FALL SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST

W3KWH – Will be participate in this drill. Plan to be at the club house by 9:30 AM. as the technical committee has set up an 60m dipole and confirm the Yaesu FT-991A and Kenwood TS-590 confirm to operate on 60m.  {Both ICOM don’t}


FALL SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST –
WESTERN PA. SECTION A.R.R.L. 

WHEN: SATURDAY OCTOBER 6,2018
TIME: 0930-1200 HRS  (AFTER THE WEEKLY ARES HF NET)

WHERE: ALL W.PA. A.R.R.L. SECTION COUNTIES

OBJECTIVE: PARTICIPATION IN THE SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST
(S.E.T.) FOSTERS THE UNDERSTANDING OF INTEROPERABILITY BETWEEN AMATEUR

RADIO AND SERVED AGENCIES…NOT IN THE SENSE OF “WHEN IT ALL HITS THE FAN” BUT IN THE CONFIDENT PERFORMANCE OF CORE CAPABILITIES TO GET THE MESSAGE THROUGH. TO BEGIN THE S.E.T., PARTICIPATING COUNTIES WILL ACTIVATE THEIR SKYWARN NETS ANNOUNCING SIMULATED WEATHER CONDITIONS WHILE CALLING THEIR RESPECTIVE RADIO OPERATORS TO ACTIVE STATUS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE EXERCISE.

THE S.E.T. WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THREE COMPONENTS:
A- AMERICAN RED CROSS COMPONENT
B- 60M COMMUNICATIONS COMPONENT
C- INDIVIDUAL COUNTY OPERATIONS COMPONENT

COMPONENT A:
THIS COMPONENT INVOLVES AN AMERICAN RED CROSS SHELTER VISIT BETWEEN 1000 AND 1100 HRS. THE COUNTY SHELTER CHOSEN IN THE RED CROSS CHAPTER WILL BE VISITED BY AN ARES FIELD TEAM FOR A VISIT/MEET AND GREET WITH THE SHELTER MANAGER TO EXPLAIN HOW AMATEUR RADIO CAN SERVE THE RED CROSS SHELTER IN TIME OF ACTIVATION. DURING THE VISIT, CALL YOUR COUNTY NET CONTROL WITH LOCATION, TIME AND STATUS OF THE RED CROSS SHELTER…THEN COUNTY NET CONTROL RESPONDS WITH CONFIRMATION OF SHELTER TRAFFIC. AFTERWARDS, EXPLAIN THE MESSAGE HANDLING PROCESS TO THE SHELTER MANAGER. ONCE THE SHELTER VISIT
OBJECTIVES HAVE BEEN MET, FIELD OPERATOR MAY SECURE AND RETURN TO COUNTY

COMPONENT B:
THIS COMPONENT INVOLVES THE ABILITY OF EACH COUNTY NET CONTROL TO OPERATE ON 60M. SKYVIEW RADIO SOCIETY, K3MJW, WILL BE HANDLING THE SECTION 60M TRAFFIC ON CH.4 (5371.5khz) AND CH.5 (5403.5khz) AS BACK UP FREQUENCY SHOULD THE NEED ARISE.  ONCE THE EXERCISE BEGINS AT 0930 HRS, EACH COUNTY NET CONTROL STATION WILL CHECK IN WITH K3MJW TO BE ON THE EXERCISE PARTICIPATION ROSTER.HOURLY, K3MJW WILL CALL EACH PARTICIPATING COUNTY WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO CONTACT ANOTHER COUNTY WITHIN THE W.PA. SECTION AND HAVE THAT COUNTY CALL K3MJW WITH CONFORMATION OF CONTACT. IT IS REQUESTED THAT ALL COUNTIES KEEP A LOG OF STATIONS HEARD ON THE 60M FREQUENCIES. THIS DATA WILL BE COMPILED FOR THE W.PA. SECTION 60M DATABASE.

