Western Pennsylvania Section News
October 11, 2017
2017 WPA SET “Very Successful”
Saturday, October 7th was the date for the 2017 SET. In the weeks leading up to the event, our WPA DECs and ECs finished all the preparation it takes to have a great exercise. At 9:00 am on Saturday, October 7th the WPA ARES Voice Net was called up, and the next four hours filled the airwaves with ARES activities. Both WX3PIT and WX3CTP National Weather Service stations were manned and on the air to accept SKYWARN reports. K3MJW was on the air as the Section Incident Command station, and established ongoing communication with the District Command Stations.
Each ARES team set up communications with their local coordinating station, and a substantial amount of Radiogram traffic was handled by all stations. The Weather Service staff was impressed by the SKYWARN reports they received through us.
October 14th and 15th: Pennsylvania QSO Party.
October 21, 22 and 23: 60th Annual Boy Scout Jamboree On The Air. Local clubs and other groups have made arrangements to participate with their local Scouting Councils and Camps to set up stations that will enable Scouts to talk to their counterparts in other countries around the world. It’s also a perfect opportunity to get in some Public Service work. Please be sure to send in an ARES Form 1 with full info on your participation!
October 28th: North-2 District Meeting 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, in the Hiller Auditorium on the Penn State DuBois Campus. Please send an email to me using firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell me how many people are coming with you. The admission is free — we need to know how many sets of handouts to print, so everybody can have one!
November 5th: South-1 District meeting 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, at the WACOM Hamfest on the Washington County Fairgrounds. Please send an email to me using email@example.com, and tell me how many people are coming with you. The admission is free — we need to know how many sets of handouts to print, so everybody can have one!
Near Space Balloon Launch – September 20
The balloon was launched on schedule, and ascended to a maximum altitude of 104,000 feet! Two and a half hours after launch, the vehicle touched down in the median of PA Route 28. All in all, it was a very successful flight.
The team is planning another launch for the spring of 2018. Reports are that the use of Amateur Radio to track the balloon’s flight and coordinate the launch and recovery efforts impressed the students enough that several have expressed interest in getting licensed.
Jamboree On The Air Plans
Jamboree On The Air plans are being made for October 20-22 this year. Clubs are coordinating with local Scout Council offices and camps, and our WPA Section Youth Coordinator Russ Bush N3YD is working to coordinate with the Councils and Clubs to provide the well-organized, amateur radio club activity the Scouts prefer. If you are interested in helping out as part of this organized effort, please contact Russ at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
October has been a very busy month, and there’s something going on every weekend. If you’re wondering what’s in store for November, relax. We have plenty more fun-filled activities on the ole’ drawing board. There are still a lot more things we can do to build excitement and have fun with our favorite hobby!
Introducing… November ‘Noob’ Night!
If you’re looking for a program for your November club meeting, why not put together a program of activities for new hams and those who are interested in Amateur Radio? Demo the latest entry level radios like the Icom 7300 and the Yaesu 991A (for example), have some Elmers available to answer questions, have a show and tell about DXing, digital modes, SDR, signal location… the list is endless. (And it doesn’t have to be in November. There are 11 other months that are just as good!)
Advertise it as much as you can, especially in schools, colleges, on bulletin boards at work, on your nets, and in person to the hams in your communities who recently got licensed. It doesn’t have to be perfect — it just has to be done. Who knows, you might make the difference needed to gain some active new members!
Above all else, go out of your way to make the new hams feel welcome and respected! We want to make good amateur radio friendships in the best 100+ year tradition of Amateur Radio!
73 and Press On!
Joe Shupienis W3BC
Western Pennsylvania Section Manager