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!

Douglas WA8UWV Tallmadge, 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

Westy AB8IE Nicholas AC8QG Dick G0BPS
Dick KB8JFF Dan KD8EPA Valeri KD8QEI
John KD8QEJ Rod N4PKW Larry N8FTP
Karen N8HUC Paul N8QZ Steve W6VM
Chuck W8PT Bill WB9LBI
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Fwd: [Ec-dec] 9-1-what??

I received this yesterday from Stan Broadway, SEC for the OH Section.  It's a good example of the type of emergency that ham radio could be called out to help with.  I'm passing it along because it shows just how important trained and experienced operators could be to the public welfare.  I hope that you would consider taking the time to be involved with BOTH ARES and the Portage County Communications Unit.  Yes, they both now require additional training – but – it's exactly that training that will make you a valuable asset in this type of emergency!  The EmComm nets are held weekly at 7:00PM (just prior to the PCARS net) on the K8IV repeater.  Listen in / get involved!
Tom  wb8lcd

Folks, this post from Fox17, Nashville, is kind of a generic warning article, but the key here is IT DID HAPPEN, and has happened before. There is in real life, very little to do in blocking a serious attack- and amateur radio could be activated quickly to help compensate, it depends on what portion of the system is hacked. Remember that in trunked systems, ALL communication traffic must be cleared and handled through their computers.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Your call for a lifeline could be shut down as cyber-attacks on 911 are becoming more common.  Hackers are trying to block 911 systems right here in middle Tennessee.

A quick response to your call is what we expect in an emergency, but some calls only end up in a busy signal thanks to hackers. "It is very real, and it's already happened," IT Specialist Tabitha Hawk said. Most recently here in the mid-state, Henry County's 911 system was hacked with ransomware in summer 2016, taking over computer files, wanting money in return. The virus shut down before attacking the call system, but years of 911 records had been wiped clean. Without a back-up, years of emergency response and service data would have been lost.

"I've been here now 22 years, and I've never had anything like this happen before," Henry County 911 Director Mark Archer said. "We thought we had everything buckled down." The hackers found a back door through mobile police car and ambulance systems. They launched a virus, which attached itself to files and spread through the Computer Aided Dispatch server.

"When you call in, that's where everything is recorded," Archer said. "'What's wrong, where are you at?' All those things are recorded in the CAD. So it [the virus] shut that stuff down." If a caller didn't know where they were, police wouldn't have been able to find them. Federal investigators are still working to find who's responsible for this.

According to the Department of Homeland Security in November 2016, attacks on the 911 system have increased ten-fold in the past five years. Tabitha Hawk said hacking and pranking the 911 systems in the US is even easier through phones. "It's the one that's probably hardest to curtail, and probably the easiest to create programs for," Hawk said.

One of the most well-known attacks to 911 happened in November in five states, starting with a teen in Arizona. Meetkumar Desai is accused of programming a link through Twitter to take control of phones and dial 911 over and over. "With all these people calling the number, it jams the phone line so real emergencies can't get in," Hawk said.  Apple has since fixed the bug that allowed that hack, but the system remains vulnerable to other attacks.

"We see cyber-attacks every day in the news with a security breach of somebody's personal information or whatever it is," Williamson County 911 Director Stephen Martini said. "Anything that's in a computer environment has potential to be hacked."

These phone calls tied to computer systems, as seen at the Williamson County 911 Center. "A lot of people think 'Oh this is funny. This is a prank,' but it can literally have life and death consequences," Hawk said. It's as much of a threat throughout Tennessee and the rest of the country as it is here in the mid-state.

Software is always being updated, and preparations always made, making sure your calls are answered. "When downloading apps to your iPhone, only get them through the app store because those pass apple standards against hacking," Hawk said.

ARES: Be trained, be ready!




