NOTE! – Support our sister club special event station this weekend

Company LogoApr 29-May 1, 1400Z-2000Z, N3P
3.960 MHz  &  7.172.MHz
Certificate & QSL.

Skyview Radio Society – N3P, 2335 Turkey Ridge Rd., Upper Burrell, PA 15068. Multiple N#P Stations across the country will be located in each of the ten ARRL sections – All stations will be on SSB. This nationwide Special Event’s aim is raising awareness of pancreatic cancer research and support by the PanCAN (Pancreatic Cancer Network) during its national Purple Stride event. Each station will highlight any ham operator, or friends and family members who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer located in that Section. Also, we’ll provide access to how PanCAN helps patients with support and funding of research projects. Event Bonus stations will be located at Purple Stride locations and will offer special QSL cards. Each N#P station web page on the ARRL Special Event tab will provide QSL submission information. A Clean Sweep Certificate will be awarded for contacting all section stations.

QSL card requests need SASE. For Clean Sweep certificate, include $1 please. . rybar1949@gmail.com

Rockall Dxepedition – June 2023

Rockall - geograph.org.uk - 1048791.jpgIn June 2023 a team will land on Rockall Island, more than 200 nautical miles from the West Coast of Scotland and the nearest civilization. Their intention is to break the current world record for time spent on Rockall, and to raise as much for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity as possible.

57°35’28.79″ N 13°41’11.39″ W

Rockall is an uninhabitable granite islet situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. The nearest permanently inhabited place is North Uist, an island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, 200NM to the east.

The UK claimed Rockall on 18 September 1955 when “Two Royal Marines and a civilian naturalist, led by Royal Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Desmond Scott, raised a Union flag on the islet and cemented a plaque into the rock”.

Rockall stands at 233 feet above sea level at it’s tallest point, covering an area of just 8438 square feet.

WEBSITE: https://www.rockallexped.com/#theexpedition
WIKIPEDIA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockall

2023 World Amateur Radio Day

EDIT: This is also the Steel City Business Meeting Night, can someone volunteer to bring a cake?

WARD is held on April 18 every year and is celebrated by radio amateurs and their national associations which are organized as member-societies of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). It was on this day in 1925 that the IARU was formed in Paris. American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim was its first president.

The IARU announced previously that Human Security for All (HS4A) will be this year’s World Amateur Radio Day theme. The day is being celebrated with a 2-week operating event occurring April 11 – 25. Special event stations will be operating from around the world, making two-way radio contacts to call attention to the HS4A campaign. The United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security describes ‘human security’ as “a more powerful, lasting approach to the most difficult deficits in peace and development,” such as poverty, war, and natural disasters.

ARRL encourages all radio amateurs to take to the airwaves for WARD, to enjoy our global friendship with other amateurs, and to show our skills and capabilities to the public.

More information about 2023 World Amateur Radio Day is available at www.arrl.org/world-amateur-radio-day 

Trail Day Adventure

Created by Paul Signorelli, W0RW on 2023-03-30

This Trail Day adventure started by boarding the Manitou & Pike’s Peak Cog Railway at Manitou Springs, Colorado. The ‘Cog’ is a train that can go up a very steep incline because it drives itself up on a third rail which has big cog teeth on it.

You can see the Cog train route pictures at http://www.cograilway.com/alongroute.htm

There are exciting times on the rails too, one uphill train engineer threw an old oil rag out on the tracks to warn the downhill train engineer of a broken rail. Not too bad going up but you better take it slow going downhill, He said. Of course, they have 2 big springs at the bottom of the tracks to stop runaway cars, Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs.

Hiking down Pikes Peak from the top or from Barr Camp sounds easy but it can find the weakest part of your body and blow it out. Knees, ankles and Hiking shoes can become instruments of torture and blistering is guaranteed. More hiking information is at: https://www.pikes-peak.com/hiking-pikes-peak-mountain/

To start this downhill hike (Which I called Trail Day because it coincided with Field Day) I rode the COG train up to the ‘Mountain View’ siding. It was only $10 for a one-way ticket (expect to pay more now). When you jump off the train in the middle of an extremely remote place like this, with your backpack on, you will see a lot of envious tourists on the train who wish they could be going along with you. I hiked across the face of Pike’s Peak over to Barr Camp, I made several contacts on the trail before Field Day started.

