Business Meeting @ May 18th

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Steel City Business Meeting

Tuesday – May 18th @ 6:30 PM

At the club house

Due to the COVID-19 the meeting will be held outside and since not everyone being vaccinated mask will be required.  If it rains the meeting will be held on ZOOM.  Due to the outside meeting we have to move the meeting up so we wont run out of sunlight.

Watch this website for the latest alerts!
If your not willing to wear an mask please do not come

VE Testing Session – Wed. May 19th

Wednesday – May 19th @ 7:00 PM

Chris Grimm K3PQ is our VE Testing examiner contact person.  People interesting in becoming an amateur radio operator or planning to upgrade their license should get in touch with Chris at the email/phone below.   The testing sessions will be held on the Wednesday after the Steel City Business meeting at 7:00 PM at the Steel City club house. {DIRECTIONS HERE}  Preregistration is highly recommend and will have priority, but walk-in’s will be allowed if space is available. Update or get your license now before the FCC $35 charge comes into affect.

For more information and contact details see our VE-Testing page
http://w3kwh.com/ve-testing/

Since this is an public event mask are required.
We do have picnic tables outside for those that don’t want to go in the building.

Calling All Artist

Members!
The Steel City 80th Anniversary is coming up fast. As you know we will be having a special event station from Aug 8th to the 15th. We need some art work for the certificate that we will be mailing out for people that work our special event station.  So we will be taking suggestion for the certificate so you artist out there let’s get creative art work.

Please submit your artwork suggestion to n3lrg@w3kwh.com the cert will be in the format of 8×10.

World Amateur Radio Day

Sunday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD). This year marks the 96th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded at the 1925 International Radiotelegraph Conference in Paris. ARRL co founder and first president, Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, was there, and today, ARRL is the International Secretariat of the IARU. ARRL has resources that members can use to celebrate WARD, including graphics for social media posts and radio club websites, as well as a printable flyer.

On World Amateur Radio Day, all radio amateurs are invited to take to the airwaves to share global goodwill with other amateurs. ARRL encourages members to promote the value of amateur radio to family and friends, and in their communities. Many volunteer ARRL Public Information Officers and Public Information Coordinators throughout the US use the time leading up to WARD as an opportunity to reach out to the media to share information about amateur radio.


Steel City members – Check your email for a survey questionnaire 

Please fill it out by Friday

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

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

Business Meeting – Tuesday 7:30 PM

Steel City Members

Invite emails have been sent out check your email.

There will be an online business meeting via Zoom on Tuesday night at 7:30 PM EDT.  All members should try to attend this meeting as we will be going over several major agenda items for the up coming months.   Invites will go out Monday check your emails for the link to the zoom meetings.  Pending Members you should receive the same invite if you haven’t gotten it by Tuesday morning please email Christine at N3LRG {at} W3KWH {dit} COM.  If you want to join our meeting as a guest please send an email at the above address.

Hex Beam down for repair

Special thanks goes to new members Mich and Bill and their amazing truck at helping us take down the broke Hex Beam on the far tower. It was first quite a task getting it off the tower and a even bigger task of just lowering it down since it was tangle with the tower.   All parts have been separated out and examine we do have 2 broken fiberglass segments.

Also using another one of Mick’s truck to work on the 440 repeater tower.  We had to restrung the wire rope the proper way and mange to get the antenna about 10 ft higher. I seem to be getting out even better now.