Archive for October, 2017

A Couple of Things

I thought the Open House went well.  We had quite a few hams and non-hams, members and non-members show up to see the site and talk about ham radio.  We also handed out a number of membership applications.  I would like to thank very much those that helped with the event cooking, setting up and cleaning up.  It would not have been possible without your help.  Mike did a great job cooking and Rick did a great job demonstrating equipment.  I received several emails during the event yesterday and  today from people that could not attend asking  if we would do one of these again soon.  I think we just need to let people know that all our GOTA days are Open Houses.  To that end I plan to use social media as the tool to let people (including non-hams) know about upcoming events including GOTA events, meetings, classes and other fun stuff.  We can all be proud of our site.  We have said this before but it is worth repeating.  One of PCARS’s biggest assets is the club site.

I want to send a special shout out to Amy Leggiero (KD8SKI).  She did a great job updating our bulletin boards.  They actually contain some great and current information.  Thanks for the update Amy.  It is now up to us to keep these current.

I have received several emails from those of you interested in the Extra/Electronics class.  We now have a few details.  It will be held 11 consecutive Wednesdays from 7 PM to 9 PM starting January 10, 2018.  We will also be scheduling a couple of Saturday build days for the longer labs.  We will work out these Saturday dates during our first meeting.  I have started assembling the parts for all the kits we will be using.  Therefore, I need to have a better idea of the number of you that will be attending.  I currently have a list of those who have sent me emails.  That list is shown below.  If you are interested but not on this list, please send me an email.  Use for those messages.

Steve is still working on our email issues.  We have lost a lot of messages that were forwarded though our mail systems.  These emails were addressed in the form  QSTs appear to be working.  This is a lot of work for Steve;  I ask you to be patient.  We will get it working.

I now must return to my preparations for the cold times that are coming.  At least where I am it is still dry and warm.  Continue to have fun with this great hobby.

Jim, AC8NT

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Fwd: SpotTheStation Ben Yoder , F Sole , Rossetta Howard , itsthejim , Tom Martin

If we get clear sky tonight, this could be a very good pass to watch in NE Ohio!  

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Time: Sat Oct 14 7:27 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 72°, Appears: 10° above NW, Disappears: 10° above ESE

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PA QSO Party is This Weekend

This came in from the PA QSO Party:


The 2017 Pennsylvania QSO Party is this weekend.  The following link provides a partial list of active Pennsylvania stations, including the routes for mobiles and rovers.  All 67 counties will be active.
(NOTE: PCARS Member John KD8MQ will be on the air in Jefferson County, PA – Make a contact with him !! )
Contest rules and information are available at:
The Frankford Radio Club (FRC) is honored to provide the bonus stations for the 2017 Pennsylvania QSO Party in recognition of our 90-year anniversary.
FRC will activate 17 bonus stations in 15 counties as follows: W3F/BUX;W3R/MCK; W3C/CUM; W3FRC/CAR; W3F/TIO; W3R/LEH; W3C/CHE; W3FRC/SNY; W3F/LYC;
We believe this is an unprecedented opportunity to earn bonus points as most of these stations are equipped to operate all bands and modes and most will
be active for the entire contest.
Please note the following plans for bonus station operations on the lesser used bands / modes:
160M – starting at 0200z
15M, 10M – Sunday afternoon
6M – Sunday morning at the start
RTTY – Sunday after 1600z
There are commemorative certificates and QSLs available for these operations.  Please see the W3FRC, W3F, W3R and W3C sites for information.
FRC looks forward to this on the air celebration of our 90 years of proficiency through competition.  Our goal is to make this the best Pennsylvania QSO Party ever!
Bud AA3B
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Open House

Come On Out
to the PCARS
Club Site Open House

Tomorrow October 14
11:00 AM – 3:00  PM

Burgers and Brats

See Our Lab and Operations Areas

See our New Antennas

Operate the Rigs

See You There

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Digital Net Cancelled

Unfortunately I need to cancel the digital net tonight. Please join us 10/24 for the HF version.

