ARRL November Sweepstakes

Contest Objective: To support amateur self-training in radiocommunications, including improving amateur operating skills, conducting technical investigations, and intercommunicating with other amateurs. Stations in the United States and Canada (including territories and possessions) exchange information with as many other US and Canadian stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands.

Dates:
CW: First full weekend in November (November 6-8, 2021).
Phone: Third full weekend in November (November 20-22, 2021).
Contest Period: Begins 2100 UTC Saturday and runs through 0259 UTC Monday.

Click here for information on the Affiliated Club Competion program
Contest rules are now maintained as a single downloadable document
For contest information contact contests@arrl.org or (860) 594-0232

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

Field Day 2021 – Final Report

Well Field Day 2021 is over now and I got to say everyone that came up to the top of the hill had a lot of fun.   I do want to take some time and thank all the people that help setup, support, and clean up from this year field day.

Contact Per Band:
80m – 98
40m – 631
20m – 160
15m – 25
10m – 28
6m – 71
2m – 2
Total Contacts = 1,015

Total Per Mode:
CW –  558
Phone – 262
Digital – 195

Operators:

WQ3T, KC3MMC, WA3VXJ, N3LRG,  KA3SZO, WA3BKD, KC3QDG, K3IQ,
KC3MXP, KC3LED, WA3FWA, WB3AGB, AG5FX, AD3AA, WA2YEZ

And thank you to all the loggers that help our operators out!

UTAH???  What happen? Did the state go on vacation?

ARRL Field Day 2021

Steel City ARC will be hosting our 2021 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 alway 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/

Member Operating Scheduled: https://docs.google.com/document

Members and locals hams wanting to work a shift take a look at the above operating scheduled and select a time you want to show up for. Then send an email to n3lrg@w3kwh.com with the time you want.  I will then enter it onto the scheduled.

This year Steel City W3KWH will be operating from 160 meters up into the microwave band 1296 Mhz. We need at least four operators per shift and this year we want to have logger helping out the operators by enter the contacts into our logging programs.  So even if you dont want to talk on the radio you can still help out the club by being a logger. {Plus even no hams can be loggers}

Field Day Food Scheduled: https://docs.google.com/document

Members you invited to any of the meals please send a email to n3lrg@w3kwh.com to let us know you will be at the meal.  This will let us know your coming and there will be enough food.

Field Day 2021 – Rules Update

Steel City Members – Save The Date – June 26-27

The COVID-19 pandemic-modified ARRL Field Day rules from 2020 will continue this June with the addition of a power limit imposed on Class D (Home Stations) and Class E (Home Stations-Emergency Power) participants. The news from the ARRL Board’s Programs and Services Committee comes as many clubs and groups are starting preparations for Field Day in earnest. Field Day 2021 will take place June 26 – 27.

“This early decision should alleviate any hesitancy that radio clubs and individual Field Day participants may have with their planning for the event,” said ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE.

For Field Day 2021:

  • Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points. This year, however, Class D and Class E stations will be limited to 150 W PEP output.
  • An aggregate club score will be published — just as it was done last year. The aggregate score will be a sum of all individual entries that attributed their score to that of a specific club.

ARRL Field Day is one of the biggest events on the amateur radio calendar. Last summer, a record 10,213 entries were received.

“With the greater flexibility afforded by the rules waivers, individuals and groups will still be able to participate in Field Day, while still staying within any public health recommendations and/or requirements,” Bourque said.

The preferred method of submitting entries after Field Day is via the web applet. The ARRL Field Day rules include instructions on how to submit entries, which must be submitted or postmarked by Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

The ARRL Field Day web page contains for complete rules and entry forms, as well as any updated information as it becomes available. Join the ARRL Field Day Facebook page.

Hamcation Webinar Video’s

Hamcation videos have been posted to YouTube now. The only good thing that has come out this COVID people can’t travel so the fine folks down in florida have put their excellent presentations on the Internet so everyone can learn from them.  Included those of us that just can’t get away this time of year now have a chance to see them. Here are just some of the video you will find on there site.

  • SDR ~ Software Defined Radio
  • Build a Mesh Mobile Tower Fleet
  • YOTA 2021 ~ Youth-On-The-Air
  • The World Famous K3LR Station and Antenna Farm
  • Kit Building Techniques For Success
  • ARRL – ARES…a team moving forward!
  • AMSAT CubeSat Simulator
  • West Mountain Radio – DC Power technologies, Batteries and Solar
  • AMSAT – Onward and Upward

Check out their main website its not a bad place to bookmark
https://www.hamcation.com/

Vendor Webinars Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ukwClme4IkvRqpu0c4KNA/videos

Technology Webinars Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8QOBqVQWb6iROspMef52VA/videos

Contesting Webinars Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0vo-qlnYpvv36N3FWrcuBw/videos

Youth Webinars Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGPrd9TSg4aiGHxzznjsSlA/videos

BREEZESHOOTERS CW GROUNDWAVE CONTEST

Open to all Radio Amateurs within Ground Wave distance of Pittsburgh, PA. Any ten-meter ground wave contact in the area is valid. Ground wave for the purposes of this contest shall be defined as: Any contact between the following states PA, NY, WV, OH, MD, DE, NJ only.  Scoring is base on number of points base on a grid map that is in the PDF.

CW Contest – Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021
Voice (AM,SSB,FM) – Saturday, March 6
Digital (FT8, PSK, JS8, RTTY) – Saturday, March 13

Start Time – 8:00PM EST until 11:00PM {Note new end time}

Click Here for Rules and more Information:
Breezeshooters Ground Wave- Rules 2021

Winter Field Day – Going to work it?

Hello Members,

Are you planning to work Winter Field Day?  This is a good contest to do as your first contest since it tends to be pretty laid back. Give a listen then try working a couple of people.  This will help you get ready for the big field day this June!


Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns.

 We believe as do those entities of ARRL Organizations like ARES & RACES that maintaining your operational skills should not be limited to fair weather scenarios. The addition of Winter Field Day will enhance those already important skills of those that who generously volunteer their time and equipment to these organizations. This is why WFD is open to all licensed amateur radio operators worldwide.

Home Page: https://www.winterfieldday.com/

Official Rules: Click Here