Update: Tonight Business Meeting

Hello Members,
Tonight’s business meeting is strictly a home zoom meeting.  I will not be at the club house nor will be supporting anyone going to the club house. If you cant or wont do a zoom call please meet up with a fellow club member and see if you can go to their house.  Or use the phone in option that is at the bottom of that email. The driveway is still covered in snow and there not a lot of parking since the parking lot has a lot of big piles of snow on it.

By now all members and new members should have received and email with a zoom link in it.  If you have not gotten the link please email  at n3lrg {at} w3kwh {dit} com.  If you are sponsoring a new member please make sure they got the link to the meeting.  We should have several new member readings tonight.

Again I will be starting the zoom call at 7:45 to let people get settle so that we can start promptly at 8:00 PM.  We have a lot to cover for the up coming 2022 year!
Christine, N3LRG

KA3HPM – The Captain SK

Jack J. ‘The Captain’ Buzon

For Visitation and Funeral Information Click Here:

I am very sorry to report the loss of Jack KA3HPM (Captain Jack)
Jack passed away last evening after a fight with cancer. No word on arrangements at this time.  Captain was a fixture in the Pittsburgh amateur radio arena. I am sure I am going to miss a few things but Jack was:
– President of the Breeze Shooters
– ARRL QSL card checker
– He was an OO (ARRL Official Observer program)
– Long time VE involved and helped MANY people get their amateur radio license
– Jask was one of the founding hams involved with the amateur radio station on the Requin

As for Skyview:
– Jack was a past Skyview president and was on the Skyview board
– QSL manager for Skyview. Over the years jack has sent out literally thousands of QSL cards for K3MJW, WX3SKY, W3GH, K2M 13 Colonies and MUCH more
– Jack was an elmer for many new hams at the clubhouse
– Often Jack would give new hams equipment to help get them started

Jan Business Meeting – Jan 18th

Steel City ARC
January Business Meeting
Jan 18th 8:00 PM

Hello Members and pending members this January meeting will take place via zoom only.  It will begin at 8:00 PM Tuesday evening.  Nothing will be done at the club house {if you could even get up the hill} A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out Tuesday morning.  If there a new member or someone that not on the email list please send me their email and I will include them in the link broadcast. If your sponsoring a new member please make sure they get these emails… If a member is requesting funds for a project please send them to me before the meeting.  We will be going over what we have plan for 2022.  If you would like to request another event please let me know before the meeting.

Some of the agenda items to be covered:
Winter Field Day: Jan 29&30
Raccoon 100 mile race & 4 checkpoints: March 19-20
Lewis & Clark Special Event:  June 4-19
Field Day: June 25
Picnic? Aug?

Look for the link to the meeting Tuesday Morning…

Winter Field Day – Going to work it?

Hello Members,

Are you planning to work Winter Field Day?  This is a good contest to do as your first contest since it tends to be pretty laid back. Give a listen then try working a couple of people.  This will help you get ready for the big field day this June!

January 29/30, 2022

Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns.

 We believe as do those entities of ARRL Organizations like ARES & RACES that maintaining your operational skills should not be limited to fair weather scenarios. The addition of Winter Field Day will enhance those already important skills of those that who generously volunteer their time and equipment to these organizations. This is why WFD is open to all licensed amateur radio operators worldwide.

Home Page: https://www.winterfieldday.com/

Official Rules: Click Here


WASH Two Meter Contest – Jan 8th

This January will mark the Twenty-Second Annual WASH Two Meter Contest. We’re looking forward to a chance to stretch our legs, our wheels, and our antennas once again! Unfortunately, there’s no way to know if we’re having WASHfest at this time, so we can’t guarantee the typical door-prize ticket awards, but you can still expect a fun operating event where you can hear some old friends, and maybe make some new ones!

Date & Times: Saturday, January 8th , 2021 from 7 to 11 PM EST. (That’s
January 9th 0000-0400 UTC to the purists!)