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Latest DX News

5W0RR Samoa

Roly ZL1BQD will be active again from Samoa, IOTA OC-097, 26 July to 15 August 2017 as 5W0RR.
Working on HF Bands mostly JT65 and possibly FT8.
QSL via home call.

S79NH Praslin Island AF-024

Nobuaki JA0JHQ will be active from Praslin Island, IOTA AF-024, 26 to 31 July 2017 as S79NH.
Working on HF bands in CW and RTTY including activity in RSGB IOTA Contest.
QSL via home call.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Fwd: SpotTheStation

If the skies clear up by tonight, this could be a very good pass to observe!  Try to stay awake for it!
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <HQ-spotthestation@mail.nasa.gov>
Date: Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 9:57 AM
Subject: SpotTheStation
To: tomsly29@gmail.com

Time: Tue Jul 25 9:48 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 73°, Appears: 10° above WSW, Disappears: 10° above NE

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DX/Contest SIG

I apologize for not sending this notice out earlier but due to a prior commitment the DX/Contest SIG scheduled for this Tuesday, July 25 is cancelled.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Latest DX News

A25JK Botswana

Arnold WB6OJB will be active from Botswana untill 27 July 2017 as A25JK.
Working on HF Bands.

QSL via WB6OJB direct.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Fwd: SpotTheStation

If the sky clears up, this will be a good pass to watch.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <HQ-spotthestation@mail.nasa.gov>

Subject: SpotTheStation
To: <tomsly29@gmail.com>

Time: Sat Jul 22 10:49 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 88°, Appears: 10° above SW, Disappears: 10° above NE

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Fwd: SpotTheStation

This could be a pretty good pass if you like getting up early!
Tom wb8lcd
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <HQ-spotthestation@mail.nasa.gov>
Date: Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 5:57 PM
Subject: SpotTheStation
To: tomsly29@gmail.com

Time: Fri Jul 21 5:25 AM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 63°, Appears: 10° above NW, Disappears: 10° above ESE

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Latest DX News

Here's an interesting one.

A43FD Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman

Khalid A41ZZ informs DxCoffee Readers:
“Activity from Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountain), 21 to 22 July as A43FD. 
Working on HF bands.
The team: A41KT, A41LE, A41LX, A41MS, A41OF, A41RN, A41SS and A41ZZ.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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PCARS Thursday Night Net

That's tomorrow night (or today if you don't see this until Thursday AM).  8PM on the K8IV repeater.  YES!  Echolink is working!  Rick – K8CAV will be your NCS. Check in and find out about all the PCARS activities coming.

Hear you on the net!  73.
Tom wb8lcd
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PCARS August Newsletter – Inputs requested

Hello PCARS,


The August issue of The RADIOGRAM is being worked on. I need
your inputs for the club newsletter.  The
deadline for submitting is always the last Friday of the month. This month the deadline date is the July 28th.


The August issue will have the final information on how
PCARS did during Field Day 2017.


Plus, we’ll be starting to talk about the TENTH annual Ohio
State Parks On The Air contest
– sponsored by PCARS. This year there will be
some special prizes for those of you activating and entering the OSPOTA contest
from an Ohio State Park.


I’m also looking for your inputs about Field Day 2017. Drop
a few lines and tell everyone what you thought of Field Day 2017. Even if you
did Field Day on your own – let us know how it went!  Pictures (in focus and large format, please) would
be great as well.


How about a shack shot and some pics of your antenna(s)? A
shot of you at the microphone would be a great addition. Write up a few lines
about your equipment and what you like doing while on the air.


Swap-N-Shop: This is a member benefit – What have you got
for sale – or what are you looking for (ham related items).


What project(s) are you working on that you care share with
the rest of the PCARS members?


Send in your newsletter inputs NOW !!!!!!! (please


I’ll be looking for your inputs. Send them to: KB8UUZ@portcars.org.


Looking forward to hearing from you soon – 73.


Tom “Parky”, KB8UUZ

PCARS Newsletter Editor

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