Allegheny Co. – Public Service Update

We have received a request from Bethel Park to provide communications support for their Fourth of July Spectacular on JUNE 30 from 4:00 pm until the start of fireworks at 9:30 pm. The event is at Millennium Park near Cool Springs on Baptist Road.

Bob NU3Q will be net control. We need four operators with HTs. This will be a simplex event, no repeaters, no PL tones, just good-old simplex on 145.53 FM. If we get more than four volunteers, we can divide the time.
Please reply to if you are available.

Additionally, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is July 14 and 15 in Schenley Park.
Contact Corky Bennett at (724) 217-5458 to volunteer.
If you like your cars loud and fast, this is your event.

The Westmoreland Air Show is July 28 and 29 at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe.
Contact Doc Sam to volunteer.
If you like your airplanes fast and loud and low, this is your event.

The ADA Tour de Cure is on September 15. This bicycle ride includes three courses. The longest route is 60 mile. Start/Finish is in South Side near the Hofbrauhaus. Sorry, but there are no operating positions available inside that facility. However, if you can play the accordion, they might make an exception.  We need six operators in mobile units positioned along the course. We need 6 operators with mobile rigs who can ride along in the various support vehicles. The good folks at Steel City have offered to operate a relay station for the event. This is a new event for Pittsburgh. It should be fun. If you like your tuba music low and loud, this is your event.

The Pittsburgh Great Race is September 30. NU3Q is coordinating the ham effort.
Contact Bob at to volunteer.

W3YJ activated the EOC amateur station for the PEMA exercise, Atlantic Fury, on May 8. Radio contact was established with officials in Harrisburg and northwest  Pennsylvania on 75 meters.

W3YJ and AB3ED participated in the Beaver Valley Power Plant Exercise at the Allegheny County EOC on June 12. We learned how to access and enter date in the Knowledge Center that is used by all agencies participating in a drill or actual event. Radio contacts were made with surrounding counties. Examiners from PEMA and Homeland Security spoke with Harry and I about amateur radio’s potential to provide communications to served agencies. We are planning to hold a training session at the EOC for all amateurs that have a RACES ID badge. More on this at a later date.

Nearly 100 operators provided communications support for the Pittsburgh Marathon and the Race For the Cure in May. Well done!

Most recently, approximately 16 operators worked at the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge this past Saturday. If you like your hikers wet and muddy, this is your event.

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Robert T. Timmins AB3ED
Allegheny County ARES Emergency Coordinator
500 Nantucket Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15236-4453

From FEMA:


FEMA is pleased to release two revised online NIMS courses during the week of 25 June:

IS-100.c, An Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100
This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. The course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

IS-700.b, An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
This course provides an overview of NIMS. NIMS defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community – all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector – to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.

Together, these two online courses form the foundation of NIMS training for all incident personnel.

The classroom versions of IS-100.c and IS-700.b are also under revision and will be released later this summer.

Please note that IS-100.c and IS-700.b are updated versions of the IS-100.b and IS-700.a courses. If you have successfully completed a previous version of these courses there is no FEMA requirement to take the revised versions of the courses. However, because these courses contain new information based on the revised NIMS, October 2017, you may find it informative to review the new versions of these courses. Previous versions of these revised courses will be archived upon release of the revised courses. This will include archiving the seven discipline-specific versions of ICS 100 for the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Workers, Healthcare/Hospitals, Higher Education, Law Enforcement, Public Works and Schools. The new ICS 100 includes discipline-specific content.

The new courses will be available through the EMI website Students will still have access to tests for the legacy versions of these courses (IS-100.b and IS-700.a) for 30 days after release of the new courses.

An additional twenty-eight NIMS curriculum courses are in final revisions for NIMS 2017 and will be released as they are completed and approved for release.

Thank you for your continued support. Together, we will continue to make the nation more resilient.”

Pictures of Scout Demo


Here was our setup at the event.  From the left to the right we had Karls remote set up decoding morse code. My IC820 VHF/UHF radio. The clubs IC-756Pro and finally Nates Kenwood 8330

The Scouts were have their district meeting and awards night and us “vendors” were at the other end of the pavilion picnicThat our very own Nate tuning up his good old rig using the ladder as a antennaHere is Christine having some club scout working the VHF radio and talk to Chris, Art, and Joe via the radio. Showing off the club banner

Scout Leadership Demo Thursday Night

Our club was invited by the Boy Scout to give a demo at Clever Park on Thursday night from 6:30 pm to around 8:00.  The help we need now is it would be nice to have people standing by on the Steel City 2 Meter repeater incase we need to make some contacts.  We will also try to get on 10 or 20 meters if we can get the HF radio working that is a little bit more iffy due to the noise issues we found at the park. We might make some HF contact via the remote station if we cant get the HF radio to work.   Nate was contact and he pull Karl, Walt, and myself into the demo.  Now we wont turn anyone away if you want to come to Clever Park but we really are going to try to make some demo contact via the radios.
Again any help you can give would be helpful via the radios…

Park Location:   6:30pm Thursday
Clever Park
115 Robinson Pool Dr, McKees Rocks, PA 15136

Google Maps Link:

Volunteers Are Needed

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Amateur Radio Volunteers Are Needed

It’s that time of year again! Since its return in 2009, the Pittsburgh marathon has grown to include over 35,000 runners. Amateur Radio has been an important part of the marathon since the beginning, and your help is needed again for this year’s event, which will run on May 6, 2018.

