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:

Picnic Photos

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Thanks to John, KC3MMC for taking some pictures during our big celebration.

Be the first to hear LEDSAT in orbit

The mission has the primary goal of training students in designing, developing and operating a spacecraft. The LEDSAT team hopes to exploit the mission to investigate the performance of a technology based on LEDs for tracking satellites in Low-Earth Orbit.

LEDSAT logo
LEDSAT has, as the name suggests, an LED-based payload onboard that can be commanded by the LEDSAT team to flash for short periods of time. The LEDs will be only observable through telescopes in order to investigate the use of LEDs to support optically tracking the CubeSat. The LEDSAT team collaborated with astronomers for the LEDSAT mission as to not disturb astronomical observations and the LEDs cannot be seen by the naked eye either. The reason is that the magnitude of the LEDs is expected to always be between 8 and 13 and the eye can only see down to a magnitude of 6. The magnitude scale is reversed, meaning a higher value magnitude will result in a less bright object. Additionally, the LEDs can be turned off at any time by the LEDSAT team.

Click Here to read the full article

Sunday 15th @ 1:00 PM

Steel City 80th Anv.

Sunday Aug 15th @ 1:00 PM

 

 

  • Operators are needed as early as 10:00 AM to Work W8O
  • Early Helper be there at 12:00 noon
    • Parking attendants
    • Setup Tables
  • Party Starts at 1:00 PM for get together
  • Food is served at 2:00 PM
  • Volunteers are needed afterwards for cleanup

If your taking pictures please bring a cable so we can upload your pictures to be used on website.