The FLEX Station still has three slots open for Field Day

The FLEX Station still has three slots open for Field Day:
10:00 PM to Midnight on Saturday, 80 meters, phone, CW, or digital
6:00 AM to 8:00 AM Sunday, grey-line, whatever band works authorized for FLEX
Noon to 2:00 PM Sunday, 40 meter or 20 meter digital (whichever band CW isn’t on)
Drop me a note at k8cav.coms@gmail.com if you can fill a slot, or even just part of a slot, Thanks!
73 Rick K8CAV
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Welcome to my Dayton Hamvention 2019 QST!

Welcome to my Dayton Hamvention 2019 QST!
I hope that I will get to see a whole bunch of PCARS members in Dayton this year. This is the “Show of all Shows” – and it’s right in our own backyard! You’ve got to get there, for the whole weekend, or just a day. It doesn’t matter – JUST GET THERE! It will change your whole outlook on Ham Radio.
I will be there (along with Chuck – W8PT), checking in on Thursday night. Dinner for us on Thursday will be at The Dublin Pub – 300 Wayne Ave. Dayton, OH 45410. If you’d like to join us, give me a call (330-554-4650) and I’ll let them know you’re coming!
Friday morning I hope to be there when the doors open, I’ll be headed straight for the ARRL booth (it’s in Main Building #2) to make all my ARRL purchases. Saving on the shipping costs is well worth it, and they do sell out of stuff early (especially Field Day Shirts). If you’re there Friday, I would also suggest the Carol Perry Instructor’s Forum from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. After that, I’m sure you’ll find me wandering around somewhere, wishing I could take it all home with me!
Saturday morning my tradition is Bloody Mary’s in the parking lot – somewhere between 7:30 and 8:30 AM. Once again, give me a call, I’ll accommodate as many as I can!
After that, it’s off to the Carol Perry Youth Forum (9:15 – 12:00). Lots of good presentations planned here, check them out!
The ANNUAL PCARS GROUP PHOTO will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday! Please, don’t be late – photos will be snapped at 2:00PM SHARP! You can find us in the bleachers between Main Buildings 2 and 3. After all the rain we’ve had already, I’m expecting a beautiful weekend at Hamvention! If you cannot be there for our group photo, get someone
to take a photo (or 4) of you there, and email them to me at ( tomsly29@gmail.com ). I’ll try to come up with a group photo in “collage” form. If you see someone from PCARS there, take their photo and send it to me, just in case!
One last thing I want to mention: At our May meeting, our speaker will be Jim Storms AB8YK. Jim will be talking about the Youth DX Adventure program. PCARS will be making a donation to this years trip, however, if you are able, I would ask you to make a personal donation – you can either give it to Jim at our meeting, or, you can present it to them at their Hamvention booth. Whatever the amount, it will be money well spent for the future of Amateur Radio!
73, and I’ll be looking for you at Hamvention.
Tom WB8LCD
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PCARS May Meeting

I hope you all plan to come to our May meeting this Monday, May 13th at the Kent American Legion Post 496, 1945 Mogadore Rd. Our speaker will be Jim Storms and the topic will be Youth DX Adventures. Jim has a lot of experience with these events so it will be a great presentation.
We will have a great 50/50 and a great time as usual. If you haven’t picked up your PCARS coffee mug, they will be available. Just a couple of additional notes:
  • Please check the member roster on our website to make sure your information is up to date. If it is not, please send the correct information to Gene Marsh W8NET at w8net@me.com.
  • If you get a chance Errol KC8RJR could use some support. I am sure he would welcome a QSL card or note. He is a great guy and is working through some medical problems.
  • We will be rescheduling Antenna Day and I am sure Tony could use a few more volunteers. Let him know if you are interested. Please watch your emails for the new date for the Antenna Day.
Hope to see all of you at the meeting Monday. Come out and have a great time.
Jim, AC8NT
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Antenna Day Postponed

Antenna Day originally scheduled for this Saturday has been cancelled due to poor field conditions. Recent rains and expected rains later this week have made field conditions unusable.
Both Rick and Tony visited the site today and along with township workers decided the field was way too wet to setup the stations. The Field Day team is working to reschedule Antenna Day possibly for the first Saturday in June (June 8th).
A QST will be sent when the new date is firm.
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Antenna Day at Freedom Township Park this Saturday

