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This  should be a good pass, and it won't keep you up too late!  Well, rain and cloud cover could ruin the experience!
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From the Great Lake Division

Greetings everyone, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for
September 2017

With the nominations now closed for the Great Lakes Division
Awards, the Committee is now reviewing the  applications.  Thanks to so many for

offering nominations for these   awards. 
Without doubt, the committee will have its job cut out for it as the
selections are made from so many well-qualified individuals in Kentucky,
Ohio and Michigan.  The following Division awards are under
consideration:  George S. the Year Award; Technical Achievement
Award; DX Achievement Award; Young Radio Amateur of the Year Award; and
the Joseph J. Phillips, K8QOE, Newsletter Award.   The award
presentations will be made at the Great Lakes Division Convention
Banquet in conjunction with Great Lakes HamCon at aMichigan
International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI on October 7 & 8.

Speaking of that, the Great Lakes HamCon and the ARRL Great
Lakes Division Convention will be upon us in a month.   We are
pleased that
our selection of Forums will bring some top-notch events to
the Convention.

On Saturday:

– Opening Ribbon Cutting and Kickoff Session and ARRL Forum

– Dan Romanchik KB6NU will present his
Tech-in-a-Day License Class

– The Ford Amateur Radio League will conduct FCC
exams following the

– Marsha Fleming N8FE will host the gathering of
the Young Ladies Radio
League, the YLRL

– South East Michigan DX Assn will host the DX
Forum – Al K8SIX and Stan
AC8W will moderate

– The
Ohio Section will host our Clubs Forum – Tom WB8LCD will be the

– The Mad River RC will host the Contesting
Forum – Dave K8CC will

– Carl Leutzelschwab K9LA will conduct the forum
on Radio Propagation

– Joe Eisenburg K0NEB will host the forum Kit
Building Techniques for

– Tom Bosscher K8TB will conduct a forum on Fox
Hunting, followed by an
actual hunt on the MIS track infield

– The Michigan QRP Club will host a forum on
Operating QRP – Pete W8KS
will moderate

– Carole Perry WB2MGP will lead our 2017 Youth

– Yaesu will present a forum on their Fusion
digital products – hosted by
John Kruk N9UPC

In addition to all of these activities, Saturday's events will be
followed by the ARRL Banquet featuring ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR

as the featured speaker.  Here will present the Divisions Awards and the
banquet will be followed by an initiation for new members of the Royal Order
of the Wouff Hong.

Sunday's activities includes these forums and events:

– The Toledo Mobile RA will host a forum on operating from Museum
Ships – Glenn W8MUK will moderate

– Dan KB6NU will host the Forum on Operating CW.

– ARES Forum hosted by the Division SECs

– NTS Forum hosted by the STMs

– Grand Prize Awards

The HamCon team really feels that a great cross-section of
amateur radio activities is represented with this selection of forums
and events.  The
emphasis has been focused on learning activities,
each session offering an insight to a particular facet of ham radio,
ranging from sessions for new YLs, the latest in youth activities, plus
information for both the new comer and the seasoned veteran.  You
can stay up to date with the planned activities at:

TOM'S COMMENTS:  Comments from our Vice Director Tom
Delaney W8WTD

We're all very aware of disasters this month as we watch the
still-unfolding events in Texas.  It was interesting to check into a net

last week and be asked "how well prepared are you to shelter   in place
for several days?"  The responses varied.  Some sounded quite
ready, others not so much.  Those who didn't have enough preparation
reluctantly agreed that perhaps they needed to do some more.  If you're
one of those people, resources are available to help, such as ""

As a long-time Red Cross volunteer who has worked on disaster
relief in a number of situations, and been in on even more planning
exercises, I
see the question for hams as having two parts.  First,
of course, is keeping yourself and your family safe.  Some of that
is just having the necessary items to either shelter in place or to
evacuate to a place of safety when necessary.  And many of us have
stand-by power for our radios, so we can communicate from home either
for our own needs or for those around us.

The second part is what a lot of dedicated ARES volunteers do
–be prepared to help others, whether in your local community or
farther away.  And for that, you need the various go-kits
that we all put together.  I was thinking about how my own
"go-kit" has evolved over the years.  I finally took out
the phone wires and telephone that have been in there a long time. 
And the roll of quarters for that pay phone that may have still been
operational on a corner somewhere.  Don't laugh.  At one
point, those were important.  So now we have new tools, but we need
to keep up with the times.  An annual review of what is in there is
probably very useful for each of us to stay ready.  Maybe at your
next club meeting everyone could do a "show and tell" of go kits.
We always inspire each other to think about that one item we've overlooked.

Ham radio has always had a component of public service. 
We each need to do our part to be ready when the time comes.

