“The Night Before Christmas”, Ham Radio-style

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the town,
the snowstorm was raging, the phone lines were down;
The wind it did howl, the tree limbs did crack,
I hope that St. Nick isn’t forced to turn back. Read the rest of this entry »

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Annual Dues Reminder

Annual Dues Reminder
Hello PCARS,

I try to be a mellow guy. But, for some of you, I’m wearing a Black Hat for now:

IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO PAY UP!

PCARS Dues are due BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2019.

If you do NOT pay BEFORE then, you are NOT a member after. Then, you have to RESUBMIT AN APPLICATION AND PAY THE $5 EXTRA.

Of course, if you have extenuating circumstances, you can call, text or email before 12/31/18.

If postmarked before 1/1/19, you can mail it to me (address below).

The PCARS website has a PayPal link for dues.

Or, last-ditch effort : I will be at the Thursday December 27 Net Night (a party for our BEST YEAR EVER), and you can see me for dues.

You have, really, no excuse to pay the dues for OUR 2018 HAMVENTION CLUB OF THE YEAR.

I’m waiting…….

😉

You can use the club mailing address:
PCARS, 705 Oakwood St., Box 12, Ravenna, OH 44266

or

Gene Marsh, W8NET, 3561 Keswick Drive, Kent, OH 44240

You can also use the PayPal button on the club webpage.

73 de W8NET Miles / “Gene”

Secretary, Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS)……

and SHERIFF!”
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DX SIG for December Cancelled

DX SIG for December Cancelled
Attn: PCARS DXers and Contesters Since the 4th Tuesday this month falls on the 25th and since the 25th is Christmas, the DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting is cancelled this month. See you in January. — 73 – Chuck W8PT
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January Issue of RADIOGRAM

JANUARY RADIOGRAM
The next issue of the RADIOGRAM will be coming out January 1st Avoid the Christmas rush and get your inputs in as soon as you can, please. Deadline is no later that 8pm on Friday – December 28th. Send your inputs and in-focus (large format) pictures to kb8uuz@gmail.com Looking forward to your inputs !!! Parky
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Coming Net Nights

Coming Net Nights
PCARS! Don’t forget the weekly PCARS net this Thursday, December 20 at 8:00PM (local) on the K8IV 2-meter repeater – 146.895Mhz. And don’t forget the PL of 118.8! You can’t get in without it……There will be the FINAL net of 2018 on Thursday, December 27. Please be sure to check into both of these nets!

Thursday, December 27 will also be the last “Net Night at the Club Site” of 2018! This will be the last PCARS activity of what has been an OUTSTANDING year for PCARS. Come on out, we will celebrate our accomplishments of 2018 one more time, and then start talking about all the good things on tap for 2019! WE ARE NOT GOING TO SIT BACK AND CALL IT A DAY – 2019 is going to be an even better year for PCARS and Ham Radio – you will want to be with us.

Hope to hear you on the nets and see you on the 27th.

In the meantime, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

73, Tom WB8LCD

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DX SIG for December Cancelled

DX SIG for December Cancelled
Attn: PCARS DXers and Contesters

Since the 4th Tuesday this month falls on the 25th and since the 25th is Christmas, the DX/Contest Special Interest Group meeting is cancelled this month. See you in January.

73 – Chuck W8PT

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Dessert for December Dinner Meeting

Dessert for Dinner
Really looking forward to the dinner this coming Monday. We had quite a few reservations, so the turnout should be great. Also wanted to let everyone know we will be having cake for dessert this year. We felt the need to celebrate receiving Club of the Year one last time. So save all those cookies for our Net Night at the Club on the 27th if you have any left from Christmas.

Remember you must have made a reservation with Tom WB8LCD for dinner.

Looking forward to having a great time!!

Jim, AC8NT

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Dues Reminder

Dues Reminder
Just a friendly reminder that your dues for 2019 need to be received by December 31. If they are not received by that date you will be removed from the roster and need to pay your dues and the initiation fee to rejoin the club. You can pay your dues using the PayPal button on the portcars.org website or by sending a check made payable to PCARS to PCARS, 705 Oakwood St., Box 12, Ravenna, OH 44266. If you mail your dues, please include a copy of the membership form that can be found on the website or in a copy of the last newsletter.

Thanks,
Jim AC8NT

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Net Night Tonight

Net Night Tonight
Get on our 2-meter repeater (146.895 PL 118.8) tonight at 8 PM for our weekly general interest net. Here all the latest news and share thoughts with the group. The Internet at the club site is fixed so EchoLink is up and running; ready to accept contacts from around the area and around the world.

Please join us tonight for some fun.

Thanks,
Jim AC8NT

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ARRL 10 Meter Contest

ARRL 10 Meter Contest
To all PCARS Contesters:

There was a mention at the last monthly meeting regarding PCARS members taking part in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest that will be held this weekend, December 8-9.

Here are some of the particulars:

1. Object: For Amateurs worldwide to exchange QSO information with as many stations as possible on the 10 meter band.

2. Date and Contest Period: Second full weekend of December. Starts 0000 UTC Saturday; ends 2359 UTC Sunday (December 8-9, 2018)

2.1. All stations operate no more than 36 hours out of the 48-hour period.

2.2. All off-times must be a minimum of 30 consecutive minutes (see General Rule 3.15)

2.3. Listening time counts as operating time.

For those who plan to participate, please go to the ARRL web site or simply Google, “ARRL 10 Meter Contest”, to get all the rules. Please note that logs are due no later than 7 days after the contest.

We need at least three logs to be submitted in order to have PCARS show up on the list of clubs, so make sure that your log shows Portage County Amateur Radio Service where it asks for Club Affiliation.

Also please email me to let me know that you are planning to participate. In this contest you will be using your own call sign.


73 – Chuck W8PT
Contest Coordinator
chuckw8pt@gmail.com

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