Digital Training Starting

This week we will begin from scratch. If you are new to Digital or have some interest in it this is the place for you. This is also in preparation for the up coming SET September 18th. Old timers I’d love to have you in for your experience and knowledge and anything new you may have picked up.

All sessions are a combination Zoom meeting and live on air training. Typically on 80m around 3.582

Please find attached a FlDIGI and Winlink guide to help you get your radio and computer setup PRIOR to session. If you don’t have your system set up or are having trouble please feel free to email in the evenings at w3xox {at} hotmail {dit} com  we can set up some time to get you up and running. I will be glad to assist you in getting your rig and PC set up.

We will be going over the basics of FlDigi and making sure all of your setting are correct. If someone has questions on digital modes or operations please bring them to the table as well.

The Zoom session will most likely be active by 6:30. Looking forward to exploring FlDigi suite, Js8, Winlink and who knows what else will end up at. Hope to see you there. On air session to be held on or about 3.582.

NOTE! Sept 1st class cancel due to storm Ida

Topic: Digital Training Net
Time: Sep 1, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Wed, until Nov 24, 2021, 13 occurrence(s)
Sep 1, 2021 07:00 PM
Sep 8, 2021 07:00 PM
Sep 15, 2021 07:00 PM
Sep 22, 2021 07:00 PM
Sep 29, 2021 07:00 PM
Oct 6, 2021 07:00 PM
Oct 13, 2021 07:00 PM
Oct 20, 2021 07:00 PM
Oct 27, 2021 07:00 PM
Nov 3, 2021 07:00 PM
Nov 10, 2021 07:00 PM
Nov 17, 2021 07:00 PM
Nov 24, 2021 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/71313842323pwd=NmFNdE95VDlaRGUxK0hST1F5dmFhQT09

Kevin P. Lear    W3XOX
WPA Southeast DEC
Blair Co. ARES EC / ACS Officer
W3XOX {at} arrl {dit} net

Fldigi Quick Start Setup Guide

Winlink Express Quick Start Setup Guide

Hurricane Watch Net – All hands on deck

As Hurricane Ida moves into the Gulf of Mexico drawing a bead on New Orleans, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is ramping up preparations to track the storm during its approach.

“Sunday will be an “all hands on deck” situation for members of the HWN,” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said on Friday. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says a hurricane warning is in effect for Intracoastal City, Louisiana (Vermilion Parish), to the Mouth of the Pearl River as well as for Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans.

As of 1200 UTC on Saturday, Ida was some 440 south-southeast of New Orleans, with maximum sustained winds of 85 MPH — Category 1 — moving to the northwest at 16 MPH. The NHC says Ida is expected to rapidly intensify as it moves over the southeastern and central Gulf of Mexico through Saturday night. “Ida is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it approaches the northern Gulf coast on Sunday,” the NHC forecast says. Given the abundance of warm water in the Gulf, Ida could become a Category 3 or even a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 120 to 140 MPH with higher gusts, according to some predictions.

Graves said on Friday afternoon that he was placing the HWN on “standby alert,” which typically means that a hurricane is expected to affect land within the next 48 hours. Given the forecast, “I don’t want to be sorry,” Graves said.

The net will activate on Saturday at 2100 UTC on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz. “Propagation on 20 meters has been goofy lately, so the band could close early or it may remain open well past sunset,” Graves said. “No matter, we will suspend operations at 0000 UTC.”

The Saturday activation will allow the net to line up reporting stations in the affected area as well as any storm shelters, emergency operations centers, and first responders who feel they could use the net’s assistance, Graves explained.

“Remember, Ida is forecast to be a major hurricane hitting a highly populated area. It will affect both Louisiana and Mississippi,” Graves said, noting that Louisiana was hit by hurricanes three times last year. Storm surge and heavy rain are forecast.

The HWN invites participating stations that can provide observed or measured ground-truth data from affected areas to assist National Hurricane Center forecasters.

Hurricane Watch Net: https://www.hwn.org/

Picnic Photos

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Thanks to John, KC3MMC for taking some pictures during our big celebration.

W8O – Final Log Update

Steel City ARC thanks all the ham that help us celebrate our 80th anniversary this past week.  Follow the link below to check out final online logs.  We are still processing paper logs which will not show up on this online log.   Those who worked us please send in a QSL card to our address listed below and we will send out a certificate of our anniversary in appreciation of our contact.

Send QSL To:

Steel City ARC – W8O
PO Box 281
Carnegie, Pa, 15106
U.S.A

Final Online Log:
https://w3kwh.com/w8o/admin.php

Be the first to hear LEDSAT in orbit

The mission has the primary goal of training students in designing, developing and operating a spacecraft. The LEDSAT team hopes to exploit the mission to investigate the performance of a technology based on LEDs for tracking satellites in Low-Earth Orbit.

LEDSAT logo
LEDSAT has, as the name suggests, an LED-based payload onboard that can be commanded by the LEDSAT team to flash for short periods of time. The LEDs will be only observable through telescopes in order to investigate the use of LEDs to support optically tracking the CubeSat. The LEDSAT team collaborated with astronomers for the LEDSAT mission as to not disturb astronomical observations and the LEDs cannot be seen by the naked eye either. The reason is that the magnitude of the LEDs is expected to always be between 8 and 13 and the eye can only see down to a magnitude of 6. The magnitude scale is reversed, meaning a higher value magnitude will result in a less bright object. Additionally, the LEDs can be turned off at any time by the LEDSAT team.

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Business Meet Tuesday Aug 17 @ 7:00 PM

Business Meeting
Aug 17th @ 7:00 PM
Outdoor Meeting

Hello All,
August has been one busy month.  Hopefully it is coming to the end.  On Tuesday Aug 17 we will hold a business meeting at the club house.  It will be another outdoor meeting so please bring your lawn chairs.  We will be reviewing the W8O event and picnic.  We will also plan to finish up our club house improvements.

  • New gravel for driveway $
  • Re-guy the VHF & South Tri-Bander towers $
  • LED Replacements for lights in HF & VHF rooms
  • Participation in the Lewis & Clark Special Event – 2022
  • Demo for Tower Safety & Tower Rescue – Sept 2021

$ = Funds already allocated

Sunday 15th @ 1:00 PM

Steel City 80th Anv.

Sunday Aug 15th @ 1:00 PM

 

 

  • Operators are needed as early as 10:00 AM to Work W8O
  • Early Helper be there at 12:00 noon
    • Parking attendants
    • Setup Tables
  • Party Starts at 1:00 PM for get together
  • Food is served at 2:00 PM
  • Volunteers are needed afterwards for cleanup

If your taking pictures please bring a cable so we can upload your pictures to be used on website.

Mosley S-402-M – 40M Monoband Antenna

It is not often that you get to put up a new antenna at your clubhouse and have it go though it first major storm {Within an hour}. But here it is your new Mosley S-402-M 40 meter monoband antenna that is already showing signs of great performance.  With its 5.2 db gain and 24 db front to back ratio the 24 ft boom and 45 ft elements length it is something to see.  Come on up to the club and give it a try.

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