Internet Archive to Build a Digital Library of Amateur Radio

Internet Archive SVG Vector Logos - Vector Logo ZoneInternet Archive has begun gathering content for the Digital Library of Amateur Radio and Communications (DLARC), which will be a massive online library of materials and collections related to amateur radio and early digital communications. The DLARC is funded by a significant grant from the Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), a private foundation, to create a digital library that documents, preserves, and provides open access to the history of this community.

The library will be a free online resource that combines archived digitized print materials, born-digital content, websites, oral histories, personal collections, and other related records and publications. The goals of the DLARC are to document the history of amateur radio and to provide freely available educational resources for researchers, students, and the general public. This innovative project includes:

  • A program to digitize print materials, such as newsletters, journals, books, pamphlets, physical ephemera, and other records from both institutions, groups, and individuals.
  • A digital archiving program to archive, curate, and provide access to “born-digital” materials, such as digital photos, websites, videos, and podcasts.
  • A personal archiving campaign to ensure the preservation and future access of both print and digital archives of notable individuals and stakeholders in the amateur radio community.
  • Conducting oral history interviews with key members of the community.
    Preservation of all physical and print collections donated to the Internet Archive.

READ THE FULL ARTICAL HERE

Fall Simplex Drill @ Nov 19th

There will be a Simplex Exercise Conducted on Saturday Morning November 19th Beginning at 10 AM and will conclude at 12 Noon for ALL of the Southwest District. The Map below shows everyone’s County Simplex Frequencies. As before, EC’s are to start their County Net on their County repeater {Allegheny: 147.090+} for everyone to check in on, then proceed to your County Simplex Frequency and make as many contacts as possible. Then at 10:30am Operators can try to reach any of the Counties they can. Operators do not have to stop at noon, but the nets can close.

Steel City members should have their radios program for Allegheny County ARES simplex channel of 146.550 Mhz. {You should also have 146.520 Mhz National Calling frequency program into your radio too}. We will need a couple of operators to man the ECOM station at the club house.

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If you want to be part of the 2m range test and try to reach other counties here is our neighboring counties simplex frequencies:

Beaver 146.580
Butler 147.570
Armstrong 147.540
Westmoreland 146.580
Fayette 147.540
Washington 147.570

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

Good Crowd For Set Test

Steel City had a good turn out for the Fall 2022 SET TEST at the club house.   We all learn how to handle some National Traffic across both HF bands and VHF bands. I want to thank everyone that showed up for todays event.  Tom KB3NIX, Art WA3BKD,  Walt KA3YNO, Sue KA3JKS, John KA3SZO, K3YY Paul, Bill  KC3THE , Michael N3TDV, Karl, WA3VXJ, Kathy KA3VXM {Who brought all the goodies}

And my Public Service Chairperson: Mike WA3PYU

Germany bring back Novice Class License

Germany is bring back the Novice Class License but with a twist. They are introducing an entry-level amateur radio license, it will be limited to just 10w EIRP in the 144 and 430 MHz bands and will be allowed to build their own equipment.
“N” = Novice New!
“E” = approximate U.S. Tech class
“A” = approximate U.S. Extra class


A translation of the DARC post reads:

Today [June 7], the Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport presented the draft of a new amateur radio regulation that will bring some innovations for all radio amateurs.

The chairman of the DARC e. V. and the Round Table Amateur Radio (RTA), Christian Entsfellner, DL3MBG was pleased: “The new regulation implements long-standing requirements of the DARC and the Round Table Amateur Radio. Remote operation will finally be allowed in the future. The Ministry has also implemented our demand for a beginner class, which has existed since 2008.

This makes it much easier to get started with amateur radio.” While the existing classes E and A are raised in level due to the introduction of new topics from digital technology, class N focuses on operational knowledge, regulations and basic knowledge of the technology.

Holders of the new Class N will be allowed to transmit on 2m and 70cm with a maximum power of 10W EIRP. “The new entry-level class should offer access to amateur radio in particular to young people and older people in accordance with international requirements,” explains board member Ronny Jerke, DG2RON. The legally stipulated self-build right is not restricted, so even beginners can develop, set up and put into operation radio devices or hotspots themselves.

The exam will follow a cumulative system. First of all, the exam for class N is taken, which already contains all questions from the areas of operational knowledge and regulations. The technical test for class E and then for class A can then be taken.

