SKYWARN Recognition Day

SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY

SKYWARN Recognition Day – acknowledges the contributions of public service volunteers who provide essential weather information as it’s happening. Each year on the first Saturday in December, the day honors those volunteers who pay attention when the wind picks up, or the sky turns dark. Their efforts keep their communities safer by communication warnings to the National Weather Service.

The observance recognizes the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations. It also strengthens the bond between Amateur Radio operators and the local National Weather Service.

Around the country, nearly 290,000 Skywarn® weather spotters volunteer their time. They identify severe weather that could potentially affect life and property. Spotters warn the National Weather Service of the threat of thunderstorms, tornados, and floods.


12-2 PM    December 4th

W3KWH Operations At The Club

12:00 to 2:00 PM on Saturday is our assigned time slot to operate HF from the clubhouse.  We will be needing operators during that time slot to operate!  Members and pending members are invited to attend. Techs will be allowed to operate on HF due to control ops being present.

NU3Q plans to be at the club for the event on Friday night 12/3 for about two hours and Saturday morning 12/4. We need operators to cover the afternoon and evening shifts on Saturday and to assist NU3Q while he is at the club. We will use the following: “This is W3KWH for WX3PIT Skywarn Recognition Day”. Please keep a log of your W3KWH QSO’s – NU3Q will submit the W3KWH QSO’s to the NWS.

More Information:
https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition
https://www.weather.gov/pbz/skywarn


SKYWARN Recognition Day Operating Instructions

1. Object SKYWARNTM Recognition Day serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators Skywarn Spotters during threatening weather.

  • Amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.
  • Non-Amateur Radio Spotters to exchange weather information as often as possible via Social Media with NWS Offices.

2. Date NWS stations may operate at any time during December 5, 2020 from 0000 – 2400 UTC.

3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two word description of the weather occurring at your site (“sunny”, “partly cloudy”, “windy”, etc.).

4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event stations will append “NWS” to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS). NWS offices may also participate via Social Media platforms throughout the 24 hour period.

5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.

6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion of SRD.

Slides from ATV Workshop

Thanks for all that attended the workshop.  The input was much appreciated and I think we have a plan to go forward.  A request for funding will be made at our next business meeting.   Below are the slides from the presentation there are a lot of links in the presentation that you can click on to learn more.  You will have to download the PDF to click on the links.  The video will take some time to clean up.

Click here to download PDF with Links

ATV Workshop

Video of the Workshop

 

Amateur Television – Workshop Nov 6th

Amateur Television Workshop – Analog or Digital?
Saturday Nov 6th @ 1:00 PM
At the Steel City Club House

On Nov 6th at 1:00PM the Steel City ARC will be hosting a workshop where we are going to ask for your input on setting up a video beacon here at our club house.  The purpose behind this is to see if there is still enough interest in ATV and to bring it back on the air.  If it turns out there is enough interest this could lead to an ATV repeater being put back on the air.

Back in ~2000? the Steel City Club house hosted an popular ATV repeater. While that repeater is no longer on the air, interest in ATV never really went away, which bring us back to today. At our last business meeting Karl, WA3VXJ brought up an ideal for bring back ATV by starting with an beacon transmitter. It turns out there a good number of ham interested still in ATV and eager to give it a try.

Bringing back ATV brings up a lot of new questions now.  Television has changed a lot now that it has gone digital. So the first question is which video mode do we transmit in good old fashion analog NTSC, or one of the two digital video modes  DVB-T or ATSC.   For Ham Radio the DVB-T equipment is out there and seem to be the most popular.  DVB-T is the commercial television format that is used around the world where as ATSC is the American format that is used in our country.  The problem with ATSC is the equipment is harder to find for transmitting where DVB-T can use USB dongles found on Ebay. To receive the DVB-T signal the ham would need to use a simple USB SDR dongle.

Click on Image for Wikipedia Article

While researching for this article I was able to find an ATSC modulator on Ebay but so far I have not found any ham using one of these to modulate a video signal. So doing ATSC would be possible but might be harder to do for the average ham radio operator to set up and transmitter.  Receiving an ATSC signal should be a lot easier do to television made for the USA are build to receive ATSC.  Using either one of these devices still would require an purchase of an amplifier.

So on November 6th come up to the Steel City club house and learn more about ATV. Plus let us hear your opinion about bring back ATV to the ham radio community. We want to hear about which modes to use or since this is going to be a beacon maybe transmit in more than one mode.  This is open for all ham radio operators you do not need to be a member of SCARC to attend.

Literally “see” you on the air

Need help find the SCARC Club House? Click Here!


Recommended Reading: Check back often for updates

https://kh6htv.files.wordpress.com/2021/02/an-55a-atv-handbook-1.pdf

Got something to share sent it to me n3lrg {at} w3kwh {dit} com

ATV – Bring It Back?

