Archive for November, 2015

DXers and Contesters

I want to give you an early heads-up regarding the DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting.  Since the meeting would take place three days before Christmas, I decided not to hold a December meeting.
We will start off fresh at the January meeting.
Have a very merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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PCARS Christmas Meeting / Dinner – Reservations Needed!

Time is running out!  I need your reservations before this coming weekend is over.  You can mail me your check or take care of it on the PCARS Website.  All information about the meeting is on the Website, but will disappear by the deadline:  5:00PM on Sunday, Dec. 6th.  Get it in so you don't miss out!
Tom wb8lcd

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Annual Index for The RADIOGRAM

One more year's worth of newsletters are complete. Here's the 2015 index for the PCARS Newsletter "The RADIOGRAM". 

All of the newsletters published since PCARS started are located in the "newsletter" area on the web site.

It's been a busy year for PCARS. Let's all continue the fun into 2016.

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November meeting minutes

Attached are the November meeting minutes. Please contact me if there are any omissions or corrections.


It’s time for membership renewal 2016.  Avoid the last minute rush.  Attached is a membership application for your convenience.  Bring your renewal to the December meeting, mail it to the address on the application, or use our convenient Paypal renewal at the club website (click on the “club info” tab at the top of the page) :

Don’t forget your reservations for the Christmas Party.  Plan to join us for dinner? Send check for $17 to Tom, WB8LCD, or make payment via Paypal (see information on PCARS website, Be sure to let him know your menu choice:  prime rib or chicken.  Reservations due no later than Dec. 4.

PCARS secretary

pdf icon PCARS-MembershipApp-15Jan2015.pdf
pdf icon PCARS-Meeting-Minutes-11-9-2015.pdf

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PCARS December 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 December  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 – Congrats to the newly elected PCARS officers – Center of Hope Donation a success – OSPOTA 2015 results – Field Day 2015 results – ARRL Dues Increase January 1st – How I spent my Summer vacation, the New tower in Sugar Bush Knolls – plus more! 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.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
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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The net will start at 8:00 PM.  Unfortunately, the K8SRR Echolink node appears to be MIA. 
Hope to hear you on the net, if not, I hope you've had a fantastic Thanksgiving and get to enjoy a long weekend.
Tom wb8lcd

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DX News

Hey DXers – Two more for your consideration!

6W7SK Senegal

Another activity of Francis F6BLP from Senegal as 6W7SK between January 5/31, 2016. He will operate on HF bands and 6mt. CW, SSB, RTTY. He informs that mainly activity will be on 10/80meters and, if possible, also on 160meters.

QSL via LOTW, Bureau or HC: FRANCIS PINSON, 4, rue de l’Allier, Saint Sebastien sur Loire 44230 – France.



YJ0AFU Vanuatu OC-03

Daniel VK4AFU informs the DX Community that he will be active YJ0AFU from Vanuatu, between January 2/10 2016. QRV on HF and 6mt. bands CW/SSB/Digit.




 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Tuesday digital net

PCARS will be holding a HF digital net this evening at 7:30 PM. The net will open on 3.584 MHz with an alternate of 3.583 MHz and it will open using the PSK-31 mode with your cursor set to 1,500 Hz on the waterfall. We may also try using Olivia using the 8-500 setting if we have time but note that unlike PSK-31, this is a sideband dependent mode. By convention, digital operations on all HF bands are done in USB so if everyone on the net is in USB we should be able to operate with no problem. If your radio won’t operate in USB on the 80m band, tune the net’s signal in using LSB and then just use the “Reverse” button in fldigi.


We will be using the basic list of prosigns and Q signals that were sent out last month but I want to emphasize that if you don’t know them or how to use them, please check in regardless and just type any information you need to convey. When you check in, please pause for a few seconds before transmitting to make sure you do not double with another station. I will acknowledge each call as I receive it before asking for the next check in. If you have problems or issues, please let me know and I’ll do my best to help out. I will also monitor the K8IV repeater during the net to try and address issues but be patient and keep it short when you call as I am also the NCS for the digital net. Hope to hear you there tonight.


73, Rick K8CAV 

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PCARS Thanksgiving Net and Christmas Dinner

Just a reminder:  There WILL be a net on Thanksgiving!  If you're around, please check in and say Hello!
Information on the December Christmas Meeting / Dinner is on the website, .  Please make sure to get your dinner reservation in asap so I can make sure we are properly set up. 
Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
Tom wb8lcd

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Amateur Radio Roundtable
Arizona Near Space Research Balloon Launch

Amateur Radio Roundtable 

Subject: The Edge of Space

This week’s show (November 24th) will feature Jack Crabtree, W7JCL, of Prescott, Arizona.  Jack is the founder of two high altitude balloon groups, Edge of Space Sciences in Denver, Colorado, and  the Arizona Near Space Research.  He has been involved in over 150 balloon flights most carrying student built payloads and many have reached over 100,000 feet.  Check out for more information.  More than 800 students have participated in the balloon flights.  He retired from Lockheed Martin in Denver, Colorado where he was Engineering Manager and Subcontract Manager working mostly with space communications equipment.  He now works part-time at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University as an adjunt professor and mentor to engineering students.  They are currently developing a cubesat dubbed EagleSat, scheduled for launch soon.

 Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, will be back with us with more new kits.

Please send your FCC related questions to Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, at” target=_blank> He will answer your questions on a future webcast, and in some cases, he may just call you on the phone if you leave a number.   Riley retired from the FCC’s Compliance and Information Bureau as Legal Adviser for Enforcement Program. 

Amateur Radio Roundtable is a live weekly amateur radio webcast, held every Tuesday night at 8 PM CT (0200 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. 

Our shows are usually recorded and placed on YouTube’s W5KUB channel the following day.

We need your help.  If you use Twitter, please send out a tweet 15 minutes before the show or retweet our announcement. I suggest something like “live #hamradio show starts in 15 mins on 8 PM CT”.  This should help increase our viewer base.
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.

We would like to share pictures of your ham shack on the webcast. 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 us your permission, your shack could be used as the background of that week’s webcast!

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Join us for fun and interesting discussions!

Tom Medlin, W5KUB
 Jack Crabtree, W7JLC
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