For Sale – ICOM IC-756 Pro III

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Attention Club Members: We are selling the Icom IC-756 Pro III at a special price to any Steel City Club members.  Please check your email for the club email about the member price.  And reach out to Karl WA3VXJ {at} hotmail {dit} com if you have any questions about this radio. Members can pick this up at a lower price before we post it to Ebay.  Once we sell this radio the club will be upgrading to the Icom 7610 transceiver.

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

HF-VOYAGER CHALLENGE

Read the HF Voyager Post First: Click Here

Steel City members Who will make the first contact with the HF-Voyager remote drone ship using FT-8 digital mode.  So start looking for call sign KH6JF/mm on your 20 meter HF 14,074 Mhz feed.  This first Steel City member that makes a QSO with the drone will be honored here on the website. So warm up those transmitters and try reach out a robot ship out in the middle of the Pacific.  Once you make a contact just email Christine N3LRG the information and I will confirm it via the portal below.  You can use your own station or the club station.

ITS NOT TOO LATE – GET YOUR NAME LISTED HERE

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For More Information:

HF-Voyager Portal – Current location and most resent contacts

HF-Voyager Blog – Don’t believe the “Turn off” message

AE5X Blog with interest information – Some background infortmation

Hackaday.com – Original Hackaday article

The HF Voyager Project

UPDATE!  – W3PIE make contact with drone ship!
Who going to make the first contact from Steel City?

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From the original HACKADAY.COM article:

Amateur radio is an extremely broad church when it comes to the numerous different activities that it covers. Most of the stories featuring radio amateurs that we cover here have involved home-made radios, but that represents a surprisingly small subset of licence holders.

One activity that captivates many operators is grid square collecting. The map is divided into grid squares, can you make contact with all of them? Land-based squares in Europe and North America are easy, those in some more sparsely populated regions a little less so, and some squares out in the ocean are nigh-on impossible. As an attempt to solve this problem, the Jupiter Research Foundation Amateur Radio Club have put an HF transceiver and associated electronics in a WaveGlider autonomous seagoing vehicle. The idea is that it will traverse the ocean, and you can work it, thus getting the contact you require to add those rarest of grid squares to your list.

The transceiver in question is a commercial portable one, an Elecraft KX3, and the brain of the payload is a Raspberry PI. It’s operating the FT8 mode, and will respond to a call on 14074 kHz in an automated fashion (Or it would, were its status page not telling us that it is offline due to power issues). It’s currently somewhere in the Pacific ocean, having been at sea now for a couple of months.

We spotted this through a spirited online discussion as to whether working an automated station is really a proper contact at all, with one amateur commenting that it might be a way for him to keep on going post mortem. But the ethics of the contact aside, it’s an extremely interesting project and one we hope eventually will come back online.

Thanks Sotabeams, via [AE5X].

Clink here for drone Current Location

FYI: Da Bums

Updated……………….

DST is in place and “DA BUM” will meet on this coming Monday (2nd Monday of the of the month) at KINGS on Neville Island. So 11:00 seems to work.

Don’t forget to check your “life safety” monitors; smoke, fire and CO alarms.

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