Archive for September, 2016

CA QSO Party

For those coming to the club site for the Calif QSO Party, I will be getting there about 10AM.  The contest starts at Noon.
I'll have a pot of coffee on and some donuts for the early risers.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Important PCARS Net Announcement

As you are all getting ready for tonight's net I want to point out that over the past 10+ years I have had a small but dedicated crew of Net Control Operators for the PCARS net.  They are all volunteers, and I want to thank them and let them know that they are appreciated for their dedication to the net.
Soon, I'll be working on putting together the net control rosters for 2017.  If a few of you would volunteer to take just 2 or 3 turns at NCS through the whole next year, it would go a long way to lightening the load for the volunteers who have kept it going all these years.
It's not a tough job, we have a script to run you through it.  In addition to helping the club, it helps you by getting you comfortable with running a net (just in case you're ever called on in an emergency situation), it helps you to be better known by the other members of PCARS, and, it helps you get a better familiarity with the other PCARS members, putting the names and calls together.  It will make you a better ham!
So, I'm asking you now, if you would be willing to be on the roster just 2 or 3 times next year as a new NCS, I would appreciate if you would send me an email in the next day or two and let me know.  At this point, if you had specific dates you wanted to do it put that in the email and I should be able to accommodate that!  This very small commitment would be greatly appreciated.
73, and Thanks!   de Tom wb8lcd   PCARS Net Manager
PS:  I sent this out now, and separate from the newsletter, because I know once the newsletter comes out you'll all be engrossed in that for the next week or two.  Congratulations, and thank you, to Parky – KB8UUZ – for his dedication and commitment to The Radiogram!

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DX/Contest SIG

Hello PCARS Members:
Tonight at 7PM we will be holding our rescheduled DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting at the club site.  We will be concentrating on the California QSO Party, in which we will be participating this weekend.  We will review the rules and then make sure that the club stations are ready to go.
As I understand it, the N3FJP logging programs are all loaded so we should have no problems there.  But we will double check just the same and get the computers ready for this weekend.
All of you who plan to put some time in during the contest, are urged to attend the meeting. See you at 7PM tonight.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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PCARS Net Tonight!

Please join us for the PCARS Net this evening at 8:00PM, on the K8IV Repeater.  (146.895Mhz, PL 110.9)   Our scheduled Net Control Op is Dave – WB2DFC.  Check in and lets give Dave some big numbers tonight!
If you are a member of the Communications Unit, don't forget the Comms Unit net starts at 7:00PM.  (Hang around and check into the PCARS net too!)
Hope to hear you on tonight!
73,
Tom  wb8lcd

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FYI

just thought if you hadn't seen this info, you might want to be aware of  it.

ARRL News

Logbook of The World to No Longer Accept Contacts Signed by
TQSL Versions Earlier Than 2.009/19/2016.

As of 1400 UTC on January 16, 2017, ARRL Logbook of The
World (LoTW) no longer will accept contacts that have been digital-
ly signed by versions of
TQSL earlier than version 2.0.

Users of earlier versions are encouraged to upgrade as soon as
possible, as older
TQSL versions contain uncorrected defects and
display inaccurate error messages. The
current versions of TQSL for
Windows, OS X, and Linux are available online.

To date, LoTW has confirmed some 135 million contacts for its
90,000 users.

ARRL Outgoing QSL Service to Raise Rates

09/22/2016: Although ARRL believes it’s important to maintain
the long-standing tradition of the
ARRL Outgoing QSL Service as a
membership benefit, increased administration costs will require an
increase in rates, in order to keep the Service available and viable.

Effective November 1, the rate for 1 ounce of outgoing QSLs
via the Service will increase to match the 1 ounce USPS internation-
al postage rate. As of September 2016, this rate is $1.15 per ounce
— about 10 cards. An additional service fee of $7 will be charged
per individual transaction, to cover administrative costs. 

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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October Newsletter Inputs, PLEASE

Hello PCARS !

September is almost gone, Fall has started and I hope you are busy getting your outdoor antenna work done before the foul weather approaches.
While you're pondering what to fix or install, remember – the last Friday of the month is coming up next week – Yep, Friday September 30th is the last Friday of the month and the deadline for The RADIOGRAM inputs.
Send your inputs in early, please. That way I can rest up for the VE test session and the CA QSO Party fun at the club site starting on Saturday October 1st.
Send your inputs in .TXT format and large format pictures to KB8UUZ@portcars.org.
Looking forward to hearing from YOU!.
Take care & 73,
Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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California QSO Party

I just wanted to remind all PCARS members that K8BF will be participating in the CA QSO Party on Oct 1 – 2.  We will be having a briefing during our rescheduled DX/Contest SIG on Sep 29 at 7PM at the club.
Everyone who wants to take part, please attend the meeting. 
I will be out of town the next few days attending the W4DXCC Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN. I'll try to wave the PCARS sign to as many as I can. It doesn't hurt to make other aware what our club is doing. The plan is to be back in town late Tuesday the 27th.  See you all on the 29th.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Latest DX News

XW1IC Laos

Champ E21EIC will be active again from Laos, 23 to 27 September 2016 as XW1IC.
Operate on HF Bands including activity in CQ WW DX RTTY Contest.
QSL via home call, OQRS and LOTW.

 

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 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Net Night

PCARS net tonight at 8pm on the K8IV repeater.

Come on out to the club site!  You can check into the nets from there.  After the nets we have 2 dxpedition movies: Banaba Island and Peter I Island. 

Tom. wb8lcd

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Latest DX News

For those who need Comoros Is., read below.

D66D – COMOROS ISL

Pavel, OK1FPS; David, OK6DJ; Pavel, OK1GK; Rudolf,
OK2ZA and Petr OK1BOA will be active from Comoros Islands
(IOTA AF-007) 18 – 30 September 2016. They will operate on
160 – 10m CW/SSB/RTTY with 3 Elecraft K3.PA feeding 2
Spiderbeams, 1 vertical for 40/30 and another for 160/80 with a
special receiving antenna for the low bands. QSL via OK6DJ,
LOTW, eQSL. 

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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