UPDATE! – We are planning an meeting open to all ham operators interested in ATV we will be announcing the date soon.

As talked about at the Oct. business meeting:
Karl, WA3VXJ is interested in bring back ATV {Amateur Television} as a beacon for now. Steel City ARC had an ATV repeater set up on 426 Mhz. But now an then we get request about what happen to the ATV repeater. As you know television has change a lot, there is no more commercial analog TV transmitters any more. Everything has gone digital now, so if we set up ATV beacon what should we use for the Beacon? Good old fashion NTSC analog? digital? and if we do digital which format the American ATSC format or the European DVB format? If your interested in bring back ATV let Karl know. – Comments?

Talk – WA3TFS Designs for Amateur Radio

WA3TFS Designs for Amateur Radio
Talk & Demo Oct 6th @ 7:00 PM

Jim Forkin, WA3TFS will be giving a talk about kit building and his kit that he has for sale at our Oct 6th, Wednesday night social meeting.  The talk will begin at 7:00 PM.

Jim will be talking about some of his kits like, Simple FM SFR transceiver for 10 or 6 meters {See picture}, An simple SDR receiver for 1 kHz to 1.7 GHz, Using Arduino’s microprocessors for ham radio applications. He will also talk about the advantages of software control radios.

Check out his website: http://wa3tfs.com

SHACOG Technical Rescue Demo & Talk

On Sept 25th the steel City ARC hosted the SHACOG Technical Rescue Team as they practice there yearly recertification on tower rescue.  Dean from the team gave an excellent talk on how to prep for a tower climb, gear that is needed, what to do if an accident does happen, and finally what the ground personnel needs to know.

Tower Rescue

Power Point Down Load Here: Tower Rescue

How to put on a harness: Donning Harness Poster 092019.pdf
Harness inspection form: Inspection Form Harness_Fillable.pdf
Understanding ANSI Z359 Fall Protection: Understanding ANSI Z359.pdf

Here is the the photos taken during the demo:

VE Session – Wednesday 22nd

Wednesday – Sept 22nd

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

Tower Safety Talk & Demo

DATE NOW CONFIRM:

Saturday Sept 25th @ 1:00 PM

Steel City ARC will be hosting an Tower Safety talk & demo at our club house on Saturday Sept 25th @ 1:00 PM. Due to the importance of this subject we are opening this up to all radio operators in the Tri-State area. Please RSVP below so we can give them a head count.

South Hills Area Council of Governments {SHACOG} – Technical Rescue Team This team is designed to address incidents such as confined space rescue, rope rescue, high angle rescue, trench rescue and water rescue. In addition to having to meet minimum qualifications for membership, team members also undergo routine, continuous training in their specialties and are certified in each.   While they undergo their yearly training they are going to offer ham radio operators a training demo and talk on tower safety.

We have lost some hams due to tower climbing issues this will be a good way to learn  the proper and safe way of doing this.  Attendees will learn the following.

  • What equipment is needed for the climb
  • Electrical and RF safety measures
  • What is needed to prep the tower before the climb
  • Proper way to climb the tower
  • What the ground personal will need to know to support the climb
  • And what to do when thing go wrong

This is only going to be a demo and safety talk no ham radio operators will be allow to be on our towers, only the Technical Rescue Team will be allowed to climb.  Since this is a outside demo please bring an lawn chair to sit in during the demo.  There will  be refreshments at the club house for the attendees.

If your interested in attending this event please RSVP at:
https://forms.gle/99B6QYExtCiQJyGf9

Again we just want to know how many people are going to show up so we can give SHACOG and idea in case they want to break up into smaller groups.

 

Digital Training Starting

This week we will begin from scratch. If you are new to Digital or have some interest in it this is the place for you. This is also in preparation for the up coming SET September 18th. Old timers I’d love to have you in for your experience and knowledge and anything new you may have picked up.

All sessions are a combination Zoom meeting and live on air training. Typically on 80m around 3.582

Please find attached a FlDIGI and Winlink guide to help you get your radio and computer setup PRIOR to session. If you don’t have your system set up or are having trouble please feel free to email in the evenings at w3xox {at} hotmail {dit} com  we can set up some time to get you up and running. I will be glad to assist you in getting your rig and PC set up.

We will be going over the basics of FlDigi and making sure all of your setting are correct. If someone has questions on digital modes or operations please bring them to the table as well.

The Zoom session will most likely be active by 6:30. Looking forward to exploring FlDigi suite, Js8, Winlink and who knows what else will end up at. Hope to see you there. On air session to be held on or about 3.582.

NOTE! Sept 1st class cancel due to storm Ida

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Kevin P. Lear    W3XOX
WPA Southeast DEC
Blair Co. ARES EC / ACS Officer
W3XOX {at} arrl {dit} net

Fldigi Quick Start Setup Guide

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