75th HamCation Postponement

As the world’s second largest hamfest, we pride ourselves on delivering a high-quality event to our attendees and would not want to put on a show that is anything less than what the ham radio community deserves. After much deliberation, the difficult decision to postpone the 75th HamCation was made. It is with heavy hearts that we must make this decision. We had wished to see all of you next year in person, but the situation we face globally has made this challenging. Instead, HamCation will be moved to February 11-13, 2022. We are looking to host some unique webinars and a QSO Party for 2021. More information will be posted on our website soon.
For those who have already purchased tickets and spaces, we will be in contact with you shortly and will reach out to you directly. You will have the option to use your ticket for HamCation 2022, receive a refund or donate the funds to the Orlando Amateur Radio Club.
You can read ARRL and HamCation’s joint statement here. We thank all of you for your patience and understanding during these times and are excited to see you all again in 2022.
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ARRL Annual On-Line Auction

The 15th Annual ARRL Online Auction will open for an “early bird” preview and registration on Thursday, October 8, and will open for bidding at 10 AM EDT (1400 UTC) on Thursday, October 15. The auction is sponsored by GigaParts. The 2020 ARRL Online Auction includes a large assortment of ARRL Product Review items, including an SPE Expert 1.5K-FA HF amplifier, ACOM 120S 160 – 6- meter linear amplifier, Yaesu FTDX101D HF + 6-meter transceiver, and an Icom IC-9700 VHF/UHF multi-mode transceiver.
The ARRL Online Auction also features a wide assortment of vintage books, including The ARRL Handbook, Radio for Everybody, and CQ Ghost Ship.
This year, bidders will find a large variety of equipment, vintage books, novelty items, ARRL bundle packs, and a number of special items donated by the cast and crew of Fox Television’s Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, KA0XTT.
In order to place a bid, you must register on the ARRL Online Auction website. You may browse the website and scope out those “must-have” items without being a registered bidder, and you can register at any time during the auction. If you are interested in some great bargains — and some great fun — check out the 2020 ARRL Online Auction, which concludes on October 25 at 10 PM EDT (0200 UTC on October 26 in North America). Registration begins on October 8 at 10 AM EDT (1400 UTC) during the auction preview.
Proceeds from the Online Auction benefit ARRL education programs, including activities to license new hams, strengthen Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) training, offer continuing technical and operating education, and create instructional materials.
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California QSO Party – This Weekend

PCARS Contesters:
Just another reminder that this weekend the CA QSOP takes place – 1600Z, Oct. 3 to 2159Z, Oct. 4. Make sure that you are using the latest version of your logging software and that you list Portage County Amateur Radio Service, as your club affiliation.
You are to be working from your own QTH and using your own call. Make as many contacts as you can and let’s see if we can still score big even with this “social distancing” way in which we are participating.
I’m looking forward to hearing a great many of you one the air. Get on and have fun!!
73 – Chuck W8PT
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Thursday Two Meter Net – Tonight at 8 PM Local

HI Everyone
Yes it is time for the weekly PCARS net and i would like you to join Bob N8QE at 8:00 pm on the 146.895 repeater with a pl tone of 118.8 and the K8SRR echo link node. Lets see if we can give him 20 chk ins. we will have club updates and the latest amateur news. Everyone is welcome, so join in on the fun.
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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 (www.cfarc.org) 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: http://www.portcars.org/wp/?linker=october-2020-radiogram

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 (http:www.portcars.org) for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor:  kb8uuz@gmail.com

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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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