Winter 2020 Classic Exchange

Winter 2020 Classic Exchange (CX) Rules
CW Sunday Jan 12 1400Z to Jan 13 0800Z Tuesday Jan 14 1400Z to Jan 15 0800Z
Phone Sunday Feb 9 1400Z to Feb 10 0800Z Tuesday Feb 11 1400Z to Feb 12 0800Z
Bands 160-80-40-20-15-10-6-2
Modes CW, AM, SSB
Power Keep it legal…..
The CX is a no-pressure contest celebrating the older commercial and Home Brew equipment that was the pride and joy of ham shacks many decades ago. The object is to encourage restoration, operation and enjoyment of this older Classic equipment.
You need not operate a Classic rig to participate in the CX. You may use any rig in the contest although new gear is a distinct scoring disadvantage as your multipliers are directly related to the age of the equipment you use! However, you can still work the “great ones” with modern equipment.
There are two (2) entry categories per mode: ►Three or fewer receiver-transmitter pairs ►Four or more receiver-transmitter pairs.
Each CX event has bonus points. Details in the Bonus section!
There will be CX recognition for high scores in AM, SSB, and CW as well as overall.

Straight Key Night

About:

Objective:

This 24-hour event is not a contest; rather it is a day dedicated to celebrating our CW heritage. Participants are encouraged to get on the air and simply make enjoyable, conversational CW QSOs. The use of straight keys or bugs to send CW is preferred. There are no points scored and all who participate are winners.

Contest Details
Dates:
Straight Key Night is held every January 1 from 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC.Bands:All authorized Amateur frequencies, but activity has traditionally been centered on the HF bands.
More Information:

New Years Eve Digital Net

During  the Sunday night net on the Keystone West Digital Net we had a guest speaker on from Texas ( N8IQT – Doug ) who had a lot of good info about the Fusion/WiresX system. One comment was on room ( 21493 ) the MnWis Room there will be a New Years net on around the world starting on the 31st. The MnWis room he said has a lot of knowledgeable hams who are glad to help out with any of your questions about the Yaesu Fusion system and more.
Tnx The Tech Team Happy New Year

Check Out Our New Radios!

Drake 2C – Receiver

It works so well the inside even glows.   Check out this retro radio receiver and see how the the old time radios work. Click on the image below to check out its specifications. 

 

 

 

 


JRC NRD-535D

Want something a little more modern and with an digital display.  Check out this Japan Radio Company NRD-535D receiver.  It has all the modern functions like bandpass filtering, and notch filtering.  Click on the image below for it specifications. 

ISS SSTV Transmission on Dec 4, 5 and 6

This is the schedule for the planned activation of the MAI-75 SSTV activity from the ISS.

Dec 4: On – 12:00 GMT, Off – 16:50 GMT
Dec 5: On – 11:25 GMT, Off – 17:15 GMT
Dec 6: On – 10:20 GMT, Off – 16:40 GMT

Transmissions will be sent on 145.800 MHz FM (5 kHz deviation) in the SSTV mode PD-120. Once received, images can be posted and viewed by the public At http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

ISS SSTV uses a Kenwood TM D710E transceiver which is part of the amateur radio station located in the Russian ISS Service Module.

Read the full story here:
https://amsat-uk.org

National Weather Service Tour

On Nov 24 that ham radio community got together at the National Weather Service office here in Moon Township {Aka Pittsburgh}.   Shannon from the weather service gave a very nice presentation talking about how the create forecast and advisories.  The tour top off with their daily 6pm balloon launch.

Additional Photography by John, KC3MMC

Here is a better video from John, KC3MMC

National Weather Service Tour

This Sunday
November 24th ~ 5:30 PM

Sue KA3JKS has set up a tour of the National Weather Service center here in Moon Twp for members of the Steel City ARC club. including a weather balloon launch demo (weather permitting).  The address is: 192 Shafer Rd, Coraopolis PA, 15108

Please RSVP with Sue,
(412) 243-3061
crakiecz (at) verizon (dit) net


Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/MySjJxDrb2MNs9zG8

Directions to National Weather Service
Take I-376 west to exit 57 (Business/Moon/Cargo)
Go towards the Cargo Terminal
Turn right onto University Blvd (Former Beer School Rd)
Turn left onto Broadhead Rd (Opposite Beaver Gade Rd)
There is a BP and a Walgreens on the corner
Turn right at the second traffic light onto Shafer Rd
PASS:  Wessex Hills Dr and Allard Elementary School – both on the right
Turn into the drive way of the NWS on the right just past the elementary school (sign not visible from the road)
If you go as far as Madison Dr on the left you’ve gone too far
Come inside the front door and ring the bell

This is a follow up of the April Skywarn presentation: http://w3kwh.com/2019/04/18/skywarn-presentation/

Oh there will be a balloon launch too!
Image result for nws balloon launch sites

 

Get into digital radio – SALE!

Yaesu FT-70DR FM/C4FM

$30 Mail-In Rebate

You can get into digital radio pretty cheap right now with the Yaesu FM/C4FM handheld radio. It currently has a $30 mail in rebate bring the cost of a digital radio to as low as $144 until Dec 31st. Several of us at the club have this little radio and enjoy it very much.  It will let you connect to the clubs 440 Mhz machine and   by hitting a few keys you can connect to our repeater and start a connection to many System Fusion machines around the world. Once you get one of these little radios join us on the 8 PM Sunday night digital net on any WPA Fusion repeaters.

FROM THE MANUFACTURE: The new FT-70DR is a compact and very attractively priced Yaesu System Fusion transceiver providing both conventional analog FM operation and the advanced C4FM Digital mode. The FT-70DR provides up to 5W of reliable RF power, and its large Front Speaker delivers 700mW of Loud Audio Output. Because C4FM has better BER (Bit Error Rate) characteristics than other digital modulations, the user can expect exceptional audio quality. The new digital FT-70DR includes our unique Automatic Mode Select (AMS) function. AMS detects the operating mode of the received signal as C4FM digital or analog FM, and then automatically and instantly switches the receiver to the appropriate mode. Users do not need to manually change between modes. The multi-colored LED Mode-Indicator displayed on the front allows the operator to easily see what mode the FT-70DR is in at any given moment. LED Mode-Indicator clearly and visibly shows the transmit/ receive mode by changing its color so that the operating mode of the transceiver is easily recognized at a glance.

Additional Info:  Also the FTM-3207DR UHF signal band mobile {Needed for Steel City/ Skyview/ Uniontown repeaters} and the FTM-3200DR VHF Signal band mobile have $50 mail-in rebates bring their pricing down to $114.95.  Thanks Corry..

Check Them Out Here:
https://www.dxengineering.com 
https://www.hamradio.com 
https://www.gigaparts.com