Pi-Star DMR Hotspot @ Clubhouse

I have taken one of my hotspots up the the clubhouse to act as DMR access point.  Since the club is mostly a Yaesu System Fusion club I have set it up to take your YSF signal and transmit it via the internet into an DMR talk group. This will let you check into DMR nets via the hotspot. Now since the hotspot has only milliwatts output you must be at the clubhouse to use the hotspot.  Just take your Yaesu handheld or use our FTM-400 radio and tune it to 145.650 Mhz YSF simplex.  Then talk and your signal will go out to the PA DMR net talk group 3142.  There is a net on that talk group 3142 on Tuesday night {Unfortunately the same time as SCARC net} if you want to listen or check in.

What this will be useful for is if anyone needs to get on the PA DMR network to talk or for the next ARES alert/SET Drill that is using DMR transmissions.

If you want access to the hotspot to change to other talk groups please see N3LRG to find out how to use the hotspot.  Below is a picture of a MMDVM Hotspot you can find them on Ebay for $26 on up depending if you want to solder or not. You will need to pick up an Raspberry PI Zero-W to run these boards. These will take any digital signal YSF, DMR, D-Star and put it out on the internet to link up with other reflectors around the world.

Link To Ebay Search

Also note the club SDR receiver will pick up the hotspot too. Goto 145.650 Mhz on the Middle 2m Band there is a bookmark called W3KWH-HOT

Winlink Webinar – Time to learn more

Winlink Basics – May 15, 2021 at 10:00 am (via Zoom)

As part of our series of EPA ARRL Section online seminars, we invite you to register for “Winlink Basics” presented by Mark Wheeler, KZ3MW, on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00 am (via Zoom).  During Field Day in June I’m going to encourage everyone to send me your Section Manager Messages and your 10 messages for bonus points via Winlink.  If you are not familiar with this handy tool, now’s your chance to take a look at it.

To register online, click this link: https://epa-arrl.org/classes

Tentative Outline:

  • History of WinLink
    • Solved the problem of Internet mail access from anywhere to anyone, at anytime via radio
    • Not a rag chew or chat mode; best for hi-speed xfer of complex msgs & email
  • Who uses WinLink and why?  (ARC, SHARES, ARES)
  • Why use WinLink via radio instead of other digital text protocols, voice messaging, or CW?
  • What is the difference between WinLink via RMS and WinLink PtP?
  • Connecting your radio and computer to be WinLink-capable
  • Which communication protocol should you use to connect?
    • Differences among Telnet, Pactor, Packet, ARDOP, VARA HF and VARA FM
  • What does WinLink look / sound like?

2021 Contest University Live – Free

2021 Contest University Live via Zoom Webinar (free)
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Registration Opens April 21, 2021

The 2021 Dayton Hamvention has been cancelled, but Contest University 2021 is still on, online that is. Not only that, it’s free! It will take place at the same time and on the same date as the live event would have.

9:00 am EDT Welcome to CTU 2021 from W8CI and K3LR
9:05 am EDT WW2DX – “Cloud Contesting – Live Demonstration”
10:00 am EDT W3LPL – “Preparing Your Station for Competition”
11:00 am EDT M0DXR – “Contest Categories – Make the Most of Your Entry”
12:00 pm EDT K1AR – Memorial reading of the Silent Keys for 2021
12:05 pm EDT Lunch on your own
12:30 pm EDT DK6SP – “Youth – the Future of Contesters”
1:30 pm EDT UA9BA – “Contesting from Russia” moderators
2:30 pm EDT CT1BOH – “There is Nothing Magic About Propagation”
3:30 pm EDT NC0B – “Transceiver Performance for the HF DX and Contest Operator”
4:30 pm EDT – Wrap up N9JA and K3LR
4:35 PM EDT K1AR – 2021 CQ Contest Hall of Fame Presentation

*Four ICOM Radios will be given away during CTU at random times. You must be registered in Zoom and present during the random time drawing

For More Information: https://www.contestuniversity.com/

New Equipment Added

Try out our two new items at Steel City ARC. Added to our equipment list is an Online  SDR-Receiver and a APRS digipeater & I-Gateway. Both of these have been added to the club with minimal cost to the club.  Special thanks goes to Patrick, W2BRS for donating the new file server which is also handling the OpenwebRX receiver. Also Matt,  KB3PJW for donating the Raspberry PI & Radio that is handling the the APRS traffic.


http://w3kwh.com/sdr-online-receiver/

The OpenwebRX SDR receiver will let you listen to ham and SWL station right from your computer browser.  OpenwebRX is special in that if you click on the frequence bookmark like “FT8” it will even decode what is being heard on FT8.


http://w3kwh.com/aprs/

The APRS Digipeater/I-Gateway is a digital repeater that repeater APRS packets.  The area West of Pittsburgh has been an weak coverage area for APRS packets especially for I-Gateways that take your packets and post the on the internet like on aprs.fi and aprsdirect.com


Set Drill – Saturday April 3rd

PLEASE NOTE!
Bob, NU3Q need volunteers at several sites listed below 
Contact Bob at nu3q {at} verizon {dit} net

Also Mike, WA3PYU will need four people at the Steel City Club house
To operate HF, VHF, and the digital station
Contact Mike at kingpalace {at} comcast {dit} net


The SET Drill is April 3rd from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. For this drill, we will be working with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Pittsburgh NWS. We will also have a practice Skywarn net as well with real time observations (like we do for Skywarn Appreciation Day). The attached documents have more information regarding the drill.

