Tree Down – Power On Backup

Road is open again and power is back on!

With the wind storm on Sunday night there is a tree down on the driveway.  Its currently hanging on the telephone pole wires.  Unfortunately the tree took out our power lines so we are running on the generator and backup batteries.   For the time being the remotes will be down and Echolink will be intermittent. Duquesne Light had been notified but there are a lot of outages right now.  Do to power lines laying on the driveway please stay away for now.

 

2m Repeater Update

The technical committee has been dealing with this noise issue on the old Kenwood 2m repeater for about two weeks now.  After cleaning up several noise sources up on the hill it has been determine that the receiver on the Kenwood repeater  is dying.  We currently have the Yaesu system fusion hooked up on the 2m side right now.  Since it is using it internal controller we current do not have a connection to the Echolink machine.  So for the near future Echolink will be down.   Currently the Yaesu is running in FM mode and the club will determine at the next business meeting if it will be switched to dual analog/digital mode.

AMSAT 50th Anniversary

The 2019 AMSAT 50th Anniversary Symposium will be held at The Hilton Arlington in Arlington, VA, in the Washington, DC Metro Area on October 18, 19, and 20, 2019.

The Hilton Arlington is located in the heart of the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, VA. Connected to the Ballston Metro Station, the hotel offers easy and effortless access to Washington, DC’s top tourist destinations like the National Mall, Smithsonian museums and historic monuments. The hotel is six miles from Reagan National Airport and the National Mall.

Keep checking ANS and the AMSAT Website for further updates and information, including hotel reservation details.

Check out the AMSAT website for more information.

QST W3KWH FEBRUARY 19th MEETING

    The Tuesday February 19th business meeting of the Steel City Amateur Radio Club will be held at Alexion’s Bar & Grill rain or shine !! Alexion’s is located on 141 Hawthorne Street off of Noblestown road between Carnegie and Greentree. The entrance onto Hawthorne Street off of Noblestown Road is across from Chartiers Cemetry. The meeting will start at 8:00 PM and you can arrive anytime before hand and enjoy a selection from the menu or your favorite beverage. Alexion’s is located by the Rook rail yard of the W&LE railroad. 

Home Page & Menu: http://alexions.com/

Google Map Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/X8sfFkH86S52

Applications Piling Up As Shutdown Continues

Volunteer Examiner Coordinators across the US are continuing to receive paperwork from Amateur Radio exam sessions held during the partial government shutdown. While it’s still possible to access the Universal Licensing System (ULS) and file applications, the FCC is not processing individual, club, and exam session — new and upgrade — Amateur Radio applications. The FCC closed most operations on January 3, when available funding ran out. According to the FCC public notice, aside from a few emergency and auction-filing systems, all other Commission electronic filing systems will be unavailable to the public until normal agency operations resume.

“Nothing’s moving until the FCC reopens,” said ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM. “ARRL VEC continues to enter exam session, individual, and club license data into the system while we wait for the FCC to reopen and normal agency operations to resume. We have approximately 1,600 applications and 125 exam sessions waiting in the queue to be processed. Everything’s in there ready to go.”

Read Full Notice Here:

QST QST QST – ATTENTION ALL WPA RADIO AMATEURS

QST QST QST – ATTENTION ALL WPA RADIO AMATEURS AND ARES MEMBERS
FROM: WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA SECTION, ARRL
DATE: 17 JAN 19


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERAL SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGSFOR ALL 33 COUNTIES OF THE  WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA SECTION.

BETWEEN NOW AND MONDAY, 21 JAN,  SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL OF ONE TO AS MUCH AS TWO FEET OF SNOW WILL FALL ON ALL COUNTIES IN THE WPA NORTH-1 AND NORTH-2 DISTRICTS.

ALTHOUGH LESS SNOW IS FORECAST FOR SOUTH-1 AND SOUTH-2 DISTRICTS, THEY COULD RECEIVE OVER 1/4 INCH OF ICE.

BEGINNING SATURDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUING INTO MONDAY, TEMPERATURES WILL DROP AND COMBINE WITH HIGH WINDS TO PRODUCE DANGEROUS WIND CHILL CONDITIONS.

—————————————————————————————————

PEMA HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEWIDE ACS ACTIVATION NOTICE:

“Due to the predicted winter storm, ACS will be Activating from Saturday
1/19 08:00 Thru Monday 1/21 TBD an HF Net will be established on the HQ
Primary Daytime and Nighttime Frequencies starting on Saturday at 0800.
PEMA ACS will also monitor the PaNBEMS HF Frequencies and PEMA ACS DMR
Talkgroup on the Brandmister network starting at that time.

[PEMA EmComm RACES talkgroup is 31420 – de W3XOX]

Stations are asked to report their current weather conditions.  This
information will be used to provide PEMA with corroborating information
on where the snow, ice, and rain is occurring throughout PA for
situational awareness and operations planning.   See attached 205 for
operation details please be sure to read the notes in Box 5 special
instructions.  If anyone has any questions please feel free to email
Travis Best W3TMB at acso@pa.gov.
—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-Click link for frequencies: 

[ http://wpa-arrl.org/Files/Winter_Event_ics_forms_205_LCK.pdf ]
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WPA ARES ALERT 17 JAN 19 1823 EST…

ALL WPA ARES MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO MONITOR THE PEMA FREQUENCIES OF 3993.5 AND 7250.5 KHZ LSB VOICE AND/OR 3583.0 AND 7072.5 (USB DATA) FOR DATA TRANSMISSIONS, PER THE ICS-205 FORM. AFTER CHECKING IN, CONTINUE TO MONITOR AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF THE NET CONTROL STATION. ONLY TRANSMIT IF YOU HAVE TRAFFIC OR ARE CALLED BY NCS.

