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/

Picnic Photos

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Thanks to John, KC3MMC for taking some pictures during our big celebration.

W8O – Final Log Update

Steel City ARC thanks all the ham that help us celebrate our 80th anniversary this past week.  Follow the link below to check out final online logs.  We are still processing paper logs which will not show up on this online log.   Those who worked us please send in a QSL card to our address listed below and we will send out a certificate of our anniversary in appreciation of our contact.

Send QSL To:

Steel City ARC – W8O
PO Box 281
Carnegie, Pa, 15106
U.S.A

Final Online Log:
https://w3kwh.com/w8o/admin.php

Be the first to hear LEDSAT in orbit

The mission has the primary goal of training students in designing, developing and operating a spacecraft. The LEDSAT team hopes to exploit the mission to investigate the performance of a technology based on LEDs for tracking satellites in Low-Earth Orbit.

LEDSAT logo
LEDSAT has, as the name suggests, an LED-based payload onboard that can be commanded by the LEDSAT team to flash for short periods of time. The LEDs will be only observable through telescopes in order to investigate the use of LEDs to support optically tracking the CubeSat. The LEDSAT team collaborated with astronomers for the LEDSAT mission as to not disturb astronomical observations and the LEDs cannot be seen by the naked eye either. The reason is that the magnitude of the LEDs is expected to always be between 8 and 13 and the eye can only see down to a magnitude of 6. The magnitude scale is reversed, meaning a higher value magnitude will result in a less bright object. Additionally, the LEDs can be turned off at any time by the LEDSAT team.

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Business Meet Tuesday Aug 17 @ 7:00 PM

Business Meeting
Aug 17th @ 7:00 PM
Outdoor Meeting

Hello All,
August has been one busy month.  Hopefully it is coming to the end.  On Tuesday Aug 17 we will hold a business meeting at the club house.  It will be another outdoor meeting so please bring your lawn chairs.  We will be reviewing the W8O event and picnic.  We will also plan to finish up our club house improvements.

  • New gravel for driveway $
  • Re-guy the VHF & South Tri-Bander towers $
  • LED Replacements for lights in HF & VHF rooms
  • Participation in the Lewis & Clark Special Event – 2022
  • Demo for Tower Safety & Tower Rescue – Sept 2021

$ = Funds already allocated

Sunday 15th @ 1:00 PM

Steel City 80th Anv.

Sunday Aug 15th @ 1:00 PM

 

 

  • Operators are needed as early as 10:00 AM to Work W8O
  • Early Helper be there at 12:00 noon
    • Parking attendants
    • Setup Tables
  • Party Starts at 1:00 PM for get together
  • Food is served at 2:00 PM
  • Volunteers are needed afterwards for cleanup

If your taking pictures please bring a cable so we can upload your pictures to be used on website.