Business Meeting @ May 18th

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Steel City Business Meeting

Tuesday – May 18th @ 6:30 PM

At the club house

Due to the COVID-19 the meeting will be held outside and since not everyone being vaccinated mask will be required.  If it rains the meeting will be held on ZOOM.  Due to the outside meeting we have to move the meeting up so we wont run out of sunlight.

Watch this website for the latest alerts!
If your not willing to wear an mask please do not come

VE Testing Session – Wed. May 19th

Wednesday – May 19th @ 7:00 PM

Chris Grimm K3PQ is our VE Testing examiner contact person.  People interesting in becoming an amateur radio operator or planning to upgrade their license should get in touch with Chris at the email/phone below.   The testing sessions will be held on the Wednesday after the Steel City Business meeting at 7:00 PM at the Steel City club house. {DIRECTIONS HERE}  Preregistration is highly recommend and will have priority, but walk-in’s will be allowed if space is available. Update or get your license now before the FCC $35 charge comes into affect.

For more information and contact details see our VE-Testing page
http://w3kwh.com/ve-testing/

Since this is an public event mask are required.
We do have picnic tables outside for those that don’t want to go in the building.

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

Winlink Webinar – Time to learn more

Winlink Basics – May 15, 2021 at 10:00 am (via Zoom)

As part of our series of EPA ARRL Section online seminars, we invite you to register for “Winlink Basics” presented by Mark Wheeler, KZ3MW, on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00 am (via Zoom).  During Field Day in June I’m going to encourage everyone to send me your Section Manager Messages and your 10 messages for bonus points via Winlink.  If you are not familiar with this handy tool, now’s your chance to take a look at it.

To register online, click this link: https://epa-arrl.org/classes

Tentative Outline:

  • History of WinLink
    • Solved the problem of Internet mail access from anywhere to anyone, at anytime via radio
    • Not a rag chew or chat mode; best for hi-speed xfer of complex msgs & email
  • Who uses WinLink and why?  (ARC, SHARES, ARES)
  • Why use WinLink via radio instead of other digital text protocols, voice messaging, or CW?
  • What is the difference between WinLink via RMS and WinLink PtP?
  • Connecting your radio and computer to be WinLink-capable
  • Which communication protocol should you use to connect?
    • Differences among Telnet, Pactor, Packet, ARDOP, VARA HF and VARA FM
  • What does WinLink look / sound like?

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

Steel City Business Meeting – April 11th @ 1pm

Status Update: Business Meeting is a go!

Forecast is calling for rain over night ending in the early morning.  By 1:00 PM temps will be 67 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Please bring lawn chair and mask.


Business Meeting

Sunday April 11th @ 1:00 PM

At The Club House


Social Distant is required – This is be an outdoor meeting
Requirements!
Mask & Lawn Chair


Hello all members,

This will be an in person meeting at the club house.  You will only be allow to enter the building for short visits.  No groups of people we be allowed in the building.  Mask are going to be required since there is a lot of people not vaccinated yet.  If it going to rain that day meeting will be moved to Zoom on Tuesday night at 7:30pm. Please keep a eye on the http://w3kwh.com website for the latest detail.  Please check the website before driving to the clubhouse for last minute updates. Park back from the clubhouse by 30 feet so members can sit close to the building.

If your not willing to wear a mask please dont come!

All new members that have not received the access card will get them this day. All members will get their new passwords for the website and VNC access to the remote stations.  DX members will receive this information from an personal email.

It will be great to see you all!

73….
Christine, N3LRG
n3lrg@w3kwh.com

p.s. Rain date will be Tuesday April 13th @ 7:30 PM

Set Drill – Saturday April 3rd

PLEASE NOTE!
Bob, NU3Q need volunteers at several sites listed below 
Contact Bob at nu3q {at} verizon {dit} net

Also Mike, WA3PYU will need four people at the Steel City Club house
To operate HF, VHF, and the digital station
Contact Mike at kingpalace {at} comcast {dit} net


The SET Drill is April 3rd from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. For this drill, we will be working with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Pittsburgh NWS. We will also have a practice Skywarn net as well with real time observations (like we do for Skywarn Appreciation Day). The attached documents have more information regarding the drill.

I will need volunteers to observe and report conditions per the attached at:

Allegheny River Lock 2
Allegheny River Lock 3
Allegheny River Lock 4
Monongahela River Lock #2 Braddock
Monongahela River Lock #3 Elizabeth
Ohio River – Emsworth Lock and Dam

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
73 de NU3Q Bob
Allegheny County EC

For more information read the following information:

Spring-2021-SET-ICS-205.pdf

Spring-2021-SET-Drill.pdf

FCC $35 fee pending – UPGRADE NOW

The FCC Part 97 rules establishing a new $35 amateur radio application fee go on the books on April 19, but the FCC won’t start collecting the fee “until the requisite notice has been provided to Congress, the FCC’s information technology systems and internal procedures have been updated, and the Commission publishes notice(s) in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of such rules.” When effective, the fee will apply to new, modification (upgrade and sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call sign applications, as well as applications for a special temporary authority (STA) or a rule waiver. Fees will be collected per application. The FCC exempted from the fee applications for administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email address. The FCC proposed a schedule of application and other fees for all services last year.

From: The ARRL Website

VE Testing This Weekend

NOTE ! ! ! – Start planning early the VE Testing sessions are getting busy now more people are taking the testing before the $35 fee is imposed


There will be a Steel City VE Testing session this weekend at our Canonsburg, PA site.  Click on the map for Google directions.  Walk in are OK but please register with Chris, K3PQ to make sure there will be room for you.  There is parking right across the street fro the build at the library.

March 20 * {At the Canonsburg Site} 12:00 Noon

Got question? Feel free to email and to register?
Chris Grimm,VE Examiner  & VE Chairperson
K3PQ {at} W3KWH {dit} COM
(412) 259-3319

Note!!! Feb & Mar will be at our Canonsburg, PA site contact Chris K3PQ for confirmation and directions.  102 W Pike St, Canonsburg, PA 15317

Click on map for directions