I will need volunteers to observe and report conditions per the attached at:

Allegheny River Lock 2
Allegheny River Lock 3
Allegheny River Lock 4
Monongahela River Lock #2 Braddock
Monongahela River Lock #3 Elizabeth
Ohio River – Emsworth Lock and Dam

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
73 de NU3Q Bob
Allegheny County EC

For more information read the following information:

Spring-2021-SET-ICS-205.pdf

Spring-2021-SET-Drill.pdf

VE Testing This Weekend

NOTE ! ! ! – Start planning early the VE Testing sessions are getting busy now more people are taking the testing before the $35 fee is imposed


There will be a Steel City VE Testing session this weekend at our Canonsburg, PA site.  Click on the map for Google directions.  Walk in are OK but please register with Chris, K3PQ to make sure there will be room for you.  There is parking right across the street fro the build at the library.

March 20 * {At the Canonsburg Site} 12:00 Noon

Got question? Feel free to email and to register?
Chris Grimm,VE Examiner  & VE Chairperson
K3PQ {at} W3KWH {dit} COM
(412) 259-3319

Note!!! Feb & Mar will be at our Canonsburg, PA site contact Chris K3PQ for confirmation and directions.  102 W Pike St, Canonsburg, PA 15317

Click on map for directions

District Skywarn Zoom Meeting

You  Are  Invited  To  Attend  Our  Southwest  District  Skywarn  Zoom  Meeting .
Saturday  Morning  March  20th  At  10:00 AM EDT
We  Have  A Lot  Of  Topics  To  Discuss ,  Along  With  The  Upcoming  Spring  2021   S . E . T .  Simulated  Emergency  Test  On  Saturday  April  3rd  Beginning  At  9:30  To  12:30  Hours . We Hope  That  You  Can  Join  Us .  Please  Mention  This  At  Your  Meetings  And  On  Your  Nets .

Eddie  Misiewicz  KB3YRU
A . R . E . S .  Emergency  Coordinator  Fayette  County  Pa .
S W D S C  Southwest  District  Skywarn  Coordinator
W R N  Weather  Ready  Nation  Ambassador
fayette@wpa-arrl.org
724 – 989 – 5214

Set up instruction:
1. Click the link provided below.
2. You will be placed in the “Waiting room“, at this point the moderator of the meeting will accept you into the meeting. That’s it you have joined the meeting!
If you have any questions please email:

Topic: SKYWARN Emergency Management Meeting for March 20Th
Time: Mar 20, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting <- Click the link below to start the Zoom meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83731270785?pwd=NWxsSmxQRmQvcUp3Y21RSzhzMjhLdz09

Meeting ID: 837 3127 0785
Passcode: 222816

Dial by your location
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 837 3127 0785
Passcode: 222816
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kb1VTQys3K

An Evening with SDRPlay {British Time}

Ham Radio Network is a UK club and are hosting an evening with Andy Carpenter from SDRPlay.  Andy has a close affiliation with Ham Radio Network and his previous talks always attract large audience numbers which engage with him as he explains the range of SDRPlay devices, SDRUno software developments and plugins to enhance the user experience.  The evening will end with a direct Q & A with Andy so users can ask specific questions they may have.

FYI The SCARC has an SDRplay 2 which we want to find a good use for

Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 2 PM EST – 4 PM EST
Price: Free · Duration: 2 hr

Access to the Zoom online meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/5249312563
Zoom ID: 524 931 2563

HamSCI Workshop 2021: Midlatitude Science

Come join HamSCI at its fourth annual workshop! Due to restrictions caused by COVID-19, this year’s workshop will he held as a free virtual workshop.  The meeting will take place March 19-20, 2021 using Zoom hosted by The University of Scranton in Scranton, PA  and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The primary objective of the HamSCI workshop is to bring together the amateur radio community and professional scientists. The theme of the 2021 HamSCI Workshop is midlatitude ionospheric science. Invited speakers include Dr. J. Michael Ruohoniemi, Virginia Tech Professor and Principal Investigator of the Virginia Tech SuperDARN Initiative, and Joe Dzekevich K1YOW, an amateur radio citizen scientist who recently published his work in CQ Magazine. Dr. Elizabeth Bruton of the Science Museum of London will be the Keynote Speaker.

This workshop will also serve as a team meeting for the HamSCI Personal Space Weather Station project, an NSF-funded project to develop a citizen science instrument for studying space weather from your backyard. The PSWS is led by the University of Scranton, and includes participation from TAPR, Case Western Reserve University/W8EDU, the University of Alabama, the New Jersey Institute of Technology CSTR, MIT Haystack Observatory, Dartmouth College, and the amateur radio community at large.

For more information on the event: https://hamsci.org/hamsci2021

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”

Pota-Presentation-v2