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.  Below are just some of the ways you can help out this year.

Rabid Raccoon 100 Ultra Marathon
A 100 mile ultra marathon running though Brady Run Park in Beaver County.  March 16 & 17 – Thirty Six volunteers are need to provide communications for over 300 runners. Read More Here

 

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

Senate Bill 3690 – Amateur Radio Emergency Preparedness Act

On January 30, 2024, US Senators Roger Wicker (MS) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) introduced S.3690, the Senate companion bill to H.R.4006, introduced last June. Both bills reflect the Congressional campaign efforts by ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® to eliminate homeowner association land use restrictions that prohibit, restrict, or impair the ability of an Amateur Radio Operator to install and operate amateur station antennas on residential properties they own.

READ THE BILL HERE:
S.3690 – Amateur Radio Emergency Preparedness Act

Rabid Racoon 100 Race

Volunteers Are Needed

Link to Information Page: w3kwh.net/Rabid

Check out the web page for more information about the Rabid Raccoon 100 race taking place this year in Brandy’s Run Park in Beaver County.  This is an ultra marathon race that has 300 runners doing a 100 mile , 100 kilometre, and 1/2 marathons over an 36 hour time frame.  We need 36+ ham radio operators to man the check point and to handle communications.   This year all the aid stations are indoors. There will be aid workers taking care of the runner and us operators.

Steel City @ WASHfest

Steel City @ WASHfest

On Sunday Feb 25th the Steel City ARC will be having two tables at the WASHfest Hamfest.  One table will be promoting the club and the other table will be for SCARC members to sell items.  As always members are encourage to stop by and say Hi or even man the booth and talk about the club to the hamfest goers. We will have extra chairs for SCARC members to rest there feet while enjoy the hamfest.

Weather Balloon Tracking

For the past month I have been running this weather balloon tracking program. Its called “auto_rx” and it is a great piece of software.  This software lets you receive weather balloon data and uploads it to the Sonde-Hub Tracker website so other can see the balloon tracks.  For running the software locally you can get real time data it has an internal webserve so any computer in your house can see the data from the balloon and follow its plot on a map, and one of neater things it can do is to plot earlier received balloon paths.

Now my setup is a Raspberry PI 5 {A 4 would work} an RTL-SDR receiver and one of Arts WA3BKD J-Poles.   As you can see I can track a balloon all the way beyond State College. These balloons often reach a height of 107,000+ feet.  So I can hear it from a pretty far way usually its the curvature of the Earth causing me to loose the signal.  While my station is receiving the signal it will also forward the data to the Sonde-Hub Tracker website. It is neat to see your callsign as the station providing the data.

Now my setup has only one RTL-SDR dongle so I can only track one balloon at a time. The software can handle more than one RTL-SDR at a time. So right now once I loose the first track it will start scanning again and often picks up the balloon coming from Cincinnati, OH. Also a couple of times when the wind is blowing from N to S it will pick up Canadians balloon at their peak altitude.

Below are the links to the Sonde-Hub Tracker website and Auto_rx software, the balloon are launched at 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM and are airborne for an hour to an 1 1/2 hours.   People do use this software to track and recover the balloon payloads.  It just another neat part of this wonderful hobby.

Website: Sonde-Hub Tracker
Software: Auto_rx

Membership Renewal / Dues

Hello Members: Its that time of year again.  Time to pay your dues that helps the club operate for another year.  Members can confirm their payment by going to the “Members Roster” page under the “Members Only” section.   If your wondering how you can pay your dues under the “Contact Us”  click on the “Membership Renewal/Dues” link.  If mailing in your check please put your call on the check and mail it to the PO BOX.  Or stop by the club on any social or business meeting night to drop it off.  We would love to see yo