Volunteers Opportunities

Volunteers Opportunities

Ham Radio operators should remember that we get to use our frequencies for free.  In turn we have a very long tradition of providing free service to our communities.  Below are just some of the ways you can help out this year.

Rabid Raccoon 100 Ultra Marathon
A 100 mile ultra marathon running though Brady Run Park in Beaver County.  March 16 & 17 – Thirty Six volunteers are need to provide communications for over 300 runners. Read More Here

 

Pittsburgh Marathon
This is one of the biggest events in Pittsburgh so it is also one of the events that need the most volunteers.  May 5th – Please consider volunteering for this event. Read More Here

Senate Bill 3690 – Amateur Radio Emergency Preparedness Act

On January 30, 2024, US Senators Roger Wicker (MS) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) introduced S.3690, the Senate companion bill to H.R.4006, introduced last June. Both bills reflect the Congressional campaign efforts by ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® to eliminate homeowner association land use restrictions that prohibit, restrict, or impair the ability of an Amateur Radio Operator to install and operate amateur station antennas on residential properties they own.

READ THE BILL HERE:
S.3690 – Amateur Radio Emergency Preparedness Act

Rabid Racoon 100 Race

Volunteers Are Needed

Link to Information Page: w3kwh.net/Rabid

Check out the web page for more information about the Rabid Raccoon 100 race taking place this year in Brandy’s Run Park in Beaver County.  This is an ultra marathon race that has 300 runners doing a 100 mile , 100 kilometre, and 1/2 marathons over an 36 hour time frame.  We need 36+ ham radio operators to man the check point and to handle communications.   This year all the aid stations are indoors. There will be aid workers taking care of the runner and us operators.

Membership Renewal / Dues

Hello Members: Its that time of year again.  Time to pay your dues that helps the club operate for another year.  Members can confirm their payment by going to the “Members Roster” page under the “Members Only” section.   If your wondering how you can pay your dues under the “Contact Us”  click on the “Membership Renewal/Dues” link.  If mailing in your check please put your call on the check and mail it to the PO BOX.  Or stop by the club on any social or business meeting night to drop it off.  We would love to see yo

How can you help the club?

We are looking for some good volunteers!

This club has been around since 1941 and the only way this club continues to exists is by having volunteers to help out around the club. So since we are starting a new year soon please consider helping out at the club by volunteering for one of the different committees.  We are in need of some additional members in the Tech, Membership, Education, and Public Service committees.

Tech Committee members need to be good with not only radios but computers also.  We need members that are good at researching issues and finding there own fixes to issues.

Membership Committee members will help vet incoming members to the club.   Also act as a welcoming committee to visitors to the club house.  Will to show folk around the club house and its grounds.

Club House members help maintain the grounds and the building.  Cutting the grass, cleaning the club house, clearing brush. Mainly keep the place looking as good as it did in 1941.

Public Service Committee members help out with our many public service events.  Including Drills, Skywarn, and Public Demos. This reflect greatly to the public view of ham radio and also letting the Ham Community seeing us in actions.

Education Committee also helps out at public events and help with training opportunities like Scouting, and Tech classes. Members should look for opportunities to bring experts in to teach classes during out meetings.

VE Committee are members that have completed the VE testing certifications and are willing to help out with our VE testing sessions.

Skywarn Recognition Day 2023

Starts at Friday 7:00 PM – Dec 1st
Ends at Saturday 7:00 PM – Dec 2nd
Skywarn™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that Skywarn™ volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property.
Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the Skywarn™ volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative.

All Skywarn™ spotters provide critical weather information before, during and after adverse weather strikes. This includes reports of rain and snow, ice and wind, storms and tornadoes, flooding and fire. This is our 24 hours to recognize all of the Skywarn™ spotters serving our nation!

All ham radio operation should check out the Skywarn page on Weather.gov and Skywarn member follow the link below to get your location posted to the spotter mapping page.

Skywarn™ Recognition Day 23 Registration Form

Skywarn Spotter Mapping Form

ARRL Hails FCC Action to Remove Symbol Rate Restrictions

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® reports that earlier today, the FCC Commissioners unanimously voted to amend the Amateur Radio Service rules to replace the baud rate limit on the Amateur HF bands with a 2.8 kHz bandwidth limit to permit greater flexibility in data communications.

