Field Day 2020 — A Time to Adapt

Many individuals and groups organizing events for Field Day 2020 have been contacting ARRL for guidance on how to adapt their planned activities in this unprecedented time of social distancing and uncertainty.

“Due to the unique situation presented this year, this can be an opportunity for you, your club, and/or group to try something new,” ARRL Contest Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, said. “Field Day isn’t about doing things the same way year after year. Use this year to develop and employ a new approach that is in line with the current circumstances.”

Social distancing and state and local requirements very likely will impact just how — and even whether — you are able to participate in Field Day this year. ARRL continues monitoring the coronavirus situation, paying close attention to information and guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If social distancing means that Class A with a 30-member team set up in a city park won’t work this year, then it’s time for a Plan B. Part of the Field Day concept has always been adapting your operation to the situation at hand. At its heart, Field Day is an emergency communication demonstration. Field Day rules are flexible enough to allow individuals and groups to adjust their participation and strategies in a way that still addresses their needs while being fun. Some possibilities:

  • Encourage club members to operate from their home stations on emergency power (Class E).
  • Use the club’s repeater as a means for individual participants to keep in touch during the event.
  • Family members interested in operating Field Day and unable to participate as part of a larger group may want to consider setting up a portable station in the backyard with a temporary antenna.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE:
http://www.arrl.org/news/field-day-2020-a-time-to-adapt

Keycard Access

Members – As per the president request key card access has been remove from your key cards.  No access will be able until current situation improves and the president gives the all clear.

If You have any questions or concerns please send them to:
Richie Danko
n3sbf@comcast.net


NOTE! If there is an ECOMM situation please contact any leadership member for access to the building.  The leadership team is Richie, Matt, Joe, Walt they can still access the building

 

Business Meeting Been Cancelled

The Steel City Club House Is Closed Until Further Notice

Business Meeting: CANCELED
Social Meetings: CANCELED
VE Testing Session: CANCELED
Operating From Club: CLOSED
Remote 1 OPEN – Remote Hams for Members
Remote 2 OPEN – VNC & Skype for Members
Repeater 147.03 MHz & PL 123: OPEN For ALL
Repeater 444.45 MHz & PL 103.5 & C4FM: OPEN For ALL
Echolink & Wires X: ACTIVE.


Tuesday Night 2m Net 8 PM:  All Are Welcome
Sunday QCWA 2m Net 8:30 AM: All Are Welcome
Sunday Digital 70cm Net 8:00 PM: All Are Welcome
Nightly 10m Chat 28.495 MHz ~8:00 PM: All Are Welcome

Time to start studying

Its Time to start studying Steel City announces 2020 VE Testing sessions.

Steel City ARC – 2020 – VE TESTING SESSIONS  @ 7:00pm

March 18
April 22
May 20
June 17
July 22
August 19
September 16
October 21
November 18

PREREGISTRATION STRONG RECOMMEND – 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 highly recommending that people interested taking the exam preregister.

Check our VE TESTING page: http://w3kwh.com/ve-testing/

 

Call to Arms – PA House Bill 37

UPDATE:

DATE: January 30, 2020
MEMO TO: All Pennsylvania Amateur Radio Operators
FROM: ARRL Pennsylvania Leadership Team
RE: Amendment to HB 37

During a conference this morning with the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee, we learned that partly as a result of our efforts, Senator Farnese of Philadelphia will be introducing an amendment to this bill that will exempt Amateur Radio Operators from its prohibition on the use of Amateur Radio equipment while mobile.

The committee’s executive director is unsure of the timing for a future vote on this bill but feels certain that if Amateur Radio Operators in Pennsylvania communicate their support for the amendment, it will contribute to a successful outcome.

Senator Farnese’s staff is currently preparing the language of the amendment following input from your ARRL team. Once the Senate includes this exemption and passes the bill, it will go to a conference committee where the differences in the House and Senate versions must be ironed out. So, your support for this amendment is crucial. Contact your State Representative and State Senator and ask them to support the amendment to HB37 exempting Amateur Radio Operators.

Please use the links below to offer your support to the
Ham Radio Amendment

 


Bob Famiglio, (Delaware County) who is the Atlantic Vice-Director of the American Radio Relay League (The National Association of Amateur Radio) has brought HB-37 to my attention. There is a serious flaw in the draft as it now stands. By omission, it prohibits the operation of VHF or HF amateur radio equipment in Pennsylvania moving vehicles.

Link to HB-37: https://www.legis.state.pa.us

Amateur Radio, using ARES-RACES, has provided Disaster Communications to millions of citizens since the 1930s. Ham Operators have provided reliable communications out of the affected areas during Hurricane Agnes in 1972, the Johnstown Flood in 1977, Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant melt down, 1999, Flight 93 Crash, Shanksville, 2001, Tropical Storm Henri, 2002, the Quecreek Mine Disaster in 2002, Cambelltown Tornado 2004, dozens of weather and natural disasters on I-80, I-376, I-81, I-95, I-476, I-99, I-76, , and the 2017 PA Turnpike Snow event, where Ham Operators assisted PEMA??in maintaining communications to WPA.??

In order to perform this function, it is imperative that these trained and FCC licensed radio operators are permitted to communicate by radio while operating their vehicles.

Often times, during an incident, cars and trucks provide the only power and antenna platforms available.?? These volunteers, who act as operators and repair technicians, can provide both voice and digital communications completely devoid of any commercial infrastructure such as cell phone towers or the Internet.

Amateur Radio has mutual aid agreements with dozens Fire Companies, PA County Departments of Emergency Services as well as PEMA, CAP, FEMA and the PA State Police, who rely on the back-up communications provided by amateur radio ARES-RACES operators.

For over 20 years, ARES-RACES operators have contributed to the bi-annual drills of the Peach Bottom and Limerick Nuclear Power Plants, plus the drills at the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia International Airports.

I propose that a specific exemption be made in the bill to enable these public service radio operators to to operate their equipment within their vehicles while in motion.

Many thanks.
Lloyd Bankson Roach – K3QNT
RACES Officer, Bedford County Department of Emergency Services.

You can find your legislators on the General Assembly website:
https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/#address

CPR & AED Class

The Steel City ARC will be hosting a CPR & AED course on Saturday February 15th starting at 12:00pm. The course is free to attend and anyone who wishes to become certified at the end of class may do so for a fee of $10. Below is a brief overview of what the course covers.

ASHI: CPR and AED

An extremely flexible CPR and AED certification program that teaches how to recognize cardiac arrest, activate emergency medical services, and respond appropriately until additional assistance arrives. Also covers how to respond to urgent choking situations.

You may register for class ahead of time by Clicking Here and use the credit code “SCARC” at sign up, or sign up on the sheet at the club located by the door.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Matt (KB3PJW) at: KB3PJW@gmail.com.

QUARTER CENTURY WIRELESS MEETING

The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019. This is the second Saturday in December in order to avoid a scheduling conflict with the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society. The doors will be 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 can contact President Jack Buzon, KA3HPM, ahead of time for agenda sequencing. We will be accepting volunteers and nominations for 2020 Officer positions and voting on them at this meeting. Also, note that dues are payable in cash, check, money orders, or negotiable securities in December.

Please note, too, the Fleming Park Bridge is now open which should make life easier for those coming in from the north and west.

Nate Firestone W3SVJ

Changes to the remote’s access

Steel City members please check out the “Members Only” page for the new instructions for access the two remotes up at the club house.  We have switch using VNC programs to access the remotes. The 5 member limit is now gone and we have a direct connection to the remote without having to pay for cloud access.  If you have question plan to go up to the club house on Wednesday and the technical committee will help you access the remotes.