WPA ARES HAS NOT BEEN CALLED AS OF THIS WRITING. PLEASE MONITOR YOUR LOCAL AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY FREQUENCIES, THE PEMA FREQUENCIES AND IF REQUESTED, THE ARES FREQUENCIES OF 3983 AND 7272 KHZ LSB VOICE, YOUR COUNTY SIMPLEX FREQUENCY AND REPEATERS.

ATTENTION DMR OPERATORS:
PEMA WILL BE USING THE “PEMA EMCOMM” TALKGROUP #31420, AND THE ALTERNATE #31421.

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA ARES OPERATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE “WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA” TALKGROUP #31422 IF NEEDED.

THESE TALKGROUPS ARE ALL REGISTERED WITH THE BRANDMEISTER NETWORK. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CONNECTING TO THESE GROUPS, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPEATER’S TRUSTEE OR OTHER RESPONSIBLE PARTY.

THE TIME TO PREPARE FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR EQUIPMENT IS READY AND PROPERLY CONFIGURED.

73 AND PRESS ON!
JOE SHUPIENIS W3BC
WPA SECTION MANAGER

2m System Fusion Test This Weekend

There is an system fusion test this weekend for our two meter repeater.  Currently the Kenwood and Echolink is shut down.  We have our spare Fusion repeater hook up to the tower and will be testing it this weekend.  Please give it a try on both analog FM and C4FM digital on the 147.030 Mhz machine.  The PL tone for FM is the same which is 123.0 please make sure you have your PL on for both TRANSMIT AND RECEIVED.   If you have it on only the transmit side you will hear the digital noise coming though your speaker.

Please send feedback here:   TC@w3kwh.com

Please send your feedback both good and bad to the Technical Committee email address listed above.   Both Karl and Christine will be watch this email list to see how our members and friends like the two meter side being digital.  This test will go from now till 7:00 PM Saturday 12-22-2018 when the Kenwood repeater will be hooked up again.  Sorry for the short test but the QCWA needs the Echolink system to be working. Also during this time ECHOLINK will be down since that will only though the Kenwood repeater.


If this test is successful the technical committee will be working on making this an permanent set up. We have some work to do on that front to keep Echolink working also. So please send in your feedback.

 

Mosley Antenna & Usage Policy

As you know by now the tower raising the antenna mount party will be this Monday morning starting at 8:00 AM.  If you are free all club members are encouraged to help out with the raising.  We have several project plan for that day while the crane is in place.

  1.  Raise the new tower next to the building.
  2. Mount the Mosley antenna to the new tower.
  3. Remove the old UHF repeater antenna.
  4. Relocate the antenna mount to the other side of the tower.
  5. Mount the new UHF antenna to the new location.
  6. And if time permits remount the 2m beam antenna to the VHF tower

Just an reminder do to the popularity of this new major antenna lets go over the radio usage policy again:

  1. Local users aways get first choice of any radio and any antenna. – If you want to make sure you get to use a radio or antenna come up to the club house.
  2. All members should share the club equipment – Nobody should hog all the usage.
  3. Members using the remote’s should always check the security camera’s –  On the members only page before turning on the remote.  Just in case there is an local user at the club house using the radio’s.
  4. Local users do have the right to shut down the remote – But please play nice.  If you drive up to the club and there an remote user using the radio. Grab control of the mouse and open up NOTEPAD and write an note to let the remote user finish their contact.
  5. Remote and Local users should always confirm – They are hook up to an antenna before transmitting.  Listen before you talk!

If we all share everyone will get a chance to try out the new antenna…


Model
PRO-67-C-3
Frequency, MHz
28, 24, 21, 18, 14, 10, 7
Power Rating, watts CW
2500
Power Rating, watts SSB
5000
Power Rating, AM/FM
600
Power Rating, RTTY/AMTOR
600
VSWR at frequency
1.0/1 to 1.6/1
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 10 m
9.3 / 4
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 12 m
8.3 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 15 m
8.3 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 17 m
8.3 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 20 m
8.2 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 30 m
0.0 / 1
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 40 m
6.8 / 3
Boom Length
24 ft / 7.32 m
Maximum Element Length
43.75 ft / 13.34 m
Turning Radius
23.67 ft / 7.21 m
Mast Mount Hardware (equipped)
2 in / 5.08 cm
Assembled Weight
145 lbs / 65.77 kg
Wind Surface Area
12.1 sq ft / 1.12 sq m

 

60 METER TESTS

Every Saturday morning, following the 9:00 WPA ARES Voice Net on 3.983 MHz, we have been meeting on the 60 meter band to make signal strength comparisons across our WPA Section, and to try different antenna configurations to determine what works best to cover or 25,000 square-mile Section.

 

We meet on 60 meters on 5403.5 kHz upper sideband immediately after the 80 meter net. If that channel is in use, we will use 5371.5 USB. Even if your equipment cannot transmit on the 60 meter band, please tune in and listen, then send me a report of the stations you heard, and your signal report for each. This information is very useful, and the more reports we get the more meaningful the information becomes.

CHAPTER 6 QCWA MEETING

The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on Saturday, December 8.  This is the second Saturday in December in order to avoid a scheduling conflict with the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society.  The doors open at Noon and we start shortly thereafter. We will be returning to our previous venue of:

Rocky’s Bar and Grill                   Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/Pmgof9sV9X42
1562 Island Ave.
McKees Rocks, PA

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.  So far, our meeting agenda will include the election of nominated officers for 2019, breaking bread, and swapping stories.  Our outrageous five dollar annual dues are due by cash, check, or negotiable securities. Please note the Fleming Park Bridge is out and access to Rocky’s can be had via Route 51 out of Coraopolis or Island Avenue out of McKees Rocks. 

Nate Firestone W3SVJ
Chapter Secretary