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Field Day at W8NET

From Gene – W8NET
Hi Tom,
I don’t know if someone is doing the same thing…. But, here it goes…..
W8NET, Gene, KE8MXR, John, and KE8MWD, Shane, will be at W8NET’s QTH for Field Day 2020: 3561 Keswick Drive, Kent, OH. Everyone is welcome to work our 4 stations: HF mobile (1C), HF (1D or 1E), VHF (1B), and UHF (1B). We will be set up from 4:00pm-11:00pm Saturday, and 6:00am-2:00pm Sunday. We will have burgers, dogs and smoked sausage at approximately 6pm Saturday, and 12noon Sunday. AND, I will be making pancakes, bacon and coffee on Sunday at 7:00am. You are invited to join the fun, anytime. I *suggest* texting me or calling so I can prepare for you! 330-619-9194.
74 de W8NET Gene
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Operating Field Day from the PCARS Club Site

We are going to do a LIMITED opening of the Club Site for operating on the 2020 highly modified Field Day. We are doing this primarily to give members that do not have home HF Stations the chance to work some HF FD contacts. However any member can apply to operate. Operating slots will be given out on a first come first served basis. We will have three IC 7300 transceivers available to operate Voice, CW, or Digital modes.  All operators will use their own call sign (NOT K8BF), class 1D. Since we are still under COVID-19 restrictions there will be a number of safety rules. All rules must be followed and I will be there to assist operators and assure that safety protocols are followed. If you wish to operate FD from the club site send me an email with the time(s) you want and I will prepare a schedule and get it back to you as soon as possible. Please request operating times in a minimum of 2 hour blocks. Ask for as much time as you want and I will distribute operating slots throughout the 24 hours of FD.
  • Masks will be required as all times when operating and at all times in the radio room. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Gloves are not required and Radios will not be sterilized. So wash your hands BEFORE & AFTER touching equipment. AND keep your fingers away from your faces and eyes.
  • Observe proper “social distancing”, when not operating, please leave the club site.
  • All operators will sanitize the operating area (not the radios) before and after operating, supplies will be provided for this.
  • Only operators will be allowed in the club site radio room. No Visitors.
  • For Voice modes, operators may bring their own headsets or use the club supplied microphones. ALL operators should, at a minimum, bring their own headphones. Use of speakers will not be practical, and not permitted when multiple stations are in use.
  • Paper masks (surgical) are light enough that they should not interfere with the use of microphones.
  • For logging you must bring your own laptop or use a paper log.
  • CW operators should supply their own key, and headphones (some keys and keyers are available at the club site but NO Headphones).
  • For Digital modes, club computers will be set up to run the IC 7300’s for all common digital modes. Your laptop will only be needed for logging (not needed for paper logs).
  • All ops will provide their own food and beverage as desired. No food will be provided by PCARS.
So, if you are a member of PCARS and want to operate from the Club Radio Room during the regular 24 hour period of ARRL Field day let me know the hours you would like to operate (in 2 hour blocks) and I will see how many of you that we can schedule in. Contact me at tromito99@gmail.comScheduling will be on a first come-first-served basis. Remember all operations from the club site will be class 1D. The contacts will go toward the Portage County Amatuer Radio Service aggregate club score. Contacts made from their own home, portable or mobile stations will also be included in the PCARS aggregate club score simply by filing their log and showing the full club name on that log.
Tony WA8AR, Field Day Chairman
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MCARC Tuesday June 23rd Zoom Meeting

Tuesday Night’s meeting of the Mercer County Amateur Radio Club will feature Angel — WP3R. The Elmer session starts at 6:00 PM, Business Meeting at 6:45, and the Conversation with Angel starts at 7:15. PCARS members are invited!
Angel works a the Arecibo Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico. Should be very interesting talk!
Meeting this Tuesday (6/23) VIA Zoom:
To Join Zoom Monthly Club Meeting
Meeting ID: 563 685 301
Password: 73
Thanks to Tim -K3LR for inviting us.
de Tom WB8LCD
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PCARS Newsletter inputs for the July issue wanted

Well – June is just about over, Summer has started. July is only about a week away. That means the July issue of the PCARS newsletter “The RADIOGRAM” is being put together and I need your inputs !

All inputs and photos are due no later than Friday – June 26th at 8 pm. Send your .TXT files and photos to:

Hey we’re all in lock down mode and the weather is too hot and muggy outside, so you have a bit of time to get something together for the newsletter – Send it in !!!

