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UPDATE: After the July 16th Business meeting a postcard ballot will be sent out to all members to vote on this change. Please return the postcards promptly.

At our May business meeting a motion was created by our membership to move our Business Meeting from the third Tuesday of the month to the third Wednesday of the month.  So that SCARC business and social meeting nights will be aligned on the same day of week.  This will be starting in September of 2024, and since this is a major change there will be a total of three business meeting votes on May 22nd, June 18th, July 16th. This will enable members to be able to make comments and vote.  The May 22nd vote to go ahead with the change was 24 YES to 3 NO.  Below is the old bylaw that is being changed and the new version of that bylaw.

OLD: ARTICLE VIII – MEETINGS : SECTION 1

The regular monthly meetings shall be held at the club house on the third Tuesday of every month. The regular meeting can be omitted for special occasions such as Field Day, Christmas Party, etc., at the discretion of the President.

NEW: ARTICLE VIII – MEETINGS : SECTION 1

The regular monthly meetings shall be held at the club house on the third Wednesday of every month. The regular meeting can be omitted for special occasions such as Field Day, Christmas Party, etc., at the discretion of the President.

We are only changing one word of the bylaw “Tuesday” to “Wednesday“. To see the full SCARC bylaws follow this link: https://w3kwh.com/constitution-and-bylaws/

Members are you getting the club email? If not contact N3LRG

Field Day 2024 @ Club House

Join the Steel City Amateur Radio Club On June 22-23

For out biggest event of the year. Field Day 2024 will take place this Saturday June 22 from 2:00 PM though 2:00 PM on Sunday the 23rd.  The club house will be in full operations during this time.  We will have CW, Phone, and Digital operators on the air.  The public is welcome to attend to check out our operations and join in on the fun.  See our operators work every state in the country in 24 hours.  Food will be served for Saturday Dinner, Midnight Rations, Sunday Breakfast, and Sunday Lunch. Not only will we be on the air at our station we will be showing off our portable setup also while we try out some of our new POTA antenna’s at the club house.

 

Business Meeting & VE Testing Session

Business Meeting
Tuesday 18th @ 7:00 PM
Agenda Items:

  • Discussion on changing business meeting to Wednesdays
  • Deciding what to do with John N3EQP estate monies
  • Field Day Planning

VE Testing Session 
Wednesday 19th @  7:00 PM
At The Club House

Its a good time to look at upgrading your license and get more band privilege’s.

Breeze Shooter Hamfest

HAMFEST IS BACK!
Sunday – June 9th @ 8AM
Back at the original Butler Farm Grounds

LISTEN FOR US OPERATING FROM THE FAIR GROUNDS
FOR THE LEWIS & CLARK ON THE AIR
CHECK IN ON TWO METERSM

This is starting to look like the event of the summer.  Many clubs are going to the hamfest to show off their clubs.  Steel City is also planning to do this too… The difference we are going to be showing our fellow operators that Steel City is an active club.  Members should plan to stop by our tables and rest your feet and grab a mic to make some contacts for the Lewis & Clark Special Event.  We will be on the HF band and also on the VHF bands.  Attendees will be able to contact our table on 2m to get a official Lewis and Clark contact.  Also Steel City is planning to have a big  informational setup at the show.  We are getting three tables at the hamfest with plans to use them this way

  • Table 1 – Information for the club
  • Table 2 – Special Event station for the Lewis & Clark remote operation

Directions to the Butler Farm Show Grounds

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We are now protected!

Editors Note: I think our local letter writing, email, and conversation with our local politician help too!  Maybe more…

Member-volunteers of ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® in Pennsylvania have successfully protected the legal right to use amateur radio while operating mobile within the state. A handsfree distracted driving bill had worked its way through the legislature over the past several years, and ARRL Atlantic Division Director Bob Famiglio, K3RF, successfully advocated for an exemption for licensed radio amateurs. “The bill survived until just before the latest vote, which stripped out our exemption but left in exemptions for commercial drivers, including truck drivers, bus drivers, and public transportation [drivers],” he wrote in a message to ARRL members in Pennsylvania.

In April, the exemption was stripped from the bill, sending Pennsylvania hams into a state of worry. ARRL members in the state rallied, contacting their state legislators to explain the benefit that licensed operators provide to the state. The bill also was going to remove the ability for first responders, such as volunteer firefighters, to use radios in their personally owned vehicles. “Hundreds of emails then went out to legislators and such and back to me. We also helped our volunteer emergency responders who were in the same boat as us with radio use from their personal cars. Many members are also emergency responders as well, and they picked up on this too,” said Famiglio.

READ FULL STORY HERE: http://www.arrl.org/news

Geomagnetic Storm Watch

Photos from our area from last night…

Thanks Jeff & Gabe  {click for full size}

HEADS UP:

Strong 2m & 6m Activity…  Aurora possible…

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On Thursday, May 9, 2024, the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center issued a Severe (G4) Geomagnetic Storm Watch. At least five earth-directed coronal mass ejections (CMEs) were observed and expected to arrive as early as midday Friday, May 10, 2024, and persist through Sunday, May 12, 2024. Several strong flares have been observed over the past few days and were associated with a large and magnetically complex sunspot cluster (NOAA region 3664), which is 16 times the diameter of Earth.

For Update Information: https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/

 

WORK PARTY – Spring Clean Up

BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THAT HELP TODAY!

The next time your at the club please thank the people below that are helping to make this the best looking club around.  The membership roster has been updated with your work party icon.

N3LRG ChristineN3GHO GloriaW3AIG Craig
KC3WHX Paul BKY3YY PaulN3WMI Neil
AD0BK SanatAD3AA LeeWA3PYU Mike
KC3WTX NathanN3DQ DellaWA3BKD Art
KB3LAS MikeKC3NNT Mikepending Lizzie
WA3VXJ KarlWalt WA3YNOWQ3T Dave

 

 

 

SCARC POTA PICNIC

Save The Date
July 13, 2024

Steel City Picnic At Raccoon State Park
And POTA Event

Steel City will be hosting a club picnic out at Raccoon State Park the Saturday July 13th with a rain date of July 14st.   SCARC will be doing a POTA activation at the park during the picnic get your radio able to go mobile and bring them out to the park.  Hamburger & Hot Dogs and all the picnic fixing will be served.  This will be a great chance for beginners to see how to do a POTA activation.  Old timers will be get a good day outside having some portable fun.  This will be open to all ham radio operators.

EVENT LOCATION: Raccoon State Park

Public Demo W3C @ Carnegie Library

ENDS TODAY – MONDAY APRIL 22 

ANDREW CARNEGIE FREE LIBRARY & MUSIC HALL
A Library & So Much More…

Fun for Everyone!
Saturday, April 20, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Learn more here: Carnegiecarnegie.org

Steel City ARC will be doing a public demo out in the parking lot of the library.  Come out for the fun and to support the club as we show Ham Radio can be fun! We will also be having a special event station W3C from April 15-22nd.

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


ARES SET DRILL – April 6th
There will be an emergency SET drill on Saturday April 6th at 9:00 AM at the Steel City Club House.  All new and experience radio operators are encourage to attend this drill to brush up on your message handling.  This is your best chance to learn to operate

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