Archive for November, 2017

From The Great Lakes Division – “Dales Tales”

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

CLUB Holiday Parties.  Wow, it is that time of year to start all of the
celebrations.  I see a lot of announcements for club parties and
activities for the coming season.  And as many as there are clubs there
are an equal number of variations in planning, hosting, venues and
activities.  Still for everyone, it is a time to meet with friends and
in many cases, families as well.  I truly hope your club has an event
planned to bring everyone together this season.  Please consider keeping
it safe for everyone and as a reminder to celebrate in moderation.  We
want the year to end on a happy note for everyone.

PCARS Donation to the Center of Hope. Every year, since year one of the
Portage County (Ohio) Amateur Radio Service's existence, they have
donated to a local charity, the Center of Hope, in Ravenna, OH. The
Amelia DiGirolamo Center of Hope is dedicated to enhancing the nutrition
of low-income people in Portage County where local food pantries are not

In 2006, the first year as a club, PCARS donated approximately $300 to
the Center of Hope.  Each year since then, they have donated the club's
portion of their 50/50 raffle at the November meeting, plus any other
donations they could collect from members and friends.  Annual
contributions have increased in amount almost every year.  There are
over 100,000 individuals who receive service through the Center of Hope
each year.

With the club's donation of the other half of the 50/50, and the
generous donations made by and collected by their membership, the total
contribution to the Center of Hope for 2017 was $6445.00.  When totaled
up over the past 12 years, PCARS' contribution to the Center of Hope
currently exceeds $28,950.00!  Amateur Radio has certainly had an impact
on their entire community.

As we enter this holiday season, let us all consider those less
fortunate than ourselves and give generously to help those in need.
PCARS sets an outstanding example of what a local club can do, our hats
go off to them for their outstanding community service.  I know there
are other radio clubs who share in their generosity. Please stand and be
recognized.  I will be honored to report your service.

PARITY ACT: A reminder, the Amateur Radio Parity Act continues as we
move into 2018.  Our efforts in Washington will press strongly for
action in the year remaining for this session of Congress.  While it has
passed the House, it remains blocked in the Senate (Florida Sen. Nelson)
and our advisors on the Washington scene are working on a means to
remove the block and allow it to be passed by the Senate.  Nelson has
reportedly heard from a large contingency of his Florida ham radio
constituents requesting his full support for the bill.

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

Antennas.  If you believe the adage about them working better when the
weather is awful, well, this is not a good time.  Too mild.  But if you
need an antenna, almost anytime is the best time.  A recent windstorm
was not kind to me.  My end-fed random-length wire came down, although
it took me a while to realize it.  I had made a number of contacts in
the ARRL Sweeps with a drooping, shorter-than-it-was-supposed-to-be
antenna.  And the wind finally put enough torque the wrong way on my
rotor that now it isn’t working, either.  I took advantage of our mild
days to re-string the wire antenna, but it will take some doing to tilt
over the tower and replace the rotor.  Maybe spring.

And it’s not just my antennas.  Soon, I’ll be helping another ham
set up some antennas for a new residence.  And last month, someone else
needed some evaluation of their antenna set up.

In some ways, ham radio is an individual thing.  It’s the contacts I
make, the scores I get.  In other ways, though, it’s a community
thing.  We benefit from working together in clubs towards a common goal.
 The advice you can get at just one meeting can get you inspired for a
whole year.  And it not only helps to have friends, sometimes it’s
necessary to have friends to help with construction projects like
antennas.  The younger among us can do the heavy work, and sometimes
those of us with experience can design projects that will work best for
a particular location.

I’m also continually amazed by the amount of information that is out
there.  ARRL has lots of books on antennas, with great advice for just
about any situation.  I have to share one little story –I still have a
copy of the 1968 Handbook, because in every other antenna book and
Handbook that I have seen, there has not been the simple dipole chart
that I found there many years ago.  The book falls open to that page, I
have used it so many times.  As for current publications, if you’re
looking for limited-space antennas, there’s the book Small Antennas
for Small Spaces, or for a comprehensive look at wire antennas, how
about Wire Antenna Classics in any one of three volumes.

So as we go into the holiday season and have our December parties at the
club meetings, remember how important it is to have good clubs.  And
pitch in if you’re asked to help.  Maybe you also will need some help
the next time you have an antenna problem.

73, Tom W8WTD Vice Director, Great Lakes Division

STATE CONVENTIONS:  In even numbered years, the Great Lakes Division's
three Sections host their individual State Conventions.  If your local
hamfest is interested in serving as the host for your State Convention
in 2018, your club should contact your Section Manager and request to
serve as the sponsor.  State Conventions normally encompass special
forums, can request guest forum speakers from ARRL and often hold
recognition Banquets and special programs.   Having a convention also
means additional attendance beyond that normally expected at a regular

HAMFESTING:  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.  Here is the current Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned
Hamfest Schedule covering the next couple of months.  These swaps have
received their sanctioning approval from ARRL HQ at the time of this

12/2/17         Fulton County           Delta, OH
12/3/17         Lanse Creuse            Madison Heights, MI
1/14/18         SCARF Hamfest           Nelsonville, OH
1/28/18         Hazel Park Hamfest      Madison Heights, MI
1/28/18         Tusco Hamfest           Strasburg, OH
2/3/18          HARA Hamfest            Negaunee, MI
2/10/18         Cherryland Hamfest      Traverse City, MI
2/18/18         InterCity Hamfest       Mansfield, OH
2/18/18         Livonia Hamfest         Livonia, MI

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

From Judy and me, to all our ham radio friends in the Great Lakes
Division, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan, we offer the best wishes in the
coming holiday season.


