Skywarn Training Sessions

The United States is the most severe weather prone country in the world. Each year, people in this country cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,200 tornadoes, and two land falling hurricanes. Approximately 90% of all presidential declared disasters are weather-related, causing around 500 deaths each year and nearly $14 billion in damage.

 


There will be two Basic Skywarn webinars on March 1st and March 17 at 6:30 pm. Pre-registration is required:

March 1sthttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/305572286314185487

March 17th https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6124954180087632651

Also, there is an Advanced Skywarn class on Zoom from the State College NWS office: https://youtu.be/13n_P6LVg68. After you take the class, please let me know and I will forward your attendance to the Pittsburgh NWS for proper credit. The Pittsburgh and State College NWS offices reciprocate with regard to Skywarn training.

To aid you in your studies, I recommend downloading the Skywarn Spotter Field guide: https://www.weather.gov/media/owlie/SGJune6-11(1).pdf

There is a River Ice Observer class as well. Please contact Eddie, KB3YRU, Fayette County EC for the link to take the class: fayette@wpa-arrl.org.


The bi-weekly Skywarn meeting will take place via
Zoom this Saturday 2/20 at 10 am:

Topic: SKYWARN Emergency Management Meeting
Time: Feb 20, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 846 6492 2570
Passcode: 106194

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VE Testing This Weekend

There will be a Steel City VE Testing session this weekend at our Canonsburg, PA site.  Click on the map for Google directions.  Walk in are OK but please register with Chris, K3PQ to make sure there will be room for you.  There is parking right across the street fro the build at the library.

February 20 * {At the Canonsburg Site} 12:00 Noon
March 20 * {At the Canonsburg Site} 12:00 Noon

Got question? Feel free to email and to register?
Chris Grimm,VE Examiner  & VE Chairperson
K3PQ {at} W3KWH {dit} COM
(412) 259-3319

Note!!! Feb & Mar will be at our Canonsburg, PA site contact Chris K3PQ for confirmation and directions.  102 W Pike St, Canonsburg, PA 15317

Click on map for directions

FCC Reminder

The Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission issues this Enforcement Advisory to remind licensees in the Amateur Radio Service, as well as licensees and operators in the Personal Radio Services, that the Commission prohibits the use of radios in those services to commit or facilitate criminal acts.

The Bureau has become aware of discussions on social media platforms suggesting that certain radio services regulated by the Commission may be an alternative to social media platforms for groups to communicate and coordinate future activities. The Bureau recognizes that these services can be used for a wide range of permitted purposes, including speech that is protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Amateur and Personal Radio Services, however, may not be used to commit or facilitate crimes.

Read Full Document:
https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-73A1.pdf


If you would hear any conversations like this.

  • Try to record the conversation and notate the frequency
  • Contact the FBI Pittsburgh Office
  • If they use SCARC equipment contact Tech Committee to shut down
  • DO NOT TRANSMIT monitor only

Hamvention 2021 Cancelled

Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021. Hundreds of volunteers have been working to do everything necessary to bring this Hamvention to the many amateur radio enthusiasts and vendors who support the Dayton Hamvention.

Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the world is lagging behind what was planned. In addition, the emergence of a more communicable form of the COVID-19 virus increases the potential for further public health problems in the next few months. We make this difficult decision for the safety of our guests and vendors.

FCC Set New License Application Fee $35

Full Document:
https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-184A1.pdf

After reviewing the record, including the extensive comments filed by amateur radio licensees and based on our revised analysis of the cost of processing mostly automated processes discussed in our methodology section, we adopt a $35 application fee, a lower application fee than the Commission proposed in the NPRM for personal licenses, in recognition of the fact that the application process is mostly automated.[1]

We adopt the proposal from the NPRM to assess no additional application fee for minor modifications or administrative updates, which also are highly automated.  Also, consistent with our decision for site-based applications, we do not adopt a fee for amendments.  We find that it would difficult to calculate identifiable direct costs beyond those included in the calculation of the underlying license application fee adopted for personal license services.  If, in the future, we are able to calculate an

[1] See, e.g., several other applications, such as for license renewal and spectrum leasing in the site-based category, that are largely automated and now have $35 fees.

  1. identifiable direct cost for such filings, beyond what is included in underlying license fee, we may revisit this issue. We also decline to adopt a fee for instances where an applicant elects to receive a physical license by mail (including requests for a duplicate license), because the Commission has adopted an order eliminating such printing and mailing services.[1]
  2. We adopt the fees, as set forth in the table. All fees are per call sign unless otherwise noted.

[1] See E-Licensing Order, 35 FCC Rcd 10781.

