World Amateur Radio Day

Sunday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD). This year marks the 96th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded at the 1925 International Radiotelegraph Conference in Paris. ARRL co founder and first president, Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, was there, and today, ARRL is the International Secretariat of the IARU. ARRL has resources that members can use to celebrate WARD, including graphics for social media posts and radio club websites, as well as a printable flyer.

On World Amateur Radio Day, all radio amateurs are invited to take to the airwaves to share global goodwill with other amateurs. ARRL encourages members to promote the value of amateur radio to family and friends, and in their communities. Many volunteer ARRL Public Information Officers and Public Information Coordinators throughout the US use the time leading up to WARD as an opportunity to reach out to the media to share information about amateur radio.


Steel City members – Check your email for a survey questionnaire 

Please fill it out by Friday

Hamvention QSO Party

Hamvention QSO Party will be held as a 12 hour event on Saturday of what would have been the Hamvention weekend: May 22, 2021 8am to 8pm EDT.  Typical call will be: CQ CQ Hamvention QSO Party (Your call).   Typical exchange will be signal report and first year you attended Hamvention; ex. on CW: KB8XXX 599 1998 W4XX

Modes and Bands
Modes: CW, SSB
Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters.

Scoring
Count one point for each unique call worked on each band and each mode.
W8BI is 10 bonus points per band and mode.

More Information: https://hamvention.org/qso-party-2021/

New Equipment Added

Try out our two new items at Steel City ARC. Added to our equipment list is an Online  SDR-Receiver and a APRS digipeater & I-Gateway. Both of these have been added to the club with minimal cost to the club.  Special thanks goes to Patrick, W2BRS for donating the new file server which is also handling the OpenwebRX receiver. Also Matt,  KB3PJW for donating the Raspberry PI & Radio that is handling the the APRS traffic.


http://w3kwh.com/sdr-online-receiver/

The OpenwebRX SDR receiver will let you listen to ham and SWL station right from your computer browser.  OpenwebRX is special in that if you click on the frequence bookmark like “FT8” it will even decode what is being heard on FT8.


http://w3kwh.com/aprs/

The APRS Digipeater/I-Gateway is a digital repeater that repeater APRS packets.  The area West of Pittsburgh has been an weak coverage area for APRS packets especially for I-Gateways that take your packets and post the on the internet like on aprs.fi and aprsdirect.com


Steel City Business Meeting – April 11th @ 1pm

Status Update: Business Meeting is a go!

Forecast is calling for rain over night ending in the early morning.  By 1:00 PM temps will be 67 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Please bring lawn chair and mask.


Business Meeting

Sunday April 11th @ 1:00 PM

At The Club House


Social Distant is required – This is be an outdoor meeting
Requirements!
Mask & Lawn Chair


Hello all members,

This will be an in person meeting at the club house.  You will only be allow to enter the building for short visits.  No groups of people we be allowed in the building.  Mask are going to be required since there is a lot of people not vaccinated yet.  If it going to rain that day meeting will be moved to Zoom on Tuesday night at 7:30pm. Please keep a eye on the http://w3kwh.com website for the latest detail.  Please check the website before driving to the clubhouse for last minute updates. Park back from the clubhouse by 30 feet so members can sit close to the building.

If your not willing to wear a mask please dont come!

All new members that have not received the access card will get them this day. All members will get their new passwords for the website and VNC access to the remote stations.  DX members will receive this information from an personal email.

It will be great to see you all!

73….
Christine, N3LRG
n3lrg@w3kwh.com

p.s. Rain date will be Tuesday April 13th @ 7:30 PM