“The examination catalogs developed by the DARC for the three classes are structured in such a way that the content and questions are not repeated. Content that has already been examined in a lower class no longer plays a role in the examination for a higher class. So all future radio amateurs go through the exams of class N, through E to class A. It should be possible to take all the exams in one day.

Good Reads

“Solder Smoke” is the story of a secret, after-hours life in electronics. Bill Meara started out as a normal kid, from a normal American town. But around the age of 12 he got interested in electronics, and he has never been the same. To make matters worse, when he got older he became a diplomat. His work has taken him to Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, the Spanish Basque Country, the Dominican Republic, the Azores islands of Portugal, London, and, most recently, Rome. In almost all of these places his addiction to electronics caused him to seek out like-minded radio fiends, to stay up late into the night working on strange projects, and to build embarrassingly large antennas above innocent foreign neighborhoods.

Check it out on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/SolderSmoke-Global-Adventures-Wireless-Electronics/dp/0578053128

Boy Scout Merit Badge @ SCARC

On August 5-6, 2022 the Steel City ARC will be doing the Boy Scout of America Radio Merit Badge at the Steel City club house.  Steel City ARC will be needing operators to help the scouts make contact so that they can finish their education and earn the Radio Merit badge. Members are encourage to let there local troop know of this event and they can be invite. If additional troop wish to use the Steel City clubhouse for radio merit badge please contact Jeff N3EVN at n3evn {at} yahoo {dit} com.

WE ARE IN NEED OF OPERATORS TO STANDBY TO MAKE CONTACTS WITH THE SCOUTS

For Merit Badge Information: Radio Merit Badge PDF

 

Steel City ARC @ Community Days

Saturday July 23 TIMES   ~4:00 PM – Till The End Of The Fireworks.
Steel City ARC is planning to have a educational booth at this event.  This is a good public event to attend to educate to the public that Ham Radio is alive and well in 2022.  We are look for some people to help man the booth and would be will to talk with the public about ham Radio

Location:
Ohio Township Community Park | 325 Nicholson Road | Sewickley, PA 15143

Enjoy a fun-filled evening at the park!  The parade will kick off festivities at 5pm, and a dazzling firework display at dusk will close out the night.  There will also be plenty of activities and entertainment for all ages including demonstrations by the fire department, a Touch-A-Truck event, Food Trucks, kids activities, local vendors, live music, and more!

They Invented the Future

From the article: Xerox Parc’s Engineers on How They Invented the Future
Read the full article here: https://spectrum.ieee.org/xerox-parc

“I’ve always thought the fact that [David] Boggs was a ham radio operator was important…. [He] knew that you could communicate reliably through an unreliable medium. I’ve often wondered what would have happened if he hadn’t had that background.”
—Bert Sutherland

“I’ve always thought the fact that Boggs was a ham radio operator was important,” Sutherland said. “It had a great impact on the way the Ethernet was designed, because the Ethernet fundamentally doesn’t work reliably. It’s like citizens’ band radio, or any of the other kinds of radio communication, which are fundamentally not reliable in the way that we think of the telephone. Because you know it basically doesn’t work, you do all the defensive programming—the ‘say again, you were garbled’ protocols that were worked out for radio communication. And that makes the resulting network function extremely reliably.”

“Boggs was a ham and knew that you could communicate reliably through an unreliable medium. I’ve often wondered what would have happened if he hadn’t had that background,” Sutherland added.

Once the Ethernet was built, using it was fairly simple: a computer that wanted to send a message would wait and see whether the cable was clear. If it was, the machine would send the information in a packet prefaced with the address of its recipient. If two messages collided, the machines that sent them would each wait for a random interval before trying again.

One innovative use for the network had nothing to do with people sending messages to one another; it involved communication solely between machines. Because the dynamic memory chips were so unreliable in those days, the Alto also ran a memory check when it wasn’t doing anything else. Its response to finding a bad chip was remarkable: “It would send a message telling which Alto was bad, which slot had the bad board, and which row and column had the bad chips,” Thornburg said. “The reason I found out about this was that one day the repairman showed up and said, ‘Any time you’re ready to power down, I need to fix your Alto,’ and I didn’t even know anything was wrong.”