Archive for February, 2018

March 2018 PCARS Newsletter

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
The March 2018 issue of The RADIOGRAM is out for your viewing pleasure.
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 – Radios Spies and Listeners – FYAO 2018 Results – Spring Forward – Field Day 2018 in the works – Special Interest Group Reports – Upcoming DX Information – Skywarn 2018 – Fun with Route 66 On The Air – 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
Any mistakes found in the newsletter are there on purpose so some of you can can have fun finding them….
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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Reminders from new QST System


  • North American QSO RTTY contest this Saturday 2/24. The contest runs from 1 PM till 1 AM Sunday. If you would like to take part, come on out to the club site. It will also be a great opportunity to learn how RTTY contesting works.
  • Saturday March 3rd we will be having a Build Day for the Extra Class students. It will start at 9 AM and run till noon. Students are reminded to bring your completed power supply to the build.
  • There will be a Field Day meeting on Tuesday February 27 at the club site. It will start at 6:30 PM. If you are planning to take part in Field Day this year, you should plan to attend.
  • Tuesday March 12 we will be having our monthly club meeting at the American Legion. We will be voting on changes to the Constitution and ByLaws. This vote is important so we need a good turnout. Our speaker will be Stan Broadway, ARRL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator.


Please attend and enjoy the camaraderie and a great speaker. We will also be having an outstanding 50/50.
Jim, AC8NT

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DX/Contest SIG Meeting

DX/Contest Special Interest Group Report

The DX/Contest SIG will take place on February 27 at 7:30PM at the Club Site. We will be discussing our recent RTTY contest and get some feed back from those that took part.  We will also be discussing the upcoming Wisconsin and Idaho QSO Parties which take place the weekend of March 11-12.

We will review the rules and do some planning so that we can once again prevail in both of these contests.  They take place the same weekend that we go from standard time to Daylight Savings time. This makes it interesting regarding log times and it means that we have to be careful regarding how we log the times of our contacts.

It’s even difficult for the sponsors of these contests.  The Wisconsin QSOP rules state that the contest will run from 1PM CDT to 8PM CDT on March 12.  It also says that it goes from 1800Z on Mar 11 to 0100Z on March 12. They want to make sure that everyone is aware of the time change.  However, since the time change does not occur until 2AM our time Sunday morning, their announcement of 1PM CDT Saturday is not correct.  1PM Saturday for both Wisc and OH is still Standard Time. So you see, it is confusing. I may even be wrong here.

In any event, if you want to take part in putting K8BF on the air during one of both of these contests, please attend the meeting. As I understand it, there will be a Field Day meeting starting at 6:30 prior to the DX SIG, so come to both and double your fun.

73 – Chuck  W8PT

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North America QSO Party – RTTY


It’s me again! Your homegrown serial contester here to remind all of our PCARS Contesters that on the 24th of this month we will be putting K8BF on the air in the ARRL North America QSO Party – RTTY mode.

Yes, I hope that all who took the RTTY training that George – K3GP – gave us, will take part in this contest on the 24th. But even if you didn’t, you are still welcome and encouraged to come out to the club site and see how much fun RTTY can be. The contest runs from 1PM on Saturday until 1AM Sunday morning. How long we operate will of course depend on propagation and band activity.

We will run one op position but since there will be a good amount of time available, everyone that shows up will have a chance to make RTTY contacts and be part of the FUN.

So come on out and join us as we try our hand at a RTTY contest. Cheer us on or kibitz from the peanut gallery – your choice. But come out and join the fun,

Chuck, W8PT

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Net Night at the club site

Thursday February 22 is Net Night at the club site!  Come on out and enjoy the evening and the Net with us.

73, Tom wb8lcd
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Wisconsin QSO Party

The 2018 Wisconsin QSO Party is scheduled for Sunday, March 11th, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 8:00PM.
We will be reviewing the rules at our DX/Contesting Special Interest Group meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7PM.  If you’d like to participate in putting K8BF on the air, please attend the meeting at the club site.
 73 – Chuck  W8PT


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NAQP RTTY Contest This Saturday

K8BF will participate in the NAQP RTTY Contest at the PCARS club site starting at 1 PM local (1800 UTC) Saturday, February 24, running for 12 hours until 1 AM Sunday, February 25

All are welcome to join – please drop me an email with preferred operating time so that an operating schedule can be drawn up.

We will be using N1MM+ software. I have prepared a operational “cheat sheet” with instructions that you can view at the following link:

Contest rules can be found at this link:

Experienced RTTY operators will be on hand to assist during the contest.

If you have any questions or concerns, send me an email to:

I look forward to seeing you there!

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Hamvention 2018 Tickets

Good news – want to purchase your Hamvention 2018 ticket now and avoid the rush at the gates? 

You can buy a Hamvention 2018 ticket at DX Engineering in Tallmadge. 
You have to buy it in person at the DX Engineering store. No mail orders.  $22.00 each (no extra fees)
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Good day to all PCARS contestors. I just want to remind you that on the 24th of this month (a week from this Saturday)  we will be putting K8BF on the air in the ARRL North America QSO Party – RTTY mode.
Some of you took part in the RTTY training we had, given by George K3GP. I’m hoping that all who took the training will take part in this contest on the 24th.  It runs from 1PM on Saturday until 1AM Sunday morning.  Unless there is a whole lot of interest and activity, we will probably just set our sights on 1PM – 9PM on Saturday. It certainly will depend on propagation also.
We will run one op position but since there will be a good amount of time available, everyone that shows up will have a chance to make RTTY contacts and be part of the FUN.
So come on out and join us as we try our hand at a RTTY contest.
 73 – Chuck  W8PT


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February is going FAST

February is a short month – and this year the LAST FRIDAY of the month is on the 23rd.
That means I’m looking for your inputs for the MARCH newsletter – The RADIOGRAM.

Please send your inputs in .TXT format and pictures (in-focus & large format) as soon as you can. Send them to:

Hope to hear from you soon.


Parky, KB8UUZ
Newsletter Editor

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