Hamshack Hotline – Now on Line

Steel City ARC  is now online with Hamshack Hotline
Feel Free to give the club a call:

Call 4547 for the Club House
Call 4591 for the Repeater Hut

Join Us On the Conference Bridge:

Western PA Area conference bridge at 337 with no pin needed
Steel City Private Bridge: 339 See membership page for pins


Check out the WESTERN PA Conference Bridge on
Tuesday Nights around 7:30 PM


Karl and myself have each purchase an Cisco Voice Over IP phone from Ebay/Amazon.  We then got them sign up for telephone numbers from the Hamshack Hotline group.  Hamshack Hotline {“HH”} is a private telephone network for Hams by Ham Radio Operators.  You must be an ham radio operator to get assign for an HH telephone number.  There is a strictly non-commercial use clause in the operating rules, so you will never get any telemarketers or political call on this phone service.  The best part of all this is that it is total free.  Yes, you have to buy an telephone but there no monthly cost involved in this phone service.  You can call another ham directly leave a voicemail or even join a conference call with others hams.   HH was created with the thinking of ECOMM use.  It make a great back up device for emergency communications.  It works where ever you have Internet all you need is a cable, fiber, or even over an Internet mesh network.  People that have gotten and Cisco wifi adapters for the phone and have them work over their car Internet hot spots. Other people have been hooking up their repeaters to HH to let them talk on the air.

If you are interested in the Hamshack Hotline reach out to Karl, WA3VXJ or Christine, N3LRG to find where to purchase the refurbished Cisco IP Phone.   We have purchase them from Amazon and Ebay and both have worked and they have cost from $20 to $30. Please make sure you reach out to the sellers to make sure the phones are unlocked.   Since most home internet routers are not “Power over Ethernet” you will need to pick up an AC adapter or an “Power over Ethernet” injector.  The current acceptable phone models are Cisco SPA-303, SPA-504, SPA-525.  You can also get the Cisco IP Adapter SPA-112 which is an adapter that lets you use any current touch tone phone on the HH network.

Give us a call at the Steel City club house on the Hamshack Hotline phone number # 4547

For more information:

Ham Shack Hotline Homepage:
https://hamshackhotline.com/

Here is an video where they are talking about the Hamshack Hotline.

Edmund Fitzgerald – QSL certificate

W3KWH

View Cert – Click Here: http://w3kwh.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/W3KWH.pdf

Dear Amateur Radio Operator,
TNX for being part of the WØJH “Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” Split Rock Lighthouse Special Event! Attached is the QSL certificate you requested for our November 2-4, 2018 event.
 
TNX again for your contact with WØJH Special Event Station; we hope you can join us again!
 
73,
Dave Glas (WØOXB)
Special Events Chair & Past President
Stillwater Amateur Radio Association (SARA)
P.S. February 16-18, 2019, we’ll be operating another special event; this time from one of Minnesota’s frozen lakes! Look for SARA’s “Ice Station WØJH” Special Event. Times and frequencies will be posted onQRZ.com (under WØJH), the SARA and ARRL web sites under Special Events and in the Feb. issue of “QST”. 

Spaceflight’s SSO-A…An Amateur Radio Satellite Bonanza

SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base has no fewer than seventeen Amateur Radio satellite payloads.  A list of the known Amateur Radio missions, websites and their downlink frequencies is as  follows. Which is currently scheduled for Dec 2, 2018.


From the SSO-A Website

We’re launching our first fully dedicated rideshare mission, dubbed SSO-A SmallSat Express, later this year aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 out of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Not only does it represent the company’s first purchase of an entire Falcon 9 to accommodate the growing number of customers seeking affordable rideshare options to launch their spacecraft into orbit, it’s also an historic launch:

It’s the largest single rideshare mission from a US-based launch vehicle to date.

Spaceflight has contracted with 64 spacecraft from 34 different organizations for the mission to a Sun-Synchronous Low Earth Orbit. It includes 15 microsats and 49 cubesats from both commercial and government entities, of which more than 25 are from international organizations from 17 countries, including United States, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Poland, Canada, Brazil, and India.


CSIM
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=585A
Downlink 437.250 MHz

ESEO
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=82

Downlink on 437.00MHz and a transponder Uplink on 1263.500MHz
have been coordinated. A revised downlink frequency of 145.895 MHz has been coordinated for FM voice and 1k2/4k8 BPSK telemetry. The ESA has released a video of the satellite’s development:
https://tinyurl.com/ESA-Student-Orbiter

Exseed
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=636

Downlink 145.900 MHz for FM repeater 67 Hz and digipeater downlink and for telemetry and 435.340 MHz for repeater and digipeater uplink

Fox 1C (Fox 1Cliff)
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=455

Downlink 145.920 MHz for FM voice and  DUV data and Uplinks on 435.300 and 1267.300 MHz

JY1-Sat
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=554

Downlink 145.840 MHz and transponder downlink passband on 145.855-145.875 MHz with an inverting uplink on 435.100 – 435.120 MHz

