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!

January 29/30, 2022


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

 

WASH Two Meter Contest – Jan 8th

This January will mark the Twenty-Second Annual WASH Two Meter Contest. We’re looking forward to a chance to stretch our legs, our wheels, and our antennas once again! Unfortunately, there’s no way to know if we’re having WASHfest at this time, so we can’t guarantee the typical door-prize ticket awards, but you can still expect a fun operating event where you can hear some old friends, and maybe make some new ones!

Date & Times: Saturday, January 8th , 2021 from 7 to 11 PM EST. (That’s
January 9th 0000-0400 UTC to the purists!)

Objectives:
♦ To make as many contacts as possible
♦ To have fun!
Band, Mode & Frequencies: The contest will take place solely on 2 meter
band.
FM : FM simplex only, no repeater contacts. See list of recommended
simplex channels at the end of the rules.
CW: 144.05 to 144.1 MHz Only.
SSB & AM: 144.2 to 144.275 MHz Only.
Digital (including RTTY): 144.51 to 144.55 MHz.
→ Note: Listen for CW QSO’s around 144.1 MHZ 15 minutes after the hour
→ Listen for SSB & AM QSO’s around 144.2 MHz 30 minutes after the hour
→ Listen for Digital QSO’s around 144.51 MHZ 45 minutes after the hour
Power Limit: Maximum 100 watts output.
Exchange : Callsign, contact number, ZIP Code.

Check Out The Complete Rules & More Information Here
http://n3sh.org/WASHRAG/2021/WASH1221.pdf
See page 10 of Newsletter


Steel City is asking for a small group of operators to help operate this contest at the SCARC club house.  I know in the past Bobbie would operate this contest for us and do very well. Let light up the VHF band this year in Bobby memory!

SSTV from ISS Dec 1 & 2

Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) plan to transmit slow-scan TV (SSTV) images on December 1 – 2 on 145.800 MHz FM using SSTV mode PD120.

The transmissions from RS0ISS will be part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will originate in the Russian ISS Service Module (Zvezda) using a Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver. Transmissions are scheduled for December 1 from 1210 – 1910 UTC and December 2 from 1140 – 1720 UTC. Dates and times are subject to change.

The signal should be receivable on a handheld transceiver with a quarter-wave whip antenna. Use the widest channel spacing.

Predictions for ISS pass times are available on the AMSAT website. Visit the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) SSTV blog for more information.

See updates here: { An EVA might change scheduled}:
https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/2021/11/december-mai-experiment.html

CHAPTER 6 QCWA MEETING

On December 4th Saturday at 3:00 pm the QCWA Chapter 6 will be having there business meeting at Jabby Joe’s Bar and Grill 1562 Island Ave, Mc Kees Rocks, PA 15136 . Everyone is invited to come Xyl’s, Yl’s., Om’s even if your not a member. The meeting does not last long and afterwards it becomes a rag chew. So again come on down and break bread, swap lies and a great way to see your fellow hams for a holiday celebration.

 

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

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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

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