SKYWARN Recognition Day

SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY

SKYWARN Recognition Day – acknowledges the contributions of public service volunteers who provide essential weather information as it’s happening. Each year on the first Saturday in December, the day honors those volunteers who pay attention when the wind picks up, or the sky turns dark. Their efforts keep their communities safer by communication warnings to the National Weather Service.

The observance recognizes the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations. It also strengthens the bond between Amateur Radio operators and the local National Weather Service.

Around the country, nearly 290,000 Skywarn® weather spotters volunteer their time. They identify severe weather that could potentially affect life and property. Spotters warn the National Weather Service of the threat of thunderstorms, tornados, and floods.


12-2 PM    December 4th

W3KWH Operations At The Club

12:00 to 2:00 PM on Saturday is our assigned time slot to operate HF from the clubhouse.  We will be needing operators during that time slot to operate!  Members and pending members are invited to attend. Techs will be allowed to operate on HF due to control ops being present.

NU3Q plans to be at the club for the event on Friday night 12/3 for about two hours and Saturday morning 12/4. We need operators to cover the afternoon and evening shifts on Saturday and to assist NU3Q while he is at the club. We will use the following: “This is W3KWH for WX3PIT Skywarn Recognition Day”. Please keep a log of your W3KWH QSO’s – NU3Q will submit the W3KWH QSO’s to the NWS.

More Information:
https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition
https://www.weather.gov/pbz/skywarn


SKYWARN Recognition Day Operating Instructions

1. Object SKYWARNTM Recognition Day serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators Skywarn Spotters during threatening weather.

  • Amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.
  • Non-Amateur Radio Spotters to exchange weather information as often as possible via Social Media with NWS Offices.

2. Date NWS stations may operate at any time during December 5, 2020 from 0000 – 2400 UTC.

3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two word description of the weather occurring at your site (“sunny”, “partly cloudy”, “windy”, etc.).

4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event stations will append “NWS” to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS). NWS offices may also participate via Social Media platforms throughout the 24 hour period.

5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.

6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion of SRD.

VE Testing Session

VE Testing Session
Wednesday Nov 17h @ 7:00 PM

Last session before the snow fly’s! People interested in getting your Ham Ticket or Upgrading your ticket should check out our VE testing page https://w3kwh.com/ve-testing/ While walk in are allowed it is highly recommended to contact of VE Chairperson Chris, K3PQ to let him know your coming. That way your guarantee there will be testing material for you. Chris can be reached at K3PQ {at} W3KWH {dit} COM – (412) 259-3319

Business Meeting Tue Nov 16th @ 8:00PM

Business Meeting
Tuesday Nov 16th @ 8:00 PM

This will be an indoor meeting at the club house.  No food will be supplied if you want to bring a snack for everyone that is acceptable. If you want an item added to the agenda please email the request to N3LRG.

Social Meeting starts at 7:00 PM  – Topic for this social meeting is portable antenna’s for Parks on the Air, Summit on the Air.  Bring in your portable setups and let see how you can operate in the portable modes.

Business Meeting will start promptly at 8:00 PM

 

{{  If the weather changes for the worst the meeting will be moved to an Zoom Meeting.  Please check the website/email before traveling up to the club.  }}

Slides from ATV Workshop

Thanks for all that attended the workshop.  The input was much appreciated and I think we have a plan to go forward.  A request for funding will be made at our next business meeting.   Below are the slides from the presentation there are a lot of links in the presentation that you can click on to learn more.  You will have to download the PDF to click on the links.  The video will take some time to clean up.

Click here to download PDF with Links

ATV Workshop

Video of the Workshop

 

Amateur Television – Workshop Nov 6th

Amateur Television Workshop – Analog or Digital?
Saturday Nov 6th @ 1:00 PM
At the Steel City Club House

On Nov 6th at 1:00PM the Steel City ARC will be hosting a workshop where we are going to ask for your input on setting up a video beacon here at our club house.  The purpose behind this is to see if there is still enough interest in ATV and to bring it back on the air.  If it turns out there is enough interest this could lead to an ATV repeater being put back on the air.

