Archive for April, 2019

Antenna Day Volunteers Needed

Antenna Day May 11 – Volunteers Needed
This year we will be conducting a full test of all transmitting/receiving equipment that will be utilized for our Field Day operations; AKA Antenna Day.  The test will be conducted at our Field Day site and will involve setting all stations including the proposed antenna systems.  Transmitting tests will be conducted to determine if there is unacceptable interference between any stations.  Interference testing will be done on all bands we anticipate using on Field Day.  Power will be supplied by backup generators for each station.  The test will be conducted between the hours of  9 am and 3 pm on Saturday May 11, 2019.  Donuts and coffee will be supplied for breakfast; pizza and water will be supplied to all for lunch.  All stations will be taken down and stowed for transport at the end of testing.
A minimum crew of twelve (12) Volunteers WILL BE NEEDED, in addition to the station captains who will bring all the station equipment plus tools.   Station captains have designed and will direct setup of each station.  New hams are welcome to volunteer, there will be plenty of help to show you what to do.  So that I have an exact count of how many volunteers we will have, please email me (give me your name and call sign) if you will be there to help:  Tony, .  I will send out a QST when we have filled our volunteer antenna/station assembly team.  It should be a good experience for all.
Location: If you have not been there before, our Field Day site is the Freedom Township Park, located just southwest of the intersection of State Route 700 and Streeter Rd. From Ravenna take State Route 88 north to State Route 700 north. The park is on the left, just under one mile after you cross over the Turnpike, traveling up SR 700. You will see a storage building, the open shelter and a baseball field on the left. The park is not well marked, but still pretty easy to find.
Tony, Field Day Chairman
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Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
The May 2019 issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy. Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – HAMVENTION 2019 is almost here !! – Getting Ready for Field Day 2019 – Antenna Day Coming up FAST – A great article on Radio Shack – I Really Like This Club – DX Highlites – 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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Pioneer Bus Trip to Hamvention

Tickets are still available for the bus trip to Hamvention run by the Pioneer Amateur Radio Fellowship. The bus leaves at 5:30 AM the Saturday of Hamvention, stops at McDonald’s for breakfast, arrives at Hamvention about 9, leaves about 5 and stops at a buffet for supper. You arrive back at the pickup point about 9:30. It is also convenient that the bus has very large storage areas for all you purchases.
Some of us have taken this bus. In my case, it has always been a lot of fun. If you Click Here, you will find the flier and the form used to register for this trip.
Jim, AC8NT
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Field Day 20 meter Station

I am looking for ops and loggers for the 20m station. We have only a few slots filled and we really need people to man the station. Please let me know if you would like to operate and whether you can operate on Saturday or Sunday or possibly take a slot on both days.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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DX/Contest SIG Tomorrow Night

Attention PCARS Contesters:
Just a reminder that tomorrow evening at 7PM, we will be holding our DX/Contesting Special Interest Group Meeting and we will be reviewing the rules for the Florida QSO Party. Many of you know that this coming weekend, we will be putting K8BF on the air once again in this contest.
The contest is made up of two ten hour operating periods, with a ten hour break. This is for our slightly more mature members whose derriere needs a rest at times.
Saturday, April 27 1600Z (Noon EDT) – 0159Z (9:59 PM EDT)
Sunday, April 28 1200Z (8 AM EDT) – 2159Z (5:59 PM EDT)
20 Hours total
The rules are somewhat different this year so those of you who will be participating should be at the meeting tomorrow evening. Hope to see many of you there.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Net Night at the Club Site Cancelled this Week

I am cancelling “Net Night at the Clubsite” for this week. The net WILL take place, as normal, with John – KB8UHN – as net control operator.
My apologies for this, I have a family obligation that could not be changed. However – May’s net night at the clubsite will be Thursday May 23rd, the week after Hamvention. There will be lots of good information to share. I look forward to seeing you all there and then!
Tom wb8lcd
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FT4 Contest Mode

