Wanted – A Drake Transmitter

The Steel City club is on a look out for a Drake transmitter to match our receiver.  If you have one that is in working condition and are willing to donate it to the club . We have a good home for it.   Plus come on up to the club house and try out our Drake Receiver it is still working after all these years.

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

August 8 and 9, 2020

Participate in this ground breaking, virtual international amateur radio expo. Packed with world renowned speakers, exhibitors, and special conference rooms built on a virtual reality platform. Attend from the convenience of your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Attendees have the opportunity to:  

  • Listen to and engage with 70+ internationally recognized ham radio luminaries that have committed to lead expo sessions.
  • Walk through our virtual exhibit hall filled with popular amateur radio suppliers. Watch new product demos, interact directly with booth staff using video, audio, or text conferencing.
  • Engage with fellow hams without leaving your home ham shack. And save thousands of dollars since you don’t have to worry about travel, food, and lodging!
  • Return over the next 30 days to re-visit, explore, and re-engage exhibitor offerings.
  • Click here for the speaker list.
Check out their website: https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/

Digital Network Is Growing. Welcome to Keystone-Wide

UPDATE: Join us tonight Sunday July 26th for the first State Wide C4FM net on your local C4FM repeater.

We have a new repeater and club joining from Lebanon County. The Keystone-West will be changing its name to Keystone-Wide since we are now a state wide room. It is hoped that this will further increase System Fusion interest and activity in the EPA section, as well as here in WPA. In spite of COVID-19, we are still looking forward to expansion in the WPA section, as well. — Give the room (60328) a try anytime and be sure to join our Sunday night net at 20:00 EDT.

If you would like to know more about adding your repeater or node to the room, please contact Cory via WA3UVV@ARRL.NET.

Follow along with an Ham Radio Adventure

In my on going quest for SOTA Goat (1000 points accumulated), I have decided to hike the Long Trail in Vermont that is 272 miles from the Massachusetts border to Canada. Along this trail are 38 SOTA summits and with a possible 209 points available.

While I only have a little over two weeks available to hike this trail, the reality is I won’t finish the trail due to time. Being a long distance hike, there is always the possibility of injury (both new and old) occurring or even just loosing interest and motivation while on the trail.

The Long Trail is the oldest long distance trail in the United States and gave inspiration for the Appalachian Trail, another very popular long distance hike. The trail has a total of 67,500 feet of elevation gain and crosses several mountain ranges that include alpine zones, ponds and lots and lots of mud.

Date: Starting date of July 6th, 2020

Blog Posting: https://www.trailjournals.com/journal/entry/628706

Homepage: https://kb1hqs.com/2020/06/20/hiking-the-long-trail/

Comet in the sky

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Here is a picture that our John Jennings KC3MMC took last week when the comet was only visible in the early morning hours.

Here is the locations where you can find the comet over the next several days.  Basically look for the big dipper then look down to the horizon.

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)
Or Comet NEOWISE is a retrograde comet with a near-parabolic orbit discovered on March 27, 2020, by astronomers using the NEOWISE space telescope. At that time, it was a 10th-magnitude comet, located 2 AU (300 million km; 190 million mi) away from the Sun and 1.7 AU (250 million km; 160 million mi) away from Earth.

By July 2020, it was bright enough to be visible to the naked eye. It is one of the brightest visible to observers in the northern hemisphere since Comet Hale–Bopp in 1997. Under dark skies, it can be clearly seen with the naked eye and might remain visible to the naked eye throughout most of July 2020. Until July 23, as the comet gets further from the Sun it will be getting closer to Earth. As of July 16, the comet is about magnitude 2.

For observers in the northern hemisphere, in the morning, the comet appears low above the north-eastern horizon, below Capella. In the evening, the comet can be seen low in the north-western sky. The comet can be seen in the morning and evening because it is circumpolar from about latitude 45N. The evening view is better. On July 17, Comet NEOWISE will enter the constellation of Ursa Major, below the asterism of the Big Dipper (The Plough). (If Ursa Major was upright, it would be on the right of the Big Dipper, as of July 15th.) 

Click here for full Wikipedia Article

AMSAT-DL Submits Lunar Lander Proposal

Germany’s amateur satellite organization AMSAT-DL has submitted a comprehensive proposal to the European Space Agency (ESA) for its Lunar Amateur Radio Transponder (LunART) lunar lander — a communications platform on the Large European Lander to support communication and payload experiments. AMSAT-DL’s Peter Gülzow, DB2OS, and Matthias Bopp, DD1US, say that a LunART (called “LunaART” in the AMSAT-DL proposal) would support direct communication with Earth via amateur radio, support university and student payloads and offer direct access to their experiments, and expand the reach of radio science. It could also provide backup communication capability and capacity during an emergency, or when the ESA network is busy.

Read the full article here:

Can you work DX on two meters?

Can you work DX on two meters?  Yes you can and Bobbie N3LL just proved it again.  From our club house above the county with the huge beams we have on not only 2 meter but 70 cm also you can really get out.  Here is Bobby, N3LL  comment on contact he made today July 5th.

“I was on today and we had a 2 meter E skip opening finally worked into EM25,EM26 and EM04…….OK and TX. Here is just what one of the guys said on the VHF blog page ..many other comments on hearing the W3KWH station on the air again.”  N3LL

21:47:21 – WA3EOQ, Howard – (W3KWH) great to hear the club stn on the air de FM09

13 Colonies Contest

2020 Event Dates / July 1 (9AM Eastern) to July 7 (Midnight Eastern)
(July 1, 2020-1300 UTC to July 8, 2020-0400 UTC)
YOU DO NOT NEED ALL 13 COLONIES TO GET THE CERTIFICATE
YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET THE 2 BONUS STATIONS FOR A CLEAN SWEEP

Recovery of the Titanic Radio Room

For some reason, of all the ships that have sailed the oceans, it’s the unlucky ones that capture our imagination. Few ships have been as unlucky as the RMS Titanic, sinking as she did on the night of April 15, 1912 after raking across an iceberg on her maiden voyage, and no ship has grabbed as much popular attention as she has.

During her brief life, Titanic was not only the most elegant ship afloat but also the most technologically advanced. She boasted the latest in propulsion and navigation technology and an innovation that had only recently available: a Marconi wireless room, used both for ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship communications.

The radio room of the Titanic landed on the ocean floor with the bow section of the great vessel. The 2.5-mile slow-motion free fall destroyed the structure of the room, but the gear survived relatively intact. And now, more than a century later, there’s an effort afoot to salvage that gear, with an eye toward perhaps restoring it to working condition. It’s a controversial plan, of course, but it is technologically intriguing, and it’s worth taking a look at what’s down there and why we should even bother after all these years.

Read the full article here:
https://hackaday.com/2020/03/04/raising-the-titanics-radio-room/

BUM OF THE MONTH

The BUM OF THE MONTH will continue tomorrow June 7 at noon at Jabby Joe’s Bar & grill in Mckees Rocks. You will need a mask to enter and the entrance will be on the street side instead of the usual rear entrance.