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PCARS October 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 October 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 – K1ZZ visits PCARS at our September Meeting – TOSPOTA 2015 is a Sucess – Akron Maker Faire was Fun – American Beer Day – 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

Wondering why you didn’t get the newsletter last Friday night? – I have a really really bad cold – and have been sick for the last 5 days – Could not concentrate enough to get the newsletter done – BUT – I’m a bit better today (Monday) and here is the newsletter – still prior to the first of the month!

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:

Download it here

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Amateur Radio Roundtable Webcast Viewers….Now Exceeding 100 Countries

Amateur Radio Roundtable 

Subject: Stealth Antennas and Kit Building 


This week’s show (September 29) includes Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, Kit Building Editor for CQ Magazine, our kit building expert and hamfest roving reporter; and Emmett Hohensee, W0QH, Chief Engineer at RadioWavz Antenna Company. Joe will share and discuss some of the kits he has built.  Emmett will discuss stealth antennas, limited space antennas, shortened antennas, shortwave antennas, and more.

The show will be more interactive via questions through the chat room and telephone lines. 

Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDHwill be back with us for the October 6th, show.  Riley is the former Special Counsel to the FCC where he was in charge of the enforcement of our spectrum. During Riley’s segment, he will answer viewer questions about rules and regulations; and provide other information regarding the licensing and enforcement of our ham bands. Send your questions to or you may submit questions via our chat room or telephone lines. 

Riley, Joe, and Emmett have joined the show and will provide lots of new and great items for discussion. They will alternate appearances as their schedules permit. 

Amateur Radio Roundtable is a live weekly amateur radio webcast, held every Tuesday night at 8 PM CDT (0100 UTC Wednesday) at  The show covers a wide range of topics for ham radio operators and electronic hobbyists; including balloon launches, satellite, go-kits, emergency communications, SDR, digital modes, DXing, home brewing, hamfest updates, and more.  Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions via the chat room or telephone. 

Towards the end of each show, we provide a link and viewers who have a camera, microphone, and a Google+ account, can join the show. Your video and audio will be on the webcast.  This part of the show is very informal and up to 10 people can join. We talk about anything the viewers want to discuss.

I also want to start back up the segment where I show your ham shack. Send a picture of your ham shack with a description and we will feature your shack pictures on the show.  In fact, if you give permission, you could see your shack as the background of that weeks webcast.

If you have a specific subject idea for a future show, send an email to

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Join us for fun and interesting discussions!

Tom Medlin, W5KUB


Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB
Emmett Hohensee, W0QH


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Tomorrow FD Meeting

Tuesday, Sept 29, 2015 will be our second Field Day 2016 Planning meeting.  We will meet at 7:00PM at the clubsite in lieu of the Linux SIG (Thank you Terry).  Everyone with an interest in Field Day is invited.
Our first meeting was held on July 27th.  Attendees were:  Tom – wb8lcd, Jim – kd8fme, Keith – ac8pr, Jim – kc8rkd, Chuck – w8pt, Ed – k8iv, Jack – n8bi, George – k3gp, Terry – kb8amz, and Mike – kb8tuy.
Last month we reviewed our QSO points from the last 3 years scores:  2013 – 3968 points, 2014 – 4112 points, and 2015 – 3750 points.  We discussed "Interference between stations" which is the main problem we need to resolve to do better.  We talked about alternative operating sites, training for FD and Antenna Day.
Our second meeting will continue on these topics as we work to make PCARS one of the top scoring clubs in the Field Day non-competitive event!
Hope to see you there.
Tom wb8lcd

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Net Night at the Club Site

This week, Thursday, September 24, is Net Night at the Club Site!  Hey, you can check into the net from home (please do if you can't come out), but you can have a lot more fun at the club site – we've got beverages, we'll have snacks, and you can share your exciting stories about OSPOTA, you're latest DX catch, or anything you've done lately in Ham Radio.  Who knows, there might even be a new edition of the "Net Night Quiz" to see who's been paying attention to what goes on in ham radio lately (count on it!)
Doors will open at 6:30PM and close at 10:30.  Hope to see you there, or at least hear you on the nets.
Tom  wb8lcd

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CAQP Meeting

Since I have found out that some folks who received my email yesterday announcing the CAQP meeting for the 29th, did not read my second email correcting the date to tonight, I again will remind you that tonight's meeting (Sep 22 at 7PM) will be a CAQP meeting where will we review the rules among other items.  Those who do not show up tonight will still have a chance since we will have a brief review of the CAQP also on the 29th.  However, if you can make it to tonight's meeting, please do so.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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October Newsletter Inputs

Hello PCARS,

With everything going on this month, September is flying by fast! That means the next issue of The RADIOGRAM is being put together now. Only a few days left until the last Friday of the month is here – the deadline for newsletter inputs – Friday, September 25th…..
Send your newsletter inputs to me as soon as you can. Any ham related items for sale, or wanted? How about a copy of your QSL card? A shack Shot and some info on your radio and antenna set up? If you participated in OSPOTA – how did it go? Or, something else ham related. I'm looking forward to your newsletter inputs!!
Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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DX/Contest SIG Correction

I apologize for the error on the date.  The meeting is tomorrow evening at 7PM Tuesday, Sep 22.
See you there.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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DX/Contest SIG

This is a reminder that we will be meeting for our DX/Contest SIG at 7PM on Tuesday, Sep 29 at the club site.  We will be going over the rules of the up coming Calif. QSO Party.  Those who plan to operate or simply help out should attend.  See you there.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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DX Reminders

Greetings from Charlie the Tuner:  Just want to give you DXers a heads up on some DX happenings.
T41-T48, CUBA (Special Event). Look for 13 special event stations from
all eight Cuban call districts to be active until September 30th. Activity
is to celebrate the 35th anniversary of "Grupo DX de Cuba" foundation.
See the following Web pages at:
More than 30 operators will take part in this operation which includes
all HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. The announced stations
are (QSL via the operators' instructions):
   T41GDXC Pinar del Rio             T46X    Sancti Spiritus
   T42GDXC La Habana                 T47GDXC Camaguey
   T43GDXC Mayabeque                 T48G    Las Tunas
   T44GDXC Isla de la Juventud       T48D    Santiago de Cuba
   T45GDXC Matanzas                  T48X    Holguín
   T46G    Villa Clara               T48C    Guantánamo
   T46D    Cienfuegos

  Those who contact at least seven of these stations on any band or mode
will receive a special electronic certificate. Requests have to be sent
to <> with QSOs data. This will be a great chance also
for award collectors to achieves "Cuba" and "GDXC" awards. See the following
Web page for details:
VK9C, COCOS-KEELING ISLAND. Just a reminder that Nobuaki, JA0JHQ, will be
active as JA0JHQ/VK9C from "The Bird's Nest" on West Island, Cocos Keeling
Islands (OC-003) between September 19-25th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters
using CW and SSB. Suggested operating times (local time): Mornings will
be 30/12/10 meters, Noon 6 meters, Afternoons 17 and 15 meters, Evenings
30/40/80 meters and Midnights 20 meters. Equipment is a HS-480HX (HF 200w/6m
100w) into a Single-Loop (20/17/15/12/10m) and End-Feed (80/40/6m) antennas.
QSL via the Bureau (recommended) or direct to:
Nobuaki Hosokawa, 1458-25 Okagami, Asao-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 215-0027,
JAPAN. Also via LoTW. For more details and updates, watch his Web page
​Have fun working some DX.​

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

​ (aka Charlie the Tuner)​

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