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/


Calling All Artist

Members!
The Steel City 80th Anniversary is coming up fast. As you know we will be having a special event station from Aug 8th to the 15th. We need some art work for the certificate that we will be mailing out for people that work our special event station.  So we will be taking suggestion for the certificate so you artist out there let’s get creative art work.

Please submit your artwork suggestion to n3lrg@w3kwh.com the cert will be in the format of 8×10.

2021 Contest University Live – Free

2021 Contest University Live via Zoom Webinar (free)
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Registration Opens April 21, 2021

The 2021 Dayton Hamvention has been cancelled, but Contest University 2021 is still on, online that is. Not only that, it’s free! It will take place at the same time and on the same date as the live event would have.

9:00 am EDT Welcome to CTU 2021 from W8CI and K3LR
9:05 am EDT WW2DX – “Cloud Contesting – Live Demonstration”
10:00 am EDT W3LPL – “Preparing Your Station for Competition”
11:00 am EDT M0DXR – “Contest Categories – Make the Most of Your Entry”
12:00 pm EDT K1AR – Memorial reading of the Silent Keys for 2021
12:05 pm EDT Lunch on your own
12:30 pm EDT DK6SP – “Youth – the Future of Contesters”
1:30 pm EDT UA9BA – “Contesting from Russia” moderators
2:30 pm EDT CT1BOH – “There is Nothing Magic About Propagation”
3:30 pm EDT NC0B – “Transceiver Performance for the HF DX and Contest Operator”
4:30 pm EDT – Wrap up N9JA and K3LR
4:35 PM EDT K1AR – 2021 CQ Contest Hall of Fame Presentation

*Four ICOM Radios will be given away during CTU at random times. You must be registered in Zoom and present during the random time drawing

For More Information: https://www.contestuniversity.com/

ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSSBAND TEST

The Department of Defense will host this year’s Armed Forces Day (AFD) Cross-Band Test, scheduled for May7-8, 2021. 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:
http://www.dodmars.org/home/armed-forces-day-2021

Pi-Star DMR Hotspot @ Clubhouse

I have taken one of my hotspots up the the clubhouse to act as DMR access point.  Since the club is mostly a Yaesu System Fusion club I have set it up to take your YSF signal and transmit it via the internet into an DMR talk group. This will let you check into DMR nets via the hotspot. Now since the hotspot has only milliwatts output you must be at the clubhouse to use the hotspot.  Just take your Yaesu handheld or use our FTM-400 radio and tune it to 145.650 Mhz YSF simplex.  Then talk and your signal will go out to the PA DMR net talk group 3142.  There is a net on that talk group 3142 on Tuesday night {Unfortunately the same time as SCARC net} if you want to listen or check in.

What this will be useful for is if anyone needs to get on the PA DMR network to talk or for the next ARES alert/SET Drill that is using DMR transmissions.

If you want access to the hotspot to change to other talk groups please see N3LRG to find out how to use the hotspot.  Below is a picture of a MMDVM Hotspot you can find them on Ebay for $26 on up depending if you want to solder or not. You will need to pick up an Raspberry PI Zero-W to run these boards. These will take any digital signal YSF, DMR, D-Star and put it out on the internet to link up with other reflectors around the world.

Link To Ebay Search

Also note the club SDR receiver will pick up the hotspot too. Goto 145.650 Mhz on the Middle 2m Band there is a bookmark called W3KWH-HOT

Winlink Webinar – Time to learn more

Winlink Basics – May 15, 2021 at 10:00 am (via Zoom)

As part of our series of EPA ARRL Section online seminars, we invite you to register for “Winlink Basics” presented by Mark Wheeler, KZ3MW, on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00 am (via Zoom).  During Field Day in June I’m going to encourage everyone to send me your Section Manager Messages and your 10 messages for bonus points via Winlink.  If you are not familiar with this handy tool, now’s your chance to take a look at it.

To register online, click this link: https://epa-arrl.org/classes

Tentative Outline:

  • History of WinLink
    • Solved the problem of Internet mail access from anywhere to anyone, at anytime via radio
    • Not a rag chew or chat mode; best for hi-speed xfer of complex msgs & email
  • Who uses WinLink and why?  (ARC, SHARES, ARES)
  • Why use WinLink via radio instead of other digital text protocols, voice messaging, or CW?
  • What is the difference between WinLink via RMS and WinLink PtP?
  • Connecting your radio and computer to be WinLink-capable
  • Which communication protocol should you use to connect?
    • Differences among Telnet, Pactor, Packet, ARDOP, VARA HF and VARA FM
  • What does WinLink look / sound like?

Activation of Rare IOTA Islands

The Russian Robinson Club (RRC) has resumed its plans to activate rare Kiska Island (IOTA NA-070) and Adak Island (IOTA NA-039) in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands chain in July for Islands on the Air (IOTA) enthusiasts. Plans to activate these islands in 2020 were called off because of COVID-19 concerns.

The uninhabited Kiska Island (52.06° N, 177.57° E) lies in the North Pacific’s treacherous Bering Sea, which RRC calls one of the most intense patches of ocean on Earth and where strong winds, freezing temperatures, and icy water are the norm. The island also features the prominent conical Kiska volcano. Kiska Island is a National Historic Landmark and part of the Aleutian Islands World War II National Monument and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (AMNWR). Permission to visit is required from both Alaska’s Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Read the full article:
http://www.arrl.org/news/russian-robinson-club-announces-activation-of-rare-iota-islands-in-the-aleutians