Archive for April, 2020

PCARS Thursday Night 2 Meter Net Tonight at 8 PM

Join us tonight at 8 PM for the PCARS 2 Meter Net. This is a great time to exchange news and comments with other PCARS members. The net meets on 146.895 with a PL Tone of 118.8. Contact can also be made using EchoLink and the K8SRR-R node. We have had some great turnouts, so please join us tonight for some great fun.
Also, if you are interested in helping with this net, consider becoming Net Control. It is a lot of fun and an easy skill to learn. Just let me know if you are interested.
73,
Greg KA8TOA
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Mount Athos – Monday May 4th

It was reported that Monk Iakovos said he would depart for Mount Athos on Monday May (not June) 4th confirming activity will be on 20 meters and will give more details soon. So for those of you, like myself, who need this DXCC entity, keep your rigs on and your ears tuned to 20m. This is all the info I have so far.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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New England QSO Party May 2-3

PCARS Contesters:
This coming weekend (May2-3) we had scheduled to put K8BF on the air in the New England QSO Party. Obviously, we cannot do so from the club site.
I’ve looked at the NEQSOP site and there is nothing mentioned for clubs to enter. In our previous efforts, we entered as a Multi-Single and placed 1st in OH and 5th in the category overall. But I do not want to go through the “dupe” situation again.
So my suggestion to you who want to work this contest – go to the web site and read the rules. Then enter using your own call. Follow the rules and have fun and when it comes time to create your Cabrillo log, enter Portage County Amateur Radio Service in the space for club affiliation. This will probably not really do anything for PCARS, but we will see how it goes.
Contest times: May 2 Saturday – 4PM until 1AM and Sunday 9am until 8PM. I suggest we all run Low Power – 150w or less.
Get on, have fun and let me know how you did.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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May Radiogram

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

The May 2020 issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy.

Here is the link: www.portcars.org/wp/?linker=may-2020-radiogram

Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – Remote VE Testing – New Benefits for ARRL Members – Solar Cycle 25 Update – Drake TR3 Pre-Production – I’m Trying to Smile, You Should, Too – 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 (http:www.portcars.org) for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor:  kb8uuz@gmail.com

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Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure

Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure
Unfortunately our 2020 trip to Curacao has fallen victim to the covid-19 virus. It was set for July 11-17, 2020. Conditions and restrictions on the island remain locked down and we anticipate they will not change in time to finalize our trip. We are very disappointed but understand. The group wishes the best for the people of Curacao and pray for their health and safety.
We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the CCC in hosting us again on short notice and rescuing our 2020 event. Our best wishes for the group as they deal with the issues in keeping the site up during these times. Especially the loss of PJ2T during all the contests! Of course several of the contests have eliminated the multi-multi categories. Maybe we will see them on the bands as a remotely operated station.
We plan to extend the 2020 team to our 2021 trip as long as the individuals are still available.
Jim Storms AB8YK
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PCARS 2020 Corona Virus Thursday Night Net Check-in Award

So, were you disappointed last week trying to check into the net via Echolink?
If you were one of the 13 LUCKY stations to be logged into Echolink, I’ve got you covered! Your call has been forwarded to the awards committee, and you will be given credit for the net on April 23rd, as the problem was with our Echolink computer.
Now, I will expect you to make the rest of the nets during the award period (April 1 – May 18). I’ll do my best to make sure all issues with Echolink are addressed each week before the net and hopefully we won’t have another event like last week.  See you Thursday on the Net!
73,
Tom WB8LCD
PS – Not planning on the American Legion being open again the beginning of May, I am planning our May meeting to be via ZOOM again. Stay tuned for details.
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May Newsletter

Well, another month is sliding by. I’m not a fan of snow in April. Good news is that May is just around the corner. And, with that – The May PCARSNewsletter – The RADIOGRAM will be coming out.
Yes it is time to get that article on for the May newsletter – The deadline (as always) is the last Friday of the month – 8pm. That’s next Friday – April 24th.
So, send your contribution to the newsletter and, if you send in photos, please: in focus and large photos would be very much appreciated.
Send your TEXT articles (article.txt type of file) to: KB8UUZ@Gmail.com
Looking forward to hearing from you – the sooner the better.
73,
Tom, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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PCARS Thursday Night 2 Meter Net Tonight at 8 PM

Join us tonight at 8 PM for the PCARS 2 Meter Net. This is a great time to exchange news and comments with other PCARS members. The net meets on 146.895 with a PL Tone of 118.8. Contact can also be made using EchoLink and the K8SRR-R node.
Also, if you are interested in helping with this net, consider becoming Net Control. It is a lot of fun and an easy skill to learn. Just let me know if you are interested.
73,
Greg KA8TOA
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Florida QSO Party-April 25-26

PCARS Contesters:
As many of you know, the FLQSOP will be taking place the weekend of April 25-26. You also are aware that we have been trying to put together a way for PCARS to participate as a club multi-multi, low power (100w) entry. Keep in mind that the contest covers only 40,20,15, and 10 meters and is CW & SSB only, no digital.
We seem to have cleared most of the hurdles but we don’t have many participants scheduled as yet.
Here is the schedule so far:
Saturday (Contest time is Noon to 10PM)
Noon until 2:00 PM  OPEN All bands
2:00 until 4:00   N8QE   40m
4:00 until 6:00   WA8US  40m
6:00 until 8:00   OPEN all bands
8:00 until 10:00  KB8UUZ  40m
There is no one signed on for 20, 15, or 10 meters at any time on Saturday.
Sunday (Contest time is from 8:00AM to 6:00PM)
8:00AM until 10:00AM  OPEN all bands
10:00 until Noon  K8FF/KD8SKL  40m
10:00 until Noon  N8QE   20m
Noon until 2:00  OPEN all bands
2:00 until 4:00  N8QE    40m
2:00 until 4:00  WA8US  20m
4:00 until 6:00  KB8UUZ  40m
15 and 10m slots are all open
20m slots: 8:00 to 10:00; Noon to 2:00; and 4:00 to 6:00 are open.
Since we are all shut in, let’s see more people getting on the air. I know that there are some hindrances such as having to only be able to use N3FJP logging software and we will be seeing what we can do about that in the future if we have to do this again for our contesting. But I know that there are others out there that have the ability to get the correct logging software. So let’s try and see if we can make this work. As we get closer to the contest I will be sending out instructions on what to do with your Cabrillo log file at the end of the contest.
73 for now and stay safe,
Chuck, W8PT
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PCARS April Zoom Meeting

I’ve discovered one item that zoom doesn’t report: it does not create a list of participants. So, if you checked in for the meeting, or any part of the meeting, please let me know.  tomsly29@gmail.com
Also, the polling (voting) did not really work as expected. If we have to do this again, we’ll see if we can get that figured out.
Thanks again to SM Scott for making the program happen for us. Special thanks to Jim AB8YK and Michael W8CI for their presentations! And thank you all of you who participated.
Don’t forget the PCARS 2 meter net tomorrow (Thursday) night.
73,
Tom wb8lcd
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