Changes to the remote’s access

Steel City members please check out the “Members Only” page for the new instructions for access the two remotes up at the club house.  We have switch using VNC programs to access the remotes. The 5 member limit is now gone and we have a direct connection to the remote without having to pay for cloud access.  If you have question plan to go up to the club house on Wednesday and the technical committee will help you access the remotes.

Red Cross Presentation

Red Cross Presentation
Wed. Dec 4th – 7:30 PM

Dave, KC3KAG

Will be giving a short overview of the Red Cross responding to national and local disasters and the importance of emergency communication capabilities amateur radio operators and specifically ARES can provide to the Red Cross during times of disasters.

Dave will highlight some of the roles amateur radio operators can fill for the Red Cross during a disaster.


Links:
Red Cross South Western  PA
https://www.redcross.org/local/pennsylvania

Western PA ARRL ARES
https://wpa-arrl.org/ares/

National Weather Service Tour

On Nov 24 that ham radio community got together at the National Weather Service office here in Moon Township {Aka Pittsburgh}.   Shannon from the weather service gave a very nice presentation talking about how the create forecast and advisories.  The tour top off with their daily 6pm balloon launch.

Additional Photography by John, KC3MMC

Here is a better video from John, KC3MMC

BLAW-KNOX ANTENNAS

On March 12, 1906 Blaw Collapsible Steel Centering Company was formed in New Jersey to manufacture and market re-usable steel forms for molding concrete in heavy construction. The initial product line of the Blaw company was based on the patented invention of Jacob B. Blaw of Philadelphia. This invention was for a better way to set the concrete for the sewers than by means of the wooden forms normally used for such work.
In 1909 Luther Knox and Irvin F. Lehman became associated in the establishment of the Knox Pressed and Welded Steel Co. Luther Knox pioneered the use of pressed and welded steel, in place of previously used non-ferrous castings, for the manufacture of water-cooled equipment for open hearth furnaces and for other high temperature applications.
The Blaw-Knox Company name was adopted July 6, 1917, marking the merger of Blaw Steel Construction Company with the Knox Pressed and Welded Steel Company. This merger introduced the company to the steel industry and also brought together the three Lehman brothers into one business firm.
In 1927 the company added radio towers to its products.
During its growth years Blaw-Knox acquired a number of companies. In 1929 A.W. French & Company became part of Blaw-Knox. This was a factor in eventually establishing a complete package of road-building equipment. Blaw-Knox is now a brand name of this equipment and is now part of Ingersoll-Rand.
Blaw-Knox experienced less growth during the years of the Great Depression, but stayed in the black. The company was also involved in the manufacture of many products to support the efforts in WWII, such as: cast armor for naval vessels, turrets for tanks, anti-aircraft Bofors* gun mounts, Naval gun slides and mounts, rockets, projectiles, torpedo launching equipment and the operation of a 16-inch shell line, to name only a few. For it’s excellence in the war effort, Blaw-Knox won seven Army-Navy “E” awards with 16 stars.
The company served four basic market categories: (1) the metallurgical industries; (2) chemical process and nuclear industries; (3) public service industries; and (4) public works and highway construction industries. —
*Bofors is a Swedish company.
One more note of interest is that Blaw-Knox built one of its early manufacturing facilities in Hoboken, PA. The town was renamed Blawnox, PA and is located next to Pittsburgh. (I was born in Hoboken, NJ)

The above information was obtained from a 28 page booklet, published in 1957 entitled: “Blaw-Knox Growth Through Invention And Enterprise,” which is the text of an address, given by W. Cordes Snyder, Jr., who was president of the Blaw-Knox company of Pittsburgh, PA. at the time.

In early 1933, WLW began construction of a new 500,000 watt superpower facility at Mason, Ohio after approval of the Federal Radio Commission. RCA supplied the 500KW transmitter. A new 831 foot, half wave, end-fed, Blaw-Knox double diamond-shaped vertical antenna weighing 136 tons was erected for the small sum (in today’s dollars) of $46,000. The wider, middle of the tower structure is 35 ft. square. A concrete lined pond was built in front of the transmitter building for transmitter cooling. Water was pumped through specially designed water cooled tubes, and was then sprayed into the air by fountains, returning back into the pond.

