New PCARS Members

Welcome to the latest members of PCARS!
Brian KE8NNCTwinsburg, OH
Mark KE8MJHHudson, OH
Donna W8DMPPainesville, OH
Paul W8PJWPainesville, 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

Richard KA8OATAndrew KD8BBTJim KD8FME
Michael KD8JRERichard KD8PBLJames KD8VT
Don KD8WBCNicholas KE8JUJShane KE8MWD
Bob N8KBXBob NT8KRonald W8AHC
Donna W8DMPBill W8IFMMike WB8VYW
Karen WD8BIW
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October Radiogram

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

The October 2020 issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy.

Here is the link:

Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – New FST4 Digital Mode – Deron, N8XTH got married! – FCC proposes License Fees – Get Ready for the PCARS 15th Anniversary Special Event – JOTA is this month – 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 ( for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor:

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PCARS Thursday Night Net Tomorrow at 8 PM

Hi everyone
Please join me Thursday night at 8:00 pm local time on the 146.895 repeater with a pl tone of 118.8 and the K8SRR  EchoLink node. I will be your host and i am sure it will be entertaining. We will have club information and other amateur news. So till then, I hope to hear you and enjoy this nice weather. 73’s
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September 29, 2020 Linux for Hams SIG

September 22, 2020
September 21, 2020 the Ohio Public Health Advisory System went code Red for Portage County. My age, 74 in December, puts me in the high risk area for seniors. I will be canceling the September 29, 2020 and possibly the December 29, 2020 of the Linux for Hams Special Interest Group. Lets hope that 2021 will be a safer year for all of our club SIG’s.
Best 73 de KB8AMZ, Terry
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DX/Contest Special Interest Group Meeting Announcement

Attn: PCARS DXers & Contesters:
Well I need to apologize but this month simply got away from me. Life intervened. We should have our DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting this evening – Sept 22 – at 7PM. Tom has setup a Zoom meeting for this SIG. The Zoom information is as follows:
PCARS DXers & Contesters:
Chuck – W8PT is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: DX / Contest SIG
Time: Sep 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Meeting reminder – MCARC September meeting Tonight Tuesday September 22

Michael, W8CI will give the Elmer session starting at 6 PM – talking about the ARRL.
Our business meeting will start at 7 PM
At 7:30 PM our speaker is Nathaniel, W2NAF presenting a talk on Space Weather.
See you on Zoom
Meeting Tuesday (9/22) VIA Zoom:
To Join Zoom MONTHLY CLUB Meeting
Meeting ID: 563 685 301
Password: 73
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PCARS October Newsletter Inputs

Hello PCARS,
WOW – September is going by FAST. Fall is setting in, a bit cooler outside now.
Anyway – the October newsletter is in the works and I need your inputs to make this a good issue of The RADIOGRAM !!!
Deadline is the last Friday of the month – September 25th – 8pm.
Send your inputs to me with photos, too !!!
Hope to hear from you soon,
Parky, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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PCARS – VE Testing Saturday October 3rd at 10 AM Sharp

There WILL be a VE Test Session at the PCARS Club Site in Ravenna on Saturday – October 3, 2020 – Starts at 10 am sharp.
– You MUST register in advance – NO WALK-INS will be accepted. Send an email to to register.
– You will be required to have, in advance, a Form 605 – properly filled in and signed. Once you register a form 605 will be sent to you via email. You can print it out and fill it in.
– If you are sick, have a cough, a high temperature or have been exposed to COVID-19 or someone that has been infected – please, do not come to the club site.
– You will wear a mask covering your mouth and nose at all times.
– No food or snacks allowed.
– Only people that are testing will be allowed in the building.
– $15.00 Fee Payment will only be by check or exact change. We cannot make change
– If paying by check, make check out to: “ARRL-VEC” Fee is $15.00
– Ensure you have the following:
 A picture ID such as a valid Driver’s License, State ID, School ID, or US Passport.
  If you are under 16 years of age, a parent or guardian must be able to vouch for you and you need a copy of your birth certificate (you do not have to give us a copy, we just have to see and verify)
  If you are taking a Technician test you will need either your FRN number (you can apply for an FRN on the FCC website) or Social Security Number.
  If you are upgrading to General or Extra – You MUST bring your original valid amateur radio license and a copy of your valid amateur radio license to turn in with your Form 605.
Bring your own pencils and pens.
Any questions? Contact
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A sign of the Times

Frank, W3LPL, and Tim, K3LR, jointly announced that “Due to health concerns caused by COVID-19, the W3LPL and K3LR teams have made the decision not to compete in the Multi Multi or Multi Two categories during CQWW Phone and CQWW CW for 2020.
W3LPL and K3LR have mutually come to the conclusion that we cannot take the risk of someone getting sick with the number of people involved in Multi Multi category operations.”
According to Jeff, KU8E, W3LPL has been on the air in the MM category during the CQ WW DX Contests every year but one since 1978. K3LR, since 1994.
Others have pointed out that many of the stalwart carribean multi-multi contest stations may also be dark this contest season due to travel restrictions.
From the ARRL Contest Update 9/16/20
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September Antenna SIG – CANCELLED

I will be out of town today so I am cancelling the September Antenna SIG meeting. We will reconvene next month on our regularly scheduled date.
Tony WA8AR

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PCARS Monthly Meeting This Monday September 14th

I want to remind you all that the PCARS meeting will be held Monday, September 14th At the American Legion Post 496 on Mogadore Rd in Kent. Come early and have some dinner with us! We will again be in the Underwood Hall where there is plenty of room to spread out and “social distance”. If you are personally not ready to attend in person, I invite you to participate via ZOOM. The Zoom information is as follows:
PCARS is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
This month’s meeting will feature Gordon West – WB6NOA – joining us via ZOOM. Gordon has been instrumental in helping new hams get engaged with the hobby. I promise you will find him an energetic and engaging speaker – so please join us!
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.
Finally, I hope you all get a chance to work Team K8IV from Punderson State Park this Saturday! We’ll be on 20 / 40 / and 80 meters – look for us on the air.
Tom wb8lcd
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