Archive for April, 2017


Tonight at 8:00 PM (local).  On the K8IV repeater. 146.895 MHz.  PL 110.9 (Rootstown) or 114.8 (Sugarbush Knolls).
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EchoLink will not be operational tonight. We are having some serious computer problems. Will let you know when it is working.


Sent from my iPad

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Tomorrow (Thursday), 8:00 PM on the K8IV repeater.  Russ, NR8W, will be your NCS – let's give him a busy night! If echo-link is up I'll talk to you tomorrow.

73, Tom wb8lcd
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Digital Net – Wednesday 4/26 7:30pm

I'd like to invite you all to join our digital net on
Wednesday 4/26 at 7:30. We'll be on 80 meters, around 3.584 Mhz at 7:30
PM. We'll start on Olivia 8/500, but switch to a new mode. I'd like to use a newer mode called FSQ. FSQ is a very interesting mode that was designed for NVIS communication, and so should meet our needs well! There are other interesting FSQ features we can discuss tomorrow on the air.

FSQ is part of FLDIGI, or you can use FSQCALL–they are interoperable, so install your choice and join the fun! If you want to try this out in the meantime, FSQ utilizes calling frequencies at: 7.104, & 14.104. I find the 40 meter frequency to be more populated.

More information is available at:
FSQ is not difficult to get up and running, but if you run into trouble, I'll be monitoring the K8IV repeater as
well. If you have any questions,
please feel free to email me at:

Hope to see you on the air — Andrew, KE8BWA

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May PCARS Newsletter Inputs Needed

Hello PCARS members !

Wow, this month is going FAST.  The last Friday of the month is coming up sooner than expected – THIS FRIDAY !!!!!!!!!!!! (April 28th).
Need your inputs for the newsletter – the sooner the better. Please send your inputs in .txt format with good quality high res photos that are in focus to
Hope to see an e-mail from you soon.
'Parky' – KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor.
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Field Day Meeting

This is just a reminder that this month's DX/Contest SIG meeting will actually be a Field Day meeting to address any lingering issues. 
The meeting will take place Tuesday evening, April 25, 2017, at 7PM at the club site.  Since it is the last meeting scheduled before Antenna Day, I hope that all Field Day Staff will make every effort to attend.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Latest DX News

Here are some interesting DX opportunities:

A25UK Botswana

“A25uk is a DXpedition to Botswana. We will be arriving around the 25th of April and departing on the early Am of the 6th of May.”

Working on 160 – 10m CW, SSB and RTTY.

web site:

N4T Dry Tortugas Islands NA-079

Nelson NE4LS and John KE4IDW will be active from Dry Tortugas Islands, IOTA NA-079, 21 to 24 April 2017 as N4T.
Working on HF Bands in CW and SSB.
QSL via NE4LS.

web site:

2M0GUA Mull Island EU-008

John 2E0GUA will be active from Mull Island, IOTA EU-008, 22 April to 2 May 2017 as 2M0GUA.
Working on HF, 2m and 70cm Bands.
QSL via 2E0GUA and LOTW.

VK5CE/7 Bruny Island OC-233

Craig VK5CE will be active from Bruny Island, IOTA OC-233, 22 to 23 April 2017 as VK5CE/7.
Operate on 20 and 40m.
QSL via home call, ClubLog OQRS.

web site:

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Net starts at 8!
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Net Night

PCARS Net – 8:00 PM tonight on the K8IV repeater
Net Night at the Club Site – 6:30 – ???  (not too late – I still have a job!)
Hope to see you there, or at least hear you on the net.
Tom  wb8lcd
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PCARS Weekly 2 Meter Net

Please join us on the PCARS net, Thursday April 20th at 8:00 PM on the K8IV repeater!  Not only that, as previously mentioned, Thursday night (4/20) will be "Net Night at the Club Site" for this month.  Come out and enjoy an evening at the club site and you can check into the net from there!  Doors will open at 6:30PM.
Hope to see you there!
Tom wb8lcd
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