Protect out 2m Meter Band

The 2 Meter Amateur Radio Band (144-146MHz) is under Threat due to a proposal from France during the World Radio Conference 2019 meeting that the 2 Meter band should be allocated as a Aeronautical Band.

We, the Radio Amateurs find this totally unacceptable that a harmonized worldwide primary user band for Radio Amateurs is being proposed to be used as a Aeronautical Band as it is meant to be a ‘protected’ band for Radio Amateurs.

We want the CEPT to reconsider the proposal from France.

Amateur Radio is still a strong and ongoing hobby for 100 years and we must preserve and protect our hobby

Sign the petition here:
https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-2-meter-amateur-radio-band-144-146mhz-from-becoming-a-aeronautical-band

Use it or lose it

Use it or lose it – Were starting to lose it

A World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) agenda item proposing to study a range of frequencies, including potentially reassigning 144 – 146 MHz as a primary Aeronautical Mobile Service allocation, drew little opposition at a meeting of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Project Team A. The team is responsible for some aspects of CEPT WRC positions, and the meeting was held June 17 – 21 in Prague, Czech Republic. Introduced by France, the proposal targeting 144 – 146 MHz would be part of a broader consideration of spectrum allocated to the Aeronautical Mobile Service. Another issue addressed during the meeting concerned the sharing of the Amateur Radio 1240 – 1300 MHz band with Europe’s Galileo GPS system.

Read the full article here:
http://www.arrl.org/news/no-strong-opposition-to-144-146-mhz-reallocation-proposal-at-cept-meeting

 

Join Us This Weekend

All are welcome to attend our annual Field Day celebration this weekend.  Both Amateur Radio Operators and the General Public are welcome to climb up our hill to check out this very interesting hobby of ham radio.   Steel City ARC will be be operating on all the bands from 160 meters though 70 cm bands.   Come on up and try out not only FM but SSB, Digital, and even CW operations.

The activities start at 2:00 PM on Saturday 6-22-19 and last for 24 hours.  Talk in to the club site will be on the Steel City Repeater 147.030 Mhz with an PL of 123.  Food and Refreshments will be provided for all that will be operating.   Training will be provided for those wishing to try out HF bands and or Digital Modes.  Learn how to operate our five  beam antennas, vertical antenna’s, and even our special 60 meters and 80 meters NVIS antennas. See how we can operate this whole weekend off of any commercial power.

MEMBERS: All Steel City members should try help out the club this weekend.  Lets try to see all the members come up and operate and have some fun at the same time. We will especial need help during our late evening and over night shifts.

Directions to the Steel City Club house: Here
Field Day 2019 Photo Page: Photos
Live Status Map: http://w3kwh.com/log/


The second day has arrived and slowly the contact are coming in. Stop on up to the club and join in the fun!  The map is filling in now and we are off to a great start! 

Final Map

Special Thanks to our Operators and Visitors

KB3PJW  KC3MRA  N3LRG  WB3AGB  WA3FWA

K3PQ  WQ3T  N3TIR  AB3KD  WC3P*  K9SOK*

WA2YEZ  KC3MMB  KC3MMC  W3RVD KA3SZO

K0LIN

* Visitors

 

Keystone WPA Room – Wires X now active

Update! The Steel City has join Uniontown ARC and Skyview ARC on the WPA Keystone room. When you talk on the UHF repeater {Using the digital mode} your voice will also be repeated on those machines. You can switch to other room but when done it will default back to the WPA room

 


 

KEYSTONE-WEST is live!  Just initiate a WIRES-X connection to “KEYSTONE-WEST” from your displayed room list – or – enter the ID of 60328, to connect.  We look forward to making this a very active digital watering hole for hams in Western Pennsylvania, as well as others who want to join in.  Looking forward to talking with you there!


Exciting Times!  The experimental connection to DWARN has been terminated, as we will soon launch the “KEYSTONE-WEST” WIRES-X room in WPA.  We should have it operational next week.  A new announcement will follow.
Cory Sickles – WA3UVV

Chapter Six of the QCWA meeting

The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019. This is the third Saturday in June in order to avoid scheduling conflicts with the Breezeshooters’ Hamfest and the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society.
The doors will be open at Noon and we start shortly thereafter. We will be returning to our previous venue of: Rocky’s Bar and Grill
1562 Island Ave.
McKees Rocks, PA
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As usual, solicitations are made for presentations with a bribe of a free lunch.
Volunteers can contact President Jack Buzon, KA3HPM, ahead of time for agenda sequencing. Please note the Fleming Park Bridge remains closed, and access to Rocky’s can be had via Route 51 out of Coraopolis or Island Avenue out of McKees Rocks. –

Save the Date – Field Day

June 22 – 23

Make plan now to join us at the club house as the Steel City ARC take on Field Day 2019.  This will be the first year that we will be using Mosley antenna to blast our way onto the 40 meter band. Please let Chris Grimm, N3PQ know your coming and what you would like to try to operate.  We will be operating all the bands from 160 meters up though 70 cm bands.  We are especially looking for people to cover the over night shifts.  The club will be providing food and drinks during the contest.

ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSS-BAND TEST

ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSS-BAND TEST
 
(11 May 2019)
 
The Army Military Auxiliary Radio System will host this year’s Armed Forces Day (AFD) Crossband Test on Saturday May 11, 2019. This annual event is open to all licensed amateur radio operators, and will not impact any public or private communications. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this event, which is only an exercise scenario, designed to include hobbyist and government radio operators alike.
 
The AFD Cross-band Test is a unique opportunity to test two-way communications between military communicators and radio stations in the Amateur Radio Service (ARS), as authorized in 47 CFR 97.111. These tests provide opportunities and challenges for radio operators to demonstrate individual technical skills in a tightly-controlled exercise scenario that does not impact any public or private communications.

Military stations will transmit on selected military frequencies and will announce the specific ARS frequencies monitored. All times are ZULU (Z), and all frequencies are Upper Side Band (USB) unless otherwise noted. The frequencies used for the test will not impact any public or private communications, and will not stray outside the confines of the exercise.
For more information about MARS: http://www.usarmymars.org/
More details about the cross band test: 20190424-AFDCT-final.pdf

SKYWARN® – Presentation

On April 24th promptly at 7:00 PM updated  8 pm the Steel City ARC will be hosting a presentation about SKYWARN.  This presentation is a talk about what is SKYWARN organization and how ham radio is importance to the National Weather Service.  This will be a good meeting to learn about the service and and if you want to take the next step and become a train weather spotter.

 


SKYWARN® is a National Weather Service (NWS) program developed in the 1960s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make life-saving warning decisions. Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their community.

SKYWARN® spotter reports provide vital “ground truth” to the NWS. They act as our eyes and ears in the field. Spotter reports help our meteorologists issue timely, accurate, and detailed warnings by confirming hazardous weather detected by NWS radar. Spotters also provide critical verification information that helps improve future warning services. SKYWARN® Spotters serve their local communities by acting as a vital source of information when dangerous storms approach. Without spotters, NWS would be less able to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.

Check out there website:
https://www.skywarn.org/

Attention Members – Access Changes

Hello Members:

This is to inform you that the 2019 password updates have taken place for the “Members Only” & “Minutes” web pages.   Also both remote’s passwords have also changed.   Please used the new passwords that were given out at the last social meeting.  If you have not received the new passwords please make sure you stop up at the next social meeting to pick them up.  Finally all key cards have been updated for the 2019 membership.

The Technical Committee