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.

Youth on the Air Summer Activities

Since Youth on the Air camp was postponed until 2021, we’ve added some BONUS events that you can do from home for 2020!

Virtual YOTA Day – Wednesday, June 24, 2020 2-8 pm EDT

Join us for a series of youth-led forums and some fun competitions that you can do from home, even if you don’t have a radio! Youth who were selected to attend YOTA camp 2020 will be able to meet on Zoom for a day of learning and fun, and have a chance to win prizes! You’re not one of those selected to attend the 2020 camp? NO PROBLEM. We will also stream the Zoom meeting on our YouTube channel so you can watch and follow along at home. Learn how to track down the location of a transmitter without leaving your chair, sharpen your contesting skills, and more!

Competition prizes are graciously donated by Heil Sound.
The grand prize is donated by R&L Electronics.

Special Event Station W8Y

During the week of June 21-26, when the camp was supposed to take place, we will have a special event station on the air! Youth who were selected to attend YOTA camp 2020 will take turns operating as W8Y throughout the week from the station of their choosing. Campers should sign up at YouthOnTheAir.org to be added to the schedule. Contact Marty, NN1C at special@youthontheair.org with questions. If you were not selected as a camper for 2020, be sure to work W8Y on the air!

Field Day W8Y Remote

We will operate Field Day from a remote station. Logging will be done by remote desktop. Youth who were selected to attend YOTA camp 2020 can sign up for a time slot on the remote station provided by Jay, K4ZLE. Sign up for times at YouthOnTheAir.org. If you have questions, contact Chris KD8YVJ, at fieldday@youthontheair.org.

Field Day Club Entry

If you choose to operate Field Day from your home station, you can add your score to a club for this year only. Enter “Youth on the Air” as the club name on your Field Day score entry. This is for ALL hams who are age 25 and younger.

Online – Allegheny County ARES meeting

From NU3Q

I will be having the next Allegheny County ARES meeting via online video conference on Saturday 4/25/2020 at  9:30 am. If you want to participate, please let me know by responding to this message and I will e-mail you the link after I complete some preliminary testing later this week. I don’t want to list the link here for privacy reasons.

Also: if you are not a member of the Allegheny County ARES groups.io master e-mail list, please indicate if you want me to send you an invite for that as well.

73’s and stay safe!

 Bob NU3Q
nu3q@verizon.net
Allegheny County EC

Attention – Simplex Test

UPDATE – Still on for Sat March 21st

The Allegheny County EC, NU3Q will be doing a Two Meter Simplex test on Saturday March 21st from 10-11 AM. We will be testing on 146.550 MHz between the Steel City club house and the Red Cross Building and the National Weather Service.  NU3Q will be looking for someone to operate from  from the Red Cross & NWS.  All hams are invited to participate in this drill from their homes and roving in their cars. Please call  W3KWH on 146.550 Mhz and let them know your location and power levels.

UPDATE: NU3Q will be doing a check in on the 147.090 machine before the simplex test begins. So check into the N. Hill repeater before you goto to the 146.55 Mhz frequency.

UPDATE: The NWS is closed now to the public there will be no operations from there

There will be a SET Drill on April 4th using HF and the North Hill 147.090 Machine.  Simplex on 2m might be tried out then too.  More details on the SET Drill are to follow soon.