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.

Learn More About AREDN – Ham Mesh Network

Members,
We have talked about this is the past.  Here is how you can learn more about setting up an WIFI Mesh network for the Western PA area using AREDN Equipment. Which is WIFI equipment that can be bought from Amazon. 

The Red Cross of the Greater PA Region, EMCOMM Team invites you to a “virtual” presentation on the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (I.E. AREDN) Mesh network.  Doug Hayward (K8DRH), an EMCOMM Team member in SWPA Chapter, has arranged for Orv Beach (W6BI) to present on this technology.

https://www.arednmesh.org/about-us   (Background Information on AREDN)

Orv is an early joiner and contributor to AREDN and has been very involved in furthering this technology in the California area.  He gives presentations on this topic including theory, equipment, and application of this to amateur radio.  He is also active in coordinating the network expansion in Southern California.

Please join us for Orv’s overview of AREDN on this ZOOM call. (link below).  Please feel free to share this link with other who are interested.

Topic: Red Cross-AREDN software to create a MESH network
Speaker: Orv Beach, W6BI
Time: Jan 27, 2022 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86486539015

Meeting ID: 864 8653 9015
Passcode: 777007

David Herzog
Southwestern PA Chapter – Disaster Program Manager – Volunteer Partner
Greater PA Region – Emergency Communications Lead

Representative Anita Kulik Visit

At our Sept. 8th social meeting the Steel City ARC got a visit from our State Representative Anita Kulik. It was a very nice visit as we showed her around the club house and describing what Ham Radio is about.   During the visit she presented us with an special citation celebrating out 80th year anniversary. You can click on the image below to read the full citation. 

Click on image to see full size picture of the Citation

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/

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!

June 2021 Annular Solar Eclipse

HamSCI is looking for ham radio operators to make recordings of time-standard stations during the June 2021 annular solar eclipse across the Arctic Circle as part of a citizen science experiment. Researchers will use the crowd-sourced data to investigate the superimposed effects of auroral particle precipitation and the eclipse on HF Doppler shift.

Participants would collect data using an HF radio connected to a computer running open-source software. A precision frequency standard, such as a GPS-disciplined oscillator, is desired but not required to participate. Radio amateurs and shortwave listeners around the globe are invited to take part, even stations far from the path of totality.

Last year’s eclipse festivals included more than 100 participants from 45 countries. The experiment will run June 7 – 12. All participants will receive QSL certificates and updates as the data is processed. This is a pilot experiment for HamSCI’s Personal Space Weather Station project, which seeks to develop a global network monitoring the geospace environment. For more information and set-up instructions, visit the June 2021 Arctic Eclipse Festival page on the HamSCI

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/