♦ To make as many contacts as possible
♦ To have fun!
Band, Mode & Frequencies: The contest will take place solely on 2 meter
FM : FM simplex only, no repeater contacts. See list of recommended
simplex channels at the end of the rules.
CW: 144.05 to 144.1 MHz Only.
SSB & AM: 144.2 to 144.275 MHz Only.
Digital (including RTTY): 144.51 to 144.55 MHz.
→ Note: Listen for CW QSO’s around 144.1 MHZ 15 minutes after the hour
→ Listen for SSB & AM QSO’s around 144.2 MHz 30 minutes after the hour
→ Listen for Digital QSO’s around 144.51 MHZ 45 minutes after the hour
Power Limit: Maximum 100 watts output.
Exchange : Callsign, contact number, ZIP Code.

Check Out The Complete Rules & More Information Here
See page 10 of Newsletter

Steel City is asking for a small group of operators to help operate this contest at the SCARC club house.  I know in the past Bobbie would operate this contest for us and do very well. Let light up the VHF band this year in Bobby memory!

QR Codes or Hams

Want to get more organized or have quick links to manuals.  I have found this neat video that will help you have quick links to manufactures manual pages or spec sheets. Or have a quick link to a equipment check list for that next POTA or SOTA activation.

For Example:
Want to learn about joining SCARC?


Virtual Class – Tech License

The Red Cross, Greater PA Region, Emergency Communications (I.E. EMCOMM) Chapter Leads and team members will be offering a virtual class to study for their FCC Amateur Radio “Technician” license. This is the first and entry level license for amateur radio.
Amateur radio is used at Red Cross Chapters within the Red Cross to communicate during a disaster response, when cell phones, internet and other commercial communication infrastructure is impaired or unavailable. Amateur radio is also used to support communications during community service events, marathon races, community emergencies, etc.
The seven-week virtual class will begin on January 5, 2022, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm and be held on Wednesday evenings. We will be using the Gordon West student book available on Amazon for approximately $22. Details on ordering the book and other details of the class will be sent to the students after they register. The book is not required, but we highly recommend it as a study guide. The class is limited to 30, so do not delay in signing up for the class.
To register, please contact: Dave.Herzog@RedCross.org

Business Meeting Tuesday Dec 21

Steel City

Business Meeting

Hello Members & New Members:
Just a friendly reminder that this coming Tuesday December 21st at 8:00 PM the Steel City Amateur Radio Club will be holding their business meeting via Zoom. The official link to the Zoom meeting will be sent via this email on Tuesday morning. So please check your email to make sure you got the link. If you have not received the email by Noon that day please email at n3lrg {at} w3kwh {dit} com.
So plug in your webcam’s and microphone’s and get ready for the meeting. If you have never use Zoom before just click on the link in the email and that link will check to see if you have the program installed if not it will install it for you. Just follow the links that pop up. If you haven’t use Zoom in a while you might want to click on the link a little early since they do updates on the software and your copy might be old. I will try to start the feed around 7:45 PM.
If you know of a new members that didn’t get this email or wants to join the club please give them my email n3lrg {at} w3kwh {dit} com so I can make sure they get the link too.
Thank you,
Christine N3LRG
President SCARC
If a new members didnt get my email on Friday night please sent me a email at the above address to be included. NO links will be sent via Facebook. If you thinking of joining the Steel City ARC club again just send me a email.

SSTV from ISS Dec 1 & 2

Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) plan to transmit slow-scan TV (SSTV) images on December 1 – 2 on 145.800 MHz FM using SSTV mode PD120.

The transmissions from RS0ISS will be part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will originate in the Russian ISS Service Module (Zvezda) using a Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver. Transmissions are scheduled for December 1 from 1210 – 1910 UTC and December 2 from 1140 – 1720 UTC. Dates and times are subject to change.

The signal should be receivable on a handheld transceiver with a quarter-wave whip antenna. Use the widest channel spacing.

Predictions for ISS pass times are available on the AMSAT website. Visit the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) SSTV blog for more information.

See updates here: { An EVA might change scheduled}: