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.

HF Aeronautical bands

There is still plenty of activity on the HF Aeronautical bands. You can listen to civil and military aircraft every day with just some frugal hardware. Whether you are using a Software Defined Radio (SDR), an old school HF receiver, or utilizing a WebSDR, there is plenty to monitor when you know where to look.

Thew below video will give you the basics of where to find the Aviation Communications that take place from 3-30 MHz (HF / Shortwave). The video  covers VOLMET broadcasts, the Major World Air Route Areas (MWARA), and Military Nets like the US Global Communications System (HFGCS). Remember, these signals travel thousands of miles. It can be quite exciting to receive them over such great distances. When editing this video I was listening to a VOLMET station in Auckland, New Zealand – a distance of over 7500 miles (12,200km) away!

 

Learn About Your New Antenna

Mosley Signal Master Series
“SIGNAL-MASTER”  –  40 Meters
Time to learn a new antenna coming to Steel City this July. This will be going up on our far tower.

“Forty” is the HOT band now and the Mosley “Signal-Master” antennas are the beams to give your signal real authority!These rugged beauties are designed and engineered to provide the performance you need whether you are DX hunting or relaxing in a pleasant rag-chewing session.

Efficient Link Coupled Feed Coils are weather and dirt-proof offering resonant frequency stability under all weather conditions. Pre-drilled and color-coded elements for ease of assembly.

MODEL S-402-3
Frequency, MHz 7
Forward Gain, dBd 5.2
Front-to Back Ratio, dB 24
Power Rating, watts CW 1000+
Power Rating, watts SSB 2000+
VSWR at frequency 1.5/1
Feed Point Impedance, ohms 50-52
Number of Elements 2
Boom Length 24 ft / 7.32 m
Turning Radius 27 ft / 8.23 m
Mast Size, in. hardware equipped 3″ Boom Upgrade
Maximum Element Length 45 ft / 13.72 m
Assembled weight (approx.) 70 lbs / 31.75 kg
Wind Surface Area 7.5 sq ft / 0.697 sq m
Wind Load, EIA 80 MPH 225 lbs / 102.06 kg
Warranty 2 Years
Recommended Coax RG-8 / RG-213

NOTE** We went with the 3″ Boom Upgrade

6 Meter Opening to Japan

Been on the air lately?  There been a lot of good opening all over the world…
From: Bobby N3LL
“I been on six meters since about 1980 and never worked one from WPA area
cool screen shots from wsjt…wow was it wild and fun !!!!”
JR1LZK
YUTAKA “Tak” TASAKI
4-25 HIGASHI-SAKURAGAWA
MITO, IBARAKI 310-0811
Japan
Click on image for Full Screen

June 2021 Annular Solar Eclipse

HamSCI is looking for ham radio operators to make recordings of time-standard stations during the June 2021 annular solar eclipse across the Arctic Circle as part of a citizen science experiment. Researchers will use the crowd-sourced data to investigate the superimposed effects of auroral particle precipitation and the eclipse on HF Doppler shift.

Participants would collect data using an HF radio connected to a computer running open-source software. A precision frequency standard, such as a GPS-disciplined oscillator, is desired but not required to participate. Radio amateurs and shortwave listeners around the globe are invited to take part, even stations far from the path of totality.

Last year’s eclipse festivals included more than 100 participants from 45 countries. The experiment will run June 7 – 12. All participants will receive QSL certificates and updates as the data is processed. This is a pilot experiment for HamSCI’s Personal Space Weather Station project, which seeks to develop a global network monitoring the geospace environment. For more information and set-up instructions, visit the June 2021 Arctic Eclipse Festival page on the HamSCI

LightCube – A Fun Ham Cubesat

The ASU CubeSat, named LightCube, is about the size of a toaster and will be deployed to low-Earth orbit (LEO). Its unique feature is that it can be commanded by anyone with an amateur radio license and a ham radio to set off a xenon flash from the spacecraft that will be visible from the ground.

“The public will be able to track the LightCube satellite using an app, then transmit to the satellite with a ham radio. Once the signal has been received, they will see a flash from the satellite in the night sky,” said Principal Investigator Jaime Sanchez de la Vega, of Vega Space Systems, who graduated in 2019 from ASU with a double major in aerospace and electrical engineering from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

“This is an education-based mission,” said Jacobs, who is also an assistant professor at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. “Our goal in building and launching a spacecraft that can be commanded by the public is to inspire everyone to learn about telecommunications, spacecraft design, atmospheric and climate science, and orbital mechanics.”

Read More:
https://news.asu.edu/20210520-asu-student-built-spacecraft-interact-public

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-announces-12th-round-of-candidates-for-cubesat-space-missions

Volunteer Opportunities – Hams Needed

Westmoreland Airshow
Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
Latrobe, PA   May 29 & 30
Volunteer Contact: docsam33@gmail.com

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Schenley Park – Pittsburgh, PA
July 24 & 25
Volunteer Contact:  n3mjpcorky@gmail.com
Text Message Only: (724) 217-5458

Pittsburgh Great Race
Information Pending:  Sept ?, 2021
Volunteer Contact allegheny@nu3q.us
Website: https://www.rungreatrace.com/


Calling All Artist

Members!
The Steel City 80th Anniversary is coming up fast. As you know we will be having a special event station from Aug 8th to the 15th. We need some art work for the certificate that we will be mailing out for people that work our special event station.  So we will be taking suggestion for the certificate so you artist out there let’s get creative art work.

Please submit your artwork suggestion to n3lrg@w3kwh.com the cert will be in the format of 8×10.