From Joe Taylor and the WSJTX development team regarding FT4:
“To: WSJT-X users interested in testing FT4
From: K1JT, K9AN, and G4WJS
Soon after the “FT8 Roundup” held on December 1-2, 2018, we started serious work on a faster, more contest-friendly digital mode that can compete with RTTY-contesting QSO rates while preserving many of the benefits of FT8. The result is FT4 — a new digital mode specifically designed for radio contesting.
Over the past month a small group of volunteers have been conducting on-the-air tests of FT4. The early tests were very successful and helped us to make a number of important design decisions. We believe FT4 has considerable promise for its intended purpose.
We’ll soon be ready for testing by a larger group. If you might be interested in participating and offering your considered feedback, please read the descriptive document “The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting”, posted here:
We plan to post downloadable installation packages for WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5 on April 29, one week from today. The document linked above includes
– Instructions for installing WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5 and FT4 configuration
– Operating instructions for FT4
– Basic description of the FT4 protocol, modulation, and waveform
– Detailed sensitivity measurements for FT4 under a wide variety of simulated propagation conditions
– Schedule for upcoming test sessions
Please consider helping us to make FT4 a successful mode for digital contesting
With best wishes and 73,
— Joe (K1JT), Steve (K9AN), and Bill (G4WJS)
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May Newsletter Inputs Requested

Hello PCARS Members,
April is rapidly coming to an end. April showers bring May Flowers and HAMVENTION®, too! Along with that, the May PCARS newsletter – The RADIOGRAM will be out shortly.
The last Friday of the month is April 26th – just a few short days away. Time to get your inputs sent in to be part of the greatest newsletter around. Please get your inputs sent in (with large format & in-focus pictures) no later than Friday the 26th at 8 pm.
I’ll be looking at my e-mail box for something from YOU! Send your inputs to
Hope to hear from you soon!
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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Free Sunday Admission to Hamvention

Those who have wondered what brings about 30,000 amateur radio operators to the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio, in May will have a chance to see for themselves at no cost this year.
Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT,2019 Hamvention General Chairman, said, “We have decided to open the doors to Hamvention to the public on Sunday, May 19, without buying a ticket. This will make it a little easier and cheaper for someone with just a little interest in Hamvention to see what all the excitement is about.”
In addition to the amateur radio equipment which attracts all the ham radio operators, there are also vendors selling a variety of other electronic equipment including computers and accessories, security devices networking supplies, tools and many other items of interest to the general public. Those visiting the flea market area will be surprised at what’s available, often at a small fraction of its original cost.
The chairman said that Sunday is Hamvention’s lightest traffic day, making it convenient for anyone who just wants check out what’s there. Many vendors have final day specials on a variety of items. The many food trucks offer a wide selection of menus, providing residents with a chance to make Hamvention 2019 a family outing.
Hamvention hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. While some parking will be available at the fairgrounds, much of it is weather dependent. Visitors are urged to use one of the remote lots with free shuttles. They are located at Hobson Freedom Park, 2910 Trebein Road, Fairborn, OH 45325; Xenia High School, 303 Kinsey Road, Xenia, 45383; Warner Middle School’ 600 Buckskin Trail, Xenia, OH, 45385 and Xenia Towne Square, 84 Xenia Towne Square, Xenia, OH, 45385. Buses run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Anyone wanting to receive current information on a cell phone during Hamvention about traffic, parking, weather conditions and other facts affecting the event is encouraged to sign up for the text alerts by texting Hamvention19 to 888777. Thanks to Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer, KX8GCS, for making the alerts possible again this year.
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Florida QSO Party and DX/Contest SIG

PCARS Contesters:
Just a reminder that we will be participating in the Florida QSO Party on the weekend of April 27-28. We will need ops, so let me know if you plan to attend and operate.
We will have one more Dx/Contest meeting prior to the contest, on Tuesday, April 23. That’s a week from today. If you are going to be participating in the FL-QSOP, then please try to make the meeting.
Let’s have a good turnout for both events.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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