturday July 13th with a rain date of July 14st.   SCARC will be doing a POTA activation at the park during the picnic get your radio able to go mobile and bring them out to the park.  Hamburger & Hot Dogs and all the picnic fixing will be served.  This will be a great chance for beginners to see how to do a POTA activation.  Old timers will be get a good day outside having some portable fun.  This will be open to all ham radio operators.

EVENT LOCATION: Raccoon State Park

2024 Corn Roast

SCARC Corn Roast
And Open  House

Sunday August 18th @ 1:00 PM

Open to all SCARC members
Families
And
Pending member’s.

This year Corn Roast is an open house year.  We will be inviting our nearby amateur radio club’s leadership to this event.  This will let us show off the club to other hams and will let us enjoy the company of our larger ham radio community.

Don’t miss the fun or

“NO CORN FOR YOU!”

Don’t miss the fun or

“NO CORN FOR YOU!”

Public Demo W3C @ Carnegie Library

ENDS TODAY – MONDAY APRIL 22 

ANDREW CARNEGIE FREE LIBRARY & MUSIC HALL
A Library & So Much More…

Fun for Everyone!
Saturday, April 20, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Learn more here: Carnegiecarnegie.org

Steel City ARC will be doing a public demo out in the parking lot of the library.  Come out for the fun and to support the club as we show Ham Radio can be fun! We will also be having a special event station W3C from April 15-22nd.

Eclipse Balloons

April 8, 2024 – Balloon Tracks — Click on image for full size

Monday was not only a solar eclipse day it was a big balloon days.  As my Weather Balloon tracking system pick up 29 balloon were launched that day.  A lot of them were flown thru the eclipse path that day.  The above picture reflects what my station here in Oakdale was able to be picked up.  Most of the tracks near the lake were received once the balloon at above 80,000 feet.  Researching  it seem most were launched from Lima, OH and other were launch from along the Lake Erie shoreline.

This is just one of the many services Ham Radio is good at.  What good is all this data well at a resent Skywarn training session Fred McMullen from the Nation Weather Service confirms that they do view the https://sondehub.org/ daily since it a good place to be able to download the balloon data.  The image below show the location of the 12 ham radio tracking stations around the metro Pittsburgh area.  They automatically receive the data and relay it via the Internet to the above website. What equipment is needed to do this tracking? Just an Raspberry PI, RTLSDR dongle, and a antenna is all you need.