QCWA Chapter 6 Meeting Notice

The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on Saturday, March 3, at 11:30 AM. Due to the closing of Sciulli’s Bar and Grill, we will have a  venue change to:

Kings Family Restaurant
5800 Grand Avenue
Neville Island,
Pittsburgh, PA

Update: Allegheny County Emergency Coordinator

This is from the
Allegheny County Emergency Coordinator:
Update: February 26, 2018

March 10, 2018: Message Handling Class (WACOM)
1696 E Maiden St
Washington, PA, United States
10:00 am start

April 14, 2018: Red Cross Drill

May 6, 2018: Pittsburgh Marathon

May 13, 2018: Race For The Cure
Schenley Park

July 14 and 15, 2018: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

July 28 and 29, 2018: Westmoreland Air Show
Latrobe, PA – Arnold Palmer Regional Airport

September 15, 2018: ADA Tour De Cure

September 30, 2018: Pittsburgh Great Race

Details for these events are announced as they become available on the Allegheny County ARES/RACES Public Service Net on Wednesdays at 9:00 pm on the 147.09 repeater (pl 88.5).

Served Agencies and event sponsors seeking communications support from Allegheny County ARES/RACES can contact the ARRL Allegheny County Emergency Coordinator, Bob Timmins AB3ED via email: allegheny@wpa-arrl.org.  Event requests from outside Allegheny County will be referred to the appropriate emergency coordinator.


Hello Bums o’ the Month–

Word has it that Sciulli’s Bar and Grill is closed. The doors are locked with no signs of life, and nobody answers the phone. With that in mind, thoughts are that the Kings Family Restaurant on Neville Island might be a suitable alternate. Kings is located at 5800 Grand Avenue right about where the I-79 bridge crosses over the Isle of Neville. With this being a civilized restaurant, perhaps showing up at 11:00 AM Feb.12 Monday might preclude conflict with the well mannered customers coming in for lunch at noon. Hope to see you there.

KQV-AM radio back on air

A month after Pittsburgh’s oldest all-news radio station went dark, KQV-AM has been snapped up by a new owner, pending approval by federal regulators.

Broadcast Communications Inc. — which owns several AM and FM stations in Western Pennsylvania — has agreed to buy the dormant station from Calvary Inc. for $55,000, free and clear of debt, Federal Communication Commission records show.

The final transaction hinges on the FCC’s approval.
KQV, whose roots dated to 1919, went off the air Jan. 1.

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Skywarn Class for Allegheny County.

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.

Here is a link to the NWS page to register for the Skywarn class for Allegheny County.
Lloyd KA3MSE

Membership Page Updated

Just a friendly reminder that membership dues for 2018 are now due.  You access card will automatically deactivate on March 31 @ 11:59 pm.  Please check the members only sections to see if Art, W3BKD has received your due for this year.


2m Repeater – HIGH POWER

Steel City 2m FM Repeater is now running HIGH POWER

Update 12/23/17
Today’s work party was very successful we discovered yet another bad jumper which has now been taken out of circulation. So here’s the update the 2 meter radio is now running on the amp with an output of 85 watts, and the noise is gone in fact it is sounding even better.  While tracking down the noise we temporary move the Fusion repeater down to two meter side and it was fun trying out two meter digital.  At this time the Kenwood is hooked back up so the controller and Echolink continue to work.

Since we moved the Fusion machine down temporary we decided hook the New Fusion DR-2X repeater back up to the 440 side.  Since we bought the new SWR meter we quickly found the bad jumper when the SWR hit 5 to 1.  Thinking that temporary antenna was the problem we hooked back up to the tower mount folded dipole antenna it too had the same bad SWR.  So then we swap out some jumper and found the bad one.  It wasn’t one of the ones that we got from that vendor it was an older cable. Once we swap the jumper out we found the folded dipole had a good SWR so we decided to leave it hooked up.  With the new repeater the DR-2X seem to have fixed the signal issues.  It is definitely hearing a lot better now.

So What Next:

  1. We need to buy some new jumpers.
  2. Hook up Wires-X to new Fusion DR-2X.
  3. Hook up the new 440 antenna on the tower.
  4. Fix the Astron power supply the positive power stud is getting loose.
  5. Get a better power distribution block for all the 12 volt accessories in the hut.
  6. Find how why the battery bank wont run the amp
  7. Add the fiber extension on the clubhouse side

Special Thanks:
Big thanks goes out to Karl, WA3VXJ and Joe, WB3AGB for coming out in the cold to lift repeaters and change out jumpers and to bounce suggestions back a forth.  Also Bobby, N3LL and Doug, W3HH for helping me track down a new Echolink issue and helping me set the levels. Finally thanks for all that gave us signal reports.

Your IT Gal,
Christine, N3LRG

UPDATE: 11/17/2017  Some noise started to leak though to the amp will be intermittent while we track the noise issue down…

All Steel City members are request to test out our two meter repeater and give signal report back via the clubs email reflector.  This past Wednesday Karl and myself hooked the 2 meter amplifier back up to the clubs repeater.   We would like to get some signal report on how it is get out in our previous weak areas. Also please give feedback on any noise reports that you might hear on the repeater.  So lets see how far we can get out now!


Warning Remote Users

Remote Users: Please note if your Team Viewer software complains about not being connected after upgrading to Version 13 you might need to removed the Team Viewer software from your computer and reinstall it.  There seems to be a bug that causes Team Viewer to loose its Internet connection despite the computer still being connected to the Internet,  To fix this go to the control panel and search for “Add & Removed Programs”  After loading that page scroll down till you find Team Viewer and remove it. Once it had been deleted just go to there website and download and install a fresh version.


“Force of 50” Steps Up to Assist

“Force of 50” Steps Up to Assist Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico

Members of the Amateur Radio community have volunteered to assist in the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico and Dominica and, to a lesser extent, the US Virgin Islands. This week, 50 of the most accomplished US radio amateurs responded within 24 hours to a call from the American Red Cross (ARC) to deploy to Puerto Rico and provide emergency communications assistance there. At the ARC’s request, ARRL rallied the US Amateur Radio community to provide up to 25 two-person teams of highly qualified hams. ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, said that more than 350 answered the call, from nearly every state.

“This generous outpouring of response represents the finest qualities of the Amateur Radio community,” he said. “These individuals are dropping whatever they are doing now, heading off to an extended hardship-duty assignment, and offering their special talents to Americans who have been cut off from their families, living amid widespread destruction and without electrical power since Hurricane Maria struck the Caribbean region last week.”

Continue Reading on the ARRL Website

Other stories about this subject:

Puerto Rico bound: Ham radio operators relay Hurricane Maria survivor info


CNN: Ham radio operators are saving Puerto Rico one transmission at a timeRaul Gonzalez and Jose Santiago work to maintain the communication infrastructure they set up between ham radio operators in the Monacillo Control Center.

Fox61: HAM radio organization sending help to Puerto Rico