Archive for November, 2018

PCARS December Newsletter

PCARS December Newsletter
Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,

The December issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy.

Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – 2019 Officers Elected – Center of Hope Donations, New All Time High – 2018 OSPOTA Results are out – Field Day 2018 Results Published and PCARS did GREAT – Ham Radio Call Sign History – 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 with in-focus, large format pictures to the newsletter

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DX/Contest SIG Meeting Tomorrow Night

DX/Contest SIG
Meets Tomorrow Night
Hello all DXers/Contesters

This is just a reminder that Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7PM we will be holding our DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting at the club site. (That’s this Tuesday for those who are calendar challenged.)

We will discuss some of our recent contests and our FYAO coming up in February.

We will also discuss how we can get more members interested in DXing and Contesting, or simply coming out on our open house club nights to get familiar with the new rigs.

Come on out and put in your two cents (which these days is about a half penny).

Hope to see many there.

Chuck W8PT
Contest Coordinator

73 – Chuck W8PT

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Results of the Silent Auction

Silent Auction Results
We have the winners!
After checking the bids one more time:

Gene W8NET had the highest bid for the 920 at $626.06

Nick AC8QG had the highest bid for the 1000 at $751.00

The equipment can be picked up at the December board meeting, Monday 12/3 at 7:00 PM.

Thanks to all those who bid

Jim, AC8NT

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December Meeting and Dinner

December Meeting and Dinner
The PCARS December meeting will be held at the American Legion Hall on Monday, December 10th, 2018. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM, as usual.

This is our annual Christmas Dinner meeting, open to all PCARS members and their families. There have been some “lessons learned” and I believe that this year’s dinner will go off as one of our best ever. The dinner will be catered by the Little City Grill of Kent, at a cost of $19 per plate. You will have your choice of entre between Chicken or Prime Rib. The dinner will include baked potato, vegetable medley, roll and butter, and a salad. The dinner will include coffee and/or water, all other beverages will be available at the American Legion canteen. The dinner WILL be served at 7:00 PM (don’t be late) with appetizers available beforehand (included in the dinner price).

After the dinner there will be a short PCARS meeting, and a gift exchange. I will need to have your paid reservation no later than Monday, December 3rd.

You can mail your reservation directly to me at:
Thomas R Sly – WB8LCD
1480 Lake Martin Dr.
Kent, OH 44240

along with your check payable to PCARS. Shortly after the November meeting I’ll hope to have a PAYPAL button available so that you could make your reservation online, or, you can always give your reservation directly to me. Be sure to indicate your choice of

After dinner we will have the PCARS gift exchange! Please bring a ten-dollar gift and mark it for a HAM or NON-HAM. (Non-ham gifts should be gender neutral). If you are bringing children, please bring a special gift for your own children, and mark your child’s name on the gift so we can make sure it gets to him/her. There will be a table with two baskets, one labeled “HAM” and the other labeled “NON-HAM” with slips of paper in front of them. Put your gift on the table, pick up a slip of paper, write your callsign and deposit in the “Ham” basket if you are a ham, or write your name on it and deposit it in the “Non-Ham” basket if you are not a ham. PLEASE: do not deposit a slip if you did not bring a gift for the EXCHANGE!

Mark Your Calendars!

Tom wb8lcd

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PCARS December Newsletter Inputs Requested

PCARS December Newsletter Inputs Requested
Hello PCARS,

The December issue of The RADIOGRAM will be coming out December 1st.

I’m looking for YOUR inputs for this last issue of 2018.

Send your inputs to me, please. Any pictures – make sure they are in-focus and large file sizes.

Deadline is no later than Friday, November 30th at 8:00 pm

Hope to hear from you soon!!!!!


PCARS Newsletter Editor

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Minutes from the November Meeting

Minutes from the November Meeting
Here are the minutes from the November PCARS Meeting. What a great time we had!

Just click here for the minutes in PDF format.  (Gene, W8NET)

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Boot Camp Review Rescheduled


Boot Camp Review Rescheduled
With quite a few key members of our club out of town or busy this Saturday, I need to move the Boot Camp meeting yet one more time. It will be held on Saturday December 8 at 9:00 AM. If you would like to help with this activity please email me at apologize for any inconvenience.

Jim, AC8NT

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Training in Operation of ICOM 7300

To all PCARS Members:

I announced at the meeting that we would be having a tutorial on how to operate our new IC 7300 rigs. Everyone who wants to operate from the club site must take the training. This will be the first.

George, K3GP, will be doing the teaching. This will take place on Wednesday, January 9th at 6:30 and of course, at the club site. George says that it will take no longer than 2 hours unless we have a large turnout with folks wanting to try their hand at the rigs.

If the WX is sketchy, then we have a snow day set for Wednesday, January 16th at the same time.

I know that our regular contesters will be present. I’m hoping that others will show up for the teaching so that they can learn to operate these new rigs.

See you there.

73 – Chuck W8PT
Contest Coordinator

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Thank You for Your Generosity $9600 Donated to Center of Hope

I want to thank all of you for your contributions to the Center of Hope. This year we set a new high for our efforts. $9600 will be donated. We will be presenting the money to Mark Frisone this Friday morning at 10 AM. I know it is a work day, but all are welcome to attend the presentation if you can make it.

We know this money will bring a lot of people some much needed help.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

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Bob Heil to Present at Penn State Shenango



Nationally acclaimed Amateur Radio operator Bob Heil will present at Penn State Shenango

Bob Heil, licensed in 1956 as KN9EID became an avid experimenter and builder of VHF equipment. One of the first to do serious moonbounce and was one of the first SSB stations on 6 and 2 meters in 1958. As a professional theatre pipe organist, Heil was also learning to voice and tune massive theatre pipe organs which taught him how to listen. In 1966 he started a retail music store and through his intense ham radio background and listening abilities, Heil was able to repair guitar amplifiers and build massive arena sound systems for some of the world’s top performers. He invented the first high powered ‘Talk Box’ for Joe Walsh and Peter Frampton. His invite from the WHO to design and build the first quadraphonic PA made rock history. It was some of that equipment that landed Heil Sound in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the only manufacturer invited to do so. Heil continues to build high quality microphones for amateur radio and well as professional musicians. You can find him on many of the ham radio frequencies each night – many times operating some of his original 1956 AM and early SSB equipment from his station lab. Heil is constantly designing new and exciting audio products for his beloved ham radio friends.

Bob just received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Missouri for his years of bringing new technologies to the Amateur radio and Professioanl Sound industries.

Bob’s Elmer session at 6 PM (to 7 PM) will talk about how audio is so important and how to set up your radio TX and RX for best performance.

MCARC business meeting from 7 PM to 7:30 PM

Then Bob Heil talks “What Makes Ham Radio the BEST Hobby in the World” 7:30 to 8:30 PM

MCARC Meeting at PennState Shenango
November 27, 2018

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