March 16th Business Meeting

The March 16th business meeting will be held via Zoom. The survey results have been posted below. It will be helded at 7:30 PM and look for the Zoom invite on morning of the 16th. Note: We are still looking at having business meeting at the club house in April it might need to be helded on a weekend afternoon since it will be outside. 

New members should make sure their applications are into Art, WA3BKD so that you have your readings.  wa3bks [at} gmail [dit] com

Guest that wanted to be invited into the club that havent done so yet should make sure Christine, N3LRG have your email address to get the invite. n3lrg {at} w3kwh {dit} com

Parks on the Air – Presentation

Here is a chance to learn to have some fun outside while operating your ham radio. While also letting your fellow ham operators chase you as you explore our natural resources of our park system.  Curtis Turner, KB3CMT gave this great presentation during our Wednesday night social meeting.

And stay tune for this summer road trip when the Steel City club takes to the Parks operating “Parks on the Air”

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Drake TR-4C

The Drake TR-4C is an HF amateur band transceiver covering 80 through 10 meters (some sources say 160-10 m) in seven 600 kHz ranges. Modes include USB, LSB, CW and AM. Input power is 300 watts PEP SSB, 260 watts AM/SSB. The accurate VFO provides 1 kHz analog dial. VOX or PTT may be selected. Other refinements include: CW side tone oscillator, crystal calibrator, VFO indicator light, CW semi break-in, VOX or PTT for AM or SSB, heavy irritated cadmium plated chassis, separate USB and LSB filters and 1.7:1 filter shape factor. The right panel has various jacks including: headphones, mic and key.

 General characteristics

HAM bands
80m  40m  20m  15m  10m
Frequency stability
Overall drift after warm-up: less than 100 Hz

 Receiver

RX-range
80-10 m (no WARC)
Modulations
AM   CW   USB   LSB 
Sensitivity
<0,5 µV (10 dB S+N/N)
Selectivity
2.1 kHz (-6 dB)
3.6 kHz (-60 dB)
Receiver system
IF-frequencies
1st: 9 MHz
Image rejection
> 60 dB

 Transmitter

TX-range
80-10 m (no WARC)
Modulations
AM   CW   USB   LSB 
RF-output
SSB: 300 W PEP, AM: 260 W PEP (both input)

Breezeshooters Groundwave Announced

Save the dates! And warm up those radios…

2021 Breezeshooters Groundwave Contest
CW – Saturday February 13th
Voice – Saturday March 6th
Digital – Saturday March 13th

For more information:
https://breezeshooters.org/ns/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Breezeshooter-Ground-Wave-2021.pdf

Social Meeting Talk – SETI @ Home

In case you missed the talk from last night social meeting here is the recording. We thank Dr David Anderson for giving a great talk about SETI @ Home.


The UC Berkeley SETI team has discovered that there are already thousands of computers that might be available for use. Most of these computers sit around most of the time with toasters flying across their screens accomplishing absolutely nothing and wasting electricity to boot. This is where SETI@home (and you!) come into the picture. The SETI@home project hopes to convince you to allow us to borrow your computer when you aren’t using it and to help us “…search out new life and new civilizations.”

Zoom Meeting – The Ultimate DX Contact

Seti @ Home-This Wednesday Night Zoom Meeting
This Wednesday Jan 13th @ 7:30PM

On Wednesday Jan 13th the Steel City ARC will be hosting an educational Zoom meeting at 7:30 PM.  We have a very special speaker this week from Seti@Home a member of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence team Dr David Anderson who created software that uses your computer screen saver to search for signals from other  worlds.  Below you will find a better description on how the screen saver works and a link to their site so you can try it out.   If you or your club is interested in joining the Zoom meeting send an email to me and I will add you to the meeting link.  N3LRG (at) W3KWH {dit} COM


The UC Berkeley SETI team has discovered that there are already thousands of computers that might be available for use. Most of these computers sit around most of the time with toasters flying across their screens accomplishing absolutely nothing and wasting electricity to boot. This is where SETI@home (and you!) come into the picture. The SETI@home project hopes to convince you to allow us to borrow your computer when you aren’t using it and to help us “…search out new life and new civilizations.” We’ll do this with a screen saver that can go get a chunk of data from us over the internet, analyze that data, and then report the results back to us. When you need your computer back, our screen saver instantly gets out of the way and only continues it’s analysis when you are finished with your work.

For more information & software: https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/

Dr. David P. Anderson,
Scientist and software architect

David is a computer scientist, with research interests in volunteer computing, distributed systems, and real-time systems. He co-founded SETI@home and directed it from 1998 to 2015. He leads the BOINC project, and is leading Nebula, the back-end data analysis phase of SETI@home.  David is a rock climber, mountain climber, classical pianist,

 

Wash Club 21st – 2 Meter Contest

This January will mark the Twenty-First Annual WASH 2 Meter Contest. We’re looking forward to a chance to stretch our legs, our wheels, and our antennas once again!

Date & Times:
Saturday, January 9th , 2021 from 7 to 11 PM
EST. (That’s January 10th 0000-0400 UTC to the purists!)

Objectives:
• To make as many contacts as possible
• To have fun!

Band, Mode & Frequencies:
The contest will take place solely on 2 meter band.

FM : FM simplex only, no repeater contacts. The FM
frequencies are all standard 2 Meter simplex frequencies, as
per the ARRL 2 Meter Band Plan, every 15 kHz, from
146.505 to 146.595 MHz , and 147.450 to 147.580 MHz.
Use of simplex frequencies in the “FM Experimental
Simplex” band of 145.510 to 145.670 are not recommended.
See list of recommended simplex channels at the end of the
rules.

