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:



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:
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.


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

Washington Amateur Communications Inc.

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:

Google Map Directions:

ARRL November Sweepstakes

Objective: For stations in the United States and Canada (including territories and possessions) to exchange QSO  information with as many other US and Canadian stations as possible on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 mete rbands.

Operating Guideline: You must include your call sign in the exchange information you transmit to the other station.  This is generally done between your precedence (A/B/Q/M/S/U) and your check (year of first license) as follows:

CQing Station: CQ Sweepstakes from W9JJ
Answering Station: W1AW
CQer: W1AW 123 A W9JJ 79 CT
Ans: 43 M W1AW 31 CT
CQer: Thanks, CQ Sweepstakes from W9JJ

As the answering station, it is not necessary to send the CQing station’s call unless you feel there might be some confusion about what station you are responding to.

Trans-Atlantic S2S QSO Party

Hi all,

I have been in contact with Barry N1EU and Ed DD5LP with respect to options for the next NA – EU S2S QSO Party. We have settled on Saturday 3 November 2018 between 14:00 UTC to 17:00 UTC. This will be the core activity period for the event, with those that wish starting an hour or so earlier and / or finishing later.

This date has been arranged to take advantage of the dates when we change from summer time to winter time in both the USA and Europe. It is a few weeks earlier than in previous years which we hope will help with the extended stay on the summits.

In the light of the widening of SOTA in the Americas, from this point it is proposed that the event will be renamed the Trans-Atlantic S2S QSO Party

Please make a note in your diary.

73 Gerald G4OIG / G8CXK

Mosley Update

Here is the latest update for the Mosley antenna. The technical committee has been busy putting things together.  And finally all the elements have been mounted to the boom.  We steel need to level things up and do the finally element spacing measurements but its together enough to get a good size of the final product.

Click on image for full size.Hmm, it seem we ended up with four extra pieces.  Does anyone know where these go?

This Weekend Special Event Stations

Looking for something to do this weekend check out theses special event stations.

  • 09/14/2018 | POW MIA Recognition Day

    Sep 14-Sep 23, 0000Z-2359Z, K4MIA, Loxahatchee, FL. PBSE Radio Society. 28.466 18.150 14.265 7.185 . QSL. Michael Bald, 6758 Hall Blvd., Loxahatchee, FL 33470. Observances of National POW MIA Recognition Day are held across this country on the third Friday in September each year. This year it will be on September 21. This will be the 10th year this special event station has been activated..The day was established to honor our prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. There will be sister stations K4MIA/5 K4MIA/7 K4MIA/8 in operation some days. Also contacts will be made on the LEO satellites. See QRZ for a copy of this years QSL and for additional information. Because of volume of requests you MUST SEND SASE to get a returned QSL. Please take time to remember our POW’s and MIA’s as well as their families.

  • 09/15/2018 | 132nd Anniversary of Geronimo’s Surrender at Skeleton Canyon

    Sep 15, 1700Z-2300Z, K7T, Tucson, AZ. Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club. CW: 7.040, 14.040 PSK: 7.070, 14.070 FT-8: 7.074, 14.074 SSB: 7.200, 14.250. Certificate. Email, to, , Email requests only. No paper QSLs, please.

  • 09/15/2018 | Crash of USS Shenandoah

    Sep 15, 1700Z-2100Z, K8S/N8S/W8S, Ava, OH. Cambridge Amateur Radio Association/Belle Valley Amateur Radio Club of American Legion Post 641. 7.235 7.230 7.225. Certificate. Cambridge Amateur Radio Association, P.O. Box 1804, Cambridge, OH 43725. Commemorating the crash of the airship USS Shenandoah. There were three crash/debris sites. Operations will be from the three crash sites using call signs: K8S, N8S, and W8S.

  • 09/15/2018 | Motor City Radio Club 86th Year Special Event Station

    Sep 15, 1400Z-2100Z, W8MRM, Southgate, MI. Motor City Radio Club. 14.260 7.225. Certificate. Motor City Radio Club, P.O. Box 1337, Southgate, MI 48195. webmaster@mcrcw8mrm

  • 09/16/2018 | MOARC Celebrates 30 Years!

    Sep 16, 1200Z-1600Z, W2MO, Verona, NY. Madison-Oneida Amateur Radio Club. 14.285 14.310 7.180 7.200. QSL. MOARC W2MO, PO Box 241, Verona, NY 13478.

  • 09/16/2018 | Saving of The Liberty Bell

    Sep 16-Sep 25, 0000Z-2359Z, W3L, Harleysville, PA. WV2M. 14.240 14.030 7.240 7.030. QSL. Frank Gallo, 106 Tweed Way, Harleysville, PA 19438.

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