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
Diana WN8DHK Atwater, 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

Alex K8EUR Michael K8FS Jeffrey K8JJM
Mark K8MSH Peggy KB8SZI Jeff KB8ZWT
Eddie KD8SOP Bobbie KD8YXH Janice KE8BFA
Robert KE8EFW Elmer KE8HNK Mara KE8KBJ
Christopher N1CJW John N8GIE Neil N8IL
David N8NB Jim N8PXW Russell NR8W
Rex NX8G Mark W8BBQ Tom WA8OHK
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February PCARS Newsletter Inputs Needed

February PCARS Newsletter Inputs Needed
Greetings PCARS Members, January is coming to an end and the last Friday of the month is only a short few days away (January 25th). I’m looking for your inputs for the February PCARS Newsletter – The RADIOGRAM. Please send in your articles and photos (in-focus & large photos) as soon as you can. Hey this weekend (Jan 19-20) is suppose to be lousy weather – what better excuse to stay in and get your article written and sent in for the next newsletter??? Send your TEXT Format inputs with photos to KB8UUZ@gmail.com 73 & stay warm – cold weather is coming! Parky, KB8UUZ PCARS Newsletter Editor
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January Meeting

January Meeting
Hello PCARS! And Happy New Year!

Our first meeting for 2019 is this coming Monday, January 14th. 7:00PM at the Kent American Legion Post 496 located at 1945 Mogadore Rd. in Kent. Come on out, bring your friends, and invite everyone you know who is interested in Ham Radio!

We’ll go over all the upcoming activities and meetings we’ve got planned and bring you up to date on everything that’s been happening with PCARS. We had a fantastic year in 2018, and we are all ready to turn the dial up from there for 2019! Stick with us, show up. Lots of Big Fun will be happening.

Monday’s meeting speaker will be PCARS member Chris Woolverton, Phd. – N1CJW. Chris is Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at KSU, and will be speaking on the FEMA program “Are You Ready” and also giving us some insights into the topic of Bio-terrorism. Whileeveryone should have a basic awareness of these topics, they are especially important to those of us who will be involved with the Portage County Communications Unit and/or ARES. See you there!

73 de Tom WB8LCD
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ICOM 7300 Training

Attention: PCARS Members and Contesters
Next Wednesday January 9th at 6:30PM at the club site, our busy friend George, K3GP, will be hosting the training we promised to have on our new club rigs.
As you know, we have three new ICOM IC7300’s and before we mess things up, we want to make sure that anyone who wants to operate from the club is fully familiar with the operation of these rigs. So for those of you who plan to operate during contests from the club or simply operate during one of our open house operating nights, you must attend the training.
This will not be the only training session because we know that not everyone can make a certain date available to take part.
So, if you can, please plan to attend the training even before the RTTY training.  
73 – Chuck W8PT
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2019 Dayton Top Band Dinner Tickets

Continuing the great Dayton Top Band dinner tradition that George, K8GG and George, W8UVZ started, I am proud to announce the 30th Annual Dayton TopBand dinner. Dinner reservations are now available for 2019!

Friday evening May 17, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza in the Presidential Ballroom – downtown Dayton, Ohio. Top Band Social hour is at 6:00 PM and Dinner starts at 7:00 PM. Come and have dinner with the guys you work on 160 meters and enjoy great Top Band discussions.

I am proud to announce that our featured speaker will be Ken Claerbout, K4ZW. You can read more about Ken here on his dinner bio page: https://www.topbanddinner.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ken-Claerbout-K4ZW-Bio.pdf

Dinner reservations are available on line with credit cards and PayPal. 
Thanks to Teri, K8MNJ for coordinating and organizing the Top Band Dinner.

The 2019 Dayton Top Band Dinner details are here:  http://topbanddinner.com

Scroll down to make your reservations.

In addition to K4ZW we will pass the mic so everyone can introduce themselves. We will also have the exciting Top Band DXCC count down.

Four nights of great Top Band, DX and Contesting hospitality are also at the Crowne Plaza Contest Super Suite. http://contestsupersuite.com

Slots are filling up fast at 2019 Dayton Contest University http://contestuniversity.com

2019 Contest Dinner reservations are open at: http://contestdinner.com
If you enjoy having fun on the 160 meter band, the 30th Annual Top Band Dinner is for you!

