New PCARS Members

Welcome to the latest members of PCARS!
David KC8LSXHartville, OH
Donald KE8HTSStreetsboro, OH
David KE8QEPRavenna, OH
Dennis W8DMHAurora, OH
Tyson KE8PQVAurora, OH
If you meet these people on the street, in a meeting, or on the air, be sure to say Hi and introduce yourself. Let's make our new members feel welcome!
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Birthdays this Month

Michael K8FSJeffrey K8JJMMark K8MSH
Peggy KB8SZIJeff KB8ZWTEddie KD8SOP
Janice KE8BFAMara KE8KBJBrian KE8NNC
Christopher N1CJWJohn N8GIENeil N8IL
David N8NBJim N8PXWRussell NR8W
Rex NX8GMark W8BBQTom WA8OHK
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Thursday Night 2 Meter Net

Hi Everyone

Please join Rick K8CAV who will be hosting the Thursday night net on the 146.895 repeater with a neg offset and a PL tone of 118.8. He will be using the K8BF club call and I encourage all of you to check in for club Info and other Amateur news.

The net starts at 8:00 pm and you can check in using Echo link on the K8SRR node. Hope to hear all of you on Thursday

73’s Greg KA8TOA NCC

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Late Breaking DX News

PCARS DXers:
I got permission to share this from Bernie W3UR, who publishes The Daily DX. I know some of you need Indonesia for DXCC so here’s your chance.
YB – Indonesia – K3ZO, Fred, notes now is the season for North American stations, on the Eastern half, to listen between 2100 and 2300Z for YB stations on SSB. Look for them via the long path between 7.128 and 7.170 MHz.
He also asked me to pass along that those of you who would like to get either daily or weekly DX notifications can get a free two week trial of The Daily DX and The Weekly DX at http://www.dailydx.com/free-trial-request/. Normally I would not do this but he has been very generous in allowing me to pass along DX items of interest to our members.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Hamvention 2021 Cancelation Release

Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021. Hundreds of volunteers have been working to do everything necessary to bring this Hamvention to the many amateur radio enthusiasts and vendors who support the Dayton Hamvention.
Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the world is lagging behind what was planned. In addition, the emergence of a more communicable form of the COVID-19 virus increases the potential for further public health problems in the next few months. We make this difficult decision for the safety of our guests and vendors. Those who had their tickets deferred last year will be deferred again.
Stay tuned for information about a QSO party for the Hamvention weekend. We’ll be back next year!!!
Executive Committee, Dayton Hamvention 2021
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Contest Reminder

Attention CW Afficianadoes:
Just one of the many reminders that have been going out that this weekend is the North American QSO Party – CW mode contest. It will be held from 1800 UTC, Jan 9 to 0600 UTC, Jan 10. So get on and have some fun.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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PCARS Monthly MeetingMonday, January 11th

The first PCARS meeting of 2021 will be held Monday, January 11th at American Legion Post 496 on Mogadore Rd in Kent. We will once again be in the Underwood Hall, so we’ll have plenty of room for “social distancing.” The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM sharp!
For anyone not attending in-person, I hope you’ll join us via Zoom.
Join Zoom Meeting:
This month’s meeting features Axel Fisser K8AXX as our guest speaker. He has a great presentation prepared to teach us about lithium batteries.
DON’T FORGET! Purchase your 50/50 tickets on the PCARS Website – you don’t have to be present to win – everyone is eligible. Just look for the PAYPAL Button marked 50/50 tickets.
Nick AC8QG
PCARS President
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This Saturday! VHF Simplex

Hello everyone! Are you ready?? This Saturday, January 9, is the Ohio ARES VHF Simplex Contest!
The contest starts at 10AM and runs to 4PM- it’s designed as a fun activity to test your “reach” for a time when you may need to contact simplex stations in a power-down emergency. Operating is laid-back and fun!
Rules and schedules are posted on ohsimplex.org, where Jason has the rules, score submission, and tips all set up!
To answer a couple questions:
  • We’re not looking for digital-voice simplex as a separate category. First, there isn’t that much DMR/Fusion/D-Star simplex and it probably wouldn’t be your go-to mode in a disaster. Second, it’s FM… so if you do happen to try a digital mode simplex, count the contacts as FM.
  • The county total is just that- how many counties did your station contact? It is NOT on a per-band basis, it’s the total count including all your stations/modes operated. Again, we’re motivated to determine your overall simplex footprint.
  • EOC is defined the same way as the Field Day rules. If you’re operating from an emergency mobile vehicle (Command bus, trailer) that’s used in conjunction with an EMA/EOC operation, you can claim that to be an EOC especially this year with most EOC entry limited or nonexistent.
  • You do not have to be a member of ARES to participate, all hams are welcome! In a disaster, we will probably need all hands on deck, so it’s great practice for everyone.
  • It appears we will not be able to operate “The Sarge”, W8SGT, from the Ohio EOC this year. Sorry!
The complete rules are on ohsimplex.org. Take a look, and register your operation/county so we can all listen for you!
I hope to hear you- and I hope you have a great time Saturday!
-Stan, N8BHL
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January Radiogram

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,

The January 2021 issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy.  Happy New Year to All !!