• CW: 144.05 to 144.1 MHz Only. (See ARRL 2 Meter band
plan)

SSB & AM: 144.2 to 144.275 MHz Only. (See ARRL 2
Meter band plan).

Digital (including RTTY): 144.51 to 144.55 MHz. (See
ARRL 2 Meter band plan) Multiple digital modes may be
used, and participants are free to use any generally
accepted Digital mode, but only ONE Digital QSO with a
given station regardless of mode

Full rules and paperwork:
http://n3sh.org/WASHRAG/2021/2021_WASH_2M_Contest.pdf

 

Digital Net Tonight on UHF Repeater

Reminder there is an digital net tonight at 8:00 PM on the Steel City UHF repeater 444.450 Mhz. Due to the Keystone room being down the digital net will be held on the Steel City Room # 43352.   This is a state wide net and we welcome all C4FM repeater owners and user nodes to connection to the Steel City room to join the net.

See you at 8:00 PM @ Steel City Room #43352

Call for 2021 committee membership

Members, the Steel City amateur radio club is sixty plus members strong. With that many people in the club we need some help running the club. We need more than just a handful of people to do thing around the club house. So here is my request at how you can help us all out. These positions start on Jan 1st 2021 and each committee will have a chairperson and hopefully at least 2 members. Not everyone is cut out to be a chairperson but you can surely help the club by being an active member of a committee. If you’re interested in any of these positions either as a member or a chairperson please let me know. N3LRG {at} W3KWH {dit} COM.

Here are the requirements for the chair person. They will make a report to the membership at the monthly business meetings. They will conduct at least eight committee meetings in a year’s time. To help with conducting these meeting the chairperson will have access to the clubs Zoom account so these committee meetings can be done virtual or in person at the club house. The chairperson will submit receipts to the Treasurer for any purchases. The chairperson can also call for work parties if additional help is needed for a project. The chairperson will also keep the leadership inform of the committees progress and actions.

Here are the requirements for membership of the committees. Help the chairperson with whatever task they might have to complete. Be willing to learn how to do the tasks the committee has to deal with. Be willing to participate in the 8 committee meetings during the year. Encourage other members to help during events or work parties. Help the committee by providing their input at the committees meetings.

TECHNICAL

They are responsible for installing and maintaining all equipment, network, antennas, and radios. This committee will suggest to the members on any upgrades that will be needed. They will seek member’s approval for the funds. They will manage the inventory list keep track of the equipment, cost, and serial numbers. They will also call for work parties when additional work is needed to be done.

CLUBHOUSE

They will be responsible for the building and property of the club. Task they are responsible will be cutting the grass, trimming the trees, keeping up with the front flower garden, maintaining the access road. They will work with the technical committee for any tower work and/or cable runs. They can do the work themselves or determine its best to hire a contractor to do the work. They will submit request for funds to the membership for approval and can call work parties if additional people are needed for a project.

PUBLIC SERVICE

This committee will be the public face for the club. They will assist other organization with any communications needs they might have. They will also be responsible for any training the club membership that might be needed for these emergency events. Members should be willing to attend all drills and as many public events as possible. This committee should be able to do different demos at requested community events. Also provides post to the website to keep the club inform on the community events.

VE Testing

This committee will put on the VE testing sessions at the club house. They will be responsible to advertizing when the sessions will take place and to make sure enough VE members to be present for the testing session. The chairperson will make sure there is enough VE’s will attend the sessions and will follow up with the documentation with the FCC.

Membership Outreach & New Members

This committee will handle all people wishing to join the Steel City ARC. They will handle the applications and approved by the committee submit their names during our business meetings. They will educate new members on how to become members and will follow up with them regularly. They will also perform outreach to the ham community to try to get new members. The committee will decide how this will be done. For examples tables at hamfest, ads in local publications, mailing to public service groups, and host open houses are just some of the thing they will do.

Education Program

This committee will put on events to help educate our members. They will decide on how and what material will be covered. Some suggestions would be Morse code training, solder kit build sessions, license upgrades, and how to use the club equipment. They themselves would put these events on or will find someone outside the club to educate our members. They will be able to post articles on our website.

Ways and Means

This committee shall consist of a committee chairman, the Treasurer and at least one other member selected by the chairman. The committee shall be responsible for the establishment of initiation fees and dues and shall be in charge of any fund raising activities. This standing committee only meets once a year about the dues and if we will charge any fees. Joe Mielnicki has already volunteered for this chairperson position and of course as treasure Walt Adkins is on this. Let me know if you want to be the plus one.

Food Service Manager

The Food Service manager will be willing to at the store to pick up a food snack for after the Steel monthly business meetings at the club house. I am not looking for a meal but just and snack.

Webmaster

This person will be responsible for maintaining the club website. The webmaster is required to create at least one posting per week. The webmaster will also reach out to others members for articles for the website.


Again if you are willing to help out the club please reach out to me at: N3LRG {at} W3KWH {dit} COM.

Business Meeting Tuesday @ 8:00PM

Attention Steel City Members there will be a Zoom Business meeting this Tuesday Dec 15th. at 8:00 PM.  This will be the finally meeting for year 2020 please be there.  If you have any items for the meeting please bring the up to Richie & Christine before the meeting.  They can be reached at N3SBF {at} COMCAST {dit} NET and N3LRG {at} W3KWH {dit} COM.

An email link will be sent out tuesday morning for the web link to the meeting.  Anyone that has a pending reading for membership please email Christine for the link to the meeting.

Please NOTE! The club house will be closed for this event.  Please do not go to the club house. Too many people are dying right now to have a gathering at the club of more than one person at a time.  Anyone operating from the club house will be denied access to the Zoom Meeting.