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November Donations for the Center of Hope

Dear Fellow PCARS members:
I hope that you are all doing OK as we approach the end of 2020. Next year can only be better, right?
I want to ask you to help like you never have before with our end of the year donation to the Center of Hope. A year like this has probably put an additional burden on them to serve our community. I am stating my goal for the PCARS donation in November to be $12,000.  I might be crazy, but I bet we could do it!
Now the easy way would be for 12 of you to respond to this email with a personal donation of $1000 each. While this is not my expectation, there may be a couple of you out there that could do this. Another easy way would be for each member of PCARS (we currently show a paid roster of 191) to donate $62.82. Same result! Maybe even something somewhere between these two scenarios. But, if it was EASY everyone would be doing it! It’s not easy, but I’ve never believed that PCARS or PCARS members were constrained to only doing what is easy. For 15 years now we have always done the EXCEPTIONAL!  We can do this too.
PCARS Officer’s are exploring ways to make our November 50/50 bigger and better than ever. Nothing should change here, except the logistics of how we hold the raffle. We would still like any help we can get to accumulate items for the raffle. We will still appreciate your purchase of many, many tickets. I know many of you make a donation to Center of Hope and I’m asking you to continue with that.
Over the past 15 years I have seen the members of PCARS dig deeper and deeper to support this worthy cause. Like me, I’m sure that many of you have dug just about to the bottom and are just about tapped out – especially in a year like 2020 has been!  But that doesn’t mean we can’t keep expanding what we do, we just need to expand how we do it. I am suggesting that we become an “aggregator” of donations for Center of Hope. What that means is, we reach further into our circle of family, friends, acquaintances, co-workers and people whom we do business with to ask them to support PCARS in our support of Center of Hope.
Two things of the utmost importance:
1. We don’t want anyone who normally supports Center of Hope to withdraw that support then make a donation through PCARS – that does not help grow the funds that Center of Hope has to use for their programs. If someone tells you that they are already supporting Center Of Hope, thank them for that, and ask that if they were able to expand their giving any that they do that through PCARS.
2. Cash donations are acceptable, but they are anonymous. If someone wants to write a check, their check needs to be payable to “Center of Hope” – not PCARS. We will give their check directly to Center of Hope as part of our collection. That happens the second week of November, so their check won’t be cashed immediately. (All checks, even your own, should be payable to the Center of Hope so that PCARS does not have to include it in our financial reporting.)
For the past 15 years, this has been something that really makes PCARS stand out in our community. I hope you’ll stand with me again this year again in this worthwhile effort.
Thank you. And 73.
Tom WB8LCD – PCARS President
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Route 66 On The Air – Sept 12-20

The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club will sponsor its 21st “Route 66 on the Air” special event September 12 – 20, with 21 stations, each with a 1 × 1 call sign — W6A through W6U — from cities along the highway. Route 66 is famous in American history as a major highway from the midwest to the west coast and is associated with American car culture as well as with the vintage Route 66 television program in the early 1960s.
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Tonight’s FlexNet

“Please join us tonight at 8:00PM EST for the PCARS HF FlexNet on 40M SSB, 7.220 +/-. Looking forward to hearing you on the air!”
Mobile: 216-276-2000
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QRP-CW SIG Tomorrow Tuesday September 8th at 7 PM

QRP – CW SIG will meet at the clubhouse at 1900 hours, 7 P.M., and anyone coming should wear a safety COVID-19 face mask, bring their own headphones and key. The club will provide sanitizing materials for them to clean their area of operation before leaving. Period of operation will be generally from 1900 hours through 2100 hours, 7 P.M. through 9 P.M. I might stay later if the operator is working contacts.
Terry – KB8AMZ
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PCARS September Newsletter

The September 2020 issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy.

Here is the link:

Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – Ohio State Parks On The Air (OSPOTA is September 12th!! – New ARRL CEO is David Minster, NA2AA – Ham Nation Spotlights PCARS – Cruise-In and BB-QSO Part Report – Rental Car QSOs – Island and Maritime (Kayak) Mobile – 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 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 ( for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor:

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California QSO Party

PCARS Contesters:
I know this is early since the CAQSOP doesn’t take place until Oct, but there is a new wrinkle this year. All Multi Op stations must pre-register. So I want to get a jump on this. The form I need to fill out asks among other things, how many ops we will have and their call signs.
Therefore, those of you who will be taking part either at the club site or from your own QTH, please email me ( and let me know. Do not reply to this qst email but email me at my personal email address.
Remember, it doesn’t matter if you are going to operate from the club site, if we open it, or your own QTH. I need to know the total number of ops and their call signs.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Net Night at the Clubsite

While I look forward to hearing from all of you on the net Thursday night, I am again going to CANCEL the in person Net Night at the Clubsite for this month.
Having had both the Cruise In and the OH BBQSO Party this month, I don’t want to push too hard on social events.
I’ve stopped using the term “when we get back to normal”, but, I do see the day, not too far off, when we can get back together again without the fear that we are doing something risky to our health.
Please, make this week’s net one of the biggest and best ever! All you have to do is check in.
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DX/Contest SIG Zoom Meeting

PCARS Contesters and DXers:
I apologize for the tardiness of this announcement. The week just got away from me.
We will be having a ZOOM DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting tomorrow, Aug. 25. at 7PM. Since there may not be a lot to talk about other than the Ohio QSO Party, we’re hoping that we can keep it to the 40 min free limit.
So those of you who participated in the OHQSOP, I hope you join us and tell us BRIEFLY about your operation. We also will talk about next month’s possible events.
Try to be on time so that we can have our full 40 minutes to work with.
Following is the link information for the meeting:
Topic: DX / Contest SIG 1
Time: Aug 25, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 710 4211 0512
Passcode: S65qGa
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Mercer County ARC W1AW Virtual Tour on Zoom Tomorrow Tuesday August 25th

Welcome to the Mercer County Amateur Radio Club 
Meeting Tuesday (8/25) VIA Zoom:
To Join Zoom MONTHLY CLUB Meeting
Program for this meeting is a Virtual tour of ARRL station W1AW
The Zoom Elmer starts at 6 PM fellowed by the business meeting at 7 PM. Join us August 25th at 7:30 PM with Joe Garcia, NJ1Q – W1AW station manager. Joe will be our guide for a virtual tour of W1AW via Zoom.
W1AW is possibly the most famous callsign in Ham Radio.  
Meeting ID: 563 685 301
Password: 73

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2020 CQ WW Rules Updated

2020 CQ WW Rules Updated
Effective with the 2020 contest, there have been some modifications to the CQ WW rules that have been developed and approved by the WW contest committee. In summary:
New Category Nomenclature. The multi-operator category names have been changed to be more consistent with other contests. The CQ WW contest now uses Multi-Single, Multi-Two, and Multi-Multi as the standard for all logs and reporting. No other changes have been made to these categories.
Station Location. Amplifiers are now included in the previously defined 500-meter diameter circle description of station locations.
Paper Logs. Effective with the 2020 contest, paper logs will no longer be accepted for the CQ WW. Uploading logs via the Web is the only approved method for submitting a log. Logs can be uploaded at:
A complete listing of the 2020 rules has been posted at <>. Updated translations for a variety of languages are also available.
As always, if you have any questions, please submit them via our contact form at <> where you can expect to receive a response as soon as possible.
Best of luck as you prepare for the upcoming contest season in what will arguably be a strange year due to COVID-19! Best of luck and be safe!
73, John, K1AR
CQWW Contest Director”
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