Archive for February, 2015

To PCARS Contestors

March marks the first month of contesting from the K8BF club site.  We will be participating in the Idaho and Wisconsin QSO Parties.  This will take place on March 14 & 15.  And because of the way we keep UTC time, it will actually go into March16 even though locally it will still be March 15.


The Idaho event is a 24 hour contest from 1900Z to 1900Z starting on the 14th.  However, we will not be participating in the full 24 hours.  The Wisconsin event will take place starting at 1800Z on the 15th and ending at 0100Z on the 16th.  That’s 2PM to 9PM on Sunday March 15th.


In order to have some lead in to these two events, I’d like to have those who would like to operate that weekend, meet with me at 6PM on Tuesday, March 10th.  We will go over the rules for each event and get a tentative schedule of ops that will be at the club site.  And since we will be meeting at 6PM we will be out of the way for the QRP/CW SIG that would be meeting at 7PM that evening.


We will also be using this weekend event as well as one other that comes before Field Day as training exercises for ops and loggers so that they are better able to operate during our Field Day effort.


I apologize to all of you who use the Radiogram to remind you what might be happening during the month.  I missed getting the Contest announcement to Parky so that he could get it in the Newsletter.


I hope to see a lot of you at 6PM on the 10th.

Chuck, W8PT

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PCARS board meeting

The next PCARS board meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on March 2nd at the PCARS club site in Ravenna.
73, Rick K8CAV 

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PCARS March 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

March 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 – FREEZE YOUR

ACORNS OFF – What a FUN Day, FYAO Results, Plenty of pictures and reports from

the participants – Beer Day – Special Interest Group Reports – Daylight Saving

Time Starts –  Technician Class Starts

This Month – US Island Awards, Video links – and more good information. PCARS

has a TON of stuff going on and even more in the works – something for


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:

pdf icon PCARS-March-2015.pdf

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FYAO on YouTube

Now on the PCARS YouTube site –
Check out the video:
The 10th annual Freeze Your Acorns Off (FYAO) ham radio QRP (Low Power) event held February 14, 2015 at the Fred Fuller Park in Kent Ohio. Cold and Snow – a view from inside the warm shelter. Outside temps went from 22 degrees to minus 7 degrees and we got about 8" of snow. But everyone had FUN. A video from John, KB8UHN. Portage County Amateur Radio Service in Ohio

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Congo DXpedition

Good Day DXers:

Q0HQ Congo, ARAC &  Italian DXpedition Team [Update]

The Italian DXpedition Team is glad to announce the forthcoming DXpedition to Congo.
It will take place in the period 10-25 March 2015, with the callsign 9Q0HQ.
On the official Dxpedition  site 
a dedicated 9Q0HQ Survey form has been added. 
The results will be used in the planning of activity on the various bands.73 de Art, IK7JWY (HF pilot station)
ONLY for QSOs in the period 10-25 March 2015 (this DXpedition), the manager for 9QØHQ is I2YSB
For info, questions or skeds on the 6m band, please contact ONLY the pilot station Sergio, IK0FTA
For info, questions or problems with the DXpedition LOG, please contact ONLY the pilot station Arturo, IK7JWY
For email messages to the pilot stations: 
Please DO NOT SEND Email messages about the DXpedition to the Team. They will NOT be answered.
For updates about the DXpedition please visit the official forum:
If a suitable internet connection will be available, the ONLINE REAL-TIME LOG will be at the address

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Net Night at the Club Site

Hey – you didn't forget about "Net Night at the Club Site" did you?  Well, I didn't!
This Thursday, Feb 26th.  Doors open at 6:30PM.  You can check into the ARES of Portage County Net and the PCARS net.  There'll be some food and beverage, and who knows what else???
Hope to see you there!
Tom wb8lcd

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DX/Contest SIG

I want to remind you all that we will be having our DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7PM at the club site.  We will briefly discuss the recent FYAO and then have our initial Field Day meeting.
If you are going to be participating in this year's FD, then please try to be at the meeting.
See you tomorrow night.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Here is a recent announcement:
The SEISA/Foundation for Global Children is pleased to announce our next
activity as “Eritrea Project 2015”.  As part of this project, we will
conduct an amateur radio DXpedition from Asmara Eritrea, from March 6th
to 17th, 2015.

A multi-national team of nine operators, consisting of:
Zorro – JH1AJT Team Leader
Paul – N6PSE Co-Leader
Franz – DJ9ZB
Jay – JA1TRC
Yuki – JH1NBN
Kazu – JH1OGX
Thomas – NQ7R
David – WD5COV
Dmitri – RA9USU

We are very excited about this announcement as it has taken many months of careful
planning and negotiations to bring about this amateur radio event.  Our DXpedition
call sign will be assigned to us upon our arrival in the capitol of Asmara.

We will use four transceivers consisting of two Elecraft K3 radios with the KPA500
amplifiers and two Kenwood TS590 transceivers with the ACOM 1010 amplifiers.

We will use beam antennas for the high bands (10-20 meters) and four verticals
for the low bands (30-160 meters) We will try to work every area as much as possible.

Our QSL Manager is Tim – M0URX.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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March Newsletter Inputs

Hello PCARS Members,
Febrrrrruary is almost over… Cold enough for you? Anyway – Only a week away is the last Friday of the month – Feb 27th – That means I’m looking for your inputs for the March edition of The RADIOGRAM. Send in those shack shots, QSL cards and anything else you want to share with the club members. Until then – stay warm.
“Parky”, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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The face of Ham Radio to the public

I'm working on a project here.  If anyone has any good photo's that represent what the public at large would consider to be the "Face of Ham Radio" today, please send them to me.
Tom wb8lcd

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