Bicycle Mobile Hams of America

Thanks for expressing interest in combining bicycling with amateur radio, popularly called “ham radio”. I’m assuming that you are not a ham radio operator and that you’d like to know how to get started in this most useful mode of communication. (If you’re already a ham radio operator, read on. I’m quite sure you’ll agree with what I have to say.)

Check out their website:
https://bmha-hams.org/default.htm

QCWA Chapter 6 Meeting Notice

The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on Saturday, March 3, at 11:30 AM. Due to the closing of Sciulli’s Bar and Grill, we will have a  venue change to:

Kings Family Restaurant
5800 Grand Avenue
Neville Island,
Pittsburgh, PA

FYI: The new VLF bands

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There was a lot of talk at our last meeting about the two new VLF ham band and what it will take to get on the air.  I found this while surfing and it answers a lot of questions.   You will need Microsoft Powerpoint or at least a viewer {link below} to see the presentation.

From the N6LF blog: SeaPac 2014 630m talk
On Saturday June 7th I gave a talk at SeaPac 2014.  You can download the PowerPoint presentation here: Download Sea-Pac 2014 Presentation .  I should add that the Flex Radio 1500 and 6000 series SDR’s can transmit on 630m.  I spoke with the K3 folks and while the K3 will not operate directly that low in frequency they have modified the software to be compatible with transverters.

For true LF operation read this: http://www.arrl.org/news/radio-amateur-s-sub-9-khz-vlf-signal-detected-across-the-atlantic


To view the powerpoint presentation you will need this viewer from Microsoft

Update: Allegheny County Emergency Coordinator

This is from the
Allegheny County Emergency Coordinator:
Update: February 26, 2018

March 10, 2018: Message Handling Class (WACOM)
1696 E Maiden St
Washington, PA, United States
10:00 am start

April 14, 2018: Red Cross Drill

May 6, 2018: Pittsburgh Marathon

May 13, 2018: Race For The Cure
Schenley Park

July 14 and 15, 2018: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

July 28 and 29, 2018: Westmoreland Air Show
Latrobe, PA – Arnold Palmer Regional Airport

September 15, 2018: ADA Tour De Cure

September 30, 2018: Pittsburgh Great Race

Details for these events are announced as they become available on the Allegheny County ARES/RACES Public Service Net on Wednesdays at 9:00 pm on the 147.09 repeater (pl 88.5).

Served Agencies and event sponsors seeking communications support from Allegheny County ARES/RACES can contact the ARRL Allegheny County Emergency Coordinator, Bob Timmins AB3ED via email: allegheny@wpa-arrl.org.  Event requests from outside Allegheny County will be referred to the appropriate emergency coordinator.

Icom 7300 vs. Icom 7610 comparison

No Nonsense Icom 7300 vs. Icom 7610 Comparison
BY:
Rich, K0PIR

It’s time I did the Icom 7300 vs. Icom 7610 comparison. I’m not going to list my personal likes and dislikes. I think many of the early reviews of the Icom 7610 were premature in their criticism. I’ve had my IC-7610 for over a month (December 2017) and have used it daily, including in the last ARRL RTTY Roundup. I’m very pleased with the ergonomics. The Icom 7300 is an entry level radio, while the Icom 7610 is designed for DX’ing and contesting. Let’s look at the basic physical differences and a no-nonsense comparison. So, if you are considering the Icom 7610, hopefully this will help.

Read the full article here

Yaesu announced a new FT-818

Today Yaesu announced a new FT-817ND replacement is on the way — the FT-818!

The new Yaesu FT-818 incorporates all of the basic and attractive features of the ever-popular FT-817ND while providing upgrades desired by many existing owners.

A few notable improvements include:

  • Increased power output to 6W
  • Improved frequency stability
  • Larger battery capacity

More information and full specs available at:
https://www.gigaparts.com/yaesu-ft-818-transceiver.html

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Byrd Antarctic Expedition Morse Key

ARRL has received from Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO, the donation of a Kilbourne & Clark Morse key that the late Howard Mason (1ID, 7BU, and K7QB) used to let the world know that Rear Admiral Richard Byrd and his crew had overflown the South Pole for the first time during Byrd’s 1928 – 1930 Antarctic expedition. Mason and his 80 colleagues were awarded Congressional Gold Medals for their efforts in establishing the Antarctic outpost “Little America,” the first of a series of bases bearing that name.

Read the full article at the ARRL website