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.

 

2019 Simulated Emergency Test

October 5, 2019

Club Members mark your calendar…  We need experience operators and new members willing to learn during this practice

Preparations are currently underway for this fall’s Simulated Emergency Test. This year the SET is on Saturday, October 5. Section ARES officials in Eastern and Western PA are working together to finalize plans for a joint EPA-WPA SET.

The 2019 SET will focus on interoperability and scalability, adding additional served agencies as the SET progresses, and dispatching ARESMAT teams to other locations. Participants will practice interoperability with other ARES teams, and serving several agencies simultaneously as would be done in an actual disaster.

The goal of initial planning is to release the final planning document the first week of September to DECs and ECs.

NEW EMERGENCY COORDINATOR

ALLEGHENY COUNTY GETS NEW ARES EMERGENCY COORDINATOR

We are happy to announce that Bob Mente NU3Q has been appointed to be the new Allegheny County ARES Emergency Coordinator. Bob is well known for his work coordinating public service activities and has earned the respect of our Allegheny County ARES partner agencies, spanning the past decade. He serves as Net Control for the weekly Allegheny County ARES Net on Wednesday evenings.

Bob is the license trustee for WX3PIT, and has an extensive record of SKYWARN participation. He is active, building field-deployable amateur radio stations, and taking part in numerous activities at many clubs. He has been serving as Assistant EC for Allegheny County for several years.

Bob is an active member of many local radio clubs, and can always be found on local nets. If any amateur radio activity is taking place in Allegheny County and the surrounding counties, you will see Bob front and center. He also is a leader in service organizations, and has a long and significant record of generously helping others.

CHECK OUT THE WPA ARES WEBSITE HERE

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