Archive for April, 2017

Antenna Day

I just found out this weekend that the Freedom Township Historical Society will be using the Freedom Township Park Garage for a community garage sale they are holding on May 6th and 7th. We are still planning to conduct our scheduled Antenna Day on Saturday May 6th but we need to adapt in several ways.

First, safety will be especially important for both ourselves and township residents at the park. Please be very congnizant of people on foot and in vehicles in the park. All PCARS members should park their vehicles at the south end of the park. Make sure guy wires and trip hazards are marked with yellow tape.

We will probably not be able to store anything in the township  garage so plan on bringing everything back to the clubsite or home as appropriate.

Erica has said she will use her jeep to operate the 20m station from as we won’t have access to the garage.

I will be attending the Freedom Township Trustees meeting on Thusrday May 4th and if there are any other updates i will send them to you all immediately.

Again, please be safe and aware of people at the park. Thanks!

73, Rick K8CAV

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PCARS Board Meeting

PCARS will be holding it’s monthly Board Meeting on Monday May 1st at 7:30 PM at the club site in Ravenna. All PCARS mebers are welcome to attend.

73, Rick K8CAV

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PCARS May Newsletter is here

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
If you are getting this via e-mail: Attached is the May 2017 issue of The RADIOGRAM sent directly to your e-mail box for your viewing pleasure! 
If you're reading this on the PCARS web page: click on the PDF icon or click the NEWSLETTER tab and you can either view the newsletter 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 –  K8BF and the Michigan QSO Party – ANTENNA DAY is coming up May 6th – Getting ready for HAMVENTION 2017 – Super information on JT-65 – 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:

pdf icon PCARS-May-17.pdf

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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.

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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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