Oct 19-21, 2018
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.

When Is It?
Jamboree-on-the-Air is held the third weekend in October. There are no official hours, so you have the whole weekend to make JOTA contacts. The event officially starts Friday evening during the JOTA Jump Start and runs through Sunday evening.

For more information: https://www.scouting.org/jota/
Question for the club… Do we want to participate?


The Mosley Pro-67-c3 has arrived

Let the fun begin, the Mosley antenna arrived 9/18/2018 via FedEX in 6 boxes.

Frequency, MHz
28, 24, 21, 18, 14, 10, 7
Power Rating, watts CW
Power Rating, watts SSB
Power Rating, AM/FM
Power Rating, RTTY/AMTOR
VSWR at frequency
1.0/1 to 1.6/1
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 10 m
9.3 / 4
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 12 m
8.3 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 15 m
8.3 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 17 m
8.3 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 20 m
8.2 / 3
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 30 m
0.0 / 1
Forward Gain, dBd / Elements on 40 m
6.8 / 3
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 10 m
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 12 m
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 15 m
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 17 m
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 20 m
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 30 m
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 40 m
Boom Length
24 ft / 7.32 m
Maximum Element Length
43.75 ft / 13.34 m
Turning Radius
23.67 ft / 7.21 m
Mast Mount Hardware (equipped)
2 in / 5.08 cm
Assembled Weight
145 lbs / 65.77 kg
Wind Surface Area
12.1 sq ft / 1.12 sq m
Wind Load, EIA Standard 80 MPH
330 lbs / 149.69 kg
2 years
Recommended Coax
RG-8 / RG-213

This Weekend Special Event Stations

Looking for something to do this weekend check out theses special event stations.

  • 09/14/2018 | POW MIA Recognition Day

    Sep 14-Sep 23, 0000Z-2359Z, K4MIA, Loxahatchee, FL. PBSE Radio Society. 28.466 18.150 14.265 7.185 . QSL. Michael Bald, 6758 Hall Blvd., Loxahatchee, FL 33470. Observances of National POW MIA Recognition Day are held across this country on the third Friday in September each year. This year it will be on September 21. This will be the 10th year this special event station has been activated..The day was established to honor our prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. There will be sister stations K4MIA/5 K4MIA/7 K4MIA/8 in operation some days. Also contacts will be made on the LEO satellites. See QRZ for a copy of this years QSL and for additional information. Because of volume of requests you MUST SEND SASE to get a returned QSL. Please take time to remember our POW’s and MIA’s as well as their families. www.qrz.com/db/k4mia

  • 09/15/2018 | 132nd Anniversary of Geronimo’s Surrender at Skeleton Canyon

    Sep 15, 1700Z-2300Z, K7T, Tucson, AZ. Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club. CW: 7.040, 14.040 PSK: 7.070, 14.070 FT-8: 7.074, 14.074 SSB: 7.200, 14.250. Certificate. Email, to, , qsl@tucsonhamradio.org. Email requests only. No paper QSLs, please. www.tucsonhamradio.org

  • 09/15/2018 | Crash of USS Shenandoah

    Sep 15, 1700Z-2100Z, K8S/N8S/W8S, Ava, OH. Cambridge Amateur Radio Association/Belle Valley Amateur Radio Club of American Legion Post 641. 7.235 7.230 7.225. Certificate. Cambridge Amateur Radio Association, P.O. Box 1804, Cambridge, OH 43725. Commemorating the crash of the airship USS Shenandoah. There were three crash/debris sites. Operations will be from the three crash sites using call signs: K8S, N8S, and W8S. www.w8vp.org

  • 09/15/2018 | Motor City Radio Club 86th Year Special Event Station

    Sep 15, 1400Z-2100Z, W8MRM, Southgate, MI. Motor City Radio Club. 14.260 7.225. Certificate. Motor City Radio Club, P.O. Box 1337, Southgate, MI 48195. webmaster@mcrcw8mrm orwww.w8mrm.net

  • 09/16/2018 | MOARC Celebrates 30 Years!

