APRIL BUSINESS MEETING

TUESDAY APRIL 16TH @ 7:00 PM

Its that time of year again the April Business Meeting.  April meeting is the month that all the passwords change at the club.  It is also the final month that dues are due before you loose building access and remote access.  WE DO NOT MAIL OUT PASSWORDS if you want to get your password show up to the club house and pick it up at this or any meeting {social/business}.  At this meeting we will be discussing the following topics:

  • Earth Day & Public Demo at the Carnegie Carnegie Library
  • Work Party At Club House
  • Lewis & Clark On The Air
  • Breezeshooter Hamfest & LCOTA & Junk Sell Off
  • Field Day 2024
  • Report On Volunteers For Pittsburgh Marathon

2024 Corn Roast

SCARC Corn Roast
And Open  House

Sunday August 18th @ 1:00 PM

Open to all SCARC members
Families
And
Pending member’s.

This year Corn Roast is an open house year.  We will be inviting our nearby amateur radio club’s leadership to this event.  This will let us show off the club to other hams and will let us enjoy the company of our larger ham radio community.

Don’t miss the fun or

“NO CORN FOR YOU!”

Don’t miss the fun or

“NO CORN FOR YOU!”

Rabid Racoon 100 Race

Volunteers Are Needed

Link to Information Page: w3kwh.net/Rabid

Check out the web page for more information about the Rabid Raccoon 100 race taking place this year in Brandy’s Run Park in Beaver County.  This is an ultra marathon race that has 300 runners doing a 100 mile , 100 kilometre, and 1/2 marathons over an 36 hour time frame.  We need 36+ ham radio operators to man the check point and to handle communications.   This year all the aid stations are indoors. There will be aid workers taking care of the runner and us operators.

Steel City @ WASHfest

Steel City @ WASHfest

On Sunday Feb 25th the Steel City ARC will be having two tables at the WASHfest Hamfest.  One table will be promoting the club and the other table will be for SCARC members to sell items.  As always members are encourage to stop by and say Hi or even man the booth and talk about the club to the hamfest goers. We will have extra chairs for SCARC members to rest there feet while enjoy the hamfest.

Winter Field Day 2024

JAN 27 & 28. 2024
This Year We Are Doing Something Special
Operating From Raccoon State Park {Cabins}

Check Out MEMBER ONLY section
For Signup Sheet

Look for the club at Cabin #6 @ Raccoon State Park. 


Operations:

  • Setup: 2:00 Friday  @ Club House To Load Up
  • Friday Dinner: 6:00 PM
  • Breakfast: 8:00 AM
  • Finish Setup: 10:00 AM
  • Lunch 12:00 Noon
  • Setup Testing: 1:00 PM
  • Contest Start Time: 2:00PM Saturday
    • We will need 6 people for all the contest times
      • 3 Operators
      • 3 Loggers
  • Dinner: 6:00 PM
  • Breakfast: 8:00 AM
  • Lunch: 12:00 Noon
  • Contest End Time: 2:00 PM Sunday
  • Tear Down: 2:00 PM Sunday

Stations Equipment:

  • Go Box – FT991 and FT7900
  • Two More – HF Radios – Either Club or Member
  • Go Box Accessory Kit
  • N3LRG – IC-820 for 2m contact to SCARC repeater
  • N3LRG – G5RV antenna
  • WA3BKD – Long Wire and Tuner
  • Two more HF antennas looking for members
  • Three Laptops for logging.
  • PC For log storage
  • Wifi Router & UPS for linking laptops
  • More Items to be listed…

Driving Map to the Cabin #6 – Click Here    

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Winter Field Day Description

At the Winter Field Day Association, our mission is to encourage emergency operating preparedness during the winter months when the potential for freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and other hazards may present unique operational challenges.

We sponsor the Winter Field Day Exercise in the form of a contest to encourage you to participate. Although we have a Class for Home stations, we highly encourage setting up remote and outdoor operating positions. Operating out in the field, away from the comforts of home, is the best way to increase your level of preparedness for disasters and improve your operating skills in subpar conditions.

WFD is a learning experience, and we hope at the end of this year’s WFD exercise, you will feel more confident about your ability to adapt and overcome adverse weather conditions. Please read through the rules thoroughly. If you have questions, contact us on our website or social media for clarification.

At the WFDA, we use the term contest very loosely around here, so don’t get too hung up on our rules. At the end of the day, your total points don’t matter. What you learn during WFD and your ability to adapt and overcome sudden obstacles is what will help you during unexpected emergencies. As we continue with another year of the WFD exercise, we want to encourage participants not to chase the contacts or the points but to test their abilities and equipment. If you want to exchange signal reports, please give each other accurate information, so the other station knows how well their station is working.

Finally, have fun with the event, talk about the temperature, meet new friends and make memories as you continue to enhance your skills as an amateur radio operator.

For More Information: https://www.winterfieldday.com/

How can you help the club?

We are looking for some good volunteers!

This club has been around since 1941 and the only way this club continues to exists is by having volunteers to help out around the club. So since we are starting a new year soon please consider helping out at the club by volunteering for one of the different committees.  We are in need of some additional members in the Tech, Membership, Education, and Public Service committees.

Tech Committee members need to be good with not only radios but computers also.  We need members that are good at researching issues and finding there own fixes to issues.