COMPONENT C:
THIS COMPONENT GIVES PARTICIPATING COUNTIES THE ABILITY TO TAILOR THIS PORTION OF THE EXERCISE TO WHICHEVER OBJECTIVE THEY WISH TO ACCOMPLISH

DURING THE S.E.T. EXAMPLES-
-EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT OPERATING MODES (DIGITAL,SATELLITE,CW,ETC) .

-DEVELOP A SOLUTION TO A PARTICULAR COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEM WITHIN THEIR RESPECTIVE OPERATING AREA. -BUILD AND TEST DIFFERENT ANTENNAS.

-ACCESS COMMUNICATIONS FROM KNOWN WEATHER RELATED IMPACT AREAS WITHIN THEIR COUNTY.

-PLAN AND EXECUTE A RESPONSE TO A LOCAL EMERGENCY.

-SET UP AND OPERATE FROM A REMOTE LOCATION.
IN OTHER WORDS…PUSH THE COMFORT ZONES! MAKE THIS COMPONENT CHALLENGING YET ENJOYABLE FOR ALL WHO PARTICIPATE. PLEASE PROVIDE A SUMMARY OF COMPONENT C WITH THE S.E.T. REPORT AND ICS FORMS.
SO, THERE YOU HAVE IT.ALL W.PA. SECTION COUNTIES ARE BEING REQUESTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FALL SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST. UNDERSTANDABLY, THERE MAY BE SCHEDULE CONFLICTS IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER…IN LIGHT OF SUCH CONFLICTS, PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SEVERAL OPERATORS TO TAKE SOME PART IN THE EXERCISE.(SUGGESTION- IT MAY PROVE BENEFICIAL TO HAVE COUNTY EMA IN THE LOOP FOR THE EXERCISE. IT’S BEEN PROVEN TO HELP BUILD STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN AMATEUR RADIO AND SERVED AGENCIES IN THE COUNTY) THE W.PA. SECTION STAFF WISHES THAT ALL WHO PARTICIPATE HAVE A SUCCESSFUL AND ENJOYABLE FALL EXERCISE. REMEMBER- WE’RE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM WHEN IT COMES
TO GETTING THE MESSAGE THROUGH!

73 AND PRESS ON!
STEVE FAZEKAS, W.PA. ASEC
K3FAZ {a} ARRL.NET

VE Testing Session – Oct 6th 3PM

Saturday, October 6, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
Dead line for preregistration will be:
Sept 24, 2018

*Please note the ARRL website is wrong The testing session is at 3 PM

 

PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED – NO WALK IN’s ALLOWED
To make sure we have enough testing materials on hand, and that you don’t have to wait for us to get ready we are requiring that people interested taking the exam preregister. If you have any question about the testing or to preregister please call Art at the phone number below.

Art Mueller  – WA3BKD
Phone: 724-356-7381 

Check out our VE Testing webpage for more information… 

 

The Mosley Pro-67-c3 has arrived

Let the fun begin, the Mosley antenna arrived 9/18/2018 via FedEX in 6 boxes.

Model
PRO-67-C-3
Frequency, MHz
28, 24, 21, 18, 14, 10, 7
Power Rating, watts CW
2500
Power Rating, watts SSB
5000
Power Rating, AM/FM
600
Power Rating, RTTY/AMTOR
600
VSWR at frequency
1.0/1 to 1.6/1
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 10 m
9.3 / 4
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 12 m
8.3 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 15 m
8.3 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 17 m
8.3 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 20 m
8.2 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 30 m
0.0 / 1
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 40 m
6.8 / 3
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 10 m
24
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 12 m
15
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 15 m
24
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 17 m
25
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 20 m
24
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 30 m
0
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 40 m
24
Boom Length
24 ft / 7.32 m
Maximum Element Length
43.75 ft / 13.34 m
Turning Radius
23.67 ft / 7.21 m
Mast Mount Hardware (equipped)
2 in / 5.08 cm
Assembled Weight
145 lbs / 65.77 kg
Wind Surface Area
12.1 sq ft / 1.12 sq m
Wind Load, EIA Standard 80 MPH
330 lbs / 149.69 kg
Warranty
2 years
Recommended Coax
RG-8 / RG-213

Monitoring Active Storms – Hurricane Watch Net, SATERN

From: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-headquarters-hurricane-watch-net-satern-monitoring-active-storms

With active storms in the Atlantic and Pacific basins, ARRL Headquarters, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), and the Salvation Army Team Emergency Network (SATERN) are all on alert. The most imminent storm is Hurricane Florence, now a major Category 3 storm, which is set to strike the Carolinas later this week. Hurricane

Watch Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said over the weekend that the net is keeping a close eye on Hurricanes Florence and Isaac, a Category 1 storm that could affect the Lesser Antilles before heading into the eastern Caribbean.

