Archive for December, 2015

South Sandwich Is. / South Georgia Is.

The latest from the DX Group:


From the web site: <>

On January 9, 2016 a team of fourteen Intrepid DXers will
depart Stanley, the Falkland Islands on the venerable RV
Braveheart and embark on a 37 day voyage encompassing
South Sandwich and South Georgia Islands. Our plans have us
activating South Sandwich island first as it is the #3 most want-
ed DXCC in ClubLog. We will be active on South Sandwich
for eight full days, weather and sea conditions permitting. We
expect to start our activation of VP8STI on January 17.

We will then re-board the RV Braveheart and make a voy-
age to South Georgia Island, the #8th most wanted DXCC enti-
ty. We will activate South Georgia Island for eight full days
starting on or about February 1, 2016. Including set up and tear
down time, we plan to be on each island for ten days.

While we intend to activate these two rare entities during
this voyage, our primary activity and focus is completing eight
days of activation at South Sandwich Island as it is most needed
by the global dx community. This is our primary goal is to do a
good job from South Sandwich before moving to South Geor-
gia Island. 

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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DXpeditions for January 2016

Since the newsletter came out and the hot topic was DX. Here is the schedule of DXpeditions for January 2016.  Get on the air and make those contacts!

(more information can be found at image 1

pdf icon JanuaryDXpeditions.pdf

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Geomagnetic Storm Category G3 Predicted

Space Weather Message Code: WATA50
Serial Number: 58
Issue Time: 2015 Dec 29 1450 UTC

WATCH: Geomagnetic Storm Category G3 Predicted
Highest Storm Level Predicted by Day:
Dec 30:  G3 (Strong)   Dec 31:  G1 (Minor)   Jan 01:  None (Below G1)


NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at

Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 50 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude.

Induced Currents – Power system voltage irregularities possible, false alarms may be triggered on some protection devices.

Spacecraft – Systems may experience surface charging; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites and orientation problems may occur.
Navigation – Intermittent satellite navigation (GPS) problems, including loss-of-lock and increased range error may occur.
Radio – HF (high frequency) radio may be intermittent.
Aurora – Aurora may be seen as low as Pennsylvania to Iowa to Oregon.

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Amateur Radio Roundtable
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Amateur Radio Roundtable 

Subject: Preparing for the storm, kits, and homebrew 40 m transceiver

On this week’s Amateur Radio Roundtable show (December 29th)  Emmett Hohensee, W0QH, the chief engineer of Radiowavz, will give will discuss how to prepare for a storm and what to do after severe weather.  Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, will be back with us to show another kit.  Tom, W5KUB, will also show the progress of his homebrew 40 meter transceiver on this show and future shows. This is a very easy homebrew project and should cost less than $40. After these segments, we will open up the show to phone calls and talk to anyone who would like to call in. Lets hear about your ham radio Christmas presents.

Be sure to send your FCC related questions to Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, to” target=_blank> Riley retired from the FCC’s Compliance and Information Bureau as Legal Adviser for Enforcement Program. He will be answering your questions every few weeks on our “Ask Riley” segment

Remember our show is also on international shortwave radio station WBCQ out of Monticello, ME on 5110 Khz, Please send a signal report to” target=_blank>

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. We also want to grow our shortwave listener base and will be including programs that intrest those listeners as well.  Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions via the chat room or telephone. 

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.
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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
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Linux for Hams SIG

December 29th is the last scheduled SIG for 2015. I have commitments from a couple PCARS Club members so I will, we – Mike Ryan and I, will have the last L4H SIG at 1900 EDT.

The first Linux for Hams SIG in 2016 will be March 29th.   Hope to see you at the SIG… Mike – KB8TUY and Terry – KB8AMZ


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Dec. minutes

Here for your reading enjoyment are the minutes from the December club meeting.

pdf icon PCARS-Meeting-Minutes-12-14-2015.pdf

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DX News regarding North Korea

P5, NORTH KOREA. Reports indicate that Dom, 3Z9DX, has left North Korea
sometime on December 22nd. He had agreed before operating to leave his
equipment behind in Pyongyang. During his few days of operating Dom made
785 QSOs (742 Unique callsigns) all on SSB between 0009z, December 20th,
and 0847z, December 21st. Band used: 127/20m, 566/15m and 91/10m. Continents
worked are: 1/AF, 0/AN, 591/AS, 75/EU, 26/NA, 83/OC and 8/SA. The log and
breakdown can be viewed on ClubLog at:
The next activity is planned for February 2016, possibly from another
location. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS, it is the best and fastest way to
receive a QSL card.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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PCARS newsletter updated…..

Hello all,

Two mistakes on the Table of Contents page……. can you spot them???   URGH, I've been working on this newsletter too long…… John, KD8MQ (our club web master) says he will put the corrected version on the web site if you really want one – it will be there. Otherwise, enjoy the one I e-mailed to you earlier.

Happy New Year,
Parky, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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January 2016 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 January 2016 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 big issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – DX Get some in 2016! – This is the DX issue with extra articles about going for YOUR DXCC – North Korea is ON THE AIR – Christmas Party 2015 Fun for All, Top 100 Most Wanted DX – NPOTA Starts January 1st – FYAO is Coming! – 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

January 2016 newsletter

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