Jamboree-on-the-Air

Steel City Members – Trevor will be up at the club house this Saturday to be showing off our clubhouse with the scouts.  Please come on up to the club house to help out with the DEMO!


62nd JOTA: October 18-20, 2019

Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. This jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby amateur radio operator’s ham shack. Many times you can find the hams will come to you by setting up a station at your Scout camporee, at the park down the block, or perhaps at a ham shack already set up at your council’s camp.

Tell Me More

When Scouts want to meet young people from another country, they usually think of attending a World Jamboree. But few people realize that each year more than a million Scouts and Guides “get together” over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA). During the 2014 event, worldwide Scouting participation included 1.1 million Boy Scouts and 200,000 Girl Guides/Gils Scouts, for a total participation of over 1.3 million–the largest Scouting event in the world.

JOTA Rules

Stations should call “CQ Jamboree,” or answer stations doing so. Any authorized frequency may be used. It is recommended that stations use the agreed World Scout Frequencies, listed in the guidelines. To avoid congestion, use close-by frequencies.

JOTA is not a contest. The idea is not to contact as many stations as possible during the weekend.

Scout website: https://www.scouting.org/jota/

ARRL website: http://www.arrl.org/jamboree-on-the-air-jota

ARES Christmas Party

Allegheny County ARES Christmas Party
Saturday, December 7th @ 7PM
Gianna Via’s Restaurant and Bar
Caste Village
5301 Grove Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Please RSVP to NU3Q
(412) 736-7385
allegheny {at} wpa-arrl {dit} org

BSA – Frontier District Ham-o-Ree

When: October 5, 2019; 1:00 PM – 5:00PM
Where: ??

14.250 MHz
7.220 MHz
147.090 MHz
146.880 MHz (Backup 2m)
REF063 (DSTAR)

The Scouts in attendance will be looking for ~10minute QSOs each. We will be operating under the callsign K2BSA/3 for those that would like to call and request a QSL card after the event, they can email me treed593 {at} gmail {dit} com

We will also be on the air starting at around 6:00 PM on October 4 until around 9:00 AM on the 6th monitoring for contacts.

Steel City Members:  Lets help the scouts out.

Hurricane Watch Net

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced tentative plans to activate on 14.325 MHz on Wednesday, September 18, at 1800 UTC. The net will switch to 7.268 MHz at 2100 UTC on Wednesday.

“Today has been a busy day in the tropics,” Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. “Since 1500 UTC, four new systems have been identified — two already named. At present, the storm we are most interested in is Hurricane Humberto.” The Category 2 Atlantic storm is forecast to affect Bermuda late Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning, with the eye forecast to remain north of Bermuda. Graves said any deviation to the right of the forecast track could bring the eye closer or even onshore.

The Hurricane Watch Net will remain active on 14.325 MHz for as long as propagation allows, switching to 7.268.00 MHz at 2100 UTC and remaining in operation until Humberto is no longer a threat.

“This activation plan is subject to change,” Graves advised. “As with any net activation, we request observed ground-truth data from those in the affected area (wind speed, wind gust, wind direction, barometric pressure — if available, rainfall, damage, and storm surge). Measured weather data is always appreciated but we do accept estimates.”

Graves said other Atlantic storms include Tropical Depression (TD) 10 and Tropical Storm (TS) Imelda, while on the Eastern Pacific side are TD 14-E, TS Lorena, and the Category 1 Hurricane Kiko.

VE Testing This Sept 18th

Chris Grimm K3PQ is now our VE Testing examiner contact person.  People interesting in becoming an amature radio operator or planning to upgrade their license should get in touch with Chris at the email below.   The testing sessions will be held on the Wednesday after the Steel City Business meeting at 7:00 PM – Sept 18th at the Steel City club house. Preregistration is highly recommend and will have priority, but walk-in’s will be allowed if space is available.

Chris K3PQ can be reached at INFO {at} W3KWH {dit} COM
Steel City VE Testing Website: http://w3kwh.com/ve-testing/

2019 Simulated Emergency Test

October 5, 2019

Club Members mark your calendar…  We need experience operators and new members willing to learn during this practice

Preparations are currently underway for this fall’s Simulated Emergency Test. This year the SET is on Saturday, October 5. Section ARES officials in Eastern and Western PA are working together to finalize plans for a joint EPA-WPA SET.