Dale Williams WA8EFK
Great Lakes Division

ARRL Great Lakes Division
Director: Dale R Williams, WA8EFK
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Year-Long NASA On The Air Event Kicks off on December 11

Year-Long NASA On The Air Event Kicks off on December 11

The Amateur Radio clubs at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) centers around the US have invited the Amateur Radio community to join the NASA On The Air (NOTA) special event. NOTA gets under way in December and continues through December 2018. In addition to being the agency's 60th anniversary, 2018 will mark 50 years since NASA orbited the first human around the moon, and 20 years since the first elements of the International Space Station (ISS) were launched into low-Earth orbit.

The Marshall Space Flight Center's NN4SA is one of the NASA Center stations that will be active during NOTA.

Starting on Monday, December 11, 2017, Amateur Radio club stations at various NASA centers and facilities will be on the air with special event operations to celebrate these monumental achievements, as well as current milestones. Some clubs will offer commemorative QSL cards, and a special certificate will be available indicating the number of NASA club stations worked on various bands and modes.

"We plan to have a web-based system for you to check your points total and download a printable certificate at the end of the event in December 2018," the NASA announcement said. "Points will be awarded for each center worked on each band and mode (phone, CW, digital, and 'space' modes — satellites, meteor scatter, EME, ISS APRS)." That would, of course, include contacts with any of the Amateur Radio stations on the ISS.

Key anniversaries during NOTA include the 45th anniversary of Apollo 17 on December 11, 2017, which kicks off the event; NASA's founding on July 29, 1958; the 20th anniversary of the ISS first element launch on November 20, 1998; the 20th anniversary of the ISS Node 1 Launch on December 4, 1998, and the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8 — launched on December 21, 1968, and returned on December 27 — marking the end of the event.

More information is on the NASA On The Air website. Participating Amateur Radio clubs and the NOTA event are independent of — and not officially sponsored by — NASA. Read more— Thanks to Rob Suggs, KB5EZ, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Amateur Radio Club (NN4SA), and Kevin Zari, KK4YEL, NASA Kennedy Space Center Amateur Radio Club (N1KSC).

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DX/Contest SIG

First of all I apologize for not getting this out in a timely manner but life got in the way this past week.
We will be having our DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting at 7PM this evening. I hope that those who were wondering about the meeting and looking for a reminder, will see this in time.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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The RADIOGRAM – Annual Index of Articles

Hello PCARS Members, AARRL Officials and other interested people.

Here is the 2017 version of the annual index of articles for the PCARS newsletter The RADIOGRAM.
Take care & 73,
Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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PCARS December Newsletter

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
If you are getting this via e-mail, then: Attached is the December 2017 issue of The RADIOGRAM sent directly to your e-mail  box for your viewing pleasure! If you're reading this on the web page: click on the PDF icon or click the NEWSLETTER tab and you can either view it 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 – Congrats to the newly elected PCARS officers for 2018 – >>> CENTER OF HOPE DONATION WAS FANTASTIC <<< – Field Day 2017 results are out and K8BF did GREAT – Special Interest Group Report – OSPOTA 2017 Results are in this newsletter, congrats to all that participated – PCARS has a TON of stuff going on and even more in the works – something for everyone!
– SIGN UP for the PCARS Dinner Meeting – 
– Deadline is December 2nd –
    Details in the newsletter !!!
Merry Christmas to all of You from all of Us.  
HAPPY NEW YEAR !!   Be safe out there!!!
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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Record Courier

Anyone have a subscription to the Record Courier? 

If so, you can download a PDF of the page that has the article about PCARS donation to Center of Hope. It's in the Life Times section.

Please download the PDF and send it to me –
Parky, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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Latest DX News

Here are a few DX events that might interest you.
RODRIGUES ISLAND, 3B9.  Olof, G0CKV is QRV as 3B9HA until December 12.  Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using CW and possibly FT8.  He will be a Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest.  QSL to M0OXO.

TOGO, 5V.  John, N9MDH is QRV as 5V1JE from Lome until the end of May 2018.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via LoTW.
THE GAMBIA, C5.  Andre, ON7YK is QRV as C5YK from Kerr Serign until January 30, 2018.  Activity is on 40, 20, 17 and 15 meters using mostly digital modes, with a focus on FT8, and some CW.  QSL via operator's instructions.

FRENCH GUIANA, FY.  Hartwig, DL7BC will be QRV as FY/DL7BC/p near Cayenne from November 26 to December 7.  QSL direct to home call.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8.  A group of operators will be QRV as HC8LUT from San Cristobal Island from November 29 to December 8.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using mainly SSB, and also PSK31, JT65, WSPR and FT8.  This also includes satellite activity on both the FM and analog satellites.  They may also have a 6 meter beacon.  QSL via IK2DUW.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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December Newsletter Inputs

Hello PCARS,

November is coming to an end. Thanksgiving is just a few days away. And guess what? The last Friday of the month is THIS FRIDAY – November 24th – yep the day after Thanksgiving.
I need your newsletter inputs asap so I can get the December issue of The Radiogram out on time. Send your inputs to:
Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Take care, Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and
Tom, "Parky", KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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11/22 Digital Net Cancelled

Due to Thanksgiving we'll be cancelling the digital net on Wednesday this week. Have a great Thanksgiving, and the net will resume 12/6 on VHF.

73 — KE8BWA

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Antenna Special Interest Group – Cancelled

Because Thanksgiving will be this week I am cancelling this months Antenna SIG I am cancelling the meeting this month.  We will reconvene as usual in December.   Have a great turkey day!!!

73  Tony  WA8AR
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