DMR Webinar

DMR Webinar on Wed., July 29th at 7:30 pm

The ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section will be hosting the next in our series of Webinars, “I’m On (or Almost On) DMR. So Now What?” on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Mark Wheeler, KZ3MW, will be presenting this webinar on Zoom.

If you are interested in learning about Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) and are interested in learning more about this mode before investing in a radio or you’ve been using DMR for a while but would like to get some questions answered, this webinar is for you. Send an email to  W3GWM@arrl.org to register. If you have any specific questions, send those too and we’ll try to get them answered.

Simplex Drill for August 1st

I will be having a quick “on air” meeting after the Wednesday night ARES net on .09 to discuss the simplex test, which will be at 10 am on the .09 with a roll call before we QSY to our assigned simplex frequency of 146.55 around 10:15.
NU3Q Bob
Allegheny County EC

I am planning a Simplex Drill for August 1st, starting at 10:00am on your local county repeater. Have a NCS in place for check ins by 9:45am on the repeater. Have NCS stay on the repeater until 11:15am, then he/she can close the Net. All check ins should stay on the local repeater until 10:15am for any unannounced changes before switching to your county assigned Simplex frequency. I encourage all the EC’s and/or AEC’s to try contacting all their neighboring counties for intercounty interoperability.

At 11:00am, I would like all EC’s/AEC’s to try contacting their neighboring counties local county repeaters for intercounty interoperability. The NCS, still monitoring their local repeaters, will log all the EC’s/AEC’s that contact them. That list is to be forwarded to me after the Nets close. (This test is in prelude for upcoming Skywarn changes.)

All operators are to keep a log of their contacts and send to your county EC.
Terry KA3UTD
DEC SW Dist.

Click on map to find your county simplex frequency

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.

Business Meeting Next Week – Online Zoom

Hello Club Members, {Correction it starts at 7:30 PM}

Just a heads up next week the business meeting will be held online using Zoom. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM Tuesday July 21st. A link will be sent out  next Tuesday morning so make sure you check your email for the link.  Also NEW MEMBERS that have pending application with joining the Steel City Club please make sure I have your email address so I can send you the link. {n3lrg@w3kwh.com}

Helping Our Neighboring Club

Hello Ham Radio Operators,

One of our neighboring clubs the Uniontown ARC has cancelled their annual Grabfest event for Aug, 2020.  The Uniontown club is one of the area clubs that have a club house which mean they have a lot more expenses than most clubs.  Without the funds from Grabfest that is going to hurt their pocketbook.  The club had already put out funds to purchase the hamfest prizes which you can see below so what they are doing for a fund raising is having a raffle to win some of these prizes.  Read the news release below and contact George to buys some tickets.

From the W3PIE website: https://www.w3pie.org

To help reduce or eliminate this deficit, the membership has decided to solicit our members for donations of any amount to help defer the loss of income from cancelling the hamfest.
We have several hamfest prizes that were already purchased: Quantity 1 – Yaesu FTM-3200DR 65W VHF Fusion Mobile, Quantity 2 – Yaesu FTM-3207DR 55W UHF Fusion Mobiles, and a few other assorted items. We would like to offer an incentive to our members to donate by conducting a drawing for each of the remaining prizes to be held at the conclusion of the August 5, 2020 UARC General Business Meeting. For each dollar donated, you will receive one chance in the drawing for the available prizes. A $100 donation would receive 100 chances. A $20 donation would receive 20 chances.

Our Gabfest has long enjoyed the financial support of our members – through the purchase of prize tickets and donations toward budgetary expenses. If you would like to assist UARC in offsetting our loss for 2020 and our Gabfest cancellation, please send your donation to UARC, c/o George Syner, Treasurer, 433 Old Pittsburgh Rd, Uniontown, PA 15401.

Business Meeting @ Club House

The business meeting will be held at the club house this Tuesday at 7:30 PM.  Bring your lawn chair do to the meeting being held outside in the parking lot.  Please wear a mask to protect yourself and your fellow members.  There will be no food served at this meeting so eat before you come.

Club House Is Now Open

As of Friday June 5th The Steel City Clubhouse is reopen to all members.  Your key cards have be reactivated and all members that have their dues paid up will be able to access the club house with their key cards.

It is recommend for now to have only single members to go up to the club house for now.  Groups are not recommend at this time. It is recommend to have a mask when you come up.   We do have a big bottle of hand sanitizer but we are looking for a donation of some Clorox wipes.  If you have a spare container please consider donating it to the club.

As for the first meeting it might be possible to have the June Business meeting at the club house out in the driveway.   So get out your lawn chairs.  This will all depend on the state keeping Allegheny County in the GREEN STATUS.   If it cant be held at the club it will most likely be held via Zoom Meetings. 

Question or Concerns please email N3SBF@comcast.net

Temporary rule waivers – Field Day

With one month to go before 2020 ARRL Field Day, June 27 – 28, the ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) has adopted two temporary rule waivers for the event:

1)      For Field Day 2020 only, Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points.

Field Day rule 4.6 defines Class D stations as “Home stations,” including stations operating from permanent or licensed station locations using commercial power. Class D stations ordinarily may only count contacts made with Class A, B, C, E, and F Field Day stations, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows Class D stations to count contacts with other Class D stations for QSO credit.

2)      In addition, for 2020 only, an aggregate club score will be published, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club (similar to the aggregate score totals used in ARRL affiliated club competitions).

Ordinarily, club names are only published in the results for Class A and Class F entries, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows participants from any Class to optionally include a single club name with their submitted results following Field Day.

For example, if Podunk Hollow Radio Club members Becky, W1BXY, and Hiram, W1AW, both participate in 2020 Field Day — Hiram from his Class D home station, and Becky from her Class C mobile station — both can include the radio club’s name when reporting their individual results. The published results listing will include individual scores for Hiram and Becky, plus a combined score for all entries identified as Podunk Hollow Radio Club.

The temporary rule waivers were adopted by the PSC on May 27, 2020.

ARRL Field Day is one of the biggest events on the amateur radio calendar, with over 36,000 participants in 2019, including entries from 3,113 radio clubs and emergency operations centers. In most years, Field Day is also the largest annual demonstration of ham radio, because many radio clubs organize their participation in public places such as parks and schools.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many radio clubs have made decisions to cancel their group participation in ARRL Field Day this year due to public health recommendations and/or requirements, or to significantly modify their participation for safe social distancing practices. The temporary rule waivers allow greater flexibility in recognizing the value of individual and club participation regardless of entry class.

ARRL is contacting logging program developers about the temporary rule waivers so developers can release updated versions of their software prior to Field Day weekend. Participants are reminded that the preferred method of submitting entries after Field Day is via the web applet. The ARRL Field Day rules include instructions for submitting entries after the event. Entries must be submitted or postmarked by Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

The ARRL Field Day web page includes a series of articles with ideas and advice for adapting participation this year.

Business Zoom Meeting – This Tuesday 8PM

Attention Members

There will be a business meeting this Tuesday at 8PM via our Zoom Meeting channel.  Check out your email Tuesday morning for the Zoom Invite. The business meeting will be hosted by Richie N3SBF and listed below are the items that will be discussed.

  1. Porch concrete work on hold
  2. New membership committee head
  3. How and When the club house will reopen
  4. How to handle new members

Again the meeting will be held Tuesday at 8PM via Zoom
This will be a members only meeting