Toilet Paper Tube Mic

 MC-50 and Yaesu M-1

Back in the 80’s the MC-50 mic with Kenwood Rigs was considered about as good as it gets for SSB audio. Word got around that sliding a toilet paper tube over the MC-50 mic altered the frequency response (obviously) and enhanced the tonal quality of the mic. I tried it and never took it off for several years. Yaesu has brought it back! (well– in a more sophisticated method.) As a design feature of the M-1 Reference Mic. They call it “Treble Boost Cowling”!

See what an $650 mic get you!
Read the Full article here: https://wa4d.radio/

VE Testing This Weekend

NOTE ! ! ! – Start planning early the VE Testing sessions are getting busy now more people are taking the testing before the $35 fee is imposed


There will be a Steel City VE Testing session this weekend at our Canonsburg, PA site.  Click on the map for Google directions.  Walk in are OK but please register with Chris, K3PQ to make sure there will be room for you.  There is parking right across the street fro the build at the library.

March 20 * {At the Canonsburg Site} 12:00 Noon

Got question? Feel free to email and to register?
Chris Grimm,VE Examiner  & VE Chairperson
K3PQ {at} W3KWH {dit} COM
(412) 259-3319

Note!!! Feb & Mar will be at our Canonsburg, PA site contact Chris K3PQ for confirmation and directions.  102 W Pike St, Canonsburg, PA 15317

Click on map for directions

District Skywarn Zoom Meeting

You  Are  Invited  To  Attend  Our  Southwest  District  Skywarn  Zoom  Meeting .
Saturday  Morning  March  20th  At  10:00 AM EDT
We  Have  A Lot  Of  Topics  To  Discuss ,  Along  With  The  Upcoming  Spring  2021   S . E . T .  Simulated  Emergency  Test  On  Saturday  April  3rd  Beginning  At  9:30  To  12:30  Hours . We Hope  That  You  Can  Join  Us .  Please  Mention  This  At  Your  Meetings  And  On  Your  Nets .

Eddie  Misiewicz  KB3YRU
A . R . E . S .  Emergency  Coordinator  Fayette  County  Pa .
S W D S C  Southwest  District  Skywarn  Coordinator
W R N  Weather  Ready  Nation  Ambassador
fayette@wpa-arrl.org
724 – 989 – 5214

Set up instruction:
1. Click the link provided below.
2. You will be placed in the “Waiting room“, at this point the moderator of the meeting will accept you into the meeting. That’s it you have joined the meeting!
If you have any questions please email:

Topic: SKYWARN Emergency Management Meeting for March 20Th
Time: Mar 20, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting <- Click the link below to start the Zoom meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83731270785?pwd=NWxsSmxQRmQvcUp3Y21RSzhzMjhLdz09

Meeting ID: 837 3127 0785
Passcode: 222816

Dial by your location
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 837 3127 0785
Passcode: 222816
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kb1VTQys3K

Business Meeting – Tuesday 7:30 PM

Steel City Members

Invite emails have been sent out check your email.

There will be an online business meeting via Zoom on Tuesday night at 7:30 PM EDT.  All members should try to attend this meeting as we will be going over several major agenda items for the up coming months.   Invites will go out Monday check your emails for the link to the zoom meetings.  Pending Members you should receive the same invite if you haven’t gotten it by Tuesday morning please email Christine at N3LRG {at} W3KWH {dit} COM.  If you want to join our meeting as a guest please send an email at the above address.

Hex Beam down for repair

Special thanks goes to new members Mich and Bill and their amazing truck at helping us take down the broke Hex Beam on the far tower. It was first quite a task getting it off the tower and a even bigger task of just lowering it down since it was tangle with the tower.   All parts have been separated out and examine we do have 2 broken fiberglass segments.

Also using another one of Mick’s truck to work on the 440 repeater tower.  We had to restrung the wire rope the proper way and mange to get the antenna about 10 ft higher. I seem to be getting out even better now.

An Evening with SDRPlay {British Time}

Ham Radio Network is a UK club and are hosting an evening with Andy Carpenter from SDRPlay.  Andy has a close affiliation with Ham Radio Network and his previous talks always attract large audience numbers which engage with him as he explains the range of SDRPlay devices, SDRUno software developments and plugins to enhance the user experience.  The evening will end with a direct Q & A with Andy so users can ask specific questions they may have.

FYI The SCARC has an SDRplay 2 which we want to find a good use for

Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 2 PM EST – 4 PM EST
Price: Free · Duration: 2 hr

Access to the Zoom online meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/5249312563
Zoom ID: 524 931 2563

March 16th Business Meeting

The March 16th business meeting will be held via Zoom. The survey results have been posted below. It will be helded at 7:30 PM and look for the Zoom invite on morning of the 16th. Note: We are still looking at having business meeting at the club house in April it might need to be helded on a weekend afternoon since it will be outside. 

New members should make sure their applications are into Art, WA3BKD so that you have your readings.  wa3bks [at} gmail [dit] com

Guest that wanted to be invited into the club that havent done so yet should make sure Christine, N3LRG have your email address to get the invite. n3lrg {at} w3kwh {dit} com

HamSCI Workshop 2021: Midlatitude Science

Come join HamSCI at its fourth annual workshop! Due to restrictions caused by COVID-19, this year’s workshop will he held as a free virtual workshop.  The meeting will take place March 19-20, 2021 using Zoom hosted by The University of Scranton in Scranton, PA  and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The primary objective of the HamSCI workshop is to bring together the amateur radio community and professional scientists. The theme of the 2021 HamSCI Workshop is midlatitude ionospheric science. Invited speakers include Dr. J. Michael Ruohoniemi, Virginia Tech Professor and Principal Investigator of the Virginia Tech SuperDARN Initiative, and Joe Dzekevich K1YOW, an amateur radio citizen scientist who recently published his work in CQ Magazine. Dr. Elizabeth Bruton of the Science Museum of London will be the Keynote Speaker.

This workshop will also serve as a team meeting for the HamSCI Personal Space Weather Station project, an NSF-funded project to develop a citizen science instrument for studying space weather from your backyard. The PSWS is led by the University of Scranton, and includes participation from TAPR, Case Western Reserve University/W8EDU, the University of Alabama, the New Jersey Institute of Technology CSTR, MIT Haystack Observatory, Dartmouth College, and the amateur radio community at large.

For more information on the event: https://hamsci.org/hamsci2021