SSTV from ISS Dec 1 & 2

Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) plan to transmit slow-scan TV (SSTV) images on December 1 – 2 on 145.800 MHz FM using SSTV mode PD120.

The transmissions from RS0ISS will be part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will originate in the Russian ISS Service Module (Zvezda) using a Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver. Transmissions are scheduled for December 1 from 1210 – 1910 UTC and December 2 from 1140 – 1720 UTC. Dates and times are subject to change.

The signal should be receivable on a handheld transceiver with a quarter-wave whip antenna. Use the widest channel spacing.

Predictions for ISS pass times are available on the AMSAT website. Visit the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) SSTV blog for more information.

See updates here: { An EVA might change scheduled}:
https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/2021/11/december-mai-experiment.html

CHAPTER 6 QCWA MEETING

On December 4th Saturday at 3:00 pm the QCWA Chapter 6 will be having there business meeting at Jabby Joe’s Bar and Grill 1562 Island Ave, Mc Kees Rocks, PA 15136 . Everyone is invited to come Xyl’s, Yl’s., Om’s even if your not a member. The meeting does not last long and afterwards it becomes a rag chew. So again come on down and break bread, swap lies and a great way to see your fellow hams for a holiday celebration.

 

Amateur Television – Workshop Nov 6th

Amateur Television Workshop – Analog or Digital?
Saturday Nov 6th @ 1:00 PM
At the Steel City Club House

On Nov 6th at 1:00PM the Steel City ARC will be hosting a workshop where we are going to ask for your input on setting up a video beacon here at our club house.  The purpose behind this is to see if there is still enough interest in ATV and to bring it back on the air.  If it turns out there is enough interest this could lead to an ATV repeater being put back on the air.

Back in ~2000? the Steel City Club house hosted an popular ATV repeater. While that repeater is no longer on the air, interest in ATV never really went away, which bring us back to today. At our last business meeting Karl, WA3VXJ brought up an ideal for bring back ATV by starting with an beacon transmitter. It turns out there a good number of ham interested still in ATV and eager to give it a try.

Bringing back ATV brings up a lot of new questions now.  Television has changed a lot now that it has gone digital. So the first question is which video mode do we transmit in good old fashion analog NTSC, or one of the two digital video modes  DVB-T or ATSC.   For Ham Radio the DVB-T equipment is out there and seem to be the most popular.  DVB-T is the commercial television format that is used around the world where as ATSC is the American format that is used in our country.  The problem with ATSC is the equipment is harder to find for transmitting where DVB-T can use USB dongles found on Ebay. To receive the DVB-T signal the ham would need to use a simple USB SDR dongle.

Click on Image for Wikipedia Article

While researching for this article I was able to find an ATSC modulator on Ebay but so far I have not found any ham using one of these to modulate a video signal. So doing ATSC would be possible but might be harder to do for the average ham radio operator to set up and transmitter.  Receiving an ATSC signal should be a lot easier do to television made for the USA are build to receive ATSC.  Using either one of these devices still would require an purchase of an amplifier.

So on November 6th come up to the Steel City club house and learn more about ATV. Plus let us hear your opinion about bring back ATV to the ham radio community. We want to hear about which modes to use or since this is going to be a beacon maybe transmit in more than one mode.  This is open for all ham radio operators you do not need to be a member of SCARC to attend.

Literally “see” you on the air

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Recommended Reading: Check back often for updates

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ATV – Bring It Back?

UPDATE! – We are planning an meeting open to all ham operators interested in ATV we will be announcing the date soon.

As talked about at the Oct. business meeting:
Karl, WA3VXJ is interested in bring back ATV {Amateur Television} as a beacon for now. Steel City ARC had an ATV repeater set up on 426 Mhz. But now an then we get request about what happen to the ATV repeater. As you know television has change a lot, there is no more commercial analog TV transmitters any more. Everything has gone digital now, so if we set up ATV beacon what should we use for the Beacon? Good old fashion NTSC analog? digital? and if we do digital which format the American ATSC format or the European DVB format? If your interested in bring back ATV let Karl know. – Comments?

Talk – WA3TFS Designs for Amateur Radio

WA3TFS Designs for Amateur Radio
Talk & Demo Oct 6th @ 7:00 PM

Jim Forkin, WA3TFS will be giving a talk about kit building and his kit that he has for sale at our Oct 6th, Wednesday night social meeting.  The talk will begin at 7:00 PM.

Jim will be talking about some of his kits like, Simple FM SFR transceiver for 10 or 6 meters {See picture}, An simple SDR receiver for 1 kHz to 1.7 GHz, Using Arduino’s microprocessors for ham radio applications. He will also talk about the advantages of software control radios.

Check out his website: http://wa3tfs.com

PA QSO PARTY

Hey its an party!

Saturday Oct 9th – Noon till Midnight
Sunday Oct 10th – 9:00 AM till 6:00 PM

Save The Date!

Join us on Oct 9th & 10th for the annual PA QSO Party.  Your heard me correctly!  there is an HUGE CASH REWARD for the Steel City Member that works the W3RRR bonus station.  Come on up to the club house and join the team was we have a lot of fun making contacts across the state.   There will be an Ice Cream Social at 2:00 PM on Saturday, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs at 6:00 PM, then on Sunday there will be donuts in the morning.   All the radio’s and antenna’s are reserve for this event the remotes will be shut down during contest times.

So Make Plans To Join the Posse!

We will need operators & loggers

CW & Phone Operators

SHACOG Technical Rescue Demo & Talk

On Sept 25th the steel City ARC hosted the SHACOG Technical Rescue Team as they practice there yearly recertification on tower rescue.  Dean from the team gave an excellent talk on how to prep for a tower climb, gear that is needed, what to do if an accident does happen, and finally what the ground personnel needs to know.

Tower Rescue

Power Point Down Load Here: Tower Rescue

How to put on a harness: Donning Harness Poster 092019.pdf
Harness inspection form: Inspection Form Harness_Fillable.pdf
Understanding ANSI Z359 Fall Protection: Understanding ANSI Z359.pdf

Here is the the photos taken during the demo: