Pittsburgh Marathon Ham Volunteers

Attention:  The marathon is reporting a major shortage of ham radio operators.  Please help out this worthy cause and volunteer for a spot along the race course. 

Here is the next volunteer effort that is needed for the City of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Marathon will be Sunday May 1st, 2022. Follow the link below to sign up for a check point.

Pittsburgh Marathon Ham Volunteers

It is community events like these that enable the Amateur Radio community keep our frequency.  The Pittsburgh Marathon has a long history of ham radio supporting the event.  The point of contact person here is Jeff, N3NHS    jhutz@cmu.edu

Steel City Special Event Station


Steel City Special Event Station
Carnegie Library Grand Opening of Library Park
April 23, 2022 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Listen for the “Steel City ARC” special event station W3C from today through Sunday as we celebrate the opening of Library Park here in Carnegie, PA. Tomorrow you can join us at the Library as Steel City will have three different stations located around the library. Up on the second floor in the Lincoln room we will have a Morse Code demonstration with information on how Andrew Carnegie help set up the US Army Morse Code operation during the Civil War. We will also have two Go Boxes set up in the parking lot and within the new park demonstrating how ham radio is alive an well.
There will be many different community events going on at the library for the whole family to enjoy. Plus several different food vendors to

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Library Web Page: Grand Opening Celebration

 

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall (ACFL&MH) has served Carnegie and surrounding communities the “beacon on the hill” since 1901.  The Library & Music Hall was Andrew Carnegie’s legacy gift to the town that incorporated to take his name in 1894. Though he funded 2,500 libraries around the world, the industrialist-turned-philanthropist endowed only five libraries.  The ACFL&MH is proudly one of them.

Minutes April 19, 2022

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.


Business Meeting April 19th

It is that time of the year for the big April – Steel City Business Meeting to be held at the Steel City Clubhouse on April 19th at 8:00 PM.  The social part of the meeting will begin at 7:00 PM with the business meeting starting promptly at 8:00 PM.  Bring your access card along for the yearly card check, and we will go over remote access for 2022.

Also on the agenda is the upcoming summer plans for the club house. The Carnegie Library special event station W3C and the onsite visit of operating at the library. The latest information on the Lewis & Clark special event scheduled for June 4-19th. And announcing our big plans for the upcoming Field Day 2022 on June 25 & 26th.

See you all at the club house….

Heads Up! – SET DRILL April 2nd

Attention: Steel City members we have been ask to participate in this drill on Saturday April 2nd.  As you can see below we will not know what is needed before the morning of the event.  Our club station does quite well on the 60m band and maybe Mike or Bob can give us a refresher course on how to handle traffic some Wednesday night social meeting.


I made the announcement on this morning’s ARES net (less than great band condx) but still wanted to get the word out to the WPA section ECs with spring SET exercise information.

We’re doing things differently this spring…the date will remain the same, the first Saturday in April, the 2nd and run times will remain the same with the following change- the exercise scenario will only be given out during the ARES net that morning. participating counties will have from 0930-1000 to get their response organised and the exercise will run from 1000-1230 hrs.

In addition to the standard FM radio operations there will be HF radiogram traffic and 60m testing. Our served agencies will only be the American Red Cross, National Weather Service and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

Best 73s and press on!
Steve Fazekas K3FAZ
WPA ASM/ASEC
724.316.6894
k3faz@arrl.net

FCC $35 Amateur Application Fee

FCC $35 Amateur Application Fee
Effective Date Announced

The FCC released a Public Notice on March 23, 2022, stating that the amateur radio application fees, including those associated with Form 605 application filings, would become effective on April 19, 2022. The Federal Communications Commission’s authority to impose and collect fees is mandated by Congress.

The $35 application fee, when it becomes effective on April 19, will apply to new, modification (upgrade and sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call sign applications. The fee will be per application.

Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, will be exempt from fees.

VECs and Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams will not have to collect the $35 fee at exam sessions. Once the FCC application fee takes effect, new and upgrade applicants will pay the $15 exam session fee to the ARRL VE team as usual, and pay the $35 application fee directly to the FCC by using the CORES FRN Registration system (CORES – Login).

When the FCC receives the examination information from the VEC, it will email a link with payment instructions to each successful candidate who then will have
10 calendar days from the date of the email to pay. After the fee is paid and the FCC has processed an application, examinees will receive a second email from the FCC with a link to their official license. The link will be good for 30 days.

Read The Full Artical Here:

https://www.arrl.org/fcc-application-fee?fbclid=IwAR0Kcd8CO4giz5kNz0c_8xw9Vh4GJu03xuOKSXbxzFuaW3_icBs7SF3snHk

 

Rabid Racoon 100 Race

Volunteers Are Needed

March 19 & 20
Link to race organizer: Rabid Raccoon 100

On March 19 & 20  there will be a 100 mile ultra marathon held at Raccoon State Park which is located in Hanover Township to the west of Pittsburgh. They have ask Radio Amateur’s to help with communications during the race. Most of the people will be doing the 20 mile race on Saturday but they need coverage though the whole event which will go over night and into Sunday. We have coverage on Saturday till 7:00 PM. What I am looking for is 4 to 8 hams to cover the over night shift which runs from 7:00 PM till 5:00 AM Sunday. We need to cover 3 aid stations and 1 command post.
I would like to have at least 2 people manning each station. Our duties will be communications only. Other volunteers will be handling the needs of the runner. The duty will include recording a runner arrival and departure from the aid station. Also handling runner request back to the command post for their support crews. Plus relaying emergency communications to the command post and race officials.
If your interested in covering the over night shift
please let me know at n3lrg@w3kwh.com

BELOW IS WHAT THE RACE OFFICIALS SENT ME…

We will have other volunteers manning the aid stations, we just ask the Steel City ARC to have someone at the aid stations to communicate with the command center. This is both to communicate in the event of an emergency and to update the race directors on participant progress/aid station needs.
All aid stations are accessible by car. We would need 3 aid stations covered as well as someone at the command center (so a total of for different locations. The areas that will need coverage are aid stations 1, 2, and 4 as well as the command center at the Recreation Hall.
Aid stations will be fully equipped with tents, tables, lights, a generator, water, first aid kits, sports drinks, and food (although we welcome and encourage people to bring additional food).
The event is 36 hours long so we are trying to get volunteers from a number of different clubs to split up shifts. We appreciate any help you can provide.

Group Kit Project? Who’s Interested?

Sean, KC3SZH brought this to my attention this morning and I have to agree this would make a good club kit project.  The cost of the antenna is $69.95 I think the club could cover the shipping for a group buy.  This is an End Feed 10,15,20,40 meter band antenna good for POTA and SOTA work.  It can handle up to 250 watts so full size rigs are usable with this antenna. We would order the kit and then assemble them up at the club.  Drill out the holes, wining the coil, and a little bit of soldering.  So if this would be your first kit time kit you would have the support and supervision of some of the club mentors.

If you interested please email me at n3lrg{at}w3kwh{dit}com the kit will cost you $69.95

 

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