73 de KE8BWA

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First Place !!

The RADIOGRAM won first place in th Great Lakes Divison newsletter competition.
Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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Portage County Family & Community Services Donations and other notes

Portage County Family & Community Services Donations

Every November PCARS collects donations for Portage County Family & Community Services and each year we have done a great job with that collection.  As Vice President, I urge everyone to consider making a donation.  Contributions can be made by check made out to Portage County Family & Community Services.  Amy Leggiero (KD8SKL) club treasurer will collect all the donations.  We will then make a presentation to Family Services.  Every dollar of this money goes directly to the people that need the help.  100% is used to help.  It is seldom that all your donation goes directly to those in need.  As with every November, all club proceeds from the 50/50 will also be a contribution.   Our November 50/50 will have a lot of really good items (very few Harbor Freight specials) for winners.  We make this 50/50 real special. This is a great time to buy a lot of tickets. Also remember this organization is our landlord and we get an amazing deal on the rent that includes all utilities.  So please consider a contribution.

Extra Class Electronics Class

As some of you know, I will be holding an Extra Class electronics course starting in January.  This will be much more than a series of presentations focused on passing a test.  It will cover a wide area of ham radio electronics.  We will also be using laboratory experiments and kits to demonstrate these topics.  This should allow you to learn by doing.  Labs will include building amplifiers, experimenting with VFO design, antennas matching and design, use of test equipment,  use of simple microcontrollers in the ham shack and much more.  Because of the labs, it is very important that I know how many will be attending.  Please let me know if you are interested.  For those that have already sent me an email THANKS.  If you haven’t please let me know as soon as possible.  Use the following email address to contact me (  As an additional note, this class is open to all license classes.

October Meeting Presentation

Our presentation will be on loop antennas.  How they are built, how they work and some of the experiences Frank Tompkins ( W8EZT) and I have had.  It should provide some very useful information.  Please come out to the meeting and enjoy the company and fellowship of your fellow hams.

Club Clean-Up

I want to thank all of those who showed up for the clean-up day.  The club looks a lot better both on the inside and on the outside.  The crew did a great job of cutting down a lot of weeds and brush, as well as, cleaning all the inside areas club areas.  THANKS AGAIN!!!!!!

Open House

Remember we are having an Open House and Picnic on Saturday October 14th.  The fun will start about 11 and will include burgers and brats. I would like to see as many members as possible come and take a look at the club.  Lots of changes have been made during the last year and I know you will be happy with the changes.  If you know of someone interested in ham radio, bring them along.  We are fortunate to have a great club site and would love to show it off.  Come see the club and have some fun.

Well that is enough.  Lots of fun stuff coming.

Jim, AC8NT

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CA QSO Party

Starting tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 7) and continuing until Sunday, Oct. 8.,  K8BF will be on the air participating in the California QSO Party. If you are planning to operate during this event, then plan to be at the club site at 10AM.  We will briefly review the rules for this contest and do a final check on the 4 op positions to make sure all is ready.
The contest runs from 12Noon on Saturday til 6PM on Sunday.
Various members, too numerous to mention but you know who you are, have made sure that this will be another successful event for PCARS by making sure the logging program, rigs, antennas, and other vital equipment are poised to give us every opportunity to finish first in the out of state low power-multi-multi category.
Hope to see many PCARS members and friends of PCARS during these next 2 days. Come on out and have some fun with your fellow HAMS.  

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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September PCARS Board minutes, as approved, and General Meeting minutes

The September General Club minutes will need to be approved at the October meeting.
Tom wb8cld
PCARS Secretary
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PCARS VEs, Saturday October 7th

Greetings PCARSian VE’s
Something went squirrely with my email for the VE’s.
We have a session this Saturday at the clubsite.
We have two for sure and who knows how many walk ins.
Parky and Tom Sly are not going to be there. We need three to hold the session.
Please drop me a line to let me know if you’re available.
And as always thank you for all you do to further the hobby.


Robert L. Gurney
PCARS VE Team Liaison

O: 330-405-1800
M: 330-607-3833

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