“Florence is expected to affect the US East Coast midweek, [with] Isaac affecting the Windward Islands about the same time,” Graves said. “The impact of Florence could be catastrophic, as it is forecast to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane.” Graves notes that Charleston, South Carolina, was last hit by Category 4 storm when Hugo made landfall in 1989.

As of 1500 UTC, Florence was some 580 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and 1,240 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 115 MPH. The storm is moving west at 13 MPH.

The HWN has not announced any activation plans. The net traditionally uses 14.325 MHz during daylight hours and 7.268 MHz after dark. “With propagation being extremely poor to nonexistent on 20 meters, we may be forced to operate on both bands simultaneously,” Graves said. WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently in a planning stage and anticipating activating Wednesday, September 12, through Friday, September 14. When WX4NHC activates, it will operate cooperatively with HWN as net stations funnel ground-level reports to the Center.

The International SATERN SSB Net has announced plan to activate in response to Hurricane Florence on Thursday, September 13, remaining in operation at least through Saturday, September 15. SATERN operates on 14.265 MHz with 14.312 MHz as an alternative frequency.

“The Salvation Army is already beginning to plan for major deployments of personnel and equipment,” SATERN announced over the weekend.

The Voice over Internet Protocol Weather/Hurricane Net (VoIPWX) is expected to activate late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Storms in the Pacific include Tropical Storm Paul, which is not expected to affect land, and Hurricane Olivia, a Category 1 storm that could threaten Hawaii. The NHC has advised Hawaii residents to monitor the storm’s progress.

QCWA Chapter 6 Meeting

Our Next QCWA Chapter 6 Meeting

The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on Saturday, September 15. The third Saturday in September was selected to avoid conflicting dates with the Labor Day holiday, the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society meet, and a hamfest. The doors 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

As usual, solicitations are made for presentations with a bribe of a free lunch. Volunteers please contact President Jack Buzon, KA3HPM, ahead of time for agenda sequencing. Volunteers and nominations will also be solicited for the 2019 officer positions. Note, too, that the Fleming Park bridge coming off of Neville Island into McKees Rocks is closed and will be well into 2019. Alternate routes from the west via Route 51 out of Coraopolis, or from the east via McKees Rocks bridge and Island Avenue are recommended.

Nate Firestone W3SVJ
Chapter Secretary

Message from Chief Army MARS

As suggested by Billy Joe,  N3VEF/AAR3OY 

 Below is a message put out to MARS Stations (Military Affiliate Radio System)  from Chief Army MARS regarding a Comex exercise we just did.  This is only one example of many such exercises we do in MARS on a regular basis.  I’m passing this along in an attempt to spark an interest in anyone who might want to join MARS.  With the World affairs  the way they are right now, I think having a MARS Licenses is a valuable thing to have.  On are NETS we regularly have the Pentagon (AAR3PNT) CK in, the PA National Guard, TSA Agencies, etc., just to name a few CK in.  Right now I’m the only Licensed MARS Station at the Club.  In the past we’ve had several other members who were in MARS (Doug W3HH, Bobby N3LL, Mac W3MAC, & Sue KA3JKS).  It would be nice to have someone else in the Club with an interest in MARS.  If your Radio isn’t modified to go out of the Amateur Bands, on problem.  We have a system similar to Echolink that allows Stations to CK in using the Internet & the TeamSpeak Program.  Anyone with an interest just get in touch with me.
I’ll be more than glad to Elmer you along.  73 & Happy Labor Day Weekend.
Billy Joe,  N3VEF/AAR3OY

Please distro to all Army MARS members:

*****
Last week, 600 members of both Army and Air Force MARS put their
communication skills to the test during the quarterly DOD comex 18-3.
Responding to a simulated set of circumstances, MARS members were charged
with providing various information reports from the local and county areas
through the MARS HF network to the supported DOD headquarters using a
military standard communications protocol.

