SKYWARN Recognition Day

SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY

SKYWARN Recognition Day – acknowledges the contributions of public service volunteers who provide essential weather information as it’s happening. Each year on the first Saturday in December, the day honors those volunteers who pay attention when the wind picks up, or the sky turns dark. Their efforts keep their communities safer by communication warnings to the National Weather Service.

The observance recognizes the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations. It also strengthens the bond between Amateur Radio operators and the local National Weather Service.

Around the country, nearly 290,000 Skywarn® weather spotters volunteer their time. They identify severe weather that could potentially affect life and property. Spotters warn the National Weather Service of the threat of thunderstorms, tornados, and floods.


12-2 PM    December 4th

W3KWH Operations At The Club

12:00 to 2:00 PM on Saturday is our assigned time slot to operate HF from the clubhouse.  We will be needing operators during that time slot to operate!  Members and pending members are invited to attend. Techs will be allowed to operate on HF due to control ops being present.

NU3Q plans to be at the club for the event on Friday night 12/3 for about two hours and Saturday morning 12/4. We need operators to cover the afternoon and evening shifts on Saturday and to assist NU3Q while he is at the club. We will use the following: “This is W3KWH for WX3PIT Skywarn Recognition Day”. Please keep a log of your W3KWH QSO’s – NU3Q will submit the W3KWH QSO’s to the NWS.

More Information:
https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition
https://www.weather.gov/pbz/skywarn


SKYWARN Recognition Day Operating Instructions

1. Object SKYWARNTM Recognition Day serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators Skywarn Spotters during threatening weather.

  • Amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.
  • Non-Amateur Radio Spotters to exchange weather information as often as possible via Social Media with NWS Offices.

2. Date NWS stations may operate at any time during December 5, 2020 from 0000 – 2400 UTC.

3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two word description of the weather occurring at your site (“sunny”, “partly cloudy”, “windy”, etc.).

4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event stations will append “NWS” to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS). NWS offices may also participate via Social Media platforms throughout the 24 hour period.

5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.

6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion of SRD.

VE Testing Session

VE Testing Session
Wednesday Nov 17h @ 7:00 PM

Last session before the snow fly’s! People interested in getting your Ham Ticket or Upgrading your ticket should check out our VE testing page https://w3kwh.com/ve-testing/ While walk in are allowed it is highly recommended to contact of VE Chairperson Chris, K3PQ to let him know your coming. That way your guarantee there will be testing material for you. Chris can be reached at K3PQ {at} W3KWH {dit} COM – (412) 259-3319

Business Meeting Tue Nov 16th @ 8:00PM

Business Meeting
Tuesday Nov 16th @ 8:00 PM

This will be an indoor meeting at the club house.  No food will be supplied if you want to bring a snack for everyone that is acceptable. If you want an item added to the agenda please email the request to N3LRG.

Social Meeting starts at 7:00 PM  – Topic for this social meeting is portable antenna’s for Parks on the Air, Summit on the Air.  Bring in your portable setups and let see how you can operate in the portable modes.

Business Meeting will start promptly at 8:00 PM

 

{{  If the weather changes for the worst the meeting will be moved to an Zoom Meeting.  Please check the website/email before traveling up to the club.  }}

147.09 Skywarn Net

National Weather Service Live Updates: https://twitter.com/NWSPittsburgh

As you already know, Ida will be in the area Tuesday night into Wednesday night. I will need ops to assist me with our 147.09 Skywarn net as heavy flooding is a very strong possibility. I would suggest changing batteries and getting radios into an operational state of readiness at this time.

73 de NU3Q
Allegheny County EC

Hurricane Watch Net – All hands on deck

As Hurricane Ida moves into the Gulf of Mexico drawing a bead on New Orleans, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is ramping up preparations to track the storm during its approach.

“Sunday will be an “all hands on deck” situation for members of the HWN,” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said on Friday. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says a hurricane warning is in effect for Intracoastal City, Louisiana (Vermilion Parish), to the Mouth of the Pearl River as well as for Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans.

As of 1200 UTC on Saturday, Ida was some 440 south-southeast of New Orleans, with maximum sustained winds of 85 MPH — Category 1 — moving to the northwest at 16 MPH. The NHC says Ida is expected to rapidly intensify as it moves over the southeastern and central Gulf of Mexico through Saturday night. “Ida is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it approaches the northern Gulf coast on Sunday,” the NHC forecast says. Given the abundance of warm water in the Gulf, Ida could become a Category 3 or even a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 120 to 140 MPH with higher gusts, according to some predictions.

Graves said on Friday afternoon that he was placing the HWN on “standby alert,” which typically means that a hurricane is expected to affect land within the next 48 hours. Given the forecast, “I don’t want to be sorry,” Graves said.

