VE Testing Session – Feb 25th

VE Testing Session

Steel City Amateur Radio Club will be conducting a VE testing session Public Demo at the Carnegie Library in Carnegie PA.  The testing session will start at 2:00 PM on Feb 25th and is open for new hams and upgrades.  Please check out our VE Testing Page for more information. Also please contact Chris K3PQ at k3pq@w3kwh.com for pre-registration to guarantee a spot for you at the testing location.  Walk in allowed but register people will be tested first.

Carnegie Library
300 Beechwood Avenue
Carnegie, PA 15106-2644
Google Map Link

N3LL Callsign Now Link To Steel City ARC

Its is now official N3LL callsign joins W3KWH to represent the Steel City ARC.  While we are planning to use the call sign mostly for Special Events and Contest work it is open to any Steel City members to use either call sign now.

Robert “Bobby” Carnahan
N3LL, SK

For our newer members who never had the privilege to talk with Bobby just wander into the VHF or HF rooms and take a look at all those certificates they have N3LL all over them.  Despite moving to Florida Bobby kept busy on the remotes and repeaters.  He was always willing to start up a conversation with anyone. He will be missed but his spirit live on.

Steel City College Scholarship Program

The Steel City Amateur Radio Club is please to join with the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program to be offering our club college scholarship program for 2023 academic year.  The SCARC has set up an $1000 scholarship to any license radio operator going into a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math field of study at any institution. Our only requirements is the winner must hold a current amateur license and has a home address within the ARRL Western Pennsylvania Section. Application for the 2023 academic year have now open on October 1st, 2022.  Please click on the link below to find out more requirement and to submit your application to the ARRL Foundation.

Link: http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-application

VE Session – TOMORROW

Wednesday – Oct 18th

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

PA QSO Party Oct 8 & 9th

Steel City ARC will be doing the PA QSO Party once again on Oct 8th & 9th.  We will work all 67 counties of Pennsylvania during this weekend.   We are going to need CW & SSB operators during the event.  On Saturday the event runs from Noon though Midnight and then on Sunday 9 AM – 6PM. And as always food and drinks will be provided for all the operators.

Setup: 11:00 AM Sat Oct 8th
Saturday Contest Starts:  12:00 Noon – Midnight  Saturday
Dinner: 6:00 PM  “Its a Pizza Party” for the Party
Sunday Contest Starts: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Breakfast: “Doughnuts & OJ” for the Operators

Fall SET Drill This Weekend Oct 1.

Members,
The fall SET drill will take place at the club house at 8:45 AM on Saturday Oct 1st. {This Weekend} We are in need of 6 operators that are willing to help out with the test.  If your interested please send an email to trustee@w3kwh.com to sign up.

NEW MEMBERS:
Your also invited to come up and watch the drill.  This will be a great learning experience on learning the emergency service of ham radio and how to handle traffic when things go bad in the world. Just send an email to the above address to let us know your coming.

Ohio Twp – Community Days

On July 23rd Steel City ARC presented Ham Radio to the public at the Ohio Township Community Days event.  There was Ham Radio and Fireworks at the event. Club members who attended and helped with setup and tear down included: Sean, KC3SZH, Luke, KC3UHR, Chris K3PQ and his wife, Bob NU3Q, Seth KC3SIJ, and Dave WA3YER. The team utilized the W3KWH Go box and had antennas for 2M, 20M and 40M setup behind our booth. Sean and Luke brought their battery operated Go station, along with Seth who brought a complete FT8 station. Unfortunately there was a very loud band playing at the end of the soccer field which made operating on the radios rather difficult.

The team had some visitors stop by who were very interested in ham radio, one family stayed and chatted with Sean, KC3SZH for more than 30 minutes. Other folks stopped by asking questions about the Heathkit radio that Chris, K3PQ brought along to display, the tubes attracted some of the visitors! Many youngsters had no idea what they were!

Overall the turn out was pretty good considering the number of attendees, and everyone enjoyed the fireworks at the end of the event.

As reported by WA3YER

Public Service Can Be Fun Too

Here is a wonderful experience that Sean KC3SZH and  Luke KC3UHR had at last weekend Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix race.  With Sean premission I am posting it here.


