PCARS Honored as Hamvention Club of the Year 2018


PCARS is Hamvention Club of the Year!

“The Dayton Hamvention® Club of the Year honors go to the Portage County (Ohio) Amateur Radio Service. This very busy club says it has over 40 hours of activities each month, including public service, student outreach, periodic “Build Days” for working on projects together and monthly “Get On The Air” days when the club station is open for members and guests to learn about HF and different modes of operation.

The members of PCARS are proud to have been selected
for this prestigious award.

All of the members – past and present – have helped make
our club what it is today.

Along with future members our club will be even better in years to come.

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New PCARS Members

Welcome to the latest members of PCARS!

Dennis DANIELSD Medina, Ohio
Jim KD8SNM Girard, Ohio
Doug KE8LAN Solon, Ohio

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

James AB8YK Vivian KB8CLH George KB8SK
Michael KC8LJY James KC8YYS Ray KD8DFL
Mike KD8FLZ Carl N4IT David WV8P
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Attention PCARS Contesters:
One final reminder that tomorrow, Saturday, Feb 23rd we will be participating in the North America QSO Party – RTTY Mode contest. The contest runs from 1PM this Saturday until 1AM Sunday morning.
We will be gathering at least one hour prior to the start of the contest. So please come on out and help put K8BF on the air in this event.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Field Day Meeting

The February Field Day 2019 organizational Staff Meeting will be held tomorrow, Tuesday 2/19/19, at the PCARS club site from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Although this a FD Staff meeting, it is open to all PCARS members. A meeting agenda will be sent to all current staff prior to the meeting. This meeting needs to begin and end on time to accommodate the Antenna SIG which will meet at 7:30 immediately after the FD meeting.
Tony Romito WA8AR Field Day Chairman
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March Newsletter

Hello PCARS members,
Time for the March newsletter inputs ! Looking for your articles for the March issue of The RADIOGRAM. Yes, February is the shortest month and is going FAST. The last Friday of the month is THIS FRIDAY – February 22nd.
Please get your inputs for the newsletter sent to me as soon as you can. As always, if you have pictures or diagrams, send them in large format and in focus, please. Send inputs to kb8uuz@gmail.com
ALSO – if you took pictures while at FYAO – Please send me copies!!!
Hope to hear from you soon.
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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Carole Perry Flier

Click Here for a two-page flier regarding the March PCARS meeting. Please, send this, along with a short note to anyone, and everyone you know in the education business (teachers, administrators, bus drivers, school board members) and invite them to our meeting. WE Have Room For Them All!
We will make sure that our club meeting and 50/50 are kept short. We plan to have Carole begin at exactly 8:00PM, so if anyone does not want to sit through our meeting, they can show up at 7:45 and skip that portion of the evening.
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Educator of the Year Award

Congratulations to Amateur Radio educator Carole Perry, WB2MGP, the first recipient of the newly established “Carole Perry Educator of the Year Award” presented by 2019 Orlando HamCation.
The award, to be given annually in Perry’s name, recognizes outstanding dedication in educating and advancing today’s youth about #HamRadio.
A fellow and director of the Radio Club of America (RCA), Perry is a past Dayton Hamvention Ham of the Year and a recipient of the ARRL Instructor of the Year Award. She sits on the RCA Scholarship Committee, and she chairs the RCA Youth Activities Committee, which she established in 2007. She has moderated the Dayton Youth Forum for 31 years. (Photo, Bob Inderbitzen NQ1R)
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Pioneer Bus Trip to Hamvention

It is never too early to plan a trip to Hamvention. Each year the Pioneer Amateur Radio Fellowship has offered to bus hams to this great event. The bus leaves at 5:30 AM the Saturday of Hamvention, stops at McDonald’s for breakfast, arrives at Hamvention about 9, leaves about 5 and stops at a buffet for supper. You arrive back at the pickup point about 9:30. It is also convenient that the bus has very large storage areas for all you purchases.
Some of us have taken this bus. In my case, it has always been a lot of fun. If you Click Here, you will find the flier and the form used to register for this trip.
Jim, AC8NT
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January Minutes

Here are the minutes from the January PCARS Meeting.

Just click here for the minutes in PDF format.  (Gene, W8NET)

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February Monthly Meeting

Just a friendly reminder that our February monthly meeting is tomorrow night at 7:00 PM at the American Legion Post 496, 1945 Mogadore Rd., Kent, OH.
Our presenter will be Hans Summers of QRP-Labs. He will be discussing his new QRP, all band, all mode transceiver. He will be talking to us via Skype from Turkey . It should be very interesting. Some great prizes will be on hand for our 50/50 and we will be voting on a minor change to our Constitution and Bylaws.
Please come out. Have some fun talking to your fellow club members.
Hope to see you all.
Jim, AC8NT
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February Monthly Meeting

The February monthly meeting is less than a week away. We are going to have a great speaker, Hans Summers president and founder of QRP-Labs. He will be joining us via Skype from Turkey. His topic will be the development of his newest transceiver the QSX. Although it is not yet available it has generated a lot of interest. It is an all HF band, all mode QRP radio.
Hans received a BSc in Physics from the Imperial College, London University. His first 22 years up to 2016 was in Applications Software development. He was licensed in 1994 as G0UPL. He has taken the US exams and received the Extra call AF7BF. Since 2016 he has pursued QRP Labs full time designing and selling kits for the ham radio market. He developed the QCX (Click here to see the QCX) CW transceiver for the YOTA program in 2017 and has sold thousands of these kits worldwide. This should be a great presentation.
There will be changes to our sign-in and 50/50 procedures. When you arrive at the meeting there will be a sign-in table. There will also be a table with all the 50/50 prizes. You will sign-in to the meeting and buy your 50/50 tickets when you arrive. This will make sure we have an accurate list of all those that attend and greatly speed up our 50/50 event.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you Monday. We will have a great time.
Jim, AC8NT
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Freeze Your Acorns Off

Freeze Your Acorns Off
PCARS Members:

This Saturday, Feb 9, PCARS will be hosting it’s 14th annual Freeze Your Acorns Off QRP Event.

As in previous years, the operating format will be a “contest” for all participants that set up a station and operate from the FYAO site. And as in years past, the host site is the shelter house at Fred Fuller Park in Kent. The winner will receive a certificate and his or her name and call sign will be added to the FYAO plaque displayed at the PCARS Club site.

We will also be having a contest within a contest…..the Best Recipe Cook-Off. So as many as you feel you are great cooks, whip up your best recipe of chili, mac & cheese, spicy meatballs, stew or whatever your heart desires and bring your dish to pass and have judged by our “expert” panel of judges. (Judges to be chosen during the event to assure “NO COLLUSION – absolutely NO COLLUSION with the Ru…err Judges”

So come on out this Saturday. The contest begins at 1500 UTC (10AM Local) and ends at 2000 UTC (3PM Local). For those of you setting up a station, you are encouraged to come one hour earlier to pick your operating spot. Remember, this is a QRP Event so keep your foot warmers at home.

Come on out and set up a station, bring lots of food, invite your friends to see what this is all about and just have a good time with your fellow HAMS. Most importantly, we’re here to have BIG FUN so I hope to see a lot of you there.

73 for now,

Chuck W8PT

PS: Don’t forget to wear you best Hawaiian shirt!

73 – Chuck W8PT
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