ARRL Sections - Western Pennsylvania

Western Pennsylvania

Western Pennsylvania

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Western Pennsylvania
Joe Shupienis W3BC
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WPA Section News


Winter Field Day, Part II

01/15/17 -- Another WPA group is planning to square off with Old Man Winter, and set up shop to participate in Winter Field Day. Like its summer counterpart, the winter version involves setting up temporary stations away from the comforts of home. In this winter weather, that's a LOT of comfort to leave behind!

Steve Fazekas K3FAZ of the Fort Armstrong Wireless Association writes:

"We'll be operating at our EOC for the winter field day event with four stations operating from the radio room and emergency communications trailer. there will be several of us there for the duration (plus some members coming and going) working as many bands and modes as propagation permits. We're working hard to have club members who seem a bit gunshy of hf to participate while we use the club call sign...who knows, somebody may find out there is a big world beyond the repeater. We've also invited some non-hams to come by and see what amatuer radio is all about.

"Come and visit, there will be some good eats and you can get a look at our trailer renovations that are coming together rather nicely. 

"We're planning our spring weather exercise for early April and will provide more details as they become available.

"We also have scheduled other public service events for the year including a new 5k/10k/half marathon in Kittanning on June 10th."

Carrying The Message

The above news sounds like some good info for the events calendar on the website. I encourage everyone to share their lists of upcoming events, and the Section website and Facebook group are the perfect places for us to do so! Keep those cards and letters coming... and pictures, too! LOTS of pitures of you and your friends enjoying Amateur Radio activities!

This is YOUR Section, and you can do your part to make it GREAT! Send all your local event information to me at and I'll put it on the website for you. Or better yet, send me an email with your request to become a website editor (it IS just another 'blog' after all!) and I'll set up your user login which will allow you to enter news items, calendar entries and more!

Section Staff Vacancies

01/15/17 -- Applications for several Section Staff openings are requested. If you have the skills for the job, and you want to give something back to our favorite hobby, a Section Appointment can be a very challenging and rewarding experience.The following Staff positions are open at this time:

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

Station appointments allow you to fill a vital role with your local club or clubs. Here are some that are needed an every county and club:

  • Public Information Officer
  • Official Emergency Station
  • Technical Specialist

There's a hat for everybody! Have a look at and see if one of those hats has your name on it!

That's all for now. I'm always avainlable so don't hesitate to contact me for help with your questions.


Joe Shupienis W3BC
Section Manager WPA


Congratulations to the first WPA New Ham of 2017, Bradyn J Claycomb KC3IJL

01/06/17 -- The first newly-licensed radio amateur of 2017 in the Western Pennsylvania Section is Bradyn J Ciaycomb KC3IJL of Greensburg. Bradyn will be awarded a copy of The ARRL Operating Manual. Welcome to Amateur Radio, Bradyn. Hope to hear you on the air!


WPA Section Vacant Staff Positions Announced

01/06/17 -- Section Manager W3BC is requesting volunteer applications for two key staff positions. I am looking for enthusiastic, qualified people to give their best efforts in these vital jobs. If you have the qualifications and the time to carry out this important work, please contact me by email: and request an application packet for the job you are interested in.

WPA Section Youth Coordinator

  • Maintain a current assessment of active youth amateur radio operators in the section, including those involved within clubs, Scouting and other youth organizations, and schools 
  • Promote youth-related on-air activities including ARRL Kid’s Day, Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), Field Day, and School Club Roundup 
  • Provide youth related ideas and resources to amateur radio clubs and individuals within the section

WPA Affiliated Club Coordinator

  • Get to know the Amateur Radio clubs' members and officers person to person in his section.
  • Help clubs establish workable programs
  • Encourage new clubs to become ARRL affiliated
  • Ensure that annual reports (updates officers, liaison mailing addresses etc.) are forthcoming from all affiliated clubs

Recruitment of new hams and ARRL members is an integral part of the job of every ARRL  appointee. Appointees should take advantage of every opportunity to recruit a new ham or member to foster growth of Field Organization programs, and our abilities to serve the public.

Pennsylvania Act 15 of 2015 requires anyone having “direct contact with children” to obtain clearances from the Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Human Services. An FBI fingerprint records check is also required for those who have not resided in Pennsylvania continuously for ten (10) years preceding the application date. The Pennsylvania clearances may be obtained online, free of charge for people providing volunteer services. The FBI fingerprinting and records check is available to volunteers at a reduced price. If the FBI check is not required, the applicant must swear or affirm in writing that he or she is not disqualified from service based upon a conviction of an offense under §6344. Copies of clearances and statements must be submitted with all applications.


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