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.

 

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.

Eclipse Balloons

April 8, 2024 – Balloon Tracks — Click on image for full size

Monday was not only a solar eclipse day it was a big balloon days.  As my Weather Balloon tracking system pick up 29 balloon were launched that day.  A lot of them were flown thru the eclipse path that day.  The above picture reflects what my station here in Oakdale was able to be picked up.  Most of the tracks near the lake were received once the balloon at above 80,000 feet.  Researching  it seem most were launched from Lima, OH and other were launch from along the Lake Erie shoreline.

This is just one of the many services Ham Radio is good at.  What good is all this data well at a resent Skywarn training session Fred McMullen from the Nation Weather Service confirms that they do view the https://sondehub.org/ daily since it a good place to be able to download the balloon data.  The image below show the location of the 12 ham radio tracking stations around the metro Pittsburgh area.  They automatically receive the data and relay it via the Internet to the above website. What equipment is needed to do this tracking? Just an Raspberry PI, RTLSDR dongle, and a antenna is all you need.

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

Solar Eclipse – April 8th – Make Plans Now

The Case Amateur Radio Club, W8EDU, the club station at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, is asking for amateur radio operators to help with a research project centered around the April 8, 2024, solar eclipse.

W8EDU club member Adam Goodman, W7OKE, said the project centers around studying the effects of the eclipse on propagation to better understand the recombination time of the ionosphere.

“To do this, we are recruiting North American amateur stations interested in recording the Canadian time standard station CHU (Canada’s WWV) for two weeks surrounding the eclipse,” added Goodman. “Anyone with a KiwiSDR or a rig that can interface with analysis/recording software such as Fldigi is encouraged to reach out to us to participate.”

Read The Full Article Here:
https://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-operators-needed-for-help-with-solar-eclipse-project

Other Solar Ham Radio Projects:

https://science.nasa.gov/solar-system/skywatching/nasa-funded-science-projects-tuning-in-to-eclipse-radio/

https://hamsci.org/eclipse

https://www.onallbands.com/ham-radio-and-the-april-8-solar-eclipse-qso-party/

Interactive Map Of Eclipse Path:
https://nso.edu/for-public/eclipse-map-2024/

Pittsburgh, PA: Partial Eclipse 97%
Meadville, PA: Total Eclipse Duration 2m 50s
Erie, PA: Total Eclipse Duration 3m 44s

How To View The Eclipse Safely:
https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety

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.

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

Steel City Teaches Scout Merit Badge

In November 2023 our education chairperson Jeffrey Bussard, N3EVN taught a class for the Boy Scouts for the Radio Merit Badge.  Along with Jeff several of our members join him to operate our two Go Kits to get the “Make A Contact” requirement done.  By using our Steel City Repeater and the North Hills ARC repeater, and many operators that were standing by, we were able to help the large group of scouts.

Boy Scout Merit Badge – Nov 18th

On November 18th the Steel City members will be helping the Boy Scout earn their Radio Merit Badge at Camp Guyasuta.  Steel City ARC will be needing operators to help the scouts make contact so that they can finish their education and earn the Radio Merit badge.if your willing to help please contact Jeff N3EVN at n3evn {at} yahoo {dit} com.

WE ARE IN NEED OF OPERATORS TO GO TO THE CAMP TO HELP THE SCOUTS AND OPERATORS THAT WILL STANBY ON THE REPEATERS AND HF BAND SO THEY CAN MAKE CONTACTS

For Merit Badge Information: Radio Merit Badge PDF

Location of Camp Guyasuta: 300 23rd St Ext, Sharpsburg, PA 15215

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