Archive for December, 2013

New Years Wishes

To all of my friends at PCARS, I wish you a new year full of happiness and good DX.  Please be careful and have a safe evening.


Tom Sly,  wb8lcd

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Holiday homebrew project

If you have some extra time on your hands over the holidays, you may want to tackle this homebrew project…

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PCARS General Upgrade Class

Attached is the flier for the course.  Please let me know if you plan on attending and if you need a book. 
Moving up from the Technician Class to the General Class is not all that difficult.  The test is 35 questions. 

But, the upgrade in privileges is huge!  Access to the HF bands is where a lot of amateur radio activity takes place.  The PCARS instructors will help you learn what you need to know and be prepared for the exam.  It will definitely increase your fun with the hobby!

Tom wb8lcd

pdf icon GeneralClassFlier-Jan14.pdf

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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 118.8.


Mike DiCarro, KD8FLZ 

EC Portage County, District 5

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Gay Wands, WB8VNO, SK

This information has been provided by Ted Wands, (WD8CVH):
Gail ( Gay ) A. Wands (nee Lossner) born October 6rd, 1945 passed away suddenly December 25th, 2013. She was born in Akron, Ohio and resided in Stow for many years. She was loved by many and survived by her husband, Ted, sister Sandy (Jim) Love, brother in law Fred (Vicki) Wands, sister in law Bette Hoover. She had many nieces and nephews all grown with their own children who will dearly miss her fun wit and loving, kind nature.

Gay graduated from Stow High School and attended Kent State University as a geology major.  She also enjoyed many hobbies and was very active in volunteer work in the community. She was a Ham radio operator with the call WB8VNO and was a life member of the Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio Club and PCARS. She enjoyed conducting hidden transmitter hunts with the groups as well.

Gay loved to help other people, including many hours of work on the Stow Parade Committee including being the parade marshal, the Amateur Radio Public Service, the Cleveland Marathon, the Bellefair Run, many events involving the recreation of both Kent and Mantua Parks,  and active supporter of Boys Scouts Troop #253 and Cub Pack #3253.

Her other hobbies included Civil War history, especially Gettysburg, Geocaching and she was active with the American Sternwheel Association. Gay was a member of Eastern Star Olive Chapter 53 and a licensed pilot. Gay also enjoyed music in many ways.  She was a member of the Akron Bagpipe Band, played harpsichord with a bluegrass group and learned the steel drum. She was also active in helping to preserve older organs with the American Theater Organ Society and frequently enjoyed her own 2/7 Wurlitzer organ at her home.

Remembrance will be held at the Kent United Church of Christ on January 4, 2014 between the hours of 2pm – 4pm. A short service will be held at 2:45. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Gay Wands’ name to The Ohio Masonic Home  2655 W. National Rd., Springfield, OH 45504 or the American Diabetes Association.

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Gay Wands WB8VNO

I have received the following from Jim Korenz:
 Gay was cremated. She will be interred at the military cemetery in Rittman. A memorial service will be held at the United Church of Christ in Kent, 2PM Jan 4,2014 . Eastern Star service at 2:45PM. Donations in lieu of flowers to Eastern Star or National Diabetes Association. The notice won't be in the paper till Sun.

Tom  wb8lcd

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PCARS January 2014 Newsletter is here

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Other Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
If you are getting this via e-mail, then: Attached is the January 2014 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 issue – 
READ ALL ABOUT IT – Cost of QSLing Goes Up – Again, General & Extra Class upgrade classes to start – Ham Nation Spotlights PCARS – Emergency Communications Course coming up – Ohio Section has New Appointees – Pictures from the December Meeting & Santa's Visit – FYAO 2014 is next month – You're Invited to see and talk with Bob Heil – and MORE!!

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.

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

pdf icon PCARS-Jan2014.pdf

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Gay Wands WB8VNO SK

With a heavy heart, I want to report to you the passing of Gay Wands, WB8VNO on Christmas day.
Gay has been a friend and a mentor to many hams (myself included) over the years.  She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.

Tom Sly – wb8lcd

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Net Night

Tonight!  PCARS net on 146.895 at 8:00PM  and  NET NIGHT at the CLUB SITE!
Doors will open at 6:30 PM.
de Tom  wb8lcd

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Net Night at the Club Site

Thursday, December 26, 2013.  Not only the last net of 2013, but the last "Net Night at the Club Site" for 2013.  I hope that you will all be able to check into the net, lets close out 2013 with a good one, then lets do it again next week to open 2014 with a super net!

For net night, I'm asking everyone to bring along something that is a favorite piece of ham radio gear to share with the group.  Something you built?  Something that has served you well through the years?  Maybe even something you just received as a Christmas gift!

We'll let those in attendance decide who has the best story to go along with the gear to win a couple tickets to the January 50/50 drawing.
If you can, bring along a treat to share – Christmas cookies, candies, beef jerky, #10 cans of baked beans – whatever you got!  Make it a party!

See you there, 73,
Tom wb8lcd

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