QR Codes or Hams

Want to get more organized or have quick links to manuals.  I have found this neat video that will help you have quick links to manufactures manual pages or spec sheets. Or have a quick link to a equipment check list for that next POTA or SOTA activation.

For Example:
Want to learn about joining SCARC?


Virtual Class – Tech License

The Red Cross, Greater PA Region, Emergency Communications (I.E. EMCOMM) Chapter Leads and team members will be offering a virtual class to study for their FCC Amateur Radio “Technician” license. This is the first and entry level license for amateur radio.
Amateur radio is used at Red Cross Chapters within the Red Cross to communicate during a disaster response, when cell phones, internet and other commercial communication infrastructure is impaired or unavailable. Amateur radio is also used to support communications during community service events, marathon races, community emergencies, etc.
The seven-week virtual class will begin on January 5, 2022, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm and be held on Wednesday evenings. We will be using the Gordon West student book available on Amazon for approximately $22. Details on ordering the book and other details of the class will be sent to the students after they register. The book is not required, but we highly recommend it as a study guide. The class is limited to 30, so do not delay in signing up for the class.
To register, please contact: Dave.Herzog@RedCross.org

Business Meeting Tuesday Dec 21

Steel City

Business Meeting

Hello Members & New Members:
Just a friendly reminder that this coming Tuesday December 21st at 8:00 PM the Steel City Amateur Radio Club will be holding their business meeting via Zoom. The official link to the Zoom meeting will be sent via this email on Tuesday morning. So please check your email to make sure you got the link. If you have not received the email by Noon that day please email at n3lrg {at} w3kwh {dit} com.
So plug in your webcam’s and microphone’s and get ready for the meeting. If you have never use Zoom before just click on the link in the email and that link will check to see if you have the program installed if not it will install it for you. Just follow the links that pop up. If you haven’t use Zoom in a while you might want to click on the link a little early since they do updates on the software and your copy might be old. I will try to start the feed around 7:45 PM.
If you know of a new members that didn’t get this email or wants to join the club please give them my email n3lrg {at} w3kwh {dit} com so I can make sure they get the link too.
Thank you,
Christine N3LRG
President SCARC
If a new members didnt get my email on Friday night please sent me a email at the above address to be included. NO links will be sent via Facebook. If you thinking of joining the Steel City ARC club again just send me a email.

SSTV from ISS Dec 1 & 2

Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) plan to transmit slow-scan TV (SSTV) images on December 1 – 2 on 145.800 MHz FM using SSTV mode PD120.

The transmissions from RS0ISS will be part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will originate in the Russian ISS Service Module (Zvezda) using a Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver. Transmissions are scheduled for December 1 from 1210 – 1910 UTC and December 2 from 1140 – 1720 UTC. Dates and times are subject to change.

The signal should be receivable on a handheld transceiver with a quarter-wave whip antenna. Use the widest channel spacing.

Predictions for ISS pass times are available on the AMSAT website. Visit the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) SSTV blog for more information.

See updates here: { An EVA might change scheduled}:

SKYWARN Recognition Day


SKYWARN Recognition Day – acknowledges the contributions of public service volunteers who provide essential weather information as it’s happening. Each year on the first Saturday in December, the day honors those volunteers who pay attention when the wind picks up, or the sky turns dark. Their efforts keep their communities safer by communication warnings to the National Weather Service.

The observance recognizes the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations. It also strengthens the bond between Amateur Radio operators and the local National Weather Service.

Around the country, nearly 290,000 Skywarn® weather spotters volunteer their time. They identify severe weather that could potentially affect life and property. Spotters warn the National Weather Service of the threat of thunderstorms, tornados, and floods.

12-2 PM    December 4th

W3KWH Operations At The Club

12:00 to 2:00 PM on Saturday is our assigned time slot to operate HF from the clubhouse.  We will be needing operators during that time slot to operate!  Members and pending members are invited to attend. Techs will be allowed to operate on HF due to control ops being present.

NU3Q plans to be at the club for the event on Friday night 12/3 for about two hours and Saturday morning 12/4. We need operators to cover the afternoon and evening shifts on Saturday and to assist NU3Q while he is at the club. We will use the following: “This is W3KWH for WX3PIT Skywarn Recognition Day”. Please keep a log of your W3KWH QSO’s – NU3Q will submit the W3KWH QSO’s to the NWS.

More Information:

SKYWARN Recognition Day Operating Instructions

1. Object SKYWARNTM Recognition Day serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators Skywarn Spotters during threatening weather.

  • Amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.
  • Non-Amateur Radio Spotters to exchange weather information as often as possible via Social Media with NWS Offices.

2. Date NWS stations may operate at any time during December 5, 2020 from 0000 – 2400 UTC.

3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two word description of the weather occurring at your site (“sunny”, “partly cloudy”, “windy”, etc.).

4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event stations will append “NWS” to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS). NWS offices may also participate via Social Media platforms throughout the 24 hour period.

5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.

6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion of SRD.


On December 4th Saturday at 3:00 pm the QCWA Chapter 6 will be having there business meeting at Jabby Joe’s Bar and Grill 1562 Island Ave, Mc Kees Rocks, PA 15136 . Everyone is invited to come Xyl’s, Yl’s., Om’s even if your not a member. The meeting does not last long and afterwards it becomes a rag chew. So again come on down and break bread, swap lies and a great way to see your fellow hams for a holiday celebration.