System Fusion Podcast – HamRadioLive

This Thursday (7/5) on Ham Talk Live!, Cory Sickles, WA3UVV will take your questions about System Fusion! We’ll talk about how it works, and how it compares to other digital voice modes.

Tune into Ham Talk Live! Thursday night at 9 pm Eastern time (0100Z) by going to When the audio player indicates LIVE, just hit the play button!

If you miss the show live, you can listen on demand anytime also at; or a podcast version is on nearly all podcast sites a few minutes after the live show is over. Some sites include Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, SoundCloud, and iHeart Podcasts; and it’s also available on YouTube.

Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 812-NET-HAM-1 live during the call-in segment of the show, or by Skype. Our username is hamtalklive. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.

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Meet your new antenna’s

Here is Steel City big plans for summer.   We are going to need several work parties to get all the work done, but to get you excited about the antenna improvements at the club house here are some of the details for the new HF antennas.  The Mosley antenna will be mounted on the replacement tower to the right of the club house.  And the Hex Beam antenna is going to be mounted on the far tower down by the cell tower. The club house will now go from 2 HF beam antenna’s to 4 beam HF antenna’s with two of the beam being able to do 40 meters. Combine with our HyTower vertical we will have some major power on the HF bands.

Mosley PRO-67-C-3 Transmits on the follow bands 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40 Meter antenna with 3 Elements on 12, 15, 17, 20 , 40 meters and 4 Elements on 10 meters, and it has a rotatable dipole on 30 meters.  With a 3 inch OD Heavy Wall Boom
One antenna with actual resonant elements, 4 elements on 10, 3 elements on 12, 3 elements on 15, 3 elements on 17, 3 elements on 20, 1 element on 30 Meters, and
3 elements on 40 Meters.

Model PRO-67-C-3
Frequency, MHz 28, 24, 21, 18, 14, 10, 7
Power Rating, watts CW 2500
Power Rating, watts SSB 5000
Power Rating, AM/FM 600
Power Rating, RTTY/AMTOR 600
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 24
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 12 m 15
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 15 m 24
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 17 m 25
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 20 m 24
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 30 m 0
Front-to-Back Ratio, dB 40 m 24
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
Warranty 2 years
Recommended Coax RG-8 / RG-213

DX Engineering HEXX Beam Antenna

DX Engineering Mark 2 HEXX Beam Antennas offer gain and front-to-back performance that will exceed your expectations! Their unique shape is much smaller, better balanced, and has been reported to receive less noise than typical beams. Even at 22 feet across and 4 feet tall, their turning radius is less than a two element 20 meter Yagi, while offering several enhanced operating characteristics. They handle well over legal limit power on all five bands, so there is no power restriction as on competing antennas. DX Engineering HEXX Beams are very efficient, with full length elements and no lossy coils or traps, requiring no matching network so they are ready for a single 50 ohm coax feed at the top of the center post, as recommended by the engineer. They are light, easy-to-handle antennas that can be rotated with a light duty rotator, and they perform really well–even when mounted in the clear only 20 to 30 ft. above the ground.

DXE Part Number:DXE-HEXX-5TAP-2
HF Beam Antenna Type: Hexagonal
HF Beam Antenna Band Coverage:20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters
HF Beam Antenna Elements:10
HF Beam Element Material:Insulated wire
Antenna Power Rating:2,500 W
Beam Antenna Turning Radius:11.00 ft.
Wind Surface Area:5.050 sq. ft.
Feedpoint Impedance:50 ohm
Antenna Feedline Connection Type:UHF female, SO-239
Antenna Weight:24.90 lbs.

Beam Antenna Gain:5.3 dBi

Beam Antenna F/B (dB):Over 20.0 dB

2018 Infrastructure Improvements

The major infrastructure improvements schedule for this summer 2018 project has been approved at this month business meeting. A special technical committee was set up to review our antenna infrastructure. Knowing that we were going to need a bucket truck to put up the 440 antenna that was purchase last year the membership wanted to know what other work was going to be need while we had the truck on site. The far tower down by the cell tower has been empty for quite a while. Plus there has alway been a need for additional HF antennas with WARC capabilities. Also the 70 foot tower to the right of the club house is getting close to its end of life. Before it fails it was decided to replace it with the Rohn tower sections that we already had with only a new base and top section needed to be purchase. Also already purchased is two new VHF and UHF yagi antennas. With the recent Red Cross and ARRL ECOMM sessions at the club house a need for a VHF and UHF vertical beam antenna to work surrounding repeater was needed This was needed due to our current VHF & UHF beam antennas were all being horizontal polarized. The final antenna is a discone antenna  that will be run to the work bench area.  This will not only let us receive VHF & UHF on this wide band antenna but transmit to.  Below is the complete list of improvements scheduled to be done this year, and the work starts this next week!

