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

 

Burgers & Bonfires

Steel City Score Card
Call State  Time  Freq      Mode
K2A  PA    11:15  7.200      PH
K2B  Vi     19:59  +14         FT8
K2C  RI     18:29  7.187      PH
K2D  CT     21:10  7.195     PH
K2E  DE     18:21   7.270    PH
K2F  MD     23:11  7.274    PH
K2G  GA  11:33  7.1885   PH
K2H  NJ   18:15  14.322   PH
K2I  NJ   <— Missed it by one  // July 3rd 21:41  7.232 PH & 21:18  7.196  PH
K2J  NC    20:50  7.228   PH
K2K  NH   21:03  14.223   PH
K2L  SC   20:13   7.074  FT8
K2M  PA   18:20   7.074  FT8

BONUS STATIONS
WM3PEN  21:54   7.288    PH
TM13COL  23:56  14.074  FT8
GB13COL  2:49    14.242  PH

Contacts in UTC but the SCARC Event was local time frame for the one day…

Members are still encourage to get on the air for this fun event.  13 Colonies run until July 7th so there still time for you to get your own certifcate.

Ok What Next?

First:  We got an answer LCTOTA goes until tonight at 8:00 PM EDT and the website has been fixed so you can upload the ADI files still.  I want to thank everyone that help out with the event.  We did a good job at getting SCARC on the air for LCTOTA.   Go hunting today if you want to get some for your own call.

STEEL CITY GOT A CLEAN SWEEP!

Second: Business meeting Tuesday Night at 7:00 PM. Be there there will be a nice snack to celebrate out efforts with the LCTOTA.  Plus a will finalize our plans for Field Day June 24 & 25, 2023. We will take of other summer plans during the meeting.

FIELD DAY PLANNING @ MEETING

Third: Field Day – Help needed SCARC members we need not only operators we will need setup/tear down crews.  We need a chief cook and bottle washer. and most important we need LOGGERS.  Even if you dont want to operate please come up and help LOG.  There no better way to learn a contest than by doing some logging.  Long range forcast is calling for scattered thunderstorms so we might be operating in between some rain drops.

FIELD DAY – OPERATORS – COOKS – LOGGERS – ARE NEEDED

Fourth: The Next Event – 13 Colonies – Fun Night –  The last burger night was a big success so for 13 colonies this year I want to have another Fun Night with Burgers.  We will set the date at the business meeting. 13 Colonies runs from July 1st – July 7th.  I hope all of our members get a chance to work this fun event.

13 COLONIES FUN NIGHT WITH BURGERS

Field Day 2023

Field Day 2023

Open to the general public – come for a visit!

It that time of year the super bowl of ham radio is going to take place on June 24 & 25.  So keep those days open for ham radio.  Grab a family member and bring them up to log for you.  Invite your family and friends to come up for a visit this is the best day to see SCARC in action. This will be an 24 hour operation.  Going from 2pm Saturday to 2pm Sunday.  Your welcome to try to do it for the duration if you want.  But we will need people to help setup at 12 noon Saturday and clean up after 2pm on Sunday.  We will need operators for the over night shift and people to be equipment managers to help maintain the radios, generator, and even the club house.  We need cooks too  if you have a family member wishing to help out let us know.

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