“The Federal Communications Commission today adopted new rules to incentivize innovation and experimentation in the amateur radio bands by removing outdated restrictions and providing licensees with the flexibility to use modern digital emissions,” announced FCC.

“Specifically, we remove limitations on the symbol rate (also known as baud rate) — the rate at which the carrier waveform amplitude, frequency, and/or phase is varied to transmit information — applicable to data emissions in certain amateur bands,” concluded the FCC Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, adopted November 13, 2023. “The amateur radio community can play a vital role in emergency response communications, but is often unnecessarily hindered by the baud rate limitations in the rules.”

Read The Full Article Here: https://www.arrl.org/news/

Contact the FCC – Save the 60 Meter Band

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ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® is asking that all radio amateurs urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to continue the existing use of the 60-meter band. A public comment period is open until November 28, 2023. ARRL encourages expressions of support to the FCC for the current 100 W ERP power limit (instead of reducing the power limit to 15 W EIRP) and continuing secondary access to the current channels.

To submit a filing of your comments for the FCC’s consideration in the rulemaking process:

Go to the FCC web page for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking’s (NPRM) Docket Number 23-120 at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/docket-detail/23-120.

If you wish to directly enter your comments, select the button labeled SUBMIT AN EXPRESS FILING.

If you are uploading a document that contains your comments, select SUBMIT A STANDARD FILING.

When submitting your comments, be sure the correct proceeding’s docket number, 23-120, is included on the form. Your name and comments will be entered into the official public record of the proceedings and will be viewable by anyone who visits the docket web page.

READ MORE HERE: https://www.arrl.org/60-meter-band

Veterans Day 2023 Special Events

Veterans Day 2023 Special Events will offer many opportunities for amateur radio operators to honor Veterans and make contacts for Veterans Day.

 

K1USN will be on the HF bands on SSB, CW, and FT8, and they will begin operating at 1300 UTC and run until 2100 UTC.

American Legion Post 111 Amateur Radio Club, KA4TAL, in South Carolina will also operate on November 11 from 10 AM to 3 PM ET on 14.255, 7.264, 14.275, and 7.185 MHz.

Liberty ship S.S. John W. Brown, K8JWB, will hold National Liberty Ship Day.  Operations will be on 14.250, 7.225, and 21.300 MHz, from 0200Z – 0800Z.

Charles County Amateur Radio Club in Maryland will host their special event, The Ghost Fleet at Mallows Bay, on November 11 from 1400Z – 2100Z.  K3SMD will operate on 40 (7.270 Mhz), 20, and 15 meters on phone and FT8.

United States Marine Corps will celebrate its 248th anniversary and Veterans Day. The USS Midway CV-41 COMEDTRA amateur radio station, NI6IW, will be on the air from 1700Z – 2359Z on 14.320, 7.250, and 14.070 MHz.

N3TAL, Lanham, MD. American Legion Post 275 Radio Team. 7.275Mhz +/- LSB.  Glenarden, MD.

More details here: https://www.arrl.org/news/veterans-day-2023-special-events

FCC Wants to Bolster Amateur Radio

Commission will vote in November on plan to remove outdated technical restrictions

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel says the FCC plans to “incentivize innovation and experimentation in the amateur radio bands” by getting rid of outdated restrictions and providing licensees with the flexibility to use modern digital emissions.

The commission at its November meeting is expected to take action on a Report and Order that would eliminate the baud rate limitation and establish a bandwidth limitation in the amateur radio bands below 29.7 MHz.

The order being circulated for tentative consideration by the commission would remove the baud rate limitation — the rate at which the carrier waveform amplitude, frequency and/or phase is varied to transmit information — for data emissions in the amateur radio bands, the FCC says. The current baud rate limits were adopted in 1980.

The order would implement a 2.8 kilohertz bandwidth limitation in place of the baud rate in amateur radio bands. The 2.8 kHz limitation is consistent with the commission’s treatment of other wireless radio services, the FCC says.

The current rules limit the baud rate for high-frequency amateur radioteletype/data transmissions to 300 baud for frequencies below 28 MHz (except in the 60-meter band), and 1200 baud in the 10 meter (28-29.7 MHZ) band.

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