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DX/Contest SIG Tomorrow Night

Attention PCARS Contesters:
Just a reminder that tomorrow evening at 7PM, we will be holding our DX/Contesting Special Interest Group Meeting and we will be reviewing the rules for the Florida QSO Party. Many of you know that this coming weekend, we will be putting K8BF on the air once again in this contest.
The contest is made up of two ten hour operating periods, with a ten hour break. This is for our slightly more mature members whose derriere needs a rest at times.
Saturday, April 27 1600Z (Noon EDT) – 0159Z (9:59 PM EDT)
Sunday, April 28 1200Z (8 AM EDT) – 2159Z (5:59 PM EDT)
20 Hours total
The rules are somewhat different this year so those of you who will be participating should be at the meeting tomorrow evening. Hope to see many of you there.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Net Night at the Club Site Cancelled this Week

I am cancelling “Net Night at the Clubsite” for this week. The net WILL take place, as normal, with John – KB8UHN – as net control operator.
My apologies for this, I have a family obligation that could not be changed. However – May’s net night at the clubsite will be Thursday May 23rd, the week after Hamvention. There will be lots of good information to share. I look forward to seeing you all there and then!
Tom wb8lcd
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FT4 Contest Mode

From Joe Taylor and the WSJTX development team regarding FT4:
“To: WSJT-X users interested in testing FT4
From: K1JT, K9AN, and G4WJS
Soon after the “FT8 Roundup” held on December 1-2, 2018, we started serious work on a faster, more contest-friendly digital mode that can compete with RTTY-contesting QSO rates while preserving many of the benefits of FT8. The result is FT4 — a new digital mode specifically designed for radio contesting.
Over the past month a small group of volunteers have been conducting on-the-air tests of FT4. The early tests were very successful and helped us to make a number of important design decisions. We believe FT4 has considerable promise for its intended purpose.
We’ll soon be ready for testing by a larger group. If you might be interested in participating and offering your considered feedback, please read the descriptive document “The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting”, posted here:
We plan to post downloadable installation packages for WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5 on April 29, one week from today. The document linked above includes
– Instructions for installing WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5 and FT4 configuration
– Operating instructions for FT4
– Basic description of the FT4 protocol, modulation, and waveform
– Detailed sensitivity measurements for FT4 under a wide variety of simulated propagation conditions
– Schedule for upcoming test sessions
Please consider helping us to make FT4 a successful mode for digital contesting
With best wishes and 73,
— Joe (K1JT), Steve (K9AN), and Bill (G4WJS)
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May Newsletter Inputs Requested

Hello PCARS Members,
April is rapidly coming to an end. April showers bring May Flowers and HAMVENTION®, too! Along with that, the May PCARS newsletter – The RADIOGRAM will be out shortly.
The last Friday of the month is April 26th – just a few short days away. Time to get your inputs sent in to be part of the greatest newsletter around. Please get your inputs sent in (with large format & in-focus pictures) no later than Friday the 26th at 8 pm.
I’ll be looking at my e-mail box for something from YOU! Send your inputs to
Hope to hear from you soon!
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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Free Sunday Admission to Hamvention

