Archive for November, 2019

December Radiogram

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

The December 2019 issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy. You can find it at

Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – 2020 PCARS Officers elected – Final Scores put out for Field Day 2019 and PCARS did GREAT – Center of Hope Donation was FANTASTIC – PCARS Christmas Dinner coming up FAST so make your reservations – ReNew your DUES NOW – 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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Sub NY3EC Day Before Thanksgiving Event

This announcement is kind of last minute, but….
The WPA Chapter will be operating in its annual day before Thanksgiving outing from the USS Requin in Pittsburgh. Details follow.
Time: Approximately from 1500-1800Z or as long as activity warrants.
Call: NY3EC (NYEC was the sub call when it was in active service, hence the similar ham call).
Frequencies (one at a time depending on activity) 7041, 14061 (we’ve
experienced some local QRN near there, so 14031 as an alternative), 10117. All +/- QRM so tune around a bit if we’re not right on frequency.
QSL: via the NY3EC address in for a beautiful picture card of the sub.
Operators: K3WWP and KC2EGL and ???
As you know, conditions are not that great this close to the sunspot minimum with a lot of QSB, so if you don’t hear us right away, try again a little later. We’ll probably be mostly on 40 unless there are good openings on 20. If neither are good we will try 30.
If you hear and work us, we’d appreciate you posting our activity on one of the various spotters on the Internet.
Hope to work you tomorrow.
* John K3WWP – 100% CW / QRP – Proudly promoting Morse Code:
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DX/Contest SIG Tuesday November 26th at 7 PM

Attention PCARS Contesters and DXers:
Our final DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting for 2019 is coming up on Tuesday, Nov.26. We will be discussing how we can enhance the contest experience among our membership by entering some of the larger contests from our own QTHs.
So come on out at 7PM to the club site this coming Tuesday and enter in to the discussion. We’d love to see some new faces or even some old faces if you haven’t been there for a while.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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December Newsletter Inputs Needed by Friday November 29

Hello PCARS members,
The Thanksgiving holiday is just a few days away – AND – the last Friday of the month will be here as well – Friday November 29th is the last Friday and I need your December PCARS newsletter inputs as soon as possible. So, before you get sleepy from all that turkey – get your inputs in early, please !
Looking forward to hearing from you soon –
PCARS Newsletter Editor.
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Center of Hope Contribution

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Center of Hope this year!!
With the support of individual and business donations and our November 50/50 we were able to give the Center $8,350.
The presentation was made at our club site on Tuesday November 20th. Mark Frisone, Executive Director, was ear to ear smiles as we made the presentation. He said it would help feed a lot of people in need in Portage county and expressed thanks for the on-going support PCARS has given to the Center of Hope
I would also like to thank Nick AC8QG and Paul KE8EGF for joining me in the presentation. Thanks also to Parky KB8UUZ for his outstanding work in taking an OK picture and making it great.
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Meteor Scatter Possible Thursday November 21

In case you are interested:
This Thursday night (11/21) between 11 pm and 12:30 am, they are predicting a meteor outburst of several meteors per minute (up to a rate of 400 per hour) from the annual alpha Monocerotid meteor shower.  This annual shower usually only produces a few per hour, but conditions this year should be nearly the same as 1995 when a large outburst did occur. Unfortunately, the weather will likely preclude us being able to visually see this outburst. However, for those interested, you should have enhanced Meteor Scatter QSO opportunities on 6m/2m during this time. Try MSK144 (via WSJT-X) as it provides one of the best opportunities.  The shower radiant should be centered to our east southeast. The max rates will likely last only 15 minutes or so.
Click Here for more information:
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Antenna SIG Tonight November 19th at 7PM

The November Antenna SIG will meet at 7:00 pm in the PCARS club site radio room, Tuesday, 11/19/2019 .  All PCARS members and guests are welcome to attend the Antenna SIG.  We will be discussing all antenna related topics including selection, design, construction, trouble shooting and safety for all Amateur Radio bands.
This will be one or the last Antenna SIG’s of the year, so bring any suggestions for topics that you think we may want to pursue in 2020. Looks like we will even have good weather for this month’s meeting. See you all there.
Tony WA8AR
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PCARS Christmas Dinner Meeting Monday December 9th at 7 PM

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November PCARS Meeting Follow-UP

For those of you who attended the November PCARS meeting, Thank You! Just with the clubs portion of the 50/50, you added $1001 to our Center of Hope Donation! (For those of you who wonder, that means the winners portion of the 50/50 was also $1001. I’m not certain, but that may be a PCARS record!) Although the PAYPAL button has already disappeared, there is still time (but not much) for you to make a donation to the Center of Hope. Contact me directly and we’ll make arrangements to get your donation added in.
There were lots of FANTASTIC prizes given away, and a lot of club members went home with some really good stuff. The other “prize” given away was the ARRL Knight Award presented to Scott – N8SY. Congratulations Scott on your well deserved recognition!
Next up is the Christmas dinner meeting. Check out the website and/or the upcoming issue of the Radiogram for all the information on making your reservation.
Thank you all, 73,
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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 .
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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