The net will activate on Saturday at 2100 UTC on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz. “Propagation on 20 meters has been goofy lately, so the band could close early or it may remain open well past sunset,” Graves said. “No matter, we will suspend operations at 0000 UTC.”

The Saturday activation will allow the net to line up reporting stations in the affected area as well as any storm shelters, emergency operations centers, and first responders who feel they could use the net’s assistance, Graves explained.

“Remember, Ida is forecast to be a major hurricane hitting a highly populated area. It will affect both Louisiana and Mississippi,” Graves said, noting that Louisiana was hit by hurricanes three times last year. Storm surge and heavy rain are forecast.

The HWN invites participating stations that can provide observed or measured ground-truth data from affected areas to assist National Hurricane Center forecasters.

Hurricane Watch Net: https://www.hwn.org/

Business Meet Tuesday Aug 17 @ 7:00 PM

Business Meeting
Aug 17th @ 7:00 PM
Outdoor Meeting

Hello All,
August has been one busy month.  Hopefully it is coming to the end.  On Tuesday Aug 17 we will hold a business meeting at the club house.  It will be another outdoor meeting so please bring your lawn chairs.  We will be reviewing the W8O event and picnic.  We will also plan to finish up our club house improvements.

  • New gravel for driveway $
  • Re-guy the VHF & South Tri-Bander towers $
  • LED Replacements for lights in HF & VHF rooms
  • Participation in the Lewis & Clark Special Event – 2022
  • Demo for Tower Safety & Tower Rescue – Sept 2021

$ = Funds already allocated

Next Two Week Scheduled

Hello all,

We have a very busy two week coming up.  Below is the current Steel City scheduled.

Sat  8/7 – 10:00 AM – Work Party to clean up the club house

Sat  8/7 – 8:00 PM  – Zoom Meeting on W8O training session
Sun 8/8 – 8:30 AM – QCWA Net on 2m repeater
Sun 8/8 – 9:00 AM – START of the W8O specials event station
Sun 8/8 – 8:00 PM – Keystone Wide Digital Net {W8O before an after}
Mon 8/9 – 12:00 noon – Bum of the Month Jabby Joes
Tue 8/10 – TBA – Mosley 40m antenna raising {NO ITS DONE FOR SURE!!}
Tue 8/10 – 7:30 PM – Hamshack Hot Line Conference Call {Dial 337}
Tue 8/10 – 8:00 PM – Steel City 2m Net  {Echolink node 147030}
Wed 8/11 – 6:00 – 10:00 PM – Social Night at clubhouse {W8O contacts & Ice Cream Social}
Fri 8/13 – Morning party gear arriving
Fri 8/13 – All Day –  Work W8O from Home, Remote, Club
Sat 8/14 – All Day –  Work W8O from Home, Remote, Club
Sun 8/15 – 10:00 AM – W8O Contacts via club
Sun 8/15 – 12:00 PM – Early arrival for members helping set up
Sun 8/15 – 1:00 PM – Guest starting to arrive
Sun 8/15 – 2:00 PM – Dinner is served
Sun 8/15 – 8:00 PM Keystone Wide Digital Net {440 Machine}
Sun 8/15 – 9:00 PM W8O Special Event Station ENDS!
Tue 8/17 – 7:00 PM Steel City Business Meeting

W8O Zoom Training Session

SCARC MEMBERS ONLY

Hello Steel City Members, there will be a special Zoom meeting on Saturday Night at 8:00 PM. Look in your email for the Zoom meeting invite Saturday morning. We will be going over how we are going to operate from the club house, club remotes, and from your homes.  Our special event station will run from Aug 8th though Aug 15th.   The event will start immediately after the QCWA net on Sunday morning ~9:00 AM.  Below is the tentative scheduled for operations.

Sunday – Aug 8th

  • Club house only day
  • Be at club house at 8:30 AM to start after QCWA net
  • Frequencies will be 3.983 Mhz, TBA
  • Be at Club house after 6:00 PM work though the Keystone Digital Net

Tuesday – Aug 10th – Net night

  • Club House only day after 6:00 PM
  • Work though the SCARC Tuesday night net.
  • Frequencies: 3.983, TBA

Wednesday – Aug 11th – Social Night

  • Club House only day after 6:00 PM
  • Work though the Wednesday Social night
  • Frequencies: 3.983, TBA

Sunday – Aug 15th – SCARC 80th Birthday Picnic

  • Club House only day
  • Operate from the club house before and after the party
  • Frequencies: 3.983, TBA
  • Special events ends after the Keystone Digital Net

On the “Club House only days” you will only be allowed to operate from the club house. All other day you will be allowed to operate from your homes.