Archive for November, 2019

November Meeting Today November 11th at 7 PM Important that you attend!!

Tonight is the November PCARS meeting.  We have some important business to conduct in the election of our officers for the 2020 calendar year.  Your vote does matter but your voice can only be heard if you are there to cast your vote.
Dale Williams – WA8EFK – the Great Lakes Division Director of the ARRL will be attending our meeting to present Scott Yonally – N8SY – with the 2019 ARRL Knight Distinguished Service Award, which every year recognizes a distinguished Section Manager.  Hopefully other Ohio Section Hams will be joining with us to celebrate with Scott this honor for his work and dedication to Amateur Radio!
Finally, this meeting is our annual event to support the work of the Center of Hope as they strive to meet the needs of Portage County families who need help with food.  I recently saw an article where they said that they were running behind in being able to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to all the families that would need their assistance.  We have been supporting them since our first year (2006) and our support has grown through the years to be a major part of their holiday efforts.  Please, consider an extra amount of support if you are able.  Donations can be made at the meeting, or via PAYPAL on the website at www.portcars.org .
Every November, the club’s portion of the 50/50 is donated to the Center of Hope.  We have had some amazing things that found their way into the drawing, and this year will be no different!  I know of several hand-held radios (some are even DMR!), a new, never taken out of the box Yaesu FT-450 HF-50Mhz radio, and way too many other items to list here.  You have to be there to win, and you have to buy tickets!  Lots of tickets!
Tonight’s meeting will be held in the Underwood Hall at the American Legion.  Enter through the rear (as usual) and ask anyone in the canteen to direct you to the Hall.  I’ll look forward to seeing you there.
Tom – WB8LCD
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Errol L. Jordan KC8RJR – PCARS Member #13 Silent Key

Errol L. Jordan – KC8RJR – PCARS Member #13 – Published in The Repository on Nov. 7, 2019:
78, of North Canton, passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2019 in his home following a period of declining health. Born in Coal Run, Ohio, he was the son of the late Otis and Dorothy (Chester) Jordan. He was a Veteran having served in the United States Army; and had retired from the former Hoover Company in North Canton, where he had lived most of his life.
He is survived by his former wife, Joanne Williman, who continued to care for him through his illness; two sisters, four nephews and one niece.
In keeping with his wishes, he is to be cremated through the care of Geib’s Tuscarawas Valley Crematory at Dover, Ohio and private family services will be held in Canada at a later date.
Parky
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Field Day 2019 Results Are In We did a great job!

We did a great job at Field Day this year. We won the Great Lakes Division; placed 3rd out of 141 4A stations; and we placed 20th out of 3,112 stations overall. Last year we placed 30th in the overall category.
 
 
Some Comments
 
Jim AC8NT- We should all be proud of our Field Day and I know we will do even better in 2020.
 
Nick AC8QG – Our field day results were excellent! Thanks to everyone who contributed! Once again we had BIG FUN and learned a lot in the process!
 
Parky KB8UUZ- A lot of planning, a lot of work, a LOT of FUN. We’ll do even better in 2020.
 
Ed K8IV – Great news….. the wheels are already turning with George and myself for 2020.
 
Thanks to everyone who helped in this great event especially our Field Day leader Tony WA8AR
 
Jim, AC8NT
 
 
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Field Day 2019 – Thanks to All Who Participated

As you all have seen by now, PCARS did very well in the 2019 ARRL Field Day contest/emergency preparedness exercise. In Class 4A we placed 3rd in the country; 1st in Ohio and 1st in the Great Lakes Division. Also, we were #20 out of all stations/all classes out of the 3,112 total participating stations. Great Job!
I wanted to thank all who participated this year, from the hard working Station Captains to all of the operators, and to everyone who helped from setup to tear-down. Plus, to so many others who pitched in to help make our 2019 Field Day another excellent PCARS club event. We have a great group members……Thanks again to all of you.
Of course it goes without saying that our ultimate goal is to be #1 in our class for the entire country. Let’s make next year the time we finally reach that goal.
73 Tony WA8AR, 2019 PCARS Field Day Chairman
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Christmas Party Gift Exchange

After dinner on December 9th,  we will have the PCARS gift exchange! Please bring a ten-dollar gift and mark it for a HAM or a 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 the child’s name on the gift so we can make sure it gets to him or her.

There will be a table with two baskets, one labeled “HAM” and the other labeled “NON-HAM” with slips of paper in the 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 brought a ham gift, or, write your name on it and deposit it in the “NON-HAM” basket if you brought a non-ham gift.

PLEASE: do not deposit a slip if you did not bring a gift for the EXCHANGE!
Mark your calendars, make your reservation, and I’ll see you there!
73, Tom WB8LCD

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PCARS Christmas Party Dinner Meeting

The PCARS December meeting will be held at the American Legion hall on Monday, December 9, 2019. Dinner will be served at 7:00PM sharp!
This is our annual Christmas Dinner meeting, open to all PCARS members and their families. The dinner will be catered by our friend Bert from the Little City Grill of Kent.

