Eclipse Balloons

April 8, 2024 – Balloon Tracks — Click on image for full size

Monday was not only a solar eclipse day it was a big balloon days.  As my Weather Balloon tracking system pick up 29 balloon were launched that day.  A lot of them were flown thru the eclipse path that day.  The above picture reflects what my station here in Oakdale was able to be picked up.  Most of the tracks near the lake were received once the balloon at above 80,000 feet.  Researching  it seem most were launched from Lima, OH and other were launch from along the Lake Erie shoreline.

This is just one of the many services Ham Radio is good at.  What good is all this data well at a resent Skywarn training session Fred McMullen from the Nation Weather Service confirms that they do view the https://sondehub.org/ daily since it a good place to be able to download the balloon data.  The image below show the location of the 12 ham radio tracking stations around the metro Pittsburgh area.  They automatically receive the data and relay it via the Internet to the above website. What equipment is needed to do this tracking? Just an Raspberry PI, RTLSDR dongle, and a antenna is all you need.

Volunteers Opportunities

Volunteers Opportunities

Ham Radio operators should remember that we get to use our frequencies for free.  In turn we have a very long tradition of providing free service to our communities


ARES SET DRILL – April 6th
There will be an emergency SET drill on Saturday April 6th at 9:00 AM at the Steel City Club House.  All new and experience radio operators are encourage to attend this drill to brush up on your message handling.  This is your best chance to learn to operate

Pittsburgh Marathon
This is one of the biggest events in Pittsburgh so it is also one of the events that need the most volunteers.  May 5th – Please consider volunteering for this event. Read More Here

Solar Eclipse – April 8th – Make Plans Now

The Case Amateur Radio Club, W8EDU, the club station at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, is asking for amateur radio operators to help with a research project centered around the April 8, 2024, solar eclipse.

W8EDU club member Adam Goodman, W7OKE, said the project centers around studying the effects of the eclipse on propagation to better understand the recombination time of the ionosphere.

“To do this, we are recruiting North American amateur stations interested in recording the Canadian time standard station CHU (Canada’s WWV) for two weeks surrounding the eclipse,” added Goodman. “Anyone with a KiwiSDR or a rig that can interface with analysis/recording software such as Fldigi is encouraged to reach out to us to participate.”

Read The Full Article Here:
https://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-operators-needed-for-help-with-solar-eclipse-project

Other Solar Ham Radio Projects:

https://science.nasa.gov/solar-system/skywatching/nasa-funded-science-projects-tuning-in-to-eclipse-radio/

https://hamsci.org/eclipse

https://www.onallbands.com/ham-radio-and-the-april-8-solar-eclipse-qso-party/

Interactive Map Of Eclipse Path:
https://nso.edu/for-public/eclipse-map-2024/

Pittsburgh, PA: Partial Eclipse 97%
Meadville, PA: Total Eclipse Duration 2m 50s
Erie, PA: Total Eclipse Duration 3m 44s

How To View The Eclipse Safely:
https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety

2024 World Amateur Radio Day

What: 2024 World Amateur Radio Day

Who: All amateur radio operators worldwide

When: Tuesday, April 18, 2024 at 0000 UTC until Wednesday, April 19, 2024 at 0000 UTC

Where: A global event covering all regions of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)

Why: World Amateur Radio Day, held on April 18 each year, is celebrated worldwide by radio amateurs and their national associations which are organized as member-societies of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). It was on this day in 1925 that the IARU was formed in Paris. American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim was its first president.

The theme for 2024 is “A Century of Connections: Celebrating 100 years of Amateur Radio Innovation, Community, and Advocacy”

Amateur radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short-wave spectrum could support long-distance radio signal propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, amateur radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to promote the interests of amateur radio worldwide and to protect and enhance its spectrum privileges. Today, the IARU is a federation consisting of more than 160 national amateur radio organizations in as many countries and separate territories. The International Secretariat of the IARU is ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® in the United States.

How: World Amateur Radio Day is not a contest but rather an opportunity to “talk” about the value of amateur radio to the public and our fellow amateur colleagues. It is also a great opportunity to talk about your radio club and amateur radio in local media as a lead-up to ARRL Field Day (held each year during the fourth full weekend in June) and another ham radio related activity in your community – such as volunteers who serve in local emergency communication readiness including the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service®.

NATHAN S FIRESTONE W3SVJ – SK

It is with great sadness that we have to report Nate Firestone W3SVJ becoming an SK today.  Nate has been one of our longest active members of the Steel City ARC with over 70 years of active participation.  As we  look  around the club house we see his handy work every where. He has helped his fellow members when times were though and was willing to pitch in and help when ever we had a work party.  He will be missed greatly!

Nate W3SVJ helping out at Field Day 1952

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Nate helping out the club by putting together the Hex Beam antenna at a July 2019 work party.

Minutes – March 2024

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.