Members were further challenged during a portion of the exercise by only
operating during evening/night time hours when propagation is more
challenging. Throughout the exercise, MARS members used both traditional
single channel voice communications as well as establishing communications
links using 2G automatic link establishment.

Thanks to all the MARS stations who trained during this comex. Regardless if
you served as major/minor relay station, a net control station, a duty
officer, or provided your information messages for relay to the supported
headquarters, you are an important link in the communications chain. Well
done! Don’t forget to submit your after action reports so we can continue to
improve how we execute our mission.

English
Chief, Army MARS
*****

WWV-WWVH Shut Down Proposal

Concern Rising within Amateur Radio Community over WWV-WWVH Shut Down Proposal

08/21/2018 – From the ARRL news website http://www.arrl.org/news

ARRL members and Amateur Radio clubs are expressing increased concern over the inclusion of WWV and WWVH on a list of proposed cuts in the White House’s National Institute of Standards and Technology Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. The proposed cuts also would include the Atomic Clock signal from WWVB used to synchronize specially equipped clocks and watches. Online petitions soliciting signatures include one established by Tom Kelly II, W7NSS, of Portland, Oregon, who would like to see funding for the stations maintained. At this point, the budget item is only a proposal, not a final decision. That would be up to the Congress to decide.

ARRL is among those worried over the possible loss of WWV, WWVH, and WWVB and is suggesting that members of the Amateur Radio community who value the stations for their precise time and frequency signals and other information sign Kelly’s petition and/or contact their members of Congress promptly, explaining how the stations are important to them, beyond government and military use.

Kelly’s petition, which may be signed by US residents, notes that WWV is among the oldest radio stations in the US, having been established in 1920. “The station has transmitted the official US time for nearly 100 years, and is an instrumental part in the telecommunications field, ranging from broadcasting to scientific research and education,” his petition says. “Additionally, these stations transmit marine storm warnings from the National Weather Service, GPS satellite health reports, and specific information concerning current solar activity and radio propagation conditions. These broadcasts are an essential resource to the worldwide communications industry.”

NIST’s full Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request to Congress calls for the agency to “discontinue the dissemination of the US time and frequency via the NIST radio stations in Hawaii and Fort Collins, Colorado.” The agency noted, “These radio stations transmit signals that are used to synchronize consumer electronic products like wall clocks, clock radios, and wristwatches, and may be used in other applications like appliances, cameras, and irrigation controllers.” The specific cut, which would come from the NIST Fundamental Measurement, Quantum Science, and Measurement Dissemination budget, would amount to $6.3 million.

In its budget request, NIST said that it plans to consolidate and focus work on its efforts in quantum science while maintaining essential core capabilities in measurement science research and measurement dissemination, as well as eliminate “efforts that have been replaced by newer technologies, measurement science research that lies outside NIST’s core mission space, and programs that can no longer be supported due to facility deterioration.”

WWV and WWVH broadcast time and frequency information 24/7, including time announcements, standard time intervals, standard frequencies, UT1 time corrections, a BCD time code, geophysical alerts, and marine storm warnings. Transmissions are broadcast from separate transmitters on 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz. An experimental 25 MHz signal is also currently on the air. WWVB transmits standard Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) signals on 60 kHz to appropriately equipped timekeeping devices.

NIST Public Relations Director Gail Porter told Tom Witherspoon, K4SWL — editor of The SWLing Post, which has been tracking developments — that NIST “is proud of the time and frequency services we provide through our radio stations, and understands that these services are important to many people.”

