Archive for December, 2018

January 2019 issue of The RADIOGRAM is here

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

The January 2019 issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy.

Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – Congratulations to the newly elected officers for 2019 – Ham Radio Boot Camp Dry Run – Carole Perry to visit PCARS in March – WB8LCD receives the President’s award for 2018 – Check out the club’s “Funmeister” ! – 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:

Download it here

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Important PCARS Net Night Announcement
PCARS will have it’s weekly net this week on Thursday, December 27th at 8:00PM on the K8IV 2 meter repeater (146.895 Mhz., PL 118.8 Hz).  Please check into the net and help us close out 2019 with a HUGE number of check-ins!
You can also check in via the K8SRR Echo-Link node, and YES, Echo-Link is expected to be operational!
YES!  This will also be the final NET NIGHT AT THE CLUBSITE for 2019.  The final PCARS event for what has undoubtedly been PCARS finest year to date!  Please join us for an evening of checking into the net, checking out the new HF station configuration (maybe even check into some rare DX), some fine PCARS refreshments (bring along some snacks if you can), and, if we have interest in it we can even take up an offering to have some pizza’s brought in.
So, check into the net.  Stop in at the clubsite.  Help us to celebrate (yeah, one more time) the outstanding year that PCARS has just finished.  But remember, that’s only a pre-curser to the years ahead of us!
Tom wb8lcd
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Thank you kindly for the many letters addressed to Old Father 9 Xmas, OF9X. Many have wondered what has happened to old Santa Claus and his communication arm Santa Radio? Has he faded away with the poor radio conditions or simply gotten old and unable to travel the world for Christmas? Read the rest of this entry »

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“The Night Before Christmas”, Ham Radio-style

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the town,
the snowstorm was raging, the phone lines were down;
The wind it did howl, the tree limbs did crack,
I hope that St. Nick isn’t forced to turn back. Read the rest of this entry »

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Annual Dues Reminder

Annual Dues Reminder
Hello PCARS,

I try to be a mellow guy. But, for some of you, I’m wearing a Black Hat for now:


PCARS Dues are due BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2019.

If you do NOT pay BEFORE then, you are NOT a member after. Then, you have to RESUBMIT AN APPLICATION AND PAY THE $5 EXTRA.

Of course, if you have extenuating circumstances, you can call, text or email before 12/31/18.

If postmarked before 1/1/19, you can mail it to me (address below).

The PCARS website has a PayPal link for dues.

Or, last-ditch effort : I will be at the Thursday December 27 Net Night (a party for our BEST YEAR EVER), and you can see me for dues.

You have, really, no excuse to pay the dues for OUR 2018 HAMVENTION CLUB OF THE YEAR.

I’m waiting…….


You can use the club mailing address:
PCARS, 705 Oakwood St., Box 12, Ravenna, OH 44266


Gene Marsh, W8NET, 3561 Keswick Drive, Kent, OH 44240

You can also use the PayPal button on the club webpage.

73 de W8NET Miles / “Gene”

Secretary, Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS)……

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DX SIG for December Cancelled

DX SIG for December Cancelled
Attn: PCARS DXers and Contesters Since the 4th Tuesday this month falls on the 25th and since the 25th is Christmas, the DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting is cancelled this month. See you in January. — 73 – Chuck W8PT
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January Issue of RADIOGRAM

The next issue of the RADIOGRAM will be coming out January 1st Avoid the Christmas rush and get your inputs in as soon as you can, please. Deadline is no later that 8pm on Friday – December 28th. Send your inputs and in-focus (large format) pictures to Looking forward to your inputs !!! Parky
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Coming Net Nights

Coming Net Nights
PCARS! Don’t forget the weekly PCARS net this Thursday, December 20 at 8:00PM (local) on the K8IV 2-meter repeater – 146.895Mhz. And don’t forget the PL of 118.8! You can’t get in without it……There will be the FINAL net of 2018 on Thursday, December 27. Please be sure to check into both of these nets!

Thursday, December 27 will also be the last “Net Night at the Club Site” of 2018! This will be the last PCARS activity of what has been an OUTSTANDING year for PCARS. Come on out, we will celebrate our accomplishments of 2018 one more time, and then start talking about all the good things on tap for 2019! WE ARE NOT GOING TO SIT BACK AND CALL IT A DAY – 2019 is going to be an even better year for PCARS and Ham Radio – you will want to be with us.

Hope to hear you on the nets and see you on the 27th.

In the meantime, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

73, Tom WB8LCD

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DX SIG for December Cancelled

DX SIG for December Cancelled
Attn: PCARS DXers and Contesters

Since the 4th Tuesday this month falls on the 25th and since the 25th is Christmas, the DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting is cancelled this month. See you in January.

73 – Chuck W8PT

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Dessert for December Dinner Meeting

Dessert for Dinner
Really looking forward to the dinner this coming Monday. We had quite a few reservations, so the turnout should be great. Also wanted to let everyone know we will be having cake for dessert this year. We felt the need to celebrate receiving Club of the Year one last time. So save all those cookies for our Net Night at the Club on the 27th if you have any left from Christmas.

Remember you must have made a reservation with Tom WB8LCD for dinner.

Looking forward to having a great time!!

Jim, AC8NT

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