New Equipment Added

Try out our two new items at Steel City ARC. Added to our equipment list is an Online  SDR-Receiver and a APRS digipeater & I-Gateway. Both of these have been added to the club with minimal cost to the club.  Special thanks goes to Patrick, W2BRS for donating the new file server which is also handling the OpenwebRX receiver. Also Matt,  KB3PJW for donating the Raspberry PI & Radio that is handling the the APRS traffic.


http://w3kwh.com/sdr-online-receiver/

The OpenwebRX SDR receiver will let you listen to ham and SWL station right from your computer browser.  OpenwebRX is special in that if you click on the frequence bookmark like “FT8” it will even decode what is being heard on FT8.


http://w3kwh.com/aprs/

The APRS Digipeater/I-Gateway is a digital repeater that repeater APRS packets.  The area West of Pittsburgh has been an weak coverage area for APRS packets especially for I-Gateways that take your packets and post the on the internet like on aprs.fi and aprsdirect.com


Steel City Business Meeting – April 11th @ 1pm

Status Update: Business Meeting is a go!

Forecast is calling for rain over night ending in the early morning.  By 1:00 PM temps will be 67 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Please bring lawn chair and mask.


Business Meeting

Sunday April 11th @ 1:00 PM

At The Club House


Social Distant is required – This is be an outdoor meeting
Requirements!
Mask & Lawn Chair


Hello all members,

This will be an in person meeting at the club house.  You will only be allow to enter the building for short visits.  No groups of people we be allowed in the building.  Mask are going to be required since there is a lot of people not vaccinated yet.  If it going to rain that day meeting will be moved to Zoom on Tuesday night at 7:30pm. Please keep a eye on the http://w3kwh.com website for the latest detail.  Please check the website before driving to the clubhouse for last minute updates. Park back from the clubhouse by 30 feet so members can sit close to the building.

If your not willing to wear a mask please dont come!

All new members that have not received the access card will get them this day. All members will get their new passwords for the website and VNC access to the remote stations.  DX members will receive this information from an personal email.

It will be great to see you all!

73….
Christine, N3LRG
n3lrg@w3kwh.com

p.s. Rain date will be Tuesday April 13th @ 7:30 PM

Set Drill – Saturday April 3rd

PLEASE NOTE!
Bob, NU3Q need volunteers at several sites listed below 
Contact Bob at nu3q {at} verizon {dit} net

Also Mike, WA3PYU will need four people at the Steel City Club house
To operate HF, VHF, and the digital station
Contact Mike at kingpalace {at} comcast {dit} net


The SET Drill is April 3rd from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. For this drill, we will be working with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Pittsburgh NWS. We will also have a practice Skywarn net as well with real time observations (like we do for Skywarn Appreciation Day). The attached documents have more information regarding the drill.

I will need volunteers to observe and report conditions per the attached at:

Allegheny River Lock 2
Allegheny River Lock 3
Allegheny River Lock 4
Monongahela River Lock #2 Braddock
Monongahela River Lock #3 Elizabeth
Ohio River – Emsworth Lock and Dam

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
73 de NU3Q Bob
Allegheny County EC

For more information read the following information:

Spring-2021-SET-ICS-205.pdf

Spring-2021-SET-Drill.pdf

FCC $35 fee pending – UPGRADE NOW

The FCC Part 97 rules establishing a new $35 amateur radio application fee go on the books on April 19, but the FCC won’t start collecting the fee “until the requisite notice has been provided to Congress, the FCC’s information technology systems and internal procedures have been updated, and the Commission publishes notice(s) in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of such rules.” When effective, the fee will apply to new, modification (upgrade and sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call sign applications, as well as applications for a special temporary authority (STA) or a rule waiver. Fees will be collected per application. The FCC exempted from the fee applications for administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email address. The FCC proposed a schedule of application and other fees for all services last year.

From: The ARRL Website

Toilet Paper Tube Mic

 MC-50 and Yaesu M-1

Back in the 80’s the MC-50 mic with Kenwood Rigs was considered about as good as it gets for SSB audio. Word got around that sliding a toilet paper tube over the MC-50 mic altered the frequency response (obviously) and enhanced the tonal quality of the mic. I tried it and never took it off for several years. Yaesu has brought it back! (well– in a more sophisticated method.) As a design feature of the M-1 Reference Mic. They call it “Treble Boost Cowling”!

See what an $650 mic get you!
Read the Full article here: https://wa4d.radio/

VE Testing This Weekend

NOTE ! ! ! – Start planning early the VE Testing sessions are getting busy now more people are taking the testing before the $35 fee is imposed


There will be a Steel City VE Testing session this weekend at our Canonsburg, PA site.  Click on the map for Google directions.  Walk in are OK but please register with Chris, K3PQ to make sure there will be room for you.  There is parking right across the street fro the build at the library.

March 20 * {At the Canonsburg Site} 12:00 Noon

Got question? Feel free to email and to register?
Chris Grimm,VE Examiner  & VE Chairperson
K3PQ {at} W3KWH {dit} COM
(412) 259-3319

Note!!! Feb & Mar will be at our Canonsburg, PA site contact Chris K3PQ for confirmation and directions.  102 W Pike St, Canonsburg, PA 15317

Click on map for directions

District Skywarn Zoom Meeting

You  Are  Invited  To  Attend  Our  Southwest  District  Skywarn  Zoom  Meeting .
Saturday  Morning  March  20th  At  10:00 AM EDT
We  Have  A Lot  Of  Topics  To  Discuss ,  Along  With  The  Upcoming  Spring  2021   S . E . T .  Simulated  Emergency  Test  On  Saturday  April  3rd  Beginning  At  9:30  To  12:30  Hours . We Hope  That  You  Can  Join  Us .  Please  Mention  This  At  Your  Meetings  And  On  Your  Nets .

Eddie  Misiewicz  KB3YRU
A . R . E . S .  Emergency  Coordinator  Fayette  County  Pa .
S W D S C  Southwest  District  Skywarn  Coordinator
W R N  Weather  Ready  Nation  Ambassador
fayette@wpa-arrl.org
724 – 989 – 5214

Set up instruction:
1. Click the link provided below.
2. You will be placed in the “Waiting room“, at this point the moderator of the meeting will accept you into the meeting. That’s it you have joined the meeting!
If you have any questions please email:

Topic: SKYWARN Emergency Management Meeting for March 20Th
Time: Mar 20, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting <- Click the link below to start the Zoom meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83731270785?pwd=NWxsSmxQRmQvcUp3Y21RSzhzMjhLdz09

Meeting ID: 837 3127 0785
Passcode: 222816

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