Volunteers Are Needed

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Amateur Radio Volunteers Are Needed

It’s that time of year again! Since its return in 2009, the Pittsburgh marathon has grown to include over 35,000 runners. Amateur Radio has been an important part of the marathon since the beginning, and your help is needed again for this year’s event, which will run on May 6, 2018.

As in the past, we will be providing support to marathon medical staff. In keeping with the purpose of the Amateur Radio service, our main task is to provide emergency communications between the medical director and the various aid stations and other locations along the course, in the event regular communications channels fail. We also provide increased reliability for the most critical information and provide communications support to various medical officials. In order to accomplish this, we will staff many positions, including aid stations, mile markers, shadows for medical officials, and others. To fully cover all of these positions, we will need around 100 volunteer amateur radio operators, including you!

For more information or to volunteer click here

General Marathon Website

QCWA Chapter 6 Meeting Notice

The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on Saturday, March 3, at 11:30 AM. Due to the closing of Sciulli’s Bar and Grill, we will have a  venue change to:

Kings Family Restaurant
5800 Grand Avenue
Neville Island,
Pittsburgh, PA

Update: Allegheny County Emergency Coordinator

This is from the
Allegheny County Emergency Coordinator:
Update: February 26, 2018

March 10, 2018: Message Handling Class (WACOM)
1696 E Maiden St
Washington, PA, United States
10:00 am start

April 14, 2018: Red Cross Drill

May 6, 2018: Pittsburgh Marathon

May 13, 2018: Race For The Cure
Schenley Park

July 14 and 15, 2018: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

July 28 and 29, 2018: Westmoreland Air Show
Latrobe, PA – Arnold Palmer Regional Airport

September 15, 2018: ADA Tour De Cure

September 30, 2018: Pittsburgh Great Race

Details for these events are announced as they become available on the Allegheny County ARES/RACES Public Service Net on Wednesdays at 9:00 pm on the 147.09 repeater (pl 88.5).

Served Agencies and event sponsors seeking communications support from Allegheny County ARES/RACES can contact the ARRL Allegheny County Emergency Coordinator, Bob Timmins AB3ED via email: allegheny@wpa-arrl.org.  Event requests from outside Allegheny County will be referred to the appropriate emergency coordinator.

BUM O’ MONTH LOCATION CHANGE

Hello Bums o’ the Month–

Word has it that Sciulli’s Bar and Grill is closed. The doors are locked with no signs of life, and nobody answers the phone. With that in mind, thoughts are that the Kings Family Restaurant on Neville Island might be a suitable alternate. Kings is located at 5800 Grand Avenue right about where the I-79 bridge crosses over the Isle of Neville. With this being a civilized restaurant, perhaps showing up at 11:00 AM Feb.12 Monday might preclude conflict with the well mannered customers coming in for lunch at noon. Hope to see you there.

KQV-AM radio back on air

A month after Pittsburgh’s oldest all-news radio station went dark, KQV-AM has been snapped up by a new owner, pending approval by federal regulators.

Broadcast Communications Inc. — which owns several AM and FM stations in Western Pennsylvania — has agreed to buy the dormant station from Calvary Inc. for $55,000, free and clear of debt, Federal Communication Commission records show.

The final transaction hinges on the FCC’s approval.
KQV, whose roots dated to 1919, went off the air Jan. 1.

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Skywarn Class for Allegheny County.

SKYWARN® is a National Weather Service (NWS) program developed in the 1960s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make life-saving warning decisions. Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their community.

Here is a link to the NWS page to register for the Skywarn class for Allegheny County.
http://www.weather.gov/pbz//skywarn
Lloyd KA3MSE

Membership Page Updated

Just a friendly reminder that membership dues for 2018 are now due.  You access card will automatically deactivate on March 31 @ 11:59 pm.  Please check the members only sections to see if Art, W3BKD has received your due for this year.