Work Party @ Aug 7th 10:00 AM

Work Party At The Club House
Saturday – Aug 7th @ 10:00 AM

It is time to clean up the place before the picnic.  We need some much needed work done at the club house.  The weeds along the drive way need cut down and cleared out. Painting of the shed. Grass and Trim work around the building needs done. And the old club house needs clean up and organize before our guest show up.

Please show up and help the club out!

Business Meeting @ Tuesday, July 20th

Steel City Business Meeting

Tuesday – July 20th @ 7:00 PM

At The Club House @ Outdoor Meeting

Business meeting this Tuesday at 7:00 PM for an outdoor business meeting. We have several items to talk about including purchase of some new Radio and Kitchen equipment.  Please remember to bring an lawn chair with you.

Please show on up we want to hear from you too!
Mask are now optional for full vaccinated people. 

 

CHAPTER 6 QCWA MEETING

QST QST !! All amateur radio operators and QCWA members plus whoever you would like to bring we will finally be having an official business meeting. July 10th Saturday at 3:00 pm ( NOTE: 3:00 pm) at

               Jabby Joe’s

As usual, solicitations are made for prepared presentations with a bribe of a free lunch. Volunteers please contact President Jack Buzon, KA3HPM, ahead of time for agenda sequencing.  So far, our meeting agenda will include the reunion of Covid-19 parolees, breaking of bread, and our usual swapping of stories.  Good news during these troubling times comes with the suspension of our annual five dollar dues for 2021.  Here’s looking forward to seeing the membership again after the year and a half hiatus.

 

Was the 3:00 PM time change mentioned?

 

 

 

 

ARRL Field Day 2021

Steel City ARC will be hosting our 2021 field day at the Steel City club house.  The public is welcome to attend and to find out what Ham Radio is doing and to look at the equipment we have.  Members are encourage to stop by and operate make sure you check the sign up page below to.  Fellow hams are alway welcome to check out the clubhouse and sit down to operate on this very special weekend.

How to find the club house: http://w3kwh.com/find-the-clubhouse/

Member Operating Scheduled: https://docs.google.com/document

Members and locals hams wanting to work a shift take a look at the above operating scheduled and select a time you want to show up for. Then send an email to n3lrg@w3kwh.com with the time you want.  I will then enter it onto the scheduled.

This year Steel City W3KWH will be operating from 160 meters up into the microwave band 1296 Mhz. We need at least four operators per shift and this year we want to have logger helping out the operators by enter the contacts into our logging programs.  So even if you dont want to talk on the radio you can still help out the club by being a logger. {Plus even no hams can be loggers}

Field Day Food Scheduled: https://docs.google.com/document

Members you invited to any of the meals please send a email to n3lrg@w3kwh.com to let us know you will be at the meal.  This will let us know your coming and there will be enough food.

VE Testing Session – Wed. May 16th

Wednesday – May 16th @ 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/

At this point fully vaccinated people are now mask optional
We do have picnic tables outside for those that don’t want to go in the building.

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

Active Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Atlantic Hurricane Season, which starts on June 1, promises to be a busy time for amateur radio volunteers on the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) to report ground-level storm conditions in real time for use by National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasters, and for SKYWARN volunteers, many of whom are hams. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has forecast a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 MPH or greater), of which six to ten could become hurricanes (winds of 74 MPH or greater), including three to five major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5, with winds of 111 MPH or greater) expected. NOAA projects these ranges with a 70% confidence level.

“2021 is looking to be another active season,” said HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV. “We can only hope we don’t have a repeat of 2005 or 2020. The sea surface temperatures throughout the normal areas of tropical cyclone activity are already near or just above 80 °F, just what storms like. The current forecast for 2021 is on the high side. The adjusted average is 14 named storms, with seven hurricanes and three of those at Category 3 or stronger.”

When activated, the HWN operates on 14.325 MHz during daylight hours and on 7.268 MHz after dark. When required, however, the net will use both frequencies simultaneously.

 

The net’s primary mission is to disseminate tropical cyclone advisory information to island communities in the Caribbean, Central America, along the US Atlantic seaboard, and throughout Gulf of Mexico coastal areas. It collects observed or measured weather data from participating radio amateurs in storm-affected areas as well as any post-storm damage reports and passes that information along to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center via its amateur radio station, WX4NHC. The HWN typically activates whenever a storm system has achieved hurricane status and is within 300 statute miles of a populated landmass — although this can vary according to the storm’s forward speed and intensity or at the request of NHC forecasters.

Read the full article:
http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-gearing-up-for-another-active-atlantic-hurricane-season

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/


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