2023 World Amateur Radio Day

EDIT: This is also the Steel City Business Meeting Night, can someone volunteer to bring a cake?

WARD is held on April 18 every year and is celebrated by radio amateurs and their national associations which are organized as member-societies of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). It was on this day in 1925 that the IARU was formed in Paris. American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim was its first president.

The IARU announced previously that Human Security for All (HS4A) will be this year’s World Amateur Radio Day theme. The day is being celebrated with a 2-week operating event occurring April 11 – 25. Special event stations will be operating from around the world, making two-way radio contacts to call attention to the HS4A campaign. The United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security describes ‘human security’ as “a more powerful, lasting approach to the most difficult deficits in peace and development,” such as poverty, war, and natural disasters.

ARRL encourages all radio amateurs to take to the airwaves for WARD, to enjoy our global friendship with other amateurs, and to show our skills and capabilities to the public.

More information about 2023 World Amateur Radio Day is available at www.arrl.org/world-amateur-radio-day 

Trail Day Adventure

Created by Paul Signorelli, W0RW on 2023-03-30

This Trail Day adventure started by boarding the Manitou & Pike’s Peak Cog Railway at Manitou Springs, Colorado. The ‘Cog’ is a train that can go up a very steep incline because it drives itself up on a third rail which has big cog teeth on it.

You can see the Cog train route pictures at http://www.cograilway.com/alongroute.htm

There are exciting times on the rails too, one uphill train engineer threw an old oil rag out on the tracks to warn the downhill train engineer of a broken rail. Not too bad going up but you better take it slow going downhill, He said. Of course, they have 2 big springs at the bottom of the tracks to stop runaway cars, Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs.

Hiking down Pikes Peak from the top or from Barr Camp sounds easy but it can find the weakest part of your body and blow it out. Knees, ankles and Hiking shoes can become instruments of torture and blistering is guaranteed. More hiking information is at: https://www.pikes-peak.com/hiking-pikes-peak-mountain/

To start this downhill hike (Which I called Trail Day because it coincided with Field Day) I rode the COG train up to the ‘Mountain View’ siding. It was only $10 for a one-way ticket (expect to pay more now). When you jump off the train in the middle of an extremely remote place like this, with your backpack on, you will see a lot of envious tourists on the train who wish they could be going along with you. I hiked across the face of Pike’s Peak over to Barr Camp, I made several contacts on the trail before Field Day started.

Barr Camp is a wilderness cabin midway on the Barr Trail which goes from Manitou Springs to the top of Pike’s Peak. Barr Camp cooks up Breakfast and Dinners, sells candy and supplies, and has a bunk house for hikers.

It is like a mountain oasis, there are picnic tables and a bench swing that is set by the stream to comfort the tired hikers.


Heads Up! – SET DRILL Saturday April 1st

Attention: Steel City members we have been ask to participate in this drill on Saturday April 1st.  Steel City will be the main station for the National Weather Service. One of our members will be station over at the weather station and will be relaying the weather data to him. This is only an drill this is where we learn how to pass traffic so mistake are to be made now instead when we are really needed.  So it is a great learning experiance for all new hams and old timers.  The event starts at 9 am and ends at 12 noon.



Track a Weather Balloon

Want to track a weather balloon here is a very neat website that tracks all the weather balloon across the country.  Here in Pittsburgh the NWS launch balloons at  7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Some times at other times like during storms.


The SondeHub Tracker provides live and historical view of the data contained within the SondeHub Radiosonde telemetry database. This data is openly available, and licensed under Creative Commons By-SA 2.0. While primarily designed to assist with the tracking, recovery and re-use of meteorological radiosondes, it also provides a view of the meteorological data gathered by these devices.

So who wants to go on a fox hunt?

Minutes March 21, 2023

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.

Upcoming Events

March 25th – 10 am – 12 Noon — ARES Meeting for Allegheny County open to all members and non-members

April 1st – 9 AM – 12 Noon — SET TEST @ Club house

April 22nd – TBA — Carnegie Library @ Carnegie Open House

May 21st — Komen Race For The Cure — Volunteers are needed

June 3rd – June 18th — Lewis  Clark On The Air – Special Event Station

June 24th – June 25th — FIELD DAY 2023

June 24th — Rachel Carson Trail Challenge – Volunteers are needed

July 15th – July 16th — Vintage Grant Prix – Volunteers are needed

Sept 24th — Pittsburgh Great Race — Volunteers are needed

Sign Up Today & Support These Runners


We are getting down to our last several week before the race start.  We can not let an aid station go without radio communications most of the site have no cellular service.  So Ham Radio operators are a must have.  Please follow the link below to see the still open slots.  This has been an enjoyable and fun public service event to work.

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


Most Recent Runner Counts:
64 — 100 Mile Ultra
37 — 100 Kilometer Ultra
234 — 20 Mile Marathon
112 — Midnight 20 Marathon
5 — Relay Teams
Updated 3/6/23

Pittsburgher Goes To Space

Woody Hoburg is a Pittsburgh native and ham radio operator KB3HTZ is heading to space very early Monday morning. { 1:45 AM }  He is the pilot aboard SpaceX Crew-6 Dragon Spaceship. He will be spending the next 6 month on board the International Space Station keeping busy doing science work.   I got to know Woody from the Tripoli Rocket Assc. and its Pittsburgh chapter, his father had to get certified just so Woody could fly the big rockets since at the time he was under age. The group now has a Junior program due to the success Woody had.  I had the privilege of being the Prefect {safety officer} of the group when he went for his level 3 certification flight at our tiny field, it was something to see that huge flag rocket in our small field. God Speed Woody and have some fun flying into space.