Back in ~2000? the Steel City Club house hosted an popular ATV repeater. While that repeater is no longer on the air, interest in ATV never really went away, which bring us back to today. At our last business meeting Karl, WA3VXJ brought up an ideal for bring back ATV by starting with an beacon transmitter. It turns out there a good number of ham interested still in ATV and eager to give it a try.

Bringing back ATV brings up a lot of new questions now.  Television has changed a lot now that it has gone digital. So the first question is which video mode do we transmit in good old fashion analog NTSC, or one of the two digital video modes  DVB-T or ATSC.   For Ham Radio the DVB-T equipment is out there and seem to be the most popular.  DVB-T is the commercial television format that is used around the world where as ATSC is the American format that is used in our country.  The problem with ATSC is the equipment is harder to find for transmitting where DVB-T can use USB dongles found on Ebay. To receive the DVB-T signal the ham would need to use a simple USB SDR dongle.

Click on Image for Wikipedia Article

While researching for this article I was able to find an ATSC modulator on Ebay but so far I have not found any ham using one of these to modulate a video signal. So doing ATSC would be possible but might be harder to do for the average ham radio operator to set up and transmitter.  Receiving an ATSC signal should be a lot easier do to television made for the USA are build to receive ATSC.  Using either one of these devices still would require an purchase of an amplifier.

So on November 6th come up to the Steel City club house and learn more about ATV. Plus let us hear your opinion about bring back ATV to the ham radio community. We want to hear about which modes to use or since this is going to be a beacon maybe transmit in more than one mode.  This is open for all ham radio operators you do not need to be a member of SCARC to attend.

Literally “see” you on the air

Need help find the SCARC Club House? Click Here!


Recommended Reading: Check back often for updates

https://kh6htv.files.wordpress.com/2021/02/an-55a-atv-handbook-1.pdf

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Talk – WA3TFS Designs for Amateur Radio

WA3TFS Designs for Amateur Radio
Talk & Demo Oct 6th @ 7:00 PM

Jim Forkin, WA3TFS will be giving a talk about kit building and his kit that he has for sale at our Oct 6th, Wednesday night social meeting.  The talk will begin at 7:00 PM.

Jim will be talking about some of his kits like, Simple FM SFR transceiver for 10 or 6 meters {See picture}, An simple SDR receiver for 1 kHz to 1.7 GHz, Using Arduino’s microprocessors for ham radio applications. He will also talk about the advantages of software control radios.

Check out his website: http://wa3tfs.com

PA QSO PARTY

Hey its an party!

Saturday Oct 9th – Noon till Midnight
Sunday Oct 10th – 9:00 AM till 6:00 PM

Save The Date!

Join us on Oct 9th & 10th for the annual PA QSO Party.  Your heard me correctly!  there is an HUGE CASH REWARD for the Steel City Member that works the W3RRR bonus station.  Come on up to the club house and join the team was we have a lot of fun making contacts across the state.   There will be an Ice Cream Social at 2:00 PM on Saturday, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs at 6:00 PM, then on Sunday there will be donuts in the morning.   All the radio’s and antenna’s are reserve for this event the remotes will be shut down during contest times.

So Make Plans To Join the Posse!

We will need operators & loggers

CW & Phone Operators

SHACOG Technical Rescue Demo & Talk

On Sept 25th the steel City ARC hosted the SHACOG Technical Rescue Team as they practice there yearly recertification on tower rescue.  Dean from the team gave an excellent talk on how to prep for a tower climb, gear that is needed, what to do if an accident does happen, and finally what the ground personnel needs to know.

Tower Rescue

Power Point Down Load Here: Tower Rescue

How to put on a harness: Donning Harness Poster 092019.pdf
Harness inspection form: Inspection Form Harness_Fillable.pdf
Understanding ANSI Z359 Fall Protection: Understanding ANSI Z359.pdf

Here is the the photos taken during the demo:

VE Session – Wednesday 22nd

Wednesday – Sept 22nd

7:00 PM

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. Preregistration is highly recommend and will have priority, but walk-in’s will be allowed if space is available.

PREREGISTRATION STRONG RECOMMEND – WALK-IN’S ALLOWED

To make sure we have enough testing materials on hand, and that you don’t have to wait for us to get ready we are highly recommending that people interested taking the exam preregister.
Got question? Feel free to email and to register?
Chris Grimm,
VE Examiner
K3PQ@W3KWH@COM
(412) 259-3319