NATHAN S FIRESTONE W3SVJ – SK

It is with great sadness that we have to report Nate Firestone W3SVJ becoming an SK today.  Nate has been one of our longest active members of the Steel City ARC with over 70 years of active participation.  As we  look  around the club house we see his handy work every where. He has helped his fellow members when times were though and was willing to pitch in and help when ever we had a work party.  He will be missed greatly!

Nate W3SVJ helping out at Field Day 1952

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Nate helping out the club by putting together the Hex Beam antenna at a July 2019 work party.

Bob Heil. SK

Today we say goodbye to our beloved founder, Dr. Bob Heil. Bob fought a valiant, year-long battle with cancer, and passed peacefully surrounded by his family. Bob’s impact on professional and live sound cannot be overstated. Driven by a lifelong passion for sound, Bob’s pioneering work revolutionized how concertgoers experienced live sound. Bob created and developed numerous pro sound innovations and products over the years, some of which are preserved in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. In 2007, Bob was the recipient of the Audio Innovator Parnelli Award, recognizing his outstanding influence on the live sound industry. Countless artists, creators, broadcasters, podcasters, sound engineers, and sound professionals worldwide continue to be impacted by Bob’s work. While Bob’s presence will dearly be missed, we are immensely proud and happy to honor and carry on his legacy.

Veterans Day 2023 Special Events

Veterans Day 2023 Special Events will offer many opportunities for amateur radio operators to honor Veterans and make contacts for Veterans Day.

 

K1USN will be on the HF bands on SSB, CW, and FT8, and they will begin operating at 1300 UTC and run until 2100 UTC.

American Legion Post 111 Amateur Radio Club, KA4TAL, in South Carolina will also operate on November 11 from 10 AM to 3 PM ET on 14.255, 7.264, 14.275, and 7.185 MHz.

Liberty ship S.S. John W. Brown, K8JWB, will hold National Liberty Ship Day.  Operations will be on 14.250, 7.225, and 21.300 MHz, from 0200Z – 0800Z.

Charles County Amateur Radio Club in Maryland will host their special event, The Ghost Fleet at Mallows Bay, on November 11 from 1400Z – 2100Z.  K3SMD will operate on 40 (7.270 Mhz), 20, and 15 meters on phone and FT8.

United States Marine Corps will celebrate its 248th anniversary and Veterans Day. The USS Midway CV-41 COMEDTRA amateur radio station, NI6IW, will be on the air from 1700Z – 2359Z on 14.320, 7.250, and 14.070 MHz.

N3TAL, Lanham, MD. American Legion Post 275 Radio Team. 7.275Mhz +/- LSB.  Glenarden, MD.

More details here: https://www.arrl.org/news/veterans-day-2023-special-events

John W Simpson Jr – SK

With great sadness we have to report that one of our members John Simpson N3EQP passed away this past week.  John has supported the club for a very long time in fact just this last month he donated a radio to get our remotes back on the air.  He served as treasurer and participated a lot in club functions.

N3LL Callsign Now Link To Steel City ARC

Its is now official N3LL callsign joins W3KWH to represent the Steel City ARC.  While we are planning to use the call sign mostly for Special Events and Contest work it is open to any Steel City members to use either call sign now.

Robert “Bobby” Carnahan
N3LL, SK

For our newer members who never had the privilege to talk with Bobby just wander into the VHF or HF rooms and take a look at all those certificates they have N3LL all over them.  Despite moving to Florida Bobby kept busy on the remotes and repeaters.  He was always willing to start up a conversation with anyone. He will be missed but his spirit live on.

National Police Week Special Event – K3FBI

National Police Week Special Event – K3FBI – 0000z May 15 through 2359z May 21

National Police Week offers honor, remembrance, and peer support, while allowing law enforcement, survivors, and citizens to gather and pay homage to those who gave their lives in the line of duty.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.  National Police Week 2022 in United States will begin on Sunday, May 15 and ends on Saturday, May 21

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

K3FBI – The FBI AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC (FBIARA) was formed Circa. 1991 from a group of amateur radio operators who were FBI employees and would get together on the air. This became known as the “BuNet”.  K3FBI became the club call in the fall of 1998, just in time to be an official part of the FBI’s 90th anniversary.

Steel City Club House is honor for providing station K3FBI/3 This Year
Click on thumbnail below to see sample certificate 

KA3HPM – The Captain SK

KA3HPM
Jack J. ‘The Captain’ Buzon

For Visitation and Funeral Information Click Here:
https://www.westdeerfuneralhome.com/obituary/jack-buzon

I am very sorry to report the loss of Jack KA3HPM (Captain Jack)
Jack passed away last evening after a fight with cancer. No word on arrangements at this time.  Captain was a fixture in the Pittsburgh amateur radio arena. I am sure I am going to miss a few things but Jack was:
– President of the Breeze Shooters
– ARRL QSL card checker
– He was an OO (ARRL Official Observer program)
– Long time VE involved and helped MANY people get their amateur radio license
– Jask was one of the founding hams involved with the amateur radio station on the Requin

As for Skyview:
– Jack was a past Skyview president and was on the Skyview board
– QSL manager for Skyview. Over the years jack has sent out literally thousands of QSL cards for K3MJW, WX3SKY, W3GH, K2M 13 Colonies and MUCH more
– Jack was an elmer for many new hams at the clubhouse
– Often Jack would give new hams equipment to help get them started

Robert Carnahan N3LL, SK

I am sorry to report that Bobby, N3LL passed away Wednesday morning.

The airways won’t be the same any more!

You may leave an online memorial for Bob here
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/englewood-fl/robert-carnahan-10236160

UPDATE: Celebration of life for all friends and family will take place at Cook School Park in Bridgeville Pa on Friday June 25th from 3pm to 8pm.

Driving Directions to park: https://goo.gl/maps/yPddcrjeux4wguf2A

Rich Sperling WB3JLK – SK


Former Lodge member Rich Sperling (WB3JLK) became a silent key on New Year. Rich was a wealth of knowledge about antenna patterns and radio for commercial radio. Rich worked at KQV,WISH, among other radio stations in the western pa. area. Also he was a collector and member of the Collins Radio Group. On a side note his uncle Elliot Sperling was a member of W3KWH before moving to California.

Richard J. Finch, Sr. – W3RKT – SK

Richard J. Finch, Sr. – W3RKT 
Age 84, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus, on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, surrounded by his loving wife, Carolyn; and his children, Diane (Bill) Minsterman, Richard, Jr., Will (Kathleen), and Paul (Brandi); Rich’s grandchildren, Jessica (Pete) Leehan, Bill (Kim) Minsterman, Carly Quinlan, Julian, Chloe, Gabriel, Catriona, and Felix; Rich’s great-grandchildren, Abby, Emma, Carter, Noah, Nathaniel, and Nolan. Rich was predeceased by his first wife, Marianne Hogle Finch (mother of Diane, Rich, and Will). Richard’s siblings are Amorilla Schwartz, Earl Charles, and Joanne Finch, each deceased. His other siblings are Janet O’Black, Carol Finch, Alma Cristofano, Dory Smith, and James Finich. Family and friends welcome Thursday 4-8 p.m. WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Rd., Scott Twp. 15220. Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Mount Church Friday 10 a.m. Burial to follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 requirements, everyone must wear a mask and practice social distancing. www.slaterfuneral.com