Barr Camp is a wilderness cabin midway on the Barr Trail which goes from Manitou Springs to the top of Pike’s Peak. Barr Camp cooks up Breakfast and Dinners, sells candy and supplies, and has a bunk house for hikers.

It is like a mountain oasis, there are picnic tables and a bench swing that is set by the stream to comfort the tired hikers.


Track a Weather Balloon

Want to track a weather balloon here is a very neat website that tracks all the weather balloon across the country.  Here in Pittsburgh the NWS launch balloons at  7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Some times at other times like during storms.


The SondeHub Tracker provides live and historical view of the data contained within the SondeHub Radiosonde telemetry database. This data is openly available, and licensed under Creative Commons By-SA 2.0. While primarily designed to assist with the tracking, recovery and re-use of meteorological radiosondes, it also provides a view of the meteorological data gathered by these devices.

So who wants to go on a fox hunt?

Upcoming Events

March 25th – 10 am – 12 Noon — ARES Meeting for Allegheny County open to all members and non-members

April 1st – 9 AM – 12 Noon — SET TEST @ Club house

April 22nd – TBA — Carnegie Library @ Carnegie Open House

May 21st — Komen Race For The Cure — Volunteers are needed

June 3rd – June 18th — Lewis  Clark On The Air – Special Event Station

June 24th – June 25th — FIELD DAY 2023

June 24th — Rachel Carson Trail Challenge – Volunteers are needed

July 15th – July 16th — Vintage Grant Prix – Volunteers are needed

Sept 24th — Pittsburgh Great Race — Volunteers are needed

Sign Up Today & Support These Runners


We are getting down to our last several week before the race start.  We can not let an aid station go without radio communications most of the site have no cellular service.  So Ham Radio operators are a must have.  Please follow the link below to see the still open slots.  This has been an enjoyable and fun public service event to work.

Click Here For More Information and to sign up: W3KWH.net/Rabid


Most Recent Runner Counts:
64 — 100 Mile Ultra
37 — 100 Kilometer Ultra
234 — 20 Mile Marathon
112 — Midnight 20 Marathon
5 — Relay Teams
Updated 3/6/23

Pittsburgher Goes To Space

Woody Hoburg is a Pittsburgh native and ham radio operator KB3HTZ is heading to space very early Monday morning. { 1:45 AM }  He is the pilot aboard SpaceX Crew-6 Dragon Spaceship. He will be spending the next 6 month on board the International Space Station keeping busy doing science work.   I got to know Woody from the Tripoli Rocket Assc. and its Pittsburgh chapter, his father had to get certified just so Woody could fly the big rockets since at the time he was under age. The group now has a Junior program due to the success Woody had.  I had the privilege of being the Prefect {safety officer} of the group when he went for his level 3 certification flight at our tiny field, it was something to see that huge flag rocket in our small field. God Speed Woody and have some fun flying into space.


NASA Need Ham Radio Operators

The HamSCI Festivals of Eclipse Ionospheric Science will occur October 14, 2023 and April 8, 2024 during spectacular North American solar eclipses.

The Festivals will consist of multiple events, each with a goal of increasing our understanding of sun-ionosphere-earth relationships. ​Participants will include volunteer amateur radio operators, short wave listeners and science researchers from multiple US universities.

HamSCI FoEIS Events in which you can participate

  • The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP)
  • The Gladstone Signal Spotting Challenge (GSSC)
  • Learn how to participate by visiting the HamSCI FoEIS Contest Info Page
Planned Events – Details To Be Announced at a Future Time
  • Doppler Effects on the Reception of WWV and CHU Utilizing the Grape 2 Low-IF Receiver
  • The Use of Time Delay of Arrival (TDOA) Measurements to Profile Ionospheric Layer Height Changes During Solar Eclipses
  • Tracking Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances Using Doppler-shifts of AM Broadcast Stations
  • ​VLF Reception Exercise

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