Archive for July, 2015

August 2015 issue of The RADIOGRAM

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,

If you are getting this via e-mail, then: Attached is the August 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 – PCARS Field Day Stats – ARRL Dues Increase – Comments from the Great Lakes Division Director and Vice Director – Field Day Video – Visit to K3LR is Scheduled – Picnic Pictures – OSPOTA 2015 Flier – 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:

You can download it here. 

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ARRL Great Lakes Division Convention – Saturday August 1st

Hi Gang,

Just wanted to pop into your email boxes for just a quick minute.. I wanted to remind you of the Great Lakes Division Convention coming up this Saturday, August 1st..

There’s going to be lots of great forums that will be of particular interest to ARES / NTS folks, as well as those who are not as involved. These forums are a combined effort of all 3 of the Section Emergency Coordinators and Section Managers in the Division, as well as other experts in their fields from all around the Great Lakes Division. This is the only place that you can get that type of ARRL sanctioned training with that level of expertise. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. And, since we know that your time is very valuable to you, we have combined all of this with a hamfest. FUN, training and a hamfest all rolled up into one day, and one very exciting event.

Oh, by the way, here are the forums.

NTS/OSSBN, ARES, NVISX, DX, Digital Voice, HF Sound Card Modes, and of course there will be the ARRL Forum where a number of awards will be given out as well. And even a special event will happen this year..

YES, there IS a Wouff Hong scheduled this year as well!! Even if you’ve been through it before, you’ll want to sit in on this FUN event. Even if you've been through one before, it's guaranteed that
you'll have FUN for sure..

Now if that isn’t enough to get you to come, then let me tell ya’ this.. we will have a special guest from the League there as well!! Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, who is the Educational Service Manager will be there to answer your questions and let you in on what’s happening at the League. WOW.. Lots of things to do and see at the Convention!!

Look for the specific details of this event and the forums on the website.

Now you ALL definitely have a stake in the Division Convention!! Your attendance will definitely be even more demanding and exciting. Make sure to mark your calendars for this Saturday, August 01 at the Aladdin Shrine Hall (just across the street from Easton Mall) on Stelzer Road in Columbus.

Be there, or be square.



ARRL Ohio Section
Section Manager: Scott D Yonally, N8SY

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Great Lakes Division Convetion – Saturday – August 1st

The Great Lakes Division Convention is coming up this Saturday in Columbus in conjunction with the 2015 Columbus Hamfest. 

It will be at the Aladdin Shrine Center, 3850 Stelzer Rd, Columbus

Our Vice-Director, Tom, W8WTD has done a YouTube video "2015 Great Lakes Convention – A Preview Of Things To Come"

Check it out at:   

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VK2SSI South Solitary Island OC-194

VK2SSI South Solitary Island on the air

The HARAOA team is live on the air on South Solitary Island OC-194 as of 08:00 UTC on Sunday 26th July 2015. A Bell 212 Twin Huey helicopter made four trips with all the team members and equipment. All four stations, antennas are up and running.

Photos from the operation on South Solitary Island as of 26th July 2015 at: “


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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DX/Contest SIG

Tomorrow at 7PM we will be meeting at the club site to discuss the upcoming Ohio QSO Party.  If you plan to operate in the event, please make an effort to attend the meeting.  Hope to see many there.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Amateur Radio Roundtable


Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH

Amateur Radio Roundtable

Subject:  Enforcement of our Bands

It’s time for Amateur Radio Roundtable, a live weekly amateur radio webcast and simulcasted shortwave program, held every Tuesday night at 8 PM CDT (0100 UTC Wednesday).  The show can viewed at or heard on shortwave radio station, WTWW on 5085 KHz.  Tom Medlin, W5KUB, is joined by co-host Ted Randall, WB8PUM, from the QSO Radio Show.  The show covers a wide range of topics for ham radio operators, shortwave listeners, and electronic hobbyists; including balloon launches, Satellite, go-kits, emergency communications, SDR, digital modes, DXing, home brewing, and more.

This week’s guest is Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, from Gettysburg, PA. Riley retired in 2008 from the FCC where he was Special Counsel for the Spectrum Enforcement Division in the Amateur Radio Service.  He will share how he helped to clean up growing problems on the ham bands. He will also share his thoughts regarding how to conduct ourselves on the air and problem resolution.  The chat room and phone lines will be available so our viewers and listeners can ask direct questions to Riley. 
Our guest for the following week’s show (August 4) will be Charlie Emerson, N4OKL, from Huntsville, Alabama. Charlie is chairman of the Huntsville Hamfest which will be held August 15-16.  During the hamfest, will be awarding donated vendor prizes, including a prize from the Huntsville Hamfest committee.

To watch Amateur Radio Roundtable go to  To join the chat room, sign up for a account. It only take a couple of minutes.  If you are listening on 5085 KHz, we would like to hear from you. Please send an email to and tell us your location and signal report.

A backup video server has been implemented.  In the unlikely event that a viewer cannot access the main video server, viewers will now have the option to select our backup server.

Be sure to check out Ted Randall’s show, the QSO Radio Show. Information about Ted’s Saturday shortwave show can be found at

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Join us for fun and interesting discussions!

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GI Day at the club site!

I bet you all thought we were hosting soldier right? hi hi. Well no but for those of you who have served in the military you’ll recognize that it means “a thorough cleaning and organizing” and after Field Day that’s exactly what our club site needs. 
On Saturday August 8th starting at 9:00 AM we’re doing a complete cleaning and organizing at the club site. I need volunteers to help with the effort! We need to organize the radio room, get the computers back on-line, hang all of our plaques and awards, organize the second bay, lots of sweeping and cleaning, some mowing and weed whipping outside so there’s LOTS to do. And in addition to bringing yourselves, if you could bring cleaning supplies and basic hand tools and maybe a mower and weed whip that would be appreciated as well!
Drop me an e-mail at k8cav@portcars .org and let me know if you can participate and what you could bring. Thanks to all!! 
73, Rick K8CAV

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PCARS Picnic

Tomorrow (Sunday) is the PCARS Picnic.  Besides yourself and family members, please bring with you:
1)  Side dish or dessert to share
2)  Your own beverages
3)  Your own plates and silverware
PCARS will have burgers, buns and condiments.
3:00 PM at the Ravenna VFW on New Milford Rd.  Dinner to start at 5:00PM, we can hang out as late as you'd like afterwards.  See you there!
Tom wb8lcd

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Ohio QSO Party

Attention all Contesters:
Including all those who just want to work a little part of a popular contest.  This Tuesday is the fourth Tuesday of the month and that means that its time for the DX/Contest SIG.  We will meet at the club site at 7PM and we will be discussing the upcoming Qhio QSO Party sponsored by our good neighbors, the Mad River Radio Club (MRRC).
K8BF, our club station, will be participating in this contest once again and I would like to get as many operators as possible involved in it.
We will be reviewing the rules and deciding how we will be operating this year.  Please try to attend if you want to be a part of this fun event. 

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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