Celebrating 100 years of WWV

WW0WWV – 1919-2019

We’re glad you’ve joined us to help celebrate the World’s oldest continually operating radio station, WWV, as it turns 100 on October 1, 2019 –  less than 5 months!

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC) have reached an agreement and are working together to organize the event.

NIST will focus on the plans for Tuesday, October 1, 2019, when they will host a recognition ceremony and an open house at the radio station north of Fort Collins.

NCARC will operate a special event amateur radio station, call sign WW0WWV, on the WWV property starting September 28 and going 24-hours a day through October 2, 2019.  The goal is to make as many U.S. and world-wide contacts during the 120-hour period as possible, using multiple bands and multiple modes on at least 4 simultaneous transmitters.  The effort will require hundreds of volunteer operators.

For more info on the special event:

For more info on WWV @ 100 years:

Chapter Six of the QCWA meeting

The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019. This is the third Saturday in June in order to avoid scheduling conflicts with the Breezeshooters’ Hamfest and the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society.
The doors will be open at Noon and we start shortly thereafter. We will be returning to our previous venue of: Rocky’s Bar and Grill
1562 Island Ave.
McKees Rocks, PA

As usual, solicitations are made for presentations with a bribe of a free lunch.
Volunteers can contact President Jack Buzon, KA3HPM, ahead of time for agenda sequencing. Please note the Fleming Park Bridge remains closed, and access to Rocky’s can be had via Route 51 out of Coraopolis or Island Avenue out of McKees Rocks. –

Uniontown ARC- Digital

UARCLogoThe Uniontown ARC, W3PIE, is hosting an event that is focused on 2 aspects of digital voice radio – Saturday, June 8th at the club property – 433 Old Pittsburgh Road in Uniontown, PA. We will start off with a System Fusion WIRES-X networking seminar, which will cover ways to connect to WIRES-X rooms. We will also cover detailed instructions on adding area club repeaters and individual nodes to an “intercom” room throughout Western Pennsylvania – that is also being hosted by the UARC as another way to further serve our amateur radio community. This session will be led by Cory Sickles, WA3UVV and will take place in the new club annex building – starting at 10:00.

Later, we will have a DMR programming workshop, where attendees will learn the skills needed to set up and change the codeplugs of Baofeng, TYT, Anytone, etc. radios, when needed. Use of the radios with repeaters and network points of presence (Openspot, Zumspot, etc.) will also be covered. This session will be led by Dylan Beatty, KC3DMR and will take place in the main clubhouse – starting at 13:00.
For this session, you should bring your fully-charged radio, programming cable, and laptop with software installed. If you do not already have a DMR subscriber ID number, you will need to obtain one in advance.

During the noon hour, we will take a break for lunch and give everyone the opportunity to know each other better. We will have freshly grilled hamburgers and hot dogs – prepared by our grill masters – with chips and pop. In order to take advantage of this offer, you must register in advance, as seating is limited.

If you wish to attend, you need to do it today. Send an email to WA3UVV@ARRL.NET – including your name, call, telephone number, and which event you wish to attend (you may sign up for both). If you are signing up for the DMR workshop, please let us know what model of radio you have, as well. Any additional information that may be of value will be appreciated, too.
We look forward to seeing you!

Save the Date – Field Day

June 22 – 23

Make plan now to join us at the club house as the Steel City ARC take on Field Day 2019.  This will be the first year that we will be using Mosley antenna to blast our way onto the 40 meter band. Please let Chris Grimm, N3PQ know your coming and what you would like to try to operate.  We will be operating all the bands from 160 meters up though 70 cm bands.  We are especially looking for people to cover the over night shifts.  The club will be providing food and drinks during the contest.

The ICOM IC-7610 Review

The customers and experts have spoken! The ICOM-7610 HF/50MHz All Mode Transceiver, featuring advanced dynamic range performance, true dual receivers and a host of other
next-level benefits, has been well worth the wait.

From the Experts’ Perspective

In his User Evaluation and Test Report, Icom maven Adam Farson, AB4OJ/VA7OJ, analyzed the unit’s physical feel, architecture, touch-screen, receiver front-end management, filters, noise reduction, noise blanker, AGC system, menus, metering, CW, RTTY decoder and memory keyer, VFO/memory management, on-air experience and more.

He concluded: “Although the IC-7610 is in a higher price category than the IC-7300, I nonetheless feel that the 7610 provides excellent value and capability for its price.” Read the entire report here.

In an interview on Ham Talk, Rob Sherwood of Sherwood Engineering, NC0B, offered ample praise for both the IC-7300 and IC-7610. The Ham Radio guru and highly respected gear-tester lauded many features of the IC-7610, including its dual receivers for working split and the unit’s solid TR switching and audio peak filter—major upgrades for serious CW operators. Listen to the entire interview here. To see the numbers crunched, check out Sherwood’s technical breakdown of the IC-7610.

Read the full article here: https://dxengineering.wordpress.com