Archive for June, 2013

PCARS July Newsletter is here

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Other Clubs and other interested people,
If you are getting this via e-mail, then: Attached is the July 2013 issue of The RADIOGRAM sent directly to your e-mail box for your viewing pleasure!

If you're reading this on the 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 33 page issue – 
FIELD DAY 2013 – Summary & Report – HEY WE DID GOOD !!!!!!!!!!!!  AND we had BIG FUN, too !!!!!!!! Check it out !
PCARS Picnic is coming up this month (more info will be sent out by Bill, WB9LBI) 
LOTS of good information is included in this newsletter. 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 at:

pdf iconPCARS-Jul2013.pdf

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Hello PCARS member,

Only one day left to get inputs in for the July issue of The RADIOGRAM. 
Deadline is Friday at 8 pm.
How about a few lines on your Field Day experience?
Or how about a Shack Shot with info on your set up?
Or scan in your QSL card for everyone to see.
Looking forward to your reply.
Take care & 73,
Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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Net night at the club site tonight

Don't forget, Net Night tonight!  I will be there to open up at 6:30, RACES members can check into the RACES net at 7:00, and I will be running the PCARS net from the site at 8:00.  Beverages and snacks will be available.  Hope to see you there until about 10:30.

Tom wb8lcd

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Latest HamRadioNow episodes

HAMRADIONOW EPISODE 82 and 83:  Online Now

Episode 82: Dipole

Pretty good chance you’ve watched this already. Field Day got in the way of sending out notifications, but it’s still gotten over 1400 hits. Not bad for a crummy little program that’s way too long and just about building and hanging a simple dipole. If you haven’t watched it yet, perhaps you should see what all the fuss is about.

Episode 83: Boy Scout Jamboree (… on the air)

For one week in July, the 2013 Boy Scout Jamboree creates the 2nd largest city in West Virginia. Along with camping, hiking, archery and all the usual activities, several thousand Scouts will be introduced to Amateur Radio at K2BSA. Many will earn a Radio Merit Badge, and some will even get a ham license! BSA Communications Director Jim Wilson K5ND tells us what will be happening. This isn’t JOTA (Jamboree On The Air)… it’s the main Jamboree. But it will be on the air with K2BSA, and they’ll be looking to talk to YOU, on HF, Echolink and D-STAR.

HAMRADIONOW is an online podcast from Amateur Radio//Video News. It’s free to watch on the web.
If you like what you see, we request your support. Just go to our web site,, and ‘click the pig.’
That’ll take you to the support page. Whatever you think it’s worth.

Thanks and 73,
Gary KN4AQ
Gary Pearce KN4AQ
508 Spencer Crest Ct.
Cary, NC 27513

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July Newsletter Inputs Needed

Hello PCARS Members,
This year's Field Day is in the history books. Hopefully those that attended have recovered. It was, as usual, BIG FUN.
With Field day over, that means June is almost over – and that means I need your inputs for the July issue of The RADIOGRAM.

The last Friday is only a few days away – June 28th. Please get your inputs to me as soon as possible. Deadline is 8pm Friday.
Still looking for more Shack Shots & member QSL cards. PCARS Swap-n-Shop for ham related items are always welcome – either wanted, or for sale.

Hope to hear from you soon.
Take care & 73,
Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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Initial Field Day Results

Below are the preliminary results for PCARS 2013 Field Day and they look great! As soon as we have logs sorted I’ll make the official entry and will have it published for everyone. We did a lot better than last year and approached our total from two years ago, so a big congrats to everyone!

Total Phone QSO 2032
Total CW QSO 831
Total Digital QSO 102
Total QSO 3065
Total Points from QSO 3898
Power Multiplier 2
Claimed QSO Score 7796
Bonus Points 1290

Total Score 9086

73, Rick K8CAV
Field Day Chairman

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Net night at the club site

Hey all PCARS fans!  This week, Thursday, June 27th, is "Net Night" at the club-site.  Come on down and spend an evening with us!  Talk about Field Day, have a beverage and a snack.  Check into the PCARS Net!  Work some DX from the club stations.  Put a new head gasket on your car.  You can do all kinds of things at the PCARS club – site……doors open at 6:30, close at 10:30 +/- what I think I might get away with at home.

Hope to see you there!
Tom  wb8lcd – PCARS Net NCS for the evening

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PCARS Field Day 2013

Greetings to all PCARS members,

Our Field Day is now in the books and I think I’m almost fully recovered from a long but fun weekend. I hope that all of you that were part of our Field Day enjoyed the time there. Thanks to all of you that operated, logged, helped out, or just visited to share the fellowship of a great group of people!

A very special thank you to the folks who volunteered to take the leadership positions that make our Field Day such a success. Every one of these folks put in a lot of time and effort to make Field Day fun and successful.

No organization stays active and healthy with the same folks doing the same things all of the time and the Field Day team is no exception. Having finished my third year as the Field Day Chairman I am turning the reigns over to someone new. I would strongly encourage anyone interested in taking on this challenge to contact our President, Tom WB8LCD to let him know. Yes a position like this is a lot of work but it’s also incredibly rewarding so please give serious thought to volunteering as the Field Day Chairperson, or for any other Field Day Team position.

73, Rick K8CAV

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ARRL/PCARS Field day 2013 – CW Station

I want to say a big "THANK YOU" to those who were part of the Field Day CW Station Team. No amount of participation can be considered small… is the team that succeeded and went over the top…!!!! Thas right, the PCARS CW Field Day Station went well over past years total….


73, Dave, WB2DFC, member #57… and proud of it !

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Field Day 2013 Pictures

Hello PCARS Members,

I cropped and sized the 130 or so pictures I took and John, KD8MQ (our webmaster) has got them posted on the Field Day page here under the Activities tab. Check them out.
For those of you that took pictures, please send a copy to me for the club files.

Only 363 days until Field Day 2014 !

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