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PCARS June Newsletter

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
If you are getting this via e-mail, then: Attached is the JUNE 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 – ARRL FIELD DAY is almost here! – Reports and Pictures from the Dayton 2014 – D-Day Special Event Stations – Juno Project Update – We Hit 100 – Pictures of Antenna Day 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:  

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Field Day Flex station macros

Below is a list of the macros and explanation of what each one does for the digital operators at the Flex Station during Field Day. I will be making a presentation and demonstration of how to use the macros at the Tuesday Digital Special Interest Group meeting on June 3rd. If anyone has an idea for additional macros the would find useful for Field Day operations, please let me know and I’ll try to get it written and incorporated.

Field Day macros

F1        CQ FD – used for calling CQ a.k.a. “holding the frequency”. Puts fldigi in transmit mode, sends CQ FD de K8BF message, then puts fldigi in receive mode.  

F2        EXCHANGE – puts fldigi in transmit mode, sends the exchange for the station who answered our CQ call, then puts fldigi in receive mode.

F3        TU QRZ – puts fldigi in transmit mode, sends a TU to station then sends QRZ and K8BF info, then puts fldigi in receive mode.

F4        ANSWER CQ – used to answer a CQ a.k.a. “hunt and pounce”. Puts fldigi in transmit mode, answers the calling station with our exchange, asks for QSL, then puts fldigi in receive mode

F5        AGAIN – used to request a repeat of last transmission. Puts fldigi in transmit mode, sends the text “AGN AGN?”, then puts fldigi in receive mode.

F6        MODE PSK-31 – used to put fldigi in the BPSK-31 mode.

F7        MODE RTTY – used to put fldigi in the RTTY 45 baud 170 Hz shift mode.

F8        FOX – Used for testing only. Sends the Fox and RY script.

F10       TX – puts fldigi in transmit mode.

F11       RX – puts fldigi in receive mode. Note that when this macro is executed text will continue to send until reaching the cursor in the transmit buffer window.
73, Rick K8CAV

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Late Breaking DX News

Here are a few more late breaking DX reports.
E20HHK/p Nu Island AS-125

Kriangkrai E20HHK, Suwikrom E23CAL, Teerawat  HS3NBR and Damrongsak HS8GLR will still be active from Nu island, IOTA AS-145, as E20HHK/p, 7-8 June 2014. QSL via E20HHK

E41wt & E41MT Palestine

Two new Ham Operators resident in Gaza, Palestine. It is Walaa Abdul Temraz, E41WT, and Mai Ahmed Temraz, E41MT (XYL).  QSL via KB9GSY

TM29CTI Chateau du Taureau Island

A group of 4 operators will be active from Chateau du Taureau Island, from 5 to 6 Jul


  2014, as TM29CTI.

​ QSL Manager is F4FRG.​

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Upcoming Contests

For whatever reason, hitting Tab seems to have sent the previously unfinished email out.  I apologize for that.
As mentioned, during our recent DX/Contest SIG, I listed several upcoming contests.  I was asked to send an email with a list of some of the more interesting contests for the next few months.  I have listed the contest and the dates but it will be up to the HAM to look up the time and of course the Rules.

As I mentioned during the meeting, read the rules because some contests have time limits as to how many hours out of the full time limit for the contest, can be operated.  Also, some contests have rules regarding changing bands and how long one must stay on a band before you can change again.  A word to the wise.

Alabama QSO Party                     June 7-8
ARRL June VHF Party                   June 14-16
NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint     June 19
ARRL Field Day                            June 28-29    K8BF Participating

NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint     July 17
North American QSO Party-RTTY    July 19-20
CQ Worldwide VHF Contest           July 19-20
10-10 Int. Summer Contest -SSB   Aug 2-3
North American QSO Party – CW    Aug 2-3
Maryland/DC QSO Party                Aug 9-10      K8BF If enough interest
NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint     Aug 13
North American QSO Party – SSB    Aug 16-17
Hawaii QSO Party                         Aug 23-25
Ohio QSO Party                            Aug 23-24    K8BF Participating
​There are some large contests taking place in Sept plus we will again be taking part in the California QSO Party in October (4-5) from K8BF.  I'll try to keep you informed of the upcoming contests and as always, if there is enough interest in K8BF taking part in a particular contest, please let me know. ​

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Upcoming Contests

During our recent DX/Contest SIG, I listed a number of contests that will take place in June , July and August.  I was asked to send an email out so that those interested could take advantage of the contests in which they had an interest. Below you will find a list of some of the contests that were discussed.  I included the dates but you will have to look them up for time and of course the contest rules.

