August PCARS Newsletter

Hello PCARS,
Hot weather July is almost in the history books and August will be starting this Saturday.
That means the August issue of The RADIOGRAM is in the works.
I’m requesting your inputs for the August newsletter as soon as you can get them sent to me. Deadline is Friday – July 31st at 8pm (last Friday of the month).
I have some comments and photos of PCARS members at their Field Day – I have room for more stories and photos as well.
Send your newsletter inputs to: KB8UUZ@GMAIL.COM
Hope to hear from you soon.
Parky, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
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Net night at the clubsite- Tonight UPDATE

Due to lack of response we WILL NOT be meeting at the clubsite tonight.  The net will be held as usual – 8:00 pm on the K8IV repeater (and the K8SRR echolink node). Please check in and let us know how you’re doing.
Tom wb8lcd
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PCARS Field Day Entries

Reminder: Field Day Entries must be postmarked or submitted by Tuesday July 28, 2020. Late entries cannot be accepted.

So far 16 people sent in their logs and put “Portage County Amateur Radio Service” as their club name.  If you have not sent in your log, you still have a bit of time to do it!




K3GP Pending documents 1D
K8CAV Complete 1D
K8IV Complete 1E
K8SRR Complete 1D
K8YLK Complete 1D
KA8TOA Complete 1D
KB8TUY Complete 1D
KB8UHN Complete 1B1
KB8ZWT Complete 1D
KD8CGH Complete 1B1B
KE8BWA Complete 1D
KE8MWD Complete 1D
N8GIE Complete 1D
N8QE Complete 1E
N8QZ Complete 1E
N8WCP Complete 1B1
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Announcement from W8WTD ARRL Vice Director for Great Lakes Division

Greetings Great Lakes Division ARRL Members.
After much consideration, I have decided not to run for re-election as
Vice Director for the Great Lakes Division. It has been a privilege to
serve in this capacity. I remain committed to the ARRL and its goals
for amateur radio. Thanks to all who have shown me such support and
encouragement over these past six years.
Very 73,
Tom Delaney W8WTD
ARRL Great Lakes Division Vice Director:
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DX Contest SIG Tuesday July 28th at 7 PM at the Club Site

Attention PCARS DXers and Contesters:
July 28th is an important date. It is the day that we will have our first DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting since the lockdown. It will be at the club site and will start at 7PM.
The important topic that we will discuss will be the Ohio QSO Party/BBQ and how we will conduct it. As far as the meeting goes, I would ask that everyone attending please wear a mask and we will practice social distancing. I want to make sure that everyone who wants to attend will feel safe in doing so. If we can meet outside, that might work out better.
Tom, WB8LCD, will be in attendance to let us in on what the board has been discussing in regards to this upcoming contest.
I hope to see many of you there.
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Net Night at the Clubsite Thursday Night July 23th

First, I hope you will all check in to the PCARS Thursday Night 2 meter net.
Second, I want to invite you to the PCARS clubsite for Net Night at the Clubsite! We will follow strict social distancing. No food or beverage will be provided, but, you are welcome to bring your own.
Being uncertain about the response, would you please email me at ASAP if you plan to attend!
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DXE Virtual Hamfest – July 25th