    Sep 16, 1200Z-1600Z, W2MO, Verona, NY. Madison-Oneida Amateur Radio Club. 14.285 14.310 7.180 7.200. QSL. MOARC W2MO, PO Box 241, Verona, NY 13478. www.moarc.com

  • 09/16/2018 | Saving of The Liberty Bell

    Sep 16-Sep 25, 0000Z-2359Z, W3L, Harleysville, PA. WV2M. 14.240 14.030 7.240 7.030. QSL. Frank Gallo, 106 Tweed Way, Harleysville, PA 19438. www.w3l.info

From the ARRL website: http://www.arrl.org/special-event-stations

Technician License Review Class

Technician License Review Class
Two Day Sept 29th & Oct 6th

Steel City Amatuer Radio Club will be hosting a two day Technician License review class on Saturdays Sept 29th and Oct 6th from 9 AM – 3 PM.  With a VE testing session immediately after the Oct 6th class at 3pm.  Since this is a review we will be going over the question pool covering the different sections of of the testing materials to help you understand it better and to help you pass the amature radio Technician license.  You are excepted to have already purchase the training material and have reviewed it before the first class.  Then bring any question you might have about the question pool to the class so it can be gone over.

  • NOTE – The question pool was updated recently please make sure your training material is dated after July 1, 2018.  This will make sure you will have the most recent question pool.

To sign up for these two training sessions the dead line is Sept 24, 2018.  Please contact Art Mueller at (724) 356-7381 to sign up for this class or if you have any question about this review class.

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Monitoring Active Storms – Hurricane Watch Net, SATERN

From: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-headquarters-hurricane-watch-net-satern-monitoring-active-storms

With active storms in the Atlantic and Pacific basins, ARRL Headquarters, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), and the Salvation Army Team Emergency Network (SATERN) are all on alert. The most imminent storm is Hurricane Florence, now a major Category 3 storm, which is set to strike the Carolinas later this week. Hurricane

Watch Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said over the weekend that the net is keeping a close eye on Hurricanes Florence and Isaac, a Category 1 storm that could affect the Lesser Antilles before heading into the eastern Caribbean.

“Florence is expected to affect the US East Coast midweek, [with] Isaac affecting the Windward Islands about the same time,” Graves said. “The impact of Florence could be catastrophic, as it is forecast to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane.” Graves notes that Charleston, South Carolina, was last hit by Category 4 storm when Hugo made landfall in 1989.

As of 1500 UTC, Florence was some 580 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and 1,240 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 115 MPH. The storm is moving west at 13 MPH.

The HWN has not announced any activation plans. The net traditionally uses 14.325 MHz during daylight hours and 7.268 MHz after dark. “With propagation being extremely poor to nonexistent on 20 meters, we may be forced to operate on both bands simultaneously,” Graves said. WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently in a planning stage and anticipating activating Wednesday, September 12, through Friday, September 14. When WX4NHC activates, it will operate cooperatively with HWN as net stations funnel ground-level reports to the Center.

The International SATERN SSB Net has announced plan to activate in response to Hurricane Florence on Thursday, September 13, remaining in operation at least through Saturday, September 15. SATERN operates on 14.265 MHz with 14.312 MHz as an alternative frequency.

“The Salvation Army is already beginning to plan for major deployments of personnel and equipment,” SATERN announced over the weekend.

The Voice over Internet Protocol Weather/Hurricane Net (VoIPWX) is expected to activate late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Storms in the Pacific include Tropical Storm Paul, which is not expected to affect land, and Hurricane Olivia, a Category 1 storm that could threaten Hawaii. The NHC has advised Hawaii residents to monitor the storm’s progress.

Trans-Atlantic S2S QSO Party

Hello all,
As you have figure out by now your webmaster got hooked by the SOTA bug and I have been enjoying my mountain top experiences.  Including this past Saturday when I worked my first transatlantic contact {Germany} on 20 meters using only 5 watts of power from my FT-817 radio.  So when I was surfing the SOTA web site and notice this posting for a Summit to Summit QSO party,  and I want to try to do this event in November.  Does anyone want to join me on this transatlantic adventure?

Trans-Atlantic S2S QSO Party – 3 November 2018

Hi all,
I have been in contact with Barry N1EU and Ed DD5LP with respect to options for the next NA – EU S2S {Summit to Summit}  QSO Party. We have settled on Saturday 3 November 2018 between 14:00 UTC to 17:00 UTC. This will be the core activity period for the event, with those that wish starting an hour or so earlier and / or finishing later.

This date has been arranged to take advantage of the dates when we change from summer time to winter time in both the USA and Europe. It is a few weeks earlier than in previous years which we hope will help with the extended stay on the summits.

In the light of the widening of SOTA in the Americas, from this point it is proposed that the event will be renamed the Trans-Atlantic S2S QSO Party

Please make a note in your diary.

73 Gerald G4OIG / G8CXK