Technician License Class

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The Steel City Amateur Radio Club will be holding a FREE TWO DAY review course on Saturday Feb 18, 2023 & Feb 25, 2023 at 10AM to 2PM where you can review what you need to know to pass your Technician (entry level) FCC Amateur Radio License.The class will be held at the Carnegie Library in Carnegie, PA click “LEARN MORE” for driving directions and what is required for the class.  There will be a VE Testing session at the end of the class.


Questions or to Sign Up
Email Jeff Bussard, N3EVN
n3evn@arrl.net

To learn more about the course and the study materials you will need click here….
LEARN MORE!!

Sign Up Today & Support These Runners

To find out more information and to see what shifts are open to sign up for please follow the link below.  We would like to have two radio operators at each of the four site’s. Plus two net control operators  for each shift.

Click Here For More Information and to sign up: W3KWH.net/Rabid

Most Recent Runner Counts:
57 — 100 Mile Ultra
27 — 100 Kilometer Ultra
210 — 20 Mile Marathon
107 — Midnight 20 Marathon
6 — Relay Teams

VE Testing Session – Feb 25th

VE Testing Session

Steel City Amateur Radio Club will be conducting a VE testing session right after our Tech class at the Carnegie Library in Carnegie PA.  The testing session will start at 2:00 PM on Feb 25th and is open for new hams and upgrades.  Please check out our VE Testing Page for more information. Also please contact Chris K3PQ at k3pq@w3kwh.com for pre-registration to guarantee a spot for you at the testing location.  Walk in allowed but register people will be tested first.

Carnegie Library
300 Beechwood Avenue
Carnegie, PA 15106-2644
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Winter Field Day 2023

QUESTION FOR THE CLUB?

Do we want to activate a 2nd station and have a remote “Field” operation?


At the Winter Field Day Association, our mission is to encourage emergency operating preparedness during the winter months when the potential for freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and other hazards may present unique operational challenges.

We sponsor the Winter Field Day Exercise in the form of a contest to encourage you to participate. Although we have a Class for Home stations, we highly encourage setting up remote and outdoor operating positions. Operating out in the field, away from the comforts of home, is the best way to increase your level of preparedness for disasters and improve your operating skills in subpar conditions.

WFD is a learning experience, and we hope at the end of this year’s WFD exercise, you will feel more confident about your ability to adapt and overcome adverse weather conditions. Please read through the rules thoroughly. If you have questions, contact us on our website or social media for clarification.

At the WFDA, we use the term contest very loosely around here, so don’t get too hung up on our rules. At the end of the day, your total points don’t matter. What you learn during WFD and your ability to adapt and overcome sudden obstacles is what will help you during unexpected emergencies. As we continue with another year of the WFD exercise, we want to encourage participants not to chase the contacts or the points but to test their abilities and equipment. If you want to exchange signal reports, please give each other accurate information, so the other station knows how well their station is working.

Finally, have fun with the event, talk about the temperature, meet new friends and make memories as you continue to enhance your skills as an amateur radio operator.

For More Information: https://www.winterfieldday.com/

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.


23rd Annual WASH Two Meter Contest 

Saturday, January 14th , 2023 from 7 to 11 PM EST

Band, Mode & Frequencies: The contest will take place solely on 2 meter band.
♦ FM : FM simplex only, no repeater contacts.
The FM frequencies are all standard 2 Meter simplex frequencies, as per the ARRL 2 Meter Band Plan, every 15 kHz, from 146.505 to 146.595 MHz , and 147.450 to 147.580 MHz.
Use of simplex frequencies in the “FM Experimental Simplex” band of 145.510 to 145.670 are not recommended.
See list of recommended simplex channels at the end of the rules.
♦ CW: 144.05 to 144.1 MHz Only. (See ARRL 2 Meter band plan)
♦ SSB & AM: 144.2 to 144.275 MHz Only. (See ARRL 2 Meter band plan).
♦ Digital (including RTTY): 144.51 to 144.55 MHz. (See ARRL 2 Meter band plan) Multiple digital modes may be used, and participants are free to use any generally accepted Digital mode, but only ONE Digital QSO with a given station regardless of mode

For More Information See the WASH Rag page 6 for more details and Rules:
WASH1222 (n3sh.org)

Bill to Eliminate Private Land Use Restrictions on Amateur Radio

FROM: ARRL.ORG

Congressman Bill Johnson (OH-6) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R.9670) on Thursday, December 22, 2022, to eliminate private land use restrictions that prohibit, restrict, or impair the ability of an Amateur Radio Operator from operating and installing amateur station antennas on property subject to the control of the Amateur Radio Operator.

The exponential growth of communities subject to private land use restrictions that prohibit both the operation of Amateur Radio and the installation of amateur station antennas has significantly restricted the growth of the Amateur Radio Service. These restrictions are pervasive in private common interest residential communities such as single-family subdivisions, condominiums, cooperatives, gated communities, master-planned communities, planned unit developments, and communities governed by community associations. The restrictions have particularly impacted the ability of Amateur Radio to fulfill its statutorily mandated duty of serving as a voluntary noncommercial emergency communications service.

Congress in 1996 directed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to promulgate regulations (Public Law 104–104, title II, section 207, 110 Stat. 114; 47 U.S.C. 303 note) that have preempted all private land use restrictions applicable to exterior communications facilities that impair the ability of citizens to receive television broadcast signals, direct broadcast satellite services, or multichannel multipoint distribution services, or to transmit and receive wireless internet services. ARRL attempts to obtain similar relief for Amateur Radio were rejected by the FCC with a statement such relief would have to come from Congress.

ARRL Legislative Advocacy Committee Chairman John Robert Stratton, N5AUS, noted that Congress, in 1994 by Joint Resolution, S.J.Res.90/H.J.Res.199, declared that regulations at all levels of government should facilitate and encourage the effective operation of Amateur Radio from residences as a public benefit. He continued by stating that “H.R.9670, the Amateur Radio Emergency Preparedness Act, is intended to fulfill that mandate and preserve the ability of Amateur Radio Operators to continue to serve as a key component of American critical communications infrastructure.

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and Mr. Stratton both extended on behalf of the ARRL, its Members, and the Amateur Radio community their thanks and appreciation for the leadership of Rep. Johnson in his tireless efforts to support and protect the rights of all Amateur Radio Operators.

For the full text of the bill, click here (PDF).

Minutes Dec 20, 2022

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.