Archive for April, 2014

NAQCC May 2014 Challenge

OK so this is not DX, but it is a contest of sorts.  The North American QRP CW Club (yes I am a member and don't laugh) is having a contest running all of May.

Make 10 QSOs during the time period using a home-brew or kit piece of gear for each QRP QSO.  This may be a rig, tuner, key, antenna or station accessory.  It's not necessary that the station worked be using HB gear.   However, modular gear such as a KX3 or store bought antennas which only require cutting to length do not qualify.  They have to draw the line somewhere.

If interested, go to their website at for full info.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Antenna Day


Greetings PCARS-CW-ians,

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I will not be able to attend Antenna Day. My youngest Grandson is receiving his 1st Communion so I must travel to NY. (or face the wrath of my oldest daughter)

As the CW station will be in exactly the same config as in years past, all should go very well during Field Day.

Thanks for your understanding and I look forward to seeing all of you at Field Day 2014 (and Dayton too).

73, Dave, WB2DFC

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Field Day – From your hombre, the chef…

Good afternoon fellow PCARSians,


The letters begging for stuff have been sent.  The menu is fixed (in my head at least).


I am writing today asking for your help and for you to raid your pantries.


I have made requests for the meat, the tortillas, the vegetables, fruit and even the paper products.


What I need from you (yes you, I am speaking directly to you!) is the following items.


Desserts – weather appropriate of course (no creams or anything that would spoil)

Overnight snacks (you know how our radio monkeys like to eat, nuff said)

Cookware; specifically your wok in the cabinet collecting dust.  We have to cook chicken, steak, onions and green peppers.  I have one, we will need four or five more.

Beverages – if everyone kicked in a case of water or a two liter of soda, we would have more than enough to spare.

Electric griddles for breakfast on Sunday, I have since lost my three burner stove and big steel griddle, so we need them.

Coffee – a bag or two of dark roast beans would be capital, I have the grinder and I’m sure we have the pot somewhere.

Ice – gotta keep the stuff cold that needs to be cold…


And most importantly…bodies, I need bodies and lots of them.  Here’s what I envision.  We need prep people Friday evening and Saturday morning/afternoon to cut vegetables, meat and make the guacamole.  I need three or four people who might be willing to work on the Spanish rice.  I have the recipe and we can parse out the ingredients.  I am not sure that it would feasible to try and make this on site, but we can talk about it.  I will need people as the time comes to go around and collect the donations (praying that all I have asked come through).  On the Field Day, I will need people to help man the grill as we prepare the meat and vegetables.  I will need runners to take meals out to the stations so as we can keep operating without interruption.  I will also need people on Saturday to ferry food from the Masonic lodge to the Field Day site.  I will need a few bodies to help clean up after the main meal.  I am hoping to get the paper products donated so that will greatly reduce our clean up to only the cooking utensils.


This year my focus is on the main meal only and breakfast on Saturday.  My help will be needed the Friday before and up through Sunday morning.


I have started a separate folder in my email to track all the inbound mails I am going to get (hint, hint) with offers of help and donations (again, hint-hint).


I have also started an Excel sheet to track who is doing what and when.  So please when responding, make sure you include your callsign, what you are bringing or willing to work on and a contact number where I can reach you if I have any questions.


Thanks so much in advance for your participation and I am looking forward to an AWESOME Field Day!


73’s & 88’s (no 88’s for you Sly, maybe Aylward but definitely not you Tom)


Robert Gurney, N8RLG

Field Day Food Committee Chairperson & Chef extrodinaire!



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Terschelling Island (EU-038) DXpedition

Here is a message from ON6EF posted yesterday:

“Hi from ON6EF, Eddy. Here’s some info about a DXpedition we are organizing to Terschelling Island (EU-038) in the Netherlands from 29 May till 1 June 2014. We are 3 OM’s, ON6EF ,ON6VJ and ON5RZ and probably will use the call PA/OT1S .

Equipment will be FT-450, FD-4 dipole and 100 w. and operations from 80-6 meters, including WARC bands  but only on SSB. Activation from PAFF is also possible depending on the weather. QSL via ON6EF

Thanks and keep up the good work.”
73’s ON6EF, Eddy


​I will be posting items like this on occasion since they may not make it into my monthly DX column in time for publication. ​

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

​aka – Charlie the Tuner​

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Antenna Day

Saturday!  Ravenna City Park!  Antenna Day!
Who cares if you get a little wet – Be There!
See attached flier……

Tom  wb8lcd

pdf icon Antenna-Day2014-Flier.pdf

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It’s that time again…

We're starting to get close to Field Day once again and it's time for me to look for anyone willing and able to help out with IT but first and foremost, I'd like to thank everyone who helped out last year. Dave KD8VCJ, Brian N8ZPS, Bob KD8PMH and John KD8SIZ…. There's no IT without a solid team to put it together and you guys were invaluable. 
As I discovered last year, working on the IT team is a great way to contribute to Field Day. All we have to do is plug some things in and then unplug them a few hours later. In between that, we get to socialize with other hams, enjoy the great meals that the club provides and fill in as operators and loggers when the station captains need some extra help.

So, if you're the kind of ham who likes to lug computers around in the hot summer sun, then I've got the job for you. Ask anyone who I suckered into helping out last year and they'll tell you that we had a great time. If any of them say otherwise, be sure to get me their name so that I can thank them for their honesty with a rubber hose.

I'm looking for help with the setup before Field Day and tear down afterwards in addition to a few extra sets of hands some night (date to be determined) at the clubsite to help test all of the equipment. I've already checked out all seven of our PCs and even though they needed a little TLC, all of them are back in order and ready for another year.

Scheduling is still tentative at this point but set up will likely start around 9am on Saturday, June 28 and I'd like to have at least one or two people stick around for a few hours afterwards so that we can do some testing and troubleshoot problems. We'll be getting organized for tear down at 1:30pm on the 29th. I'll try to schedule our testing night either during one of the SIG meetings or net night, more on that to follow. If you show up and help out, I'll be sure to make sure you're not thirsty.
I'd like to have three to four of us for each activity. If you can commit yourself to at least TWO of them and let me know by May 9th, I'll have a T-shirt with an incredibly witty logo on it for you. 

Zeb – KD8WZS

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PCARS May issue of The RADIOGRAM

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 MAY 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 – click on the PDF icon or 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 – 100th issue of The RADIOGRAM! – Info on Antenna Day & Field Day 2014 – The Kent State Makers Faire – The Mysterious Line "A" – Net Night Quiz – 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-MAY2014.pdf

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Cleveland Marathon – volunteers needed

To all PCARS members –
    We are still in need of volunteers for the 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon which will be held on Sunday morning, May 18th.
    This is one of the largest events in Northeast Ohio with amateur radio communications support which has become highly valued after the tragedy at the 2013 Boston Marathon.
    If you would like to volunteer to be part of the communications team, please send me a note at  Please don’t wait till the last minute to volunteer because we need to develop our assignment list well prior to the race.
    73, Jim, KC8PD

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Aves Island DXpedition Announcement

From the YW0A Team:

“After hard work we will be leaving for the day Bird Island 04/29/2014 at 07:00 YV, the trip takes about 40 hours, stay tuned, we will be starting the activity around the 30th of April to noon , will be operating between 5 and 7 days, this last fact is confirmed.”

The YW0A Team.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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International Marconi Day

From Dave, WB2DFC –
Greetings Fellow PCARS ops and all ships at sea !!!

Below are two links regarding International Marconi Day on April 26th, 2014. Many stations will be on the air as special event or participating stations. It could be a “good listen” as they say across the pond….. and you will probably hear some CW… !

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