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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – OCTOBER 12, 2020

Sunday Nov 8th  from 10 am to 5 pm  –  We Will Be “K3D”
Please consider working this special event station and support the SCARC club. So let Bob know if you want to work an hour or two and when on Nov 8th
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RSVP to Bob NU3Q  —>  nu3q {at} nu3q {dit} us

Our remote operating location – Click on Address for Google directions
Note on Sunday Nov 8th you do not need to feed the parking meters
You will most like bring a folding chair if you want to hang out.

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102 West Pike Street
Cannonsburg, PA, 15317

Read The Latest Press Release Here

Thanks to John Rakoczky KA3SZO, a member of the Steel City club, for letting us use his commercial retail space in downtown Canonsburg to operate the KDKA special event station. He informed me the “COVID safe capacity” of his large retail space is fifty (50). In keeping with Governor Wolf’s 20% mandate, I recommend we keep it to no more than ten (10) people at his QTH and that we socially distance appropriately and use masks as conditions warrant.

The location of his building is 102 West Pike Street – Canonsburg 15317. It is located across the street from the Frank Sarris Public Library. There is limited parking in the lot across the street, otherwise you will have to park on the street. He has a bathroom in the rear of the space. I loaned John my 40 meter and 80 meter dipoles and my two 100 foot coax jumpers. He will mount the 40 meter dipole on the roof of his building and stretch the 80 meter dipole inside the attic. His building is 3 stories high and I have used my 40 meter dipole on his roof successfully before. John will get the PR out for us as well.

Please join the KDKA 100 groups.io mail list to stake your place on the calendar. Please note the calendar is filling up fast and keep in mind there are four (4) special event call signs available for use on any given day.


SET Drill Oct 2020

WSJT-X Beta for LF and MF Bands

The latest beta release of the WSJT-X digital software suite includes digital protocols particularly designed for communication on LF and MF bands, such as 2200 meters and 630 meters, and its developers say that during its first few months of testing, contacts have spanned intercontinental paths “many times” on those bands. New protocols FST4 and FST4W are included in WSJT-X version 2.3.0-rc1 (release candidate 1). FST4 is for two-way contacts, while FST4W is for “quasi-beacon” style WSPR transmissions. Both modes offer a range of options for T/R-sequence lengths and threshold decoding sensitivities extending well into the –40 dB range, developers said.

“On these bands, their fundamental sensitivities are better than other WSJT-X modes with the same sequence lengths, approaching the theoretical limits for their rates of information throughput,” the WSJT-X development team said in releasing version 2.3.0-rc1. The developers said, “FST4 and FST4W do not require the strict, independent time-synchronization and phase-locking of modes like EbNaut,” a protocol for VLF and LF communication.

For more information:

http://www.arrl.org/news/wsjt-x-beta-release-introduces-digital-protocols-designed-for-lf-and-mf-bands

Business Meeting 7 PM Sharp!

Business Meeting 7:00 PM Shart

To  Members
      There will be a meeting  on Tues. the 15th  at 7 pm sharp. It will be in the parking lot so bring a chair to sit on. Don”t  forget to where a MASK. This meeting will quick because it gets dark early.  If it changes I will let you know.
Richie

ARES Meetings Planning for upcoming SET Drill

I have scheduled TWO Allegheny County ARES meetings this month to plan for the upcoming SET Drill on 10/3 and to discuss whatever else is on your mind (open table forum), as follows:
Bob NU3Q

Meeting #1
Bob NU3Q is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting
Allegheny County ARES Zoom Meeting 9/12/2020 at 10 AM:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89009281949?pwd=YmIwa09oK1ZHczJzL3lDcEVnQ2FGQT09

Meeting ID: 890 0928 1949
Passcode: 512340

Meeting #2
Bob NU3Q is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on 9/26/2020
Allegheny County ARES Zoom Meeting at 10 AM:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87098814881?pwd=cnVIYVRyM1FxQmJLcUVVeVpzaE94UT09

Meeting ID: 870 9881 4881
Passcode: 145365

2020 WACOM Hamfest – Cancelled

2020 WACOM Hamfest – Cancelled

From WACOM: We regret to inform you that WACOM is canceling the hamfest for 2020. We feel the health risks, building occupancy, and additional restrictions would just have too much of an impact on our hamfest. We feel it is the best interest of the amateur radio community to cancel the hamfest.

We look forward to the return of the hamfest in 2021

FCC Proposes to Reinstate Fees

08/28/2020

Amateur radio licensees would pay a $50 fee for each amateur radio license application if the FCC adopts rules it proposed this week. Included in the FCC’s fee proposal are applications for new licenses, renewal and upgrades to existing licenses, and vanity call sign requests. Excluded are applications for administrative updates, such as changes of address, and annual regulatory fees.

The FCC proposal is contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MD Docket 20-270, which was adopted to implement portions of the “Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act” of 2018 — the so-called “Ray Baum’s Act.”

The Act requires that the FCC switch from a Congressionally-mandated fee structure to a cost-based system of assessment. In its NPRM, the FCC proposed application fees for a broad range of services that use the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS), including the Amateur Radio Service that had been excluded by an earlier statute. The 2018 statute excludes the Amateur Service from annual regulatory fees, but not from application fees.

“[A]pplications for personal licenses are mostly automated and do not have individualized staff costs for data input or review,” the FCC said in its NPRM. “For these automated processes — new/major modifications, renewal, and minor modifications — we propose a nominal application fee of $50 due to automating the processes, routine ULS maintenance, and limited instances where staff input is required.”

The same $50 fee would apply to all Amateur Service applications, including those for vanity call signs. “Although there is currently no fee for vanity call signs in the Amateur Radio Service, we find that such applications impose similar costs in aggregate on Commission resources as new applications and therefore propose a $50 fee,” the FCC said.

Read the  full story here:
http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-proposes-to-reinstate-amateur-radio-service-fees

Hurricane Watch Net to Activated

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) will activate for Hurricane Marco today (Sunday, August 23) at 2100 UTC on 14.325 MHz, switching to 7.268 MHz at 2300 UTC, where operation will continue until 0100 UTC. Just barely a category 1 hurricane, Marco is forecast to make landfall on Monday afternoon.

“The purpose of this activation is to line up reporting stations for Marco as well as for Laura, which is to affect this same region most likely late Wednesday or early Thursday,” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. “The HWN will reactivate on Monday, August 24, at 1300 UTC on 14.325 MHz to collect and forward surface reports to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.”

Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator Jim Coleman, AI5B, reported earlier this weekend that Louisiana Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) was on alert status, and the LA-ARES HF net was on active standby, set to begin monitoring 3.878 MHz after 0100 UTC on Monday, August 24, [Sunday evening in North America]. ARES will go to stand-by status at that time. One ARES team in Manatee County, Florida, is on stand-by status.

Read more on the ARRL website:
http://www.arrl.org/news/hurricane-watch-net-to-activate-as-louisiana-braces-for-marco-and-laura