Hope to see you at the 2019 Dayton Top Band Dinner
73,Tim K3LR
Dayton Top Band Dinner Chairman

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2019 Contest Dinner Tickets

2019 Contest Dinner Tickets
The North Coast Contesters are proud to announce:

The 27th Annual Dayton Contest Dinner at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Dayton, Ohio

2019 Contest Dinner tickets are on sale now exclusively via our web site.
HUGE thanks to Scott, KA9FOX and QTH.com for designing, building, donating and running the Contest Dinner web site.


Master of Ceremonies for the Dayton Contest Dinner is Contest Hall of Fame member and World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) Chairman, John Dorr, K1AR.

To celebrate our 27th Anniversary dinner our featured speaker will be Ted Rappaport, N9NB. Ted’s bio is here

Thanks to Teri, K8MNJ for coordinating and organizing the 2019 Contest Dinner.

The 2019 Contest Hall of Fame inductees will be announced during the Dayton Contest Dinner.

The Dayton Contest Dinner will be held on Saturday night, May 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM Cash bar opens at 5:30 PM.

Located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Official Contester Hotel) 5th and Jefferson Streets (Next to the Dayton Convention Center) Dayton (Downtown), Ohio in the PRESIDENTIAL BALLROOM on the second floor.

Seating is random. Tables are set in rounds of 10 and rectangles of 12. You can purchase an entire table for your group (purchased group tables are set for round 10 or rectangle 12). Full Table purchases are reserved seating.

Tickets are only available on http://contestdinner.com There are no tickets for sale at the door.

The 31st annual Contest Super Suite (all FOUR nights during Dayton) details are here: http://contestsupersuite.com

And the 13th Annual Dayton Contest University seats are filling up fast http://contestuniversity.com

The 30th annual Dayton Top Band Dinner tickets are available at http://topbanddinner.com The TopBand Speaker is Ken, K4ZW. The K4ZW bio is here

We expect another sold out event for the Dayton Contest dinner. Get your tickets early! http://contestdinner.com

73 and Happy New Year!
Tim K3LR
Dayton Contest Dinner Chairman – 27 years
Vice President, North Coast Contesters

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Digital SIG Wednesday Night

Digital SIG Wednesday Night
There will be a Digital SIG tomorrow night starting at 7:00 PM. We will be operating using digital modes from the club site. If you would like to learn more about digital modes or simply want to operate, come on out.

Rick K8CAV

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January 2019 DX Calendar

January 2019 DX Calendar
How many can you work?

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January 2019 issue of The RADIOGRAM is here

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

The January 2019 issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy.

Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – Congratulations to the newly elected officers for 2019 – Ham Radio Boot Camp Dry Run – Carole Perry to visit PCARS in March – WB8LCD receives the President’s award for 2018 – Check out the club’s “Funmeister” ! – PCARS has a TON of stuff going on and even more in the works – 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

Download it here

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Important PCARS Net Night Announcement
PCARS will have it’s weekly net this week on Thursday, December 27th at 8:00PM on the K8IV 2 meter repeater (146.895 Mhz., PL 118.8 Hz).  Please check into the net and help us close out 2019 with a HUGE number of check-ins!
You can also check in via the K8SRR Echo-Link node, and YES, Echo-Link is expected to be operational!
YES!  This will also be the final NET NIGHT AT THE CLUBSITE for 2019.  The final PCARS event for what has undoubtedly been PCARS finest year to date!  Please join us for an evening of checking into the net, checking out the new HF station configuration (maybe even check into some rare DX), some fine PCARS refreshments (bring along some snacks if you can), and, if we have interest in it we can even take up an offering to have some pizza’s brought in.
So, check into the net.  Stop in at the clubsite.  Help us to celebrate (yeah, one more time) the outstanding year that PCARS has just finished.  But remember, that’s only a pre-curser to the years ahead of us!
Tom wb8lcd
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Thank you kindly for the many letters addressed to Old Father 9 Xmas, OF9X. Many have wondered what has happened to old Santa Claus and his communication arm Santa Radio? Has he faded away with the poor radio conditions or simply gotten old and unable to travel the world for Christmas? Read the rest of this entry »

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