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Western Pennsylvania

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Western Pennsylvania
Joe Shupienis W3BC
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Western Pennsylvania Section News
June 30, 2018

It was great to see all of you at the many Field Day sites we visited. You demonstrated that Western Pennsylvania hams are ready for action, and can set up operations anywhere, any time! Thank you for all the radiograms you sent, and to those who handled traffic as usual during the crowded band conditions. 

What's next?

Next up in our busy Western PA Schedule is the Somerset Hamfest, tomorrow at the Somerset County Career and Technical Center. Please plan on attending our District South-2 meeting, immediately following the hamfest.

Our schedule also includes local District meetings in Erie and Washington Counties 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. 

District Meeting Forums

Our schdeule of presentations for our Didtrict Meetings is ready. We are looking at a 3 hour timeframe for each meeting, with lots of informative sessions for everybody. In order to reduce your travel time, and make things more convenient for you, our WPA Section now holds four District meetings close to you, one in each of our four districts. These meetings combine our popular WPA Leadership Workshop and the WPA ARES Meeting that were held in Indiana and Johnstown, respectively.

By combining the best of both conferences, and bringing them to your District, you can get more information while driving less. This year, we are trying to save you even more, and encourage more participation by holding them in conjunction with local hamfests. Please plan on attending.

Each District Meeting will follow this plan:

Leadership Workshop - 90 minutes. Includes ARRL updates, how to keep new hams coming to your club, upcoming WPA Youth Activities such as balloon launches, Jamboree on the Air, and School activities, Tips and Tricks for invigorating your club meetings and a general discussion of Leadership topics.

ARES Topics - 90 minutes. Includes information about our growing operations in support of Red Cross joint exercises and expansion, the new ARES Connect program which will affect every EC and ARES member, ARRL's proposed New ARES Member Levels and requirements, advance planning for the Fall SET scheduled for October 6, and a general discussion of ARES topics.

In conclusion...

Now that summer activities are in full swing, 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. When working outside, please use all recommended safety equipment, vests, hard-hats and eye, ear and foot protection. 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 your events 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 some active 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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