Archive for May, 2020

June 2020 Radiogram

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

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

Here is the link:

Hope you enjoy this issue – READ ALL ABOUT IT – Field Day 2020 – Changes Coming for PCARS – Contest Univerisity on YouTube – CQ Inductees – Supporting Amateur Radio – Some Humor to help get us through all of this – 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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Mike Austin, KC8WUX

Message forwarded by Tom, WB8LCD
Hello All,
Some of you may already know but today Mike Austin KC8WUX suffered a catastrophic loss of all his ham radio equipment due to a fire while he was home alone. Being blind Mike did not catch it in its beginning stages and by the time help arrived all that he got out with was one HT and thank God his life. It is going to take some time to repair the damage done by the fire but replacing the radios that were set up so Mike could use them is not something that is going to happen on its own. I have started a Go Fund Me page so that we, his friends in the radio community can help out with this costly endeavor. IF Mike has to replace them on his own it will never happen. Mike is an asset and well respected in the radio community in this area. I know this is not a good time to be asking for a donation, it never is, but when Mikes shack is ready again we as ham radio operators and friends of Mike’s need to be ready to supply the radios in that shack.
Click here for the Go Fund Me page or use the following link:
 Please send this out to the members of your clubs and to anyone else who you think might be able to help.
 Thank you
Scott Wilton KE4UHC
Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association
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June PCARS Newsletter Inputs

Hello PCARS,

Well – May is just about over. June is only a week away. That means the PCARS newsletter “The RADIOGRAM” is being put together and I need your inputs !

All inputs and photos are due no later than Friday – May 29th at 8 pm. Send your .TXT files and photos to:

Hey we’re all in lock down mode, so you have a bit of time to get something together for the newsletter – Send it in !!!

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Take care & 73,
Parky, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

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Ham Radio Survey Information

This was past along by Gene W8NET. The previous survey results are worth a look.
Take the annual “State of the Hobby” survey by N8RMA
More about results from past years.
73 de Jim, KB3PU
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Field Day 2020 Update

The Trustees at Freedom Township have told us that we are welcome to participate at the park – PROVIDING that the Governor removes the restrictions on large gatherings – which he has not done yet. As long as he removes the restriction on or before June 18th, we will set up and operate at the park. If the park is not available to us for that reason, PCARS member Ron – W8AHC has offered us a very usable space on his farm located on Chamberlain Rd. in Mantua. Up to, and until we hear that Freedom Park is available to us, the plan is to set up and operate from Ron’s.
This operation will be anything BUT a “normal” Field Day operation. Every precaution will be taken to keep all participants safe. This will not be the “Social” event that it has been in the past as we will limit on-site participation to the set-up and tear-down crews and those who are actually operating the stations. Many other “safeguards” will also be instituted and I will get the entire list out to you shortly. You will also be hearing from our Field Day Captain Tony – WA8AR, the station captains, the set-up / tear-down crews and the power team. There will be a position for everyone who wants to participate, but once your task is completed we will expect you to leave the site.
My final comment is this: We know that these are “extraordinary” times. We are committed to extraordinary efforts to keep our members safe. I personally want everyone to know, if you do not feel comfortable participating, please do not feel any obligation to do so. No-one will be thought of in a negative way for being concerned for their own safety and/or the safety of their family.
A lot more information will be coming shortly, but I wanted you all to know that the PCARS Officers are working to make this happen. A lot could, and probably will change between now and then. We will respond and make changes to our planning as necessary.
73, I hope to hear you on the NET tonight,
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Thursday Night PCARS Net Tomorrow at 8 PM

