Archive for January, 2019

PCARS February Newsletter

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
The February 2019 issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy.
Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – FEB is FYAO Month, Hope to see you at this annual event on the 9th – Net Night Quiz – Portage County Coms Unit Help Wanted – Technician Class starting up – Make Ham Radio a Habit – 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: kb8uuz@gmail.comAttachments area

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Net Night at the Club Site

Net Night at the Club Site!
Thursday, January 24th is the fourth Thursday of the month. Not only will there be a PCARS net on the K8IV repeater (146.895 Mhz, PL 118.8 hz or the K8SRR Echolink node at 8:00PM) there will also be a Net Night meeting at the club-site. We’ll start the night with snacks and beverages (bring along some snacks to share), then Everyone can check into the PCARS net. After the net, we’ll start 2019 with a net-night Amateur Radio quiz. This will be the Mother-of-All net night quizzes so far! So, come claim your title as the first winner of 2019! The doors will open at approximately 6:30PM until 10:30 (or maybe 11:00). I hope to see you all there! If you can’t make it to the club-site, then please, check into the net! 73, Tom wb8lcd
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February PCARS Newsletter Inputs Needed

February PCARS Newsletter Inputs Needed
Greetings PCARS Members, January is coming to an end and the last Friday of the month is only a short few days away (January 25th). I’m looking for your inputs for the February PCARS Newsletter – The RADIOGRAM. Please send in your articles and photos (in-focus & large photos) as soon as you can. Hey this weekend (Jan 19-20) is suppose to be lousy weather – what better excuse to stay in and get your article written and sent in for the next newsletter??? Send your TEXT Format inputs with photos to 73 & stay warm – cold weather is coming! Parky, KB8UUZ PCARS Newsletter Editor
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January Meeting

January Meeting
Hello PCARS! And Happy New Year!

Our first meeting for 2019 is this coming Monday, January 14th. 7:00PM at the Kent American Legion Post 496 located at 1945 Mogadore Rd. in Kent. Come on out, bring your friends, and invite everyone you know who is interested in Ham Radio!

We’ll go over all the upcoming activities and meetings we’ve got planned and bring you up to date on everything that’s been happening with PCARS. We had a fantastic year in 2018, and we are all ready to turn the dial up from there for 2019! Stick with us, show up. Lots of Big Fun will be happening.

Monday’s meeting speaker will be PCARS member Chris Woolverton, Phd. – N1CJW. Chris is Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at KSU, and will be speaking on the FEMA program “Are You Ready” and also giving us some insights into the topic of Bio-terrorism. Whileeveryone should have a basic awareness of these topics, they are especially important to those of us who will be involved with the Portage County Communications Unit and/or ARES. See you there!

73 de Tom WB8LCD
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ICOM 7300 Training

Attention: PCARS Members and Contesters
Next Wednesday January 9th at 6:30PM at the club site, our busy friend George, K3GP, will be hosting the training we promised to have on our new club rigs.
As you know, we have three new ICOM IC7300’s and before we mess things up, we want to make sure that anyone who wants to operate from the club is fully familiar with the operation of these rigs. So for those of you who plan to operate during contests from the club or simply operate during one of our open house operating nights, you must attend the training.
This will not be the only training session because we know that not everyone can make a certain date available to take part.
So, if you can, please plan to attend the training even before the RTTY training.  
73 – Chuck W8PT
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2019 Dayton Top Band Dinner Tickets

Continuing the great Dayton Top Band dinner tradition that George, K8GG and George, W8UVZ started, I am proud to announce the 30th Annual Dayton TopBand dinner. Dinner reservations are now available for 2019!

Friday evening May 17, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza in the Presidential Ballroom – downtown Dayton, Ohio. Top Band Social hour is at 6:00 PM and Dinner starts at 7:00 PM. Come and have dinner with the guys you work on 160 meters and enjoy great Top Band discussions.

I am proud to announce that our featured speaker will be Ken Claerbout, K4ZW. You can read more about Ken here on his dinner bio page:

Dinner reservations are available on line with credit cards and PayPal. 
Thanks to Teri, K8MNJ for coordinating and organizing the Top Band Dinner.

The 2019 Dayton Top Band Dinner details are here:

Scroll down to make your reservations.

In addition to K4ZW we will pass the mic so everyone can introduce themselves. We will also have the exciting Top Band DXCC count down.

Four nights of great Top Band, DX and Contesting hospitality are also at the Crowne Plaza Contest Super Suite.

Slots are filling up fast at 2019 Dayton Contest University

2019 Contest Dinner reservations are open at:
If you enjoy having fun on the 160 meter band, the 30th Annual Top Band Dinner is for you!

Hope to see you at the 2019 Dayton Top Band Dinner
73,Tim K3LR
Dayton Top Band Dinner Chairman

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2019 Contest Dinner Tickets

2019 Contest Dinner Tickets
The North Coast Contesters are proud to announce:

The 27th Annual Dayton Contest Dinner at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Dayton, Ohio

2019 Contest Dinner tickets are on sale now exclusively via our web site.
HUGE thanks to Scott, KA9FOX and for designing, building, donating and running the Contest Dinner web site.

Master of Ceremonies for the Dayton Contest Dinner is Contest Hall of Fame member and World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) Chairman, John Dorr, K1AR.

To celebrate our 27th Anniversary dinner our featured speaker will be Ted Rappaport, N9NB. Ted’s bio is here

Thanks to Teri, K8MNJ for coordinating and organizing the 2019 Contest Dinner.

The 2019 Contest Hall of Fame inductees will be announced during the Dayton Contest Dinner.

The Dayton Contest Dinner will be held on Saturday night, May 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM Cash bar opens at 5:30 PM.

Located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Official Contester Hotel) 5th and Jefferson Streets (Next to the Dayton Convention Center) Dayton (Downtown), Ohio in the PRESIDENTIAL BALLROOM on the second floor.

Seating is random. Tables are set in rounds of 10 and rectangles of 12. You can purchase an entire table for your group (purchased group tables are set for round 10 or rectangle 12). Full Table purchases are reserved seating.

Tickets are only available on There are no tickets for sale at the door.

The 31st annual Contest Super Suite (all FOUR nights during Dayton) details are here:

And the 13th Annual Dayton Contest University seats are filling up fast

The 30th annual Dayton Top Band Dinner tickets are available at The TopBand Speaker is Ken, K4ZW. The K4ZW bio is here

We expect another sold out event for the Dayton Contest dinner. Get your tickets early!

73 and Happy New Year!
Tim K3LR
Dayton Contest Dinner Chairman – 27 years
Vice President, North Coast Contesters

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Digital SIG Wednesday Night

Digital SIG Wednesday Night
There will be a Digital SIG tomorrow night starting at 7:00 PM. We will be operating using digital modes from the club site. If you would like to learn more about digital modes or simply want to operate, come on out.

Rick K8CAV

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