As in the past, we will be providing support to marathon medical staff. In keeping with the purpose of the Amateur Radio service, our main task is to provide emergency communications between the medical director and the various aid stations and other locations along the course, in the event regular communications channels fail. We also provide increased reliability for the most critical information and provide communications support to various medical officials. In order to accomplish this, we will staff many positions, including aid stations, mile markers, shadows for medical officials, and others. To fully cover all of these positions, we will need around 100 volunteer amateur radio operators, including you!

For more information or to volunteer click here

General Marathon Website

Update: Allegheny County Emergency Coordinator

This is from the
Allegheny County Emergency Coordinator:
Update: February 26, 2018

March 10, 2018: Message Handling Class (WACOM)
1696 E Maiden St
Washington, PA, United States
10:00 am start

April 14, 2018: Red Cross Drill

May 6, 2018: Pittsburgh Marathon

May 13, 2018: Race For The Cure
Schenley Park

July 14 and 15, 2018: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

July 28 and 29, 2018: Westmoreland Air Show
Latrobe, PA – Arnold Palmer Regional Airport

September 15, 2018: ADA Tour De Cure

September 30, 2018: Pittsburgh Great Race

Details for these events are announced as they become available on the Allegheny County ARES/RACES Public Service Net on Wednesdays at 9:00 pm on the 147.09 repeater (pl 88.5).

Served Agencies and event sponsors seeking communications support from Allegheny County ARES/RACES can contact the ARRL Allegheny County Emergency Coordinator, Bob Timmins AB3ED via email:  Event requests from outside Allegheny County will be referred to the appropriate emergency coordinator.


ARRL Expresses Gratitude for Outpouring of Ham Aid Donations

10/12/2017 ARRL is thanking the Amateur Radio community for its generosity in support of the ARRL Ham Aid Fund, which is making it possible to provide relief and recovery communications in Puerto Rico. Overall, there have been more than 600 donations to the Ham Aid program in response to a call from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and nearly $125,000 has come in from clubs and individuals. Several Amateur Radio retailers and manufacturers also have stepped up to donate needed equipment. Roderick said he was amazed at the overwhelming response, including those who answered his call to join the “Force of 50” now deployed in Puerto Rico.

“The Amateur Radio community really came together in providing donations of equipment, funding, and personnel in response to the great need in Puerto Rico,” Roderick said. “The scale of these efforts and the response is making history. This has got to be one of Amateur Radio’s greatest moments. Our sincere thanks go to all involved.”

Click on link above to continue reading on the ARRL site

ARRL 2017 Simulated Emergency Test


Simulated Emergency Test – October 7 – 9 am to 1 pm

Steel City Members

The Steel City club house will be the control station for this test.
We will need our members to volunteers 4 hours of their time
to help out with this simulated test.  Richard is arranging a training session with Bud N3TIR that will take place on Sept 27th Wednesday night social meetings.

The annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test will take place on Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 to 1:00 pm. The purpose of this drill is to practice our emergency communications skills and to gain practical experience in setting up off-the-grid communications from actual shelter sites using emergency power only.

2017 WPA ARRL SET – Saturday 7 OCT 0900-1300

Scenario: For the purposes of this Drill, a severe winter storm deposits 3-6 feet of snow, stranding motorists on all major highways. Stranded motorists are lodged in shelters provided by various local served agencies. High winds have knocked out electrical power in the entire WPA Section.

Amateur Radio will establish off-the-grid communications between shelters and local Incident Command Centers. Local and county Command Centers will forward actual Formal Message Traffic in the form of Radiogram or ICS-213 messages from each shelter to the appropriate DEC and the Section Emergency Coordinator, using emergency-powered radio equipment and local frequencies.

Local ARES groups will spearhead the amateur radio effort, coordinating with local served agencies and other amateur radio groups, setting up actual, emergency-powered stations at one or more local shelter sites, sending and receiving formal message traffic using voice and/or digital modes, and maintaining communications with their local EC. Local ECs will establish and maintain communications with District designated station. District stations will maintain contact with the Section
designated Stations.

Served Agencies may include Local EMA, PEMA, FEMA, National Weather Service, SKYWARN, RACES, ACS, National Traffic System, CERT, REACT, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Fire & Rescue Departments, Hospitals, Schools, Churches, Community Centers, Travel Centers, etc.


WPA Section, South District meeting

The South-1 District Meeting is scheduled for  Sunday November 5 from
noon to 4 pm at the WACOM Hamfest at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

12:00 – Sign-in and Seating
12:15 — Greeting, ARRL Briefing and WPA News – Joe Shupienis W3BC,
WPA Section Manager and Juan Manfredi NA0B, Assistant Section Manager
12:30 — Public Service and ARES Topics – Bud Plants N3TIR, WPA
Section Emergency Coordinator, Terry Nemitz WA3UTD, South-1 District
Emergency Coordinator
1:30 — Break
1:45 — ARRL Q&A
2:00 — Working with Volunteers — Overview of ICS-244.b Course
3:00 — Supporting School Radio Clubs — Juan Manfredi NA0B, Assistant
Section Manager
4:00 — Final comments and conclusion