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Take care & 73,
Parky, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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Invitation to Attend June MCARC Monthly Meeting Using Zoom

Tim Duffy K3LR has cordially invited PCARS club members to attend the MCARC (Mercer County Amateur Radio Club) June meeting using Zoom. The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 23rd at 6:00 PM. The presentation will start at 7:15 PM. Zoom links to follow.
The presentation will be a conversation with
Angel WP3R Vazquez, Jr.
Just a few lines explaining my QSL card . This picture was actually taken during the filming of “Contact” the movie, of which I and a few other staff members, had a lot of fun helping out, and me personally giving Jodie Foster the tour! The QSL card shows the “platform” suspended 500 feet in the air from three towers, majestically above 1000 feet of spherical aluminum dish below, yes it’s spherical not parabolic. The rotating “azimuth arm” houses two antenna systems, the Gregorian Dome and what we call the Carriage House, that “houses” the 70cm feed that we used for Moon bounce in April 2010 (August 2010 QST). The Dome and Carriage House move in elevation (20 degrees from vertical) along a track on it’s underside. This “azimuth arm” in turn rotates (720 degrees) around the circular track on the “triangle”.
I do work at the Radio-Telescope and have been since 1977. I’m currently Head of Telescope Operations, RFI & Spectrum Manager, and in my “spare time”, I’ll do the floors and windows! Hi Hi. It’s a great place to work, especially if you’re a ham. Our Moonbounce effort and other special events are real proof of that!
If you’re palnning to be in Puerto Rico please look us up (at least a week in advance). There are quite a few hams at the site and if you like golf, maybe we can play a round or two!
Hope to work you on the bands or in an upcoming contest!
Vy 73 es GL, Angel – WP3R
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Ohio Section News

I received the following email yesterday and wanted to share it with you all:
Hi Gang,
Since a few folks have asked the question over this past weekend, I wanted to address it with all of you. I have been asked by several folks if I have any plans on running for the Director or Vice Director positions that are coming open in the Great Lakes Division.
The answer is YES. After discussing my options with the Great Lakes Director and Vice Director I have decided to run for the Vice Director position. I am currently underway in getting the necessary paperwork filed with Headquarters to run as Vice Director. This won’t diminish or change anything in the Ohio Section. You folks are the ones that make this possible and make the Ohio Section shine everyday with all of your hard work. I’m proud to be able to serve YOU.
Thank you for all that you do.
 73, and stay safe my friends!
Scott Yonally, N8SY
Section Manager – Ohio
ARRL – The National Association For Amateur Radio™
I hope you’ll join me in supporting Scott in this upcoming election. Most importantly – send in your ballot!
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Mt Athos

I have just received information that a fire has broken out on Mt. Athos. I do not know yet if the monastery is involved or how close it is to the monastery. As soon as I know more info I will let you all know.
Latest update: As far as we can tell, the monastery is not being threatened by the fire. There was an immediate response by Greek authorities and 20 fire fighting vehicles to contain the fire. It happened in the heavily wooded area near the monastery.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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June DX Calendar

Keep the radio ON – You never know who might be out there to make a contact with !!
Click here to download the PDF

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June 2020 Radiogram

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

The June 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 – Field Day 2020 – Changes Coming for PCARS – Contest Univerisity on YouTube – CQ Inductees – Supporting Amateur Radio – Some Humor to help get us through all of this – 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 ( 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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Mike Austin, KC8WUX

Message forwarded by Tom, WB8LCD
Hello All,
Some of you may already know but today Mike Austin KC8WUX suffered a catastrophic loss of all his ham radio equipment due to a fire while he was home alone. Being blind Mike did not catch it in its beginning stages and by the time help arrived all that he got out with was one HT and thank God his life. It is going to take some time to repair the damage done by the fire but replacing the radios that were set up so Mike could use them is not something that is going to happen on its own. I have started a Go Fund Me page so that we, his friends in the radio community can help out with this costly endeavor. IF Mike has to replace them on his own it will never happen. Mike is an asset and well respected in the radio community in this area. I know this is not a good time to be asking for a donation, it never is, but when Mikes shack is ready again we as ham radio operators and friends of Mike’s need to be ready to supply the radios in that shack.
Click here for the Go Fund Me page or use the following link:
 Please send this out to the members of your clubs and to anyone else who you think might be able to help.
 Thank you
Scott Wilton KE4UHC
Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association
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