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WPA Section News - February 27, 2017


Hamfest Recap - WASHfest

The annual WASHfest was held at South Park on February 26 with a good sized crowd in attendance! The food was good and the tables were filled with vendors. Nobody went home empty-handed!

The following ARRL WPA Section Staff were on hand at the ARRL booth:

  • Section Manager - Joe Shupienis W3BC
  • Assistant Section Manager - Juan Manfredi NA0B
  • Section Emergency Coordinator - Harry Bloomberg W3YJ
  • Public Information Coordinator - Cory Sickles WA3UVV
  • DXCC Card Checker - Jack Buzon KA3HPM
  • District Emergency Coordinator, South 1 - Bud Plants N3TIR

It was a very productive day for everyone!

Warren County Hamfest (PA) - Sunday, March 5 - 9 am

Warren County ACS and Venture Crew 73 are sponsoring the first Warren County Hamfest, which will take place this Sunday, March 5th at 9:00 am to 4:00 PM. Talk-In: 145.11 (PL 186.2). the location is:
Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department
222 E. Main Street
Youngsville, PA 16371

for more information contact:

Russ Bush , N3YD
Phone: 814-564-9202

Digital Voice Mode Workshop - Uniontown ARC - March 18

[The time has been corrected to 9:00 am, Saturday, March 18th -W3BC]

On Saturday, March 18 at 9:00, the Uniontown ARC will present a presentation on Digital Voice Modes. This will include demonstrations, discussions and Hands-On Use of various technologies, including D-STAR, System Fusion, DMR, TRBO, P25, NXDN, and the like. Already, several hams have signed up, and there is lots of room for more. To Sign up or to ask for more information contact our WPA PIC Cory Sickles WA3UVV by email: A full write-up of the event can be found at

Help Wanted

We are still looking for a few good hams to lead several key areas of service the Section provides. Contact me for more details, application packages, or to share ideas you may have.

  • Section Youth Coordinator
  • Affiliated Club Coordinator
  • South 2 District Emergency Coordinator
  • Technical Coordinator

These leadership jobs are a great opportunity to help your fellow amateurs all over the section. We are looking for enthusiastic, responsible people who are willing to give back to our favorite hobby by providing these important services.

To find out what these jobs entail, please visit the following links:

Your WPA Section Needs YOU! It doesn't hurt to ask -- you're not goiong to get "railroaded" into anything you can't handle. Get in touch with me and we'll talk.

Monthly Report Update

THANK YOU to everyone who filed their January Monthly Report and/or Station Activities Reports! Our SEC Harry Bloomberg W3YJ reports that the February Monthly Reports are now due. ARES personnel, be sure to use the new form (ARES Form 2) for submitting these reports. Please support him in this work, and get your reports in early, every month. As it says on the report form, let's get them in by the 2nd of each month!

I encourage everybody to send in your reports every month, so they can be collected together and reported here, on our Internet sites, and to ARRL HQ. All reports are welcome, from the required Monthly Staff Reports, to interesting things from your club or your own hamshack.

Required reports should be filed with the appropriate official (DEC, SEC, PIC, TM, OOC or SM) during the last week of the month, so they may be processed in time for inclusion in QST and other League publications. Non-required reports should be filed with our new PIC, your Assistant Section Manager or with me.


The Final Final

That's about all for this week. Please let us all know if you or your local group did anything interesting, or if you have an upcoming event. I can't wait to hear all about what amateur radio is doing in your location!

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