Preservation of 250 kW VOA Transmitter

From the ARRL Website

With the former Voice of America Delano relay site in Central California scheduled for eventual demolition for resale, the Collins Collectors Association (CCA), in association with the Antique Wireless Association (AWA), came up with a plan in 2014 (working, among others, with past ARRL Midwestern Division Director Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, a former Collins engineer), to retrieve one of the Collins 821A-1 250 kW HF transmitters from the site and put it on display at the AWA museum in Bloomfield, New York.

The Delano site, known as DL-8, went on the air in 1944 with a 170-foot rhombic antenna. The Collins 821 A-1 transmitter was autotuned and could shift frequencies between 3.95 and 26.5 MHz in 20 seconds. The transmitter and its associated components represent serious heavy metal. The Delano site, now owned by the General Services Administration (GSA), remains with antennas still standing and buildings in place and demolition on hold, because it was discovered to be the habitat for an endangered species of shrew.

video presentation featuring Dennis Kidder, W6DQ, describes and illustrates the entire removal and relocation effort and offers some background on the VOA. On the continental US, the only remaining VOA site is the Edward R. Murrow Greenville Transmitting Site in North Carolina.

Parks on the Air – Presentation

Here is a chance to learn to have some fun outside while operating your ham radio. While also letting your fellow ham operators chase you as you explore our natural resources of our park system.  Curtis Turner, KB3CMT gave this great presentation during our Wednesday night social meeting.

And stay tune for this summer road trip when the Steel City club takes to the Parks operating “Parks on the Air”

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Steel City Winter Wonderland

February 2021

Skywarn Training Sessions

The United States is the most severe weather prone country in the world. Each year, people in this country cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,200 tornadoes, and two land falling hurricanes. Approximately 90% of all presidential declared disasters are weather-related, causing around 500 deaths each year and nearly $14 billion in damage.

 


There will be two Basic Skywarn webinars on March 1st and March 17 at 6:30 pm. Pre-registration is required:

March 1sthttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/305572286314185487

March 17th https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6124954180087632651

Also, there is an Advanced Skywarn class on Zoom from the State College NWS office: https://youtu.be/13n_P6LVg68. After you take the class, please let me know and I will forward your attendance to the Pittsburgh NWS for proper credit. The Pittsburgh and State College NWS offices reciprocate with regard to Skywarn training.

To aid you in your studies, I recommend downloading the Skywarn Spotter Field guide: https://www.weather.gov/media/owlie/SGJune6-11(1).pdf

There is a River Ice Observer class as well. Please contact Eddie, KB3YRU, Fayette County EC for the link to take the class: fayette@wpa-arrl.org.


The bi-weekly Skywarn meeting will take place via
Zoom this Saturday 2/20 at 10 am:

Topic: SKYWARN Emergency Management Meeting
Time: Feb 20, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Field Day 2021 – Rules Update

Steel City Members – Save The Date – June 26-27

The COVID-19 pandemic-modified ARRL Field Day rules from 2020 will continue this June with the addition of a power limit imposed on Class D (Home Stations) and Class E (Home Stations-Emergency Power) participants. The news from the ARRL Board’s Programs and Services Committee comes as many clubs and groups are starting preparations for Field Day in earnest. Field Day 2021 will take place June 26 – 27.

“This early decision should alleviate any hesitancy that radio clubs and individual Field Day participants may have with their planning for the event,” said ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE.

For Field Day 2021:

  • Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points. This year, however, Class D and Class E stations will be limited to 150 W PEP output.
  • An aggregate club score will be published — just as it was done last year. The aggregate score will be a sum of all individual entries that attributed their score to that of a specific club.

ARRL Field Day is one of the biggest events on the amateur radio calendar. Last summer, a record 10,213 entries were received.

“With the greater flexibility afforded by the rules waivers, individuals and groups will still be able to participate in Field Day, while still staying within any public health recommendations and/or requirements,” Bourque said.

The preferred method of submitting entries after Field Day is via the web applet. The ARRL Field Day rules include instructions on how to submit entries, which must be submitted or postmarked by Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

The ARRL Field Day web page contains for complete rules and entry forms, as well as any updated information as it becomes available. Join the ARRL Field Day Facebook page.