The 2019 SET will focus on interoperability and scalability, adding additional served agencies as the SET progresses, and dispatching ARESMAT teams to other locations. Participants will practice interoperability with other ARES teams, and serving several agencies simultaneously as would be done in an actual disaster.

The goal of initial planning is to release the final planning document the first week of September to DECs and ECs.

NEW EMERGENCY COORDINATOR

ALLEGHENY COUNTY GETS NEW ARES EMERGENCY COORDINATOR

We are happy to announce that Bob Mente NU3Q has been appointed to be the new Allegheny County ARES Emergency Coordinator. Bob is well known for his work coordinating public service activities and has earned the respect of our Allegheny County ARES partner agencies, spanning the past decade. He serves as Net Control for the weekly Allegheny County ARES Net on Wednesday evenings.

Bob is the license trustee for WX3PIT, and has an extensive record of SKYWARN participation. He is active, building field-deployable amateur radio stations, and taking part in numerous activities at many clubs. He has been serving as Assistant EC for Allegheny County for several years.

Bob is an active member of many local radio clubs, and can always be found on local nets. If any amateur radio activity is taking place in Allegheny County and the surrounding counties, you will see Bob front and center. He also is a leader in service organizations, and has a long and significant record of generously helping others.

CHECK OUT THE WPA ARES WEBSITE HERE

World Scout Jamboree — NA1WJ Station

World Scout Jamboree — NA1WJ Station

You can work the World Scout Jamboree station July 22 to August 1.

We will be posting our operating frequencies in real time on Facebook and Twitter. You can also join our email group at https://groups.io/g/na1wj.

See Amateur Radio Live from the Jamboree for detailed information on frequencies.


Steel City Members:  Please keep an eye on this the scout will be looking for some contact and they will need our help

SSB in MHz: 28.390, 24.960, 21.360, 18.140, 14.290, 7.190, 3.940

PSK-31 in MHz: 28.120, 24.920, 21.080, 18.100, 14.070, 10.142, 7.080, 3.580

EchoLink: Conference *JAMBO* (node 832996).
Please plan to connect via *JAMBO* conference for best results.

CW: There will be limited operation on CW as time permits. See Scouting Frequencies.

SATELLITES: We will be active on the FM and SSB satellites.

Join Us This Weekend

All are welcome to attend our annual Field Day celebration this weekend.  Both Amateur Radio Operators and the General Public are welcome to climb up our hill to check out this very interesting hobby of ham radio.   Steel City ARC will be be operating on all the bands from 160 meters though 70 cm bands.   Come on up and try out not only FM but SSB, Digital, and even CW operations.

The activities start at 2:00 PM on Saturday 6-22-19 and last for 24 hours.  Talk in to the club site will be on the Steel City Repeater 147.030 Mhz with an PL of 123.  Food and Refreshments will be provided for all that will be operating.   Training will be provided for those wishing to try out HF bands and or Digital Modes.  Learn how to operate our five  beam antennas, vertical antenna’s, and even our special 60 meters and 80 meters NVIS antennas. See how we can operate this whole weekend off of any commercial power.

MEMBERS: All Steel City members should try help out the club this weekend.  Lets try to see all the members come up and operate and have some fun at the same time. We will especial need help during our late evening and over night shifts.

Directions to the Steel City Club house: Here
Field Day 2019 Photo Page: Photos
Live Status Map: http://w3kwh.com/log/


The second day has arrived and slowly the contact are coming in. Stop on up to the club and join in the fun!  The map is filling in now and we are off to a great start! 

Final Map

Special Thanks to our Operators and Visitors

KB3PJW  KC3MRA  N3LRG  WB3AGB  WA3FWA

K3PQ  WQ3T  N3TIR  AB3KD  WC3P*  K9SOK*

WA2YEZ  KC3MMB  KC3MMC  W3RVD KA3SZO

K0LIN

* Visitors