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.

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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.
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[ 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

FALL SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST

W3KWH – Will be participate in this drill. Plan to be at the club house by 9:30 AM. as the technical committee has set up an 60m dipole and confirm the Yaesu FT-991A and Kenwood TS-590 confirm to operate on 60m.  {Both ICOM don’t}


FALL SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST –
WESTERN PA. SECTION A.R.R.L. 

WHEN: SATURDAY OCTOBER 6,2018
TIME: 0930-1200 HRS  (AFTER THE WEEKLY ARES HF NET)

WHERE: ALL W.PA. A.R.R.L. SECTION COUNTIES

OBJECTIVE: PARTICIPATION IN THE SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST
(S.E.T.) FOSTERS THE UNDERSTANDING OF INTEROPERABILITY BETWEEN AMATEUR

RADIO AND SERVED AGENCIES…NOT IN THE SENSE OF “WHEN IT ALL HITS THE FAN” BUT IN THE CONFIDENT PERFORMANCE OF CORE CAPABILITIES TO GET THE MESSAGE THROUGH. TO BEGIN THE S.E.T., PARTICIPATING COUNTIES WILL ACTIVATE THEIR SKYWARN NETS ANNOUNCING SIMULATED WEATHER CONDITIONS WHILE CALLING THEIR RESPECTIVE RADIO OPERATORS TO ACTIVE STATUS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE EXERCISE.

THE S.E.T. WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THREE COMPONENTS:
A- AMERICAN RED CROSS COMPONENT
B- 60M COMMUNICATIONS COMPONENT
C- INDIVIDUAL COUNTY OPERATIONS COMPONENT

COMPONENT A:
THIS COMPONENT INVOLVES AN AMERICAN RED CROSS SHELTER VISIT BETWEEN 1000 AND 1100 HRS. THE COUNTY SHELTER CHOSEN IN THE RED CROSS CHAPTER WILL BE VISITED BY AN ARES FIELD TEAM FOR A VISIT/MEET AND GREET WITH THE SHELTER MANAGER TO EXPLAIN HOW AMATEUR RADIO CAN SERVE THE RED CROSS SHELTER IN TIME OF ACTIVATION. DURING THE VISIT, CALL YOUR COUNTY NET CONTROL WITH LOCATION, TIME AND STATUS OF THE RED CROSS SHELTER…THEN COUNTY NET CONTROL RESPONDS WITH CONFIRMATION OF SHELTER TRAFFIC. AFTERWARDS, EXPLAIN THE MESSAGE HANDLING PROCESS TO THE SHELTER MANAGER. ONCE THE SHELTER VISIT
OBJECTIVES HAVE BEEN MET, FIELD OPERATOR MAY SECURE AND RETURN TO COUNTY

COMPONENT B:
THIS COMPONENT INVOLVES THE ABILITY OF EACH COUNTY NET CONTROL TO OPERATE ON 60M. SKYVIEW RADIO SOCIETY, K3MJW, WILL BE HANDLING THE SECTION 60M TRAFFIC ON CH.4 (5371.5khz) AND CH.5 (5403.5khz) AS BACK UP FREQUENCY SHOULD THE NEED ARISE.  ONCE THE EXERCISE BEGINS AT 0930 HRS, EACH COUNTY NET CONTROL STATION WILL CHECK IN WITH K3MJW TO BE ON THE EXERCISE PARTICIPATION ROSTER.HOURLY, K3MJW WILL CALL EACH PARTICIPATING COUNTY WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO CONTACT ANOTHER COUNTY WITHIN THE W.PA. SECTION AND HAVE THAT COUNTY CALL K3MJW WITH CONFORMATION OF CONTACT. IT IS REQUESTED THAT ALL COUNTIES KEEP A LOG OF STATIONS HEARD ON THE 60M FREQUENCIES. THIS DATA WILL BE COMPILED FOR THE W.PA. SECTION 60M DATABASE.

COMPONENT C:
THIS COMPONENT GIVES PARTICIPATING COUNTIES THE ABILITY TO TAILOR THIS PORTION OF THE EXERCISE TO WHICHEVER OBJECTIVE THEY WISH TO ACCOMPLISH

DURING THE S.E.T. EXAMPLES-
-EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT OPERATING MODES (DIGITAL,SATELLITE,CW,ETC) .

-DEVELOP A SOLUTION TO A PARTICULAR COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEM WITHIN THEIR RESPECTIVE OPERATING AREA. -BUILD AND TEST DIFFERENT ANTENNAS.

-ACCESS COMMUNICATIONS FROM KNOWN WEATHER RELATED IMPACT AREAS WITHIN THEIR COUNTY.

