Archive for January, 2015

PCARS Meetings now at The American Legion Post 496 in Kent

As you heard earlier – PCARS will be meeting at The American Legion Post 496 in Kent. Please open the PDF file that has all the details and a map – See you at the February meeting !

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Winter Weather Briefing Slides from NWS CLE

Winter Weather Briefing Slides from NWS CLE – Open the PDF

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NEW PCARS meeting place

PCARS has a new place for its monthly meetings! Starting in February we’ll be meeting at the American Legion Post 496 in Kent. The Post is located on the southeast corner of State Route 261 and Mogadore Rd., and the address is 1945 Mogadore Rd., Kent, OH. The driveway is on the south side of the building and as you enter you will pass through a parking lot on the south side of the building. Please do not park in this lot but instead continue on to the parking lot on the east side of the building which is the near the rear entrance into the Post’s ‘Canteen’. As you enter the post from this entrance you’ll see a bar to the left and a dining area to the right. The meeting area we’ll be in is on the right, to the rear of the dining area.


Tom WB8LCD, Tony WA8AR, Mark K8MSH, Ed K8IV and I met there yesterday late afternoon to look over the facility and to talk to the manager. All five of us agreed that the Post would make an excellent meeting place for our monthly meetings, and the staff of Post 496 are excited to have us there.


The menu consists of your basic burger-dog-chicken sandwiches, fries and onion rings, wings, and salads. There is also an appetizer selection as well. Menu pricing is more in line with what you’d expect from a fast food restaurant and is considerably less than what we’ve been paying. Adult beverages are available and costs are in line with what you would expect at most bar-restaurant facilities. If you are a member of the American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary, or the Sons of American Legion, make sure you bring your ID card as you get a substantial discount on adult beverage pricing.


All in all I think everyone will enjoy the new venue and I want to invite all of you to check it out. Stay tuned for a reminder QST e-mail that will announce our program for our first meeting there on Monday February  9th at 7:00 PM, and it will also have a map attachment. Feel free to come early and have dinner and share some time with your fellow PCARS members.


We did not have time to get the full scoop into the newsletter though I did ask Mark to use his smart phone to get the announcement to Parky, so please make sure you spread the word to everyone. Hoping to see as many of you as possible at the meeting!


73, Rick K8CAV

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PCARS February 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 February 2015 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 – ARRL Centennial Award information – DXpedition to Navassa is on target – MFJ Day at DX Engineering – Sporting the Radio Hat – Three FREE Books – 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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Don't forget to check into the PCARS 2 meter net tonight!  8:00 PM on the K8IV repeater (146.895Mhz, PL 110.9), and, Echolink should be working – (K8SRR echolink node).  You'll want to check in to hear about all the upcoming events and activities and PCARS news.
Tom  wb8lcd

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DX from Bora Bora

FO/K8PGJ Bora Bora OC-067

Pete, K8PGJ  will be active as FO/K8PGJ on Bora Bora French Polynesia (OC-067) from February 15-24, 2015. Island Style Operation when not diving will occur on 10 thru 20 meters SSB. LoTW will be utilized and Direct QSL to home call. 

Operation Schedule will be on QRZ.


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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DX/Contest SIG

Just want to remind the contesters and DXers that we will be meeting tonight at the club site at 7PM for our monthly DX/Contest SIG.
I will be passing out a 12 month Contest calendar that we will use to highlight what contests we will be doing from the club site in 2015.
I will also have one copy of the new DXers Handbook to pass around to see if you would like to download a copy for yourselves.
We will discuss the idea of having some training in contesting so that those participating in PCARS Field Day can do so more efficiently.
We will also briefly discuss the upcoming FYAO and of course we will discuss any interesting DX that those present may have worked.
See you at 7.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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ARRL VHF Contest

Please let me know if you participated in the ARRL VHF Contest this past weekend and if you will be submitting you log.  I ask this in order to notify the ARRL what category PCARS participated in the Affiliated Club Competition.

                                     Joe – W8KNK 
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DX / Contest SIG

Hello to all you DXers and contesters:
We will be meeting on Tuesday, Jan 27, for our monthly DX/Contest SIG.  We will be discussing our plans for 2015 operations from the Club site and also be discussing the upcoming FYAO.  Please try to make it by 7PM so we can start on time.  But don't worry if you are a little late. Before the meeting, start thinking about this coming year and what contests, events, DX, etc you'd like to see us do.
See you all then.
Oh ya, of course our meeting is contingent on the WX so be safe.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Freeze Your Acorns Off

FYAO is only 3 weeks away.  A big thank you to all those who have notified me that they will be operating a station.  Also thank you to those who will be bringing some great food and snacks.  If you haven't let me know that you are planning to operate and or bringing food, please do so.  We want this to be the best FYAO yet.
Stay warm.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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