Archive for July, 2018

Another Reminder -RTTY Contesting – Saturday at the Club Site

PCARS Contesters:

Here is another reminder to all of PCARS contesters, RTTY advocates, and those simply interested to see what RTTY is all about, to come out this Saturday, July 21, when K8BF will be participating in the RTTY portion of the ARRL North American QSO Party.

The contest starts at 2PM local time on Saturday and ends at 2AM Sunday morning. We will run the entire 12 hours.

We will be there early to provide anyone with a refresher if needed.

So come on out and join us and have some BIG FUN!

73,

Chuck, W8PT
PCARS Contest Coordinator

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Another Reminder -RTTY Contesting – Saturday at the Club Site

PCARS Contesters:
Here is another reminder to all of PCARS contesters, RTTY advocates, and those simply interested to see what RTTY is all about, to come out this Saturday, July 21, when K8BF will be participating in the RTTY portion of the ARRL North American QSO Party.
The contest starts at 2PM local time on Saturday and ends at 2AM Sunday morning. We will run the entire 12 hours.
We will be there early to provide anyone with a refresher if needed.
So come on out and join us and have some BIG FUN!
73,
Chuck, W8PT
PCARS Contest Coordinator

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YDXA to be on the Air July 19 – 24

Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure (YDXA) to be on the Air July 19 – 24

07/19/2018

The 2018 Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure (YDXA) is scheduled to be on the air from Curacao on July 19 – 24, using the call sign PJ2Y. Operation will be from the PJ2T contest station site, where three young radio amateurs between 12 and 17 will be on the air.

YDXA said the young radio amateurs will gain experience DXing and learn the finer points of handling pileups, working gray line propagation, and antennas. Plans call for uploading logs periodically to Club Log. There are plans to upload logs periodically to club log. Hope to see everyone on the bands. The group may operate FT8 in normal — not DXpedition — mode, but the concentration will be on SSB and CW, with a possibility of 6 meters.

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FEMA Courses James Wilson

I would like to encourage all PCARS members to take these two courses online.  They are free and you can do them at your own speed in your own home.  You may not be a member of ARES or the Communications Unit.  You may think you are too old, not smart enough, or not even interested enough to get involved with EmComm.  That's ok.  BUT: you never know when you might be the one in the right place at the right time.  YOU might need to get involved.  Having an awareness to the basics of emergency communications would be of great benefit to all involved!  Remember the Boy Scout Motto:  "Always be Prepared."
FEMA Releases Revised Basic ICS/NIMS
Independent Study Courses

FEMA released two
revised online ICS/NIMS courses last month:

IS-100.c, An
Introduction to the Incident Command System

This
course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the
foundation for higher level ICS training. The course describes the history, features
and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command
System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident
Management System (NIMS).

IS-700.b, An Introduction
to the National Incident Management System

This
course provides an overview of NIMS, which defines the comprehensive approach
guiding the whole community – all levels of government, nongovernmental
organizations (NGOs), and the private sector – to work together seamlessly to
prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the
effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of
NIMS concepts, principles, and components.

Together,
these two online courses form the foundation of ICS/NIMS training for all
incident personnel. Note that IS-100.c and IS-700.b are updated versions of
the IS-100.b and IS-700.a courses. If you have successfully completed a
previous version of these courses there is no FEMA requirement to take the
revised versions of the courses. However, because these courses contain new
information based on the revised NIMS, October 2017, you may find it
informative to review the new versions of these courses. The new courses will be
available through FEMA's EMI website.

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RTTY Contest This Saturday – July 21st at the PCARS Club Site

PCARS Contesters:
I wanted to remind all of PCARS contesters, RTTY advocates, and those simply interested to see what RTTY is all about, to come out this Saturday, July 21, when K8BF will be participating in the RTTY portion of the ARRL North American QSO Party.
Our own George Proudfoot, K3GP, will be the main facilitator since we all look to him as our RTTY guru.
The contest starts at 2PM local time on Saturday and ends at 2AM Sunday morning. George informed us that we will be operating the entire 12 hours. 
For those who plan to operate but need a refresher on RTTY, you need to get to the club site no later than 1PM so that George can give you a crash course on the basics.
We will be there earlier to make sure that all is working as it should.  Come on out and join us and have some BIG FUN!
73,
Chuck, W8PT
PCARS Contest Coordinator

 

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Contest Award Certificates Available for Ddownload from the ARRL web

To ARRL Contest Participants,

We are pleased to announce that through the extraordinary efforts of Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, together with Trey Garlough, N5KO, Ward Silver, N0AX, and the ARRL IT Team, the ARRL's Contest Program has begun making contest award certificates available for download from the ARRL web in PDF and JPG formats.

The web page to access these certificates is: http://contests.arrl.org/certificates.php – just enter the call sign.

Three events are currently available for downloads:


–          2017 IARU HF Championship

–          2017 ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest

–          2017 ARRL September VHF Contest

Future certificates for more current events, as well as past events going back well over a decade, will be made available in the next few weeks.

This new online-certificate feature will offer enhanced content over what has been offered previously on ARRL certificates, and makes certificates available to a greater number of participants. New recognitions have been added for top-ten participants in a broader number of geographical (Country, Division, Section) or categorical entries.

New event-certificate releases will be announced as they become available.

73,

Bart Jahnke, W9JJ
Contest Branch Manager
ARRL – The national association for Amateur Radio(tm)
225 Main St
Newington CT 06111
860-594-0232
w9jj@arrl.org<mailto:w9jj@arrl.org>

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Youth DX Adventure Update

Youth DX Adventure Update

By AB8YK, Jim Storms


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The Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure was just granted the Curacao call  
sign of PJ2Y for this year's trip. Our departure is only days away and  everyone is excited. We plan to arrive and be QRV the evening of July  19 through the 24th. That assumes no traveling issues.


There are plans to upload logs periodically to Club Log. 


Hope to see  everyone on the bands. 

Please watch our website qsl.net/n6jrl
for  
where we are operating. We may be doing some FT-8 in normal mode not fox and hound 

The concentration will be on SSB and CW. There is also  a possibility of 6m if conditions permit.

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FT-8 DXpedition Mode

The following links will provide information on using FT-8 for catching Dxpediitons. This is a new addition to the WSJT-X package to allow these expeditions to make many more contacts using FT-8. As many as 500 per hour. However, it does require some setup. The following links will be very useful to setting up this new mode.

Click here for a manual for this new mode Please read this manual before using the new mode.

Click here for the latest WSJTX downloads and documentation You must be using version 1.9 or above for this mode.

Click here for a quick video on one FT-8 contact with KH1/KH7Z I caught this one. It was outstanding and done with my magnetic loop and 30 watts. My wife thought I had won the lottery. Unfortunately it was just an great contact.

This is a great tool to get those hard to get stations. We will talk more about this at the July meeting.

Jim, AC8NT

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June 2018 Meeting Minutes

Attached for your review.
Tom – WB8LCD  PCARS Secretary
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SATURDAY – PCARS Special Event Station

This Saturday – July 7th – at the PCARS Club site in Ravenna K8BF will be ON-THE-AIR.

We'll be on the air as a Special Event Station celebratiing our 2018 Hamvention Club of the Year Award !
We'll be on the air from 10 am until 10 pm. Doors open at 9am to get everything set to go. 
Be there – be part of PCARS history and GET ON THE AIR and make a ton of contacts.
Stations from around the world will be looking for K8BF so you won't have to be hunting down statsions, they will be hunting for K8BF.
Join in on the fun!!!
Hope to see you Saturday – July 7th 9am set up – on ar from 10 am until 10 pm.

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