-PLAN AND EXECUTE A RESPONSE TO A LOCAL EMERGENCY.

-SET UP AND OPERATE FROM A REMOTE LOCATION.
IN OTHER WORDS…PUSH THE COMFORT ZONES! MAKE THIS COMPONENT CHALLENGING YET ENJOYABLE FOR ALL WHO PARTICIPATE. PLEASE PROVIDE A SUMMARY OF COMPONENT C WITH THE S.E.T. REPORT AND ICS FORMS.
SO, THERE YOU HAVE IT.ALL W.PA. SECTION COUNTIES ARE BEING REQUESTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FALL SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST. UNDERSTANDABLY, THERE MAY BE SCHEDULE CONFLICTS IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER…IN LIGHT OF SUCH CONFLICTS, PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SEVERAL OPERATORS TO TAKE SOME PART IN THE EXERCISE.(SUGGESTION- IT MAY PROVE BENEFICIAL TO HAVE COUNTY EMA IN THE LOOP FOR THE EXERCISE. IT’S BEEN PROVEN TO HELP BUILD STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN AMATEUR RADIO AND SERVED AGENCIES IN THE COUNTY) THE W.PA. SECTION STAFF WISHES THAT ALL WHO PARTICIPATE HAVE A SUCCESSFUL AND ENJOYABLE FALL EXERCISE. REMEMBER- WE’RE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM WHEN IT COMES
TO GETTING THE MESSAGE THROUGH!

73 AND PRESS ON!
STEVE FAZEKAS, W.PA. ASEC
K3FAZ {a} ARRL.NET

VE Testing Session – Oct 6th 3PM

Saturday, October 6, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
Dead line for preregistration will be:
Sept 24, 2018

*Please note the ARRL website is wrong The testing session is at 3 PM

 

PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED – NO 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 requiring that people interested taking the exam preregister. If you have any question about the testing or to preregister please call Art at the phone number below.

Art Mueller  – WA3BKD
Phone: 724-356-7381 

Check out our VE Testing webpage for more information… 

 

The Mosley Pro-67-c3 has arrived

Let the fun begin, the Mosley antenna arrived 9/18/2018 via FedEX in 6 boxes.

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
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 10 m
24
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 12 m
15
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 15 m
24
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 17 m
25
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 20 m
24
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 30 m
0
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 40 m
24
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
Wind Load, EIA Standard 80 MPH
330 lbs / 149.69 kg
Warranty
2 years
Recommended Coax
RG-8 / RG-213

Monitoring Active Storms – Hurricane Watch Net, SATERN

From: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-headquarters-hurricane-watch-net-satern-monitoring-active-storms

With active storms in the Atlantic and Pacific basins, ARRL Headquarters, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), and the Salvation Army Team Emergency Network (SATERN) are all on alert. The most imminent storm is Hurricane Florence, now a major Category 3 storm, which is set to strike the Carolinas later this week. Hurricane

Watch Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said over the weekend that the net is keeping a close eye on Hurricanes Florence and Isaac, a Category 1 storm that could affect the Lesser Antilles before heading into the eastern Caribbean.

“Florence is expected to affect the US East Coast midweek, [with] Isaac affecting the Windward Islands about the same time,” Graves said. “The impact of Florence could be catastrophic, as it is forecast to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane.” Graves notes that Charleston, South Carolina, was last hit by Category 4 storm when Hugo made landfall in 1989.

As of 1500 UTC, Florence was some 580 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and 1,240 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 115 MPH. The storm is moving west at 13 MPH.

The HWN has not announced any activation plans. The net traditionally uses 14.325 MHz during daylight hours and 7.268 MHz after dark. “With propagation being extremely poor to nonexistent on 20 meters, we may be forced to operate on both bands simultaneously,” Graves said. WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently in a planning stage and anticipating activating Wednesday, September 12, through Friday, September 14. When WX4NHC activates, it will operate cooperatively with HWN as net stations funnel ground-level reports to the Center.

The International SATERN SSB Net has announced plan to activate in response to Hurricane Florence on Thursday, September 13, remaining in operation at least through Saturday, September 15. SATERN operates on 14.265 MHz with 14.312 MHz as an alternative frequency.

“The Salvation Army is already beginning to plan for major deployments of personnel and equipment,” SATERN announced over the weekend.

The Voice over Internet Protocol Weather/Hurricane Net (VoIPWX) is expected to activate late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Storms in the Pacific include Tropical Storm Paul, which is not expected to affect land, and Hurricane Olivia, a Category 1 storm that could threaten Hawaii. The NHC has advised Hawaii residents to monitor the storm’s progress.