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

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