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PCARS February Newsletter Inputs

Hello PCARS,

The February PCARS newsletter “The RADIOGRAM” is in the works and could use some inputs from YOU. 
Deadline for inputs is Friday – January 29th at 8pm local. 
Please, try to get your inputs in before the last minute. The earlier, the better. And, don’t forget the in-focus, large format, photos as well.
Send your inputs in  .TXT  format to
73 and I hope to hear from you soon,
Parky, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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DX/Contest SIG

Attention PCARS DXers & Contesters:
Just a reminder that the DX/Contesting Special Interest Group meeting will be held by ZOOM on Tuesday, Jan. 26th at 7PM.
The ZOOM link will be posted in the next few days.
We will be discussing, among other topics, what we are planning for Freeze Your Acorns Off.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Thursday Night 2 Meter Net

Hi Everyone
Please join the PCARS Thursday night net with your host Richard KD8WCK on the 146.895 repeater with a neg offset and a PL tone of 118.8 and the EchoLink node K8SRR. The net starts at 8:00pm local time. Tune in for Club Information and amateur radio news. Hope to hear you on the air.
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Contest University “Propagation Summit” January 23, 2021

Contest University will host “Propagation Summit” on January 23, 2021. All times are USA EST.
11 AM Introduction – Tim Duffy K3LR and Ray Novak N9JA
*Moderators Scott Jones N3RA and George Fremin K5TR
11:05 AM – “Update on the Personal Space Weather Station Project & HamSCI activities for 2021” – Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF
Noon – “Solar Cycle 25 Predictions & Progress” – Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA
*Moderators Bill Fehring W9KKN and Marty Sullaway NN1C
1 PM – “Maximizing Performance of HF Antennas with Irregular Terrain” – Dr. James Breakall, WA3FET
2 PM – “HF Propagation: what to expect during the rising years of solar cycle 25” – Frank Donovan, W3LPL
Drawing for an Icom IC-705 donated by Icom America and DX Engineering – both CTU sponsors. Winner must be present on Zoom to win.
To register for this free CTU Propagation Summit Webinar please go
Stay tuned to Contest University:
Tim K3LR
Contest University Chairman
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Thursday Night 2 Meter Net

Hi Everyone

Please join Rick K8CAV who will be hosting the Thursday night net on the 146.895 repeater with a neg offset and a PL tone of 118.8. He will be using the K8BF club call and I encourage all of you to check in for club Info and other Amateur news.

The net starts at 8:00 pm and you can check in using Echo link on the K8SRR node. Hope to hear all of you on Thursday

73’s Greg KA8TOA NCC

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Late Breaking DX News

I got permission to share this from Bernie W3UR, who publishes The Daily DX. I know some of you need Indonesia for DXCC so here’s your chance.
YB – Indonesia – K3ZO, Fred, notes now is the season for North American stations, on the Eastern half, to listen between 2100 and 2300Z for YB stations on SSB. Look for them via the long path between 7.128 and 7.170 MHz.
He also asked me to pass along that those of you who would like to get either daily or weekly DX notifications can get a free two week trial of The Daily DX and The Weekly DX at Normally I would not do this but he has been very generous in allowing me to pass along DX items of interest to our members.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Hamvention 2021 Cancelation Release

Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021. Hundreds of volunteers have been working to do everything necessary to bring this Hamvention to the many amateur radio enthusiasts and vendors who support the Dayton Hamvention.
Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the world is lagging behind what was planned. In addition, the emergence of a more communicable form of the COVID-19 virus increases the potential for further public health problems in the next few months. We make this difficult decision for the safety of our guests and vendors. Those who had their tickets deferred last year will be deferred again.
Stay tuned for information about a QSO party for the Hamvention weekend. We’ll be back next year!!!
Executive Committee, Dayton Hamvention 2021
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Contest Reminder

Attention CW Afficianadoes:
Just one of the many reminders that have been going out that this weekend is the North American QSO Party – CW mode contest. It will be held from 1800 UTC, Jan 9 to 0600 UTC, Jan 10. So get on and have some fun.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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PCARS Monthly MeetingMonday, January 11th

The first PCARS meeting of 2021 will be held Monday, January 11th at American Legion Post 496 on Mogadore Rd in Kent. We will once again be in the Underwood Hall, so we’ll have plenty of room for “social distancing.” The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM sharp!
For anyone not attending in-person, I hope you’ll join us via Zoom.
Join Zoom Meeting:
This month’s meeting features Axel Fisser K8AXX as our guest speaker. He has a great presentation prepared to teach us about lithium batteries.
DON’T FORGET! Purchase your 50/50 tickets on the PCARS Website – you don’t have to be present to win – everyone is eligible. Just look for the PAYPAL Button marked 50/50 tickets.
Nick AC8QG
PCARS President
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This Saturday! VHF Simplex

Hello everyone! Are you ready?? This Saturday, January 9, is the Ohio ARES VHF Simplex Contest!
The contest starts at 10AM and runs to 4PM- it’s designed as a fun activity to test your “reach” for a time when you may need to contact simplex stations in a power-down emergency. Operating is laid-back and fun!
Rules and schedules are posted on, where Jason has the rules, score submission, and tips all set up!
To answer a couple questions:
  • We’re not looking for digital-voice simplex as a separate category. First, there isn’t that much DMR/Fusion/D-Star simplex and it probably wouldn’t be your go-to mode in a disaster. Second, it’s FM… so if you do happen to try a digital mode simplex, count the contacts as FM.
  • The county total is just that- how many counties did your station contact? It is NOT on a per-band basis, it’s the total count including all your stations/modes operated. Again, we’re motivated to determine your overall simplex footprint.
  • EOC is defined the same way as the Field Day rules. If you’re operating from an emergency mobile vehicle (Command bus, trailer) that’s used in conjunction with an EMA/EOC operation, you can claim that to be an EOC especially this year with most EOC entry limited or nonexistent.
  • You do not have to be a member of ARES to participate, all hams are welcome! In a disaster, we will probably need all hands on deck, so it’s great practice for everyone.
  • It appears we will not be able to operate “The Sarge”, W8SGT, from the Ohio EOC this year. Sorry!
The complete rules are on Take a look, and register your operation/county so we can all listen for you!
I hope to hear you- and I hope you have a great time Saturday!
-Stan, N8BHL
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