Steel City Members are needed for this public demo being held right in our own back yard. Please consider helping out Bob NU3Q out with this demo. As we show off our wonderful hobby to the general public. This is our chance to let the public know that ham radio is alive and well and still operating in their backyard.
Collierfest is a one day event on Sept 23 a Saturday evening. Beside us having a demo there will be a Car Cruise, Live Music, many different vendors. So beside showing off our hobby operators will have a chance to have a lot of fun at the event too. For us the event will setup at 3:00 PM and will shut down in the evening. The park itself if a pretty neat place to visit since it was a former Nike site. Get to see the giant golf ball up close.
The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is activate for current Hurricane. Please keep the follow frequencies clear for the net operation which are on 14.325 MHz, and 7.268 MHz.
The primary mission of the Hurricane Watch Net is to disseminate tropical cyclone advisory information to island communities in the Caribbean, Central America, along the Atlantic seaboard of the U.S., and throughout the Gulf of Mexico coastal areas. We also collect observed or measured weather data from amateur radio operators in the storm-affected area as well as any post-storm damage and convey that information to the Hurricane Forecasters in the National Hurricane Center via the amateur radio station in the center (WX4NHC). In addition, we provide the same service for the Canadian Hurricane Centre whenever a hurricane threatens their country.
By now everyone heard of Starlink the Internet Service Provider from space. Ever wonder what is at the other end after all you cant run a fiber into space. Around the world SpaceX has downlink Earth station that take the signal from the satellites and puts them onto the Internet backbone. On a resent trip to Erie on the way home I took the sceinic way home near the town of Greenville, PA SpaceX has a Starlink Earthstation.
In the fence in area in the back are 8 small satellite dishes that talk with the Startlink satellite as the pass over head. On the truck bed you can see some spares waiting to be install. The google map photo below give you an aerial view of the dishes. This is just one of hundreds around the country and the world. Most are out in the middle of no where the only thing the Earth station needs is an Internet Backbone close by. Click the link below to see where the satellites and Earth station are currently at.