Here’s the flier with all the information.
The cost will be the same as last year, $19 per plate. (If you pay vial the PAYPAL button the cost will be $20 to cover the PAYPAL fees.) The entrees for this year’s dinner will be your choice between Hawaiian Chicken, served with rice, or a Strip Steak, served with baked potato. (All strip steaks will be prepared on the rare side of medium.)
All dinners will include green beans, a salad, and roll and butter. Chips and salsa will be available as an appetizer. Jim, AC8NT has told me there will be a cake for dessert!
Coffee and water will be available with the dinner, all other beverages will be available from the American Legion Canteen. Don’t forget, the dinner will be served at 7:00PM.
After the dinner, there will be a short PCARS meeting along with our PCARS Gift Exchange.
You can mail your reservations directly to me at:
Thomas R Sly – WB8LCD
1480 Lake Martin Dr.
Kent, OH 44240
along with your check payable to “PCARS”, or, you can always give your reservation directly to me, be sure to indicate your choice of meal(s) and the names of all those you are making reservations for. There will be a PAYPAL button on the club website shortly.

After dinner we will have the PCARS gift exchange! Please bring a ten-dollar gift and mark it for a HAM or a 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 the child’s name on the gift so we can make sure it gets to him or her. There will be a table with two baskets, one labeled “HAM” and the other labeled “NON-HAM” with slips of paper in
the 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 brought a ham gift, or, write your name on it and deposit it in the “NON-HAM” basket if you brought a non-ham gift.

PLEASE: do not deposit a slip if you did not bring a gift for the EXCHANGE!
Mark your calendars, make your reservation, and I’ll see you there!
73, Tom WB8LCD


Entree Choice
Your Callsign, and/or Name


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November Monthly Meeting and October Monthly Meeting Minutes

Please plan to attend the November Monthly Meeting of PCARS Monday November 11. I know this is an early reminder but this meeting is very important.
First, We will be electing the officers that will be leading our club for 2020.
Second, We will be holding our 50/50 for the Center of Hope. Prizes will be great including a new out of the box HF rig.
Please consider making a donation to the Center of Hope. We have provided a PayPal button on our website to make this very easy. If everyone gives just a few dollars it will greatly help support this great cause.
Clicking Here will take you to a copy of our “October 2019 Monthly Meeting Minutes” for your review.
73,
Jim, AC8NT
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Time to Renew Your PCARS Membership for 2020

It is time to renew your PCARS membership for 2020. Again this year, the dues are the same as always and we have tried to make the process as easy as possible.
Clicking Here (http://www.portcars.org/wp/?page_id=11319) will take you directly to the PCARS web page that contains a link to our membership form and a PayPal button that allows you to quickly make your dues payment. Please remember, even if renewing, you need to fill out a membership form so we can make sure our records are accurate and we properly record your membership. The membership form can be scanned and emailed to Gene W8NET at w8net@me.com; mailed to PCARS, Box 12 705 Oakwood St., Ravenna, OH 44266; or given to Gene personally. If you choose to not use PayPal you should send a check with your membership form or give your payment and form directly to Gene.
Don’t wait till the last minute. If dues are not paid by December 31 you will need to pay the 5$ initiation fee along with your dues and you will be given a new membership number.
We have lots planned for next year, so consider paying your dues now so you can enjoy our great newsletter, monthly meetings, contests, builds and other events.
Thanks and 73,
Jim, AC8NT
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November Monthly Meeting Monday November 11th at 7 PM

I would like to invite you to visit the Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) for our November 2019 meeting! Everyone is welcome to attend, and this would be a very good month to do so. If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to a meeting, come out and see what we’re doing – you’ll be glad you’re a member.
November is the month that PCARS dedicates it’s 50/50 drawing to help support a local charitable organization called The Center of Hope. The Center of Hope provides food and meals to the disadvantaged citizens of Portage County. Our contribution started out small, but has grown over the past 15 years. Last year we raised and donated over $9000 to this worthy cause! We would certainly appreciate your help. For our November 50/50 the club’s portion is donated to the Center of Hope and there are usually somewhere between 30 – 50 items to be won! This year’s auction will include a new, Yaesu FT-450 HF Radio, some DMR handi-talkies, a handful of BaoFeng handi-talkies and way too much other stuff to list here. It’s going to be a fantastic night, and you could go home with a nice prize. (If you are unable to attend but would like to support our effort, you can donate directly to the Center of Hope through the PCARS web-site, www.portcars.org . There is a PAYPAL button in the upper right of the homepage designated for the Center of Hope donations.)
Another really good reason to attend is to support our OHIO Section Manager, Scott – N8SY, who will be receiving the ARRL’s Knight Distinguished Service Award at the meeting. Presenting the award will be Dale Williams – WA8EFK – the Great Lakes Division Director.
Don’t worry, we’ve got room for everyone who wants to venture out to visit with us! The meeting will be held on Monday November 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM. PCARS meets at the Kent American Legion Post 496, located at 1945 Mogadore Rd. Kent, OH 44240. The meeting will be held in the Underwood Hall in the Legion. I hope you’ll join us for fantastic evening!
73,
de Tom Sly WB8LCD
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DX Calendar for November

How Many can you work?
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