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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

Free Audio CD Downloads

Get a free downloads….  The W5YI Group is offering a Get On The Air free downloads that you could give your friends that wonder about “Ham Radio.”

Get on the Air by Gordon West – WB6NOA
GET ON THE AIR Audio CD
Copywrite Master Publishing, Inc. Niles, IL. – All Rights Reserved

TITLES ON THE TECHNIICIAN DOWNLOADS:
Welcome To Ham Radio Fun On The Hf Bands.mp3
6 Meter Skywave Excitement Is Waiting For You.mp3
Special Event Stations And More On The 222 Mhz Band.mp3
Talk To The Astronauts – And More – On The 2 Meter Band.mp3
Your Intro To Satellite Comms Plus Ham Color Tv.mp3
Talk To The Astronauts – And More – On The 2 Meter Band.mp3
Communicate On The Frequencies 10 Times Higher Than Your Microwave.mp3

Find the free download here: https://www.w5yi.org/

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

Hurricane Watch Net to Activated

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) will activate for Hurricane Marco today (Sunday, August 23) at 2100 UTC on 14.325 MHz, switching to 7.268 MHz at 2300 UTC, where operation will continue until 0100 UTC. Just barely a category 1 hurricane, Marco is forecast to make landfall on Monday afternoon.

“The purpose of this activation is to line up reporting stations for Marco as well as for Laura, which is to affect this same region most likely late Wednesday or early Thursday,” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. “The HWN will reactivate on Monday, August 24, at 1300 UTC on 14.325 MHz to collect and forward surface reports to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.”

Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator Jim Coleman, AI5B, reported earlier this weekend that Louisiana Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) was on alert status, and the LA-ARES HF net was on active standby, set to begin monitoring 3.878 MHz after 0100 UTC on Monday, August 24, [Sunday evening in North America]. ARES will go to stand-by status at that time. One ARES team in Manatee County, Florida, is on stand-by status.

Read more on the ARRL website:
http://www.arrl.org/news/hurricane-watch-net-to-activate-as-louisiana-braces-for-marco-and-laura

Simplex Drill for August 1st

I will be having a quick “on air” meeting after the Wednesday night ARES net on .09 to discuss the simplex test, which will be at 10 am on the .09 with a roll call before we QSY to our assigned simplex frequency of 146.55 around 10:15.
NU3Q Bob
Allegheny County EC

I am planning a Simplex Drill for August 1st, starting at 10:00am on your local county repeater. Have a NCS in place for check ins by 9:45am on the repeater. Have NCS stay on the repeater until 11:15am, then he/she can close the Net. All check ins should stay on the local repeater until 10:15am for any unannounced changes before switching to your county assigned Simplex frequency. I encourage all the EC’s and/or AEC’s to try contacting all their neighboring counties for intercounty interoperability.

At 11:00am, I would like all EC’s/AEC’s to try contacting their neighboring counties local county repeaters for intercounty interoperability. The NCS, still monitoring their local repeaters, will log all the EC’s/AEC’s that contact them. That list is to be forwarded to me after the Nets close. (This test is in prelude for upcoming Skywarn changes.)

All operators are to keep a log of their contacts and send to your county EC.
Terry KA3UTD
DEC SW Dist.

Click on map to find your county simplex frequency

Digital Network Is Growing. Welcome to Keystone-Wide

UPDATE: Join us tonight Sunday July 26th for the first State Wide C4FM net on your local C4FM repeater.

We have a new repeater and club joining from Lebanon County. The Keystone-West will be changing its name to Keystone-Wide since we are now a state wide room. It is hoped that this will further increase System Fusion interest and activity in the EPA section, as well as here in WPA. In spite of COVID-19, we are still looking forward to expansion in the WPA section, as well. — Give the room (60328) a try anytime and be sure to join our Sunday night net at 20:00 EDT.

If you would like to know more about adding your repeater or node to the room, please contact Cory via WA3UVV@ARRL.NET.

EPA Section DMR Net

EPA Section DMR Net

by EPA Admin

EPA Section DMR Net

We’ve been having a lot of activity on the EPA Section DMR Brandmeister Talkgroup. If you have a Hotspot our Talkgroup is 31426. I try to monitor whenever I can.

We’re going to try holding a net. Most people seem free on Thursday evenings, so we’ll meet at 7:30 PM.

The purpose of the net is to discuss all things DMR. We’ll try to answer questions and provide information about DMR and even other Talkgroups you might find interesting. Everyone is welcome.

If you have a radiogram you’d like to send, we’ll accept messages to be sent via the National Traffic System.

This will be a low-key net stressing good fellowship between Hams active on DMR in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Anyone from anywhere is welcome to join us. Possibly, once we’re established, we could have check ins from virtually anywhere in the world!

Plan on joining us on Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM

Helping Our Neighboring Club

Hello Ham Radio Operators,

One of our neighboring clubs the Uniontown ARC has cancelled their annual Grabfest event for Aug, 2020.  The Uniontown club is one of the area clubs that have a club house which mean they have a lot more expenses than most clubs.  Without the funds from Grabfest that is going to hurt their pocketbook.  The club had already put out funds to purchase the hamfest prizes which you can see below so what they are doing for a fund raising is having a raffle to win some of these prizes.  Read the news release below and contact George to buys some tickets.

From the W3PIE website: https://www.w3pie.org

To help reduce or eliminate this deficit, the membership has decided to solicit our members for donations of any amount to help defer the loss of income from cancelling the hamfest.
We have several hamfest prizes that were already purchased: Quantity 1 – Yaesu FTM-3200DR 65W VHF Fusion Mobile, Quantity 2 – Yaesu FTM-3207DR 55W UHF Fusion Mobiles, and a few other assorted items. We would like to offer an incentive to our members to donate by conducting a drawing for each of the remaining prizes to be held at the conclusion of the August 5, 2020 UARC General Business Meeting. For each dollar donated, you will receive one chance in the drawing for the available prizes. A $100 donation would receive 100 chances. A $20 donation would receive 20 chances.

Our Gabfest has long enjoyed the financial support of our members – through the purchase of prize tickets and donations toward budgetary expenses. If you would like to assist UARC in offsetting our loss for 2020 and our Gabfest cancellation, please send your donation to UARC, c/o George Syner, Treasurer, 433 Old Pittsburgh Rd, Uniontown, PA 15401.