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.

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/

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