Just a friendly reminder that in preparation for Field Day we are holding an Antenna Day this Saturday May 11th. The test will be conducted between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM. If you would like to help please let Tony WA8AR know by sending him an email at tromito99@gmail.com.
If you have not been there before, our Field Day site is the Freedom Township Park, located just southwest of the intersection of State Route 700 and Streeter Rd. From Ravenna take State Route 88 north to State Route 700 north. The park is on the left, just under one mile after you cross over the Turnpike, traveling up SR 700. You will see a storage building, the open shelter and a baseball field on the left. The park is not well marked, but still pretty easy to find.
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New England QSO Party Update

PCARS Members:
Well, the group of us who participated in this contest decided to call it quits a little early. We were hearing nothing but dupes and were only working 1-2 contacts per hour, and we had 3 hours to go. We had had enough fun for one weekend.
We didn’t do too badly. We ended up with 9100 pts compared to only about 3500 last year. I will be putting out a full report in a couple of days.
Thanks goes out to all who showed up. You really helped putting K8BF on the air. Until next contest…
73 – Chuck W8PT
Contest Coordinator
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PCARS FlexNet May 8. 8:00 PM Eastern

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. eastern will be the May FlexNet. This month we will be meeting on 40 meters. 7.185 +/- 5kHz will be our net frequency. In the event that NCS (K8IV) has to find a clearer frequency, the alternate net control (WB8LCD) will be monitoring the 146.895 repeater to help people find our net.
Remember, when logging your QSOs, use UTC dates/times. Also, be ready to give an accurate RS(T) signal report. I would encourage you to read up on RST signal reports before the net. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R-S-T_system
After the net, please QSL every PCARS member you worked. To save on postage, you can leave and pick up QSL cards in the Squirrel Buro box at the club site during any event or at our club meeting at the monthly meeting.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
73,
Deron N8XTH
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New England QSO Party

Attention PCARS Contesters:
During our last DX/Contest SIG, I mentioned that I was going to come to the club and participate in the New England QSO Party that takes place this coming weekend. Much to my surprise, many of those present said that they would like to do this also.
Sooooooo… it looks as if we have another PCARS Contest event this weekend. Here are the particulars:
Date: First full weekend of May (May 4-5, 2019)
Contest Period: 2000Z Saturday until 0500Z Sunday (4pm EDT Saturday until 1am EDT Sunday) and 1300Z Sunday until 2400Z Sunday (9am EDT Sunday until 8pm EDT Sunday).
I’ll be at the club site around 3PM for those who want to go over the rules. Those of you who would like to take part, let me know. See you then.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Antenna Day Volunteers Needed

Antenna Day May 11 – Volunteers Needed
This year we will be conducting a full test of all transmitting/receiving equipment that will be utilized for our Field Day operations; AKA Antenna Day.  The test will be conducted at our Field Day site and will involve setting all stations including the proposed antenna systems.  Transmitting tests will be conducted to determine if there is unacceptable interference between any stations.  Interference testing will be done on all bands we anticipate using on Field Day.  Power will be supplied by backup generators for each station.  The test will be conducted between the hours of  9 am and 3 pm on Saturday May 11, 2019.  Donuts and coffee will be supplied for breakfast; pizza and water will be supplied to all for lunch.  All stations will be taken down and stowed for transport at the end of testing.
A minimum crew of twelve (12) Volunteers WILL BE NEEDED, in addition to the station captains who will bring all the station equipment plus tools.   Station captains have designed and will direct setup of each station.  New hams are welcome to volunteer, there will be plenty of help to show you what to do.  So that I have an exact count of how many volunteers we will have, please email me (give me your name and call sign) if you will be there to help:  Tony, tromito99@gmail.com .  I will send out a QST when we have filled our volunteer antenna/station assembly team.  It should be a good experience for all.
Location: If you have not been there before, our Field Day site is the Freedom Township Park, located just southwest of the intersection of State Route 700 and Streeter Rd. From Ravenna take State Route 88 north to State Route 700 north. The park is on the left, just under one mile after you cross over the Turnpike, traveling up SR 700. You will see a storage building, the open shelter and a baseball field on the left. The park is not well marked, but still pretty easy to find.
Tony, Field Day Chairman
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