Archive for September, 2020

Free Online Technician Class License Class Starting Oct 4th

The following was sent to me by Anthony – K8ZT (Speaker for the October PCARS meeting – details to follow). If you know of anyone, anywhere looking for an opportunity to get their Technician class license, this is it! And don’t forget, PCARS will be having a VE session on Saturday October 3, and again on Saturday December 5th. Get those books out and start studying!
The Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio Club ( is offering a free six-session Technician Class License course starting October 4, 2020. Classes are held online via Google Classroom and Meet from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.
The class is open to anyone and we would appreciate you spreading the word to your club members. This is also a great opportunity for younger candidates that may not be able to drive to in-person classes.
Anthony Luscre
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Special Edition of “Dale’s Tales”andCandidate Statement

Special Edition of “Dale’s Tales” and Candidate Statement
Dale Williams WA8EFK Great Lakes Division Director
Candidate for Great Lakes Division Director, 2021-2024 Term, representing the ARRL Members in Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.
In the 58 years I have been licensed, amateur radio has played a vitally important part in my career. From my early experience as an electronics tech, service in Vietnam with the Army Signal Corps and later in my business career, the lifelong friends I have made and wonderful relationships that came about were largely and directly impacted by ham radio.
I am currently an Amateur Extra, operating 160 Meters through 450 MHz at home and mobile. I consider myself a “casual DXer” and am currently enjoying operating several of our new digital modes and am heavily involved with our local ARES team.
My ARRL experience includes service in the following positions:
Assistant EC
Section EC
Section Manager
Vice Director
Programs and Services (Chair)
Ethics and Elections (Chair)
Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) (Chair) ARRL Executive Committee
ARRL Foundation Board
HF Band Planning Committee New CEO Selection Committee
During my tenure with the PSEWG we developed the necessary upgrades to the ARES, brining it in alignment with the needs of our served partner agencies. I also introduced the changes to the Field Card Checker program allowing more checkers to be available in strategic locations and adding those willing to travel to hamfests and conventions.
My membership in several organizations and community agencies allows me to draw on that experience to bring additional expertise my leadership position at ARRL.
Veteran, US Army, 362 Signal Company. Viet Nam. Troposcatter systems operations and maintenance
State of Michigan Antenna Advisory Committee – Member
Michigan Association of Planning – Member
Historic Vehicle Association – Member
Monroe County Library System, Health Care VEBA Trust – Chairman
Detroit / SE Michigan UASI Communications Interoperability Committee – Monroe County Representative
Monroe County Local Emergency Planning Committee / Local Planning Team – Member Lake Erie Transportation Commission – Member
Dundee Village Planning Commission – Chairman
Monroe County Radio Communications Assn. – Member
River Raisin Repeater Assn. – Trustee
Monroe County Amateur Radio Public Service Corps – ARES Assistant E. C.
I truly believe ARRL represents what is the best in ham radio and our members are the reason ARRL has such a strong history. As you know, I have worked diligently to be accessible to you and that promise remains solidly in place. I have heard from you that the challenges we face
in the near term include protection from oppressive antenna restrictions, the
making of a more viable NTS, making both basic and more advanced training available for all amateurs and developing services for our ARRL Affiliated radio clubs.
My experience and time cooperating and collaborating with my fellow Directors will permit me to see that ARRL leadership is proactive in resolving the concerns of Great Lakes Division ARRL members.
Thanks and 73
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The End of an Icon – Hara Arena

Referencing the PCARS newsletter article on the Hara Arena being demolished. Here is another story with probably the last photos (95 of them) showing what the area looks like right now.
From the Springfield News-Sun
Here’s a final look at Hara Arena in Trotwood from yesterday evening, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Demolition of the Hara complex buildings will start today, Sept. 25. Closed in 2016, the property experienced extensive damage from the 2019 Dayton area Memorial Day tornadoes. Michael Heitz, a Lexington, Ky. based developer, purchased Hara and its land in 2018. Though plans have yet to be announced for how the site will be redeveloped, the property was rezoned in March from recreational uses to light industrial. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
95 photos
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October Radiogram

