ARRL Sections - Western Pennsylvania

Western Pennsylvania

Western Pennsylvania

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Joe Shupienis W3BC
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WPA Section News - March 20, 2017


On The Road

What a weekend for amateur radio in WPA! Friday evening found me visiting the Cambria Radio Club in Johnstown. Before the meeting they held a VE session, with one upgrade and one new ham -- Christopher Geiser KC3IVM, the son of John AB3OV and Leann Geiser KB3WUD. Congratulations to the happy ham family!

Then it was off to Uniontown overnight so I could take part in the Digital Voice Radio seminar hosted by the Uniontown Amateur Radio Club at their W3PIE station/club house. The MC was WPA Public Information Coordinator (and a very active and knowledgeable ham) Cory Sickles WA3UVV. Josh KC8TAI came up from West Virginia to show off his home-built UHF DMR repeater. Josh gave a very interesting demo and description to a very interested group of 25 hams from three of the four WPA Districts.

Lots of questions were asked and answered, and it was clear that those in attendance were becoming enthusiastic about all the information they had absorbed. Josh's expertise with the MMDVM, Arduino and Raspberry Pi multimode repeater controller and its possible use to bring FM, DMR, D-STAR, and P25 together in a single Yaesu DR-1x repeater without opening the repeater case, had everyone abuzz!

If you're sorry you missed it, there's good news. Cory is ready to present another, shorter presentation as one of the sessions of the WPA Section Convention being held during the Breezeshooters Hamfest in Butler on Sunday, June 4th. Come early and be prepared to enjoy a newly-expanded WPA Section Convention format!

Help Wanted

Applications are now being accepted for WPA Section Affiliated Club Coordinator. The ACC's duties include getting to know the affiliated club Officers and Members, providing ARRL support to these clubs and members, and providing resources to clubs to help them grow and prosper, while conducting service activities for their members and communities. The ACC is the point of contact for those clubs seeking to earn the coveted Special Service Club status.

This position requires travel to club meetings and activities when requested, and keeping a well-stocked inventory of ARRL literature, handouts and flyers to supply affiliated clubs for handing out to the public at club activities. If you are a "people person" and this job sounds like a great way to exercise your "gift of gab," you are encouraged to apply! Contact me at for more details.

Field Day 2017

Field Day is less than 100 days away (June 24-25), so its time to make the Big Decisions at your local club meetings... Now is the time to visit and download all the items in the 2017 Field Day Kit.

Once you have settled on the place, go visit to put it on the map! It's amazing how many people use this tool to find a local Field Day site, and it's a great chance for you club to strut your stuff and attract some new members.

WPA Section Officials will be visiting sites, so please invite us now. I put on over 700 miles last year, and I look forward to visiting your club. Just a word of advice... I'm trying to lose weight so I plan to go easy on the meatball subs this year! HI HI!

The Final Final

Two down and ten to go. No, not basketball eliminations -- Hamfests! The third hamfest this year in WPA is coming up on Sunday, April 23. It's the Two Rivers ARC Hamfest at The Spectrum in Boston Pa (near McKeesport). More details can be found on the events calendar at

Don't forget the upcoming WPA ARRL Convention to be held at the Breezeshooters Hamfest on Sunday, June 4 from 8:00 to 12:00 with an expanded program of WPA ARES and ARRL presentations and discussions. Meet with ARRL officials, DXCC card checkers and other section staff members who will be there to offer our assistance and answer your questions!

Be sure to visit/join/participate in our online locations:

WPA Website: --- Facebook Group: WPA ARRL

73 and Press On!

Joe Shupienis W3BC
Western Pennsylvania Section Manager

WPA ARRL Website, WPA ARRL Facebook Group

Western Pennsylvania Officials