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…

11/15/2017
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

ARRL 2017 Simulated Emergency Test

ARRL ARRL Test

Simulated Emergency Test – October 7 – 9 am to 1 pm

 Attention:
Steel City Members

The Steel City club house will be the control station for this test.
We will need our members to volunteers 4 hours of their time
to help out with this simulated test.  Richard is arranging a training session with Bud N3TIR that will take place on Sept 27th Wednesday night social meetings.

The annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test will take place on Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 to 1:00 pm. The purpose of this drill is to practice our emergency communications skills and to gain practical experience in setting up off-the-grid communications from actual shelter sites using emergency power only.


2017 WPA ARRL SET – Saturday 7 OCT 0900-1300

Scenario: For the purposes of this Drill, a severe winter storm deposits 3-6 feet of snow, stranding motorists on all major highways. Stranded motorists are lodged in shelters provided by various local served agencies. High winds have knocked out electrical power in the entire WPA Section.

Amateur Radio will establish off-the-grid communications between shelters and local Incident Command Centers. Local and county Command Centers will forward actual Formal Message Traffic in the form of Radiogram or ICS-213 messages from each shelter to the appropriate DEC and the Section Emergency Coordinator, using emergency-powered radio equipment and local frequencies.

Local ARES groups will spearhead the amateur radio effort, coordinating with local served agencies and other amateur radio groups, setting up actual, emergency-powered stations at one or more local shelter sites, sending and receiving formal message traffic using voice and/or digital modes, and maintaining communications with their local EC. Local ECs will establish and maintain communications with District designated station. District stations will maintain contact with the Section
designated Stations.

Served Agencies may include Local EMA, PEMA, FEMA, National Weather Service, SKYWARN, RACES, ACS, National Traffic System, CERT, REACT, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Fire & Rescue Departments, Hospitals, Schools, Churches, Community Centers, Travel Centers, etc.

 

Hurricane Irma photos from N3LL

While Bobby N3LL made it though the storm without any damage there were some trees down around his neighborhood.  He got very lucky since the eye of Irma decide to curve around Englewood, FL. Click on a photo to see an full size image.

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QCWA MEETING

Our Next Meeting
The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on
Saturday, September 16th, and the doors open at Noon. We will be returning to our previous venue of:

Sciulli’s Bar and Grill
1562 Island Ave.
McKees Rocks, PA

Hopefully we will seeing some of our snow birds before they head out of town as we typically plan to break bread and swap stories. 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.
Please note that we are meeting on the third Saturday of this month to avoid conflict with other events and the holiday.

Nate Firestone W3SVJ
Chapter Secretary