National Weather Service Tour

This Sunday
November 24th ~ 5:30 PM

Sue KA3JKS has set up a tour of the National Weather Service center here in Moon Twp for members of the Steel City ARC club. including a weather balloon launch demo (weather permitting).  The address is: 192 Shafer Rd, Coraopolis PA, 15108

Please RSVP with Sue,
(412) 243-3061
crakiecz (at) verizon (dit) net


Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/MySjJxDrb2MNs9zG8

Directions to National Weather Service
Take I-376 west to exit 57 (Business/Moon/Cargo)
Go towards the Cargo Terminal
Turn right onto University Blvd (Former Beer School Rd)
Turn left onto Broadhead Rd (Opposite Beaver Gade Rd)
There is a BP and a Walgreens on the corner
Turn right at the second traffic light onto Shafer Rd
PASS:  Wessex Hills Dr and Allard Elementary School – both on the right
Turn into the drive way of the NWS on the right just past the elementary school (sign not visible from the road)
If you go as far as Madison Dr on the left you’ve gone too far
Come inside the front door and ring the bell

This is a follow up of the April Skywarn presentation: http://w3kwh.com/2019/04/18/skywarn-presentation/

Oh there will be a balloon launch too!
Image result for nws balloon launch sites

 

Is your station ready?

Is your station ready for the next outage?   With more storms and section of the country having rolling blackouts make me wonder if the power goes out could you still get on the air.  Below is a link to a presentation take give a good talk about getting your station for the next black out.  How much does it cost and what equipment might be good for you to get.

The next HF or VHF net you check in try working the net on your backup power supply.  Do you have a mobile radio in your car?  Do you know how to call for help if your outside cellular phone range?  When you travel do you lookup the frequencies and PL for the repeater’s near where your traveling.  Do you have a battery eliminator cord and/or spare battery for your HT?

Presentation:
Emergency Power for Amateur Radio Stations

 

Get into digital radio – SALE!

Yaesu FT-70DR FM/C4FM

$30 Mail-In Rebate

You can get into digital radio pretty cheap right now with the Yaesu FM/C4FM handheld radio. It currently has a $30 mail in rebate bring the cost of a digital radio to as low as $144 until Dec 31st. Several of us at the club have this little radio and enjoy it very much.  It will let you connect to the clubs 440 Mhz machine and   by hitting a few keys you can connect to our repeater and start a connection to many System Fusion machines around the world. Once you get one of these little radios join us on the 8 PM Sunday night digital net on any WPA Fusion repeaters.

FROM THE MANUFACTURE: The new FT-70DR is a compact and very attractively priced Yaesu System Fusion transceiver providing both conventional analog FM operation and the advanced C4FM Digital mode. The FT-70DR provides up to 5W of reliable RF power, and its large Front Speaker delivers 700mW of Loud Audio Output. Because C4FM has better BER (Bit Error Rate) characteristics than other digital modulations, the user can expect exceptional audio quality. The new digital FT-70DR includes our unique Automatic Mode Select (AMS) function. AMS detects the operating mode of the received signal as C4FM digital or analog FM, and then automatically and instantly switches the receiver to the appropriate mode. Users do not need to manually change between modes. The multi-colored LED Mode-Indicator displayed on the front allows the operator to easily see what mode the FT-70DR is in at any given moment. LED Mode-Indicator clearly and visibly shows the transmit/ receive mode by changing its color so that the operating mode of the transceiver is easily recognized at a glance.

Additional Info:  Also the FTM-3207DR UHF signal band mobile {Needed for Steel City/ Skyview/ Uniontown repeaters} and the FTM-3200DR VHF Signal band mobile have $50 mail-in rebates bring their pricing down to $114.95.  Thanks Corry..

Check Them Out Here:
https://www.dxengineering.com 
https://www.hamradio.com 
https://www.gigaparts.com