Archive for April, 2015

Two things for the Month of May

Actually, the month of May will have a whole bunch of PCARS/Amateur Radio Fun!  But for the purposes of this communication I want to high light two things:
At the Dayton Hamvention, we will have our annual group photo on Saturday, May 16th, at 11:00 AM.  As usual, we'll meet in front of the ARRL booth and set up from there.  Please make this a part of your Hamvention experience!
By the way, if you have never been to the Dayton Hamvention, you need to put this on your "Bucket List" as this is one of the most outstanding Hamfests you will ever have the opportunity to attend so close to home!  Get it done this year, and be a part of our group photo.
Second, on the 4th Thursday in May, the 28th, it will be "Net Night at the Club Site".  This will be a special "Movie" night at net night.   The movie will start approximately 15 minutes after the close of the PCARS net.  More details will follow, but this will be a good time, with a good flick!  You won't want to miss it.
Tom wb8lcd  – Your Net Night movie host

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Antenna Day Date

Antenna Day was correctly listed in the Newsletter as Saturday May 9th. The calendar on the club’s web site has it erroneously listed as Sunday May 3rd. Please ignore the May 3rd date, Thanks.
Rick K8CAV 

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DX Info

ZW0FWA Fernando de Noronha SA-003

Celso Dias dos Santos, PU2WDX, will be active from Fernando de Noronha Island (IOTA SA-003) 3 to 5 May 2015 as ZW0FWA.

QSL via home call direct and LOTW.



 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Digital Net

The semimonthly PCARS Digital Net will take place this evening at 7:30 PM on the 146.895 repeater. We’ll be using several different digital modes, EasyPal, and if there is interest, RMS Express in the peer to peer mode. You can bring digital traffic to the net for practice in transmitting and we’ll be sending traffic for practice in receiving. Hope to see you there!
73, Rick K8CAV  

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DX/Contest SIG

Hello PCARS Members:
Tomorrow night at 7PM we will be holding our DX/Contest SIG meeting.  We will be going over our Field Day preparations and Antenna Day event.  I hope that all the Station Captains will be able to attend since Antenna Day is really your trial run. Other Staff members are encouraged to attend also so that we might discuss any questions, problems, needs you may have.
Hope to see you there.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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DX News

TX5, CLIPPERTON ISLAND. Jim, F5JY, reports — Alain, F6BFH, is currently
active as TX5P on 40-10 meters until around April 29th. Alain is dis-
appointed in all the total chaos and lack of discipline that is recurring.
He reminded once again that if there is no discipline he'll simply go QRT
and those who cause the problem will not be in the log. He reports that
the team is under extreme temperature, rain and gusts of tropical showers.
For electricity he is dependent on generators which run between 2 and 8
hours a day, and sometimes stop without warning when the tank is empty.
There is also a problem with sand……

VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND. Christoph, DL1YAF, will be active as DL1YAF/VK9L
from Lord Howe Island (OC-004) between May 30th and June 3rd. Activity
will be holiday style on 80-10 meters on CW and SSB, using KX3 HF trans-
ceiver with KPA 100 watt amp into a vertical and dipole antennas. QSL
via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. ADDED NOTE: Christoph
will be active as DL1YAF/VK on a camping tour which starts May 4th in
Perth. His plan is to travel all the way up to Darwin.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Armed Forces Day – crossband communications

    On the weekend of May 9th and 10th, the United States Military will conduct its annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test.  If you are a stickler for details, you will note that Armed Forces Day is actually the following weekend but the test is held the weekend before because so many hams are at the Dayton Hamvention on the weekend of the 16-17th.
    Attached is all the information that you will need in order to participate.  In short, you listen on a military frequency but transmit on an amateur frequency (and vice versa for the military stations), hence, the “crossband” communication.  It is a lot of fun and they send out some nice QSL cards.
    73, Jim, KC8PD


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PCARS May 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 May 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 ITAntenna Day is Coming – Report on the Kent State University Maker Faire – Special Interest Groups – Dayton is the place to be in MAY – Field Day is Coming – and more 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:

pdf icon PCARS-May2015.pdf

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Latest DX Info

FS5PL Tintamarre island NA-199

FS5PL will be active from Tintamarre (IOTA NA-199), 24 to 26 April 2015.

for info TNX to Jean-Michel F6AJA


A Vietnam adventure for the MDXC guys – Press Release #1

Do you know Da Nang ? May be yes, may be not. Da Nang city is one of the major port cities in Vietnam, situated on the Est Sea, but, overall, Da Nang will be the next destination of the Mediterraneo International Dx ClubTeam and so it will be soon on air any mode/any band

Great news to save in your DXCC scheduled logbook. First of all the call-sign: 3W3MD

The leader Antonio, IZ8CCW and the co-leader Gabriele, I2VGW, are happy to announce to the Dxer Comunity that, with the great help of a local friend, Bac XV2A,  from October 31 to November 10 , they have planned the new dxpedition on the beach of Da Nang.

According to the evaluations that they have done, they are confident to give to a lot of dxers the possibility to work this Country in the Low bands, Warc and especially in the Digis modes.

At the moment the team is already full of skill operators, as a matter of fact: 20 peoeple coming from 8 (eight) Countries. On the air will be five stations around the clock

For any further news and updates please stay tune because the official web site of this new great adventure is coming

 73’s MDXC H.Q.


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Upcoming Public Service event

Updated information for the Public Service event at Stark State College in North Canton taking place on April 30th:
What: SSCARS Annual Color Blast Run/Walk
When: Thursday, April 30th 1230-230?
Where: Stark State Main Campus
What Equipment: HT’s and spare batteries
 Volunteers Meeting
 Stark State College
 April 28th @ 1730hrs
 Signage will be out to guide you to the meeting. Refreshments provided..
Contact Jennifer with questions:
Jennifer Andrews, President of S.S.C.A.R.S.

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