Special Interest Groups

At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings the PCARS Special Interest Groups (SIG) will be meeting at the club site(705 Oakwood Street in Ravenna ). The SIG’s are intended to provide an informal setting for PCARS members who share an interest in particular amateur radio activities to get to know each other better, learn more about the topic, share ideas and experiences and maybe even plan club programs.

The meetings are open to everyone so feel free to drop in for any of them.

If you have any questions about a particular group, contact the moderator, using the e-mail link below. Or, if you have a suggestion for any other group that you would like to get started (satellites, D-STAR, EME, you name it) send a note to Tom, WB8LCD email.

Here is the current schedule for SIG meetings, along with the moderator contact info for each:

  • First Tuesday of the month: Digital Modes (Rick, K8CAV email)The Digital Special Interest Group meets at the Club Site, on the 1st Tuesday of each month. Topics can vary, but are always interesting. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM.
    Are you having problems getting on the air with a digital mode? Bring your equipment to the group, and let us help you!
  • Second Tuesday of the month: QRP/CW (WA2DFC email /WB8LCD email)The 2nd Tuesday of each month marks the QRP/CW group at the club site. We get started at 7:00 PM. Do you have a love of QRP/CW operating? How about portable, or backpack radio? Stop by, and show us your setup.
  • Third Tuesday of the month: Antennas (Tony, WA8AR email)The Antenna Special Interest Group meets at the Club Site, on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The meetings begin at 7:00 pm, and are open to all PCARS members.
    If you are considering building a new antenna/antenna system at your QTH please feel free to stop in and discuss your plans with the group! As always, the floor will be open for discussion of any antenna topic by members attending the meeting.

    73, Tony Romito WA8AR

  • Fourth Tuesday of the month: DX/Contesting (Chuck, W8PT email)One might ask what the two have to do with each other. When there is a contest running, one can hardly find a clear frequency to do any normal DX hunting. But there are some commonalities that do exist. For one thing, an Amateur that participates in a contest must know the capabilities of his station. He has to know what he can expect from his rig and antenna system. The Amateur must also know what he is capable of. If you don’t know how to drive an Italian sports car, what’s the point of having one? Why own an IC 7800 if you can’t master at least a majority of its features? It’s the same with an Amateur that hunts DX. Often, some rare DX stations are so far into the noise level, that only those operators who know their rigs can pull them out. Or it may be that the station you want is being QRM’d by a close by station. Knowing how to use the features of your rig will be the difference in getting the DX station and having to pass it by because you can’t “tune” the strong station out. Of course, the biggest common trait is – LISTENING. Both DX hunters and Contesters need to listen and get the calls correct in order to have a valid QSO.

    What we attempt to do when the DX/Contest SIG meets is to discuss those topics that will enhance an operators abilities to have better success in either Contesting or DX hunting, which ever one is the chosen form of operation. As we always say, there is room for a lot of different sub categories of our hobby. DX hunting, Contesting, QRP operation, CW, Digital to name a few. Why not stop in at the club site on the fourth Tuesday of each month and see what we are up to? Who knows, you might learn something that will help you have more fun with the greatest hobby in the world!!

  • Fifth Tuesday of the month:Linux for Hams (Terry, KB8AMZ email/Mike, KB8TUY email) The Linux for Hams SIG will be conducted by Terry Morris, KB8AMZ and Mike Ryan, KB8TUY. Discussion about Open Source Operating Systems and what software is available to the amateur community for adaptation to the open source OS will be discussed and demonstrated. Both GUI and CLI programs will be discussed or demonstrated. Live-CD OS will be available to run on club PC’s or an individual’s laptop/netbook PC. The 5th Tuesday of the month is the scheduled meeting at 1900 EDT at the PCARS clubhouse.
    73 de KB8AMZ es KB8TUY