2 NOVEMBER an ISS contact to school has been planned with participants at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, Palmer, MA (USA) !
The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:50 UTC.
The contact will be direct between NA1SS and KB1MDS.
The contact should be audible over the state of Massachusetts (USA ) and adjacent areas.
Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink.
The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
73 de IW2BSF – Rudy Parisio


WACOM Hamfest – New Location

Washington Amateur Communications Inc.

New location for the WACOM hamfest this upcoming November 4th. Click on the link below to get directions to there new site.  This is one of the most popular hamfest of Western Pennsylvania and well attendant by Steel City Members.

The Printscape Arena at Southpointe
114 Southpointe Blvd
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Exit 48 off Interstate 79
8:00 A.M –3:00 P.M—Admission $5.00

Hamfest Flyer:

Google Map Directions:

ARRL November Sweepstakes

Objective: For stations in the United States and Canada (including territories and possessions) to exchange QSO  information with as many other US and Canadian stations as possible on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 mete rbands.

Operating Guideline: You must include your call sign in the exchange information you transmit to the other station.  This is generally done between your precedence (A/B/Q/M/S/U) and your check (year of first license) as follows:

CQing Station: CQ Sweepstakes from W9JJ
Answering Station: W1AW
CQer: W1AW 123 A W9JJ 79 CT
Ans: 43 M W1AW 31 CT
CQer: Thanks, CQ Sweepstakes from W9JJ

As the answering station, it is not necessary to send the CQing station’s call unless you feel there might be some confusion about what station you are responding to.

Trans-Atlantic S2S QSO Party

Hi all,

I have been in contact with Barry N1EU and Ed DD5LP with respect to options for the next NA – EU S2S QSO Party. We have settled on Saturday 3 November 2018 between 14:00 UTC to 17:00 UTC. This will be the core activity period for the event, with those that wish starting an hour or so earlier and / or finishing later.

This date has been arranged to take advantage of the dates when we change from summer time to winter time in both the USA and Europe. It is a few weeks earlier than in previous years which we hope will help with the extended stay on the summits.

In the light of the widening of SOTA in the Americas, from this point it is proposed that the event will be renamed the Trans-Atlantic S2S QSO Party

Please make a note in your diary.

73 Gerald G4OIG / G8CXK

Flex Radio Demo

There will be a Flex Radio demo this Wednesday night Oct 24th at the Steel City club house at 7:00 PM promptly. Bob Green, N3RDG will be bringing up his Flex Radio Maestro unit to the club which will be hooked up at his Flex 6400 radio back at his house. The radio which will be live on the air and after the demo members will get a chance to operate it.   Bob will be showing us how it is used and all the unique features of of an SDR radio.  Bob will not only show us the Maestro interface but also the interface that can be brought up on the Laptop or Computer screen.