Those who have wondered what brings about 30,000 amateur radio operators to the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio, in May will have a chance to see for themselves at no cost this year.
Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT,2019 Hamvention General Chairman, said, “We have decided to open the doors to Hamvention to the public on Sunday, May 19, without buying a ticket. This will make it a little easier and cheaper for someone with just a little interest in Hamvention to see what all the excitement is about.”
In addition to the amateur radio equipment which attracts all the ham radio operators, there are also vendors selling a variety of other electronic equipment including computers and accessories, security devices networking supplies, tools and many other items of interest to the general public. Those visiting the flea market area will be surprised at what’s available, often at a small fraction of its original cost.
The chairman said that Sunday is Hamvention’s lightest traffic day, making it convenient for anyone who just wants check out what’s there. Many vendors have final day specials on a variety of items. The many food trucks offer a wide selection of menus, providing residents with a chance to make Hamvention 2019 a family outing.
Hamvention hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. While some parking will be available at the fairgrounds, much of it is weather dependent. Visitors are urged to use one of the remote lots with free shuttles. They are located at Hobson Freedom Park, 2910 Trebein Road, Fairborn, OH 45325; Xenia High School, 303 Kinsey Road, Xenia, 45383; Warner Middle School’ 600 Buckskin Trail, Xenia, OH, 45385 and Xenia Towne Square, 84 Xenia Towne Square, Xenia, OH, 45385. Buses run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Anyone wanting to receive current information on a cell phone during Hamvention about traffic, parking, weather conditions and other facts affecting the event is encouraged to sign up for the text alerts by texting Hamvention19 to 888777. Thanks to Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer, KX8GCS, for making the alerts possible again this year.
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Florida QSO Party and DX/Contest SIG

PCARS Contesters:
Just a reminder that we will be participating in the Florida QSO Party on the weekend of April 27-28. We will need ops, so let me know if you plan to attend and operate.
We will have one more Dx/Contest meeting prior to the contest, on Tuesday, April 23. That’s a week from today. If you are going to be participating in the FL-QSOP, then please try to make the meeting.
Let’s have a good turnout for both events.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Hamvention ICOM Contest

If you are an ICOM fan and you are going to Hamvention, here is an interesting contest you may want to enter.
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Antenna Special Interest Group – April 2019

The Antenna SIG will meet at 7:30 PM in the PCARS club site radio room, this Tuesday 4/16/19 . Please note that our regular meeting time of 7 PM has been pushed back to 7:30 to accommodate Field Day planning meetings which will be held from 6:30 to 7:30, January to June.  ALL PCRS Members are invited to attend FD meetings as well as well as the Antenna SIG.  All PCARS members and guests are welcome to attend the Antenna SIG (the Field Day meeting is only open to PCARS members).  We will be discussing all antenna related topics including selection, design, construction, trouble shooting and safety for all Amateur Radio bands.
Our special topic tonight will be to select three (3) or four (4) simple wire antennas that can be home built by most hams, fit on most city lots and work on multiple, if not all, HF bands. We will develop detailed designs and specifications, then build and test each design. These will be suitable for new inexperienced hams or the most seasoned ham operating QRP to QRO. And all built for minimum cost! We will see how many weeks it takes to finish this project!
Tony WA8AR
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ARRL Rolls Back Outgoing QSL Bureau Rates to 2011 Prices


ARRL is rolling back Outgoing QSL Bureau rates to 2011 levels. Effective May 15, 2019, the new rates will be:

  • $2 for 10 or fewer cards in one envelope.
  • $3 for 11 – 20 cards in one envelope, or
  • 75 cents per ounce for packages with 21 or more cards. For example, a package containing 1.5 pounds of cards — 24 ounces, or about 225 cards — will cost $18.

No transaction service fees.

Any cards received before May 15 will be charged the current rate. There will be no adjustments for cards received before May 15.

More information is on the ARRL website.

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April Field Day Planning Meeting

The April Monthly FD Planning meeting will be held on Tuesday 4/16/19 at 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the radio room at the PCARS Club site.  All FD Station Captains and FD Staff should attend.  Our monthly meetings are also open to all PCARS members who wish to participate.  These meetings will end at 7:30 sharp to accommodate the following Antenna SIG Meeting held immediately after our meeting.
The main topics of discussion for this Tuesday evening will be to finalize planning for Antenna Day, which is scheduled for May 11, 2019 and continued planning for Field Day.
AGAIN, Our stated goal this year is to be #1 in the nation in our 4A operating Class.  We are making a number or tweaks and upgrades to our 2018 operating effort that we expect could move us up from #4 to #1.  But it all comes down to the work that our members put in to make this happen.  This is a Team effort……Come Join the Field Day Team, even if you can only make a small contribution to the effort, it all adds up and can help us reach our goal.
Tony WA8AR, Field Day Chairman
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