Here is the link: http://www.portcars.org/wp/?linker=january-2021-radiogram

Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – Congratulations to the 2021 PCARS Officers – Words from the Great Lake Division Director & NEW Vice Director as well as the NEW Ohio Section Manager – FCC Proposed Application Fee reduced – Top 100 Most Wanted DX – Something for everyone!

Feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone interested in ham radio or PCARS.

Take care & 73,

Tom “Parky”, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

Any mistakes found in the newsletter are there on purpose so some of you can have fun finding them…. The Radiogram is the monthly newsletter of PCARS. Every month, we bring you news, events, DX listings, articles, and lots of fun. All of the issues, dating back to the very first, are on the club website (http:www.portcars.org) for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor:  kb8uuz@gmail.com

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Membership Renewal Update

PCARS Members,

Christmas is just two days away and I hope Santa brings you the new toys you’ve been dreaming of! As we close out 2021 I’d like to thank members who have renewed their membership and remind the few that haven’t there’s still time to renew. I’d also like to recognize our Life Members and their commitment to PCARS:  AB8YK, AC8NT, G0BPS, K1ZZ, K3LR, K8AAB, K8CAV, K8NYM, KB8VJL, KD8FME, KD8SOP, N4IT, N6JRL, N8FTP, N8KBX, N8XTH, NT8K, W8CI, W8KNO, W8PT, WA8CCU, WB2MGP, WB8LCD, WX4QZ, and Denise Renfroe.

The holidays are a time to be with family and friends, it’s also a time to remember those who are no longer with us. These members keys have gone silent and are no longer with us to the enjoy our wonderful hobby and club: K8JE, K8STK, KB8JFF, KB8JHS, KB8PNE, KB8SK, KC8PD, KC8PHY, KC8RJR, KD8ETS, KD8FDK, KD8JRI, KD8MLH, N8GLK, N8HU, N8RLG, N8WHT, W8JFQ, WA8GCF, WA8TSI, WB8FEW, WB8VNO, WD8CVH, and Vee Ward.

The following members have renewed for 2021 and we appreciate their continued commitment to PCARS: AC8QG, AC8XO, AD8FQ, K3GP, K8DER, K8FEY, K8FS, K8HTB, K8IG, K8IV, K8JJM, K8KSU, K8MSH, K8NYL, K8QF, K8SWJ, K8YLK, K8ZGW, KA8OAT, KA8TOA, KB8AMZ, KB8SZI, KB8UHN, KB8UUZ, KB8VJO, KB8ZWT, KC2WLT, KC3JXQ, KC8LJY, KC8QPC, KC8RKD, KC8TUE, KC8YSU, KC8YYS, KD8BBT, KD8BXY, KD8CGH, KD8DFL, KD8EPF, KD8EPG, KD8ERY, KD8IUA, KD8JN, KD8LIR, KD8MLE, KD8MQ, KD8OBA, KD8PBL, KD8SIZ, KD8WBC, KD8WCK, KD8WHA, KD8WZS, KD8ZSH, KE8BBI, KE8BFA, KE8HQK, KE8HTL, KE8JUJ, KE8KBJ, KE8KCJ, KE8LWL, KE8LWM, KE8LWO, KE8LWP, KE8MJH, KE8MKY, KE8MKZ, KE8MXR, KE8NJA, KE8NNC, KE8NWR, KE8PQV, KN4GWY, KW8KW, N1CJW, N2KWW, N3BSN, N6TL, N8AMY, N8ATV, N8BI, N8FUM, N8GIE, N8GPS, N8IL, N8KEV, N8NB, N8PXW, N8QE, N8QZ, N8SY, N8WCP, NO8D, NX8G, W3CDG, W8AHC, W8BDE, W8CDL, W8CYN, W8DMP, W8EZT, W8GWI, W8IFM, W8LSQ, W8NET, W8PJW, W8RID, W8RJG, W8SV, WA8LRW, WA8SAJ, WA8US, WA8UWV, WA8YFL, WB2DFC, WB3HUS, WB8OVQ, WB8VYW, WB9LBI, WD8BIW, WD8ICX, WD8KGH, WD8PME, WT8J, WV8P.

73

Mike-N8WCP

Club Secretary

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Tom Sly, WB8LCDAppointed as Ohio Section Manager

12/21/2020
Tom Sly, WB8LCD, of Kent, has been appointed as the Ohio Section Manager, effective January 1, 2021. Sly will assume the seat that incumbent Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY, is vacating to become Great Lakes Division Vice Director, after serving as Ohio Section Manager since 2014.
Sly was appointed by ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, after consulting with Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK. The Section Manager appointment extends through September 30, 2022.
Sly is an ARRL Life Member and has served as Ohio Section Affiliated Club Coordinator since 2017. He is past president of the Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) and has been a radio amateur since 1968.
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January 2021 Newsletter Inputs

Hello PCARS Members,
 
The January 2021 PCARS newsletter – The RADIOGRAM – is in the works!  
 
Yes, Christmas is upon us and the last Friday of the month is December 25th!!  
 
Your inputs for the newsletter can be sent in earlier than Friday (please!) .  
 
Let’s start the new year with a great newsletter. Send your inputs to KB8UUZ@gmail.com as soon as you can.
 
73 & Merry Christmas to all!
 
Parky – KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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