Alabama QSO Party                        June 7-8
ARRL June VHF Contest                  June 14-16
NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint       June 19
ARRL Field Day

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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We are using a temporary repeater this evening.  PL is 110.9.  Echo-link should be available.  If you cant hear the repeater, try listening on 146.295 to hear me direct.  Most of you should be heard by the repeater, even if you can't hear it.

Tom  wb8lcd 

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Late Reported DX / IOTA Opportunities

Hello from "Charlie the Tuner".  At our recent DX/Contest SIG I mentioned some DX opportunities and some of the folks there asked if I could email the list.  So here it is.
TM5FI  Ratonneau Island EU-095

The TM5FrioulIslands will be active with the callsign TM5FI, 28 May to 4 June 2014, from Ratonneau Island, IOTA EU-095 other references DIFM ME003 – DFCF 13-061.  QSL via F5XX.

V63DX Pohnpei Island

Sho, JA7HMZ, will be active from Pohnpei Island, 30 May – 5 June 2014, as V63DX. 

He will be active on 80 – 6 m.  QSL via JA7HMZ only direct.

OJ0W Market Reef

Pasi, OH3WS, will be active from Market Reef Island,  2-7 June 2014, as OJ0W.

He will be active on CW and SSB.  QSL via home call.

ZA, Belgian Expedition to Albania

A group of 10 belgian hams will be qrv from Albania (ZA) between the 6th and 15th of june 2014, we will be qrv between 6m and 80m, in SSB, CW, PSK and RTTY with an emphasis on the higher bands, propagation conditions permitting. QSL via Erik de Mey ON4ANN

AF1Y/KH0  Saipan

AF1Y reports that he will be on Saipan for a short period (June 4-6, 2014) and will be operating after sunset his time on holiday basis.  QSL his home QTH.

ZY8D Caju Island SA-072

Ronaldo, PS8RV, informs DxCoffee readers: “We will be active from Caju Island, IOTA SA-072, with the callsign ZY8D. Will participate in the IOTA Contest, 2014, 25-27 July.  QSL via direct (info on

That's it for now.  As mentioned I will keep you updated on late breaking DX news as I receive it. 

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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PCARS Thursday night 2 meter net

The PCARS net will run as usual this week on the K8IV repeater.  The first change is that the only PL that will work is the 110.9.  The K8IV repeater is currently a temporary installation located at the PCARS club site on Oakwood St. in Ravenna.  We're hopeful that it will be satisfactory, but there could be some changes in the coverage.  If for some reason you are unable to check into the net, please at least listen and email me a signal report – .  I'll be on the repeater  for the morning and afternoon drive times, give me a call to see how it sounds.

Look for the Radiogram to come out this weekend, I'll have all the details as to what has happened, where we are with it now, and what we are looking to have moving forward.
Tom  wb8lcd

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Celebrating 100 Years Of Ham Radio

This month marks the centennial of the American Radio Relay League, the largest ham radio association in the United States. That means it will be a special year for the hundreds who converge annually on W1AW, a small station known as "the mecca of ham radio" in Newington, Conn., to broadcast radio signals across the globe.

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Tuesday digital net

The PCARS semimonthly digital net will meet tonight at 7:30 PM. Because the repeater is still down, we will meet on simplex on the repeater output frequency of 146.895 MHz. I will be operating the net from the PCARS club site for better coverage throughout the county and would like to have as many of you as possible check in so we can see what simplex coverage looks like.
73, Rick K8CAV 

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