Archive for May, 2013

PCARS June Newsletter

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Other Clubs and other interested people,

If you are getting this via e-mail, then: Attached is the June 2013 issue of The RADIOGRAM sent directly to your e-mail box for your viewing pleasure!

If you're reading this on the PCARS web page: Hey download your copy – click the NEWSLETTER tab and you can either view it on-line, or right click, 'save-as' and then put it on your computer to view off-line.

Hope you enjoy this issue – 

More information on PCARS and FIELD DAY 2013 – it is rapidly approaching – check it out !

Reports from the Dayton Hamvention, DX Highlites so you can maximize your contacts on HF and LOTS of good information. 

PCARS has a TON of stuff going on and even more in the works – 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

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.

Articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor: Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ:

pdf iconPCARS-June13.pdf

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Field Day – Flex Station


    Field Day (June 22 and 23) will be here before you know it and operators and loggers are still needed for the Flex Station.

    The Flex Station, so named because it is flexible for both bands and modes, is a lot of fun to operate because we look for openings on bands other than 40 and 20 for voice operations, take advantage of all the bands for digital ops as well as CW (so long as we are on a different band than the CW station.)  Plus, on the overnight shift Flex becomes the heavy hitter on 75/80 meters phone.
    We have opportunities for hams with all levels of experience to get involved both as operators and loggers and we offer you the chance to try your hand at digital modes (primarily RTTY), too. 
    It is never too soon to volunteer so if you would like to help send a reply to me and let me know what shift you would like to work and whether you prefer to operate (and what mode) or log.  We will generally schedule in two hour shifts but if you can only make it for an hour that works fine!
    I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at PCARS Field Day!
    73, Jim, KC8PD,
    Flex Station Captain


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DX/Contest SIG

Better late than never – just a reminder that tonight at 7PM we will be holding our monthly DX/Contest SIG at the club site.  Among other things, we will be reviewing our recent foray into RTTY Contesting.  Hope to see you there.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Newsletter Inputs Requested

Hello PCARS Members,
May, also known as Hamvention month is coming to a close. I hope all of you that made it to Dayton had a great time and maybe even got a bargain or two.

With the end of May comes the submission deadline for the June issue of The RADIOGRAM.  How about a shack shot, or a few lines about your adventures to Hamvention?

Deadline is this Friday (May 31st). Please send your inputs in .TXT format and attach any photos to the e-mail.

Looking forward to your inputs to help keep our newsletter the best one around!

Parky, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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ARES Net Invitation

Hello everyone,

Please join us tonight, Thursday at 7:00pm for the ARES of Portage County bi-weekly training net. All are welcome and we hope to hear you check in. The repeater frequency is 146.895 with pl tones of 110.9 and 114.8.


Mike DiCarro, KD8FLZ 

EC, ARES of Portage County, District 5

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Thurs – Net Night at the Clubsite

Don't forget the PCARS net at 8:00PM this Thurs (05/23). 
While your going to be checking in anyhow (you are going to check in, aren't you??), why not come out to the clubsite, check into the net, work some DX on HF and hang around for some snacks and beverages with your PCARS friends!

See you there…  6:30PM – 10:30PM
Tom wb8lcd
10 50/50 tickets for next months meeting to the op who snags the best DX QSO from one of the club stations.

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ARES Net Invitation

Hello everyone,

Please join us this Thursday at 7:00pm for the ARES of Portage County bi-weekly training net. All are welcome and we hope to hear you check in. The repeater frequency is 146.895 with pl tones of 110.9 and 114.8.


Mike DiCarro, KD8FLZ 

EC, ARES of Portage County, District 5

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KK5W Museum Ship Weekend

The Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club, KK5W is participating in this year’s
Museum Ships Weekend. June 1-2, 2013.  Our call sign, KK5W will be credited
as a contact with both WW II Submarine USS Cavalla and Destroyer Escort USS
Stewart. Visit our web page for more information,   We
will be operating from Seawolf Park in Galveston, Texas, NA-143.

Frequencies as follows:
7.260 MKHz
14.260 MHz
21.360 MHz
28.360 MHz

7.039 Mhz
14,039 MHz
21.039 KHz
28,039 KHz

Amateur radio operators in the Galveston – Houston area are
cordially invited to participate. You can sign up on the web page if you
would like to operate KK5W during the event at Seawolf Park.

KK5W will also host two VHF Nets for Houston-Galveston amateurs to contact
the local museum ships using the WA5CYI repeater 146.94 (-) PL 167.9 on
Saturday and Sunday from 11AM – 1 PM Local time.  We are anticipating the
USS Texas (NA5DV), Elissa (N5E), and the Grandcamp/High Flyer Memorial
(AC0TX) will be on the net.

Operation on OSCAR satellites is planned for daytime passes on Saturday,
June 1.
A balloon launch is scheduled for Saturday morning,

For the second year, KK5W is sponsoring the Texas Navy Award.
This year’s Texas Navy Fleet is expanded to include:
USS Cavalla and USS Stewart  – KK5W
USS Texas – NA5DV
Tall Ship Elissa – N5E
USS Lexington – W5LEX
SS High Flyer and SS Grandcamp Memorial – AC0TX
National Museum of the Pacific War – N5P
For KK5W and AC0TX, one contact counts for both ships.

Provide evidence of two way communication (log extract) with at least four
of the call signs during MSWE 2013 to earn the 2013 Texas Navy Certificate.
Work all six to earn the coveted “Clean Sweep” endorsement. Visit our web
page, for information on how to claim the certificate.

Ron, K5HM
Event Coordinator

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Net night at the clubsite

Thursday this week!  6:30 – 10:00 (or whatever)….. Stay tuned for more details.

Tom.  wb8lcd

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WX4NHC – Annual On-The-Air Station Test

 From the ARES E-Letter:

WX4NHC Hurricane Season 2013 On-The-Air Station Test

The WX4NHC Hurricane Season 2013 On-The-Air Station Test will be held Saturday, June 1st, 2013 from 9 AM – 5 PM EDT (1300z-2100z). The purpose of this event is to test the National Hurricane Center’s Amateur Radio station equipment, antennas and computers. We will also perform operator training in preparation for this year’s hurricane season. We will be making informal contacts on many frequencies and modes and would appreciate signal reports and basic weather data exchange (“Sunny,” or “Rainy,” etc.) from stations in any location.

WX4NHC will be on-the-air on HF, VHF, UHF and 2 and 30 meter APRS. We plan on testing on the following voice frequencies: 3.950 MHz, 7.268 MHz, 14.325 MHz, 21.325 MHz, and 28.425 MHz. We will try to stay on 14.325 MHz most of the time and announce when we QSY.

You may be able to find us on HF by using one of the DX Spotting Networks, such as the DX Summit Web Site. We will also be on the VoIP Hurricane Net from 1 PM to 3 PM EDT (1700z-1900z) (IRLP node 9219 / EchoLink WX-TALK Conference node 7203). Local South Florida area VHF and UHF repeaters will also be contacted.

QSL cards are available via WD4R. Please send your card with a SASE. Please do NOT send QSLs directly to the Hurricane Center address, as it will get delayed. Due to security measures, NO VISITORS will be allowed entry to NHC without prior clearance from NHC Security. Only WX4NHC operators on the NHC pre-approved operating schedule will be allowed entry. For more information about WX4NHC, please visit our website. Thank you for your participation in the WX4NHC Hurricane Annual Season Station Test. — Julio Ripoll, WD4R, WX4NHC Amateur Radio Assistant Coordinator,, celebrating 32 years at the National Hurricane Center

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