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

The October 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 – New FST4 Digital Mode – Deron, N8XTH got married! – FCC proposes License Fees – Get Ready for the PCARS 15th Anniversary Special Event – JOTA is this month – 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 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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PCARS Thursday Night Net Tomorrow at 8 PM

Hi everyone
Please join me Thursday night at 8:00 pm local time on the 146.895 repeater with a pl tone of 118.8 and the K8SRR  EchoLink node. I will be your host and i am sure it will be entertaining. We will have club information and other amateur news. So till then, I hope to hear you and enjoy this nice weather. 73’s
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September 29, 2020 Linux for Hams SIG

September 22, 2020
September 21, 2020 the Ohio Public Health Advisory System went code Red for Portage County. My age, 74 in December, puts me in the high risk area for seniors. I will be canceling the September 29, 2020 and possibly the December 29, 2020 of the Linux for Hams Special Interest Group. Lets hope that 2021 will be a safer year for all of our club SIG’s.
Best 73 de KB8AMZ, Terry
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DX/Contest Special Interest Group Meeting Announcement

Attn: PCARS DXers & Contesters:
Well I need to apologize but this month simply got away from me. Life intervened. We should have our DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting this evening – Sept 22 – at 7PM. Tom has setup a Zoom meeting for this SIG. The Zoom information is as follows:
PCARS DXers & Contesters:
Chuck – W8PT is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: DX / Contest SIG
Time: Sep 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Meeting reminder – MCARC September meeting Tonight Tuesday September 22

Michael, W8CI will give the Elmer session starting at 6 PM – talking about the ARRL.
Our business meeting will start at 7 PM
At 7:30 PM our speaker is Nathaniel, W2NAF presenting a talk on Space Weather.
See you on Zoom
Meeting Tuesday (9/22) VIA Zoom:
To Join Zoom MONTHLY CLUB Meeting
Meeting ID: 563 685 301
Password: 73
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PCARS October Newsletter Inputs

Hello PCARS,
WOW – September is going by FAST. Fall is setting in, a bit cooler outside now.
Anyway – the October newsletter is in the works and I need your inputs to make this a good issue of The RADIOGRAM !!!
Deadline is the last Friday of the month – September 25th – 8pm.
Send your inputs to me with photos, too !!!
Hope to hear from you soon,
Parky, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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PCARS – VE Testing Saturday October 3rd at 10 AM Sharp

There WILL be a VE Test Session at the PCARS Club Site in Ravenna on Saturday – October 3, 2020 – Starts at 10 am sharp.
– You MUST register in advance – NO WALK-INS will be accepted. Send an email to to register.
– You will be required to have, in advance, a Form 605 – properly filled in and signed. Once you register a form 605 will be sent to you via email. You can print it out and fill it in.
– If you are sick, have a cough, a high temperature or have been exposed to COVID-19 or someone that has been infected – please, do not come to the club site.
– You will wear a mask covering your mouth and nose at all times.
– No food or snacks allowed.
– Only people that are testing will be allowed in the building.
– $15.00 Fee Payment will only be by check or exact change. We cannot make change
– If paying by check, make check out to: “ARRL-VEC” Fee is $15.00
– Ensure you have the following:
 A picture ID such as a valid Driver’s License, State ID, School ID, or US Passport.
  If you are under 16 years of age, a parent or guardian must be able to vouch for you and you need a copy of your birth certificate (you do not have to give us a copy, we just have to see and verify)
  If you are taking a Technician test you will need either your FRN number (you can apply for an FRN on the FCC website) or Social Security Number.
  If you are upgrading to General or Extra – You MUST bring your original valid amateur radio license and a copy of your valid amateur radio license to turn in with your Form 605.
Bring your own pencils and pens.
Any questions? Contact
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