Luke and I volunteered for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) this weekend, 7/23 and 7/24!  They put us at Turn 1 both days, which covers not only Turn 1 coming down from the Start/Finish line, but also Pit Road In, Pit Road Out, and the Winners Circle.  We had a blast!  Having earned his Technician Ticket, Luke was able to be with me in Turn 1 while all the action was going on.  We both had “Race Side” armbands which gave us access to the Paddock, Pit Road, Winners Circle, and all places on the inside of the track.
Day one was practice and qualifying for all the classes of cars.  Day two was the real racing.  Every turn had a Ham Radio Operator, and there were about 22 turns in all.  We saw AD3AA – Lee Rice (Turn 6) and WA3PYU – Mike King (Turn 4) on Day one, and we saw KA3VXM – Kathy King on Day 2.  Mike and Kathy had alot of action on Turn 4 as it was the beginning of the haybale Chicanes – we heard them on the radio a lot – LOL!  Luke and I had a relatively quite day on Day 1 with no real mishaps in our turn.  However, on the last two races on Day 2 there were 2 pretty good wrecks in our turn that were very exciting to have to handle and call in to Control…
Right before the last race, they invited Luke to ride in one of the pace cars to start the race.  They say they got up to 150mph over the Panther Hollow Bridge in a brand new Mercedes C300 – he was smiling from ear to ear!
Luke and I definitely had a great time working the PVGP.  They treated us very well and everything was done in a very clean and professional manner.  If they decide to let us come back, we will absolutely volunteer to work a turn next year!

Trip Around The Curve To The Game

Attention one and all!  We are planning a train trip to Altoona on July 13th to see the Altoona Curve baseball team game. Stay tuned for more info on departure from Pittsburgh on Amtrak to Altoona. The game starts at 1:00 pm then back to the Altoona train station after the game. If weather turns bad we could visit the “Pennsylvania Railroaders Museum” right near the Altoona station. The Pennsylvanian train departs PGH at 7:30 am arrives in ALT 9:57 price for coach is $46 and Business class $76 round trip. The train has internet service so you can run remotes and Echolink or bring your handheld and work train mobile. Also bring a camera and take pictures going around one of the railroads engineering marvels the WORLD FAMOUS HORSESHOE CURVE.  At the “PNG Field” in Altoona you can sit any where but some are booking tickets in the Grandstand section 303 for $11.

Train #42 – Departs Pittsburgh 7:30 am – Arrives Altoona 9:57 am
Train #43 – Departs Altoona 5:13 pm – Arrives Pittsburgh 7:59 pm

Book Your Tickets Here: AMTRAK – $46
Baseball Information: Altoona Curve Baseball– $11
Parking:  Grant Street Transportation Center – $13
Bad Weather Option: The Railroaders Memorial– $12
To RSVP/Questions contact Karl WA3VXJ at:  wa3vxj {at} hotmail {dit} com
Please attend a SCARC social night if you want to discuss options for car pooling to the train station and how we will use Taxi/Uber/Lyft to get to the ball park. You can also pick up the train in Greensburg & Latrobe

 

ARRL Field Day 2022

This Weekend — Saturday 25th 2:00 PM — Sunday 26th 2:00 PM
Steel City ARC will be hosting our 2022 field day at the Steel City club house.  The public is welcome to attend and to find out what Ham Radio is doing and to look at the equipment we have.  Members are encourage to stop by and operate make sure you check the sign up page below to.  Fellow hams are always welcome to check out the clubhouse and sit down to operate on this very special weekend.

How to find the club house: http://w3kwh.com/find-the-clubhouse/

This year Steel City W3KWH will be operating from 160 meters up into the microwave band 1296 Mhz. We need at least eight people per shift to operate four radio while having four people logging their contacts. So even if you don’t want to talk on the radio you can still help out the club by being a logger.

Steel City Provided Meals:

  • Saturday Evening Meal ~6:00 PM
  • Midnight Rations ~11:30 PM
  • Sunday Morning Breakfast ~8:00 AM
  • Sunday Lunch ~12:00 PM
  • Snacks and drinks are provided for the operators.

If you have any questions please send a email to n3lrg{at} w3kwh {dit} com.