ARRL 2017 Simulated Emergency Test


Simulated Emergency Test – October 7 – 9 am to 1 pm

Steel City Members

The Steel City club house will be the control station for this test.
We will need our members to volunteers 4 hours of their time
to help out with this simulated test.  Richard is arranging a training session with Bud N3TIR that will take place on Sept 27th Wednesday night social meetings.

The annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test will take place on Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 to 1:00 pm. The purpose of this drill is to practice our emergency communications skills and to gain practical experience in setting up off-the-grid communications from actual shelter sites using emergency power only.

2017 WPA ARRL SET – Saturday 7 OCT 0900-1300

Scenario: For the purposes of this Drill, a severe winter storm deposits 3-6 feet of snow, stranding motorists on all major highways. Stranded motorists are lodged in shelters provided by various local served agencies. High winds have knocked out electrical power in the entire WPA Section.

Amateur Radio will establish off-the-grid communications between shelters and local Incident Command Centers. Local and county Command Centers will forward actual Formal Message Traffic in the form of Radiogram or ICS-213 messages from each shelter to the appropriate DEC and the Section Emergency Coordinator, using emergency-powered radio equipment and local frequencies.

Local ARES groups will spearhead the amateur radio effort, coordinating with local served agencies and other amateur radio groups, setting up actual, emergency-powered stations at one or more local shelter sites, sending and receiving formal message traffic using voice and/or digital modes, and maintaining communications with their local EC. Local ECs will establish and maintain communications with District designated station. District stations will maintain contact with the Section
designated Stations.

Served Agencies may include Local EMA, PEMA, FEMA, National Weather Service, SKYWARN, RACES, ACS, National Traffic System, CERT, REACT, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Fire & Rescue Departments, Hospitals, Schools, Churches, Community Centers, Travel Centers, etc.


Hurricane Irma photos from N3LL

While Bobby N3LL made it though the storm without any damage there were some trees down around his neighborhood.  He got very lucky since the eye of Irma decide to curve around Englewood, FL. Click on a photo to see an full size image.

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Our Next Meeting
The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on
Saturday, September 16th, and the doors open at Noon. We will be returning to our previous venue of:

Sciulli’s Bar and Grill
1562 Island Ave.
McKees Rocks, PA

Hopefully we will seeing some of our snow birds before they head out of town as we typically plan to break bread and swap stories. 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.
Please note that we are meeting on the third Saturday of this month to avoid conflict with other events and the holiday.

Nate Firestone W3SVJ
Chapter Secretary

The Passing of Jack Layton W9UK

From: Observer-Reporter  

Deacon Jack Layton, 76, of McMurray, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017.
Deacon Layton was retired from active ministry at St. Benedict the Abbot Parish, Peters Township, where he served since coming to the diocese in 1984. He was ordained for the Diocese of Joliet in 1981 and served at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Bolingbrook, Ill. He was incardinated in the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1997.
He worked as a certified broadcast engineer and consultant to broadcasting services. During his career, he worked at many radio stations in Pittsburgh, including KDKA as engineering manager. He received his Amateur Radio License in 1954 and broadcast under the calling name “W9UK.”
Deacon Layton was an avid reader and passionate about literature. Over the course of his life, he published several books and articles.
Surviving are his wife, Catherine; a daughter, Judith Layton Jones; a son, Christopher Layton and fiancée Julia Marple; a grandson, Aiden Marple; two sisters, Kathleen DeCesari (Charles) and Patricia Clark (Jack); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a sister, Mary Hennessey (Fran survives), and a brother, Paul Layton (Michele survives).
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 2 p.m., the time of Mass, Friday, July 21, in the chapel of St. Benedict the Abbot Church, Peters Township, with Bishop William Winter as celebrant. Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Arrangements are entrusted to Beinhauer Funeral Home, McMurray, 724-941-3211.
The family asks, due to allergies, donations be made to at