NIST Director Walter Copan has supported the overall budget request. “This budget request ensures that NIST can continue to work at the frontiers of measurement science by preserving investment in core metrology research,” Copan said. “Through its constitutionally mandated role, NIST performs work that only the government can do, and produces enormous return on US taxpayers’ investment. Translating measurements into technically sound standards across all industries enables effective international trade and US competitiveness.”

 

2018 Infrastructure Improvements

The major infrastructure improvements schedule for this summer 2018 project has been approved at this month business meeting. A special technical committee was set up to review our antenna infrastructure. Knowing that we were going to need a bucket truck to put up the 440 antenna that was purchase last year the membership wanted to know what other work was going to be need while we had the truck on site. The far tower down by the cell tower has been empty for quite a while. Plus there has alway been a need for additional HF antennas with WARC capabilities. Also the 70 foot tower to the right of the club house is getting close to its end of life. Before it fails it was decided to replace it with the Rohn tower sections that we already had with only a new base and top section needed to be purchase. Also already purchased is two new VHF and UHF yagi antennas. With the recent Red Cross and ARRL ECOMM sessions at the club house a need for a VHF and UHF vertical beam antenna to work surrounding repeater was needed This was needed due to our current VHF & UHF beam antennas were all being horizontal polarized. The final antenna is a discone antenna  that will be run to the work bench area.  This will not only let us receive VHF & UHF on this wide band antenna but transmit to.  Below is the complete list of improvements scheduled to be done this year, and the work starts this next week!

  1.  Mount the new 440 antenna on the repeater tower
  2. Take down the old 70 foot tower and replace it with the Rohn tower
  3. Move the 6 meter yagi to the VHF tower
  4. Mount the new Mosley_PRO-67-C antenna on the Rohn tower
  5. Mount a new DX Engineering HEXX Beam on the far tower by the cell tower.
  6. Mount new VHF & UHF vertical beam antennas to the club house building
  7. Mount a Discone antenna to he new Rohn tower

So by the end of the summer we should have six new antennas at the Steel City club house grounds.  The work starts this next week on Wednesday June 27th with weather permitting the 70 foot tower is going to be lowered.  This needs to be done first so that a new base can be fabricated for the new Rohn tower.

 

W8AOK – SK

W8AOK

W8AOK Alan Bruce Cressler

Some of you knew Bruce Cressler – W8AOK. He helped me built the 2nd edition of the SCARC website 20 years ago. He was made am honorary remote member for his efforts. Over the past year he battled health issues and recently ended up on the wrong side of the fight. He went SK a few months back. I was asked to speak at his memorial service this past weekend and felt very privileged to do so. Some of you met him when he’d come to town for a visit otherwise he spent time in Detroit and eventually from a 2500 foot hilltop in Helvetia, WV. Been there? I didn’t think so. The town’s population at last census was 59…FIFTY NINE..059. After his diagnosis he decided to get his Extra class. Who does this with an unknown amount of time left on this blue planet? He did. Education was his goal in life. He spent many a night on that mountain top collecting QSL cards from far off places and loved every minute of it. At his memorial I ended my tribute with DI DI DI DAH DI DAH.

From:
W3WTW de Tim

W8AOK QRZ Page

Amateur Radio Parity Act Language Inserted in National Defense Authorization Act

05/11/2018 – From the ARRL bulletin  email

ARRL is praising the work of US Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), and Mike Rogers (R-AL) for their successful efforts in securing language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 that aids in the survival and growth of Amateur Radio by giving radio amateurs the right to install an outdoor antenna at their residences with the approval of their homeowners associations. This language — text from the proposed Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555) — formed the basis for the Courtney-Hartzler-Rogers Amendment to the NDAA.

The amendment, offered by the bipartisan trio and accepted by the House Armed Services Committee by voice vote, will ensure that Amateur Radio operators will continue to play a vital role in disaster communication, when called upon. Amateur Radio has long-standing relationships with the Department of Defense through both the Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) as well as spectrum sharing.

The Armed Services Committee passed the NDAA by a 60-to-1 voice vote after a 14-hour markup that ran well into the night. The bill now awaits House floor action. The Senate will begin its markup of the NDAA during the week of May 21.

Read the full article here: