Hurricane Center Communications Test – May 28

National Hurricane Center Annual Communications Test to be Held on May 28

WX4NHC, the amateur radio station at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, will hold its annual communications test on Saturday, May 28, 2022, from 9 AM to 5 PM EDT (1300 – 2100 UTC).

The event is designed to evaluate WX4NHC’s amateur radio equipment and antennas at the headquarters in Florida, and to give operators an opportunity to evaluate their home equipment prior to this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which starts on June 1 and runs through November 30. This event allows ham radio operators worldwide to hone their amateur radio communications skills for times of severe weather.

Brief contacts will be available on many frequencies and modes, as well as the exchange of signal reports and basic weather data with any station in any location.

WX4NHC will be on the air on HF, VHF, UHF, 2- and 30-meter APRS, and Winlink at wx4nhc@winlink.org (subject must contain “//WL2K”).

The Hurricane Watch Net 14.325 MHz frequency will be active for most of the test, as will 7.268 MHz, depending on propagation. Depending on man-made noise, the net may move to different frequencies, and participants can locate the net using one of the DX spotting networks, such as the DX Summit website at www.dxsummit.fi.

Read more at:
http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2022-05-12#toc04

Rachel Carson Trail Challenge – Ham Volunteers


The Twenty-Fifth Annual Rachel Carson Trail Challenge will take place on June 18, 2022, the Saturday nearest the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The Challenge is a 35-mile long, one-day, sunrise to sunset endurance hike on nearly the entire rugged Rachel Carson Trail. Unlike a footrace, the “challenge” is not to win, but to endure, to finish the hike in one day. This time, the Challenge starts in North Park at sunrise and ends 35 miles later in Harrison Hills Park. The deadline for finishing is sunset, 8:54 PM or 15 hours 4 minutes, whichever comes first.

Volunteers

They are going to need ham radio volunteers at many of the check point along the trail.  There are many different shift from morning to late afternoon shift.  Check out the signup form below to see where and at what times the shift are at. If you’d like to help out, review the Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities and sign up!

NOTE: It will require to sign in use “rctc” for both user-id and password.
Rachel Carson Trails Volunteer Signup

ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSSBAND TEST

The Department of Defense will host this year’s Armed Forces Day (AFD) Cross-Band Test, scheduled for May 14th 2022. 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:
https://www.dodmars.org/mars-comex-information-website/armed-forces-day

Pittsburgh Marathon Ham Volunteers

Attention:  The marathon is reporting a major shortage of ham radio operators.  Please help out this worthy cause and volunteer for a spot along the race course. 

Here is the next volunteer effort that is needed for the City of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Marathon will be Sunday May 1st, 2022. Follow the link below to sign up for a check point.

Pittsburgh Marathon Ham Volunteers

It is community events like these that enable the Amateur Radio community keep our frequency.  The Pittsburgh Marathon has a long history of ham radio supporting the event.  The point of contact person here is Jeff, N3NHS    jhutz@cmu.edu

Steel City Special Event Station


Steel City Special Event Station
Carnegie Library Grand Opening of Library Park
April 23, 2022 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Listen for the “Steel City ARC” special event station W3C from today through Sunday as we celebrate the opening of Library Park here in Carnegie, PA. Tomorrow you can join us at the Library as Steel City will have three different stations located around the library. Up on the second floor in the Lincoln room we will have a Morse Code demonstration with information on how Andrew Carnegie help set up the US Army Morse Code operation during the Civil War. We will also have two Go Boxes set up in the parking lot and within the new park demonstrating how ham radio is alive an well.
There will be many different community events going on at the library for the whole family to enjoy. Plus several different food vendors to

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Click Here for Google Maps Directions: Carnegie Library

Library Web Page: Grand Opening Celebration

 

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall (ACFL&MH) has served Carnegie and surrounding communities the “beacon on the hill” since 1901.  The Library & Music Hall was Andrew Carnegie’s legacy gift to the town that incorporated to take his name in 1894. Though he funded 2,500 libraries around the world, the industrialist-turned-philanthropist endowed only five libraries.  The ACFL&MH is proudly one of them.

Heads Up! – SET DRILL April 2nd

Attention: Steel City members we have been ask to participate in this drill on Saturday April 2nd.  As you can see below we will not know what is needed before the morning of the event.  Our club station does quite well on the 60m band and maybe Mike or Bob can give us a refresher course on how to handle traffic some Wednesday night social meeting.


I made the announcement on this morning’s ARES net (less than great band condx) but still wanted to get the word out to the WPA section ECs with spring SET exercise information.

We’re doing things differently this spring…the date will remain the same, the first Saturday in April, the 2nd and run times will remain the same with the following change- the exercise scenario will only be given out during the ARES net that morning. participating counties will have from 0930-1000 to get their response organised and the exercise will run from 1000-1230 hrs.

In addition to the standard FM radio operations there will be HF radiogram traffic and 60m testing. Our served agencies will only be the American Red Cross, National Weather Service and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

Best 73s and press on!
Steve Fazekas K3FAZ
WPA ASM/ASEC
724.316.6894
k3faz@arrl.net

Rabid Racoon 100 Race

Volunteers Are Needed

March 19 & 20
Link to race organizer: Rabid Raccoon 100

On March 19 & 20  there will be a 100 mile ultra marathon held at Raccoon State Park which is located in Hanover Township to the west of Pittsburgh. They have ask Radio Amateur’s to help with communications during the race. Most of the people will be doing the 20 mile race on Saturday but they need coverage though the whole event which will go over night and into Sunday. We have coverage on Saturday till 7:00 PM. What I am looking for is 4 to 8 hams to cover the over night shift which runs from 7:00 PM till 5:00 AM Sunday. We need to cover 3 aid stations and 1 command post.
I would like to have at least 2 people manning each station. Our duties will be communications only. Other volunteers will be handling the needs of the runner. The duty will include recording a runner arrival and departure from the aid station. Also handling runner request back to the command post for their support crews. Plus relaying emergency communications to the command post and race officials.
If your interested in covering the over night shift
please let me know at n3lrg@w3kwh.com

BELOW IS WHAT THE RACE OFFICIALS SENT ME…

We will have other volunteers manning the aid stations, we just ask the Steel City ARC to have someone at the aid stations to communicate with the command center. This is both to communicate in the event of an emergency and to update the race directors on participant progress/aid station needs.
All aid stations are accessible by car. We would need 3 aid stations covered as well as someone at the command center (so a total of for different locations. The areas that will need coverage are aid stations 1, 2, and 4 as well as the command center at the Recreation Hall.
Aid stations will be fully equipped with tents, tables, lights, a generator, water, first aid kits, sports drinks, and food (although we welcome and encourage people to bring additional food).
The event is 36 hours long so we are trying to get volunteers from a number of different clubs to split up shifts. We appreciate any help you can provide.

Basic SKYWARN Training

On Wednesday March 9th there will be a in-person training session on how to become a Basic SKYWARN Spotter. It will be held at the Allegheny County Emergency Services located at 150 Hookstown Grade Rd., Moon Twp, PA, 15108 at 7:00 PM. Those that are interested can contact Robert Gerlach

Welcome to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania National Weather Service SKYWARN™ program. SKYWARN™ is a group of trained severe weather spotters that report directly to the National Weather Service.

Year after year, reports from SKYWARN™ observers have assisted the NWS in issuing timely warnings based on REAL-TIME reports throughout our 36 County Warning Area covering parts of PA, WV, OH, and MD. The NWS’s primary mission is to issue warnings to protect life and property.

Inside story ARRL Hurricane Maria

This is a very interesting story of one of the people that the ARRL deploy to Puerto Rico during the Hurricane Maria.  The story covers how to got there and what they had to go just to get on the island.  Then once on the island what they had to do to become the communication back bone for the whole island.  Include in his talk is what worked well and a tough review of things that could be improved.