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Minutes of December 2019 Monthly Meeting

Use the link below to read the December 2019 Monthly Meeting minutes.
Click here to see the minutes or use the following link copied to your browser:
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PCARS January Monthly Meeting This Monday, January 13 at 7 PM

I want to remind you all that this coming Monday, January 13, 2020 is the first official meeting of PCARS for 2020. It’s not only a New Year – it’s a new decade. AND, it’s officially the start of the 15th year of PCARS! It already looks like this is going to be a year to remember. If you still need to renew your dues for 2020, bring along a completed membership form (don’t worry, the same one is used for renewals) along with your payment. Don’t forget, since you went past the December 31st deadline, you will also need to pay the $5 initiation fee again.
Monday’s meeting will be a Skype presentation given by a representative of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). This should be an interesting look into Ham Radio in Europe.
We will also have some nice 50/50 prizes! Buy some tickets and help support the activities of PCARS for the coming year.
73, and I hope to see you there!
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PCARS Thursday Night 2 Meter Net Tonight at 8 PM

Join us tonight at 8 PM for the PCARS 2 Meter Net. This is a great time to exchange news and comments with other PCARS members. The net meets on 146.895 with a PL Tone of 118.8. Contact can also be made using EchoLink and the K8SRR-R node.
Also, if you are interested in helping with this net, consider becoming Net Control. It is a lot of fun and an easy skill to learn. Just let me know if you are interested.
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January DX Calendar

January DX Calendar
How many can you work?
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Here’s the January issue of the Radiogram

Greetings PCARS Members,
The January 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 – Annual President’s Award goes to Ben, KE8JUZ – 2020 Officers/Board Members off and running – Winter Sale Day at DX Engineering – Russian Radar Returns to the Ham Bands – 15 Years and still Growing – ARES VHF Simplex Contest – Club Log Updates – 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
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Newsletter Inputs Needed

Hello – PCARS Members,
The January 2020 PCARS Newsletter is in the works! Yep, the last Friday of the month is December 27th – coming FAST.
Need your inputs for the newsletter as soon as possible.
Send your inputs in .TXT format and large (in-focus) pictures to
Looking forward to hearing from you real soon.
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and all is good at your QTH.
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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Net Night at the Club Site Thursday 12/26/19

Merry Christmas to All!
Tomorrow, Thursday, December 26 is the 4th ( and last ) Thursday of the month, of the year, and, of the Decade!
First, I want to invite you all out to the PCARS World Headquarters, located at 705 Oakwood St. Ravenna, OH for Net Night at the Clubsite! Bring some snacks and we’ll make it our “Pre-New Years Eve” Party! (Don’t forget, the real New Years Eve Party will take place next Tuesday evening at the Linux for Hams SIG) Doors at the clubsite will open at 6:30 PM tomorrow, and, since I don’t have to work the next morning will remain open al long as my eyes do! I want to have a group discussion after the net regarding several projects I would like to see PCARS involved in for the coming year.
Second, if you can’t make it out in person, please check into the PCARS Net! The net meets at 8:00PM on the K8IV repeater (146.895 Mhz, 118.8 PL). You can check in via RF, or, if your not in the area on the K8SRR Echolink node. Greg – KA8TOA will be NCS. Let’s give him a busy night! How about one for the record book? Think we could hit 60?
I’ll be listening to hear you on the net.
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Positions I need to fill for 2020

Hello PCARS:
I want to wish you all a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!
I also want to wish you a Happy New Year and let you know that I will do my best to help you have a Fantastic 2020 as an Amateur Radio Operator and as a member of PCARS!
I am going to need some help. I have a few positions with the club that I need volunteers to step up for. Those positions are: 1) Club Secretary 2) Public Information Officer (PIO) 3) Membership Chairman and, 4) Social Media Manager.
I would especially like to have the position of SECRETARY filled as soon as possible. This is a very important position for the club, and one that will require some time and effort to fulfill. I’m just looking for the right person to step up and say “I’ll do it.” The person who takes this position will be involved with just about everything that is PCARS! You will see first hand how the club functions, and you will have an advantage in getting to know just about everyone who is an active member of the club. It is a very rewarding position and I would encourage you to consider it!
If you would like to be considered for any of these positions, please contact me directly and I can go into detail with you what the responsibilities of and expectations are for each of these.
PCARS Pres. (soon)
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PCARS 2 Meter Net Thursday December 19th at 8 P.M.

There WILL BE a PCARS net on this Thursday, December 19th! Net starts at 8:00PM (local) on the K8IV 2 meter repeater – 146.895 Mhz pl 118.8hz. You can also check in via the K8SRR Echolink node. Please, take a few minutes to check in, wish your PCARS friends a Merry Christmas and hear all of the latest PCARS news!
We will also be doing it all again next week on the 26th! in addition to being the day after Christmas, it’s also the 4th Thursday of the month so, it will be “Net Night at the Clubsite” – come on out to 705 Oakwood St. and we’ll have a bit of a post-Christmas / pre-New Years Eve party as well as giving everyone a chance to get checked into the net!
I’ll be looking for you on the net(s)!
Tom wb8lcd
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Linux for Hams Special Interest Group December 31, 2019 at 7 P.M

The last, and 5th for the year, Linux for Hams SIG will meet at PCARS Clubhouse from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. Remember to bring your Raspberry Pi, keyboard, mouse, and Power Supply Unit.
Refreshments and prizes following the SIG. Those with festivity plans for the New Year will need to dash off. Be safe on the roadways and hug your family members.
The 2020 LInux for Hams SIG lineup is March 31, June 30, September 29, and December 29.
#! Terry – KB8AMZ
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