Archive for February, 2016

Digital Special Interest group

The PCARS Digital Special Interest group will meet on Tuesday March 1st at 7:00PM at the club site in Ravenna. This month Steve K8SRR will be available to help get your MESH nodes flashed and also if you’ve procured a Netgear ProSafe GS108E VLAN switch, he can help configure it for use with a Ubiquity, Internet connection, and other TCP/IP devices. If you’re having problems with anything involving digital communications, we’ll make time to help as best we can. Hope to see you there!
73, Rick K8CAV  

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Receiving Antennas Will Be Focus of Free Webinar

Receiving Antennas Will Be Focus of Free Webinar



“High Performance RX Antennas for a Small Lot” will be the
topic of a free webinar by Jose “JC” Carlos, N4IS, and sponsored by the World
Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF –


Carlos will explore basic concepts of receiving antennas and
share his experiences with low-band receiving antennas on a small lot,
including the Waller Flag.


The webinar will take place on March 4 at 0200 UTC (the
evening of Thursday, March 3, in US time zones). It will run for about 1 hour.


Registration is required. (
— Thanks to Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, via The Daily DX

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Amateur Radio Roundtable
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Amateur Radio Roundtable 

Subject: More Arduino for Ham Radio

After being off the air last Tuesday, our show will return Tuesday, March 1.  For years, many of you saw or chatted with “Granny” (my mom, Agnes Medlin) in our chat room during our special hamfest events. Mom passed away last week, just two weeks short of her 90th birthday. We will miss her, but I’m sure heaven has gigabit internet service and she will be watching! 

This week, March 1st, Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of the ARRL book “Arduino for Ham Radio”, will return to our studio bringing new arduino projects for ham radio. He will show a qrp/arduino 40 meter rig which he presented at Dayton last year and won “Best in Show.” Glen is also working on some new books and we will talk about those.

Also appearing will be Rich Moseson, W2VU, editor of CQ magazine and Editorial Director of CQ Communications, Inc discussing some exciting topics in the next issue of CQ Magazine. 

Our “AskRiley” segment is picking up speed as we have received a lot of new questions for Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, retired Special Counsel to the FCC. Riley will be on the show every few weeks answering your questions. In many cases, Riley will be contacting you directly to discuss and answer your questions.   Send your questions to” target=_blank> for discussion in the program.

If you missed the Feb 16th show on Heard Island DXpedition, you can watch it here. We plan to have live video updates on our show directly from Heard Island during the operation in March and April.

Please note that our shortwave broadcast frequency is changing. It will now be 5130 Khz. The U.S. Military needs the 5110 frequency, so we are moving. 

Amateur Radio Roundtable, is a live weekly amateur radio and shortwave program, held every Tuesday night at 8 PM CDT (0200 UTC Wednesday).  The show can viewed at or heard on shortwave radio station, WBCQ on 5130 KHz. 

To watch Amateur Radio Roundtable on Tuesday evenings, go to  If you are listening on 5130 KHz, we would like to hear from you. Please send an email to” target=_blank> and tell us your location and signal report.

We need help with topics. If you have a specific subject that you would like to present in a future show, send an email to” target=_blank>

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Join us for fun and interesting discussions!

Tom Medlin, W5KUB


Frank Howell, K4FMH, cohost
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DX for March

Came in too late for the newsletter – so here it is. Get on the air and make some DX contacts !

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Heard Island

VK0EK Heard Island DX-pedition [29 February – Update]

From VK0EK web site:

“On March 1, 2016 the first of the Heard Island Expedition Team board flights for Cape Town, South Africa, the accumulation point for the expedition to Heard Island.

The first three to depart, Bob Schmieder KK6EK, Ken Karr NG2H, and Adam Brown K2ARB, will arrive in Cape Town at 1:00 PM local time, to be met by members of the South Africa Support Team. They will be followed over the next four days by the other team members: Fred Belton KM4MXD, Arliss Thompson W7XU, Gavin Marshall VK2BAX, Hans-Peter Blattler HB9BXE, Alan Cheshire VK6CQ, Bill Mitchell AEØEE, Dave Lloyd K3EL, Jim Colletto N6TQ, Vadym Ivliev UT6UD, Dave Farnsworth WJ2O, and Carlos Nascimento NP4IW.

The Cape Town Support Team has been interfacing with the vessel (also due to arrive in Cape Town March 3), and the local agency for inspecting the vessel and cargo for biological threats. We will be shopping, cleaning the tents, and loading the Braveheart, preparing for the scheduled sailing on March 10.

All news while the team is en route and at Heard will be posted here, “


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Computers for 50/50

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Falkland Island TV Interview with K3LP

I'm not sure if the video on this email will be active. But if it is, please view it. It's not long and you will get a clear perspective from the VP8 Co-Leader as to why he and others do this.

The Intrepid DXpedition heads to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands on an adventure of a life time.

FITV Falkland Islands Television


See also:

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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PCARS March 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 March 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 issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – The Eleventh Annual Freeze Your Acorns Off (FYAO) WINNERS – IARU President Touts Amateur Radio – Ohio QSO Party Results are out – Get Ready for Field Day 2016 – Special Interest Group Reports – 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:

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Feb. Minutes

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NASA Open Houses

NASA’s 75th anniversary will be celebrated with open houses at NASA Glenn Research Center on May 21-22 and at Plumbrook on June 11-12. These events are a great chance to visit key installations working on our space program. More details will be available in March. This is a great opportunity that should not be missed. I will keep you informed as details develop.

Jim, AC8NT

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