Archive for August, 2014

PCARS September 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 September 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: click on the PDF icon or click the NEWSLETTER tab and you can either view it on-line, or right click and 'save-as', then put it on your computer to view off-line.

Hope you enjoy this issue – 
READ ALL ABOUT IT – OSPOTA is just around the corner – Ohio QSO Party Info – Cruise-In Winners – Balloon Launch Coming Up Soon, CW Class Starts – Technician Class Starts – Ode to Morse Code – The RADIOGRAM Wins – Pictures and WIAT THERE's 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:

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Net Night at the Club Site

Tonight!  Bring your crystal radio set.

See you there.

Tom  wb8lcd

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IOTA Activation

YW5D Isla la Tortuga SA-044 – UPDATE

27 August 2014

For the Team, Carlos Tommasi YY5CTN, informs in exclusively DxCoffee readers:

“Last night, the authorities have officially assigned the callsign YW5D. Today the team is leaving. From tomorrow the team of YW5D will be on air.”


The Grupo DX Caracas will be active from the Isla la Tortuga (Tortuga Island), IOTA SA 044, as YW5D. Date 26 – 31 August 2014.  Other referces:  ARLHS (VEN 047) WLOTA (3027). QSL via DM4MI. 


73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Net Night at the Club Site

Thursday, August 28.  Doors open around 6:30 till ?????    Please, come on out, check into both the ARES and the PCARS nets.  We'll have plenty of beverages and snacks. 
And don't forget to bring that crystal set!  This is for the 50/50 tickets at the next club meeting.  Must be a home made radio and it must work!  Let's see what you've got.

See you there,
Tom wb8lcd

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PCARS Balloon Launch Special Meeting – Tuesday

As planned, there will be a special meeting at the club site for Members participating in the Balloon Launch Project (Tuesday 8/26/14).  The meeting will be at 7 PM; we will meet in the classroom bay so we do not interfere with the scheduled DX/Contest SIG.  ALL interested members are welcome to attend.


Tony  WA8AR





Finalize possible launch dates?  Depends on FAA approval


Final Flight System Construction Checklist:  or, who is responsible for finishing each component and what is our target date for final assembly and testing.


Launch Team:  This team is set and will be doing a practice launch coordinated by team leader Jim AC8NT.


Chase Team:  The lead chase car will be Keith AC8PR, he will need one spotter riding with him TBN.  We are looking for one additional car equipped to receive direct APRS data transmitted from the balloon (driver and spotter) TBN.  A third chase car is also needed, APRS capability optional (driver and spotter), TBN.  We have not yet determined what, if any, foxhunt receiving equipment will be deployed with the chase teams FINAL decision at the meeting


Balloon NET Control:  There will be primary and a secondary Net Control Stations for repeater operations.  Stations need to have 70cm (uplink/xmit) and 2m (downlink/recv) capabilities.  Logging and possible voice recording protocols need to be finalized at the meeting.  Net Control Operators and Loggers will be needed TBN.


Web system to publicize real-time launch status:  Needs to be finalized.


TBN = To be named or need volunteers. 


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2 Items for you:
#1  –  I've got the net control roster filled out through the end of January 2015, with one exception:  January 1, 2015.   I'm going to be out of town that week, and I don't want to just arbitrarily assign it to someone.  If you would like to take that night, please let me know.  That will be the first night of the beginning of the PCARS 10th year!  I'll be waiting to hear from you.

#2  –  Thursday August 28 – Net night at the clubsite.  KB8UUZ is our NCS for the evening.  Your task is to show up with a working crystal set that you built!  Everyone with a working radio gets 5 tix to the Sept 50/50.  The Crystal Set deemed the best gets an additional 10 tix for a total of 15!  Put it together and come on out!  See you there for some beverages and snacks.

Tom  wb8lcd

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Is anyone from this end of the county planning to go to the club site to work the OQSO party
tomorrow? If you are and if you can drop by on the way up I would appreciate it. TNX folks.

Ray T. Mahorney

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HamRadioNow – latest episode

Episode 161: System ConFusion

All that whining said, Episode 161 is up (and has been for a few days… see what I mean – it’s closing in on 2000 views, one of the fastest “growing” programs I’ve done). It’s a complement to my September QST review of Yaesu’s new System Fusion digital voice VHF/UHF mobile and handheld. I demonstrate the HT through a Yaesu DR-1 digital repeater, and with the help of some digital enthusiast friends, compare it to some D-STAR, P-25 and DMR (MotoTRBO) handhelds. And of course, I pontificate at length. 

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


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PCARS Net Tonight

Please join us tonight on the PCARS Thursday night 2 meter net at 8:00PM local, 146.895,  pl 110.9.  Rich – KD8FDK will be our NCS this evening.  Get on and let us know how you're hearing the upgraded repeater from your location.

NEXT Week, August 28th, is Net Night at the Club Site.  C'mon out and have a good time with us.  Snacks and beverages are always available (but not in the radio room).  Everyone who brings a working, crystal radio set with them, that they built between now and next week, will get 5 tickets for the September 50/50.  The person whose crystal set is judged the best of all will get 10 tickets!

Need to know more about a crystal radio set?  check out and you'll find more than you thought there could be for such a simple radio.  Hope to C U there.

de Tom wb8lcd

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September PCARS meeting

The September meeting will be Monday, 9/8, at the Overlook Restaurant in Twin Lakes.  This month we will have Don DuBon, N6JRL, (President of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association – DARA) as our guest speaker, along with a few others.  Every year for the past few, we have participated in the Youth DX Adventure program.  Don will be bringing a few of the participants of this years Expedition along to talk about their experience as DX and what the program has meant to them.  The program was run at PJ2T this year, and by coincidence, Geoff Howard, W0CG, the proprietor of PJ2T will also be with us!

This will be a fun night with lots of discussion about being / working DX and what it takes to get out there.  Be sure to put it on your calendar and join us!  You won't want to miss it.

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