Western Pennsylvania Section News
July 14, 2017
Hamfest Season Is Here
It is now the middle of the Hamfest Season. Take some time to get out and show your support of at least one local hamfest this year. Our section staff has been to several very good ones this year, and the turnout is very encouraging. We have made the commitment to be at EVERY WPA Hamfest this year, and we are more thn half-way to reaching that goal. Please stop by our WPA ARRL tables to say hello, meet our staff, and ask any questions you may have.
Vendors have been very generous in supplying hourly and main prizes to the WPA hamfests, and your help in keeping the attendance up will go a long way to making the future of WPA hamfests a good one!
We try to announce all the hamfests on the Section Website Events Page, which can be found at https://wpa-arrl.org/wpa-events-calendar/ and includes maps and information.
Free ARRL Gifts
If you join or renew your ARRL Membership with us at a hamfest, you qualify for a special, hamfest-only gift. You may choose one of the following ARRL Publications to be shipped for free to your QST mailing address. Even if your membership doesn’t expire this year, your renewal will be added onto your current membership, and you get a valuable ARRL book for FREE!
ARRL’s Portable Antenna Classics
Antennas for Operating On the Go!Portable operating is gaining popularity in the Amateur Radio community. For amateurs who are unable to install permanent outdoor antennas at home, portable installations are often the only way they can get on the air. There are also amateurs who simply enjoy operating outdoors, in nature. For them, portable antennas are necessities.
ARRL’s Portable Antenna Classics is a collection of helpful articles gathered from more than three decades of QST, ARRL’s membership journal. Featuring easily constructed antenna systems that offer adequate performance, this book offers practical ideas and projects to get you on the air from anywhere!
Small Antennas for Small Spaces 2nd Edition
Antenna Designs to Fit your Space!Amateur Radio operators love antennas – the bigger the better — but if you don’t have acres of property to erect the antenna of your dreams, does it mean you’re effectively off the air? Not at all! This fascinating hobby is still yours to enjoy. With the right antenna design you’ll be on the air today!
Fully updated, the second edition of ARRL’s Small Antennas for Small Spaces is a valuable resource for radio amateurs who live in apartments, condominiums, or houses on small lots. Filled with practical advice, this book guides you to finding the right antenna design to fit whatever space you have available. In Small Antennas for Small Spaces you’ll find ideas and projects that will get you on the air regardless of where you live!
Even More Wire Antenna Classics Volume 3
Even More Antennas to Build – Even More Ideas to Experiment WithThe third volume of the popular Wire Antenna Classics collection gathers the best antenna projects and innovative designs from QST, spanning over 10 years from 2002 through 2013. It features more than 40 practical designs for a wide range of wire antennas, from simple projects to more complex. As you read, you’ll discover new ways to experiment with wire antennas and why they are so rewarding to use.
Here’s some of what you’ll find: Portable Antennas, Directional Antennas, Multiband Antennas, Single Band Antennas, and Stealth Antennas
Jamboree On The Air Plans
Jamboree On The Air plans are being made for October 22-23 this year. It looks like there are clubs near each of the 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.
Rather than opening the doors of our home hamshacks to whatever Scouts may want to show up to watch us make a QSO, it is preferable to work with local clubs that have fully-equipped QRO, DX-capable club stations, and those that can set up a full-featured QRO, DX-capable station at a Scout Camp and place these stations on the air to allow individual scouts take turns making multiple JOTA contacts. Watching you struggle to make a QSO with a battery-powered QRP radio and a short wire antenna 10 feet in the air — while a lot of fun to experienced hams — will hold very little interest for today’s youth.
The same goes for your prize boat anchor collection. I love the smell of hot tube radios and the music of CW as much as anybody, but when giving a demo to kids, I bring the Pro-III and a microphone!
Let’s get in touch with Russ and see where we can best serve the Scouts, and make our WPA JOTA efforts march in step with the rest of the Scouting World!
There’s so much going on in our WPA Section, I don’t know when to stop writing! If your group has an upcoming event, PLEASE let us know and we will do our best to help publicize it.
73 and Press On!
Joe Shupienis W3BC
Western Pennsylvania Section Manager