Archive for February, 2014

PCARS March Newsletter

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 March 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 PDF icon or 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 ITFYAO Winner Announced – Results from the 2013 CA QSO Party – Info on Field Day 2014 – Powerpole Project Day Pictures – 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 (http:www.portcars.org) 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:  kb8uuz@portcars.org

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NWS – Weekend storm briefing

To all –
 
    We are probably getting pretty tired of the winter weather and have heard about this weekend’s predicted snowstorm. 
 
    Thanks to George, N1EZZ, for passing along this National Weather Service briefing for the weekend.  Things remain a bit iffy about just how much snow you will get depending on where you are in the storm track, but it could be upwards of 8 inches or more.
 
    Stay safe!
 
 
    73, Jim, KC8PD
 

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Latest HamRadioNow episodes

Hey, everyone…

We’ve got two new… well, one new and one recycled… episodes of HamRadioNow on-line.

The new one is Episode 133, At the Movies, and it’s not really movies. Jeff AC4ZO and I review two recent Ham Radio video programs. The first is ARRL at 100, the league’s Centennial celebration video. The second is Episode 1 of a new program from the UK, TX Factor. Spoiler alert: we don’t like everything we saw! But we did like a lot of it.

The recycled one is Episode 134: ARDF (Fox Hunting). This was the first documentary video I released on DVD, back in 2006. ARDF is Amateur Radio Direction Finding, an on-foot version of Fox Hunting (Hidden Transmitter Hunting) that’s been popular in Europe for decades, and the program digs into the 2006 USA Championships. I’ve been meaning to put it on-line for some time (not selling too many DVDs these days), and after watching the excellent TX Factor with all their edited field production, I figured I needed to let people know I could do that, too (but I can’t really afford to anymore).

Thanks to all of you who continue to support HamRadioNow! We get a few thousand more of you, and we get back in the field!

73, Gary KN4AQ

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PCARS – Important update!

To all –
 
    Net Nite at the club site is canceled for tonight, Thursday, February 27th.
 
    Road conditions have been miserable in many parts of the county due to the blowing snow and temperatures will continue to drop during the day with overnight lows forecast as likely below zero.
 
    Stay at home and stay safe!!  But make sure you take the time to check in to the PCARS net at 8:00 p.m. (and maybe the ARES net beforehand.)
 
    Catch you on the net and we look forward to seeing you at the March 10th  club meeting.  Please spread the word about the Net Nite cancellation.
 
 
    73, Jim, KC8PD
    VP, PCARS
      

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Solar info for hams

    You may already be familiar with this site, but if not, here is a great site www.solarham.com that tells you just about everything a ham needs to know about current solar activity other than the SPF you need for outdoor operations!
 
    73, Jim, KC8PD
 

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PCARS – Echolink node

To all –
 
    The internet service at the PCARS club site has been restored (the service for the entire facility is undergoing an upgrade) and, thanks to Steve, K8SRR, the Echolink node is back up and running. 
 
    The current operation is using a short-term technical patch that will be eliminated once the IT installer has made some changes for our access.  Once that has been accomplished our overall access will be enhanced and with the plan for a switch from DSL to RoadRunner we will have a huge improvement in both the speed and reliability of our internet service.
 
    Thanks again to the folks at Family & Community Services who provide this to us at no charge.  Otherwise the cost to PCARS could be around a $1,000 per year.
 
    73, Jim, KC8PD
 

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ARES invite

Hello everyone,

Please join us tonight at 7:00pm for the ARES of Portage County
bi-weekly training net. All are welcome and we hope to hear you check
in. These nets give you an opportunity to check equipment and get training on ARES operations and procedures. The repeater frequency is 146.895 with pl tones of 110.9 and 118.8.

73,

Mike DiCarro, KD8FLZ 

EC Portage County, District 5

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Net Night at the Clubsite

Thursday, February 27, (tomorrow, or maybe today based on when you read this), is "Net Night at the Clubsite".  Doors will open at 6:30PM until 10:30PM. 
Come on out, spend some time with your best Ham friends, and check into both the ARES net at 7:00 and the PCARS net at 8:00  (John – KB8UHN will be NCS for the PCARS net).  We'll have some snacks and maybe even some sort of "on air" operating challenge.

If you won't be able to make it, please send me your best excuse, to wb8lcd@portcars.org , and it better be good!
73,
See you there,

Tom wb8lcd

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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.

Also,

Wednesday March 5th is statewide testing of severe weather/Tornado sirens. NR8W will bring up an ARES net at 9:30AM to coincide with the state test at 9:50AM, check in and let him know if you can or cannot hear your local siren.

73,

Mike DiCarro, KD8FLZ 

EC Portage County, District 5

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DX/Contest SIG

Hello to all you DXers and Contesters.  Tonight at 7PM we will be holding our monthly DX/Contest SIG at the club site.  I am happy that there will be no conflict with the Field Day meeting which has been rescheduled.

If we have the use of the DVD player and the large TV, we will be showing a very well made video on the K5D Desecheo Island DXpedition that took place in 2009.  So come out and see what it's like to be a part of a DXpedition.

See you there….


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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