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.

ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSSBAND TEST

The Department of Defense will host this year’s Armed Forces Day (AFD) Cross-Band Test, scheduled for May7-8, 2021. This annual event is open to all licensed amateur radio operators, and will not impact any public or private communications. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this event, which is only an exercise scenario, designed to include hobbyist and government radio operators alike.

The AFD Cross-Band Test is a unique opportunity to test two-way communications between military communicators and radio stations in the Amateur Radio Service (ARS), as authorized in 47 CFR 97.111. These tests provide opportunities and challenges for radio operators to demonstrate individual technical skills in a tightly-controlled exercise scenario that does not impact any public or private communications.

Military stations will transmit on selected military frequencies and will announce the specific ARS frequencies monitored. All times are ZULU (Z), and all frequencies are Upper Side Band (USB) unless otherwise noted. The frequencies used for the test will not impact any public or private communications, and will not stray outside the confines of the exercise.

The following stations will be making two way radiotelephone contacts with stations in the ARS between the time periods listed on the frequencies listed in Kilohertz below.

For more information & scheduled:
http://www.dodmars.org/home/armed-forces-day-2021

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

Activation of Rare IOTA Islands

The Russian Robinson Club (RRC) has resumed its plans to activate rare Kiska Island (IOTA NA-070) and Adak Island (IOTA NA-039) in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands chain in July for Islands on the Air (IOTA) enthusiasts. Plans to activate these islands in 2020 were called off because of COVID-19 concerns.

The uninhabited Kiska Island (52.06° N, 177.57° E) lies in the North Pacific’s treacherous Bering Sea, which RRC calls one of the most intense patches of ocean on Earth and where strong winds, freezing temperatures, and icy water are the norm. The island also features the prominent conical Kiska volcano. Kiska Island is a National Historic Landmark and part of the Aleutian Islands World War II National Monument and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (AMNWR). Permission to visit is required from both Alaska’s Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Read the full article:
http://www.arrl.org/news/russian-robinson-club-announces-activation-of-rare-iota-islands-in-the-aleutians

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/

World Amateur Radio Day

Sunday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD). This year marks the 96th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded at the 1925 International Radiotelegraph Conference in Paris. ARRL co founder and first president, Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, was there, and today, ARRL is the International Secretariat of the IARU. ARRL has resources that members can use to celebrate WARD, including graphics for social media posts and radio club websites, as well as a printable flyer.

On World Amateur Radio Day, all radio amateurs are invited to take to the airwaves to share global goodwill with other amateurs. ARRL encourages members to promote the value of amateur radio to family and friends, and in their communities. Many volunteer ARRL Public Information Officers and Public Information Coordinators throughout the US use the time leading up to WARD as an opportunity to reach out to the media to share information about amateur radio.


Steel City members – Check your email for a survey questionnaire 

Please fill it out by Friday

Hamvention QSO Party

Hamvention QSO Party will be held as a 12 hour event on Saturday of what would have been the Hamvention weekend: May 22, 2021 8am to 8pm EDT.  Typical call will be: CQ CQ Hamvention QSO Party (Your call).   Typical exchange will be signal report and first year you attended Hamvention; ex. on CW: KB8XXX 599 1998 W4XX

Modes and Bands
Modes: CW, SSB
Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters.

Scoring
Count one point for each unique call worked on each band and each mode.
W8BI is 10 bonus points per band and mode.

More Information: https://hamvention.org/qso-party-2021/

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


Toilet Paper Tube Mic

 MC-50 and Yaesu M-1

Back in the 80’s the MC-50 mic with Kenwood Rigs was considered about as good as it gets for SSB audio. Word got around that sliding a toilet paper tube over the MC-50 mic altered the frequency response (obviously) and enhanced the tonal quality of the mic. I tried it and never took it off for several years. Yaesu has brought it back! (well– in a more sophisticated method.) As a design feature of the M-1 Reference Mic. They call it “Treble Boost Cowling”!

See what an $650 mic get you!
Read the Full article here: https://wa4d.radio/