New PCARS Members

Welcome to the latest members of PCARS!
Dave K8PKNOrwell, Ohio
Patrick K8WAZLake Milton, 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

Arlene EKURTAEd K8IVGreg KA8TOA
Terry KB8AMZJohn KB8UHNErrol KC8RJR
Pete KD8GYITim KD8ICPMichael KD8LLN
Mike KD8RUQAmy KD8SKLHolly KE8LWM
Deron N8XTHDavid WA8GCF
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VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION CHANGE TO QST EMAIL SYSTEM

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
December 10, 2019
IF YOU WISH TO HAVE A QST SENT, YOU MUST SEND THE REQUEST TO:
NO OTHER ADDRESS WILL WORK!!!!!
QSTs WILL BE PROCESSED AND SENT OUT WITHIN 48 HOURS (USUALLY MUCH LESS), SO DON’T EXPECT INSTANT PROCESSING. FOUR CLUB MEMBERS WILL BE WATCHING FOR QSTs TO BE PROCESSED, BUT IT IS NOT A FULL TIME JOB FOR ANY OF THEM. PLEASE GIVE THEM AMPLE TIME TO PROCESS YOUR REQUESTS.
DO NOT SEND QSTs TO ME. USE ONLY QST@PORTCARS.ORG.
Thanks and 73,
Jim, AC8NT
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Some news on Cycle 25

Attention PCARS DXers:
Here’s some news on Cycle 25:
The following is from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) website.
“The NOAA/NASA co-chaired, international panel to forecast Solar Cycle 25 released their latest forecast for Solar Cycle 25. The forecast consensus: a peak in July, 2025 (+/- 8 months), with a smoothed sunspot number (SSN) of 115. The panel agreed that Cycle 25 will be average in intensity and similar to Cycle 24.”
“Additionally, the panel concurred that solar minimum between Cycles 24 and 25 will occur in April, 2020 (+/- 6 months). If the solar minimum prediction is correct, this would make Solar Cycle 24 the 7th longest on record (11.4 years).”
73 – Chuck W8PT
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December DX Calendar

How many can YOU work and get in YOUR log?

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December Radiogram

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

The December 2019 issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy. You can find it at
http://www.portcars.org/wp/?post_type=linker&p=12680&preview=true

Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – 2020 PCARS Officers elected – Final Scores put out for Field Day 2019 and PCARS did GREAT – Center of Hope Donation was FANTASTIC – PCARS Christmas Dinner coming up FAST so make your reservations – ReNew your DUES NOW – 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 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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Sub NY3EC Day Before Thanksgiving Event

This announcement is kind of last minute, but….
The WPA Chapter will be operating in its annual day before Thanksgiving outing from the USS Requin in Pittsburgh. Details follow.
Time: Approximately from 1500-1800Z or as long as activity warrants.
Call: NY3EC (NYEC was the sub call when it was in active service, hence the similar ham call).
Frequencies (one at a time depending on activity) 7041, 14061 (we’ve
experienced some local QRN near there, so 14031 as an alternative), 10117. All +/- QRM so tune around a bit if we’re not right on frequency.
QSL: via the NY3EC address in QRZ.com for a beautiful picture card of the sub.
Operators: K3WWP and KC2EGL and ???
As you know, conditions are not that great this close to the sunspot minimum with a lot of QSB, so if you don’t hear us right away, try again a little later. We’ll probably be mostly on 40 unless there are good openings on 20. If neither are good we will try 30.
If you hear and work us, we’d appreciate you posting our activity on one of the various spotters on the Internet.
Hope to work you tomorrow.
* John K3WWP – 100% CW / QRP – Proudly promoting Morse Code:
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DX/Contest SIG Tuesday November 26th at 7 PM

Attention PCARS Contesters and DXers:
Our final DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting for 2019 is coming up on Tuesday, Nov.26. We will be discussing how we can enhance the contest experience among our membership by entering some of the larger contests from our own QTHs.
So come on out at 7PM to the club site this coming Tuesday and enter in to the discussion. We’d love to see some new faces or even some old faces if you haven’t been there for a while.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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December Newsletter Inputs Needed by Friday November 29

Hello PCARS members,
The Thanksgiving holiday is just a few days away – AND – the last Friday of the month will be here as well – Friday November 29th is the last Friday and I need your December PCARS newsletter inputs as soon as possible. So, before you get sleepy from all that turkey – get your inputs in early, please !
Looking forward to hearing from you soon – kb8uuz@gmail.com.
73,
Tom, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor.
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Center of Hope Contribution

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Center of Hope this year!!
 
With the support of individual and business donations and our November 50/50 we were able to give the Center $8,350.
 
The presentation was made at our club site on Tuesday November 20th. Mark Frisone, Executive Director, was ear to ear smiles as we made the presentation. He said it would help feed a lot of people in need in Portage county and expressed thanks for the on-going support PCARS has given to the Center of Hope
 
I would also like to thank Nick AC8QG and Paul KE8EGF for joining me in the presentation. Thanks also to Parky KB8UUZ for his outstanding work in taking an OK picture and making it great.
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Meteor Scatter Possible Thursday November 21

In case you are interested:
This Thursday night (11/21) between 11 pm and 12:30 am, they are predicting a meteor outburst of several meteors per minute (up to a rate of 400 per hour) from the annual alpha Monocerotid meteor shower.  This annual shower usually only produces a few per hour, but conditions this year should be nearly the same as 1995 when a large outburst did occur. Unfortunately, the weather will likely preclude us being able to visually see this outburst. However, for those interested, you should have enhanced Meteor Scatter QSO opportunities on 6m/2m during this time. Try MSK144 (via WSJT-X) as it provides one of the best opportunities.  The shower radiant should be centered to our east southeast. The max rates will likely last only 15 minutes or so.
Click Here for more information:
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Antenna SIG Tonight November 19th at 7PM

The November Antenna SIG will meet at 7:00 pm in the PCARS club site radio room, Tuesday, 11/19/2019 .  All PCARS members and guests are welcome to attend the Antenna SIG.  We will be discussing all antenna related topics including selection, design, construction, trouble shooting and safety for all Amateur Radio bands.
This will be one or the last Antenna SIG’s of the year, so bring any suggestions for topics that you think we may want to pursue in 2020. Looks like we will even have good weather for this month’s meeting. See you all there.
Tony WA8AR
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