For More Information Please Contact: Tim Duffy K3LR,
Join the Elmers at DX Engineering and a host of Ham Radio luminaries on Saturday, July 25, 2020, for the first DXE Virtual Hamfest and DX Academy—two online events combined into a full day of fun, learning, and drawings for DX Engineering gift cards (must be registered and present on Zoom during the drawings to qualify).
Both events are free and open to all—click here to register. Once signed up, you will receive a link to access the events in real-time on the Zoom webinar platform, or you can watch live on the DX Engineering YouTube channel.
DXE Virtual Hamfest
The day kicks off with the DXE Virtual Hamfest, featuring presentations from top contributors to OnAllBands (DX Engineering’s blog site), and the latest news and answers to your questions about recent and upcoming products, including the RF-KIT RF2K-S Linear Amplifier (sold exclusively in North America by DX Engineering), the RT-4500HD Heavy-Duty Rotator, and the Ladder Line Surge Protector.
Schedule (All Times Eastern)
• 9 am: Introduction by Tim Duffy, K3LR, CEO of DX Engineering
• 9:15 am: DXE Product Discussion with Scott Jones, N3RA
• 9:30 am: Ward Silver, N0AX, Radiosport: Training for Public Service
• 10 am: DXE Product Discussion with Steve Hannah, KC8YSU
• 10:15 am: Sean Kutzko, XX9X, Working Amateur Radio Satellites
• 10:45 am: DXE Product Discussion with Tim Duffy, K3LR
• 11 am: Anthony Luscre, K8ZT, Youth in Amateur Radio
• 11:30 am: DXE Q&A, Wrap-up, and Drawing for a $1,000 DX Engineering Gift Card
DX Academy
The afternoon will be all about improving your skills at making long-distance contacts. Sponsored by Icom America and DX Engineering, the first-ever online DX Academy brings together experts to share advice from their years of on-air experience.
Schedule (All Times Eastern)
• 1 pm: Introduction by Tim Duffy, K3LR
• 1:15 pm: Jerry Rosalius, WB9Z, Low Band Antennas for DXing
• 2:15 pm: Ray Novak, N9JA, Icom Product Showcase, IC-705
• 2:45 pm: Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, VP6R DXpedition to Pitcairn Island
• 3:45 pm: Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, Operating Tools and Ideas for Becoming a Better DXer
• 4:45 pm: Wrap-up and Drawing for a $1,000 DX Engineering Gift Card
Look for more information on DX Engineering’s Facebook page and OnAllBands in the coming days.
DX Engineering
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50/50 Tickets

Don’t forget, 50/50 tickets for tomorrow’s meeting are available online up until noon tomorrow (Monday). Winner does NOT need to be present at the meeting. The pot is currently (8:00pm Sunday) at $215 and going up! Be sure to get your tickets before the noon deadline.
Tom wb8lcd
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July 2020 PCARS Monthly Meeting Tomorrow July 13th at 7 PM

Hello PCARS members! I want to remind you that the July PCARS meeting is all set for tomorrow Monday July 13th at the American Legion Hall in Kent! We will be meeting in the Underwood Hall (the big room) to ensure that there will be enough room for proper social distancing. I hope you will be able to come out and join us for a presentation (via Zoom) by Harry Bloomberg – W3YJ on the topic of Remote Operating. The meeting will begin at 7:00PM – Sharp!
Like many business’s, the American Legion is trying to bounce back from the “lock down” we’ve all experienced and will really appreciate us being there – so please, have a coke, or some other beverage of your choice. The kitchen will be open with an abbreviated menu so come out early and share a meal with us! I know that during the lock down the Legion has spent much time and effort making sure that everything is spotlessly clean and disinfected. I hope to see you there.
As I’ve said many times before, coming out to events is a personal decision everyone needs to make for themselves. If you choose not to come out yet, we want to accommodate you and respect your feelings on that. The Zoom link is:
If you cannot be with us in person, I hope you will join us via Zoom!
Remember, since last month’s 50/50 went so well, we have decided to do it the same way this month. ALL 50/50 tickets will be purchased online at the PCARS website:( ) – once you land there, look in the upper right corner. There will only be the 50/50 prize for this month again, BUT, when we get back to “normal” we’ll have some nice door prizes, too. Also, You don’t need to be present to WIN!! The cut-off to purchase tickets will be 12:00 PM (Noon) tomorrow Monday July 13th. Last month’s winner – Rick KD8WCK took the prize of $182.50! Congratulations Rick! (subliminal message: buy lots of tickets)
Please plan to attend either in person or by Zoom.
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PCARS Thursday 2 Meter Net Tonight at 8 PM

Net Tonight!
Please join me on the PCARS weekly net. I’ll give you all the current info on our upcoming meeting and other PCARS activities.
Check in on the K8IV repeater (146.895 MHz, PL 118.8 hz. OR the K8SRR echolink node). The net starts at 8:00 PM and I will hang out as long as it takes to get everyone’s check-in and comments.
Tom wb8lcd
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