Welcome to PCARS

PCARS puts the FUN in Ham Radio!

Check us out at our local meeting and see how much fun we’re having in person! In addition to our monthly meeting, we try to have at least one activity each month—another good opportunity to check us out. If you think we look like we’re having FUN, then the next step is to join us.   We’ve got members as far away as California and we welcome all Hams as part of our group.

In addition to having fun, we have made friendships with other Amateur operators, and have spread the message about what Ham radio is all about to our communities. Read the rest of this entry »

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New PCARS Members

Welcome to the latest members of PCARS!

James AB8YK Huber Heights, 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

Erica AE8YL Steve K8SRR Jennifer KB3GXB
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April Meeting

Mark you calendars for the April monthly meeting.  It will be held on April 10th.  At the meeting we will have Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD as our speaker.  

His presentation will consist of information on the background and rise of DMR (MotoTrbo) in the Amateur Radio community. He will focus on what DMR is, how it works and how it is being used in Amateur Radio. He will also discuss the terminology associated with DMR, the hardware available today and give some live demos using DMR equipment.

Come on out and get the low down on DMR.

Jim, AC8NT

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Hamnation – TONIGHT – on the internet

This week on HAMNation we have a special guest, Tom Gallagher, ARRL CEO. He will be discussing the weekend AM RALLY special event and some of the exciting new things going on in Newington.
New and seasoned hams have gotten into building an AM transmitter using vacuum tubes in the new segment "Pine Board Project." This week Tom Gallagher joins Bob for the latest installment, so don't miss it!
Join us LIVE Wednesday at 9:00 PM EST!  Click this link –  https://twit.tv/   – to watch LIVE Wednesday!
Or join HAMNation LIVE on shortwave 5.085 MHz! 
PS – You might even see a QSL card that was sent to KB8UUZ…..

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State Parks On The Air

There's some interesting stuff happening in the State Parks On the air world.

First of all, the inaugural Florida State Parks On The Air Operating Event is coming up this weekend. You can learn all about it on their website at https://flspota.org/

Next on the list is the Michigan State Parks On The Air; a 3 year operating event that kicks off on Saturday. You can read all about it at http://www.mspota.org/

And, finally, on April 8th & 9th, is Texas State Parks On The Air. You can learn more about it at http://www.tspota.org/ (Ignore the annoying rotating globe on the page, HI HI) 

And there's more coming. Don't forget that this year is the 10th anniversary of the grand-daddy of them all; OSPOTA!

73 all, and have fun out there!

John, KD8MQ

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PCARS April Newsletter

Yep – it's that time again. 

Need your inputs for the April issue of The RADIOGRAM.

Send your inputs to me as soon as you can – I'll be checking my e-mail box looking for your e-mail.
Send to: kb8uuz@portcars.org  Friday is the deadline !
Parky – KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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Latest DX News

4W/YB3MM & 4W/YB3LZ Timor Leste OC-148

Bimbo YB3MM and Hen YB3LZ will be active from Timor Leste, IOTA OC-148, 3 to 5 April 2017 as 4W/YB3MM and 4W/YB3LZ.
Operate on HF Bands.
QSL via YB3MM, IZ8CCW direct.


 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Field Day /DX contest SIG

This Tuesday, March 28, at 7PM, we will be meeting at the club site to discuss Field Day, Antenna Day and other topics if there is enough time.  I am hoping that most, if not all of the Field Day staff will be able to make it.
I will have the Field Day packet for the Staff members, if I can get my printer to cooperate.
If you are a Field Day Staff member and you will not be able to make the meeting, please let me know.
Looking forward to seeing you there.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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PCARS Net Tonight

8:00 PM on the K8IV repeater.
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ARES invitation

Hello everyone,

Please join us tonight at 7:00pm for the ARES of Portage County
bi-weekly training net. All are welcome and we hope to hear you check
in. These nets give you an opportunity to check equipment and get training on ARES operations and procedures. The repeater frequency is 146.895 with a pl tone of 110.9 and 118.8.


Mike DiCarro, KD8FLZ 

EC Portage County, District 5

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Antenna Special Interest Group

The regular monthly meeting of the Antenna Special Interest Group will be held tonight, Tuesday, 3/21/2017, 7PM at the club site. All PCARS members and guests are welcome to attend and participate.

Tonight we will continue discussion of our WSPR powered Circumnavigator Balloon project.  Jim, AC8NT, has indicated that the cost of this project should be $100 or even less, far less costly than a conventional high altitude balloon launch.  With a little luck our balloon will be monitored by stations around the world as it circles the globe.

We are still looking for another 5 or 6 volunteers to support the Field Day Antenna Team.  This team will be responsible for quickly and efficiently erecting antenna systems for ALL the PCARS stations.  It should be fun and educational for new hams who are less experienced actually building putting up several types of HF antennas.  Let's help Chuck, W8PT, get this team together. 
Hey, it is Spring antenna building/upgrade season!!  So come on out to this Antenna SIG and talk about those antenna projects you are wanting to build.  See you all there!!
Tony Romito  WA8AR
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Latest DX News

T2TT Tuvalu OC-015

Tim NL8F will be active again from Tuvalu Island, IOTA OC-015, 23 March to 13 April 2017 as T2TT.
Active on HF Bands SSB and Digital, including activity in CQWW WPX SSB Contest.
QSL via N7RO.

ZA/PA2LS Albania

Kees PE1KL, Lennart PD5LKM and Lisa PA2LS will be active from Albania 22 to 29 March 2017 as ZA/PA2LS.
Active on HF bands, 6mt and 2 mt in CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK including activity in CQ WW WPX SSB Contest.
QSL via PA2LS.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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