440 Repeater Improve Range

Please try out our 444.45 MHz machine.  The work party Karl Joe, and Matt did some testing why the range didnt improve with the antenna being in a  much higher and they found out some interesting thing. First in an undocumented item is that the repeater has a lot more power when running under AC power vs DC power.  The biggest issue they found was the old grey antenna duplexes was destroying our receive and it hurt our transmit too. They swap to the Chinese Duplexes and wow it immediately improve the range.

The above map is showing the current RELIABLE range circle where it reaches down into the valleys and working inside some homes with a simple HT.  It will reach outside the circle but it seem to work station that are located on top of hills.  Please give Karl or Christine your signal reports let us know your location and power level.  We are planning to get the old grey cans fixed since they can handle a lot more power. The Chinese can are at there max power now.

 

Jamboree-on-the-Air

62nd JOTA: October 18-20, 2019

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.

Tell Me More

When Scouts want to meet young people from another country, they usually think of attending a World Jamboree. But few people realize that each year more than a million Scouts and Guides “get together” over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA). During the 2014 event, worldwide Scouting participation included 1.1 million Boy Scouts and 200,000 Girl Guides/Gils Scouts, for a total participation of over 1.3 million–the largest Scouting event in the world.

JOTA Rules

Stations should call “CQ Jamboree,” or answer stations doing so. Any authorized frequency may be used. It is recommended that stations use the agreed World Scout Frequencies, listed in the guidelines. To avoid congestion, use close-by frequencies.

JOTA is not a contest. The idea is not to contact as many stations as possible during the weekend.

Scout website: https://www.scouting.org/jota/

ARRL website: http://www.arrl.org/jamboree-on-the-air-jota

Happy Birthday

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the League’s first president and cofounder, Hiram Percy Maxim (HPM), W1AW.  HPM was born on September 2, 1869.

As we have done with earlier birthday milestones, ARRL is again holding an operating event to celebrate HPM’s legacy.


Objective: This operating event is open to all amateurs, and the goal is straightforward:  Find stations operating in the event, many adding “/150” to their call signs, and contact as many as possible during the 9-day celebration on each of the event bands (using any/all of the 3 event modes on each band).

Time Period: The 9-day event begins 0000 UTC August 31 and runs until 2359 UTC September 8, 2019.

Eligibility: All amateur stations may participate.

Who is eligible to use their “callsign/150”?   W1AW and ALL ARRL members are eligible and will append /150 to their call sign during this event (this includes DX Stations who are ARRL members, who may operate as callsign/150 if permitted by the regulations of their country of license).

For more information:  http://www.arrl.org/hpm150-birthday-celebration

Pennsylvania QSO Party 2019

63rd PA QSO Party – October 12 & 13, 2019

  1. Purpose of the QSO Party 

1.a. Pennsylvania amateurs operating in the State of Pennsylvania, without regard to the amateur’s home address, contact as many other amateurs in Pennsylvania, the United States, Canada, and the world. 

1.b. Non-Pennsylvania Amateurs try to contact as many Pennsylvania Amateurs as possible. 

  1. Operating Periods 

2.a. 1600Z October 12 to 0500Z October 13, and 1300Z October 13 to 2200Z October 13, 2019. 

  1. Bands 

3.a. QSOs are permitted on all ham band allocations authorized by station licensee, including 630m and 2200m and any VHF/UHF/Microwave frequencies, except as noted below in Section 3.b. Primary activity for the PA QSO Party has typically been on 160m, 80/75m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 6m, and 2m. 

3.b. QSOs are not permitted on the WARC bands (12m, 17m, 30m, or 60m). 

3.c. QSOs are not permitted via repeaters, satellites, EchoLink, IRLP, or similar VoIP services. 

2019 Simulated Emergency Test

October 5, 2019

Club Members mark your calendar…  We need experience operators and new members willing to learn during this practice

Preparations are currently underway for this fall’s Simulated Emergency Test. This year the SET is on Saturday, October 5. Section ARES officials in Eastern and Western PA are working together to finalize plans for a joint EPA-WPA SET.

The 2019 SET will focus on interoperability and scalability, adding additional served agencies as the SET progresses, and dispatching ARESMAT teams to other locations. Participants will practice interoperability with other ARES teams, and serving several agencies simultaneously as would be done in an actual disaster.

The goal of initial planning is to release the final planning document the first week of September to DECs and ECs.

NEW EMERGENCY COORDINATOR

ALLEGHENY COUNTY GETS NEW ARES EMERGENCY COORDINATOR

We are happy to announce that Bob Mente NU3Q has been appointed to be the new Allegheny County ARES Emergency Coordinator. Bob is well known for his work coordinating public service activities and has earned the respect of our Allegheny County ARES partner agencies, spanning the past decade. He serves as Net Control for the weekly Allegheny County ARES Net on Wednesday evenings.

Bob is the license trustee for WX3PIT, and has an extensive record of SKYWARN participation. He is active, building field-deployable amateur radio stations, and taking part in numerous activities at many clubs. He has been serving as Assistant EC for Allegheny County for several years.

Bob is an active member of many local radio clubs, and can always be found on local nets. If any amateur radio activity is taking place in Allegheny County and the surrounding counties, you will see Bob front and center. He also is a leader in service organizations, and has a long and significant record of generously helping others.

CHECK OUT THE WPA ARES WEBSITE HERE

Minutes August 20, 2019

This information is for Steel City Members only via the web. For public access please go to the club house on any monthly business meetings for access.