FEMA – Telecommunications Operator Reservists

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking telecommunications operator reservists to assist in emergency recovery efforts on an intermittent, on-call basis. The deadline to apply is December 8, but FEMA will not take any applications beyond the first 200, which may come sooner than that.

These FEMA reservist positions seem well suited to radio amateurs. Duties include sending, receiving, and distributing HF radio messages between first responders using the phonetic alphabet, Morse code, call signs, continuous wave, and proper frequencies based on network requirements, as well as setting up, establishing, and maintaining an HF radio site in an austere environment and performing site analysis to determine an optimal location.

Among other requirements, candidates should have an understanding of radio wave propagation for day, night, and transitional period frequency use, and be able to maintain station message logs and compile communication reports.

The Reservist Program is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306(b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act. See the position description on the USAJobs website for complete information.

From: http://www.arrl.org/news/fema-seeking-reserve-telecommunications-operators

ARRL Foundation Scholarship Application Deadline

Notice of ARRL Foundation Scholarship Application deadline

The ARRL Foundation scholarship application period for the academic year 2021 ends on December 31, 2020. The Foundation issued nearly $300,000 in scholarships in 2020 and for the academic year 2021 there has been a significant increase in the number of large dollar scholarships thanks to a generous contribution from the Amateur Radio Digital Communication group (ARDC).

For the academic year 2021, there are two new $25,000 scholarships, thirteen $10,000 scholarships, nine $5,000 scholarships as well as dozens of $1,000 and $500 scholarships.

A description of the many scholarships available is online:  http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-descriptions

It is also very easy to apply as scholarship applications are online:  http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-application

Since only amateur radio operator students may apply, the chances of being selected for a scholarship are good. It would be a shame for your members to miss this opportunity. Please place a notice in your December Newsletter or send a separate e-mail to your Section to let your members know that the ARRL Foundation offers over 100 scholarships and it only takes a simple online application to apply.

Since 1973, the ARRL Foundation, with the generosity of many donors and the hard work of a long line of dedicated Foundation Directors, has had a positive impact on the lives of many amateur radio operator students. To ensure that this positive impact does not wane, I ask each of you to timely notify your members of this opportunity. Being awarded an ARRL Foundation scholarship could mean the difference in whether a student can pursue their education in 2021 or not.

Thank you and the Foundation and I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Dr. David Woolweaver, K5RAV
President, ARRL Foundation

FYI – Hamshack Hotline Users

Hi folks,

We’re seeing RECORD spike in growth (a good thing). This proves that HH is a valuable and popular service for the Ham community. As such, we’re also seeing a large number of lines not connected (abandoned numbers).

Numbers on HH are a precious and valuable commodity. Because of the record growth we are seeing, we are now tightening our policy to reclaim numbers that show to be abandoned. If your phone does not stay connected to the network more than 30 consecutive days, we reserve the right to reclaim your number and issue it to someone else.

On HHUS alone, we currently have 1717 provisioned lines, of which 660 are showing OFFLINE. If your phone is not online, please be sure to keep it connected. We are automating this process to reduce the burden on our team.

Thanks for your attention to this matter as we continue to experience record growth.

Business Meeting @ Zoom Nov 17th 8PM

Members there will be a zoom business meeting this Tuesday evening at 8:00 PM.  All members should try to attend this meeting to to keep up on what is going on with the club.  Members request should goto Richie at n3sbf {at} comcast {dit} net.   Members will get the Zoom Invite in their email box tomorrow Monday Nov 16th.

Future members with pending applications with the Steel City ARC should send your email to Christine at N3LRG {at} W3KWH {dit} COM to get the email with the Zoom link it in.

See you all at 8:00 PM  Tuesday Evening

 

Signup – KDKA Special Event Station

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.

Click Here For Directions To Site

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