Archive for October, 2018

November PCARS Newsletter

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
The November issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy.
Click on the newsletter icon to your left, or click the NEWSLETTER tab on the PCARS web site 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 – SPECIAL MEETING IN NOVEMBER for the Center of Hope fund raising BE THERE– Elections will be at the November Meeting – Report on all of the work to fix up the Club Site – Reports on the CA & AZ QSO Parties – Veterans Day Special Event from the American Legion Amateur Radio Club – PC Boards are in for the Code Practice Oscillator – 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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I Need Your Help!

Following is a letter that I have been using via email to solicit my family and friends to help support the PCARS fund drive for the Center of Hope. Please feel to plagiarize, modify and use it in whatever way might work for you!

As you know, I have been an Amateur Radio Operator for most of my life. The Amateur Radio Service, as defined by Federal Law, exists for many reasons, and one of those reasons is to provide “service” in both local and national events. Usually in the form of auxiliary communications.

My local club, the Portage County Amateur Radio Service, Inc. (PCARS) has always been active in providing communications services wherever they are needed. I’m especially proud of my club for expanding our “service” into other areas of our local community. Most significantly our annual giving to the Center of Hope. The Center of Hope provides meals, groceries and other services to the less fortunate citizens of Portage County.

Every year since its beginning (2006), PCARS has made a donation just prior to Thanksgiving to help support the Center of Hope’s mission. Over the past 12 years, we have raised and donated almost $30,000 to the Center of Hope. Our donation has increased every year so far, with last year’s donation just over $6400!

I’m asking you for your help and support. Not for me, not for my club, but for the families who need help, especially as we move into the holiday season.

Your donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated! There are 3 ways you can make a donation: 1) You can give your donation directly to me. I will make sure it is properly notated and included in the PCARS donation for 2018. 2) You can mail your donation to: PCARS 705 Oakwood St., Box 12 Ravenna, OH 44266. 3) You can go to the PCARS website and in the upper righthand corner of the homepage is a PAYPAL button specifically for donations. Please add a comment with your name and address if you would like a donation receipt. All checks should be payable to “Center of Hope” and you will receive a receipt directly from them.

You can find more information on the Center of Hope at and you can find more information on PCARS and Amateur Radio at the PCARS website.

Thank You! And please feel free to forward this to anyone else who might be interested in helping us make this years PCARS donation bigger than ever!

73, Thomas R. Sly – WB8LCD

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November Newsletter Inputs Requested

Hello PCARS,

The PCARS November newsletter (The RADIOGRAM) is coming out in just about a week. The last Friday of the month is this coming Friday – October 26th.

I’m requesting you get your inputs for the newsletter to me as soon as possible. Dead line is Friday, Oct 26th at 8pm.

Send your inputs (articles, in-focus pictures, etc) to


PCARS Newsletter Editor

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Silent Auction of Club Trailer

As most of you know we are holding a silent auction for the club trailer. I have received a lot questions about the trailer so I thought I would send a QST with some pictures and a brief description. Bids over $300 will be accepted with the largest the winner. Bidding will be open until midnight October 25th. Proceeds will go to the Center of Hope.

The trailer was constructed from a fiberglass Swiss Army Ambulance module. The module is mounted on a wood base which is mounted to a steel boat trailer. It has an equipment bench, an Anderson PowerPoll distribution system for DC power, a GFI protected AC power distribution system, a lighting system and an air conditioner. It has bulkhead connections for antennas and AC power. Also included are a good spare tire and cables to connect the trailer to AC power. The trailer does not require a title (under the gross weight requirement). Some additional pictures are attached. At $300+ this is a great deal for anyone that wants to operate from field sites. The trailer and all contents are being sold “AS IS”.

Please send all bids to me at by October 25th. Only bids received by email or in writing will be accepted.

Jim, AC8NT

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Stuff at the Club Site

Just want to remind you we have a lot of great stuff at the club site available for a donation to the Center of Hope. I thought I would let you know what is available.

Wateloo Tool Chests (3 piece tower with casters)
A collection of magnetic mount antennas
Ceiling pot light fixtures. Never used.
Fluke 95 battery operated portable scope. LCD display is weak, but the scope works perfectly.
Ham Sticks for 40 and 20 meters
MFJ 1622 Antenna.
Decent headset
Distallata water cooler with 2 empty jugs
Battery clock
Lots of odds and ends

All these things are available for a donation. They will be available until October 25th, then we will destroy them. We would prefer them to go into the hands of club members. Let me know if you are interested and I will make sure you get access to the club site. The Arizona QSO Party is this weekend and will provide you access for a look.

Remember the trailer is also available for a donation. The minimum donation will be $300. Let me know if you are interested at

Please remember all the proceeds go to a great cause the Center of Hope.

Jim, AC8NT

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November 50/50 for Center of Hope

The November monthly meeting is coming up and that means we will have the greatest 50/50 of the year. All proceeds will go to The Center of Hope. This is a great cause and one that deserves our support. And this year we have an outstanding list of prizes. We expect everyone will buy a stack of tickets to improve their chances to win one of these:
  • Standard C1208DA 2 Meter mobile rig
  • Baofeng UV-5R w/ amo case
  • Yaesu FT1DR Fusion handheld 144/430
  • BridgeCom D-500 DMR UHF handheld
  • West Mountain PWRgate PG40S
  • Electronics for Dummies book
  • Three $20 gift certificates for apparel
  • HiGain AV-18VS 80-10 Vertical antenna
These are all great prizes and worthy of a sizable donation. And there may be even more things on the list before the big event.
So please plan to come to the meeting and support The Center of Hope.
Jim, AC8NT

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