Is your station ready?

Is your station ready for the next outage?   With more storms and section of the country having rolling blackouts make me wonder if the power goes out could you still get on the air.  Below is a link to a presentation take give a good talk about getting your station for the next black out.  How much does it cost and what equipment might be good for you to get.

The next HF or VHF net you check in try working the net on your backup power supply.  Do you have a mobile radio in your car?  Do you know how to call for help if your outside cellular phone range?  When you travel do you lookup the frequencies and PL for the repeater’s near where your traveling.  Do you have a battery eliminator cord and/or spare battery for your HT?

Presentation:
Emergency Power for Amateur Radio Stations

 

VE Testing – Nov 5th

LAST VE TESTING SESSION OF THE YEAR 

People interesting in becoming an amateur radio operator or planning to upgrade their license should get in touch with Chris K3PQ at the email/phone below.   The testing sessions will be held on Nov 5th at 7:00 PM at the Steel City club house. {DIRECTIONS HERE}  Preregistration is highly recommend and will have priority, but walk-in’s will be allowed if space is available.

Steel City Testing Page: http://w3kwh.com/ve-testing/

Got question? Feel free to email and to register?
Chris Grimm, VE Examiner
K3PQ {at} W3KWH {dit} COM
(412) 259-3319

SCARC Proposed Constitution Changes

Attention Steel City members! This propose changes to the SCARC constitution have been posted to the members only section of the website. All members should review the proposed changes and attend the next business meeting November 15th at 8:00 PM.

Steel City ARC Constitution – Last Update January 1990
http://w3kwh.com/constitution-and-bylaws/

 

June 2019 Business Meeting that created the Revision Committee
http://w3kwh.com/2019/06/18/june-scarc-meeting-minutes/ 
NOTE! You will need the password for this page

 

100th anniversary of KDKA radio

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of KDKA radio. There are plans in the works for operating special event stations in honor of this occasion. As I am the PA state coordinator for the 13 Colonies special event, Joe –  W3BC asked if I might be interested in heading up this event and I agreed.

Here is where we are at this point:

  • The event will be all month long in November of 2020.
  • The plan is to make this operation available to southwestern PA amateur radio operators.
  • There are plans to have multiple callsigns for the event. Three 1X1 callsigns have already been reserved. Also, the call W8XK will be used as it was the original callsign of KDKA.
  • We had a meeting at the last Breeze Shooters hamfest. The meeting was announced and open to any interested persons.
  • There has been interest from a couple of clubs in utilizing their tower trailers and, as such, there are plans to operate from the old KDKA radio transmitter site in Saxonburg (and perhaps other sites).
  • There are also plans to have KDKA officials involved.

Best 73 all
Bob, WC3O

View The Working Document

If your interested in helping out sign up for the email list here:
https://groups.io/g/kdka100

 

ARES Christmas Party

Allegheny County ARES Christmas Party
Saturday, December 7th @ 7PM
Gianna Via’s Restaurant and Bar
Caste Village
5301 Grove Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Please RSVP to NU3Q
(412) 736-7385
allegheny {at} wpa-arrl {dit} org

BSA – Frontier District Ham-o-Ree

When: October 5, 2019; 1:00 PM – 5:00PM
Where: ??

14.250 MHz
7.220 MHz
147.090 MHz
146.880 MHz (Backup 2m)
REF063 (DSTAR)

The Scouts in attendance will be looking for ~10minute QSOs each. We will be operating under the callsign K2BSA/3 for those that would like to call and request a QSL card after the event, they can email me treed593 {at} gmail {dit} com

We will also be on the air starting at around 6:00 PM on October 4 until around 9:00 AM on the 6th monitoring for contacts.

Steel City Members:  Lets help the scouts out.

Hurricane Watch Net

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced tentative plans to activate on 14.325 MHz on Wednesday, September 18, at 1800 UTC. The net will switch to 7.268 MHz at 2100 UTC on Wednesday.

“Today has been a busy day in the tropics,” Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. “Since 1500 UTC, four new systems have been identified — two already named. At present, the storm we are most interested in is Hurricane Humberto.” The Category 2 Atlantic storm is forecast to affect Bermuda late Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning, with the eye forecast to remain north of Bermuda. Graves said any deviation to the right of the forecast track could bring the eye closer or even onshore.

The Hurricane Watch Net will remain active on 14.325 MHz for as long as propagation allows, switching to 7.268.00 MHz at 2100 UTC and remaining in operation until Humberto is no longer a threat.

“This activation plan is subject to change,” Graves advised. “As with any net activation, we request observed ground-truth data from those in the affected area (wind speed, wind gust, wind direction, barometric pressure — if available, rainfall, damage, and storm surge). Measured weather data is always appreciated but we do accept estimates.”

Graves said other Atlantic storms include Tropical Depression (TD) 10 and Tropical Storm (TS) Imelda, while on the Eastern Pacific side are TD 14-E, TS Lorena, and the Category 1 Hurricane Kiko.

SUNDAY NIGHT DIGITAL NET

Try out the area wide digital net on the Keystone-West network. Local users can access it on the W3KWH 444.450 repeater or any of Pittsburgh area C4FM repeaters, we are going to have a area wide digital net on the system fusion KEYSTONE-WEST room.  Room number #60328.  With the Yaesu Fusion getting more popular we thought it would help out operators just getting into the Fusion System somewhere to go to for information.  If your club has an Yaesu System Fusion repeater talk the leadership into connecting it to room #60328 for at least one hour a week.

 

440 Repeater on the Keystone Room

FYI: The Keystone Room #60328 came back on today and we have moved the 440  repeater over that room.   The Keystone Room is a Yaesu System Fusion digital link that links Uniontown, Skyview, and our own repeaters together. Plus there several node station linked in also.

Note: Feel free to switch to any room you want. When done and you disco it will auto reconnect to the Keystone Room #60328

440 Repeater Improve Range

Please try out our 444.45 MHz machine.  The work party Karl Joe, and Matt did some testing why the range didnt improve with the antenna being in a  much higher and they found out some interesting thing. First in an undocumented item is that the repeater has a lot more power when running under AC power vs DC power.  The biggest issue they found was the old grey antenna duplexes was destroying our receive and it hurt our transmit too. They swap to the Chinese Duplexes and wow it immediately improve the range.

The above map is showing the current RELIABLE range circle where it reaches down into the valleys and working inside some homes with a simple HT.  It will reach outside the circle but it seem to work station that are located on top of hills.  Please give Karl or Christine your signal reports let us know your location and power level.  We are planning to get the old grey cans fixed since they can handle a lot more power. The Chinese can are at there max power now.