Lewis & Clark On The Air

JUNE 1st 10:00 AM–7:00 PM

Join Steel City ARC as we kick off the 3rd year of the National Special Event – Lewis & Clark On The Air!  Steel City ARC will be representing the state of Pennsylvania as one the the 16 states following the Lewis & Clark trail across the nation.  Work all 16 states and you can get some great wall paper to show your accomplishment. Check out the LCOTA website for more information and all the other club that will be assigned to each state.  Also click on “Find an Activator” to find out when SCARC will be operating.

Find out when we are on – Just select Pennsylvania for the state


Member click here to set up your account and to set up scheduling for when you want to be on the air.  This will let the hunter know where you are operating at.  Come on up to the club house to operate.

  • Train Session – Wednesday 29th @ 7:30 PM @ Clubhouse
  • Kick Off Event – Saturday Jun 1st @ 10 AM – 7 PM
    • Picnic Lunch and Dinner will be served
    • Free Drinks for all operators
    • Fun for all ! ! !



Tour of the National Weather Service Offices

The National Weather Service office located here in Moon Township will be hosting an open house for amateur radio operators on Thursday June 13 at 6:30 PM.

The agenda for the tour will be:

  • Welcome And Introductions
  • Presentation On NWS And Skywarn 6:40
  • Tour Of Operations Room
  • Questions And Answers Session
  • Weather Balloon Launch At 7:00 PM
  • Tour Of The New And Improved Amateur Radio Station WX3PIT
  • Possible Tour Of WSR 88-D Radar Dome

NOTE! In case of a severe weather on the 13th the rain date for this event will be on following Thursday June 20th.  Please watch this website & social media for any date changes

Directions To Their Office: 192 Shafer Road, Coraopolis, Pa, 15108

Please RSVP to Eddie KB3YRU Or Steve K3FAZ If You Plan On Attending
They Need To Give A Count  Fred McMullen At NWS Pittsburgh .

Breeze Shooter Hamfest

Sunday – June 9th @ 8AM
Back at the original Butler Farm Grounds


This is starting to look like the event of the summer.  Many clubs are going to the hamfest to show off their clubs.  Steel City is also planning to do this too… The difference we are going to be showing our fellow operators that Steel City is an active club.  Members should plan to stop by our tables and rest your feet and grab a mic to make some contacts for the Lewis & Clark Special Event.  We will be on the HF band and also on the VHF bands.  Attendees will be able to contact our table on 2m to get a official Lewis and Clark contact.  Also Steel City is planning to have a big  informational setup at the show.  We are getting three tables at the hamfest with plans to use them this way

  • Table 1 – Information for the club
  • Table 2 – Special Event station for the Lewis & Clark remote operation

Directions to the Butler Farm Show Grounds

Click Map For Full Size Image


Business Meeting & VE Testing Session

Business Meeting
Tuesday 21st @ 7:00 PM
At The Pavilion

Agenda Items:

  • Lewis & Clark Sign up
  • Deciding what to do with John N3EQP estate monies
  • Future Work Parties
  • Reports from Hamvention attendees
  • Upcoming events @ clubhouse

VE Testing Session 
Wednesday @  7:00 PM
At The Club House

Its a good time to look at upgrading your license and get more band privilege’s.

Public Notice Of Business Meeting Dates


At our May business meeting a motion was created by our membership to move our Business Meeting from the third Tuesday of the month to the third Wednesday of the month.  So that SCARC business and social meeting nights will be aligned on the same day of week.  This will be starting in September of 2024, and since this is a major change there will be a total of three business meeting votes on May 22nd, June 18th, July 16th. This will enable members to be able to make comments and vote.  The May 22nd vote was to approve the move.

We are now protected!

Editors Note: I think our local letter writing, email, and conversation with our local politician help too!  Maybe more…

Member-volunteers of ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® in Pennsylvania have successfully protected the legal right to use amateur radio while operating mobile within the state. A handsfree distracted driving bill had worked its way through the legislature over the past several years, and ARRL Atlantic Division Director Bob Famiglio, K3RF, successfully advocated for an exemption for licensed radio amateurs. “The bill survived until just before the latest vote, which stripped out our exemption but left in exemptions for commercial drivers, including truck drivers, bus drivers, and public transportation [drivers],” he wrote in a message to ARRL members in Pennsylvania.

In April, the exemption was stripped from the bill, sending Pennsylvania hams into a state of worry. ARRL members in the state rallied, contacting their state legislators to explain the benefit that licensed operators provide to the state. The bill also was going to remove the ability for first responders, such as volunteer firefighters, to use radios in their personally owned vehicles. “Hundreds of emails then went out to legislators and such and back to me. We also helped our volunteer emergency responders who were in the same boat as us with radio use from their personal cars. Many members are also emergency responders as well, and they picked up on this too,” said Famiglio.

READ FULL STORY HERE: http://www.arrl.org/news

Geomagnetic Storm Watch

Photos from our area from last night…

Thanks Jeff & Gabe  {click for full size}


Strong 2m & 6m Activity…  Aurora possible…

Click on image for full size

Click on image for full size picture

On Thursday, May 9, 2024, the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center issued a Severe (G4) Geomagnetic Storm Watch. At least five earth-directed coronal mass ejections (CMEs) were observed and expected to arrive as early as midday Friday, May 10, 2024, and persist through Sunday, May 12, 2024. Several strong flares have been observed over the past few days and were associated with a large and magnetically complex sunspot cluster (NOAA region 3664), which is 16 times the diameter of Earth.

For Update Information: https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/


Our New Transmitter Site

Here is the view from our new transmitter site on Mt Washington.  Our UHF C4FM & FM repeater is now located 400 feet about the top of Mt Washington. Please send signal reports to the club.  Click on the images to see a full size picture.


Save The Date
July 13, 2024

Steel City Picnic At Raccoon State Park
And POTA Event

Steel City will be hosting a club picnic out at Raccoon State Park the Saturday July 13th with a rain date of July 14st.   SCARC will be doing a POTA activation at the park during the picnic get your radio able to go mobile and bring them out to the park.  Hamburger & Hot Dogs and all the picnic fixing will be served.  This will be a great chance for beginners to see how to do a POTA activation.  Old timers will be get a good day outside having some portable fun.  This will be open to all ham radio operators.

EVENT LOCATION: Raccoon State Park

2024 Corn Roast

SCARC Corn Roast
And Open  House

Sunday August 18th @ 1:00 PM

Open to all SCARC members
Pending member’s.

This year Corn Roast is an open house year.  We will be inviting our nearby amateur radio club’s leadership to this event.  This will let us show off the club to other hams and will let us enjoy the company of our larger ham radio community.

Don’t miss the fun or


Don’t miss the fun or