April has a lot of great events for our members. So many, I decided to send out a reminder.
Full schedule can be found on our club calendar
VE Session THIS Saturday, 10 AM
If you know of anyone that would like to get their license or would like to upgrade we will be having a testing session this Saturday April 7th starting at 10 AM. The fee for the test is $15. Examinees will be required to bring photo ID and a copy of their current license for if they are upgrading.
April Monthly Meeting – Monday April 9, 7 PM
This month we are going to have a great speaker. Jim Storms AB8YK will be talking about the Youth DX Adventure to PJ2T. These adventures are a great opportunity for young hams. PCARS supports these activities and Jim can show us what results from our support. We will also have a great 50/50 and enjoy getting together to discuss our great hobby. Please plan to attend and have a great time.
Makerfaire Kent State – Friday April 13, 11-4
Makerfaires are a great opportunity to see what is happening in electronics, rapid prototyping, the arts and new technology. PCARS has taken part in the Kent State fair for a couple of years and it has always been a lot of fun. Lots of people have stopped by to see what ham radio is all about. The age range of the visitors covering young students to the retired provides a great opportunity to get a lot of interest in ham radio. If you would like to help us represent PCARS let me know. You will have a great time, help introduce ham radio to all ages, and see some new stuff.
GOTA/Project Event – Saturday April 14, 9-12 Noon
If you would like to work on a project or run the club stations, the club will be open from 9 till noon. If you are or know of a Tech that would like to try HF this is a great time to do it. The lab will be available for working on projects. If you need any help with your projects or need a question answered, help will be available.
Technician Class – Starts Wednesday April 18, 7 PM-9 PM
We are starting our Spring 2018 Technician Class Wednesday April 18th. If you know of anyone interested in getting their license, have them contact me (Jim, AC8NT) or simply show up for the first session. The cost is $25 (free for PCARS members). Each student will need a copy of "Ham Radio License Manual". These will be available for purchase the first night of class. They are also available from the ARRL or DX Engineering. The class lasts for 8 consecutive Wednesdays with the last session a VE test session where the license exam will be offered.
Club Site Open House and VHF Room Dedication – Saturday April 21, 10-3
If you have not been to our club site in a while, please plan to attend our upcoming open house. Operation of our club stations will be available; the lab will be open for use; and snacks will be served. Most important will be the ceremony dedicating the VHF room to Jim Aylward SK, one of the founding members of PCARS. The ceremony will held at 1 PM. There will also be equipment from Jim's estate available for purchase.
Net Night at the Club – Thursday April 26, 7 PM
We always have a great time when we hold the Thursday Night Net from the club site. Snacks and lots of conversation are outstanding reasons for attending these events. Tom, WB8LCD does a great job making sure all have a lot of fun. Come join us.
Florida QSO Party – SaturdaySunday April 28-29
If you are a contester or would like to see how a contest works, visit the club site for this QSO party. Complete details are on the club calendar at our website portcars.org. If you would like to operate during the contest, please contact Chuck, W8PT.
As you can see, we have a busy month ahead. Lots of opportunities for club members to take advantage of our club site and the fellowship offered by PCARS. Come join us for one or all of these events.
Jim, AC8NT