SKYWARN™ Recognition Day

December 7, 2019 from 0000z to 2400z

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN™ volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN™ volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN™ Special Event operators will visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.
For more infomation:
https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition

Red Cross Presentation

Red Cross Presentation
Wed. Dec 4th – 7:30 PM

Dave, KC3KAG

Will be giving a short overview of the Red Cross responding to national and local disasters and the importance of emergency communication capabilities amateur radio operators and specifically ARES can provide to the Red Cross during times of disasters.

Dave will highlight some of the roles amateur radio operators can fill for the Red Cross during a disaster.


Links:
Red Cross South Western  PA
https://www.redcross.org/local/pennsylvania

Western PA ARRL ARES
https://wpa-arrl.org/ares/

National Weather Service Tour

On Nov 24 that ham radio community got together at the National Weather Service office here in Moon Township {Aka Pittsburgh}.   Shannon from the weather service gave a very nice presentation talking about how the create forecast and advisories.  The tour top off with their daily 6pm balloon launch.

Additional Photography by John, KC3MMC

Here is a better video from John, KC3MMC

National Weather Service Tour

This Sunday
November 24th ~ 5:30 PM

Sue KA3JKS has set up a tour of the National Weather Service center here in Moon Twp for members of the Steel City ARC club. including a weather balloon launch demo (weather permitting).  The address is: 192 Shafer Rd, Coraopolis PA, 15108

Please RSVP with Sue,
(412) 243-3061
crakiecz (at) verizon (dit) net


Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/MySjJxDrb2MNs9zG8

Directions to National Weather Service
Take I-376 west to exit 57 (Business/Moon/Cargo)
Go towards the Cargo Terminal
Turn right onto University Blvd (Former Beer School Rd)
Turn left onto Broadhead Rd (Opposite Beaver Gade Rd)
There is a BP and a Walgreens on the corner
Turn right at the second traffic light onto Shafer Rd
PASS:  Wessex Hills Dr and Allard Elementary School – both on the right
Turn into the drive way of the NWS on the right just past the elementary school (sign not visible from the road)
If you go as far as Madison Dr on the left you’ve gone too far
Come inside the front door and ring the bell

This is a follow up of the April Skywarn presentation: http://w3kwh.com/2019/04/18/skywarn-presentation/

Oh there will be a balloon launch too!
Image result for nws balloon launch sites

 

100th anniversary of KDKA radio

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of KDKA radio. There are plans in the works for operating special event stations in honor of this occasion. As I am the PA state coordinator for the 13 Colonies special event, Joe –  W3BC asked if I might be interested in heading up this event and I agreed.

Here is where we are at this point:

  • The event will be all month long in November of 2020.
  • The plan is to make this operation available to southwestern PA amateur radio operators.
  • There are plans to have multiple callsigns for the event. Three 1X1 callsigns have already been reserved. Also, the call W8XK will be used as it was the original callsign of KDKA.
  • We had a meeting at the last Breeze Shooters hamfest. The meeting was announced and open to any interested persons.
  • There has been interest from a couple of clubs in utilizing their tower trailers and, as such, there are plans to operate from the old KDKA radio transmitter site in Saxonburg (and perhaps other sites).
  • There are also plans to have KDKA officials involved.

Best 73 all
Bob, WC3O

View The Working Document

If your interested in helping out sign up for the email list here:
https://groups.io/g/kdka100

 

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/