Tomorrow night at 8:00PM is the weekly PCARS 2 meter net on the K8IV repeater. (146.895 Mhz, PL 118.8hz; or via Echolink on the K8SRR Echolink node) I know that many of you are finishing up our 7th night to qualify for the PCARS 2020 Corona Virus net check in award – Don’t miss it! And don’t forget, 3 more consecutive check in’s could win you a 2nd Award!
We’ve had some pretty good nets lately, let’s finish up this series with a BIG one! We’ve already hit 50+, could we hit 75? Could we hit 100? (Remember: for a check in to actually count, you must actually check in. “Check in my sister in Milwaukee” isn’t adequate for a real “check in”. So, let everybody know – get on the air (or echolink) and get checked in for real! Lots to talk about this week.
Hope to hear you on the net, 73,
Tom wb8lcd
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On May 14, treat yourself to an all-day smörgåsbord of contest Information with a livestreamed 2020 Contest University. The professors and staff have been working hard to adapt to pandemic restrictions, and over 2,000 people have already registered for the event via the Contest University website. The event starts at 0845 EDT and goes all day, with a break for lunch. The last session of the day is by K3ZJ, with the presentation of the CQ Contest Hall of Fame 2020. “At the conclusion of the CQ Contest Hall of Fame induction, CTU will give away an Icom IC-7610 transceiver courtesy of Icom America to a licensed amateur in the United States that is online with Zoom at the end of the Hall of Fame Inductions.” You can find slides for the presentations on the Contest University website, and the video is being recorded for later upload.

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Mount Athos

Just got word that he is on 14200 right now with less than ESP copy. Probably working EU.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Field Day 2020

I wanted to get this out to everyone so there is some idea of what we are expecting for Field Day this year. There are really only 3 options open to us. The 3rd is to “do nothing” and that is NOT an option that will be exercised! That just wouldn’t be the PCARS way.
The first option goes beyond our own control, but, we have to be prepared for it. That would be a “normal” style Field Day operation from Freedom Park. “Normal” would be anything but as we would have our own restrictions and rules as to how we would run our operation with safeguards to protect the participants from any exposure to Bad Bugs. The part that gets beyond our control is our ability to use the park for our operation. Rick – K8CAV – contacted them and this was the response: “Spoke to John Ziska, Freedom Township Trustee this afternoon regarding the park availability. He commented that as long as the State lifted the restriction on gatherings of more than ten people (currently still in place and will not change during gradual reopening starting May 1st). that they would be OK with PCARS having Field Day there.” That requirement is a “Gate Keeper” as to whether or not we can use the park. So, if even at the last minute, the state lifts the restriction on gatherings of more than 10 people, we will be on for Field Day at the Park! While I would hope this would happen (sooner than later) and I want us to be ready to move on it, I am not expecting it to happen. (I have no inside information – just my own feeling)
That brings us up to the final option, and the one I believe is the most probable: We create our own set of rules for PCARS to participate, with any and all members who want to participate, doing so from their own station. Our goal here would be have as many PCARS members as possible getting as many QSO points as possible. We would “aggregate” those points for a “claimed” PCARS score, we would use them for a PCARS members contest, and each individual station could enter his own score to the ARRL. We would also submit our “Aggregated” score for PCARS knowing that it would not qualify per the existing rules, but would set us apart as a group that does not accept artificial limitations on the BIG FUN that FD has to offer! We are putting together some ideas for bonus points for both the individual station and the PCARS score for the bonus categories, but that is not yet decided. If you have any ideas – send them to me! ( )
Now, don’t forget to check into the PCARS net tonight! 8:00PM on the K8IV repeater. Hope to hear you there – and I’ll be ready to take FD comments and suggestions. Ed – K8IV will be our NCS this evening – let’s give him a big night!
73 all, stay safe,
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Latest DX News

Here is something that should interest you.
News from Bangkok, Thailand and the world
It was today when the Thai radio regulator, NBTC, granted a permit E2STAYHOME for Thailand to join the the COVID-19 movement as the country number 33. RAST president, Jack, HS1FVL was on 20M to kick-off the special event while Champ, E21EIC with his wife JC, E20NKB handed out the very first QSOs.
On the same day, Andy, 5Z/G3AB informed that their regulator was in the process for allowing the locals to air the 5Z4STAYHOME special event station which would bring Africa to join the movement, enhancing the messages that governments throughout the world are releasing to their citizens.
Amateur radio is not only promoting the good-will and sense of belonging during these hard times but also keeping its communication network available for this unfortunate period.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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