K2SAT
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/admin/update.php?serial=552

Downlink TLM beacon 435.835 MHz, FM Repeater 436.225 MHz Data 2404.000 MHz. FM Repeater Uplink 145.980 MHz

KNACKSAT
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=520

Downlink 435.635 MHz

IRVINE02
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=557

Downlink 437.450 MHz

ITASAT
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=435

Downlink 145.860 MHz and 2400.150 MHz

MinXSS-2
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=477

Downlink 437.250 MHz

MOVE-2
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=487

To avoid a frequency clash with another mission, a revised downlink
frequency of 145.950 MHz has been coordinated for 9k6 BPSK

PW-Sat-2
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=545

Downlink 435.275 MHz

RANGE A & B
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/admin/update.php?serial=497

Downlink 437.150 MHz (A) and 437.475 MHz (B)

SNUGLITE
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/admin/update.php?serial=529

Downlink 437.275 MHz has been coordinated

SNUSAT-2
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/admin/update.php?serial=509

Downlink 437.625 MHz and 2402 MHz

SUOMI-100
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/admin/update.php?serial=507

Downlink 437.775 MHz and 2410 MHz

Visioncube
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=607

Downlink 437.425 MHz

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information.]

ATV – Fast-Scan Amateur Television

ATV base station block diagram

From the ARRL website….

Introduction

Amateur Television is a great way to combine ham radio with other hobbies, such as RC model airplanes and model rocketry.  Amateur Radio can be used to send video from a remote camera back to the operator over long distances, provided the path is line of sight. For information on other ways to work with images over radio, check the Image Modes page.

Articles

 Amateur Television from Model Planes and Rockets 
Joe Bottiglieri, AA1GW, QST Sept. 2000, pp. 41-44

 An Introduction to Amateur Television – Part 1
QST April 1993, pp. 19-23

 An Introduction to Amateur Television – Part 2 
QST May 1993, pp. 43-47
The basic ATV Station

An Introduction to Amateur Television – Part 3
QST June 1993, pp. 35-41

DVB-T A Solution for ARES Television Operations
QST June 2015 pp. 42-44

Tour of the USS Requin Submarine – NY3EC

Today I got a person tour of the USS Requin Submarine which one of our members Art, WA3BKD volunteers his time twice a week.  As Art likes to say the USS Requin is the best damm submarine in Pittsburgh.  If you going down to the Carnegie Science Center of the north shore I would recommend that you check to see if Art working that day since he can give you a personal tour of the sub.  He is highly knowledgeable about the sub you can point to anything and he will be able to tell you what it is for and how it worked.  Check out the sub history at the Science Center website:

http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/exhibits/requin-submarine-history/

 

CHAPTER 6 QCWA MEETING

The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on Saturday, December 8.  This is the second Saturday in December in order to avoid a scheduling conflict with the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society.  The doors open at Noon and we start shortly thereafter. We will be returning to our previous venue of:

Rocky’s Bar and Grill                   Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/Pmgof9sV9X42
1562 Island Ave.
McKees Rocks, PA

As usual, solicitations are made for presentations with a bribe of a free lunch. Volunteers please contact President Jack Buzon, KA3HPM, ahead of time for agenda sequencing.  So far, our meeting agenda will include the election of nominated officers for 2019, breaking bread, and swapping stories.  Our outrageous five dollar annual dues are due by cash, check, or negotiable securities. Please note the Fleming Park Bridge is out and access to Rocky’s can be had via Route 51 out of Coraopolis or Island Avenue out of McKees Rocks. 

Nate Firestone W3SVJ
Chapter Secretary

Edmund Fitzgerald

WØJH Special Event November 2-4, 2018

November 10th of this year will be the 43rd anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald with the loss of her entire 29 man crew. We will be operating from the state park grounds of Split Rock Lighthouse in Minnesota (ARLHS USA-783; Grid Square EN47). The Fitz passed Split Rock Lighthouse on her final voyage.

Listen to the Coast Guard Transmission that evening.

LISTEN FOR THE SPACE STATION

2 NOVEMBER an ISS contact to school has been planned with participants at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, Palmer, MA (USA) !
The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:50 UTC.
The contact will be direct between NA1SS and KB1MDS.
The contact should be audible over the state of Massachusetts (USA ) and adjacent areas.
Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink.
The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
73 de IW2BSF – Rudy Parisio

 

WACOM Hamfest – New Location

WACOM 2018 HAMFEST
Washington Amateur Communications Inc.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4th 2018

New location for the WACOM hamfest this upcoming November 4th. Click on the link below to get directions to there new site.  This is one of the most popular hamfest of Western Pennsylvania and well attendant by Steel City Members.

The Printscape Arena at Southpointe
114 Southpointe Blvd
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Exit 48 off Interstate 79
8:00 A.M –3:00 P.M—Admission $5.00

Hamfest Flyer: https://www.wacomarc.org/documents/HamfestFlyer2018.pdf

Google Map Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/5aHes3VEyvE2