Membership Committee members will help vet incoming members to the club.   Also act as a welcoming committee to visitors to the club house.  Will to show folk around the club house and its grounds.

Club House members help maintain the grounds and the building.  Cutting the grass, cleaning the club house, clearing brush. Mainly keep the place looking as good as it did in 1941.

Public Service Committee members help out with our many public service events.  Including Drills, Skywarn, and Public Demos. This reflect greatly to the public view of ham radio and also letting the Ham Community seeing us in actions.

Education Committee also helps out at public events and help with training opportunities like Scouting, and Tech classes. Members should look for opportunities to bring experts in to teach classes during out meetings.

VE Committee are members that have completed the VE testing certifications and are willing to help out with our VE testing sessions.

Old Time Pictures – Updated

I have started the current decade 2020-2030 photo album to ourOld Time Photos pages.  Check out the newest club history being made.  Don’t forget to click on the Old Time Photos for the club whole history.

PA QSO Party – This Weekend


PA QSO PARTY THIS WEEKEND
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

This Saturday at 12:00 Noon starts the annual PA QSO Party here at the Steel City club house.  Members are encourage to stop by and operate this event.  We are in need of CW operators and SSB Operators plus people that can help log the contacts.

Come on up are share the group comradery at the club house as we try to work all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.  The goal is to have four transmitters going for the full time of the event.  Saturday setup will begin at 11:30 AM with the QSO starting at 12 noon.  It then runs until midnight on Saturday where you can then go home and sleep in your own bed.  It restarts at 9:00 Sunday morning running till 6:00 PM Sunday evening.

There will be plenty of snacks and food to eat….
Saturday Afternoon: Snack Bar
Saturday Supper:  Special Dinner
Sunday Morning: Donuts and Bagels
Sunday Lunch: Hot Sausage Sandwiches.

And remember “It’s An Party” so lets have some FUN !

SCARC Roadtrip – Greenbank Observatory

Tour Guide:
Richard F. Bradley, Ph.D. — W4DZC

—Former Steel City ARC Member
—Scientist / Senior Research Engineer (NRAO)
—Research Professor of Astronomy (U. Virginia)
—Visiting Assistant Professor of EE (U. Virginia)
—Radio Science: Associate Editor

THE DATE AND RESERVATIONS ARE NOW CONFIRM

NOW OPEN FOR ALL LOCAL HAM RADIO OPERATORS

Please send an email to me at n3lrg -at- w3kwh -dit- com if you would like to go with the SCARC group as we tour the Green Bank Telescope.  Who know you might make the biggest DX contact in your life.   We are allow 20 people so currently we have 9 open spots left.

The Steel City behind the scenes tour of the Greenbank Observatory is on for September 29 & 30.  This will be an overnight trip to the telescope leaving early Friday morning.   Not only are we going to see the big 300 foot diameter dish antenna but all the other dish antennas on the property. We will even get access to the control room to see how they receive signals from million of light years away.  After the tour we will be staying overnight at the telescope bunkhouse. Getting up early the next morning to head over to the CASS Railroad to take the train to the top of the mountain.  If we have enough people interested we can split the group in two and the other group head to the top of Spruce Knob {High point in WV, 4863 FT} were there is an POTA & SOTA site so you might want to bring along your portable gear.

Rich Bradley has done a great job of arranging our tour with the people at the telescope and  getting them to waived the $25 fee for the tour and getting them to moved it to a Friday so more people would be able to get the day off.  There will be a charge of $10/person  to sleep in the bunk house.  Currently the charge for the train trip will be around $79 but we will try to get a discount once we have a proper head count.  This tour will be limited to 20 people at the max so sign up early to reserve your spot.  It will be also required to fill out a :”Visitor Registration Form” {a basic background check} to go on this behind the scene tour.  Make sure you attend the June business meeting to reserve your spot on the trip.

UPDATE:
Those that have sign up for the tour.  The $10 Bunkhouse fee is due by the July 18th Business meeting to reserve your spot.  Please give the money to Walt or Joe M. and make sure Christine knows you paid.

Information on the Green Bank Telescope
Information about the behind the scene tour
Information on the Green Bank Bunkhouse
Click Here For CASS Scenic Bald Knob Tour
Information on the Spruce Knob Summit 

Parks On The Air – Cass Scenic Railroad K1809 { Iffy site – quite zone }
Parks On The Air – K-0632 Monongahela National Forest
Summits On The Air – Bald Knob W8V/PH-002{ Iffy site – quite zone }
Summits On The Air – Spruce Knob W8V/PH-001 { QRP }

Collierfest – Public Demo

Steel City Members are needed for this public demo being held right in our own back yard.  Please consider helping out Bob NU3Q out with this demo.  As we show off our wonderful hobby to the general public.  This is our chance to let the public know that ham radio is alive and well and still operating in their backyard.

Collierfest is a one day event on Sept 23 a Saturday evening. Beside us having a demo there will be a Car Cruise, Live Music, many different vendors.  So beside showing off our hobby operators will have a chance to have a lot of fun at the event too.  For us the event will setup at 3:00 PM and will shut down in the evening.   The park itself if a pretty neat place to visit since it was a former Nike site. Get to see the giant golf ball up close.

If you want to help out and have some fun contact Bob: nu3q@nu3q.us
For more information click here: https://colliertownship.net/township/collierfest/
Directions: Collier Community Park, 5 Pvt Lobaugh Dr l, Oakdale, PA 15071