Type of Personal License Application New Fee
New license $35
Special temporary authority $35
Rule waiver $35
Renewal $35
Vanity Call Sign (Amateur Radio Service) $35

Call for 2021 committee membership

Members, the Steel City amateur radio club is sixty plus members strong. With that many people in the club we need some help running the club. We need more than just a handful of people to do thing around the club house. So here is my request at how you can help us all out. These positions start on Jan 1st 2021 and each committee will have a chairperson and hopefully at least 2 members. Not everyone is cut out to be a chairperson but you can surely help the club by being an active member of a committee. If you’re interested in any of these positions either as a member or a chairperson please let me know. N3LRG {at} W3KWH {dit} COM.

Here are the requirements for the chair person. They will make a report to the membership at the monthly business meetings. They will conduct at least eight committee meetings in a year’s time. To help with conducting these meeting the chairperson will have access to the clubs Zoom account so these committee meetings can be done virtual or in person at the club house. The chairperson will submit receipts to the Treasurer for any purchases. The chairperson can also call for work parties if additional help is needed for a project. The chairperson will also keep the leadership inform of the committees progress and actions.

Here are the requirements for membership of the committees. Help the chairperson with whatever task they might have to complete. Be willing to learn how to do the tasks the committee has to deal with. Be willing to participate in the 8 committee meetings during the year. Encourage other members to help during events or work parties. Help the committee by providing their input at the committees meetings.

TECHNICAL

They are responsible for installing and maintaining all equipment, network, antennas, and radios. This committee will suggest to the members on any upgrades that will be needed. They will seek member’s approval for the funds. They will manage the inventory list keep track of the equipment, cost, and serial numbers. They will also call for work parties when additional work is needed to be done.

CLUBHOUSE

They will be responsible for the building and property of the club. Task they are responsible will be cutting the grass, trimming the trees, keeping up with the front flower garden, maintaining the access road. They will work with the technical committee for any tower work and/or cable runs. They can do the work themselves or determine its best to hire a contractor to do the work. They will submit request for funds to the membership for approval and can call work parties if additional people are needed for a project.

PUBLIC SERVICE

This committee will be the public face for the club. They will assist other organization with any communications needs they might have. They will also be responsible for any training the club membership that might be needed for these emergency events. Members should be willing to attend all drills and as many public events as possible. This committee should be able to do different demos at requested community events. Also provides post to the website to keep the club inform on the community events.

VE Testing

This committee will put on the VE testing sessions at the club house. They will be responsible to advertizing when the sessions will take place and to make sure enough VE members to be present for the testing session. The chairperson will make sure there is enough VE’s will attend the sessions and will follow up with the documentation with the FCC.

Membership Outreach & New Members

This committee will handle all people wishing to join the Steel City ARC. They will handle the applications and approved by the committee submit their names during our business meetings. They will educate new members on how to become members and will follow up with them regularly. They will also perform outreach to the ham community to try to get new members. The committee will decide how this will be done. For examples tables at hamfest, ads in local publications, mailing to public service groups, and host open houses are just some of the thing they will do.

Education Program

This committee will put on events to help educate our members. They will decide on how and what material will be covered. Some suggestions would be Morse code training, solder kit build sessions, license upgrades, and how to use the club equipment. They themselves would put these events on or will find someone outside the club to educate our members. They will be able to post articles on our website.

Ways and Means

This committee shall consist of a committee chairman, the Treasurer and at least one other member selected by the chairman. The committee shall be responsible for the establishment of initiation fees and dues and shall be in charge of any fund raising activities. This standing committee only meets once a year about the dues and if we will charge any fees. Joe Mielnicki has already volunteered for this chairperson position and of course as treasure Walt Adkins is on this. Let me know if you want to be the plus one.

Food Service Manager

The Food Service manager will be willing to at the store to pick up a food snack for after the Steel monthly business meetings at the club house. I am not looking for a meal but just and snack.

Webmaster

This person will be responsible for maintaining the club website. The webmaster is required to create at least one posting per week. The webmaster will also reach out to others members for articles for the website.


Again if you are willing to help out the club please reach out to me at: N3LRG {at} W3KWH {dit} COM.

Business Meeting Tuesday @ 8:00PM

Attention Steel City Members there will be a Zoom Business meeting this Tuesday Dec 15th. at 8:00 PM.  This will be the finally meeting for year 2020 please be there.  If you have any items for the meeting please bring the up to Richie & Christine before the meeting.  They can be reached at N3SBF {at} COMCAST {dit} NET and N3LRG {at} W3KWH {dit} COM.

An email link will be sent out tuesday morning for the web link to the meeting.  Anyone that has a pending reading for membership please email Christine for the link to the meeting.

Please NOTE! The club house will be closed for this event.  Please do not go to the club house. Too many people are dying right now to have a gathering at the club of more than one person at a time.  Anyone operating from the club house will be denied access to the Zoom Meeting.