73, Tom W8WTD Vice Director, Great Lakes Division

HAMFESTING:  Here is the current Great Lakes Division
ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest Schedule covering the remainder of the
year.  These swaps have
received their sanctioning approval from
ARRL HQ at the time of this publication.  We have approximately 65
ARRL hamfests each year in the Division.  I do encourage each
Hamfest Chair to register early for ARRL Sanctioning.  Be sure to
invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set.

      Grand Rapids GRAHamfest Wyoming, MI

      Greater Louisville Hamfest     
Sheperdsville, KY

           Findlay, OH

     Richmond Fall Hamfest         
 Richmond, KY

            Adrian, MI

     GM ARC Trunk Swap           
   Shelby Twp, MI

     OHKYIN ARS Hamfest           
  Cincinnati, OH

     Cleveland Hamfest           
   Berea, OH

     Mich-a-Con & Iron Range Crystal Falls, MI

     Paintsville Hamfest         
   Paintsville, KY

     Cave Run Hamfest           
    Moorehead, KY

     Vette City             
        Bowling Green, KY

10/7 & 8        Great Lakes Div.
Convention     Brooklyn, MI

     Scioto Valley           
       Chillicothe OH

10/15/17        Conneaut Hamfest   
            Conneaut, OH

10/21/17        Muskegon Color Tour   
         Muskegon, MI

10/22/17        Kalamazoo     
                 Kalamazoo, MI

10/28/17        Hazard       
                  Hazard, KY

10/29/17        Massilon     
                  Massilon, OH

10/29/17        USECA       
Hts, MI

     Grant ARC Hamfest           
   Georgetown, OH

     Lanse Creuse           
        Madison Heights, MI

Be sure to check your Section's news pages for the latest
local happenings, club and net information.

73, Let's be radio-active.

Dale Williams WA8EFK

Director – ARRL Great Lakes Division

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Great Lakes Division Newsletter Contest Info

Hi All,


In the interest for everyone in the Great Lakes Division to be able to view each of the 3 different newsletters, I have placed the submitted samples of the newsletters on the Division website. My judges will be looking these over early next week, and a decision will be make then. Of course the final announcement won’t be made until October 7th at the Division Banquet!


Here’s the link:



73, and have a great Labor Day!!






Scott Yonally, N8SY

Section Manager – Ohio

ARRL – The National Association For Amateur Radio™


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No Digital Net tonight

The digital net tonight is cancelled. Join us on September 13 for our VHF digital net or the 27th for our HF net.
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N3FJP AC Log Program

N3FJP has released his version 6 of AC Log (See Larry, W2LJ article in latest newsletter).  I have received several emails ( it all started with one from Chuck W8PT) reporting an error on installation.  I thought a couple of hints were in order:

1.  Per the instructions, you need to uninstall the previous version of the program.  Remember to do this prior to any attempt to install the new version.

2. If you get the following error follow step 3 of this note to fix the problem.
“To run this application, you first must install on of the following versions of the ,NET Framework: v4.0.30319
Contact your application publisher for instructions about obtaining the appropriate version.”

3.  You need to load the latest .net framework.  This is pretty easy.  Go to the following site, scroll down and click the installation instructions.  This should fix your problem.

Hope this helps with your installation.

Jim, AC8NT

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September issue of The RADIOGRAM

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
If you are getting this via e-mail: Attached is the September 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.
WOW – 55 pages of Ham information this month – hope you enjoy this issue.
READ ALL ABOUT IT –  Countdown to OSPOTA 2017 – The RADIOGRAM Wins First Place in Ohio – Atenna Work at the Club Site – Ohio QSO Party results, Ohio BBQSO Party Fun – Good information on FT8 – Mobile Cruise-In washed out – Youth DX Adventure Wrap Up – New Net Control Coordinator – Technician Class to Start – PCARS also 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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Ohio QSO Party

I am sending out another reminder that K8BF will be on the air, participating in the Ohio QSO Party which takes place tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 26.  We will gather at the club site at 10AM to be ready to start at Noon. The contest runs until Midnight. There will also be a BBQ at the same time.
I am hoping to see many PCARS members present to operate during this contest. 

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Potato Stomp volunteers

I’m still looking for several folks to volunteer to help with coms at the Mantua Potato Stomp race on Saturday Morning September 9th. If you can help out please send me an e-mail at Thanks.


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Don't forget the PCARS Net tonight at 8:00 PM.  Echolink should be working with No problem!    NO activity from the clubsite tonight – the door will be locked!

Tom wb8lcd
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Yep -it's just about time for the Ohio QSO Party – This Saturday from noon until midnight.  

Also following a long tradition, the club is having a BBQSO Party again!  Thanks to Tom, WB8LCD and Amy, KD8SKL – burgers and brats will be on the grill at 2:00 pm.  
Come on out to the club site and join in on the fun of contesting and having a great grilling experience as well.

Here is the flier (open the PDF file). Or look at the top blue ribbon on the web site – you'll see  "BBQSO Party" – you can click on that to see the BBQSO info as well.
See you Saturday !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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