  1.  Mount the new 440 antenna on the repeater tower
  2. Take down the old 70 foot tower and replace it with the Rohn tower
  3. Move the 6 meter yagi to the VHF tower
  4. Mount the new Mosley_PRO-67-C antenna on the Rohn tower
  5. Mount a new DX Engineering HEXX Beam on the far tower by the cell tower.
  6. Mount new VHF & UHF vertical beam antennas to the club house building
  7. Mount a Discone antenna to he new Rohn tower

So by the end of the summer we should have six new antennas at the Steel City club house grounds.  The work starts this next week on Wednesday June 27th with weather permitting the 70 foot tower is going to be lowered.  This needs to be done first so that a new base can be fabricated for the new Rohn tower.


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.

73 de AB3ED

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.”

Field Day 2018 – Final Results

Well another field day has come and gone.  Here our finally results based on N3FJP logging program.  Like I said we were not out to break any records but a lot of fun and fellowship while we exercised the radio here at the club house.

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Special thanks goes to all the member and visitors that showed up at the club house. 

KA3YNO Walt, WB3AGB Joe, N3LRG Christine, KB3PJW Matt, K3WGG Glen

AE3JM Jason, WA3FWA Joe, W3SVJ Nate, KA3FHV Jeffery, WA3RWD Andy

WA3VXJ Karl, WA3BKD Art, WA3RVD Mel, K0LIN Colin

N3TIR Bud – Section Emergency Coordinator

Here are the quick statistics from this years Field Day:

Total Contacts by Band and Mode:
Band CW Phone Dig Total
80 0 17 0 17
40 0 55 0 55
20 30 78 11 119
15 0 11 0 11
10 0 70 0 70
6 0 2 0 2
2 0 2 0 2
—– —–
Total 30 235 11 276


Total Contacts by Station:
Station Total % Radio
——- —– —–
W3KWH-PC 120 43 Icom IC-756 PRO
W3KWH-4 71 26 Yaesu FT-991
W3KWH-3 52 19 Kenwood TS-590
W3KWH-ECOM 31 11 Icom IC-9100
W3KWH-Remote1 2 1 Icom IC-820H
Total Contacts by Operator:
Operator Total
——– —-
WB3AGB 87 {Includes WA3BKD}
K0LIN 26
N3LRG 22
Unknown 2
Contact By Mode:
Mode Contacts
—- ———-
CW 30
Phone 235
Digital 11
Most Popular Contacts by State:
State Total
—– ——
TX 35
CA 15
GA 13
NY 12
FL 11
MA 9
PA 9
OH 8
CT 6
IL 6
IN 6
KS 6
LA 6
ME 6
NH 6
OK 6
ON 6
WI 6
States With No Hams In Them:
* Preventing us from having a US clean sweep
Idaho & Wyoming

To see the full statics click on the link below.
Field Day 2018 Full Stats

Field Day 9:45 PM Update

This is your 9:45PM Field Day report for the Steel City ARC.   We had a good group show up at the club house and we are having some fun at the same time.  We were able to keep all of out 3 stations man and operating  the whole time.  Thing are winding down but contact are still being made.  Field day continues Matt will be up here at the club house to cover for me since I have to work tomorrow 🙁  The Field day will continue till 2 pm and at that time the power switch will be switched back to mains power.  Below is the map of the US showing all the ARRL sections that we have worked from the club house.
Christine, N3LRG

Field Day is a GO!

The day is finally here! The 2018 ARRL Field Day is a go, come on up to the club house to see amateur radio in action. Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

Starts at 2:00 PM EDT  {Members should try to get there by 1:00 PM}

Directions to the Club House:

208 McMichael Road
Carnegie, Pa, 15106 U.S.A

Follow what contacts are we making:

Steel City Contact Log Live!  {beta}