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Joe Shupienis W3BC
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Western Pennsylvania Section News - FIELD DAY SPECIAL EDITION

June 18, 2018


Field Day is this weekend, June 23 and 24th!!! It only comes once a year so don't miss out on all the ham radio fun. If you aren't helping out your local group, there are plenty of other Field Day locations all over our WPA Section, already registered with the ARRL Field Day Locator which can be found by pointing your web browser to

It's easy to find one near you from the two dozen plus WPA locations!

No matter where you go, please plan on actually getting on the air and operating, particularly in the evening, overnight and especially Sunday time slots. Field Day is a 24 hour event, and when everybody shows up at starting time, only to leave an hour or two later, it isn't very helpful to the people who put so much time, effort and money into setting up a great Field Day experience... for YOU to enjoy.

If it has been a while since you went out for Field Day, or if you've never attended one, don't be shy, just drop on by. Regardless of your License class, or even if you don't have a license (yet), there will be operators present who will guide you while you use their radios and make contacts with other Field Day stations, all over the country. When you operate as a guest, it doesn't matter what your license class is, as long as there is a properly-licensed ham assisting you while you're on the air.

Radio Operating is NOT a "one and done" thing -- you can spend as much time as you want operating radios and experiencing the thrill of talking to stations near and far. After taking a break and maybe a snack, pick another radio and settle in to operate well into the night. I guarantee your help will be appreciated... AND that you will have a lot of FUN!

My travel itinerary begins with Mercer County at 10 am Saturday, then North Washington at 11:30, Chicora at 12:30, Armstrong County at 2 pm, Indiana at 3:30, Altoona at 5:30, State College at 7:30 and Reynoldsville at 9:30 pm. On Sunday, Potter County at 9:30 am, McKean County at 11, and Elk County at 12:30. Assistant Section Manager Dave Wellman WX3E will be making visits to the Erie County locations, Crawford, and Venango Counties on Saturday. Section Emergency Coordinator Bud Plants N3TIR will be visiting sites in Washington, Allegheny, Fayette, Butler and Beaver Counties on Saturday.

We are looking forward to seeing you when we visit your Field Day operation. This year we will present Commemorative Certificates to each group we visit, and a special "First Field Day" award to everyone present who is attending their very first Field Day!

Get ready, get going then stick around and HAVE FUN!




73 and Press On!

Joe W3BC


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Western Pennsylvania Section News
June 10, 2018

Thanks to everyone who participated in our WPA Section Convention at the Breezeshooters Hamfest last weekend. All eight of our forums were well attended, and we are receiving many positive reports.

What's next?

Next on our WPA radar is Field Day, June 23rd and 24th. If you haven't added your group's information on the ARRL Field Day Locator, it's not too late. If you want to make sure you are scheduled for a visit from our WPA Section Officials, please contact me directly with your request. My email address is

More ARRL programs are in the works, with four District meetings and a Pennsylvania State ARRL Convention in Uniontown in September.

    South-2, July 1 following the Somerset Hamfest in Somerset

    North-1, July 14th following the Northwestern PA Hamfest in Wattsburg

    PA State Convention,  September 1st at the W3PIE Club House,
        433 Old Pittsburgh Road, Uniontown

    South-1, November 4th following the WACOM Hamfest in Cannonsburg

Many thanks to the Hamfest sponsors for supporting our WPA Section activities, which are open to all radio amateurs.

Even more! 

June 16 - ARRL Kids' Day 
                For more information, please visit

June 16 - EC-001 Field Exam Session
                9:30 am, at Skyview Radio Society Club House
                2335 Turkey Ridge Rd
                New Kensington, PA 15068

                Contact: Bob Worek, AG3U
                Phone: 724-410-1028


In conclusion...

Now that summer activities have started, please remember to put safety first, especially when traveling our wonderful Pennsylvania highways. Allow yourself extra time, and keep a safe distance from other traffic. Set a good example by being alert and patient in the many construction zones, and comply with radio silence in blasting areas, especially with APRS radios. Remember, Safety is No Accident!


If you’re looking for a program for your club meetings, why not put together some 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.

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 someactive new members!

Above all else, go out of your way to make new hams feel welcome and respected! We want to make good amateur radio friendships in the best 100+ year tradition of Amateur Radio!


Still looking for more ideas for meeting programs? Drop me an invite or a request for a visit by any of our section staff. We are available to travel to your group, and can discuss a variety of very interesting Amateur Radio topics.


73 and Press On!
Joe Shupienis W3BC

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