Toilet Paper Tube Mic

 MC-50 and Yaesu M-1

Back in the 80’s the MC-50 mic with Kenwood Rigs was considered about as good as it gets for SSB audio. Word got around that sliding a toilet paper tube over the MC-50 mic altered the frequency response (obviously) and enhanced the tonal quality of the mic. I tried it and never took it off for several years. Yaesu has brought it back! (well– in a more sophisticated method.) As a design feature of the M-1 Reference Mic. They call it “Treble Boost Cowling”!

See what an $650 mic get you!
Read the Full article here: https://wa4d.radio/

An Evening with SDRPlay {British Time}

Ham Radio Network is a UK club and are hosting an evening with Andy Carpenter from SDRPlay.  Andy has a close affiliation with Ham Radio Network and his previous talks always attract large audience numbers which engage with him as he explains the range of SDRPlay devices, SDRUno software developments and plugins to enhance the user experience.  The evening will end with a direct Q & A with Andy so users can ask specific questions they may have.

FYI The SCARC has an SDRplay 2 which we want to find a good use for

Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 2 PM EST – 4 PM EST
Price: Free · Duration: 2 hr

Access to the Zoom online meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/5249312563
Zoom ID: 524 931 2563

Preservation of 250 kW VOA Transmitter

From the ARRL Website

With the former Voice of America Delano relay site in Central California scheduled for eventual demolition for resale, the Collins Collectors Association (CCA), in association with the Antique Wireless Association (AWA), came up with a plan in 2014 (working, among others, with past ARRL Midwestern Division Director Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, a former Collins engineer), to retrieve one of the Collins 821A-1 250 kW HF transmitters from the site and put it on display at the AWA museum in Bloomfield, New York.

The Delano site, known as DL-8, went on the air in 1944 with a 170-foot rhombic antenna. The Collins 821 A-1 transmitter was autotuned and could shift frequencies between 3.95 and 26.5 MHz in 20 seconds. The transmitter and its associated components represent serious heavy metal. The Delano site, now owned by the General Services Administration (GSA), remains with antennas still standing and buildings in place and demolition on hold, because it was discovered to be the habitat for an endangered species of shrew.

video presentation featuring Dennis Kidder, W6DQ, describes and illustrates the entire removal and relocation effort and offers some background on the VOA. On the continental US, the only remaining VOA site is the Edward R. Murrow Greenville Transmitting Site in North Carolina.

Parks on the Air – Presentation

Here is a chance to learn to have some fun outside while operating your ham radio. While also letting your fellow ham operators chase you as you explore our natural resources of our park system.  Curtis Turner, KB3CMT gave this great presentation during our Wednesday night social meeting.

And stay tune for this summer road trip when the Steel City club takes to the Parks operating “Parks on the Air”

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Steel City Winter Wonderland

February 2021

Field Day 2021 – Rules Update

Steel City Members – Save The Date – June 26-27

The COVID-19 pandemic-modified ARRL Field Day rules from 2020 will continue this June with the addition of a power limit imposed on Class D (Home Stations) and Class E (Home Stations-Emergency Power) participants. The news from the ARRL Board’s Programs and Services Committee comes as many clubs and groups are starting preparations for Field Day in earnest. Field Day 2021 will take place June 26 – 27.

“This early decision should alleviate any hesitancy that radio clubs and individual Field Day participants may have with their planning for the event,” said ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE.

For Field Day 2021:

  • Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points. This year, however, Class D and Class E stations will be limited to 150 W PEP output.
  • An aggregate club score will be published — just as it was done last year. The aggregate score will be a sum of all individual entries that attributed their score to that of a specific club.

ARRL Field Day is one of the biggest events on the amateur radio calendar. Last summer, a record 10,213 entries were received.

“With the greater flexibility afforded by the rules waivers, individuals and groups will still be able to participate in Field Day, while still staying within any public health recommendations and/or requirements,” Bourque said.

The preferred method of submitting entries after Field Day is via the web applet. The ARRL Field Day rules include instructions on how to submit entries, which must be submitted or postmarked by Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

The ARRL Field Day web page contains for complete rules and entry forms, as well as any updated information as it becomes available. Join the ARRL Field Day Facebook page.

Hamcation Webinar Video’s

Hamcation videos have been posted to YouTube now. The only good thing that has come out this COVID people can’t travel so the fine folks down in florida have put their excellent presentations on the Internet so everyone can learn from them.  Included those of us that just can’t get away this time of year now have a chance to see them. Here are just some of the video you will find on there site.

  • SDR ~ Software Defined Radio
  • Build a Mesh Mobile Tower Fleet
  • YOTA 2021 ~ Youth-On-The-Air
  • The World Famous K3LR Station and Antenna Farm
  • Kit Building Techniques For Success
  • ARRL – ARES…a team moving forward!
  • AMSAT CubeSat Simulator
  • West Mountain Radio – DC Power technologies, Batteries and Solar
  • AMSAT – Onward and Upward

Check out their main website its not a bad place to bookmark
https://www.hamcation.com/

Vendor Webinars Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ukwClme4IkvRqpu0c4KNA/videos

Technology Webinars Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8QOBqVQWb6iROspMef52VA/videos

Contesting Webinars Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0vo-qlnYpvv36N3FWrcuBw/videos

Youth Webinars Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGPrd9TSg4aiGHxzznjsSlA/videos

HamCation – QSO Party & Webinars

The Orlando HamCation Special Edition online event and QSO Party will take place this weekend, February 13 – 14. The online event will include youth, technology, contesting, and vendor webinar tracks via Zoom.

ARRL will also present two webinars on Saturday, February 13. The ARRL Member Forum at 1 PM EST, will be moderated by ARRL Southeastern Division Director Mickey Baker, N4MB. Presenters include ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, and ARRL Director of Emergency Management Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW. Gilbert will also moderate an Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) presentation at 3 PM EST. The ARES presentation will include ARRL Northern Florida Section Emergency Coordinator Karl Martin, K4HBN, and Southern Florida SEC John Wells, W4CMH.

The HamCation QSO Party — a 12-hour on-air event, will also take place this weekend. Nine HamCation special event stations with 1 × 1 call signs will be on the air with combined suffixes spelling out HamCation (e.g., K4H, W4A, K4M, etc). Each contact will count as one point, and stations may be worked once on each band and mode. Scores will be posted on www.3830Scores.com — no logs are required. Plaques and certificates will be awarded.

WSJT “FT-8” New Release

The WSJT Development Group has announced the general availability release of WSJT-X Version 2.3.0. A summary of new features can be found in the WSJT-X 2.3 User Guide. The Release Notes offer additional information, including a list of important program changes since the WSJT-X 2.2. Upgrading from earlier versions of WSJT-X should be seamless, and it’s not necessary to uninstall a previous version or move any files. Installation packages for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh are available. A release candidate (i.e., beta version) WSJT-X version 2.4.0-rc will be available soon. Its main new feature is a mode called Q65, with unique capabilities for EME and scatter propagation modes.