ATV – Bring It Back?

UPDATE! – We are planning an meeting open to all ham operators interested in ATV we will be announcing the date soon.

As talked about at the Oct. business meeting:
Karl, WA3VXJ is interested in bring back ATV {Amateur Television} as a beacon for now. Steel City ARC had an ATV repeater set up on 426 Mhz. But now an then we get request about what happen to the ATV repeater. As you know television has change a lot, there is no more commercial analog TV transmitters any more. Everything has gone digital now, so if we set up ATV beacon what should we use for the Beacon? Good old fashion NTSC analog? digital? and if we do digital which format the American ATSC format or the European DVB format? If your interested in bring back ATV let Karl know. – Comments?

VE Testing Session

VE Testing Session
Wednesday Oct 20th @ 7:00 PM

Only two more session before the snow fly’s! People interested in getting your Ham Ticket or Upgrading your ticket should check out our VE testing page https://w3kwh.com/ve-testing/ While walk in are allowed it is highly recommended to contact of VE Chairperson Chris, K3PQ to let him know your coming. That way your guarantee there will be testing material for you. Chris can be reached at K3PQ {at} W3KWH {dit} COM – (412) 259-3319

Business Meeting Tue Oct 19th @ 8:00PM

Business Meeting
Tuesday Oct 19th @ 8:00 PM

Back to the Normal Time

This will be an indoor meeting.  No food will be supplied
Social Meeting starts at 7:00 PM  – WA3BKD will be giving a talk at 7:30PM
Business Meeting will start promptly at 8:00 PM

Note this is election night please come an vote for who you want to lead the club for 2022.  Nominations are still open.

Note since this is an indoor meeting mask are optional for vaccinated people. Remember it never hurts to give yourself extra protection.  Even if you have sniffles please wear a mast, I dont even want a common cold right now.

If Unvaccinated please wear a mask we cant possible protect you.

Talk – WA3TFS Designs for Amateur Radio

WA3TFS Designs for Amateur Radio
Talk & Demo Oct 6th @ 7:00 PM

Jim Forkin, WA3TFS will be giving a talk about kit building and his kit that he has for sale at our Oct 6th, Wednesday night social meeting.  The talk will begin at 7:00 PM.

Jim will be talking about some of his kits like, Simple FM SFR transceiver for 10 or 6 meters {See picture}, An simple SDR receiver for 1 kHz to 1.7 GHz, Using Arduino’s microprocessors for ham radio applications. He will also talk about the advantages of software control radios.

Check out his website: http://wa3tfs.com

PA QSO PARTY

Hey its an party!

Saturday Oct 9th – Noon till Midnight
Sunday Oct 10th – 9:00 AM till 6:00 PM

Save The Date!

Join us on Oct 9th & 10th for the annual PA QSO Party.  Your heard me correctly!  there is an HUGE CASH REWARD for the Steel City Member that works the W3RRR bonus station.  Come on up to the club house and join the team was we have a lot of fun making contacts across the state.   There will be an Ice Cream Social at 2:00 PM on Saturday, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs at 6:00 PM, then on Sunday there will be donuts in the morning.   All the radio’s and antenna’s are reserve for this event the remotes will be shut down during contest times.

So Make Plans To Join the Posse!

We will need operators & loggers

CW & Phone Operators

SHACOG Technical Rescue Demo & Talk

On Sept 25th the steel City ARC hosted the SHACOG Technical Rescue Team as they practice there yearly recertification on tower rescue.  Dean from the team gave an excellent talk on how to prep for a tower climb, gear that is needed, what to do if an accident does happen, and finally what the ground personnel needs to know.

Tower Rescue

Power Point Down Load Here: Tower Rescue

How to put on a harness: Donning Harness Poster 092019.pdf
Harness inspection form: Inspection Form Harness_Fillable.pdf
Understanding ANSI Z359 Fall Protection: Understanding ANSI Z359.pdf

Here is the the photos taken during the demo:

VE Session – Wednesday 22nd

Wednesday – Sept 22nd

7:00 PM

People interesting in becoming an amateur radio operator or planning to upgrade their license should get in touch with Chris at the email/phone below.   The testing sessions will be held on the Wednesday after the Steel City Business meeting at 7:00 PM at the Steel City club house. Preregistration is highly recommend and will have priority, but walk-in’s will be allowed if space is available.

PREREGISTRATION STRONG RECOMMEND – WALK-IN’S ALLOWED

To make sure we have enough testing materials on hand, and that you don’t have to wait for us to get ready we are highly recommending that people interested taking the exam preregister.
Got question? Feel free to email and to register?
Chris Grimm,
VE Examiner
K3PQ@W3KWH@COM
(412) 259-3319